Vol. No. XXIX, No. 7 March 4, 1996
FROM DEAN MATASAR
I hope your semester is going well--papers getting written, cases being read, summer (and permanent) jobs on the horizon. It's not that long until spring break now. The winter is almost over! I know all of you are working very hard, and I commend you on your effort. Keep it up!
As many of you know, we have a Town Meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 7, from 4 to 6 p.m., in the 2nd floor of the Spaketeria. I hope many of you will be able to be there for some or all of it. I want to have a discussion with you and members of the law school's senior administration and faculty about how this thing called "Chicago-Kent" is supposed to turn out in the end. What's our common goal for the law school, and how do we want to get there? Among the topics we can discuss are the role of the faculty (how good teaching and scholarship can affect the end result) and the role of civility in lawyering (how much mutual respect as well as respect for the institution influence the outcome). These are a few of the issues I'd like to address. I know you have additional questions and concerns you'd like to raise. Like the meeting last semester, this is a great opportunity to increase communication and understanding within our community.
I look forward to our conversation on Thursday. I hope you'll make an effort to be there and participate. Working together on the issues that concern us all, we can continue to move this institution upward and onward.
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I am delighted to report that Amanda Howland and Ian Warren were named Best Oralist Team and Second Place Overall Team in the regionals of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition. Congratulations to Amanda and Ian as well as John Mikowski, their student coach, and Professors Debra Quentel and Mickie Voges, their faculty advisors.
FROM DEAN CHAPMAN
1996 Summer Schedule
The 1996 Summer schedule is attached to this Record. The preliminary Fall schedule will be distributed later this month. Summer registration will begin April 2 and fall registration will begin April 15.
Academic Achievement Award Recipients for the Fall, 1995 Semester
The names of the recipients of the Academic Achievement Awards for the Fall semester are attached to this Record. The award is given to the student who earns the highest grade in each section of each course. If a section or a course is not listed, the instructor has not submitted the name of the recipient yet, but we're still trying to get them! Congratulations to these outstanding students who will be honored by the faculty at the annual Student Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, October 1, 1996. Students' names will appear in the program and the award certificates exactly as they appear on the attached list. Please e-mail Kym Denard if you want to change the way your name will appear.
Class Rank GPA Cutoffs
Class of 96 (1992 evening entrants and 1993 day entrants) - top 10%: 3.623; top 25%: 3.441; top 50%: 3.211.
Class of 97 (1993 evening entrants and 1994 day entrants) - top 10%: 3.622; top 25%: 3.405; top 50%: 3.137.
FROM THE REGISTRAR
Class ranks for advanced students have been calculated; ranks for 1L's will be calculated after the current semester. You may obtain your class rank letter by submitting a Form Letter Request to the Registrar. The letter will be available in the Registrar's office 24 hours after the request is submitted.
Change of Divisions
Students who want to change divisions (from the Day to the Evening or vice versa) for the fall semester should submit a Request to Change of Divisions to the Registrar's office by Friday, March 8, 1996. All students who submit the form by the March 8 deadline will be permitted to change divisions. Students who change divisions will be assigned the lowest registration priority within their starting group for the Summer and Fall, 1996 registrations. First-year Evening Division students who switch to the Day Division at the end of their first year will be required to take Property and Civil in the Evening Division in the Fall, 1996 semester.
Exams on Computers
A list of instructors who will permit the use of computers for their exams is posted on the second floor bulletin board. Students who want to use a computer for a final exam must sign up in the Registrar's office by Friday, March 22, 1996. The order in which you sign up is not relevant to whether or not you will be accommodated.
FROM DEANS DEUTSCH AND TARLOCK
ALL STUDENTS INTERESTED IN JOINING THE PROGRAM IN ENVIRONMENTAL AND ENERGY LAW
We will hold two meetings for students interested in joining the Program in Environmental and Energy Law at the start of the 1996-1997 academic year. One meeting will be on TUESDAY, MARCH 5 AT NOON IN ROOM 570. The other will be on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 AT 5:00 P.M. IN ROOM 570. While the first meeting is intended to be for day students and the second for evening students, you are welcome to attend either one. The meetings should last about half an hour to forty-five minutes. We will explain how easy it is to join the Program (just fill out a form), and the requirements and opportunities of the Program.
FROM DEAN NANCY HERMAN
CRITICAL INFORMATION REGARDING: NEED-AND-MERIT-BASED AND MERIT-ONLY SCHOLARSHIPS
Continuing students are eligible to receive both need-and-merit-based and merit-only scholarships. Need-and- merit-based awards constitute a larger dollar amount than merit-only scholarships.
Merit-only scholarships do not require a financial aid application. If you are only interested in these merit-only scholarships, you do not need to apply for financial aid.
If you want to be considered for need-and-merit-based scholarships, then you must complete all of the financial aid forms, even if you are not planning to take out student loans. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be received by the processor no later than April 1, 1996, and the Institutional Application for Financial Aid must be received by the Chicago-Kent College of Law Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Suite 230, no later than April 1, 1996.
Upcoming Career Services Programs:
Job Search Strategy Workshop Featuring Deborah Arron, author of What Can You Do With a Law Degree: April 20, 1996
This is big news! Deborah Arron, author of What Can You Do With a Law Degree? and Running from the Law, and co-author of The Complete Guide to Contract Lawyering, will be presenting a four-hour workshop at Chicago-Kent on Saturday, April 20th.
Ms. Arron, a former civil litigator, speaks at law schools and bar association functions across the country about identifying and finding jobs inside, outside and around the law. Participants will receive a copy of the highly- rated book, What Can You Do With a Law Degree? which retails for $31.95. The cost for Chicago-Kent students and recent graduates is $20. More information and registration instructions can be found on Handout #102. Register early--seating is limited!
