Vol. No. XXV, No. 1 August 15, 1994

NOTE: If you would like to have a notice posted in The Record, please submit your information by attaching (F6) a WordPerfect document to an email message sent to Jane McBride (JMCBRIDE). All notices must include your name, your email address and/or a telephone number where you can be reached during the day. If applicable, please include the name of your student organization. All information should be submitted by Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.


On behalf of the faculty and staff of Chicago-Kent, welcome. You have made a wonderful choice of a school . . . and a profession. Your next three or four years promise working hard, finding intellectual challenges, making new friends, and committing--to study and serve.

You are coming to the law school at an exciting time. Our program is evolving daily, with new courses, new concentrations, and new faculty members. Whether your focus is environmental law, intellectual property, international law, dispute resolution, or anything else, you can carve out an identity as a Chicago-Kent student.

I'm also excited for you because you are entering the legal profession as it, too, is evolving. As you know, lawyers have never been popular. In recent years, we have been blamed for many national crises: a failed economy, crime, and now, the cost of health care. Yet, as much as I believe lawyers do not deserve to be labelled, and as much as I believe most lawyers to be honorable productive contributors to a better life for their clients, I think that all of us in the law must confront our weaknesses.

-- Do we sometimes file frivolous, wasteful lawsuits? Yes.

-- Do we sometimes needlessly prolong litigation and disputing?


-- Do we sometimes exhibit a lack of professionalism in our work? Lack of civility in our actions? Low ethical standards? Poor work habits?

Yes, yes, yes, yes.

To our detractors, lawyers must admit that we can do better. But we must also remember the noble tasks in which we engage: the ability to bring people who dispute together to resolve their problems; the rights we have helped Americans find and preserve; the injured who have to be compensated. You enter the profession with a real chance to make it better by your very presence.

Chicago-Kent should challenge you daily to engage your education, to seek ways of improving our profession, and to help make our society more just. We say here that your education gives you more than a license to practice law--you receive leadership training. I envy you your opportunity to become all that you can.



I am delighted to welcome you to our law school. You have excellent credentials and are well-qualified to be outstanding law students. You chose a terrific law school and we are very proud you joined us. As Associate Dean, I am responsible for the academic programs of the law school. It's my job to make sure that the years you spend at Chicago-Kent are rich and rewarding, and as free from administrative hassle as possible. But problems and questions will undoubtedly arise. If you have any administrative problems or questions about the academic programs, please call me at 906-5130 (6-5130 from a phone in the building), visit me in my office, Suite 320, or email me (HCHAPMAN). If I can't help you, I can point you in the right direction. My door is open; no appointment is necessary.

The next few years will be full of excitement and challenges; I wish you much luck and success.


You respond to question after unanswerable question. You ask a question and receive only a question in response. You read and read until your vision blurs. You just got here, but you are already behind. Everyone here is clearly smarter, more confident, more prepared, and more informed than you are. Keeping up with Legal Writing may kill you. A second-year student just told you that you have the toughest professor in the law school for your Justice class. You feel you're drowning in a sea of Latin phrases, legal terms, and ancient caselaw. On top of all of that, your dog is sick, your rent is due, you forgot to get the assignment in one of your classes, you locked your keys in your car, and you think you may be developing an allergy to paper. HELP! It's only the first week of law school!

Maybe it's time to come and see me. I'm the Assistant Dean of Students. You can find me in Room 544, call me at 6-5271, or email me at JFenton. I won't ask you to give me the facts of Richards v. Howard. You don't have to sign a seating chart. You can ask me questions, and I will do my best to answer them for you. Best of all, you don't have to pretend that you have everything under control. The secret is: nobody does. Some people just hide their insecurities better than others do.

My job is to handle matters of student concern, including academic difficulties, social adjustment, personal problems, and conflicts with faculty or staff, to name a few. Students with disabilities should contact me to arrange any necessary accommodations. If something is worrying you, don't suffer in silence. I'm here to relieve the trauma and stress that come with adjusting to this alien culture called law school.

