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ASP Workshop on Outlining. The Academic Support Program will present the second of three Fall workshops on Tuesday, October 14, 12:00-1:00 pm, in the Auditorium (for day students) and Wednesday, October 15, at 5:00-5:50 pm, in Rm. 590 (for evening students). This workshop will focus on different approaches to the course outlining process and will feature students and faculty sharing tips for assembling a useable and complete course outline. Although the programs are mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

Illinois Bar Exam: Informational Sessions. The Illinois bar examiners will be holding informational sessions for first-year students, and for third-year and fourth-year students approaching graduation, on Thursday, January 22, 2009. These sessions are for all Chicago-area law students. You should plan to attend one of the January 22 sessions if (1) you are a first-year student and you have questions about the first-year bar registration process, (2) you are a third-year or fourth-year student planning on taking the February 2009 or July 2009 bar exams and you have questions about the application or character and fitness process, or (3) you are a student at any stage of your studies and you have questions about the character and fitness process. Here are further details, as provided by the bar examiners' office:

IBABY character and fitness information sessions for ALL Chicago first-year law student registrants and ALL Chicago third-year applicants for the February and July 2009 bar examinations will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2009, in the Auditorium of the American Dental Association building located at 211 East Chicago Avenue.

Three sessions will be held on January 22. The first session will begin at 12:00 noon and will be held for third-year students, the second at 5:00 pm for first-year students, and a third at 7:00 pm again for third-year students. First-year students not able to attend the 5:00 pm session, however, would benefit from attendance at one of the other two sessions; although the noon and 7:00 pm sessions will be tailored to third-year students, the basic information and instructions are the same.

There is no fee, and advance registration is not required. All first year law students and all third-year applicants for the February and July 2009 Illinois bar examinations are invited and encouraged to attend.

See my Record archives (the September 8 entry) for details about the application process for the February 2009 and July 2009 bar exams for graduating students, and the registration process for first-year students. We recommend that you download and look over the application and/or registration materials available at http://www.ibaby.org before the January 22 program.

Intensive Trial Advocacy (January 2009 Session): Seats Still Available. Registration for the January session of Intensive Trial Advocacy (January 10-January 17, 2009) took place as part of Fall 2008 registration. However, several spaces are still available. Please contact me if you are interested in being added to the class.

Order of the Coif Distinguished Lecturer: David Wilkins. Professor David B. Wilkins of Harvard Law School will be delivering the Order of the Coif Distinguished Visitor Lecture at Chicago-Kent on Wednesday, October 15, at 3:00pm in the Courtroom on the first floor. Professor Wilkin's lecture is entitled “From Agents to Partners: Toward a New Model of the Corporate Attorney-Client Relationship.”

Joke of the Week. "To me, a lawyer is basically the person that knows the rules of the country. We're all throwing the dice, playing the game, moving our pieces around the baord, but if there is a problem the lawyer is the only person who has read the inside of the top of the box." (Jerry Seinfeld)

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Swing," by Timothy Steele.


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