"Careers in Labor and Employment Law"
Chicago-Kent's new Institute for Law and the Workplace is sponsoring a panel presentation, "Careers in Labor and Employment Law", featuring Chicago-Kent alumnae/i. The presentation will be held on March 12th in room 590 at 4:30. The panel includes attorneys from four areas: union representation, management representation, mediation and conciliation, and employee benefits. The presentation will be followed by a reception on the 10th floor celebrating the formation of the Institute for Law and the Workplace. Interested students should RSVP by emailing LLOCKWOO by March 7th.
Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshops
The more you know about your strengths and your working style, the better you'll be able to market yourself to prospective employers and the better you'll perform on the job. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an instrument that can help you recognize your working style and make the most of it.
What exactly is the MBTI? The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a psychometric instrument based on the work of Carl Jung and his theory of personality types. The MBTI helps you identify your behavioral preferences-- including how you gather information and how you make decisions. Once you've identified your "type," you have one more piece of information to help you find your ideal work environment, plan an effective job search, and work with colleagues, supervisors and clients once you're on the job.
An important note: the MBTI is not a "test"--there are no right or wrong answers. Nor is it a career interest inventory--it doesn't tell you whether you should be a lawyer, a door-to-door salesperson or the next David Letterman!
We are offering two sessions--one for day students and one for evening students.
Here's what to do:
1. Make sure you can attend Part One and Part Two of the Myers-Briggs workshop. You must attend both parts of the workshop for it to be worthwhile.
Day: Part I -- Tuesday, April 2nd at noon in room 170
Part II -- Tuesday, April 16th at noon in room 170
Evening: Part I -- Monday, April 1 at 5:00 p.m. in room 570
Part II -- Monday, April 15 at 5:00 p.m. in room 570
2. Sign up for the Myers-Briggs on the sign up sheet at the reception desk in Career Services no later than Thursday, March 21st at 7:15 p.m. Each session is limited to 40 students, so sign up early.
3. Before March 22nd, find a spare half hour to forty minutes of time, and stop by the Career Services Office to complete the MBTI. You must complete the Indicator before the end of the day on March 22nd in order to participate. The Indicator must be completed in the Career Services Office--we cannot allow the booklets to leave the office.
4. Come to the workshop prepared to learn about how you think and how you make decisions. Be prepared for some interactive exercises that will make the MBTI come alive. The MBTI can be a lot of fun, and it can help you see your professors, classmates, and significant other in a whole new way!
From the Student Careers Committee:
Jobathon IV Callers Needed
The Student Careers Committee sponsors its fourth Jobathon beginning March 18th. We are seeking students to spend a few hours in the Career Services Office calling legal employers to inquire about summer and part- time law clerk and full-time attorney positions. Last spring, 52 previously unknown job openings were discovered during the Jobathon!
Benefits for volunteers: (1) learn how to speak to employers without getting tongue-tied; (2) access the new postings before the rest of the student body--last year several callers found summer jobs this way! (3) drink free juice and sodas.
Career Services provides the training, scripts, phones and office space! Phase 1 of the Jobathon will be March 18th through 21st. Phase II will be from April 1st until 4th. Callers are needed for 9:00 a.m. through 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. through 4:00 p.m. time slots. Email Gregg Casagrande (GCASAGRA) or Rob Castle (RCASTLE) for more information. Sign up in the Career Services Office to participate!
1Ls, 2Ls: Kalcheim, Schatz & Berger On-Campus Interviews
On March 14th, the law firm of Kalcheim, Schatz & Berger will interview 1Ls and 2Ls interested in matrimonial law for summer positions. The firm is looking for someone in the top of their class to start working 20 hours per week during the semester and full-time over the summer. For 2Ls, a class rank in the top 10% and Law Review experience are preferred. Interested students should submit a resume to the Career Services Office by Monday, March 4th at 4:00 p.m.
Saturday Opening Date Change
The office will be open on Saturday, March 16th from 8:30 a.m. until noon. The office will be closed on Saturday, March 23rd.
Spring Break Office Hours
The office will be open from 8:30 until 5:00 during Spring Break, March 25th through 29th.
Mock Interviews Begin March 4th!
One of the best ways to prepare for job interviews is to participate in a mock interview session. Career strategist Deborah Gutman will conduct mock interviews in the Career Services office in March.
The half-hour sessions include a videotaped mock interview, playback of the videotape, and a critique of the interview.
Dates for mock interviews are: Mondays, March 4th, 11th, 18th and April 8th from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.; and Thursday, April 11th from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Space is limited so make an appointment soon. You must leave a resume at the reception desk prior to the date of the interview. Please give notice of any cancellation at least 24 hours in advance.
Lexis Rep Office Hours in Career Services Office
A Lexis representative will be available in the Career Services Office for walk-in assistance on Fridays from 10:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Other Special Opportunities: Handouts Available in Career Services
1Ls, 2Ls: Court of Appeals of Wisconsin Summer Judicial Externship in Madison
Judge Charles P. Dykman of the Court of Appeals of Wisconsin (4th District) is seeking an intern for the summer. The intern will research and write rough draft opinions under the supervision of the judge and his law clerk. Interested students should submit a resume, law school transcript, writing sample and letters of recommendation immediately. See Handout #110 for more information.
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of IL Seeking Volunteer Summer Clerks
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois would like to hire 1Ls and 2Ls for the summer. The main offices are in Fairview Heights. Clerks will perform research, prepare legal memoranda and briefs. 2Ls should expect to obtain a 711 license and assist in proceedings before magistrate judges. Pick up Handout #111 for more details.
Volunteer Opportunity in Southeast Alaska
The U.S. Forest Service is looking for people interested in volunteering at Tongass National Forest, Chatham area. Volunteers would be reimbursed for airfare, food and lodging, and other miscellaneous expenses. Some field equipment will be provided by the government. Volunteers will be trained in fixed wing aircraft and helicopter safety, cold water survival, bear encounter safety, rifle training, first aid and CPR. More information is available on Handout #112.
Summer and Fall Immigration Court Volunteer Internships in Chicago and Detroit
The U.S. Immigration Courts in Chicago and Detroit are looking for 1Ls, 2Ls or 3Ls to work as interns this summer. Interns will assist immigration judges with pre-hearing preparation, research of legal issues, and draft decisions taken under advisement. Prior knowledge of immigration law is preferred.
