Chicago-Kent College of Law
The Record

Vol. No. XXIX, No. 3 January 29, 1996


Rank Correction

The GPA cutoff for the top 7% of last year's IL evening students after the Spring, 1995 semester was 3.711, not 3.632 as stated in last week's Record.


Schedule Changes

Today is the last day to add an open course. You may drop a course, other than a required or a clinical course, any time before the final exam or the final paper due date. If you drop a course and reduce your credit hours, you will be charged tuition according to the following schedule:

Date of Withdrawal Tuition Charge

by Monday, January 29 50% of tuition

by Monday, February 5 75% of tuition

After Monday, February 5 100% of tuition

When you submit a Registration Change Form in the Registrar's office, make sure the staff processes your change, initials the form and gives you the pink copy. If you do not have a signed copy of the change form, you may not be officially enrolled or may not be officially dropped from the course. If you are not officially enrolled, you will not receive credit for the course. If you are not officially dropped, you may incur a tuition charge.


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As you may have already noticed, the Chicago-Kent Financial Aid Office has and is making changes to improve the financial aid experience for students. One such change is the preliminary financial aid process for returning students for the 1996-97 academic year. A personalized financial aid package will be available for students to pick up in the Financial Aid Office from now until the end of the semester. Upon receipt of the Renewal FAFSA application, it should be completed and mailed to the Department of Education in order to receive your Student Aid Report (SAR); there is a 4-6 week turn-a-round time to receive your SAR. Don't forget to include Chicago-Kent's new Title IV Code in Section H of your Renewal application--E00773.

All other financial aid documents should be returned to the Financial Aid Office by April 1, 1996 for priority processing. Financial aid packages with Renewal FAFSAs may be picked up during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm, in Room 230. Please be certain to get your 1996-97 financial aid package as soon as possible.

We hope that this new initial financial aid process for returning students proves to be easier, more efficient, and better maintained by both the Financial Aid Office and the student.


Internet News
The Center for Law and Computers invites you to see our new and improved Web site. Just open Netscape from within Windows, or use the following URL (Uniform Resource Locator) if you are outside the school: . The home page has been redesigned for a cleaner, sharper look. Throughout the semester we will be continuing to add more materials, so do come back. If you have any suggestions for materials you would like to see on our Web site, please email: (The webmaster account is the standard account for the maintainer of a website.)

The Center would also like to announce that our collection of Illinois Human Rights Commission Decisions has been awarded 3-Stars by The McKinley Group. As stated in the award to us:

Congratulations! Your Internet site IHRC -- Illinois Human Rights Commission Decisions [...] has been selected by The McKinley Group's professional editorial team as a "3-Star" site. This rating is a special mark of achievement in Magellan, McKinley's comprehensive Internet directory of over 1.5 million sites and 40,000 reviews.

Upcoming Technology in the Classroom Sessions
Faculty and staff are invited to join Kristen McQuillin this Tuesday, January 30th, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in room 760 for "Presentations with Panache." Learn how to use Freelance Graphics to create lecture support and handout materials. Because this is a hands-on workshop, attendance is limited to ten participants. Please e-mail KMCQUILL to reserve a seat.

"Using the Internet in Academia" will be presented on Wednesday, February 7th, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room 760. This demonstration and hands-on session will concentrate how Chicago-Kent and other academic institutions are using the Internet to deliver instruction and as a research tool. Participation is limited to 20, so please e-mail KMCQUILL to reserve a seat.

Windows 95
Although industry reports indicate that Windows 95 runs many applications and programs that students commonly use, the law school is still experimenting with this new operating system. At the current time the law school network does not support Windows 95. That means if you have Windows 95 on your laptop computer, you cannot connect to the network when you are in the building. Please watch The Record for more information about Windows 95 and network connectivity in the coming weeks. If you would like to participate in the Center's evaluation of the Windows 95 operating system, please contact Kristen McQuillin (KMCQUILL).

