The Record

Vol. No. XXIX,
No. 13 April 18, 1996

NOTE: This will be the last Record of the semester. Watch the Broadcast messages to receive information of where to send submissions for the '96 - '97 school term.


How do I begin this final record message? Should I tell you of my great admiration for Chicago-Kent's students, faculty , and graduates? Should I praise the dedication of our staff, their professional skill, their commitment to this school and its community? Should I recount our glories past, present, and future? I should do all of this and more. But, today I have a different message--one of sadness, gratitude, and joy.

As you probably know by now, I have decided to become the Dean of the University of Florida College of Law. I will be leaving Chicago-Kent in the last week of June this year. This has been the hardest decision of my professional life because this community - Chicago-Kent and Chicago itself - have been invigorating. I've learned more here, from more people, than I had any right to hope for. And I've grown to love and admire the people of Chicago-Kent. This place is very special. No institution works harder, experiments more boldly, and aspires to greater things. I will miss you all, more than you will know.

How many ways can one say thanks? Thanks for your energy, which I absorbed and from which I gained the desire to come to school each day. Thanks for your intelligence, from which I grew intellectually. Thanks for your kindness (most of the time), which reaffirms my sense of enthusiasm for the future. And thanks for all of your gracious good wishes, even as I leave you to move on to the next stage of my career.

During the last five years I have often written about change, constant and continuous. I have advocated to all of you to treat your lives and careers as adventures to be lived to the fullest. I guess I can't get around the fact that I am a change-junkie. I fear more than anything the staleness that can come from complacency - my own and that of others. Thus, it is also with joy that I make another change--in my intellectual home, and in my community. Florida is a wonderful school, rich in traditions similar to those at Chicago-Kent. It is also a school in transition, looking for someone to help in making a change. I am excited by that chance.

Please forgive me for rambling on, but it is my last chance. You have been wonderful friends and colleagues. I will miss all of you, but remember - I'll be only a "Dear Dean" e-mail away!

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Just in case you think I haven't noticed, it seems that the annual spring rite of passage is upon us--final exams. In the pressure of exam week, we often come to think of examinations purely as a means to an end - getting high enough grades to get a good job. Remember - exams are a means to an end, but not the one that first comes to mind. Intense study, directed to the single-minded pursuit of understanding a course, leads to knowledge, synthesis, and mastery. That is a most valuable educational enterprise. May you all achieve your fondest wishes. Study well and good luck.


Dean Matasar's decision to accept the deanship at the University of Florida is a great loss for Chicago-Kent. The faculty, along with students and alumni, are very sad to lose a dean who has done so much to advance the law school during his tenure. Regrettably, the loss of a dean is a recurring fact of modern academic life. Dean Matasar's five years at the law school already exceed the average law school dean's tenure.

I would like to share with the student body and other members of the Chicago-Kent community the process that will be followed in the selection of a new dean. First, the President of IIT, the former dean of the law school, will appoint an interim dean. The interim dean will be selected from the existing faculty after consultation between President Collens, Dean Matasar, and the faculty. Second, shortly after the interim dean is named, a dean search committee will be formed. The committee will consist primarily of law school faculty, but there will probably be university and alumnae/i members as well. The committee's task is to assemble a list of dean candidates and to select the best for on-campus interviews. Faculty, students and alumni will be involved in these interviews; the exact process will be worked out next Fall when the interviews begin. Like law firm hiring, a smaller group of candidates will get call-back interviews. From this group, a short list of two or three names of acceptable candidates will be sent to the president, who will make the final decision after extensive discussions with the Chicago-Kent community.

This is how the process worked with Dean Matasar's selection, and the law school hopes to have a new dean in place by March, 1997. I will be happy to answer student questions about the process at any time.


It is indeed sad that Dean Matasar is leaving Chicago-Kent. The law school has made significant progress during his five years of leadership. We will miss him and wish him success at the University of Florida.

Academic Calendar
Classes will meet on their regularly scheduled days through Monday, April 29, 1996. On Tuesday, April 30, only Friday classes meet.

Final Exams
Final exams begin Monday, May 6; the final exam schedule is attached to this Record Final exam room assignments will be posted at a later time. Please read section VII of the Handbook that sets forth the rules regarding exams, conflicts, makeups, missed exams and related issues.

New Final Exam Rule
To reduce the noise and distractions caused by students turning in their bluebooks toward the end of an exam, students will not be permitted to leave their seats for any reason during the last ten minutes of an exam. When the proctor announces there are ten minutes left, you must remain in your seat until the proctor announces that the exam is over.