Interested students must submit a resume, cover letter, transcript, list of references and 5-10 page writing sample to the Chicago office no later than March 6th. Pick up Handout #103 for full information.
2Ls: U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge in Nebraska Seeks Clerk for 1997-98
U.S. Magistrate Judge David L. Piester is seeking a judicial law clerk for a two-year term beginning in August of 1997. Applicants should have excellent research and writing skills. The Magistrate Judge intends to interview candidates soon, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Additional information is available on Handout #104.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Fellowships in D.C.
The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization, acts as a clearinghouse for programs designed to heighten the Hispanic community's awareness and understanding of the U.S. political system. Fellowships are available to graduate students currently enrolled and working toward a graduate degree in public policy or a related field.
One fellowship is available in the non-clinical, non-hospital, health related field. Another fellowship is available for work in the telecommunications field. Applications are due on April 1. See Handout #105 for more information.
3Ls & 4Ls: Illinois General Assembly Internships
The Illinois General Assembly seeks graduating students for partisan staff internships, research internships, and science writing internships beginning in the fall of 1997. A description of the positions and applications are available on Handout #106. The application deadline is March 1, 1996.
Paid Internship in Corporate Tax Department in Loop
The Marmon Group, Inc. is seeking a student intern to assist tax professionals in the preparation of a consolidated federal return, to work independently on special projects, and to perform some clerical work. The association provides tax, financial, legal and management consulting services to more than 60 member companies. Interns will work 15 to 20 hours during the semester and 40 hours per week in the summer. Candidates with accounting degrees and a law school G.P.A. above 3.0 are preferred. No prior tax experience is necessary. The position is available now, so fax your resume right away! See Handout #107 for more information.
International Opportunity for Students from China, Japan, Korea or Singapore
The International Labor Office of the United Nations is accepting applications for an Application Officer position for the International Labor Standards Department in Geneva, Switzerland. The position is for 10 months (start date to be determined). Applicants must be from China, Japan, Korea or Singapore, have a university degree in law, and have excellent knowledge of English with a working knowledge of French or Spanish. The application deadline is March 31st, but we encourage students to apply early. Pick up Handout #108 for more information.
2Ls, 3Ls: Chicago Housing Authority Seeks Law Clerks
The Chicago Housing Authority's Office of the General Counsel is seeking 2Ls or 3Ls to serve as law clerks. Law clerks will be assigned to work in one of the practice groups: forcible entry and detainer actions, labor and employment litigation, personal injury litigation, workers' compensation litigation, contracts and real estate and legal counseling. Applications are due March 7th. See Handout #109 for details.
JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: SUMMER AND FALL 1996 SEMESTERS FOR SECOND AND THIRD YEAR STUDENTS WITH A MINIMUM 3.2 GRADE POINT AVERAGE
A judicial externship enables the student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute in the resolution of those legal problems. Depending upon the judge, an extern may have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of a judge and discuss with the judge and the judge's law clerk those legal problems which attorneys face in their profession, and the specific problems which attorneys confront in their courtroom. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!
Applications for the Summer and Fall Judicial Externships are available in Room 601, Law Offices.
Completed applications for Summer Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices on Monday, March 4, 1996, at 5:00 p.m.
Completed applications for Fall Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, Room 612 of Law Offices on Wednesday, March 13, 1996, at 5:00 p.m.
Advanced Externship Program -- Fall 1996
PROSPECTIVE THIRD YEAR STUDENTS ONLY:
Do you wish to develop your legal skills? Gain practical legal experience in a specialized area of law with a corporation, firm or government agency? Make yourself more marketable to prospective employers upon graduation? If you have answered "yes" to any of the above questions, consider applying for the Advanced Externship Program for Fall Semester 1996.
The Advanced Externship Program is a four credit hour program consisting of a 3 credit hour fieldwork and a 1 credit hour classroom component. The program is open to students in their last two semesters of law school. For the fieldwork component, an extern is placed in a private or public, civil or criminal practice and is required to work a minimum of 15 hours a week at his/her designated placement. Externs interested in civil law may select to work under the supervision of general counsel in major corporations or under the supervision of designated teaching lawyers in well-known firms or specific government agencies. Externs may specialize in such diverse legal areas as tax, commodities, securities, corporate, health care, medical malpractice, and general corproate law, etc. Those interested in criminal law may select to work with designated supervising lawyers at the States Attorney's Office, Public Defender's or the U.S. Attorney's office. Many externships may offer the externs opportunities to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.
The accompanying classroom component consists of a 1 hour class weekly, which focuses on various aspects of today's practice of law and on the externs' fieldwork experiences.
To apply to Advanced Externship, students must have a 3.0 G.P.A. or permission from Clinical Professors Vivien Gross or Gerald Brown. Permission will be based on consideration of the following factors:
If you are interested in learning more about externship opportunities or in applying for the program, please see Professor Vivien Gross in Room 617.
More written information about the program and an accompanying application form are available in the Law Offices Reception Area. Applications must be turned in by Thursday, March 27, to Ms. Carol Ross, Room 612. All applicants must have scheduled and completed an interview with Professor Gross prior to turning in their applications. Slots are limited. In the event applicants outnumber the number of students that can be accepted in the program, students with at least one semester of Law Offices or LADR (Law Alternative Disputes Resolution Program) will receive a preference over other students in being admitted in the Externship Program.
SUMMER REGISTRATION FOR IN-HOUSE PROGRAMS
SUMMER 1996 APPLICATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN ROOM 600
DUE NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, MARCH 15
Students who would like to learn how to practice law while they are in law school should apply for the in-house clinical education program, LAW OFFICES. Applications are now available for the summer. The summer applications are due no later than March 15.
Students may apply for Law Offices after they have completed their first year of law school (current first years may apply for the summer 1996 semester). To be considered for a place, ALL students must complete and return a completed Law Offices application. Applications must be turned in to the Law Offices receptionist in Suite 600 by the March 15 deadline.
