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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

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General Announcements:

Family and Friends Day.
 This year's Family and Friends Day program will be held on Saturday, September 27, 9:00-12:45. The program gives parents, spouses, partners, siblings, children, and other important people in your life the opportunity to visit Chicago-Kent and get a taste of what you are experiencing as a student. The program will include mini-classes taught by Professors Buccafusco, Walters, Warner, and Sowle, and a mock trial demonstration featuring members of our award-winning Trial Team. The day will start with registration and continental breakfast at 9:00, and a welcome at 9:30. Mini-classes will be held from 9:45-10:30, followed by the mock trial at 10:45. Students and their guests will break out into mock juries following the trial, and will gather again at 12:30 for a discussion of the trial and concluding remarks. If you plan to attend, please register here no later than Friday, September 19.

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 first-year and upper-level writing courses (Legal Writing 1, Legal Writing 2, 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.

Summer 2014 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 Summer 2014 courses are available by clicking here. Congratulations to all of you who received the award.

Constitution Day Observances. The Law School will be hosting two events in commemoration of Constitution Day.

*On Monday, September 15, from 4:00-5:00 pm in the Marovitz Courtroom, there will be a panel discussion on the topic of "The Press, the Supreme Court, and the Constitution."  Panelists will include Sonja West of Georgia Law, RonNell Anderson Jones of BYU Law, and Dahlia Lithwick of Slate. Kent's own Prof. Carolyn Shapiro will be returning to campus to moderate the panel.

*On Wednesday, September 17, 3:00-4:00 pm in Rm. 520, Prof. Steven Heyman will give a lecture titled "Conservative Libertarianism and the Transformation of First Amendment Jurisprudence." Prof. Christopher Schmidt will offer a short comment on Prof. Heyman's lecture. This event is being organized by Chicago-Kent's student chapter of the American Constitution Society.

Institute on Compliance: Career Chat with Ron Gieseke. The Institute on Compliance invites all students to a series of informal discussions with alumni about careers in compliance. The next compliance chat will feature Ron Gieseke and will be held Monday, September 8, at 12:00 in Rm. 580. Lunch will be provided. Mr. Gieseke has been in -house counsel for Fortune 500 companies for over 30 years. He manages the corporate team at Ameren, an electric and natural gas utility with headquarters in St. Louis. His team is princiapply responsible for corporate compliance, governance, securities regulation, and finance. The Institute for Compliance promotes careers in financial compliance, trains and prepares students for such careers, increases knowledge of the importance of compliance, and provides various events for the Chicago-based compliance and legal community.

Student Health Insurance Waiver Deadline Extended. Please note that the deadline to waiver the student health Insurance plan had been extend to Monday, September 15, 2014.  If you are currently enrolled in the plan and would like to waive, you may do so online here. As a reminder, all students who are registered for 12 or more credit hours or who are on an F1 or J1 visa are automatically enrolled in the plan.

Writing Contests. This is a reminder that a separate section of the Record provides information about writing contests open to law students. Many contests allow students to submit papers written for class. This can be a great way of earning a nice credential, and many of the contests have monetary or other prizes.

Security Reminder: Watch Your Valuables! We would like to remind all faculty, staff, and students to guard your valuables to avoid the risk of theft. Please do not leave your possessions unattended in the Library or any other part of the building, even for a short time -- it only takes a second for a thief to grab and run. In particular, thefts of cell phones have increased nationwide, including a recent incident here at Chicago-Kent.

Adding and Dropping Courses. You may add an open course without special permission until the end of the first week of classes. During the second week, however, you may add an open course only with permission of the instructor. You may not add a course after Monday, September 8, at 11:50pm (the end of the add/drop period).

You may withdraw from any course except a required course, a clinical course, Law Review, Moot Court, or Intensive Trial Advocacy at any time prior to the date of the final exam or final paper (see § 3.10(c) of the Student Handbook). There is no tuition penalty if you drop a course by Monday, September 8 (the end of the add/drop period). You will not receive a tuition refund, however, if you drop a course after Monday, September 8, at 11:50pm.

Pass/Fail Elections. Pass/fail elections for the Fall semester must be made online no later than Monday, September 8. Please review section 2.4 "Pass/Fail Election" in the Student Handbook if you have any questions regarding your pass/fail elections. In order to make your election, you should:

  1. Log into Web for Students.

  2. Select the "Take Class Pass/Fail" option under the "Online Forms" heading

  3. Select the course you would like to take on a pass/fail basis

  4. Submit your selection

The Registrar's Office will review your request and inform you if there is any problem with your request.

Full-Time Students Taking Fewer Than 12 Credits. Students graduating at the end of the Fall 2014 semester who need fewer than the minimum number of hours to graduate may take fewer credits without special permission. If you will be taking fewer than 12 credit hours, you will not be automatically included in the student health insurance program - you will need to opt in to the insurance program. Please see the Student Health Insurance FAQ for more information. In addition, if you take fewer than 12 credits hours, please contact the Registrar, Jerry Seaton, so he can make sure you are still coded as full-time in the registration system.

Tuition Discount for Graduating Students Taking More than 87 Credits. If you will be graduating at the end of the Fall 2014 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 Monday, September 8, and I will arrange for the credit to be applied to your account. Please note: Financial aid is not available for any courses you take that are not necessary for you to reach the required 87 credits.

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