By the way, you don't have to have a problem to come and see me. Drop in and introduce yourself. As usual, Chicago-Kent has admitted an interesting and talented group of students. I look forward to getting to know you.


Welcome to the Chicago-Kent College of Law. If you should have a spare moment this week, please feel free to stop by the Registrar's office , Room 220, to meet the staff. As you may already know, the primary function of a Registrar's office is to maintain students' academic records. In order to better serve you, it is extremely important that our records remain accurate and current. This week would be a very good time to inform the Registrar's office of a change in address, phone number and/or any other personal information. We ask that you be sure to complete the Change of Personal Information sheet that was included in your orientation packet and to submit the completed form to the Registrar's office by Friday, August 19, 1994. Throughout your legal studies at Chicago-Kent, we will be sending you lots of important information; we want to make sure that no one is excluded.

The Registrar's office has also scheduled specific hours this week for you to have your picture ID taken and to get your locker assignment. Please report to Room 155 during the following hours:

Day Division students


10:10 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.

1:10 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.


11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.


11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Evening Division students

Monday 6:45 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday - Thursday 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Please present a valid driver's license or a state I.D. card to the photographer.


The Office of Alumnae/i and Student Relations is planning an event for the family and friends of first year students. On Saturday, September 24, family and friends of first year students will be invited to a day of activities at Chicago-Kent. The goal of the event is to help your parents, spouses, and significant others understand what you are experiencing as a first year law student. If you have anyone you would like to invite to the event, please be sure to fill out the form in your orientation packet and return it to the Admissions Office by Friday, August 19. If you have any questions concerning Family and Friends Day, please stop by the Office of Alumnae/i and Student Relations in Suite 310.


The Law Offices welcomes you to Chicago-Kent College of Law. You are indeed entering at an exciting time at Chicago-Kent. The Law Offices -- a fee-generating teaching law firm - accommodates one of the largest in-house clinical programs in the United States. Our acclaimed teaching law firm enables students to obtain a basic experience in lawyering by being exposed to sophisticated criminal, civil, or tax cases. The Law Offices has several programs including In-house Clinic (Civil, Criminal, and Tax), Advanced Externship, Judicial Externship, Counseling and Interviewing (Advice Desk), and Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR).

Although students must wait until their second and third years to take clinic programs, they are eligible to register for some of the programs during the second semester of their first year. The registration dates and procedures will be announced in The Record as the semester progresses. The Bulletin gives a detailed explanation of the programs.

Please feel free to contact us; we are located in Room 600 or by telephone, (312) 906-5050. Once again, welcome, and much success to you.


The Financial Aid office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The office is in Suite 230.

Important Information About Perkins Loans

All students who are receiving Federal Perkins Loans need to sign promissory notes before the fall semester amount is applied to their account.

A representative from the Student Loan Office at IIT will be at the law school with the promissory notes on Wednesday, August 24, 1994. Students should stop by and sign their promissory notes during the hours noted below:

Wednesday, August 24

9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Room 570

Evening students, or day students who cannot sign their notes during these hours should contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Suite 230, to make other arrangements.

Important Information to New Borrowers

If you have been awarded and are accepting any federal loans this year, the U.S. Department of Education requires you to attend a Student Loan Entrance Interview, if you have not already done so. In addition, if you anticipate applying for financial aid this year, you must attend a Student Loan Entrance Interview. Entrance Interviews have been scheduled on the following day at the following times. Each group session will last approximately one hour. Appointments are not required and you do not need to R.S.V.P. You just need to show up!

Date - Time - Room

Wednesday, August 17 - 11:30 a.m. - 570

Wednesday, August 17 - 3:00 p.m. - 210

Wednesday, August 17 - 8:30 p.m. - 370

You must attend one of these sessions. If you do not attend one of these sessions, we must return all of your loan checks to the lender and cancel all of your student loans.