Students who have previously taken or who are now taking Law Offices (called Continuing Law Offices Students) and who submit their applications by the due date will be given preference in their same practice group if availability permits. New students who have submitted their applications by the due date will be selected in the Law Offices lottery. The total number of available places during the summer semester is dependent upon the number of supervising attorneys in each practice group. The number of available new places is dependent upon the number of continuing students and has not yet been determined.
The in-house program is comprised of two components. One is a three credit fieldwork class graded on a pass/fail basis in which students work in practice groups on client cases or similar projects assigned to them by a supervising attorney. The fieldwork component also includes practice group lectures, supervising attorney conferences, section meetings, and various client interview experiences. The other is a graded classroom component for one credit.
There will be five in-house practice groups from which to choose - employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice, criminal defense, tax (prerequisites are Personal Income Tax and Tax Procedure), health law, and mediation & other ADR procedures. It is possible an immigration practice group may be available this summer.
For more information, you may talk to the clinical professors who supervise the various practice groups - Professors Gonzalez (Room 629) and Norton (Room 623) for employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice; Professors Kadish (Room 613), Kling (Room 625), and Thomas (Room 609) for criminal defense; Professor Livingston (Room 688) for tax; Professor Kentra (Room 690) for mediation & other ADR procedures; and Professors Altman (Room 611), Toolan (Room 621) and Elster (Room 692) for health law. Professor Laser (Room 631) is also available to answer your questions.
Please note - applications for the fall 1996 semester will be available soon in Room 600. Please watch for a broadcast message.
LAW OFFICES -- FALL REGISTRATION FOR IN-HOUSE PROGRAMS
FALL 1996 APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE SOON IN ROOM 600. PLEASE WATCH FOR A BROADCAST MESSAGE.
CHECK IT OUT . . . NEWS FROM THE INFORMATION CENTER
Have you ever searched for the full text of a treaty that you've read about in law review articles, or do you simply want to find a cite for a treaty you've noted in a class assignment? You can learn where to find answers to questions like these by coming to the current Information Center tutorial. The topic for the week of February 26 - March 3 is TREATY RESEARCH.
The schedule for this week's tutorials given by the Center's Reference Staff is posted on the 9th floor bulletin board. You don't have to sign up; just show up by the reference desk at the scheduled times. The session will last about 20 minutes -- or less, depending upon how much you want to know.
If you have any suggestions regarding future topics or times offered, please mail Lenore Glanz (e-mail LGLANZ). We will be happy to hear from you.
Legal Research Videos Available
Want to work on your legal research skills? Take a look at Commando Legal Research, 8 videos available for viewing in the Media Room. The videos cover basic legal research on statutes, are three subject specific videos on Tax, International, and Securities Regulation research. Reservations for the Media Room (680H) can be made at the Library Services Desk.
Reserve Reading Room Reminder
The Reserve Reading Room is located on the tenth floor. Reserve books should be used on the tenth floor only. This floor along with six, seven, and eight will close 15 minutes before the library closes. Copy machines are turned off 10 minutes before the floors close.
In addition to photocopy service, the Document Center can send faxes. Stop by and ask about other Document Center Services.
NEWS FROM THE CLC (CENTER FOR LAW AND COMPUTERS)
Free Admission to the 1996 ABA Techshow
This is your opportunity to meet partners, administrators, and technology professionals from law firms and corporations across the United States and Canada. On March 21st to 23rd, these professionals will gather at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers at 310 E. South Water Street, (on the river at Columbus Drive) to discuss new opportunities presented by the technology that is transforming the practice of law. You can be part of Chicago-Kent's presence at the show. We will be on the exhibit floor and also assist practitioners who want to learn about using the World Wide Web.
We need your help greeting TECHSHOW participants in our exhibit, and helping them "surf" the Internet in the on-site lab in the University of Chicago's business school, directly across the street from the Sheraton. You don't need a technical background. In return for your help, you will receive admission to the entire show, including the substantive sessions on law and technology. This is an incomparable opportunity to meet potential employers and enhance Chicago-Kent's reputation as the premier source of technology-smart young lawyers.
Email Jim Judge (JJUDGE) to reserve your place at TECHSHOW. Jim will arrange a special student orientation the week before the show to discuss what to expect, who will be attending, and what questions will be asked. See you there!
If you recently purchased a Compaq laptop please check to see if it is a Contura 400 series model. If so, Compaq has released a "fix" to the configuration of these machines. To get the fix and install it, please follow the instructions below. Stop by the Center if you have any questions. You will need a blank 1.44 MB (high density) disk.
1. From one of the lab machines, log into Kentnet and select KENTNET NETWORKING SERVICES | MISCELLANEOUS | FIX FOR COMPAQ CONTURA 400 FAMILY.
2. Follow the instructions on screen. (Place the floppy in the A: drive now.)
3. Take the disk back to your laptop and copy the file, SP1525.EXE, to your hard drive. (It doesn't matter where on the hard drive you copy it to.)
4. Keeping the floppy in the A: drive, you must now run the file off the hard drive. (From a DOS prompt, type SP1525.)
5. Follow the prompts on screen.
6. After you are returned to the DOS prompt, exit any programs that may be running and then turn off your laptop.
7. Keeping the floppy in the drive, turn on the machine. The program will automatically upgrade your system if needed.
Dial-in System Tip
The dial-in lines are monitored throughout the day to make sure they are accessible, but after hours and on weekends you may find yourself encountering problems.
If you log in, but reach an F:\> prompt instead of the menu, this means the computer needs to be reset. Press Ctrl-Right Shift (key) on your keyboard to pop up a PC Anywhere menu. Select the option REBOOT THE HOST. This will disconnect you and reset the computer on the other end so that you (and your fellow students) can dial into it again.
Please report any dial-in problems to PCHELP. This allows us to track problems and take pre-emptive steps to correct them.
