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ASP Workshop on Outlining. The Academic Support Program's second Fall workshop will address different approaches to the course outlining process and will feature students and faculty sharing tips for assembling a useable and complete course outline. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 12:00-12:50 pm (Auditorium)The program for evening students will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 7:35-8:30 pm (Rm. 165). Although the programs are mainly aimed at first-year students, all students are welcome to attend. For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web page. (Note: If you started this Summer in Dean Sowle's Criminal Law class, you have already had this workshop, but are welcome to attend again if you wish.)

Meet Your Librarians: Pizza and Beer Event for First-Year Students. Take a break from studying and get to know your librarians on Thursday, October 1, 4:00-5:30 p.m. in Morris Hall on the 10th floor. 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.

Family and Friends Day. This year's Family and Friends Day program will be held on Saturday, October 3, 9:00am-12:45pm. 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 Heyman, Sowle, and Walters 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 September 30.

Final Praxis Program Information Session and Fall Kick-Off Luncheon. Chicago-Kent's Praxis Certificate Program (see below for more information about the program) will be holding the following two events:

Praxis Certificate Information Sessions. Professor Maureen Aidasani will be holding a final information session for upper-class students interested in enrolling in the Praxis Certificate program. All upper-class students with at least three semesters of study remaining are eligible to enroll.  This optional information session will be held Monday, September 28, 5:30 pm in Rm. 510.  Refreshments will be served.

Praxis Certificate Fall Kick-Off Luncheon. The Praxis Program will be holding a complimentary luncheon on Tuesday, October 6, at 12:00 noon in Rm. 170. This luncheon is for all students currently enrolled in, or eligible students interested in enrolling in, the Praxis Certificate program. Ian Turvill, Chief Marketing Officer at Freeborn & Peters LLP, will lead an interactive workshop on the topic of defining career goals and designing a plan of action to meet them. Students will discuss how they can develop and market skills and talents that will resonate with potential employers and put students on a path toward long-term success. If you aren't already enrolled in Praxis and would like to RSVP, please email Professor Aidasani at

About the Praxix Certificate Program. The Praxis Certificate Program is designed for students who are interested in fully embracing a practice or experience-based course of study. In addition to completing 24 credits in approved experiential coursework, Praxis students will learn about some of the most important “practice competencies” of successful attorneys, chart their progress toward developing these skills, and learn how to package and market their experience to potential employers. Students may enroll in Praxis concurrently with other Chicago-Kent certificate programs, and enrollment does not a commit a student to complete the program. The program is open to all upper-class day and evening students with at least three semesters of study remaining. Click here for more information or to enroll online. Please contact Professor Aidasani ( if you have any questions.

National Association of Law Students With Disabilities. The National Association of Law Students with Disabilities will be holding elections for its 2015-2016 Executive Board and is seeking law students with disabilities to serve on the Board. The NALSWD Executive Board consists of the President, Executive Director of Advocacy, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, Membership Director, and Conference Director. There are also several Junior Officer positions that are available to pre-law and law students who would like to have a more active role in NALSWD. All candidacy statements should be submitted to by Wednesday, September 30, 9:00pm (Pacific time). Additional information about the Board positions and elections process can be found by clicking here.

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 and pack your belongings -- your safety is more important than your possessions. If you have valuables you do not wish to leave behind, please "grab and go" when you hear the alarm -- 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 follow the directions of Law School personnel during an evacuation may subject you to a disciplinary charge.

Joke of the Week. The first rule of Thesaurus Club is you don't talk about, mention, speak of, discuss or chat about Thesaurus Club.


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