Office of the Dean:
News & announcements from Dean Perritt for the week of
September 4, 2000

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Welcome Letter for Students

Dear Student:

Chicago-Kent is an exciting place to learn about the law.  I want to tell you why I think so.

Chicago-Kent has a long tradition of tying the theoretical to the practical, of linking the scholarship and teaching of its faculty to the readiness of its students to practice law.  We take our identity as a professional school seriously.  We have one of the most creative faculties in the country in terms of theoretical scholarship, and we also have one of the strongest legal writing programs in the country.  We work hard to synthesize challenging intellectual inquiry in the classroom with sound basic doctrine.  We were never content with the traditional clinical program but sought and succeeded in implementing our innovative law offices program giving law students the opportunity to engage mainstream, real-world practice problems while they are still in school.  In fact, the American Bar Association gave Chicago-Kent a national award for its Professionalism Day.

These traditions provide the foundation for many initiatives that will be active in the coming year.  Our Institute for Law, Science and Technology, directed by Professor Lori Andrews, is a joint venture among Chicago-Kent and other units of IIT. The Institute facilitates real-world use of theories originating in the laboratory and the law school seminar.  It concerns itself with the intersections of law, science and technology, exploring the social, ethical and legal implications of, for example: cloning, electronic commerce, electricity deregulation, and telemedicine.

Scores of our students participate in our nationally known environmental program, our Institute for Law and the Workplace, and our trial practice program, taught by real judges in real courtrooms.  We are developing new opportunities all the time.  Last year we launched our new Institute for Law and the Humanities, recognizing that, while law needs to be linked with technology, and to have a global reach, ultimately it must be defined by underlying human values.

Another initiative involves globalization.  It ties together faculty members, policy makers, business executives, labor leaders and public interest advocates in exploring new roles for international law and international institutions in expanding trade, managing inter-ethnic conflict, and promoting human rights and environmental protection. Dozens of our students are involved in Bosnia, Kosovo, Poland and China, building rule of law institutions, and making effective use of Internet technology as they do so.  A major effort to link hundreds of organizations in Chicago, called "Global Chicago", has been located at Chicago-Kent.  This new responsibility bespeaks the growing reputation of Chicago-Kent as an honest broker in helping people understand international issues.

We also are extending Chicago-Kent's historical excellence in understanding the relationship between law and computers.  We deal with the challenges to traditional legal doctrine and
institutions represented by the Internet and other computer technologies, ranging from digital signatures, to criminal liability halfway around the world for something someone puts on his Web
page in Illinois.  Last month, Professor Margaret Stewart and I were in London at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association presenting a report, two years in the making, of a major Internet jurisdiction project funded by the ABA.

All of these initiatives involve law students.  You should be especially proud this year of being members of the Chicago-Kent community.  As you may know, Chicago-Kent has embraced a fundamental strategy to reduce class size and to become more selective.  As a consequence, there are almost 100 fewer entering students this fall than two years ago.  

I look forward to working with you to continue to make Chicago-Kent a stimulating experience and to make sure all of us are well positioned to participate in an evolving legal system that serves the needs of society and raises its aspirations.

Best wishes.

 Dean Henry H. Perritt, Jr.

Archive Links:  Previous Announcements from Dean Perritt

Week of August 14, 2000



Week of June 19, 2000

Week of May 8, 2000

  • Same information as May 1, 2000. 
Week of May 1, 2000
  • 14th Annual Scholarship Luncheon
  • Presentation Given By Dean Perritt and Margaret Stewart
Week of April 24, 2000
  • Justice Web Collaboratory Advisory Board Meeting
  • The Future of Public Sector Labor Management Relations Conference
  • Chicago Database Summit
  • General Augusto Pinochet
Week of April 17, 2000
  • State Death Penalty Litigation Project
Week of April 10, 2000
  • Independent International Commission Meeting
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Case
  • Global Law and Policy Initiative Lecture
Week of April 3, 2000
  • Distinguished Professor Lecture featuring Joan Steinman
  • Morris Lecture featuring Professor Patrick Glenn
  • E-Lawyering:  Lawyers Serving Society Through Technology Conference
Week of March 27, 2000
  • Same as week of March 20, 2000
Week of March 20, 2000
  • MacArthur Foundation
  • Professor Bart Brown
Week of March 13, 2000
  • International Travel
  • Third Annual State of the Law School Address
Week of March 6, 2000
  • Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Distinguished Labor Leader Lecture
  • Justice Anne Burke 
Week of February 28, 2000
  • Illinois Appellate Court Visit
  • Institute for Law and the Workplace Event
  • International War Crimes Documentation IPRO Team
Week of February 21, 2000
  • American Red Cross
  • Chicago-Kent's Downsizing Initiative
Week of February 14, 2000
  • DuPage Country Bar Association
  • Dean Perritt's Remarks for January Open House
Week of February 7, 2000
  • Balarus Delegation Reception
  • Hague on Private International Law
Week of January 31, 2000
  • Professor Bart Brown's Membership to the Council on Foreign Relations
Week of January 24, 2000
  • Chicago-Kent Alumnus Argues Before the Supreme Court
Week of January 17, 2000
  • Ukraine/Kosovo Trip
  • Internet Conference in Lublin
  • AALS Annual Conference
  • Zia Hassan's Departure
  • Mickie Voges' Position Change
Week of November 22, 1999
  • Chicago-Kent receives grant
Week of November 15, 1999
  • Program on Gun Control
  • Talk on Human Rights in Cuba
  • Talk on Establishing the Rule of Law in Kosovo
Week of November 8, 1999
  • Distinguished Professor Lecture
  • Center for Law and Computers
  • Russian Professor Visits Chicago-Kent
Week of November 1, 1999
  • 22nd Annual Derivatives and Commodities Law Institute Program
  • Kosovo/Albania Trip
Week of October 25, 1999
  • "Well Founded Fear" Event
  • Student Bar Association Meeting
Week of October 18, 1999
  • Workshop on Promoting the Use of Electronic Payments
Week of October 11, 1999
  • Meeting with JD/MBA Students
  • Polish Visitors
Week of October 4, 1999
  • Luncheon for LL.M. Students
  • Security Provisions
Week of September 27, 1999
  • Orientation Speech to First Year Students
Week of September 20, 1999 - (No new information available)