Electronic Courseware Available
The Center has prepared electronic versions of casebooks, codes, and regulations for various courses offered this semester. These materials are in VIEWS format and require the VIEWS program to be used. VIEWS is available as part of the LEXIS/NEXIS Student Office, available in the Bookstore. The cost for the electronic course materials, which includes license fees and packaging, is listed in parenthesis and the packets can be picked up from Theda Mickey in Room 711.

The materials currently available are:
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure ($5.00)
Federal Rules of Evidence ($5.00)
Evidence in the Nineties ($5.00; Publisher royalty agreements require students who want to use the electronic casebook to buy the printed casebook, too.)
Prof. Spak's Commercial Paper with related UCC ($5.00; Students are not required to purchase print casebooks with this material.)
ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and U.S. Judges Guidelines ($5.00 for the two)
The Copyright Act, Lanham Act, Berne Convention, and Patent Act ($5.00 for four)

Protect Your Work While it is never to late to learn good habits, the beginning of a semester is an especially good time to start. When working on a computer, be sure to make a backup copy of your work. All a backup entails is saving your file to a different floppy disk; that's all there is to it! It is well worth taking the extra 10 seconds as insurance against a bad disk or a lost disk.



The reference staff will be offering research review sessions for all first year legal research & writing students for the next two-weeks. "Legal Research Strategies" will focus on helping first year students in developing a research style; we'll be sharing tips on both print and online research. We will take time at the end of each session to answer any questions you may have about online and print legal research resources.

Sessions are voluntary - there is no need to sign up. Check the 9th floor bulletin board for the schedule of times. All sessions will be held in Computer Classroom 760 - just come to the lab at the time you want to meet!


Would you like to know which famous persons share your birthday? You can find out by checking the biographies (entered by month and day) on BRITANNICA ONLINE. You can exercise your curiosity by visiting the encyclopedia's web site at:

Or, would you like to know something more about a news item you heard mentioned on the radio and television early in the morning? Then you will want to visit the NEW YORK TIMES website. You can access it at:

This site also has some interactive features such as the paper's crossword puzzle. Look into these sites soon; we cannot guarantee that they will remain accessible for free forever--but so long as they are, they are worth your browsing time.


Remember to check the selection of Information Center bookmarks at the Library Service Desk. These are oversize bookmarks that focus on such topics as using LOIS, printing Lexis and Westlaw, doing treaty research and basic locations and call numbers of books.


1996 Graduation Information: If you missed filling out the ticket request form and cap/gown form last week, don't panic! We do need to get this information from you as soon as possible, so please stop by Suite 310 to fulfill all of your commencement details.

Extra Tickets: For those of you in need of extra tickets, a sign up sheet will be posted in Suite 310, on Monday, January 29 at 5:00 p.m. This is just a sign up sheet, tickets will not be distributed. We cannot guarantee that everyone who signs up will get extra tickets. Tickets will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. The maximum number of additional tickets you can request at this time is two. Also remember to check with your classmates to see if anyone has extra tickets you can use.


Please stop by and see us. We can counsel you generally about legal and non-legal interest opportunities, and specifically help you locate a volunteer experience in a public interest area. There are lots of new listings. Here is an example:

National Clearinghouse for Legal Services

NCLS provides support material nationwide for civil legal aid and other advocates who serve low income people. NCLS publishes the Clearing House Review every month, along with maintaining a nationwide brief and materials bank and publishing other paper and Internet material. They are in need of computer literate volunteers to assist their small, but experienced, staff in researching and preparing updates on the laws and recent cases for publication. In addition, volunteers will be able to assist the newly-formed Welfare Law Policy Project. This project offers volunteers the opportunity to research and assist in various welfare impact litigation suits, along with the possibility of drafting proposed bills for legislative consideration.


SOS Spring office hours are:

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

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

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

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

If you are unable to visit SOS during these times, please email either SDOHERTY or SMCKENZI to schedule an appointment.


