Office of the Dean:
News & announcements from Dean Perritt for the week of
August 24, 1998

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Two Faculty Members Visit China

Two Chicago-Kent College of Law faculty members, Professor A. Dan Tarlock and Associate Dean Harold Krent, traveled to Beijing, China last Thursday.  They will spend the week meeting with Chinese law school officials to lay groundwork for Chicago-Kent's "China-Bridge:  Middle Kingdom - Mid-America" program. 

Chicago-Kent, in conjunction with other branches of the Illinois Institute of Technology is developing the "China Bridge" program to facilitate cooperation between the U.S. and Chinese legal education systems.  President Clinton and Chinese President Jiang Zemin during this year's U.S. - China summit meetings, have identified such cooperation as a priority. 

Currently, postgraduate legal education is almost non-existent in China.  Most Chinese lawyers study law as an undergraduate major, and then go directly into practice.  Lawyers seeking a postgraduate law degree must spend at least three years studying outside of China. This time requirement prohibits most Chinese lawyers from undertaking postgraduate legal study. 

Chicago-Kent's "China Bridge: Middle Kingdom-Mid-America" program is designed to give Chinese lawyers the opportunity to earn a post-graduate law degree from Chicago-Kent with at least half of the instruction taking place in China via electronic distance learning.  For further information about the "China Bridge" program, please contact Randy Clarke (906-5235, in the International Law and Policy Development Office. 

 ABA Jurisdiction Project

The Cyberspace Law Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Business Law has launched a multilateral effort to analyze jurisdictional problems that impact global electronic commerce.  The Business Law Section has approved funding to host the project through the year 2000 at Chicago-Kent College of Law of the Illinois Institute of Technology.  The Project will be directed by Professor Margaret Stewart of Chicago-Kent in association with a joint steering committee of the Business Law Section.  The results of this exhaustive study are scheduled to be released during the Year 2000 Annual Meeting of ABA taking place in New York and London.  Background and contact information can be found at the Project's home page,

New Appointments in Student Services

Professor Michele Baker Richardson has agreed to become the Director of LINC (Learning in New Contexts).  LINC is intended to be a completely redesigned program to provide support focused on our "at-risk" students.  It will replace the Academic Support Program, while not being tied to its features. 

Chris Matheny has agreed to become Director of Students Services, succeeding Ellen Berger. Mr. Matheny will provide support for LINC as its requirements are determined by Professor Richardson. 

Henry H. Perritt, Jr. 

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