Building Hours and Chicago-Kent Library Hours

The hours for the first week of classes for the entering class, MONDAY, AUGUST 15 thru SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 1994 are as follows:

First Week Building Hours

Monday-Thursday (8/15-8/18) 7:15 a.m. - 10:15 p.m.

Friday (8/19) 7:15 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Saturday (8/20) 8:45 a.m. - 6:15 p.m.

First Week Library Hours

Monday-Thursday (8/15-8/18) 7:45 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Friday (8/19) 7:45 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Saturday (8/20) 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The new hours for the Fall semester will begin on SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 1994. The building and library hours are as follows:

Fall Building Hours

Sunday 9:45 a.m. - 11:15 p.m.

Monday-Thursday 7:15 a.m. - 11:15 p.m.

Friday 7:15 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Saturday 8:45 a.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Fall Chicago-Kent Library Hours*

Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Friday 7:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Special Hours for the Labor Day Holiday (September 3, 4 and 5):

Saturday (September 3)

Building Hours 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Library CLOSED

Sunday (September 4)

Building Hours CLOSED

Library CLOSED

Monday (September 5)

Building Hours 10:15 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Library Hours 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

(Administrative Offices will be CLOSED)

* Library hours will be extended in early December to accommodate students during final exams (times to-be-announced).


A Special Welcome to First-Year Students!

The Career Services Office is delighted to welcome you to Chicago-Kent. We look forward to meeting you and working with you as you begin your legal education.

Career services offices at law schools throughout the country do not provide career counseling services to first-year students before November 1 to comply with the requirements of the Association of American Law Schools and the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education (law school accrediting organizations), as well as the National Association for Law Placement standards. The National Association of Law Placement Principles and Standards state that first-year students and prospective employers should not initiate contact with one another before December 1.

These provisions were developed to insure that during the first few months of law school, first-year students concentrate on their legal studies rather than on the job search process. There is one exception--evening students seeking non-legal employment may visit the Career Services Office before November 1.

In early November, we will offer a series of programs designed specifically for first-year students. The date of the programs will be announced in The Record. The programs will tell you about our services and address the realities of the job market, how to structure a summer job search, and how to write a legal resume.

First-year students are encouraged to attend informational programs we will offer this fall on a variety of topics. Watch The Record for program subject matter and times. During orientation week, pick up a copy of Careerline, our office newsletter, for more career information and advice about law school from second- and third-year students. On Friday, the Student Careers Committee will have a table set up during the pizza party--stop by to meet committee and staff members.

The Career Services staff wishes you success as you begin your studies!

Lisa Abrams - Assistant Dean for Career Services

Stephanie Rever Chu - Director of Career Services

Kristine Iida - Administrative Manager

Dan Walsh - Resource Manager

Barbara Clemmer - Administrative Assistant

Gwen Johnson - Receptionist/Job Posting Coordinator

The Student Careers Committee Welcomes First-Year Students!

We are a working committee of the Career Services Office composed entirely of second- and third-year students. We assist the Career Services staff with developing new programming and we coordinate special projects with the staff.

One of our projects is to provide answers to first-year students' career questions. We know that it can be frustrating for first-year students because they cannot ask the professionals about career-related issues until November. If you do have those types of questions and you can't wait until November to get an answer, email the Committee at "CAREERQ". A committee member will get back to you with an answer.

Stop by our table at the Friday pizza parties in the afternoon and evening to find out more about the Committee! Welcome to Chicago-Kent!


WELCOME! The staff of the Chicago-Kent Law Library and Library of International Relations is pleased to have you with us. The following is a reiteration of the Law Library hours through September for your convenience:

Fall Hours

Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Monday-Thursday 7:45 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Friday 7:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Labor Day Weekend

Saturday, September 3,

Sunday, September 4 CLOSED

Monday, September 5 10:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

There are some administrative matters that warrant mentioning. First, the Law Library maintains its pleasant work atmosphere through the enforcement of its no eating, drinking, chewing (as in tobacco) and dipping policy. If you have something you want to eat or drink later, it must be left in your locker. If we see it, it is subject to confiscation.

