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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of April 20, 2009
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Academic Calendar Reminder. Please note the following dates for the closing period of the semester:

Last day of classes: Friday, May 1 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)
Read Period: Saturday, May 2- Tuesday, May 5
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 6- Friday, May 15

Fall 2009 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2009 semester will be distributed early in the week of April 20 outside the third floor cafeteria; an online version will be available on the main Student Portal page.

"Where Do We Go From Here?" Program: April 22. This program introduces first-year students to the course requirements after the first year, the certificate programs offered by Chicago-Kent, and clinical, externship, and other program opportunities available to upper-level students. The program will be offered at the following times:

Day Division: Wednesday, April 22, 11:30-12:30 pm (Auditorium)
Evening Division: Wednesday, April 22, 5:00-5:50 pm (Rm. C40)

Spring 2009 Final Exams.

•Exam Schedule. The final exam schedule for the current semester is available here. You will be notified of the classroom assignments for your exams prior to the start of exam period.

•Exam Conflict/Reschedule Requests. The period is now closed for requesting an exam reschedule due to an exam conflict or other reason. We are now processing the requests. If you submitted a request, we will notify you of our response as soon as possible.

Exams Method Registration. The period is now closed for exam method registration.

Notice About Exam Methods: Assuming your professor has authorized you to take the exam on computer, our default assumption is that you will take your exams on laptop. During the exam method registration period, you were able to change this either to hand writing or lab computer, if you wished. If you did nothing during the exam method registration period, then you are registered to take the exam on your laptop computer (assuming your professor authorized exams on computer).

Notice about SofTest: Students taking exams on laptop must download and install the SofTest exam-taking program. You will receive information from the Computer Center about when and how to do this.The Computer Center has emailed information to all students about the procedures for doing this. Even though you do not need to submit an Exam Method Registration form to use your laptop for exams, you do need to download and install SofTest. Also, please note that SofTest is supported only for the following operating systems: Windows XP Professional, Windows Vista Business Edition, and Windows Vista Ultimate Edition. Additionally, all laptops running a supported Windows operating system must be fully configured for the Chicago-Kent network (with network drives visible at login). Taking exams on Mac computers is not supported regardless of whether the Mac is running a Windows operating system.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations that arise during exam period. Please contact me if you opt to take an exam on laptop, and your laptop suffers unexpected problems that cannot be remedied before your exam. The Computer Center's laptops also may be used (subject to availability) if your computer has problems immediately before or during an exam, as long as the problem is not due to your failing to properly configure or register your laptop to run the SofTest program. Because of limited supply, the Computer Center's laptops are not available for general loaning purposes during exam period, including to students who do not own a laptop or are Mac users. However, if you have exceptional circumstances that you believe justify borrowing a laptop for an exam, please contact me to discuss your situation.

Notice to Hand Writers: Students who are hand writing an exam will be placed in the same room used by laptop users for that exam. Hand writers will not be put in a separate room. We will provide free ear plugs to any hand writers who believe they may be distracted by the sound of the laptops.

•Availability of Professors' Old Exams. Many professors make their old exams available for students to review. Exams after 1992 are available online by going to http://library.kentlaw.edu/Services/students.htm and clicking on the Exam Database link (under Resources). Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Teaching Evaluations. Teaching evaluations will be distributed in the coming weeks to elicit students' opinions about the quality of teaching at the Law School. Instructors will review the responses to improve the quality of their instruction and courses. The evaluations are also considered as one important factor in tenure, promotion, and compensation decisions for full-time faculty and are used as a factor in determining the effectiveness of part-time instructors. Evaluations are anonymous and will not be available to professors until grades are turned in.

Trial Team Tryouts: April 22. Tryouts for the 2009-2010 Trial Advocacy Team will be held on Wednesday, April 22, 2009. All interested students should meet in the Marovitz courtroom (first floor) at 5:30p.m. The only requirement is that you are a full-time Kent student. First-year students may try out. This will be an open competition; we will pick 1-4 students to participate. Both regional competitions will be held the second or third week in February 2010. The Regionals for the National Trial Competition will be held in Indianapolis, and the Regionals for the AAJ Competition will be held in Chicago. The winners of the Regionals will proceed to the Nationals in March 2010.

We have assembled three excellent coaching faculties. The National Trial competition is the largest trial competition for law schools in the country. It begins with more than 300 teams throughout the nation. Over the last 27 year Chicago Kent has been one of the most successful programs in the country. Kent has been regional champion 20 of the last 27 years, winning three national titles, in 1988, 2007, and 2008. The national competition is sponsored by the ABA, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

The AAJ competition is the largest specialized bar association competition in the country. It is also national in scope. Our goal as a faculty will be to provide the students on both teams with the highest caliber of instruction possible. If you are selected for a team, you will be asked to commit a substantial part of your time to practice. Our purpose is to turn you into trial lawyers.

Additionally, for the fourth year, Chicago-Kent will be entering a team in the BLSA Thurgood Marshall Trial Competition. This competition is also national in scope. We will be selecting four students for the "Marshall" team at a future date; the details of where and when are not yet finalized.

During the tryouts, you will be asked to present up to 3 to 5 minutes of an OPENING STATEMENT, CLOSING ARGUMENT and a DIRECT and CROSS EXAMINATION. We will be using State v. Fletcher and Morris, a case file in the Mauet & Wolfson, Materials in Trial Advocacy. The witnesses will be Mr. Green and Ricky Edwards. Please prepare an opening statement and a closing argument for one side, not both sides. When you come into the room you will be asked which side you are doing the opening statement and closing argument for, as well as being asked which witness you wish to direct and cross. (In other words, you will be asked to do part of an opening statement, part of a closing argument, part of one direct examination, and part of one cross examination.) We will announce those who have been selected on the night of tryouts, so please be prepared to wait until the decisions have been made by the coaching faculty as to all of the positions. (This process usually takes the entire evening, so be prepared.)

Joke of the Week. "Here's something to think about. How come you never see a headline like 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?" (Jay Leno)[

Poem of the Week. This week's poem is "The Enkindled Spring," by D.H. Lawrence.


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