In the ongoing effort to improve service by providing reliable performance and state-of-the-art technology on campus, we are beginning a program of regularly scheduled maintenance on Kentnet and Profnet.
On the second Sunday of each month Kentnet and Profnet will be out of service between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. No dial-in or campus access will be possible during the maintenance period. The schedule for this maintenance for the rest of Spring, 1996 follows:
If you have any questions or comments about these process, please contact Kristen McQuillin (KMCQUILL).
FROM PROFESSOR VIVIEN GROSS, FACULTY ADVISOR OF SERVING OUR SOCIETY (SOS), AND SOS STUDENT COUNSELORS, MS. SHARON DOHERTY (3L) AND MR. STEVEN MCKENZIE (2L)
"NOW IS THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT, MADE GLORIOUS BY AN EXPERIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST SUMMER"
Although the recent weather gives no indication of ever allowing the sun's warming rays to break through the dark clouds, rest assured summer will be arriving sooner than you expect. For many of you that means trying to find interesting legal work. SOS can help you find that experience.
We offer assistance in finding volunteer placements in various public interest jobs throughout the Chicagoland area. These positions are with both government and non-profit agencies. Some of the areas of law covered by these groups include: poverty law; child welfare; local government; housing; disability and elder law. In all of these placements the opportunity exists to work with, and learn from, some very competent and experienced lawyers. However, you will need to act in the near future if you want the best opportunity and placement chances.
If you are interested in volunteering either now or in the summer, please stop by the SOS office in the next few weeks. We will be expanding our office hours during the weeks just before and after spring break in order to assist you. To help facilitate your search we ask that you bring an updated resume with you to the meeting. In addition, many placements will request a writing sample when you interview. If you have not done so yet, try to redraft one of those early memos from legal writing, so that you have a writing sample available when you go to interview.
Please feel free to stop by the SOS office, located in room 686, and ask any questions that you have about public interest opportunities.
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.
We will be holding expanded office hours during the weeks of March 18-22 & April 1-4. If you are unable to visit us during these times, please e-mail SDOHERTY or SMCKENZI to schedule an appointment.
Adjunct Professor Bernard Farber is the co-author of the newly published book, Protective Security Law (2nd Edition, Butterworth Heinemann, 1996). He also recently published a book review of Samuel J. Umland, ed., Philip K. Dick: Contemporary Critical Interpretations, in the Science Fiction Research Association Review, No. 218 (July/Aug 1995).
Professor Vivien Gross attended the Midwest Chapter meeting of the American Corporate Counsel Association (ACCA) on February 20, 1996. She was on a panel of corporate attorneys speaking about difficult ethical issues facing today's in-house corporate lawyers.
Professor Mickie Voges has been asked to consult with the law school and university libraries at Florida State University on the implementation and use of technologies for information management as well as learning. FSU is currently engaged in a massive planning exercise for the future.
On Saturday, Amanda Howland and Ian Warren represented Chicago-Kent in the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition in the area of trademark law. They were awarded the Best Oralist Team in the region and place second in the overall competition. They did an outstanding job.
Special thanks are due to their student coach, John Mikowski, and to Professors Debra Quentel and Mickie Voges as well as to other faculty members who participated in their practice rounds, particularly Ralph Brill, Bryan Wildenthal, and John Strzynski.
The immigration clinic won another victory on Wednesday, February 28, when immigration judge Renetta Smith granted the political asylum application of clinic client Richard E. Mr. E. is from the Ivory Coast and he alleged persecution and a well-founded fear of persecution on account of his membership in a particular social group and his political opinion. Specifically, Mr. E. was arrested and detained three times by the police in the Ivory Coast because of his union activities, and he was beaten each time. There is also an outstanding police summons waiting for him in the Ivory Coast. INS has waived appeal. Clinic students Rasha Elganzouri and Jaebeom Jin worked on the case and did an outstanding job.
Professor Gary Laser is looking for two research assistants to aid in research in the areas of civil procedure or clinical legal education to begin immediately. Work can be either for pay or independent research course credit. Interested students should contact Professor Laser in Room 631.
PROSPECTIVE 3rd YEAR STUDENTS
Externships: U.S. Attorneys Office, No. Dist. of Ill. Fall 1996
The office of the U.S. Attorney is accepting application from students who will be 3rd year Day Division Students by next Fall, 1996 semester. The externship program will allow students to obtain exposure to federal trial and appellate practice and assist the office in handling its multitude of cases.
You may pick up an application from Prof. Gross in Room 612. The applications must be submitted directly to the U.S. Attorney's office by March 4, 1996.
If you wish to extern for credit you must also apply to the law school's Advanced Externship Program. Those applications will be available in mid-March.
The American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants Foundation has announced a writing contest. The topic is "The Usage of Accounting Terminology in Legal Documents."
The Chicago Conference on End-of-Life Issues has announced it's two-day conference and call for abstracts. Student presenters will receive a $300 award for their work. The deadline is March 15, 1996.
The Cleveland State Law Review has announced the Second Annual Judge John Manos Writing Contest. The topic is an evidentiary issue. The winning entry will receive $1,000 and the deadline is April 1, 1996.
The American Bar Association's Section of Family Law has announced the Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest in Family Law. The prizes are $700, $500 and $300 and all winners will be considered for publication. The deadline is April 5, 1995.
The International Association of Defense Counsel has announced its Legal Writing Contest. The subject matter is listed in the rules. Prizes range from $500 to $2,000. The deadline is April 12, 1996.
Temple Law Review and the National Association of Attorneys General are sponsoring a writing competition on the topic of state constitutional law. The prize is $500 and the deadline is April 15, 1996.
The Food and Drug Law Institute has announced the Vincent A. Kleinfeld Competition. The paper must be of publishable quality on a subject about the field of Food and Drug Law and prepared under the direction of the Professor teaching Food and Drug Law and/or Administrative Law. The deadline is April 19, 1996.
The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation has announced the third annual Brown Award. Any law student currently enrolled is eligible to receive the award. The topic is any legal subject. The award is a stipend of $5,000. The deadline is April 30, 1996.