Second, this Law Library, like most law libraries, is a self-shelve library. Any materials you retrieve from the shelves MUST be reshelved before you leave the library. Materials left overnight will be reshelved within the first hour of operation the following day. If for some very good reason you cannot reshelve your materials, at least take them to one of the four sets of distribution shelves located on floors 6 through 9.

The Law Library staff is here, ready and willing to assist you in your law studies. Each week the Reference staff will be offering tutorials on research in a number of legal topics. Look for this and other Library information and updates in the Library section of The Record and on the 9th floor Library bulletin boards.


Welcome to an exciting and challenging year! Throughout this first week of law school, the Center for Law and Computers (Center) will offer instruction about integrating law and technology, guide you to some of the basic resources available at Chicago-Kent, and help you be the best law student you can be. To fully use the technology resources available at Chicago-Kent, you will need a copy of the materials that include a reference manual for many of the resources here, that is now available in the Chicago-Kent Bookstore. This manual is a required purchase for all first year students.

More resources are available to you than ever before. Take time during this first week to visit the computer labs, log on to the network, read and send email messages, and examine the Kentnet menu so that you are ready to use whatever you need to succeed in law school. There are student leaders, lab assistants and Center faculty and staff ready to answer questions and show you how to get the most out of Chicago-Kent.

On Friday, August 19, 1993, the Computer Law Association (CLASS) will conduct a Computer Clinic in Room 345. Bring your CPU's, but no monitors or keyboards, if you want the members of CLASS to configure your system, install software, etc. During this first week, contact the representatives of LEXIS and WESTLAW here at the school to obtain your copy of their software for installation at the Computer Clinic. The Computer Clinic will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Also on Friday, August 19, the Center will sponsor a Computer Fair. Computer software and hardware vendors have been invited to demonstrate their products to all students, faculty and staff. The vendors will be available to talk with you from 12:00 noon until 6:00 p.m. in the first floor lobby.

Every week, the Center provides valuable information about new computer software releases and instructions, new resources available through Kentnet and dial-in access to Kentnet, and other news in The Record. Look for information on CLASS in The Record or contact Dom Grillo (DGRILLO). Read The Record every week to stay updated on the technology resources available to you.


As president of the Student Bar Association, I would like to welcome you to Chicago-Kent! All of you are just beginning what now seems like a long three or four years of law school classes and exams. But, let me be the first to tell you that the time flies by and before you know it, you will be graduating and telling others that it was not that bad.

I wanted to take this opportunity to tell you a little bit of what the Student Bar Association is all about and how you can become active in the many different student organizations here at Chicago-Kent. The Student Bar Association (SBA) is the umbrella organization for all other student organizations at Chicago-Kent. Most of the members of the Board of Governors are elected by the student body in the Spring semester. The first year representatives are elected in the fall by you. The SBA approves the budgets of all other student organizations and receives its money from the student activities fee.

The student activities fees this year is $40 per student/per semester. Thirty-five dollars of the fee from Day division students and twenty-five dollars of the fee from the Evening division students will go to the SBA to be budgeted for all student organizations. Ten dollars of the Evening student fee will go directly to the Evening Law Student Society. The remaining five dollars will be put aside into an "emergency" fund for programs that may come up at the last minute.

The SBA has put out a First-year Student Handbook that most of you will receive during Orientation. It has a great deal of valuable information and can help answer many of your questions. The SBA office is located on the Concourse level in rooms C78 and C88. The SBA phone number is 312-902-5149. I will have office hours during the week and will also have a weekly column in The Record. Please feel free to stop by and talk or ask questions of myself or any of the SBA Board of Governor members.

On Friday all student organizations will have a table set up on the 3rd Floor. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet other students and find out more about the organizations you might be interested in.

Our first major event will be the ANNUAL PICNIC August 20! The picnic will start at 1 pm. in Grant Park on the NorthWest corner of Columbus Drive and Monroe. There will be food, beer and other refreshments served and it is free.

