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Fall 2012 Initial Reading Assignments and Course Materials. A list of initial reading assignments for Fall 2012 courses will be posted on Wednesday, August 8. It will be linked to this page, and will be available on the Fall 2012 Quick Guide page (also available by going to the Current Students page and clicking on the Fall '12 link).

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 Current Students page.

Spring 2012 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 2012 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 2012 Class Ranks and GPA Cut-offs. The class ranks and cumulative GPAs as of the end of the Spring 2012 semester have been posted and are available your Web for Students account (click on the Spring 2012 link, under Grades and Rank, in the lefthand menu). For those J.D. students who just graduated, this information constitutes your final GPA and class rank. The GPA cut-offs as of the end of the Spring 2012 semester are available by clicking here. For those students who transferred into Kent in January, please keep in mind that you will not receive a class rank until you have been here for two semesters.

Consider Taking Appellate Courts and Procedure. [From Prof. Steinman] All through law school you read appellate court decisions, and perhaps you plan to litigate. How much do you know about appellate review: About who can appeal, when, where, and how?; about the scope of review available before final judgment?

- Do you understand what the various standards of review really mean, and what standard the courts will apply to what issues?
- Are you sure of the degree to which the trial court record and the issues you've raised – or failed to raise – in the trial court limit what you can argue on appeal?
- Have you pondered when appellate courts feel free to make new law and when they leave law making to legislatures? or the role of intermediate appellate courts in lawmaking?
- Have you considered how the volume of litigation has altered how appellate courts operate (their internal procedures, their use of staff, the very structure of appellate court systems), and the implications of those changes for how appellate counsel must work?
- Do you know much about U.S. Supreme Court jurisdiction and certiorari policy, or the role of amicus curiae? 

If these questions interest you, consider taking Appellate Courts and Procedure in the Fall. The class will meet Mon./Tues./Thurs. 10:40-11:35 am. We'll be using materials by Meador, Baker, & Steinman.

Advanced Legislative Advocacy. Professor William Kling is seeking two to three additional students to enroll in Advanced Legislative Advocacy for Fall 2012.  Students must have taken Legislative Advocacy, or request approval from Professor Kling to enroll. Students who have experience working in the policy/politics arena will be interested. Contact Dean Sowle or Professor Kling ( if you are interested.

Opportunity to take classes at Loyola (Chicago) School of Law. Chicago-Kent and Loyola (Chicago) School of Law have entered into an arrangement that permits students from each school to register for selected courses at the other school. Students will pay tuition to their home school, and grades will transfer (not just the credits) and be counted in your GPA. Click here for a list of Loyola classes open to upper-level Chicago-Kent students this Fall semester. If you are interested in taking one of these classes, please contact me.

Notices 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 and network accounts, and your locker, until you graduate.

•Email and Network Accounts. Network accounts: These will be deactivated on Monday, August 1, at 11:50 pm (the first Monday after the July bar exam). Email accounts: All Spring graduates have been given email for life. This email address is based on and uses the Gmail platform. The Center for Law and Computers will send more information regarding when accounts will be decommissioned. For now these addresses will continue to receive email. We encourage everyone to start promoting and actively using  the email address. For information regarding the new email and how to access email please visit

•Clearing Out Lockers. Please clear your lockers out no later than Wednesday, August 1. 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. Note: This applies only to graduating students. If you are not graduating, you do not need to clear your locker out; you will keep your current locker until you graduate.

Joke of the Week. Have you noticed that, no matter how much you push an envelope, it will still be stationery? (Thanks to Prof. Brill for this week's joke.)


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