The Food and Drug Law Institute has announced the H. Thomas Austern Memorial Competition. The topic must be an in-depth analysis of a current issue including a review of relevant case law and legislative history. Prizes range from $1,000 to $3,000. The deadline is May 17, 1996.
The Federal Circuit Bar Association has announced the George Hutchinson Writing Competition. The topic is any that lies within the procedure, substance or scope of the jurisdiction of the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. The best entry will receive $2,000 and the deadline is June 1, 1996.
The university of Notre Dame Law School has announced the Feminist Jurisprudence Writing Competition. The subject is any issue within the category of feminist jurisprudence. A prize of $1,000 will be awarded to the winning entry. The deadline is June 1, 1996.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers have announced the 58th Annual Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition. Awards of $500 and $200 will be awarded to the authors of the best essay on Copyright Law from each law school. One paper will be submitted to the national competitions. The first prize paper will be submitted to the National awards National Awards prizes are $500 to $3,000. Papers winning National Awards will be published. Chicago-Kent's deadline is June 3, 1996.
The Alliance for Justice and the Program on Law and Government at American University's Washington College of Law have announced the Don Edwards 1996 Bill of Rights Award. The essay topic is "Liberty Under Seige: Reclaiming the Constitution" The prize of $5,000 will be awarded to four winning students. The deadline is June 30, 1996.
The American Judges Association and the American Judges Foundation have announced their eighth annual Law Student Essay Contest. Rules sheets and entry forms are available. The prizes are $2,500, $1,000 and $750; the deadline is June 30, 1996.
The Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum has announced the Joseph Bernfeld Writing Competition. The topic is limited to the subjects of bankruptcy law and debtor-creditor relations. The prizes are $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000; the deadline is July 1, 1996.
The American Intellectual Property Law Association has announced the Robert C. Watson Award for 1996. The contest offers at $2,000 prize and a trip to Washington, D.C. to receive the award to the author of the best paper on a subject relating to the protection of intellectual property. The deadline is July 31, 1996.
For more information, stop by the Office of the Associate Dean, room 320.
Careers in Labor and Employment Law
The Labor and Employment Law Society and Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Workplace will present a panel discussion on Careers in Labor and Employment Law. Four Chicago-Kent alumnae/i will discuss various aspects of labor and employment law practice. All students interested in labor and employment law should attend.
Tuesday, March 12, 1996 4:30 P.M. Room 590
Institute for Law and Workplace Reception
All students interested in labor and employment law are invited to attend a reception celebrating the formation of Chicago-Kent's Institute for Law and the Workplace and the new J.D. Certificate Program in Labor and Employment Law. Attending will be Chicago-Kent graduates who practice in the field and other labor and employment law practitioners who are active in Chicago-Kent's labor law programs. This is a great networking opportunity.
The reception will follow immediately after the program on careers in labor and employment law.
Tuesday, March 12, 1996 5:30 P.M. Tenth Floor
RSVP by e-mailing Lauren Lockwood (LLOCKWOO) by March 7.
Students Interested in Civil Rights Litigation
The 13th Annual Conference on Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation
On Thursday and Friday, March 14-15, 1996, the law school will host Professor Sheldon Nahmod's 13th Annual Section 1983 conference. The conference features nationally prominent law professors and practitioners who offer instruction on both the fundamentals and more advanced aspects of µ1983 practice and, trial skills, and analyze the latest case decisions. If you can attend only one or a few segments, you should come at the beginning for Professor Nahmod's introduction to the prima facie case. This is a unique opportunity, especially for students who intend to be involved federal court litigation when they practice.
Law students (JD only) enrolled at Chicago-Kent are welcome to attend any or all of the program sessions free of charge (note: course materials are not included; however, copies of the materials will be available in the library at a later date). However, pre-registration is required! To register, please stop by the Office of Continuing Legal Education (Suite 530) to fill out a registration form. Students must register before or on Tuesday, March 12, 1996.
Criminal Trial Film Series and Trivia Contest!
This week's movie is "Presumed Innocent," based on the novel by Chicago lawyer/writer Scott Turow. Starring Harrison Ford and Raul Julia, the movie is about a prosecuting attorney who is prosecuted for murder. In addition to being a compelling murder mystery with wonderful courtroom scenes, "Presumed Innocent" is the only film in the series that features a Chicago-Kent diploma. (Watch carefully!) Join Professor McAdams on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium.
The Criminal Trial Film Series TRIVIA CONTEST remains UNSOLVED! The contest is open to Chicago-Kent students only. Here's the question:
The voice of a man appearing in one of the film series' black-and-white movies is heard in an REM song. What is the name of the man, the movie, and the song? (HINT: The movie has yet to be shown.)
E-mail your answer to Professor McAdams. The first correct answer wins you choice of: $25 gift certificate to a local movie theatre chain OR a $25 contribution to the Chicago-Kent student organization you designate. (State your choice in your e-mail.) The judge's determination of the winning answer is final. The winner will be announced at an appropriate movie.
Date Day Time Movie
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
Pro Bono Opportunity
Pro Bono Advocates is an organization dedicated to providing legal services to economically disadvantaged victims of domestic violence, through the efforts of staff and volunteer attorneys, assisted by law students and others. PBA/LAW also undertakes advocacy to improve and increase free legal services to battered women and the poor.
HERE'S WHERE YOU COME IN: PBA is looking for law students to participate in its work. You can conduct detailed interviews of prospective clients, help to determine their eligibility for a protective order under the pertinent statute, prepare the initial pleadings for an emergency order of protection, fill out other necessary judicial forms, and otherwise assist in helping these domestic violence victims get legal redress and move on with their lives. If you have a 7-11 license, you can represent clients in court, under the supervision of a licensed attorney. You also may be able to assist attorneys who are representing PBA clients in divorce proceedings. In short, you can help persons in need of help from the legal system while honing your own professional skills.