"Juries" will be a Seminar in the Summer Session
Juries, being taught by Prof. Cotter this summer will be offered as a seminar, not a course. Seats are still available and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; the course number is 618-051-02.

How to Prepare for the Illinois Bar Exam
Prof. Richard Conviser will speak on Tuesday, April 23 at 12:00 noon in the auditorium and at 5:00 p.m. in room C50. The 5:00 p.m. speech will be broadcast to room 590. All students from 1L's to graduating seniors are invited to attend and benefit from Prof. Conviser's expertise and experience.

Teaching Evaluations
If you have not had the opportunity to complete a faculty evaluation questionnaire for one or more of your instructors by April 26, please obtain an evaluation form from Barbara Washington in room 815 or from the Registrar's office. After you complete it, put it in mailbox #99 in the College Service Center.

1L and Graduating Senior Surveys
Thanks to all of the 1L's and graduating seniors who have completed the survey I mailed. If you have not submitted a survey yet, it's not too late. If you lost your survey, obtain another one from the Registrar; please advise her if you need a 1L or graduating senior survey. Thanks for your cooperation.

Summer Session Class Assignments
If you are enrolled in a summer session class, you should periodically check the second floor bulletin board for class assignments after spring semester classes end. The summer session is short and most instructors expect students to have read the assignment for the first night of class.

Fall, 1996 Class Assignments
About August 1, initial class assignments for the Fall, 1996 semester will be mailed to the permanent home address of each continuing student. If you want the letter mailed to another address, please E-mail your summer mailing address to "kdenard."

Good Luck
How can the academic year be almost over already? This is the end of my 25th rewarding year at Chicago-Kent; where have the years gone?

Good luck on your final exams and have a wonderful summer.


Fall Program Notices
Fall Program Notices will be distributed outside the Registrar's office on Monday.

Add/Drop Days
Students who registered for the Fall, 1996 semester may change their schedules on Add/Drop days by completing an Add/Drop Form, available outside the Registrar's office. Make sure to put your priority code in the upper corner of the form. Submit the Add/Drop Form to the Registrar's office according to the schedule listed below.

Add/Drop Forms will be processed randomly within the priority groups.

Program Changes after Add/Drop Days
You may submit a Registration Change Form to add open courses or withdraw from courses beginning April 29. Registration Change Forms will be processed in the order received. You may add a course until the first week of the summer session or the second week of the fall semester.

Important Notice to Students Taking Exams on Computers
If you are taking a final exam on a computer, you must obtain a copy of the Rules Governing the Use of Computers for Final Exams from the Registrar's office and read it before final exams begin. It is essential that you thoroughly understand the computer exam procedures and the potential problems and risks associated with taking an exam on a computer.


Congratulations to all Chicago-Kent May 1996 graduates! The final step in completing your financial aid (with the exception of repayment) is attending an Exit Interview session. The purpose of the session is to inform borrowers of their rights, responsibilities and options with respect to repayment of their student loans. Exit interviews will be held April 29 through May 3 for all graduates; it will run for approximately one hour. Students may attend one of the following scheduled times at their convenience:

It is mandatory that you attend an Exit Interview session to complete your financial aid file upon graduating. If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail AMONROE or stop by the Office of Financial Aid, Suite 230.


Run for your life! Run for someone else's life!
Start training for the second annual Lawyers Have Heart 5K Run and Walk for the American Heart Association of Metropolitan Chicago. The event will be held on Thursday, June 13th in Grant Park at 6:30 p.m. Network while you sweat! Over 20 Chicago law firms were represented in last year's event which raised more than $47,000 for the fight against heart disease and stroke. The special law student rate of $15 includes a T-shirt and admission to the post-race festivities. Come to Room 546 to reserve your space and become a winning member of Team Kent '96!
For more information, E-mail EBERGER.

Final Exam Season Prepares for Takeoff
Yes, it is that time of year and your exams are taxiing down the runway at this moment. Need some help checking your anxiety, stress, procrastination or confusion at the curb? Make a reservation to visit Ellen Berger in Room 546 for advice on leaving your troubles at home.

New addition to the Record: The Quotation of the Week
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
--Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Speech in St. Louis (Mar. 22, 1964).

Please submit your favorite quotation to EBERGER for future issues of the Record.


