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Week of August 31, 2009
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General Announcements:

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu). Information about precautions to take with respect to H1Ni will be posted shortly, and will also be emailed to the Chicago-Kent community.

Academic Calender Reminder. In observance of Labor Day, there will be no classes on Monday, September 7. The building will be closed Sunday, September 6 and Monday, September 7.

Student Organization Fair. The annual Student Organization Fair will be held on Wednesday, September 2, from 11:00-1:00 (for day students) and from 4:00-6:00 (for evening students) in the second and third floor atriums. All students are invited.

Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines.
This is a reminder that the Chicago-Kent Legal Writing Ethics Guidelines apply to all Chicago-Kent students, including students enrolled in upper-level writing courses (Legal Writing 3, Legal Writing 4, and all seminars). The Guidelines, which address a variety of issues, including plagiarism, are available by clicking here. If you have not reviewed the Guidelines recently, please do so.

New Chicago-Kent Law Review Members.
I'm pleased to report that the students listed below have been invited to join the Chicago-Kent Law Review based on their academic performance, or their successful participation in this summer's write-on competition:

Melissa B. Anderson William M. Lopez
Mark M. Berardi Mark L. Mazzone
Patrick M. Bickley Elizabeth A. Meyer
Margaux L. Birdsall Aaron H. Midler
Martina F. Brendel Laura J. Raatjes
Samuel J. Coe Aimee E. Sabolyk
Nicholas G. Cordell Grant S. Shackelford
Ashley E. Crettol Melissa A. Smith
Madeline K. Engel Tanya Kristina Solis
David A. Franklin Keith L. Southam
Stephen J. Gorski Keith R. Syverson
Gregory L. Grattan Elizabeth E. Tempel
Christopher M. Hoffmann Jerry D. Thomas
Karen S. Hwang Stephanie A. Thommes
Katherine C. Jahnke Conor D. Weber
Andrew M. Jung Michael S. Young
Jin-Won Jung Jacqueline R. Zablocki
Brian C. Langs  

Bursar Announcement: New TouchNet Billing Service. Beginning later this semester, IIT will be converting to the TouchNet billing service for student tuition payments. Click here for more information on this new service.

U-Pass and ID Distribution. If you have not yet picked up your U-Pass (for all full-time students) or ID card (if you are a first-year student), they are available in the Registrar's office.

To Entering Students:

ASP Workshop: Preparing For and Getting the Most Out of Classes.
The Academic Support Program's first workshop of the semester will address how to prepare for class effectively and how to get the most out of your classes. The program will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium) (for day students) and on Wednesday, September 2, 5:00-5:50 pm (Rm. 590) (for evening students). All students are invited to attend, but first-year students are particularly encouraged to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page.

The remaining workshops for the Fall semester are listed below. Please mark your calendars.

Outlining Your Courses
Tuesday, October 6, 12:00-1:00pm (Auditorium)
Wednesday, October 7, 5:00-5:50pm (Rm. 590)

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Tuesday, November 3, 12:00-1:00pm (Auditorium)
Wednesday, November 4, 5:00-5:50pm (Rm. 590)

Student Handbook and Code of Conduct.
Please take time to review the Student Handbook, including the Chicago-Kent Code of Conduct (located at the end of the Handbook). For future reference, there is a permanent link to the Handbook on the main Student Portal page.

Amendments to Your Applications for Admission. The Illinois bar examiners reserve the right to check information you disclose to them on your bar application for consistency with the information you provided on your application for admission to law school. The bar examiners also conduct their own investigations to ensure that you disclosed all relevant information on your bar application and your law school application. Some students have had considerable difficulty in the past when the bar examiners found discrepencies between the information disclosed to them and the information on their law school applications, or when they discovered relevant information omitted from both.

