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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of April 19, 2010
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Academic Calendar Reminder. Please note the following dates for the closing period of the semester:

Last day of classes: Friday, April 30 (Monday classes meet, King Birthday make-up; Friday classes do not meet)
Read Period: Saturday, May 1 - Tuesday, May 4
Exam Period: Wednesday, May 5 - Friday, May 14

Summer 2010 Registration. Initial registration for Summer 2010 classes is now over. To learn what classes you have been admitted into, you must check the Online Registration site on or after Monday, April 19. (The only oversubscribed classes were Evidence and Professional Responsibility.) The registration system has reopened for Summer add/drop. You may add an open class, or drop a class and receive a tuition refund, through the end of the first week of the Summer term. Click here for links to the revised Summer schedule and the online registration system.

The following Summer 2010 class was canceled due to inadequate enrollment:

-Tax Procedure (Prof. Decatorsmith), 580-81

Fall 2010 Preliminary Schedule. The preliminary schedule of classes for the Fall 2010 semester will be distributed this Wednesday, April 21, 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: Thursday, April 22, 3:30-4:30 pm (Auditorium)
Evening Division: Thursday, April 22, 8:30-9:30 pm (Rm. 520)

Spring 2010 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. 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.

Notice About Borrowing Laptops from the Computer Center: The Computer Center has a limited supply of laptop computers reserved for use in emergency situations (e.g, a computer crash 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 have laptops that cannot run SofTest.

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.

•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 and clicking on the Exam Database link in the lefthand menu. Exams dating from 1992 and before are bound in volumes available in the 10th floor reading room in the Library.

Trial Team Tryouts: April 22. Tryouts for the 2010-2011 Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Team will be held on Thursday, April 22, 2010. All interested students should meet in the Marovitz courtroom (first floor) at 5:00p.m. The only requirement is that you are a full-time Kent student. First-year students are encouraged to try out. This will be an open competition; we will pick 1-6 students to participate. For those who make it onto the team, both regional competitions will be held the second or third week in February 2011. The Regionals for the National Trial Competition will be held in Indiana, and the Regionals for the AAJ Competition will be held in Chicago. The winners of the Regionals will proceed to the Nationals in March 2011.

The Chicago-Kent Trial Advocacy Program has been nationally ranked as the #4 law school for the best trial advocacy program in the country by US News & World Report. We have assembled excellent coaching faculties. The National Trial Competition is the largest trial competition for law schools in the country, beginning with more than 300 teams throughout the nation. Over the last 29 years Chicago-Kent has been one of the most successful programs in the country. Chicago-Kent has been Regional Champions 23 of the last 29 years, including 2010, and won three national titles, in 1988, 2007, and 2008. This year, Chicago-Kent finished as semi-finalists, making the Final Four out of 305 teams. The National Trial 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. Chicago-Kent also entered a team this year in the ABA Labor and Employment Trial Competition. The team won the Region, earning the title of Midwest Regional Champions, and went on finish as a National Semi-Finalist. Additionally, for the fifth 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.

Our goal as a faculty will be to provide the students on all of the 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.

Tryouts: 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 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 only 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, and 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.) Good luck!

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Patient: "Doctor, doctor, I think I'm a bridge!" Doctor: "I wonder what's come over you." Patient: "Well, so far, it's been three cars, two trucks, and a bus."

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