Applications for Legal Writing Teaching Assistants Positions
Applications are now being accepted for Legal Writing Teaching Assistants for the year 1996-97. Only students who will be graduating in June, 1996 may apply. Teaching Assistants work closely with the Legal Writing Professors in teaching legal research, creating assignments and grading student papers. They also work closely with students in drafting and revising their work. Applicants should have received superior grades (B+ or above) in their Legal Writing courses and have a strong interest in helping other students to master the skills of legal research and writing. Membership on Law Review or Moot Court is desirable, but is not a requirement of the job. Teaching Assistants receive two hours of academic credit each semester and salary equal to the tuition for two credit hours each semester.

In order to serve as a Teaching Assistant you must be available to attend a training session which will take place on Friday, August 16, 1996.

Interested students should submit a current resume to Professor Ehrenberg in Room 753, and sign up on the interview schedule on her door. Please indicate on your resume the name of your first-year legal writing professor and the grades you received in the course. The interview will last approximately 20 minutes and then applicants will be asked to complete a short closed-book quiz on grammar, punctuation and citation form.

If you have any questions please contact Professor Ehrenberg.


1996 Graduates: A Note from Lisa Abrams and Stephanie Rever Chu
The Career Services staff wish you the best as you finish your legal education. We've enjoyed working with you over the years and we'll be here if you need advice in the future. Please keep us posted about your progress! Good luck with the bar exam.

1997 and 1998 Grads: Summer Employment Survey
Please take a moment to complete the Summer 1996 Employment Survey attached to the back of The Record - we'd like to know if you're working, studying abroad or here, or still looking for a job! Drop the survey off with Charis in the Career Services Office.

1997 and 1998 Grads: Preliminary Information for the Fall 1996 On-Campus Interview Program
The Career Services Office Fall On-Campus Interview Program is just around the corner! Students graduating in 1997 and 1998 who are interested in participating should get a head start on preparation and pick up an informational packet outside the Career Services Office.

The informational packet provides preliminary information about the on-campus interview program and how it works. It also outlines important dates and deadlines for those participating in the program. Be sure to read the packet carefully and to note all the deadline dates on your calendar!

1996 Grads: Job Opportunity in Corporate Insurance
Katten, Muchin & Zavis is seeking an entry-level associate for its corporate insurance practice group. Interested students who are in the top 25% of the class should submit a resume to the Career Services Office by Wednesday, April 25 at 7:15 p.m. Information about the firm is available in the grey files and various directories in the Career Services Office.

2Ls, 3Ls Eligible for 711 License: Kane County State's Attorney Volunteer Summer Positions
The Kane County State's Attorney's Office is seeking 711-eligible students to work on criminal, juvenile and civil matters. Volunteers will work in the courtrooms and have significant contact with people. The Office would like someone to begin ASAP! Interested students should send a resume and cover letter to Richard Todas, Kane County State's Attorney's Office, 37W777 Route 38 St. Charles, IL 60175. Make sure you explain your eligibility for a 711 license (see p. 47 of the Student Handbook for more info).

Job Fairs:
1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, 4Ls: SciLaw Job Fair in Washington, DC
The annual SciLaw Recruiting Conference will be held late this summer in Washington, D.C. Employers in intellectual property, computer, environmental and health law practices will be interviewing students with scientific or technical backgrounds who will graduate in 1996, 1997, or 1998.

The SciLaw Conference is Friday, August 23, 1996 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Washington, D.C. Students interested in participating must pre-register with the Career Services Offices no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 26. Pre-registration forms are available in the Career Services Office.

Pre-registered students will receive the registration packet in the mail in June. A list of participating employers, their hiring criteria, and hotel information will be included in the mailing. Please note that all interviewees must check in at the conference before 8:15 a.m. on the day of the interviews or their interview slots will be reassigned.

Office News:
Summer Hours
The Career Services Office will be open during the following hours from May 13 until the first week of fall classes:

The office will also be open on the following Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.: May 4 and 18, June 15 and July 13.

Welcome Our New Staff Member, Charis Runnels!
We are delighted to welcome 1L Charis Runnels to the Career Services staff as our new Resource Coordinator. Charis will be working closely with Dan Walsh, our Resource Manager, and the rest of the staff to continue our tradition of excellent customer service. Stop by to say hello!

Ellen Berger, our interim job posting coordinator, has moved on to become Assistant Director for Student Services in Dean Julie Fenton's office. We wish her the best in her new position!

Handouts Concerning Special Opportunities
Unpaid ABA Internship II: Commission on Advertising
The ABA is seeking an intern to work on projects which contribute to policy decision-making in the regulation of lawyer advertising and the development and marketing of new publications, products and Commission projects. The internship will require 10 hours of work per week for 8 weeks. For more information check out Handout #6.