Again, welcome to Chicago-Kent. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible. I will be around for most of Orientation so please stop by the SBA table Friday or feel free to stop me in the hallways. Good luck!!

-- Tom Stovall

SBA President


There are about 30 student organizations at Chicago-Kent. Not all of them have submitted announcements for this issue of The Record (some are in denial that Summer is over), but more than likely each and every one of them will have an announcement in one of the next 2 or 3 issues. So watch closely. There is bound to be a group that will interest you.

Environmental Law Society

We are gearing up for another year of environmental speakers, movie nights, community activities, and of course the yearly Alumnae/i reception. Anyone interested in joining ELS should attend the first general meeting on August 30 at 12:00 noon, room TBA. The officers will explain what ELS and its various committees do and talk about goals and events for the year. If you can't make the meeting and would like to be put on our email list, or have any other questions, please email Ann Bloss (ABLOSS), the ELS secretary.

Evening Law Student Society

The Evening Law Student Society would like to extend a welcome to all new students, but especially the evening students!! The purpose of our organization is to serve the unique needs of evening students.

Watch The Record for meeting notices. This year's officers are Michael Helminski, president (MHELMINS); Ralph Krisher, vice president (RKRISHER), Natalie Frank, secretary (NFRANK); Howard Buchler, treasurer (HBUCHLER); Sandi Moon, 4L representative (SMOON); Guy DeMaertelaere, 3L representative (GDEMAERT); Sallie Moutvic, 2L representative (SMOUTVIC). Please feel free to email any of the officers for more information.

ELSS will host a Career Day October 15. Mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Family Law Society

1Ls - Welcome to the wonderful world of law school! The best way to make your law school "experience" rewarding is to get involved with one of the many excellent student groups at Chicago-Kent.

The Family Law Society was recently formed to bring issues in the areas of divorce, children's rights, adoption and custody to the attention of the student body. Several speaker forums on these fascinating and controversial topics are held each semester. The FLS also hosts a panel of attorneys to further educate interested students on the practice of family law. Past speakers have included divorce lawyers, children's rights advocates and attorneys from the Public Guardian's office.

Get involved in organizing events or just come and listen to the speakers! Elections for student officers will be held in September. To have your name placed on the FLS mailing list (or to ask questions), email Ellen Berger at EBERGER.

Health Law Society

Greetings to 1L's!!!! The Health Law Society will be holding an informational meeting on Wednesday, August 24th, at 3:30 p.m. in Room C35. An additional meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 24th, at 5:30 p.m. in C35 for interested evening students. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!!! If you have any questions, you can contact Lisa Wegrzyn - email address LWEGRZYN. See you there...

Hispanic Law Students Association

The Hispanic Law Students Association (HLSA) welcomes you to Chicago-Kent!! The members of HLSA want you to feel very much at home at Chicago-Kent. We would like to help you become acclimated to law school, and to advise and assist you during the next few years. Throughout the year to come we will hold or participate in various events here at the law school, or with local or national Hispanic law organizations. Please plan to join us!

Watch The Record for information about our first general meeting of the year, coming up shortly, where you can find out more about Chicago-Kent HLSA. Please email John if you would like to be on our email list, and feel free to email or call one of us if you have any questions. John Quintanilla, email JQUINTAN, (708) 673-4913, or Noe Bermudez, NBERMUDE, (312) 582-5766.

Illinois State Bar Association

The Illinois State Bar Association is the largest professional organization of Illinois lawyers. As a law student member you will have many opportunities to meet practicing lawyers and begin participating in your future profession. Law student membership is only $10 per year or $25 for four years. ISBA representatives will be available at the Pizza Party on Friday, August 19th, to answer your questions and to hand out application forms.

