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Asst. Dean Stephen D. Sowle

Week of September 15, 2014
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Academic Calendar Reminder.
 Due to Rosh Hashanah, classes are administratively canceled on Wednesday, September 24 (4:00 and after); and on Thursday, September 25 (all day and evening).

Fire Safety Reminders. In the event of a fire, it is vital that we clear the building as quickly as possible. Please keep the following in mind:

Please use the nearest staircase to exit the building, unless the staircase is overcrowded. In that case, please seek out an alternate staircase (there are at least two on each floor). There are maps in the elevator bays on each floor identifying the locations of the staircases. Do not use the elevators.

Once in the staircase, please proceed all the way to the first floor -- do not exit at the third floor in order to use the atrium staircase.

Please do not take time to gather up your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you feel that you must take any valuables with you, please "grab and go" -- do not waste precious seconds or minutes powering down your laptop computer or packing up your belongings.

Once you exit the building, please move either eastward or westward down the sidewalk so that you will be out of harm's way if any windows shatter. For your safety, please do not step into traffic or cross against a traffic light.

Failure to leave the building promptly, or failure to follow the directions of Law School personnel, may subject you to a disciplinary charge.

Meet your Librarians: Pizza and Beer Event for First-Year Students. 
Take a break from studying and get to know your librarians on Thursday, September 18, 3:30-5:30 pm in the 10th floor event room. They'll be serving up slices of Chicago pizza and local beers. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the people in the Library who are always eager to assist you with your research.

Institute for Compliance: Career Chat with Nayra Calderon Najera.
The Institute for Compliance invites all students to a series of informal discussions with alumni about careers in compliance. The next compliance chat will feature Nayra Calderon Najera and will be held Tuesday, September 16, 12:00 pm in Rm. 345. Lunch will be provided. Ms. Calderaon Najera is a Vice President and Regional Compliance Manager in the Investment Management Division of Goldman Sachs. She has been with Goldman Sachs since 2010 and is responsible for all compliance matters of the firm's Chicago Private Wealth Management office. 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.

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.

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

*On Monday, September 15, 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.

Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Conference. The 4th annual Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Conference will be held Friday, October 3, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm at the Law School. For information ont the conference and how to register, click here. Chicago-Kent students may attend free of charge. For more information, please contact Abby Eisenberg at

Joke of the Week. There's a group of thieves in town who are systematically shoplifting clothes in size order. The police say they're still at large.


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