Judicial Law Clerks for Massachusetts Superior Court, 1997-1998
The Massachusetts Superior Court is accepting applications for 43 judicial law clerk positions which will commence for the 1997-1998 term on June 3, 1997. Applications must be received from students by September 13, 1996, but should be sent no later than June 3, 1996. More information is available in Handout #7.

Skadden Fellowship Foundation
Skadden Fellowships provide support for 1997 law school graduates and outgoing judicial law clerks who want to work in the public interest for organizations which provide legal services to the poor including the homeless, elderly, disabled or those deprived of their civil or human rights. Applications and other information are available in the Career Services Office in Handout #8.

National Association for Public Interest Law (NAPIL) Programs
Americorps*Vista and National Service Legal Corps(NSLC)
NAPIL has forwarded to the Career Services Office information about these two programs which give graduates the opportunity to combine their legal background with their interest in public service. Though there are no positions currently available in these programs, there is a possibility that some positions will be open for the 1996-1997 service year which begins October 1, 1996. If you are interested in learning more about these programs pick up Handout #9.

10th Annual Boston International Career Forum
The 10th Annual Boston International Career Forum will be held October 25-27 at the World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Interested students may email "" or call 1-800-999-0179 and pick up Handout #10 for more information.


1996 Graduates:
Graduation tickets are now available for pickup in the Office of Alumnae/i & Student Relations, Suite 310, between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.. If you are unable to pick up your tickets during those hours, please call Lauren Lockwood at 906-5245, or e-mail LLOCKWOO. You will be given the amount of tickets you requested on your ticket request form, as well as an invitation to go with each ticket. Extra tickets will be distributed at a later date when it has been determined how many tickets will be available.


The Court set aside the murder conviction of an Oklahoma death-row inmate, ruling that the standard for whether the defendant was mentally unfit to stand trial should have been "preponderance of the evidence," instead of the "clear and convincing" standard used in Oklahoma and a few other states. Cooper v. Oklahoma, No. 95-5207.

The Court heard oral argument in Colorado Republican Federal Campaign Committee v. Federal Election Commission, No. 95-489. At issue is the right of a political party to spend as much money as it chooses to get its candidates' messages before the public. Under the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, a state party or national campaign committee is limited by formula in how much it can spend on races for the Senate or House. The FEC charged the Colorado party with exceeding its spending limit. There is considerable bipartisan interest in the outcome of this case.

The Court agreed to hear another 11th Amendment immunity case, Idaho v. Coeur D'Alene Tribe, No. 94-1474. Idaho is arguing that the Ninth Circuit should not have applied an old Supreme Court doctrine that a suit against a state official is not a suit against the state.

The tutorial for the current week is FINDING FEDERAL STATUTES. The Information Center's Reference staff will show you how to locate the statutes in several different publications.

The schedule for this week's tutorials will be posted on the 9th floor bulletin board. You don't have to sign up; just stop by the Reference Desk at the scheduled times.

If you have any suggestions regarding future topics or the times when they are offered, please e-mail Lenore Glanz (e-mail: LGLANZ). We will be happy to hear from you.

Copies of previous years' exams are available on LOIS. Use student as the login and password to print exams to the Document Center. Exams on LOIS are current through Spring 1995. Please remember LOIS only has a copy of an exam if the professor provided it.

The table of contents for the journals received by the Information Center are available for viewing and printing on LOIS. Scan the contents pages for new articles on topics of interest to you or your organization. Choose the JOURNALS database on LOIS and use as your search Contents Pages in the Title field or Information Center in the author field.

If you weren't able to attend Sister Prejean's lecture last Tuesday afternoon, don't despair. A video of her speech is available for viewing in the Media Room. Ask for it at the Library Services Desk.

Information Center exam hours starting Friday, May 3, 1996.

Summer hours will begin Monday, May 20 and will be available at the Library Services Desk.

Everyone is reminded not to bring food and drink into the library.


Internet Services Restored
On Friday April 12 at about 5:00, the line connecting Chicago-Kent with the Internet went dead. The Center's staff worked through the weekend with our service provider and MCI, who supplied the telephone line, to correct the problem. Full services, including Internet email, Netscape, Telnet and FTP were restored on Tuesday April 16. Please e-mail PCHELP if you have any further problems with any Internet services.

Final exams are almost upon us again, so please review these guidelines:

Exams are discussed in detail in the Student Handbook and the Technology Guide.

Back Up Your Files
Please save your work often, and on two different floppies. Power can go out, programs can freeze, and disks can even go bad. Protect yourself and make that extra copy of your paper. If you are not sure how to do this, please email HELPDESK or see Leah Moral in room 703 for assistance.