I recommend that you review your answers to the questions asked on our application for admission and amend your application if any relevant information was excluded. You can amend your application by sending a memo to my attention describing the omitted information and explaining why you did not include the information on your application. In some cases, disciplinary action under the Code of Conduct may be appropriate. But it is much better to disclose the information now, and suffer whatever consequences may ensue (if any), than to be called before the bar examiners three years from now to explain a discrepency or omission.

Most problems in the past have arisen with respect to the following two questions on the
application:

16. Have you ever been convicted of, plead guilty or nolo contendere to, or received a period of supervision for, any offense other than a minor traffic or parking violation, or is any charge now pending against you concerning such an offense? (A "minor traffic violation" is a violation for which only a citation was issued, e.g., speeding. You must report any other traffic offense, including any offense in which acting under the influence of a drug or alcohol was an element of the offense.) You must disclose each instance regardless of whether a conviction was reversed, set aside or vacated, or the record sealed or expunged.

17. Have you ever been dropped, suspended, placed on academic or social probation or warning, or otherwise disciplined by any college or university, for any reason?

Academic Support Program. You received information during Orientation about the Academic Support Program (ASP), which is designed to assist first-year students in developing the skills needed to succeed in law school. One component of the program is weekly small group sessions focusing on skills development in the context of each of your Fall doctrinal courses. We have emailed invitations to selected students to join these sessions. If you did not receive an invitation and would like to petition to join them, click here for the petition form, which is due to Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, no later than Tuesday, September 1. Information about the program and study resources is available on the ASP web site.

To Returning Students:


Spring 2009 CALI Awards. The CALI Excellence for the Future Award, sponsored by the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, is given to the student or students who receive the highest grade in each section of each course. The CALI award winners for Spring 2009 courses are available by clicking here. If a section or a course is not listed, that means the professor elected not to give a CALI award, or we have not yet heard from the professor. Congratulations to all of you who received an award - you should be proud of your achievement.

Spring 2009 Class Ranks/GPA Cut-offs. The class ranks as of the end of the Spring 2009 semester have been posted and are available through Web for Students (go into your Webmail account, click on Web for Students, then click on the "Spring 2009" link under "Grades and Rank" on the left hand menu). For those of you who just graduated, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2009 semester are available by clicking here.

Change in Curve for Upper-Level Elective Courses.
At its May meeting, the faculty voted to change the curve for upper-level elective courses with 40 or more students enrolled from a mandatory curve to a highly recommended curve. This change will take effect with the current Fall 2009 semester.

Academic Counseling. I am available for counseling about course selection, certificate programs, bar preparation, academic rules and regulations, and other academic matters. If you are interested in a particular area of law, I can also arrange for you to meet with a faculty member who specializes in that area. You may contact me by email (ssowle@kentlaw.edu), phone (312/9096-5282), or by stopping by my office (320C).

Tuition Discount for Graduating Students Taking More than 87 Credits. If you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2009 semester, and will be taking more than the 87 credits required to graduate, you may receive a 50% discount on each credit you take over the required 87 credits. If this affects you, please contct me by email no later than Friday, September 11, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account.

London Law Consortium: Brochures Available. Chicago-Kent offers a semester of legal study in London each Spring semester as part of a consortium with six other schools. If you are interested in the London Law Consortium for the Spring 2010 semester, please pick up a copy of the program brochure from Theda Mickey outside my office (Suite 320C). Spaces in the program will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We must submit to the program administrators completed applications from all of our participating students no later than September 21, 2009. If you wish to discuss the program in more detail, contact Professor David Rudstein (drudstei@kentlaw.edu; 312/906-5354).

Language Study at Chicago-Kent: Information Sessions on September 1 & 2. Come hear from Johanna Torres, director of Language Loop, about studying a foreign language this semester. Specific language courses are offered based on demand; payment is made directly to Language Loop, and there is no law school credit involved. The language classes take place here in the Law School building unless other arrangements are made. Information sessions will be held Tuesday, September 1, 12:00-1:00pm in Rm. 547, and Wednesday, September 2, 3:00-4:00pm in Rm. 581. Classes will start the week of September 14 and conclude the week of November 16.

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