Chicago-Kent College of Law

THE RECORD


Vol. No. XXXI, No. 1
January 13, 1997

Posting Notices in The Record


FROM DEAN DEUTSCH

Welcome back! I hope all of you had a terrific holiday break, and are rested and ready to plunge into the spring semester. We have many exciting, informative activities planned, including a special screening of Eyes On The Prize for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day on January 21, Professionalism Day ‘97 on February 5, the National Association of Environmental Law Societies Annual Conference on March 7 and 8, the Kenneth M. Piper Memorial Lecture in Labor Law on April 15, and others. As usual, there is a lot going on at the law school.

Many of our faculty have been busy since classes ended, grading, giving speeches, etc. For example:

Many faculty members have been busy writing articles for publication during the past several months, as well. I have just about completed the manuscript for the second edition of my Illinois Environmental Law Statutes Annotated. Professor Andrews' article "Gen-Etiquette: Are There Moral and Legal Responsibilities to Share Genetic Information Within Families?" is being published in the forthcoming edition of Genetic Secrets: Protecting Privacy and Confidentiality in the Genetic Era (Mark Rothstein, ed., Yale University Press). "How to Make a New Tort: Three Paradoxes," a new article by Professor Bernstein, will be published in 75 Texas Law Review this year. Professor Hablutzel completed the first annual supplement for his two-volume treatise on International Banking Law, published by Clark Boardman Callaghan. Professor Rick Hasen has an article entitled "High Courts Wrongly Elected: A Public Choice Model of Judging and Its Implications for the Voting Rights Act," coming out in 75 N.C. L. Rev. this year, as well as an article on theft, co-authored with Professor Richard McAdams, in the International Review of Law and Economics. Professor Hal Krent has written the foreword to 71 Chi-Kent L. Rev., entitled "The Fee Shifting Remedy: Panacea or Placebo?" Professor Malin's article, "On the Scope of Legitimate Authority," co-authored with IIT Professor Robert Ladenson, will be published in a forthcoming edition of the Journal of Social Philosophy. Professor Jeffrey Malkan has a forthcoming article for the Texas Law Review entitled, "Stolen Photographs: Personality, Publicity, and Privacy." Professor Deb Quentel wrote "‘Bad Artists Copy. Good Artists Steal.': The Ugly Conflict Between Copyright Law and Appropriation," for an upcoming volume of the UCLA Entertainment Law Review. And Professor Tarlock completed work on the 1996 release of his Law of Water Rights and Resources, and "The Futile Search for Environmental Laws Based on ‘Good Science,'" 1 Int'l J. Biosci. & L. 9.

Finally, we're delighted to welcome Professor Steven Harris, who joined the faculty this year and will be teaching his first courses for Chicago-Kent, Bankruptcy and Commercial Law II, this semester, and Professor Jacob Corré, who returns to full-time teaching this semester.

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During my first semester as Interim Dean, I discovered that it's very easy to be so busy with faculty, student problems, alumnae/i, etc., that I don't have time for simply interacting with you, the students who make the law school what it is. I'm always available to meet with people, and some of you have been in touch via e-mail or otherwise, but it's hard to have those casual chats I am used to having as a faculty member. So, in an effort to keep in better touch with students and what's going on, I'm scheduling some times at lunch and in the early evening at snack time to meet informally with groups of you in the Spaketeria. There'll be no agenda or set topic for discussion--I'm just interested in hearing what you have to say about the law school, the legal profession, the world, or life in general. The only limitation I'm going to impose is on the number of students participating--nine per session--so that we can have a group discussion that's meaningful for everyone.

The dates and times, so far, are:

  • Thursday, January 23, at 12 noon and 5:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 26, at 12 noon and 5:00pm
  • and Monday, March 17, at 12 noon and 5:00pm
  • Please call or stop by my office (room 330) and speak to Ms. Ada Jenkins, Assistant to the Dean, to sign up. Or, you can send an e-mail to Ms. Jenkins at ajenkins@kentlaw.edu. If you want to sign up individually, that's fine, but feel free to form a group to sign up for one of the times.