If you are interested in a summer position, time is running out. Here are some suggestions for possible placements: Cook County Juvenile Court; Illinois Industrial Commission; Public Guardian's Office; Illinois Department of Human Rights; or Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing.

If you are interested, please come in and see Sharon or Steve.


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

Professor Marty Malin spoke at a conference at the Hubert H. Humphrey Center of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota on Friday, April 12. His topic was, "Family and Medical Leave and Employee Absenteeism Issues in Labor Arbitration."


The Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that it will award a scholarship for the 1996-97 academic year.

The Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship Foundation, Inc., was established in 1994 by the law clerks to the Honorable Harry A. Blackmun, Associate Justice (Ret.) of the Supreme Court of the United States. The Justice's clerks intend it as a perpetual testament to his contribution to American jurisprudence, to his compassion and generosity of spirit, and to the inspiration he has provided to us through example and personal encouragement.

At the discretion of the Foundation, the Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship may be awarded to a student engaged in or about to engage in the pursuit of a Juris Doctor at an accredited law school in the United States. The recipient must also meet the following criteria:

  1. must demonstrate academic achievement;
  2. must demonstrate financial need;
  3. must demonstrate the potential for making a contribution to society and the legal profession.

In addition, because the scholarship will be granted in honor of Justice Blackmun, all other considerations being equal, preference will be given to applicants with a significant tie to the Justice's home state of Minnesota.

Students wishing to be considered for this scholarship should pick up the very lengthy application form in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, suite 230. The scholarship application process includes the scholarship application form, two personal essays, two letters of recommendation (preferably one should be a resident of Minnesota; and one should be a law school professor or dean), undergraduate and law school transcripts.

All materials should be mailed to the Harry A. Blackmun Scholarship Foundation, Inc., 118 West Mulberry Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 21201-3600, and must be received no later than Saturday, June 15, 1996.

The Kane County Bar Association, located in Geneva, Illinois, will be awarding scholarships toward the tuition of a qualified law student who resides, or whose parents reside, in Kane County.

This scholarship, applied toward the 1996-97 academic year tuition, will be awarded on the basis of academic ability, financial need and character. Children and spouses of the Kane County Bar Association members are not eligible for the scholarship.

Students wishing to be considered for this scholarship should pick up the rather lengthy application form in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Suite 230. All inquiries should be directed to Carol Schreiber Larson, Executive Director, Kane County Bar Association, 127 South Second Street, P.O. Box 571, Geneva, Illinois 60134, (708) 232-6416. Please note that the scholarship application must be fully completed and received by the Kane County Bar Association on or before Friday, May 17, 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 Illinois Trial Lawyers Association has announced the James J. Dudley Scholarship. The writing competition is open to second-year students who have completed torts. The author of the winning essay in support of the right to trial by jury in civil cases will receive $3,000 in an awards ceremony. The deadline is May 15, 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 competition where one first prize is $3,000. Papers winning National Awards will be published. Chicago-Kent's deadline is June 3, 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 a $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.


Criminal Trial Film Series
In anticipation of exams, the last two movies of the series are the funniest. "Witness for the Prosecution" is based on an Agatha Christie mystery. Charles Laughton plays an irascible English barrister defending a man (Tyrone Power) charged with murder; Marlene Dietrich plays the man's enigmatic wife. For those of you who know the ending, please don't give it away! Show time is Tuesday, April 23 at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

For those of you who have not seen the final movie, "My Cousin Vinny," you owe yourself a study break at the beginning of read week to watch the funniest movie ever made about a criminal trial (apologies to "Adam's Rib") and one of the funniest movies of the 1990's. The movie stars Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei, whose performance won her the 1992 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Show time is Tuesday, April 30 at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium.

For both movies, pre-show cartoons are a distinct possibility, but serious post-show discussions are not.

Date Day Time Movie

Westlaw Representative Lab Hours for the Week of April 22 are as follows:

Monday: 7:45 - 8:45 Steve Edmonson Tuesday: 7:45 - 8:45 Steve Edmonson

9:30 - 12:00 Christine Brown

5:00 - 7:30 Steve Edmonson

9:30 - 11:00 Christine Brown

Wednesday: 7:45 - 8:45 Steve Edmonson Thursday: 10:00 - 12:00 Steve Edmonson

9:30 - 2:30 Christine Brown 12:00 - 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. The new e-mail address for West Customer Support for questions or comments is:

Summer Associate Training - April 22 - 27

Keep your eyes posted for our Summer Associate Training! This is the perfect time for you to enhance your Westlaw skills and impress your employer. In addition to advanced training, Westlaw's fee structure will be discussed. (A must if you want your employer to offer you a full time job.) Sign up sheets are at the Library Reference desk and in Career Services! Sessions are one hour long and are on Wednesday (3-4, 4-5, 5-6); Thursday (3-4, 4-5, 5-6) and Saturday (10-11, 11-12).

