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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

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Notice to Graduating Seniors. If you are graduating this semester, please read the information below about your Kent email and network accounts, and your locker. If you have any questions, please let me know. Note: If you are not graduating this semester, you will keep your e-mail account and locker until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Email and network accounts will be terminated on Monday, August 3 (shortly after the summer bar exam). As a Chicago-Kent graduate, the Office of Alumni Relations is pleased to offer you the option of setting up an alumni.kentlaw.edu email address through our email forwarding service. This service is available through the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community and allows you to choose a username@alumni.kentlaw.edu address that will be forwarded to your specified personal email account (e.g. gmail, yahoo, or work e-mail, etc). This system allows you to use a simple e-mail address to give to family and friends, and your username can be your current username@kentlaw.edu or you can create a new one. You'll never have to notify everyone in your address book of a new or discontinued e-mail address because you can simply update your personal e-mail address by logging into the Online Community, and emails will subsequently be forwarded to your email address.

In order to access email forwarding, all you have to do is sign up for the Chicago-Kent Alumni Online Community. Accounts for May 2009 graduates will be available in mid-July. Click here to sign up now! For questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alums@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5240.

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Friday, July 31. Anything left in lockers after that date will be removed. If you are unable to clear your locker out by that date, please contact me to make arrangements for your locker contents to be set aside for you.

Summer 2009 Term Information.

•Classroom Assignments. The final Schedule of Classes for the Summer 2009 term, including classroom assignments, is available on the Summer 2009 Term Information page (also available by going to the main Student Portal page and clicking on the Summer '09 link).

•Initial Reading Assignments. A list of initial reading assignments for Summer 2009 courses is available on the Summer 2009 Term Information page (also available by going to the main Student Portal page and clicking on the Summer '09 link). Please note: If a course is not listed, that means we did not receive an initial assignment from the professor.

Research Assistant Opportunities for Continuing Students. As we all know, these are difficult financial times. If you are a continuing student and have not yet found summer employment, we hope that your patience and persistence will be rewarded and that you will find a job or other opportunity. If not, we want to make you aware of the possiblity of working as a research assistant for a faculty member this summer. Working as a research assistant provides an opportunity to hone your research skills, get to know faculty, work on interesting projects, and enhance your resume.

*Being a research assistant for credit or pay. You can receive one credit for your work as a research assistant. Regular tuition must be paid to earn this credit. You and your supervising faculty member will determine the number of hours you must work to earn this credit, but generally 80 hours of work is expected. Alternatively, if the faculty member has research funds available, you can receive pay in lieu of receiving credit.

*Special projects. Some faculty members may be involved with special projects that would benefit from participation by law students. Although this work would likely be on a volunteer basis, these kinds of projects can provide valuable experience and give you the opportunity to work closely with a faculty member. Recent examples of such projects include Prof. Perritt's work to create a database for tracking incidents of gender-based violence in Iraq, and Prof. Birdthistle's writing of an amicus brief in an investment fund case pending before the Supreme Court.

If you are interested in being a summer research assistant or volunteering on a project, contact professors you might be interested in work with and include a copy of your resume; or contact me for information about professors who have already indicated that they are looking for assistance.

UPDATE: As of May 15, the following professors have indicated they are looking for summer assistance. I will update this list as I receive further information. If I received any details from the professor, I have included them.

Prof. Atuahene - for credit.
Prof. Baker - for credit; research on importance of gender identity to psychological health (psychology background preferred but not required).
Prof. Batlan - for credit, or volunteer project; will be working on projects related to gender and the law, and legal history.
Prof. Coyne - for credit.
Prof. Godfrey - for credit; assist with book on Lawyer as Investigator.
Prof. Laser - for credit or pay; research in civil procedure, including personal jurisdiction.
Prof. Leader - for credit preferred (for pay is possible, though); will be working on two book updates - one related to employment discrimination, the other related to stock options and other incentive agreements.
Prof. Perritt - for credit, or volunteer project; will be working on the following projects: PHP and MySQL coding for Iraqi Kurdistan Gender Based Violence Database; completion of law review article on new business models for popular music; initiial work on a new article on new business models for video entertainment; and the economics of micro advertising (behaviorally targeted) advertising to support popular music, video entertainment and journalism.
Prof. Rosado - for credit; will be working on the following projects: child labor in Guatemala (must be able to read and speak Spanish); rule of law and in China and labor law reforms in China; proposed labor law reforms in Mexico (requires fluency in Spanish).
Prof. Steinman - for credit.
Prof. Tarlock - for credit.

Fall 2009 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2009 courses will be posted on the main Student Portal page (click on the Fall '09 link) no later than Monday, August 3.

You may ask the bookstore to hold your Fall course materials for you when they arrive, or for an extra fee you may request that the books be mailed to you over the summer. If you would like to take advantage of either of these options, stop by the bookstore before you leave, or call the bookstore at 312/906-5605. In addition, you may order your course books over the Internet by clicking on the Bookstore link on the Student Portal page.

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