    You're welcome to continue communicating with me via DearDean e-mails, or by making appointments to see me in my office--or by buttonholing me in the halls--but I hope that a number of you will take this opportunity to spend some time talking with me about your thoughts and feelings about being at Chicago-Kent and where you're headed. I really look forward to the meetings.

    Now, on with the real proceedings... Have a great start to the semester!


    FROM ASSOCIATE DEAN HOWARD CHAPMAN

    Welcome back! I hope you had a relaxing break and will have an enjoyable and successful semester. There are several important announcements in the Registrar's section of this Record, including procedures and deadlines for adding courses, making the pass/fail election and waiving insurance coverage. Please review these announcements carefully.

    Spring Semester Schedule Changes

    Prof. Jeffrey Sherman will teach the Estates and Trusts course which meets on Thursday and Friday at 9:35am, not Prof. Helsinger. Students who enroll in this section after December 18, 1996 may not elect to take it pass/fail. A new Legal Drafting section specializing in Intellectual Property was added to the schedule on Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:50pm. The time of Legal Drafting section 424-053-02 specializing in General Practice has been changed to Monday from 5:35 to 7:25pm. The Illinois Civil Procedure course I mentioned in the last Record could not be arranged for the spring semester. It will be offered next fall.

    Class Assignments

    I mailed a letter to all students on December 26, 1996 containing assignments for the first week of class and other information about the spring semester. If you did not receive this letter, you may obtain one in the Registrar's office and while you're there, make sure your correct address is in our records. Assignments received from instructors after the letter was mailed are posted on the second floor bulletin board.

    July 1997 Illinois Bar Exam Application

    Applications for the July, 1997 bar exam must be postmarked by February 1, 1997. The law school sends a Certificate of Dean of Law School Proof of Legal Education to the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar for every student who graduates in May so you may toss the one included in the application materials.

    If you did not file a Law Student Registration Application by March 1 of your first year of law study, you may ignore the Certificate of Dean of Law School - Proof of Commencement of Legal Study included in your materials if you began at Chicago-Kent. We sent a Certificate for every student who began at Chicago-Kent and the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will have your Certificate in their files. If you have any questions about the application, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions at 217-522-5917; their switchboard closes at 2:00pm.

    Information you provide on the bar application should be consistent with answers on your Chicago-Kent Application for Admission. You may amend your Application by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation with supporting documents.

    New Grades

    All "plus" and "minus" grades earned after the 1996 summer session will appear on Kentnet and on official grade reports followed by a period (A-"."). The period will distinguish the grade point value of plus and minus grades earned after the 1996 summer session from those earned prior to the fall 1996 semester. For example, a C- earned prior to the fall semester was worth 1.5 grade points, but a C-"." is worth 1.7 grade points in the fall semester.

    Spring Final Exams

    The final exam schedule for the spring 1997 semester is attached to this Record. You must take your finals at the times scheduled, even if you have two exams in a row or one at 6:00pm and another at 8:30am the next morning. The only exception is if you have three exams scheduled consecutively, which rarely happens. So look at your final exam schedule before you purchase your non-refundable tickets to Omaha.

    Intellectual Property Intensive Trial Advocacy

    For the last several years, a one-week Trial Advocacy 1 course specializing in Intellectual Property has been offered in mid-August. Unfortunately, the instructors are no longer available to teach this course and I don't expect it to be offered in the future.

    Law Student Registration Application for First-Year Students

    First-year students who plan to take the Illinois bar exam when they graduate should file an application to register as a candidate for admission to practice law. Applications are available in the Registrar's office and must be postmarked by March 1, 1997. If you are not sure if you are going to take the Illinois bar exam, you don't have to register by March 1. If you later decide to take the Illinois bar exam, you can register at that time. However, if you register after March 1 of your first year of law school, you will have to pay an additional $300 in late fees ($250 to the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar and $50 to the National Conference of Bar Examiners).

    Information you provide on the bar registration application should be consistent with answers on your Chicago-Kent Application for Admission. You may amend your Application by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation with supporting documents.