If you are interested in undertaking this pro bono activity, contact Prof. Joan Steinman (a member of the governing Board of PBA) (e-mail: jsteinma) and give her a copy of your resume. She will forward your resume to Swati Avasthi at PBA, who will arrange an interview with you. PBA will provide training. Thanks!
Lexis Representative Lab Hours for the week of March 4 are as follows:
Monday: 8:00 - 8:45 David Stone Tuesday: 8:00 - 8:45 David Stone
1:00 - 5:00 Karin Kiyabu 11:00 - 12:30 Karin Kiyabu
3:45 - 5:45 Kevin Csink
Wednesday: 8:00 - 8:45 David Stone Thursday: 10:45 - 12:45 Kevin Csink
7:00 - 9:15 David Stone
Friday: 8:00 - 9:00 David Stone
10:45 - 12:45 Kevin Csink*
During assigned lab hours, Lexis Student Reps can be found in the large 7th floor computer lab in the library, or at the tables just outside of the computer lab. As always, please feel free to e-mail your questions to LEXISQ or call the 24 hour Hot Line at 1-800-45-LEXIS.
*Denotes office hours in the Career Services Office
NEW EMANUELS ARE HERE!! LEXIS is very pleased to announce the arrival of the new edition of the LEXIS EMANUELS! This new edition contains information on the new LEXIS LAW STUDENT OFFICE and other exciting new LEXIS/NEXIS features! Pick up your copy at the reference desk or in the 7th floor computer labs in the information center today!
GET CONNECTED! Pick up your copy of the LEXIS ON LINE CONNECTION TODAY! The Lexis On Line Connection is free and is available inside the Lexis Home Access Software Packets. This exciting program enables you to run LEXIS and your word processing program at the same time! Install your copy today and find out what all of the excitement is about!
THIS WEEK'S LEXIS QUICK TIP: LEXIS DAY IS COMING!
LEXIS/NEXIS is very pleased and excited to announce the return of LEXIS DAY!
Last semester's LEXIS DAY was such an overwhelming success that we are in the stages of planning another LEXIS DAY for this semester. As you are aware, LEXIS/NEXIS, as part of the LEXIS millennium Initiative, has come out with a multitude of very exciting new products in the last few months. LEXIS DAY is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet with National LEXIS Representatives, learn more about the exciting LEXIS product lineup, and augment your on-line research skills.
Watch this space in the coming weeks as we announce more specifics on the day's activities! Until then, best of luck with your research!
Westlaw Representative Lab Hours for the Week of March 4 are as follows:
Monday: 7:45 - 8:45 Steve Edmonson Tuesday: 7:45 - 8:45 Steve Edmonson
9:30 - 2:30 Christine Brown
5:00 - 7:30 Steve Edmonson
9:30 - 11:00 Christine Brown
Wednesday 7:45 - 8:45 Steve Edmonson Thursday: 10:00 - 3:00 Steve Edmonson
9:30 - 2:30 Christine Brown 3:00 - 6:00 Christine Brown
9:30 - 11:00 Christine Brown
Sunday: 12:00 - 6:00 Christine Brown
During lab hours, Westlaw Student Reps. can be found in lab 700 or at the tables just outside of lab 700. Please feel free to e-mail us at Cbrown, Sedmonso, or WESTQ if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment. Remember, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week you can reach a WESTLAW Reference Attorney at 1-800-850-WEST.
Movie reviews come out every week. Assuming you have time for movie-going, you might want to make it more meaningful by checking out reviews on movies in newspapers from around the world. Check out the database NP (daily newspapers from Dow Jones). Type db NP and enter the query: in (movie & review) & unzipped.
A Little-Known Database with Great Power
Have you ever been given the task of finding out what states have adopted a uniform law. When the effective date is in that state? And what the statutory cite to that law is?? There is a database exclusively on WESTLAW that makes that task a snap. It is called Uniform Laws Annotated (ULA). For example, you can find information about the adoption of the Uniform Commercial Code by states by doing a search in ULA like: "table of jurisdiction" +s adopted & pr ("uniform commercial code").
Would you like to know what the public is saying about social or political issues? You can search the Public Opinion Online database (POLL) to find the answers. The database is comprehensive, full-text collection of public opinion surveys covering such issues as politics, government, social issues and attitudes, and much much more.
Federal Budget - We All Pay
A new database Office of Management and Budget (OMB-CIRCULAR) has OMB Circulars that communicate government budgetary policy for the Federal Government's Executive Branch. And if you really want to get into details, chick out the database BUDGET96 (budget97 before we know it - the text of the 1996 budget initially proposed by the White House).
Criminal Justice Society
On Thursday, March 7 at noon in room 170, the Criminal Justice Society invites you to meet recent Chicago- Kent graduates who are currently working for the Cook County State's Attorney's office Anyone interested in a career in criminal law should not miss this opportunity to hear what life is like as a young prosecutor. If you have any questions, please contact JSHOOK, EJACK, or VTERRIZZ.
The Democratic Club will meet in C25 at Noon on Tuesday, March 12. Pizza and soda will be provided. Join us in discussing: Democratic principles. Other topics:
1. Officer nominations for Fall of 1996. Elections will be held in mid-April.
2. Organizing speakers, voter registration, and organizational goals.
3. Opportunities to volunteer or intern for the bipartisan host committee of the '96 Democratic National Convention.
4. Talk to individuals networking within the Chicago political arena.
5. Pizza! Pizza! Pizza!
Environmental Law Society
March 6th at 3 p.m. - Michelle Jordan from the EPA will be speaking in the auditorium. She will speak on "Brownfield Development." This is a great opportunity to hear about a growing environmental issue facing lawyers.
* We are planning something special for Earth Day this year. If you have ideas or would like to help out, please E-mail Dwilliam.
* Information and applications for summer fellowships are now available outside the ELS office in C74. Contact RSaines or YPolycar with questions. The deadline for submitting an application is Thursday April 7th. Awards will be announced in the following 2 weeks.