Summer Access
If you will be enrolled in summer school, law review, moot court or a research assistant you may get your WESTLAW password extended for summer access via the Internet. Access (You may also send in one of the Westlaw postcards available in the library.)

Letterman's Top 10 List or Leno's Jokes
Did you miss Letterman or Leno because you were studying late. Not to worry, you can still read Letterman's Top Ten Lists or Leno's political jokes by accessing the American Political Network The Hotline Database (APN-HO). To access this database type: db apn-ho. A list of documents added to the database in the past week is displayed. To view a particular document in the list, type its number and press Enter.

If you want to retrieve Letterman's Top Ten lists for this year, type: s to display the Enter Query Screen. Then enter a query such as the following: letterman&top-ten&da(aft 1995)

To retrieve jokes by Jay Leno about President Clinton's health care plan, enter the following query: leno/sclinton/shealth-care&da(aft 1993)

Tip: To print a page on the stand alone printer in the document center, type: pr;p;stp;. To print the entire document, type: pr;d;stp;.


Student Bar Association
The SBA Election Committee announces a Candidate's forum for contested positions to be held on Thursday, April 25, 1996 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. Candidate order will be announced on Tuesday on the SBA Bulletin Board, which is located on the first bulletin board on the west side of the Concourse, and by Broadcast message.

Thanks to all of you who have helped with Law Week. (Special thanks to all who donated blood.) Your hours of work are appreciated. Faculty Jeopardy was lots of fun! Professors Sowle and Cotter WON by a wide margin and are next year's defending champs. For those of you who heard Geoffrey Fieger speak, what an experience! He truly is a "zealous advocate".

Thank you also for all the support for Sister Prejean.

Don't forget the BASH this weekend. The Museum of Science and Industry is fascinating. There will be plenty of food, beverages, music and a movie. Tickets are on sale til 4:00 p.m. Friday in the Bookstore.

ELECTIONS: Campaigning has begun again. Don't forget to vote on April 29 and 30. Bring your student ID to the third floor SPAK to vote.

Farewell to Dean Matasar from the students. We wish you luck at the University of Florida.

Animal Rights Law Society
Monday, April 22 is Earth Day! In celebration of this, ARLS will be having a guest speaker, Colleen Burke, on Tuesday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. in room 580. Colleen will be speaking on various animal rights issues which also impact on our environment. Everyone is invited to attend and food and beverages will be provided!

In addition, ARLS in conjunction with ELS will have an informational table set up in the third floor Spak today, so stop on by!!

If you are interested in more information regarding either of these events, you may e-mail RVANDERV, YKATO, LWORTMAN or CBURKE.

Asian American law Students Association (AALSA)
AALSA is proud to announce the election of its officers for the 1996-97 academic year:

AALSA invites its members and the Chicago-Kent student body at large to partake of an early celebration of Asian American Heritage Month on Thursday, April 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the fifth floor student lounge. Two documentaries will be shown. The first is "A Personal Matter: Hirabayashi v. United States" a companion case to United States v. Korematsu, in which Japanese American citizens questioned the constitutionality of Executive Order 9066; the second is "Forbidden City, USA," by Academy Award winning filmaker Arthur Don, about the notorious nightclub of the same name in San Francisco which featured an all Asian cast of entertainers from World War II to the early 1960's.

Sweets and Filipino savories will be served.

Do join us for a study break, and the chance to learn about the contributions of Asian Americans to modern American jurisprudence, song, and dance!

Brehon Society of Irish-American Law Students
Congratulations to next year's officers! They are:

We want to wish the best of "Irish" luck to everyone this summer - especially those people taking the bar exam! A huge thank you to everyone who supported our efforts to revive the Brehon Society! We hope you have enjoyed the programs we have sponsored this year.

Corporate Law Society
PATRICK KRONNENWETTER of Gehard Kelter Law Offices will give an informal discussion of his practice in international corporate law on Wednesday, April 24 at 3:00 p.m. in room 570. One area of his practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions at the international level, so this is an excellent follow up from Professor Dalley's earlier presentation on her experiences in mergers and acquisitions at the domestic level. Mr. Kronnenwetter received his JD from the University of Pittsburgh in 1978. We are co­sponsoring this event with the Deutsch Klub and the International Law Society, so the discussion should have some very interesting perspectives! Refreshments will be served!!