International Law Society

On behalf of the International Law Society ("ILS"), I would like to extend a warm welcome to all incoming students. Our organization, like the field in which we hope to practice, has grown dramatically in the last few years. The negotiation of a General Agreement on Trade in Services, along with other developments, could have an enormous impact on our careers as future attorneys. Increasingly, we are becoming part of a global marketplace, and the ILS encourages all students to take advantage of the various speaker events and current affairs fora we host. For those specifically contemplating a career in the area, our chapter sponsors the school team for the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the Midwest's largest International Law Career Day, and a reception with Chicago-Kent Alumnae/i. Please feel free to stop by our table during Orientation. Also, remember to check future issues of The Record for announcements of upcoming social events. Best of luck!

-- Brian Gill

ILS President

Jewish Law Students Association/ Decalogue Society

Welcome to Chicago-Kent!

Once you get to know the place, you'll love it. In the meantime, we invite you to check out the Jewish Law Students Association (also known as the Decalogue Society).

Here's what you can expect this semester: a few meetings, a couple of speakers, and some other kind of event, as well. It's that simple. No studying or briefing required!

Our goal is to contribute to the law school community events that are interesting to all, but which have a Jewish focus, or which feature Jewish topics such as Israel, American Jewry or the Jewish Holidays. We welcome your participation and input, especially for our Speakers and Holidays Committees.

For more information about the group, or regarding the upcoming High Holidays, or just about law school in general, stop by our table at the Orientation Pizza Party on Friday, August 19. Also, feel free to email or call any of our officers: President, Mark Gussin (MGUSSIN); Vice-president, Beth C. Miller (BMILLER1); Secretary, Mimi Bernstein (MBERNST2); Treasurer, Ian Greengross (IGREENGR).

Good luck to you!

P.S. Our first meeting of the year is tentatively planned for Tuesday, August 30, at 11:45 a.m.

Kent Commentator

The Kent Commentator is Chicago-Kent's monthly student newspaper. Any 1Ls interested in contributing should speak to the Commentator representative at Friday's pizza party. We especially seek 1Ls familiar with desktop publishing. Also, look for an announcement in next week's Record regarding our first organizational meeting. Email Keith Picher (KPICHER) or Brian Porter (BPORTER).

Kent Justice Foundation

Welcome to Chicago-Kent College of Law!!!! The Kent Justice Foundation is an organization that helps law school students find employment in public interest areas. We have many FUN fund raisers through the year to help raise money for students who want to work in the summer in a public interest field and qualify for a KFJ Scholorship. If you are interested in our organization, please stop by our table during the pizza party on Friday or email Beth Indelicato (Bindelic) for further information. Good Luck with law school!!!

Phi Alpha Delta

The officers of Blackstone Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity extend a welcome to all the incoming 1Ls. We have got a great year planned and hope you will all become a part of it!

WHAT IS P.A.D.? It is a professional organization devoted to serving law students, law schools, lawyers, and the community. P.A.D. is the world's largest law fraternity with more than 130,000 members. Over 1/7 of American attorneys are members, ranking second in size only to the American Bar Association.

WHAT DOES P.A.D. OFFER YOU? First year survival tools such as course outlines and exam taking

techniques, happy hours and social events where you get to know students from Chicago-Kent and other area law schools, contacts with lawyers and judges through Judges Night, speaker events and other professional programs, job opportunities through our resume review program and the P.A.D. business directory, student loans, insurance programs, auto rental discounts, quaterly publications, and much more! The tangible benefits of P.A.D. are too numerous to mention. . .

Watch for an announcement of our organizational meeting in an upcoming Record. If you have any questions or would like more information about P.A.D., email JKROLL. Have a fun week!

Sports and Entertainment Law Society

The members of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society welcome you all to Chicago-Kent. We are looking forward to a great year with many exciting sports and entertainment speakers. What we do is provide a forum for those of you who may be interested in getting into or just finding out about legal careers in sports and entertainment. We would love for anyone interested to get involved. Come by our table at the pizza party and say "hi." If you can't make it and/or have questions, please come to our first meeting which will be announced in The Record, or email AFREEDMA (Alli), MWEILAND (Mike), or CBIGGAM (Charlie). Looking forward to meeting you all.