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Academic Calendar Reminder. Spring Break begins Saturday, March 12, at 12:00 noon. Classes resume on Monday, March 21.

Summer Note Writing Class. In an 8-week intensive course, the class teaches students how to write a note on a legal topic. Law firms value a published student note on the resume. Past students of the class have successfully published their papers in outside journals.  The class is expected to meet once a week (for 8 weeks) at a time so as not to conflict with the other summer courses. For qualifying students (those who have completed 54 hours and Legal Writing 4), the class may satisfy the seminar writing requirement.   Registration for the class will be done as Independent Research, for one credit (graded pass/fail).  The class is taught by IP Fellows under the supervision of Prof. Lee.  Space is limited to 20 students.   All JD students may apply; priority given to students interested in intellectual property.  The course requires significant time for individual research and writing outside of class and is not ideal for students who have summer jobs or other commitments during the 8 week period.   

To apply, email Patricia O’Neal at the following: (1) cover letter explaining your interest in the writing course, what area of law you would like to research, and a list of the specific times Monday through Friday you are available and not available during the 8-week summer session, (2) resume, (3) transcript, and (4) writing sample.  Applications are due Friday, April 1, at 5:00 pm

Trial Team Tryouts 
Interested in receiving individual instruction on trial skills, making invaluable career connections with practicing attorneys, and having tons of FUN? Join Chicago-Kent's nationally ranked Trial Team! Tryouts are open to 1Ls and 2Ls and will be held Wednesday, March 30 beginning at 5:30 in the Marovitz Courtroom. Informational packets with everything you need to know are available on the 3rd floor outside the Spak, in the Marovitz Courtroom, and outside Judge Erickson's office (Rm 705). Email Ana Montelongo ( with any questions. 

Jump Start Bar Preparation Programs for Graduating Students
Through the generosity of Prof. Conviser and BARBRI, we are offering a no-credit, free class this Spring that will provide an early opportunity to begin preparing for the bar exam. The class is taught by Kent alum Stephanie Goetz, who been helping students pass the bar for 19 years. The class will meet six times during this semester on Thursdays from 4:00-5:50 pm, beginning on Thursday, March 10th. The class is geared toward general bar preparation (not just Illinois), and it is open to both J.D. and LL.M. students graduating in May who plan to take a bar exam this summer or next winter.  With the Illinois pass rate declining, this valuable seminar will jump-start your preparation by covering practical information on what is tested on the bar exam and offering study tips. You’ll also experience your first substantive lecture, a torts lecture by Prof. Conviser, that will be jumping off point for other skills-based classes and your first taste of the bar review process.

If you are interested in signing up for the class, please email Stephanie at In your email, include the state bar exam you are planning to sit for, any questions you may have about the course or bar exam, and your Kent email address (if not your primary email) for access to the Panopto AV system.

Notice to Students in Substance Abuse Recovery (or who want to be). If you are in recovery for a substance abuse problem, or if you are not in recovery but would like help with a substance abuse problem, consider contacting the Lawyers Assistance Program. This confidential program exists to help lawyers, judges, and law students with alcohol abuse, drug dependency, or mental health problems. If you are already in recovery, there are weekly A.A. meetings at LAP's Chicago office on Tuesdays, 12:15-1:15 pm, and Thursdays, 12:15-1:15 pm, , at 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 1820. If you are not in recovery but would like to find out more about what LAP can do for you, call or stop by LAP's office, or go to their web site at

Reminder About IIT's Political Activity Policy. (From the IIT General Counsel's Office:) As a tax-exempt entity, IIT is prohibited from directly or indirectly participating or intervening in any campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for elective office, and IIT has an obligation to refrain from engaging in any partisan political activity. Violation of these prohibitions against such activities could jeopardize the university's tax-exempt status.

While individuals are free to express their opinions and to support political candidates on their own, it must be clear that the individual is acting on his or her own behalf and not on behalf of IIT. No one should identify himself or herself as an employee of IIT when supporting a candidate. If, when speaking or writing on behalf of a candidate someone is identified as an IIT faculty member or other employee, that individual should indicate prior to any speech or as part of any writing that the comments are personal and not intended to represent the views of IIT. Further, no individual or event may use the name, symbols or resources of the university in any way in connection with any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for political office.

Specific examples of impermissible activities include, but are not limited to (i) using university letterhead, campus mail, telephones or email accounts to solicit support or contributions for a candidate; (ii) using university funds to purchase tickets for a candidate's fund-raiser; and (iii) putting campaign posters on university property.

Political candidates may use or rent IIT facilities only if all candidates are allowed the opportunity to use or rent such facilities on equal terms and conditions.

Subject to certain conditions and restrictions, political candidates may be invited to speak at events without jeopardizing IIT’s tax-exempt status; however, no such invitation should be extended without the extending party first discussing the invitation with the General Counsel’s Office, so as to ensure that the invitation complies with applicable laws.

Certain voter education activities, including voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives, are permissible but only if they are undertaken in accordance with applicable rules and regulations and are conducted in a non-partisan manner. Again, before any such activities are undertaken, the initiating party should contact the General Counsel's Office.

Any questions about this policy should be directed to Anthony D. D'Amato, General Counsel, at 7-8821.


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