    One document in the package is a "Certificate of the Dean of Law School - Proof of Commencement of Legal Study." We send a Certificate to the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar for every student who began at Chicago-Kent last August, so you can toss your copy of the Certificate. If you have any questions about the registration application, you may call the Illinois Board of Admissions at 217-522-5917; their switchboard closes at 2:00pm.

    Out-of-State Bar Exams

    Students who plan to take an out-of-state bar examination should contact the bar examiners in the other state to determine if there is a law student registration requirement and if specific courses are required. You may obtain the addresses and phone numbers of out-of-state bar examiners in my office or the Registrar's office.

    Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)

    The MPRE exam is required for admission to the bars of most jurisdictions, including Illinois. The exam, which may be taken any time after the first year of law school, is administered in March, August and November each year. Applications for the MPRE exam and information about the exam are available in the Registrar's office. The deadline for applying for the March 14 exam is February 14, 1997.

    Revised Preliminary 1997 Summer Schedule

    Attached to this Record is a revised preliminary summer schedule. Two courses, Prof. Levi's Poverty Law and Prof. Eglit's Remedies, have been removed from the preliminary schedule. Three courses have been added to the schedule: Food and Drug Law, International Law and Land Use. I don't anticipate too many additional changes in the summer schedule.


    FROM THE REGISTRAR

    Welcome back!

    Schedule Changes

    You may add an open course through Friday, January 24, 1997. If you drop a course and reduce your credit hours, you will be charged tuition according to the following schedule:

    Date of WithdrawalCharge
    During the first weekno charge
    During the second week50% of tuition
    During the third week75% of tuition
    After the third week100% of tuition

    To add or drop a course, you must submit a signed Registration Change Form to the Registrar.

    Maximum and Minimum Hours

    When adding a course, please make sure that your total hours do not exceed the maximum hours set forth in sections §2.1 and §2.2 of the Student Handbook. During the third week of the semester, the Registrar will prepare a report of all students' credit hours. Students who registered for more than the maximum number of hours without permission will be required to drop a course; students taking fewer than the required number will have to add a course. To receive permission to take more or less than the required number of hours, submit a Petition to Dean Chapman, room 320. The Petition forms are available outside the Registrar's office. Graduating seniors who need fewer than the minimum number of credit hours to graduate may take fewer hours without permission. However, seniors must make sure they comply with the residency requirement in §1.5 of the Handbook.

    Pass/Fail Elections

    Pass/Fail Election Forms are available in the Registrar's office; please read the instructions and the limitations on the form and §2.4 of the Handbook. The absolute deadline to make a Pass/Fail election is 5:00pm, Friday, February 7, 1997. You make a pass/fail election for an elective course by submitting two copies of the Pass/Fail Election Form to the Registrar's office. Make sure one copy is signed by the Registrar and returned to you; keep this copy as evidence of your election. You may revoke an election at any time up to the last day of classes for the spring semester.

    Insurance Waiver

    All students registered for at least 12 hours, regardless of their division, are automatically billed for student health insurance. Students who were registered for 12 hours during the Fall semester were billed a one-time charge of $442 for the Fall and Spring semesters. Students who waived coverage for the Fall semester do not have to submit another waiver. If you were registered for fewer than 12 credit hours during the Fall semester but register for at least 12 hours this Spring semester (regardless of your division), you will be assessed a $264 student health insurance fee. You may waive this coverage by submitting a waiver form to the IIT Counseling Center (Room 103, FA Hall) by January 24, 1997. You may deposit the form in the campus mail slot in the College Service Center on the second floor. Brochures explaining the insurance coverage and waiver procedures are available in the Registrar's office.

    May 1997 Graduates

    If you have not submitted a Graduation Requirement Analysis Form to the Registrar, please do so by Friday, January 24, 1997 and read §1.8 of the Student Handbook. If you change your schedule and reduce your hours after you submit the form, please notify the Registrar and amend the form.


    PROFESSIONALISM DAY

    Think there's nothing to look forward to during the spring semester other than spring break? Just a stretch of gray, cold weather and long, interminable weeks of hitting the books and preparing for classes? But wait! Professionalism Day is fast approaching--Wednesday, February 5. What's so great about Professionalism Day you ask? It's a great opportunity to gain valuable insight into the realities of legal practice, the business world and the use of your law degree. Besides, Professionalism Day will break up the doldrums of winter in Chicago and the drudgery of endless legal doctrine. Second-years, and third and fourth-year students who did not attend last year, should attend the event this year. If you have yet to register, drop by the Career Services Office this week to sign up. First years, you'll get your chance next year!