Professor Fred Abbott presented a paper in November at the Columbia University Law School conference on the Multilateral Trading System in the 21st Century. His paper concerned the future of the global intellectual property regime. In December, Professor Abbott presented a paper to the Annual Meeting of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium in Tucson, Arizona. His subject was the implications of the transition from a soft law to a hard law system in the WTO. This month, Professor Abbott spoke on the TRIPS Agreement at the Intellectual Property Law Section meeting at the AALS Annual Meeting in San Antonio. He also spoke at a New York University Law School/Global Environment and Trade Study Conference in New York. His topic was Regional Trading Arrangements and the Environment.

Professor Anita Bernstein's article, "A Feminist Revisit to the First-Year Curriculum," has been scheduled for publication in the June issue of the Journal of Legal Education. This article is a description and analysis of Professor Bernstein's seminar of the same name, currently offered in the spring semester. The article reflects the editorial, pedagogic, and critical input of Chicago-Kent students.

Professor Philip Hablutzel has been appointed as the liaison from the Illinois Secretary of State to the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws' drafting committee working on a Uniform Limited Liability Partnership Act. He spent the past three days, January 26-28, at a meeting in Dallas working on the new statute.

Professor Rick Hasen participated in a panel discussion on public financing of federal elections at "A Summit on Campaign Finance," held January 19-20 at the Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Professor Hasen argued for the use of campaign finance vouchers to fund federal election campaigns.

Professor Marty Malin spoke on "Using Technology to Improve The Labor Law Course" and demonstrated his NLRB Procedures computer tutorial to the section on Labor Relations and Employment Law at the Association of American Law Schools Convention on January 6, in San Antonio. Also, he was interviewed on Voice of America and on WMAQ Radio concerning the UAW's rejection of the Caterpillar contract and end of the Caterpillar strike on December 5.

Professor Sheldon Nahmod spoke at the Association of American Law Schools convention several weeks ago in San Antonio. He was on a panel of the Jewish Law Section that discussed the legal and normative relevance (and irrelevance) of Jewish Law to poverty in America, welfare and the Contract with America. His presentation dealt with the Ancient Near East context of Biblical Law and the meta-narrative of slavery and redemption contained in the Hebrew Bible. At the same convention, he was also the Chair of the Law and Religion Section. And the Civil Rights and Federal Courts Sections of the Association of American Law Schools presented a joint program in San Antonio on "Section 1983 and Tort Law" which will be published in early 1997 in a special symposium issue of the Chicago-Kent Law Review, with Professor Nahmod as editor.

In December, Professor Nahmod addressed a special scholars class at Niles North High School on the proper role of religion in the public square and the Supreme Court's religion decisions. This two hour program was taped and is being broadcast twice daily - at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. - on Skokie's local cable channel 16. The first hour is a lecture and the second is a lively question and answer session with the students on topics including, for example, mandatory school choirs, the relation between constitutional rights and moral rights, and Dennis Rodman.


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Chicago-Kent Events Calendar

Members of the Dean's Advisory Council requested that a calendar of upcoming events be included in each week's Record. We are experimenting with the best way to make this happen, and you will see a sample calendar attached to this issue. If you would like an event included on the calendar, or if you have any comments, questions, or suggestions, please send an e-mail message to Harry Althaus in Dean Matasar's office (e-mail: HALTHAUS). The deadline is 9:00 a.m. on Wednesdays.

Dean's Advisory Council

The Dean's Advisory Council meeting will be held Tuesday, February 6 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in room 170.

Submissions to the Record

Here are the guidelines for submitting documents to the Record:

1. All articles must be in either WordPerfect 5.1 or 6.0 format if you are sending a file attached to an e-mail message. E-mail messages or hand delivered copies are also accepted.

2. Please do not change fonts and/or sizes in your documents. Bolding, italics and underscoring is okay.

3. Always include the full name of your organization and a contact person.

4. Advertisements of an organization's event are limited to 1/3 page. A submission will run in the Record for a maximum of three issues.

5. The deadline for submissions is always 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, unless otherwise noted.

Thanks for your cooperation.

