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Academic Calender Reminder. Due to a religious holiday, classes are canceled on Saturday, September 19.

Notice About H1N1 (Swine Flu).
As you settle into the new semester, we would like to let you know about our preparations in case the H1N1 virus (swine flu) affects you or other members of the Chicago-Kent community. You can find detailed information in our H1N1 FAQ at http://www.kentlaw.edu/depts/stuservices/H1N1faq.html. We would particularly like to encourage you to follow the guidelines listed below. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jenna Abhijeet, our Director of Student Services, at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu.

  • Stay home if you have flu or flu-like illness for at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius) or signs of a fever (have chills, feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or are sweating). This should be determined without the use of fever-reducing medications (any medicine that contains ibuprofen or acetaminophen).†If you do come down with the flu, please contact Jenna Abhijeet at jabhijeet@kentlaw.edu or 312.906.5005 so that we can stay in touch with you about coursework and other matters.
  • Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners also are effective. †
  • Practice respiratory etiquette by covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you donít have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder, not into your hands.† Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth; germs are spread this way.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. As noted above, a fever is a temperature taken with a thermometer that is equal to or greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit or 38 degrees Celsius. Look for possible signs of fever: if you feel very warm, have a flushed appearance, or experience sweating or shivering. †
  • Talk with your health care providers about whether you should be vaccinated for seasonal flu. In particular, if you are at higher risk for flu complications from H1N1, you should consider getting the H1N1 vaccine when it becomes available. People at higher risk for H1N1 complications include pregnant women and people with chronic medical conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, or diabetes). For more information about priority groups for vaccination, visit www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination/acip.htm.

Chicago-Kent will continue to monitor the situation and will notify the community of any additional changes to our institutionís strategy to prevent the spread of flu on our campus.

Dean's Meet-and-Greets. Dean Krent will hold "meet-and-greets" with students this Tuesday, September 15, in the 5th Floor Student Lounge from 8:45-9:30 am and 5:00-5:45 pm. Come and share your thoughts about the law school or to ask questions. Refreshments will be available at both events.

Faculty Speaker Series. The Chicago-Kent faculty invites interested students to join us at the faculty speakers series.†Several times a semester, legal academics from other law schools come to Chicago-Kent to present their work to the faculty.†These workshops take place on Tuesdays at 12:00 noon or on Wednesdays at 3:00 pm.†The speakers often, but not always, distribute drafts of the paper that they plan to present.†Generally, the speaker talks for about 20 minutes and then answers questions from the audience for the remaining 40 minutes.†If you plan to attend, it is therefore advisable to read the paper if one is available.

The first two such workshops will take place this month.†On Tuesday, September 15, at 12:00 noon in the 10th Floor Event Room, Professor Alison LaCroix, a legal historian†from the University of Chicago Law School,†will speak.†Much of Professor LaCroix's work has focused on the historic origins of federalism and other aspects of our constitutional structure.†Because lunch will be served, spaces are limited.†If you wish to attend, please e-mail Tasha Kincade (tkincade@kentlaw.edu) by the end of Monday, September 14.†Students who have RSVP'd will receive a copy of any paper Professor LaCroix distributes.

On Wednesday, September 23, at 3:00 pm in the 10th Floor Event Room, Professor Richard Ford from Stanford University Law School will speak.† Professor Ford specializes in issues related to race and multiculturalism.†He writes both for†academic audiences and for the popular press, including such outlets as Slate, the Washington Post, and the Christian Science Monitor.†RSVPs are not necessary to attend Professor Ford's talk, but if you plan to attend, e-mail Professor Carolyn Shapiro (cshapiro1@kentlaw.edu) to receive a copy of any paper that Professor Ford distributes ahead of time.

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).

Constitution Day Talk by Professor Mark Rosen. In honor of Constitution Day, Professor Mark Rosen will speak on Wednesday, September 16, at 3:00 pm in Rm. 210. His topic will be "What Our Constitution Does (and Does Not) Do." All are welcome to attend.

Bar Registration for First-Year Students. First-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation should register with the Illinois bar examiners. The registration materials are due by March 1, 2010. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org.

Although you are not required to register as a first-year student, the advantage of doing so is that you will avoid paying substantial additional fees if you apply to take the bar at any point after March of their first year. If you are uncertain whether you intend to practice in Illinois, you may want to consider waiting to register and paying the late fee should you eventually decide to take the Illinois bar exam. The application form is very comprehensive and requires you to provide a significant amount of background information, some of which may be difficult to remember or obtain. I suggest that, if you do plan to register by the March deadline, you begin working on the materials sooner rather than later. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

All information you disclose on the bar registration application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar registration application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will visit the Chicago area later this semester or early in the Spring semester to answer questions concerning the completion of the bar registration application. We will announce the date and time once the session has been scheduled.

First-year students who think they may practice in another state should contact the bar examiners office in that state as soon as possible to determine their registration requirements. Booklets with the addresses and phone numbers of state bar examiners offices are available for you to consult in the Registrarís office and in my office.

February 2010 and July 2010 Illinois Bar Applications. Applications for the February 2010 bar exam must be submitted by September 1, 2009. Applications for the July 2010 bar exam must be submitted by February 1, 2010. You may file a late application for the February bar up to December 31, and for the July bar up to May 31, but penalty fees apply. The forms and instructions are available on the bar examiners' web site: http://www.ibaby.org. Please note: Even if you registered with the bar examiners as a first-year student, you must still file a final application. If you have any questions about the application materials, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar at 217/522-5917.

The law school sends a ďCertificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal EducationĒ to the Illinois bar examiners for every student who graduates in December or May. Please be sure to file an Application for Graduation so that we will know you plan to graduate in either December or May.

All information you disclose on the bar application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

Representatives from the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will visit the Chicago area later this semester or early in the Spring semester to answer questions concerning the bar application process. We will announce the date and time once the session has been scheduled.

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE). The MPRE is required for admission to the bars of most jurisdictions, including Illinois. The exam is administered in March, August, and November each year. You may take the exam after you have completed two-thirds of the credits required for the J.D. degree (at Chicago-Kent, this means you must have completed 58 credits). Applications for the next exam, on November 7, 2009, are available in the Registrar's office. You may also register online by going to http://www.ncbex.org/multistate-tests/mpre. The deadline for applying for the November exam is September 29, 2009 (the late deadline is October 15).

Joke of the Week. Question: What do you get when you cross an elephant and a skin doctor? Answer: A pachydermatologist.


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