    Don't miss this opportunity to interact with over 60 Chicago-area practitioners. Breakout sessions covering the business of legal practice in small, medium, and large private firms, corporations, public interest entities, and government agencies will help you learn more about this legal career path you have chosen to pursue. You'll meet in small groups with pairs of lawyers from the practice sectors you have selected. You can ask candid questions and find out from insiders the "real scoop" on what happens inside these different legal organizations. At the catered reception, you can mingle with lawyers from a wide range of practice types and try out your networking skills.

    Here's your chance to meet and impress legal employers who may have had little previous contact with or knowledge of Chicago-Kent. Last year several students took the opportunity to set-up informational interviews with contacts made at Professionalism Day. Professionalism Day is a powerful vehicle to drive home the message that Chicago-Kent students are bright, engaged, and excellent prospective employees. Help us spread that message by demonstrating your enthusiasm and interest in this profession by meeting, interacting with, and welcoming these representatives of the practicing bar.

    The American Bar Association has criticized law schools for failing to educate students about the business of legal practice and has strongly recommended that schools incorporate into their curriculum an emphasis on the realities of legal practice. Chicago-Kent is a national leader in the creation of a professionalism program. All of the attorneys who have graciously agreed to contribute their time to this program fervently believe that students should receive this kind of information about the practice they are about to enter and are enthusiastic about spending time talking with you.

    We are very excited about the caliber of speakers and the content of the program for this year's Professionalism Day. Keep reading this section for further information about this important and innovative event.


    FROM ASSISTANT DEAN OF STUDENTS JULIE FENTON

    Welcome back! I'm back, too. It's hard to come back, isn't it? Somehow, the beginning of the spring semester just doesn't feel the same as the beginning of the fall semester. Where is that energy, that enthusiasm, that feeling of love (O.K., so maybe I'm exaggerating a bit) for the law? Buried in the snow? Worn down by that series of flu bugs? Deflated by less than terrific grades? Don't slog along unhappily on your own. Come see Ellen Berger or me. We have information on study strategies, time management, and relaxation that may help you through the tough, cold months of this semester. We can reduce your frustration level by helping you solve administrative problems. We're also here to listen, if you simply need a sympathetic ear. We look forward to helping you put the spring back in your semester! Also, if you want a diversion from law school, come on up. I can bore you with baby pictures and regale you with tales of diapers, day care, and middle of the night wakings. Law school will seem like a breeze in comparison! (Actually, I may not be objective, but the baby pictures are very cute.) I look forward to seeing you and catching up on all that I've missed while I was gone.

    Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Program - Tuesday, January 21 at 12:00pm

    In recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, we will be hosting a showing of "Eyes on the Prize," the award winning documentary on the civil rights movement. The first volume of the series will be shown on Tuesday, January 21, at 12:00pm in the Auditorium. The concluding volumes will be shown in sequence from 12:00-1:30pm on January 22-24. Don't miss your chance to view this excellent documentary in its entirety!

    Illinois Bar Application Q & A Session - Wednesday, January 15 at 5:00pm in room 590

    Illinois Bar Exam applications are almost due! Do you have questions???

    1Ls & 3Ls -- Has the lengthy process of filling out the Illinois Bar Exam Application left you feeling lost and confused? Find the answers to all of your questions this week! The Deputy Director for Administration of the Illinois Bar Exam will be at Chicago-Kent on Wednesday, January 15 from 5:00-6:00pm to answer your questions and assist you with the completion of your Bar Exam application. Bring your queries and complexities to room 590 on Wednesday and cross one urgent task off your To Do list.

    Student Resource Library

    The Student Resource Library materials for the spring semester are now available for one week check-out. If you still have materials that were checked out during the last semester, please return them to Victoria Bensley or Ellen Berger. You will not be allowed to check out additional materials until the overdue materials have been returned.

