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ASP Workshop: Preparing For and Getting the Most Out of Class. The Academic Support Program's first workshop of the semester will address how to prepare for class effectively and how to get the most out of your classes. The program for day students will be held on Tuesday, September 5, 12:00-1:00 (Auditorium). The program for evening students will be held on Wednesday, September 6, 7:35-8:25 (Rm. 510). All students are invited to attend, but first-year students are particularly encouraged to attend. (Note: If you started this Summer in Dean Sowle's Criminal Law class, you have already had this and the remaining workshops, but are welcome to attend again if you wish.) For more information about the Academic Support Program, visit the ASP web site.

The remaining workshops for the Fall semester are listed below. Please mark your calendars.

Outlining Your Courses
Day students: Tuesday, October 3, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Wednesday, October 4, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 510)

Preparing for and Taking Exams
Day students: Tuesday, November 7, 12:00-1:00 pm (Auditorium)
Evening students: Wednesday, November 8, 7:35-8:25 pm (Rm. 510)

Assisting Victims of Hurricane Harvey. If you would like to help those affected by Hurrican Harvey, Texas officials are encouraging donations to the American Red Cross. You can make a $10 donation by texting the word HARVEY to 90999; by visiting; or by calling 1- 800-RED CROSS. For more information on how law students, in particular, can help, the ABA and the ABA Young Lawyers Division have created a website with information and resources:

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 result in a disciplinary charge.

Summer 2017 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 list of CALI Award winners for Summer 2017 courses is available by clicking here. Congratulations to all of you who received the award.

Student Affairs Office: Extended Hours on Mondays. Jenna Abhijeet, the Director of Academic Administration and Student Affairs, has extended hours until 6:00 pm every Monday. She is located in Room 310A.

Constitution Day Observance. In observance of Constitution Day 2017, there will be a panel discussion on "The Constitution and the Trump Presidency," featuring Dean Harold Krent and Professors Sheldon Nahmod, Mark Rosen, and Carolyn Shapiro, on Monday, September 18, 4:00-5:15pm, in Rm. C50.The event is free and open to the public.

Meditation Room. Rm. C86 is availble for meditation or contemplation. The room is located in the hallway on the southeast side of the Concourse level. 

Lactation Room. There is a lactation room available in the Library. For more information, please contact Jenna Abhijeet at or 312-906-5005.

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.

Joke of the Week. Q: What is heavy forward but not backward? A: Ton.


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