Criminal Trial Film Series

Join Professors Kathy Baker and Richard McAdams on Wednesday, January 31, at 1:30 p.m. in the auditorium to watch THE ACCUSED. The movie depicts the infamous New Bedford, Massachusetts rape case. Jodie Foster won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of the victim. Kelly McGillis plays the assistant district attorney who prosecutes the case.

Date Day Time Movie

Jan. 31 Wednesday 1:30 p.m. The Accused

Feb. 6 Tuesday 5:30 p.m. 12 Angry Men

Feb. 13 Tuesday 4:00 p.m. The Thin Blue Line

Feb. 20 Tuesday 4:00 p.m. A Cry in the Dark

Feb. 28 Wednesday 4:00 p.m. Compulsion

Mar. 5 Tuesday 4:00 p.m. Presumed Innocent

Mar. 13 Wednesday 4:00 p.m. Anatomy of a Murder

Mar. 19 Tuesday 4:00 p.m. To Kill a Mockingbird

Apr. 2 Tuesday 4:00 p.m. Breaker Morant

Apr. 9 Tuesday 4:00 p.m. Judgment at Nuremberg

Apr. 18 Thursday 4:00 p.m. Let Him Have It

Apr. 23 Tuesday 4:00 p.m. Witness for the Prosecution

Apr. 30 Tuesday 4:00 p.m. My Cousin Vinny

Discount Subscriptions: The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and Barron's

Students, Faculty or Staff members who wish to have a subscription to either The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. edition of the Financial Times or Barron's, may sign up on sheets posted on the office door of Professor Philip Hablutzel, Room 829.

The discounted rates are:

Wall Street Journal: 1 year = $82; 6 months = $43; 15 weeks = $28

Financial Times: 1 year = $130; 33 weeks = $82.50; 15 weeks = $37.50

Barron's: 1 year = $70; 6 months = $36; 15 weeks = $23


American Bar Association

THANKS TO ALL THE WORK-A-DAY PARTICIPANTS!! It was a great success thanks to your efforts. If you are interested in volunteering regularly with those organizations, please let us know. Remember to bring your IDs to the SBA Happy Hour on February 1 - you will get free admission.

Join the ABA Law Student Division now ... applications and information are available on the concourse level or contact RISMAIL.

Brehon Society of Irish-American Law Students

Are you interested in Chicago politics? The Brehon Society welcomes ALDERMAN EDWARD M. BURKE (14th Ward), Chairman, Chicago City Council Committee on Finance, on WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7 AT 5:00 P.M. IN THE COURTROOM. A RECEPTION IN ROOM 570 WILL FOLLOW THE PRESENTATION. We encourage you to take this opportunity to meet one of the most prominent figures in the Chicago political and legal community and an outstanding member of the Irish community in Chicago.

If you are interested in the Brehon Society e-mail Dan Kirk (DKIRK) or Eileen Gallagher (EGALLAGH).

Environmental Law Society

Our next general membership meeting will be February 6th at 12pm and at 5pm, rooms TBA. We will be discussing the bike raffle, the next bake sale, plans for a prairie restoration project, our next speaker event, and points of interest from the NAELS conference this past weekend

Our next bake sale will be February 12...we need people to bake and to sit at the table in the Spak, so please help us out. A schedule for the Spak will be sent around soon, look for it.

Have a great week!

Family Law Society

The Family Law Society will meet on Wednesday, January 31 to form committees on fundraising, special events, etc. Everyone interested in joining a committee should attend. The meeting for day students will be at 3:00 p.m. in room 155. The meeting for evening students will be at 5:00 p.m. in room 305. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday.


We are out there surfing the Net... Here is a recent sampling of Web transmissions to the listgroup.

Did you know that the Hawaiian legislature is close to passing a law that legalizes same gender marriages? An important question being considered by many states is whether the "full faith and credit" and "choice of law" doctrines require other states to recognize the Hawaiian marriages.

Compuserve has been accused of censoring newsgroups connected to their Internet service. Legal minds around the country are having a field day with this issue. Does the Constitution provide an answer ?