    Check It Out: This week's Cool Web Site!

    If you are having trouble getting back into reading those long, wordy and complicated cases for your classes, have we got the web page for you! This week's site is the UPI comics page at http://www.uexpress.com/ups/comics/ You can find many of your favorite comic strips on this page each day, including daily reruns of the much beloved Calvin & Hobbes comic strip. You can't find that in the Tribune! Give it a look-see between classes and have a yourself a few laughs.

    Quote of the Week:

    "Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained." -- Marie Curie (1867-1934)


    FROM THE OFFICE OF FINANCIAL AID

    Welcome Back! The Spring 1997 Federal Perkins loan promissory note signing has been scheduled for January 13 & 14. It is mandatory for all students who have accepted a Perkins loan on their 1996-97 award letter to sign a promissory note for both the Fall and Spring semesters. Proceeds for the Perkins cannot be posted in student accounts without a completed financial aid file and a signed promissory note. There will be a financial aid administrator present to answer any questions; it will take approximately 10 minutes to complete the promissory note. When you come, please bring your driver's license and names and addresses of three references.

    Please attend one of the following dates at your convenience.

    DayTimeRoom
    Monday, January 13 8:30am-1:00pm, 2:00-5:00pm 580
    Tuesday, January 14 8:30am-1:00pm, 2:00-5:00pm 580

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Financial Aid Office via e-mail, FINAID, telephone 906-5180, or stop by Suite 230.


    FROM CAREER SERVICES

    Office Hours for Spring Semester

    Welcome back! We look forward to working with you this semester.

    The office hours for the spring term are as follows:

    Mondays 8:30am - 5:00pm
    Tuesdays 8:30am - 5:00pm
    Wednesdays 8:30am - 7:00pm*
    Thursdays 8:30am - 7:00pm*
    Fridays 8:30am - 5:00pm

    * Evening counseling appointments are available on Wednesday and Thursday evenings with Debbi Gutman.

    We will also be open two Saturdays each month from 8:30am until 12:00pm according to the following schedule:

    January 18 March 22
    February 8 April 12
    February 22 April 26
    March 8 May 17

    Office Closings

    The Career Services Office will be closed the following days in preparation for Professionalism Day 1997:

    Friday, January 31
    Monday, February 3
    Tuesday, February 4
    Wednesday, February 5

    Counseling Appointments

    If you wish to meet with one of our career counselors we encourage you to make an appointment as soon as possible. January and February are peak demand times for appointments and we will be able to accommodate very few walk-in appointments during this time.

    To schedule an appointment with Lisa Abrams, Debbi Gutman or Kim Reynolds see LaJuanna Williams at the front desk in room 360 or call 312/906-5200. We look forward to meeting with you!

    Office Tours

    Come check out the Career Services resource center! Sign up in the Program Sign-Up notebook at the reception desk in Suite 360! Tours are limited to 12 students each. Tours will be held each day at noon and 5:00pm between Tuesday, January 21 and Friday, January 31.

    Careerline-Hot Off the Press!

    Stop by the Career Services Office this week or head down to the Concourse to pick up the latest addition of Careerline. This issue includes information about getting involved with Public Interest work and the top 10 resources by employer type to help aid in your job search. Don't miss this issue!

    Public Interest Job Fairs

    Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference: Saturday, February 22nd at Northwestern University School of Law. Deadline for registration: All materials must be turned into the Chicago-Kent Career Services office by noon on January 21.

    Are you considering a career in public interest law? Do you want to meet public interest employers? Make plans to attend the Tenth Annual Midwest Public Interest Law Career Conference at Northwestern Law School on Saturday, February 22, 1997. Legal employers from various organizations will be participating in the program. Many employers conduct interviews, and others are scheduled to participate in informal "table talk" networking.

    Informational packets containing the list of employers and their hiring criteria may be obtained by signing up in the Career Services Office immediately. Please read the packet carefully and return your registration form, preference sheet and the two resumes for each preferenced employer to Barbara Clemmer in the Career Services Office no later than Tuesday, January 21 at noon. Interview schedules should be available in the Career Services Office by February 17.