ALUMNI LETTER UPDATE: The response from our alums regarding our alumni letter has been outstanding, and many have volunteered their time to the group for next year! If you would like to get involved with our follow-up contacting, please e-mail Sean Gandhi (SGANDHI).

A BIG THANKS to all of the CLS members who made this first year of the Corporate Law Society a big success! We have much more planned for next year and look forward to your involvement. Good luck on finals and have a great summer!!

If you have any questions or comments about the organization, please e-mail Marie Quinn (MQUINN), Linda Chen (LCHEN) or Tad Huntington (HHUNTING).

Deutsch Klub
This Wednesday at 3:00 p.m., we will be presenting Patrick Kronenwetter of Gerhard Kelter Law Offices speaking about "International law and Multi-National Practice." The event is being co-sponsored by Corporate Law Society and International Law Society and will take place in Room #570. See the back of the Record for further details.

Environmental Law Society

Check out the table in the lobby on April 22, where we will be having a bakesale and also distributing petitions, articles and FREE COFFEE to anyone with an ELS mug.

Also on Monday, there will be a rally at the federal building from 11:30 - 12:30. From 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., volunteers are going through Kent's trash to see how many recyclable items were inadvertently thrown away on Earth Day! And on Monday night, there will be FREE BEER AND SNACKS AND A MOVIE at 7:30 p.m.

University of Chicago has graciously invited all Chicago-Kent students to attend their Earth Day speakers. All speakers will be from 12:15 - 1:20.

*These are great networking opportunities as well as a chance to hear some great speakers. Hope to see you all!

Congrats to our new board:

Questions or Comments can be directed to any of the new board members.

Intellectual Property Law Society

On Thursday, April 25, Room 580, 4:45 p.m., IPLS will have instructors from one of the Patent Bar review courses speak on what you can expect on the patent bar. They will give a presentation and answer all questions about how the current changes in international law as well as any other change in patent law will translate to questions on the patent bar exam. This event is for all Chicago-Kent students interested in taking the patent bar. Food and drinks will be served.

Just a reminder, if you want to run for an IPLS executive board position or an event coordinator position (highly recommended for 1Ls), you must e-mail the president (jbootzin) or vice-president (SSMILIE) a statement of your qualifications or why you want the position. This statement must fit a single lined, single side of paper handed in to the IPLS mailbox by Friday morning.

On Tuesday, April 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., IPLS will have ballots, candidate's position statements, and a ballot box in room C72 for voting for the general membership

The following are the requirements to participate in the Intellectual Property Moot Court. The candidate:

  1. Must be member of the IP Certificate program
  2. Must have participated in at least one summer write­on Moot Court competition or be a "grade on" member of Moot Court.
  3. Must have taken or currently be enrolled in one of the core IP classes (Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, or the new Unfair Competition)
  4. Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  5. Cannot be a December graduate for the year in which you wish to compete. (most oral competitions are in March & April)
    Completion of IP Advanced Research is also helpful.

Students are selected from this list of students based on their interest in Intellectual Property and their relative scores from the summer write­on competition or the Charles Evans Hughes moot court competition. Note that brief writing is more important in these competitions than oral arguments. The faculty advisors also reserve the right to give priority to students who are not working a lot of hours.

Ultimately, the final decision of who represents Chicago­Kent in these competitions rests on the shoulders of the faculty advisors. Also remember, that this is an Honor society which earns academic credit. If you have any further questions concerning IP moot court, feel free to e­mail me (SSMILIE) or Amanda Howland (AHOWLAND)

International Law Moot Court Honor Society
Congratulations to our new International Law Moot Court Board!

The 1996-97 Board Members are:

We wish our new Board great success next year, and thank all Society Members for their fine accomplishments this year. Brian J. M. Magnusson, Chief Justice, and Gwendolyn Harrison, Associate Justice.

International Law Society

Our last speaker event will be this Wednesday at 3:00 p.m. We will be presenting Patrick Kronewetter of Gerhard Kelter Law Offices speaking about "International law and Multi-National Practice." The event is being co-sponsored by Corporate Law Society and Deutsch Club and will take place in Room #570. See the back of the Record for further details.

Sweatshirts are in!! E-mail CBROWN or RRODRIGU to set up a time to pick up your order!

Kent Association of Trial Lawyers of America (KATLA)
KATLA will be electing new officers on April 23, 1996. If you or someone you know is interested in running, send a brief statement to CDEUTSCH by April 19, 1996 stating why you are interested in the position. All offices are vacant and any year can run. We will be electing the following offices: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Parliamentarian.