Were you aware that a Legal Writing Professor at the University of Pittsburgh filed a sexual orientation discrimination complaint against the University for denying health care benefits to her same sex partner. We do learn a lot from our Writing Professors, don't we?

Our first meeting of the semester will be held tomorrow, Tuesday, January 30 at 5:00 p.m. in room 570. Please plan on attending to help establish our goals for this semester.

If you are interested in joining the "confidential" listgroup, e-mail Lora Kirk (LKIRK) and ask to be added.

Health Law Society

Mark your calendars!

Join the Health Law Society for HAPPY HOUR on Monday, February 5 at 5:00 p.m. at the Spectrum. The Spectrum is on Halsted (which is a North-South street, West of Chicago-Kent), walking westward on Adams, then it's about a half block South on Halsted. All interested should e-mail Terri (THINES).

The PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE Symposium including a panel of speakers to discuss the issues involved will be held on Wednesday, February 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium.

HLS will have a BAKE SALE on Wednesday, February 14 at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Spak. Try our delicious baked treats! Members donating baked goods should contact Cathy (CTRAUGOT).

Thanks to all those who attended last week's Speaker Event with Barry Maram.

Hispanic Law School Association

HLSA will be having their first meeting of the year on TUESDAY, JANUARY 30, 1996, room TBA. If you have any questions, please contact LMOJICA, DGARZA or RFERNAND.

Illinois Student Bar Association

Welcome Back! This semester will be packed with the following events: Work-A-Day participation program, Bar Examiner Speaker Program and more... If you are interested in joining the ISBA, contact Lisa Yee (LYEE), Susan Walter (SWALTER2), Brian Rosenblatt (BROSENBL) or evening representative Babak Kusha (BKUSHA). Membership pamphlets can be found on the Concourse Level.

Immigration Club


We are holding a meeting for teachers and former, current and prospective Immigration Clinic students interested in preserving this section of the Chicago-Kent Legal Clinic. With the unfortunate impending departure of Alberto Benitez and the uncertain future of the Immigration Clinic, students and teachers need to take action to keep this valuable opportunity open to future Kent students.

At the meeting, we will fill out a petition for the preservation of the Immigration Clinic. Also, former and current Immigration Clinic students will discuss their experiences with prospective students.

Our law school has the only Immigration Clinic in the Chicago area. The public interest group Travelers and Immigrants Aid frequently and consistently refers potential clients to our clinic because the clients do not qualify for pro bono aid, but can not afford the high rates of boutique Immigration Law Firms. Furthermore, Chicago area immigration judges continually express their positive impression of the existence of the Immigration Clinic and the ability of second and third year Chicago-Kent students who represent their clients in court (there is no need for a 711 license in immigration court).

PLEASE ATTEND one of two meetings on Tuesday, January 30, Room 155, at 12 pm and 4 pm.

If you cannot attend this important meeting, but support the preservation of the Immigration Clinic, please e- mail RRODRIGU, JLENTINI or SMURAWSK with your comments.

Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)

Treasurer Elections

If you think that you would make a good treasurer, then WE NEED YOU! Candidate statements are due by Monday, January 29 at 5:00 p.m. (to the PAD office).

Appointed Positions

Applications for appointed PAD positions are due by Monday, January 29 at 5:00 p.m. (to the PAD office).


An election will be held on Wednesday, January 31 from 9:00 - 6:30 in the 3rd floor Spak. Topics on the ballot include: Treasurer; Amendment to By-Laws. ALL GENERAL MEMBERS ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE!!


PAD would like to extend our thanks to all those who took the time out of their busy schedules to volunteer for last Saturday's Work-A-Day.


Health Law Society


How do you feel about it?

Should it be legal?

Come and listen to a panel of speakers talk

about the issues involved and

decide for yourself

Wednesday, February 7

at 3:30 p.m.


Food will be provided in the Lobby following the Symposium

The Brehon Society of Irish-American Law Students

Alderman Edward M. Burke

Chicago City Council welcomes

February 7, 1996 at 5:00 pm

Judge Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Courtroom

A reception with refreshments will follow