    Upcoming Career Services Programs:

    Summer Opportunities for 1Ls

    How do most students spend the summer? Are clerking jobs available? How do you find a clerking job? What's the timetable for summer hiring? How critical is it to gain legal experience during the summer?

    On Tuesday, January 28 at noon and 5:00pm the Career Services staff will address the common concerns of first-year students regarding how they spend the summer after their first year of law school. Room to be announced.

    Special Opportunities

    Fellowships

    NAPIL/VISTA Summer Legal Corps: 1Ls/2Ls: The NAPIL/VISTA Summer Legal Corps is now accepting applications for its fellowship program. Sixty law students will receive paid fellowships at VISTA project sites and legal services offices nationwide in the summer of 1997. Interested students should see Handout #46 and complete their application by February 7, 1997.

    Summer Internships

    Office of Minority Affairs, Law School Admission Council: 2Ls:

    The Office of Minority Affairs at the Law School Admission Council is now accepting applications from second-year law students for their 1997 Summer Internship program. The intern will work in their Newtown, PA office for approximately 12 weeks, from May 21, 1997 through August 10, 1997. He or she will assist in LSAC programs and activities designed to increase the number of lawyers from under represented minority groups. Duties will include reviewing publications, performing legal research, assisting in conferences and preparing written reports. Please see Handout #47 for application instructions. Applications are due February 20, 1997.

    Rocky Mountain Office of Environmental Defense Fund Internship:

    The internship program of the Rocky Mountain Office of the Environmental Defense fund is seeking qualified students to work on projects related to air quality and water quality in the region. Please see Handout #49. Applications are due as soon as possible.

    Public Interest Conference

    The Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Conference, The 10th Annual Robert M. Cover Public Interest Law Conference will take place March 7-9, 1997 at Boston University Sargent Camp in Peterborough, New Hampshire. The conference fee is $100 covers lodging, food, activities and organizational fees. Interested students should see Handout #48.


    CHECK IT OUT... NEWS FROM THE INFORMATION CENTER

    COURT ALLOWS CIVIL RIGHTS APPEAL

    Last week the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that an Alabama woman could file a new appeal in a civil rights case in which she had missed the original deadline for filing an appeal. The plaintiff had sued the Army in 1985 over being fired from a high-level civilian job, allegedly because of her challenges to the Army's handling of discrimination complaints. After a bench trial in federal court in the District of Columbia, the judge still hadn't issued a ruling more than five years later. Plaintiff's attorneys asked the federal appeals court to order the judge to issue a ruling.

    While the request for an order was pending, the judge issued a ruling that plaintiff had not proved her allegations of job bias. Somehow, plaintiff did not learn of this ruling until more than two years later, when she was again preparing to have her lawyers ask the appeals court to force the judge to rule. Meanwhile, the time to appeal was long past. Plaintiff's lawyers then asked the trial judge to issue a formal judgment from which they could appeal, but the judge refused, saying the existing ruling already contained such a judgment, a ruling upheld by the appeals court.

    In the Supreme Court appeal, plaintiff's lawyers argued that the judgment was not proper under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure because the single sentence comprising the formal judgment was not on a separate page. In response, Justice Department lawyers conceded that the federal rules did indeed require judgments to be set forth in a separate document and asked the court to set aside the appeals court decision. The justices agreed, Goffer v. West, 95-461.

    HOURS

    The following are Intersession hours, starting Monday, January 13 - Monday, January 20:

    Information Center

    Mon., Jan. 13-Thurs., Jan. 16 7:45am-11:00pm
    Friday, Jan. 17 7:45am- 6:00pm
    Saturday, Jan. 18 9:00am- 5:00pm
    Sunday, Jan. 19 12:00pm- 8:00pm
    Monday, Jan. 20 7:45am-11:00pm

    Document Center

    Mon., Jan. 13-Thurs., Jan. 16 7:45am-9:30pm
    Friday, Jan. 17 7:45am-6:00pm
    Saturday, Jan. 18 CLOSED
    Sunday, Jan. 19 CLOSED
    Monday, Jan. 20 12:00pm-9:30pm

    Regular hours will resume on Tuesday January 21, 1997:

    Information Center

    Sunday 10:00am-11:00pm
    Monday-Thursday 7:45am-11:00pm
    Friday 7:45am- 7:00pm
    Saturday 9:00am- 8:00pm

    Document Center

    Sunday 11:00am-9:30pm
    Monday-Thursday 8:00am-9:30pm
    Friday 8:00am-6:00pm
    Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm


    FROM THE OFFICE OF ALUMNAE/I & STUDENT RELATIONS

    Law School Association Scholarships and Loans

    Attached at the end of this week's Record is an application for Chicago-Kent's Law School Association scholarships and loans. Law School Association scholarships and loans are awarded by an Alumnae/i Committee on the basis of need. The typical award is $1,000, but the amount often varies. Please complete the attached application and forward to the Office of Alumnae/i & Student Relations, Suite 310 by January 31 for consideration.

    Class of 1997 Graduation Information!!!

    Class Pictures

    Pictures for the Class of 1997 composite will be taken in room 583 at the following times:

    Monday, January 27 10:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Tuesday, January 28 1:00pm - 5:00pm and 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Wednesday, January 29 1:00pm - 5:00pm and 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Thursday, January 30 9:00am - 1:00pm and 2:00pm - 6:00pm

    Sign up sheets are available now in Suite 310. Cap and gown forms, ticket request forms, and more graduation information will also be available in room 583 while pictures are being taken.

    Class Speaker Competition

    The deadline for the class speaker competition has been extended to January 17. If you are interested in speaking at graduation, please submit a two page essay based on your remarks at graduation to Lauren Lockwood in Suite 310. Planned remarks should be limited to five minutes. The Graduation Committee will anonymously evaluate and choose the winning entry.

    As mentioned in earlier Record announcements, the Class of 1997 Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 25, 1997, at Navy Pier. If you have any questions regarding graduation, please stop by Suite 310 and ask for Lauren Lockwood or John Fogarty.


    FROM PROFESSOR VIVIEN GROSS, FACULTY ADVISOR OF SERVING OUR SOCIETY (SOS), AND SOS STUDENT COUNSELORS, MR. STEVE MCKENZIE (3L) AND MS. ANN CELINE O'HALLAREN (2L).

    SOS welcomes you back to school and wishes you a Happy New Year.

    We hope that among your New Year's resolutions, you have pledged to devote some time to doing public service work in your community. If so, we have many varied volunteer opportunities available for you.

    In next week's Record, we will publish our semester office hours. In the meanwhile, if you wish to contact us, please e-mail either Steve (SMCKENZI) or Ann Celine (AOHALLAR) and we'll schedule a time to meet with you.


    NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR LAW AND COMPUTERS (CLC)

    Time to Change Passwords

    Starting this week, you may see this prompt when you log on: "Your password has expired. You have N grace logins left. Would you like to change your password? (Y/N)" You must change your password every six months (180 days). Answer Y, then enter your new password. You will be asked to enter it twice. See the guidelines below for ideas about passwords.

    If you cannot think of a new password right when you log in, you can also change your password anytime. To change your password, select KENTNET Network Services from KENTNET's DOS or Windows Menu, then select Change Your Password. You will be prompted for your current password; then you will be prompted twice for the new password. The first time you type your new password, the network establishes it, and the second time is for verification. Nothing will appear on the screen when you enter any of these passwords. If KENTNET asks you if you want to synchronize your passwords, press Yes.

    KENTNET Password Guidelines

    Your password

    If you are unable to access the network, call 906-5300 or stop by the CLC (room 703) for assistance.

    CLC Computer Training Series: Folio VIEWS Basics

    Folio VIEWS is a program that comes with the Millenium software package from LEXIS-NEXIS. Students can now get electronic versions of some of their texts, and often these are in Folio VIEWS format. This session will cover the basics of using this useful information tool to organize information, and make it interactive.

    Folio VIEWS Basics
    Tuesday, Jan. 14, 12:00pm-12:45pm
    Wednesday, Jan. 15, 3:00pm-3:45pm
    Both sessions will be in room 775
    Sign up sheets will be on the 7th floor in front of 703.