Week of September 13, 1999

  • Dean Perritt and Professor Stewart Participate in Workshop
Week of September 6, 1999 - (No new information available)

Week of August 30, 1999

  • Welcome Letter to Returning Students
  • Law House
Week of August 16, 1999
  • Letter to First Year Students
Week of May 3, 1999
  • Bart Brown's Presentation
  • The Alumni Luncheon
  • Tasha Kincade -- new arrival and maternity leave
Week of April 26, 1999
  • Chicago-Kent Receives Gift
  • Faculty Scholarship
Week of April 19, 1999
  • American Red Cross
  • Award Announcements
Week of April 12, 1999 - (No new information available)

Week of March 22, 1999

  • Operation Kosovo team in Albania
Week of March 15, 1999
  • In Memoriam:  Dr. Rowine Brown Truitt '61
  • In Memoriam:  William F. Zacharias, Professor of Law
Week of March 8, 1999
  • Dean Perritt's Travels To Central Europe
Week of March 1, 1999 (No new information available)

Week of February 22, 1999

  • International Travel Itinerary for Dean Perritt
Week of February 8 and 15, 1999
  • Second Annual State of the Law School Address
Week of February 1, 1999
  • Strategies for Excellence:  Law as a Profession 1999
  • Workshop on the International Criminal Court and U.S. National Security
  • Kosovo and Albania Trips
Week of January 18, 1999
  • Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting
Week of December 7, 1998
  • Esther Rothstein
  • Soros Open Society Foundation Grant
  • Alumnus Gift
Week of November 30, 1998
  • Dean Perritt Appointed to Advisory Commission on Internet Privacy
Week of November 23, 1998
  • Illinois State Bar Association Award
  • Newly Appointed Distinguished Professors
Week of November 16, 1998
  • Workshop on Genetic Susceptibility to Environmental Contamination
Week of November 9, 1998
  • Project Bosnia IPRO Installs Ministry of Justice Database Server
  • Assistant Dean for Career Services and Alumnae/i Relations
Week of November 2, 1998 (No new information available)

Week of October 26, 1998

  • Illinois Commerce Commission Relationship
  • Judicial Ratings Available
Week of October 19, 1998
  • 21st Annual Commodities and Derivatives Law Conference 
  • NCAIR Grant 
Week of October 12, 1998
  • Update on Jacob Corre' 
  • New Graduation Date 
Week of October 5, 1998
  • Meeting of the National Academy of Sciences 
  • Committee on Global Networks and Local Values 
  • Presentation to the Great Lakes Supreme Court Justices 
  • Jacob Corre's Condition 
  • Dean's Office Seeks Research Assistant 
Week of September 28, 1998
  • Meeting with Albanian Ambassador to the United States 
  • Meeting with Counselor for Legal Affairs of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China 
Week of September 21, 1998
  • Illinois Bar Association Award for Project Bosnia 
  • Jacob Corre' 
  • Operation Kosovo Web Site 
Week of September 14, 1998
  • Meeting with Vice President for Information Technology at Northwestern University 
  • Meeting with Incoming President of the Chicago Bar Association 
Week of September 7, 1998
  • Chicago Tribune Coverage 
  • New Member of Chicago-Kent's Board of Overseers 
  • ISLAT/AFB Tour and Dinner 
Week of August 31, 1998
  • David Gerber's Reception 
  • First Meeting of Project Bosnia IPRO 
  • Discussions with Bosnia Refugee Group 
Week of August 24, 1998
  • Two Faculty Members Visit China 
  • ABA Jurisdiction Project 
  • New Appointments in Student Services 
Week of August 17, 1998
  • Creating and building momentum: keeping Chicago-Kent a law school ahead of the times 

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