If you have any questions about the positions, e-mail MREYNOL2.

Kent Justice Foundation
Thanks to everyone who supported KJF's Spring Fling Auction. Everyone who attended had a fun time and many of you left the auction with great items. The auction was successful, raising about $14,000 total.

ELECTIONS will be held this Wednesday in room C25 at 3:00 p.m.

Labor and Employment Law Society
LELS is holding elections Monday, April 22. LELS members may vote in the SPAK at either 12:00 or 5:00. The following officer positions are available:


We will announce the results as soon as they are in. If you have any questions, e-mail JBURKE2 or LFERRON. Don't forget to vote!

Chicago-Kent Law Review
The Chicago-Kent Law Review will hold three informational meetings to discuss its Summer Writing Candidacy Program. The dates and times of the meetings are as follows:

Your GPA at the end of the Spring 1996 semester determines your eligibility. This summer's grades will not be included. The general eligibility requirements are as follows:

  1. 1L Day, 1L and 2L Evening Students
    First-year day students and first- and second-year evening students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or greater may participate in the program, as may transfer students who have completed one year of work at Chicago-Kent with the requisite 3.00 cumulative GPA for all law school courses.
  2. B. 2L Day and 3L Evening Students
    Second-year day division students and third-year evening division students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater may also participate in the program. All interested students are encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Bob Surrette (RSURRETT).

National Lawyer's Guild
I hope you all made it to hear Sister Prejean!!

Be on the lookout for the year's final Sidebar.

The NLG will have a general meeting on April 25 at 4:00 p.m. in room 155. We wish to discuss plans for next year and how to keep the guild going, so we urge anyone interested in the guild to attend. Thanks.

PAD would like to congratulate all new initiates. PAD prides itself on an initiation that many describe as a "bonding into brotherhood". We would like to welcome our newest brothers and sisters into our special fraternal bond. New initiates include: Sisters Eileen Baker, Maliza Lynch and Elizabeth Parks; and Brothers Steven Biagi, Nathan Lollis, Ilya Novofastovsky, Gregory Shugar, and Anthony Zecchin. CONGRATULATIONS!

PAD would like to thank all of those who participated in April 13 "LRE training session". These people are not trained to teach law-related topics to elementary and high schoolers. Next year we will combine teams of trained individuals with interested students to venture into area schools in order to teach kids about the law. If you are interested in joining these teams, e-mail AWEISS or KPOHN. THANKS!

The PAD Chicago area alumni are having a dinner party. This provides us with a great opportunity to network with fellow PAD attorneys. Here are the details:


Questions? Comments? E-mail JGUBKIN, ASINIBAL or AWEISS

Women In Law (WIL)
Are you still wondering what you are going to do this summer? There are three places that are still seeking volunteers for the summer or part of the summer.

  1. The Attorney General's Women's Advocacy Group: This group primarily focuses on advocacy for women's issues with particular emphasis on domestic violence and sexual assault. This is more project driven and there are several projects being approved for the summer, including a program where employers would be trained on how to notice the signs for domestic violence and training for their employees. Tracy Petruso worked here last summer and got great contacts in addition to research and writing.
  2. Pro Bono Advocates: This is a domestic violence clinic which provides legal representation to low income clients seeking emergency orders of protection. Immediate client interaction and invaluable experience. Tracy Petruso also worked here last summer and would be happy to talk to anyone about this opportunity. (Leslie Kirby also worked here two years ago and would be happy to chat about her experience).
  3. LifeSpan: is seeking volunteers at their domestic violence legal clinic. They provide similar services to ProBono Advocates. One of the attorney's there is an alum and a KJF/WIL supporter and would be happy to talk about what LifeSpan does. Although they are looking for 711s (2L's and up) to represent the clients in court, they would be willing to look at 1Ls, so don't rule this out.

If you are interested in any of the above, e-mail TPETRUSO for the names and numbers for the contact people. Good luck.

Congratulations to Tracy Petruso, Charis Runnels and Kim Davis for being elected to WIL's 1996-97 Executive Board in the positions of President and Co-Vice Presidents, respectively. The remaining positions, Secretary, Treasurer and 1L Representative, will be filled through an election held early next Fall.

WIL (with the help of the successful KJF auction) is offering a fellowship for this summer. Keep an eye on the WIL office door for an application (which will contain more specifics).

Movie Night - On Friday, April 26, WIL is getting together to see "Primal Fear" starring Richard Gere. Anyone interested should contact KJESSUM for more details.