* ATTENTION 1L's - there will be an informational meeting about joining the Environmental and Energy Law Program. The meetings will be Tuesday March 5 at noon in room 570, and Wednesday March 6 at 5 p.m. in room 570. Please stop by and learn about the program requirements and opportunities. Questions about the program? Email Professor Deutsch or Tarlock.
WE WOULD LIKE TO ANNOUNCE THAT CHICAGO-KENT WILL BE THE 1996-1997 HOST FOR THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW SOCIETIES ANNUAL CONFERENCE (NAELS). There is much to be done so get psyched and get involved! The conference will be in March next year.
Have a great week!
Questions? Comments? E-mail RSaines, YPolycar, or KPohn.
On March 14th, from 3:30 until 5:00 p.m., the Federalist Society and the National Lawyers' Guild invite you to hear a discussion of Due Process litigation. What is the procedural litigation and how does it affect social policy and criminal law in the United States? Speaking will be Michael Avery and David Rudovsky, two esteemed civil rights attorneys, along with Michael Horowitz, a fellow of the Hudson Institute and former counsel of the OMB. These speakers are of the highest caliber and we are lucky to have them. In fact, Mr's Rudovsky and Avery will be speaking at Professor Nahmod's Annual Section 1983 Conference. That conference takes place on this date and the day after (13th and 14th) and was open to students last year. If that isn't enough to entice you on a Thursday, we will be serving refreshments.
"Experience should tell us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficial . . . the greatest dangers to liberty lurk in the insidious encroachment of men of zeal, well meaning but without understanding."
Justice Louis Brandeis, 1928
"Let the people decide through the marketplace mechanism what they want to see and hear. Why is there this national obsession to tamper with this box of transistors and tubes when we don't do the same for Time Magazine."
Mark Fowler, former FCC Chairman
By subscribing to GayLaw's current awareness e-mail service, you get recent information on legal issues including:
1. Computer Law: After attracting international media attention over its decision to suspend access to certain Internet newsgroups, CompuServe focused on the creation and implementation of a "software solution." The online service recently unveiled Parental Controls Center, an area which educated parents of online dangers for children and offers control to filter Internet and CompuServe content.
2. Military Law: Two years after the enactment of Don't Ask - Don't Tell, Pentagon documents and interviews with service members show that military leaders are continuing to ask some troops about their sexual orientation. In addition, they are talking to the soldier's parents, friends, and therapists. Pentagon figures show that in the fiscal year that ended on October 1, the Army, Navy, and Marines discharged 488 service members for homosexuality. This reflects a 17% increase over the previous year.
3. Hardwick Conference at John Marshall Law School: March 14-16
a. The Terra Museum of American Art, a Chicago museum that provides its space for receptions, recently told the organizers of the conference that they would not commit their space for a reception because the "gay conference was too controversial."
b. In addition to the over 100 speakers participating in the conference, four movies focusing on significant issues within the community have been added.
Please e-mail Lora Kirk (LKIRK) to be included on the list that receives daily tidbits of interesting information.
Health Law Society
General Membership Meeting to discuss ELECTIONS and SPEAKER EVENTS:
Monday, March 4th 12 p.m. in room C25 and 5 p.m. in room 520
If you cannot attend one of the meetings and would like to be a candidate for a 1996-7 executive position, please email Cathy (CTRAUGOT) with the position interested in and a short biography.
Mark your calendars for the next HLS speaker event with John E. Steiner, Assistant General Counsel for the American Hospital Association, next Monday, March 11th at 5 p.m., room TBA.
Remember -- HLS ELECTIONS will be coming up soon. Watch for announcements!
Intellectual Property Electronic Journal
Intellectual Property Electronic Journal will be holding a WRITE-ON COMPETITION from Wednesday, March 20th to Tuesday, April 2nd. There will be two informational meetings to discuss details and answer questions on consecutive Tuesdays, March 12 and 19 at 12 p.m., rooms TBA. Please direct all inquiries to Bob (RSURRETT).
Jewish Law Students Association
Attention all JLSA members! The Executive Board is pleased to announce that we are calling a meeting to choose a new president to finish out the current semester. In addition, descriptions for executive board positions for next year will be distributed. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 5, at noon; you will receive an email informing you of the room number. We encourage all members to attend the meeting and to vote!!
National Lawyer's Guild
Please watch for upcoming speaker events. April 1, we will be visited by People's Lawyer Arthur Kinoy. Mr Kinoy will speak at 5:00 p.m., in a discussion format in the Auditorium. Following the discussion, there will be a reception in the 10th floor Lounge. April 1st is the first day following Spring Break, so please plan accordingly. He is a vibrant speaker well worth having!
On April 16, Sister Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, will be visiting Chicago-Kent as well. In addition, please watch for NLG Brown Bag Rap Sessions. The first is scheduled on March 19 at noon. Bring your own lunch and watch the Record and schedule of events for Room numbers. The topic on the 19th is hate speech and Kent's new code regarding this issue.
Phi Alpha Delta (PAD)
Please note the following date changes on your calendars:
3/14 - 12:00 p.m., PAD Alumni Luncheon (Binyon's Limerick Room)
3/19 - 12:00 p.m., PAD 1L outline disk distribution (Room 170)
- 12:00 p.m., PAD Speaker Event (Room 170)
3/20 - 5:00 p.m., PAD Wine and Cheese party with alums and other chapters (10th floor Kent)
If any 1L's have not turned in outline disks, please do so as soon as possible. Put your name and the names of your professors on a disk and turn it into C78.
PAD wishes the best of luck to all 1L's who have their trial briefs due on March 11th.
PAD still has committee positions available for those interested. Contact AWEISS for inquiries.
Questions? Comments? Problems? E-mail JGUBKIN, ASINIBAL, or AWEISS.
Women in Law
Due to the departure of WIL's Secretary, an election must be held. A general meeting will be held Tuesday, March 5th to elect a secretary for the remainder of the term. Nominations can be made through e-mail (send to SEDWARDS), or at the meeting. Please remember you are only allowed to vote if your membership dues have been paid. Watch for room announcement on your e-mail!
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