    CLC Welcomes New Network Administrator

    Please help us extend a warm welcome to Chuck Olsen (COLSEN), our new Novell Network Administrator. A Chicago-area native, Chuck comes to Chicago-Kent from New Orleans, LA, where he practiced law privately and served as a Novell and Unix administrator for the U.S. Navy. He is a member of the Navy JAG corps, in which he currently holds the reserve rank of Lieutenant Commander. While on active duty, his most noteworthy case was the defense of the Gunnery Officer of the USS IOWA after the explosion that caused the death of more than forty sailors. Chuck has a BA from Northeast Louisiana University, and a JD from Loyola University of New Orleans. Chuck is in room 713, and he can always be reached through HELPDESK.


    FACULTY NEWS

    On December 3, 1996, Professor Evelyn Brody presented her paper, "Charitable Endowments and the Democratization of Dynasty," at a workshop for the George Mason University School of Law faculty.

    In December, the 1996 Supplement to Professor Philip Hablutzel's treatise on International Banking Law was published. Also in December, Professor Hablutzel made a presentation at the mid-year meeting of the Illinois State Bar Association on the progress in adopting the Uniform Limited Liability Company Act and the Revised Uniform Partnership Act.


    FROM THE LAW OFFICES

    LADR!

    A PROGRAM FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS

    INFORMATION MEETINGS WILL BE ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 1997, at 3:00pm AND 5:30pm IN ROOM 580.

    Becoming a lawyer takes more than sitting through three years of law school lectures. It involves more than learning how to cross-examine hostile witnesses, write persuasive briefs, and talk to clients. Reading about subjects such as legal ethics or law practice management is not the same as learning about them from experience.

    Chicago-Kent College of Law's program, Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (LADR), offers a unique educational experience. Throughout the program you will learn legal doctrine, lawyering skills, and professional values, and work in Chicago-Kent's teaching law firm, supervised by clinical professors who are expert practitioners and mentors. You will learn the art of lawyering through two years of intensive skills and clinical training. Your experience will teach you how to become a competent, ethical, and socially responsible lawyer.

    No more than 30 first-year students will be admitted to the program based upon academic potential, law school performance, and reasons for entering the program. A faculty advisor will help the LADR students tailor their course selections to their particular career interests. Each program graduate will be awarded a Juris Doctor degree and a Program Certificate. Applications are due Thursday, January 23, 1997, at the start of the spring 1997 semester.

    Only students who are currently first-year students may apply for admission to LADR.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

    Please attend the information meetings on Thursday, January 16, at either 3:00pm or 5:30pm in room 580. You may also contact Professor Laser, room 631, or pick up an application and brochure in room 600.

    APPLICATIONS ARE DUE ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 1997.


    STUDENT WRITING CONTEST

    For more information on essays and/or writing contests, stop by the office of the Associate Dean, room 320D.


    SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE

    JEWISH VOCATIONAL SERVICE SCHOLARSHIPS

    The Jewish Vocational Service of Metropolitan Chicago is pleased to announce that the Gertrude and Harry G. Fins Scholarship Fund will be available for the 1997-98 academic year. Scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.

    To be eligible for these awards, you must meet the following criteria:

    1. be Jewish;
    2. be enrolled as a full-time student;
    3. be domiciled in the Chicago metropolitan community;
    4. establish financial need;
    5. demonstrate career promise.

    Students who meet these criteria should contact the Scholarship Secretary, Jewish Vocational Service, between December 1, 1996, and February 15, 1997, to request an application. The telephone number is (312) 357-4521. The scholarship application deadline is March 1, 1997.

    Informational brochures are available in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Suite 230.

    PUERTO RICAN LEGAL DEFENSE AND EDUCATION FUND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

    The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) is pleased to announce their 1996-97 Scholarship Program. Two scholarship opportunities are currently available to Puerto Rican and other Latino students who are presently enrolled in law school:

    Father Joseph P. Fitzpatrick Scholarship Fund

    All Latino students attending law school in the United States are eligible to apply for this scholarship. Students must demonstrate financial need as well as a commitment to the Latino community. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $2,000.

    Puerto Rican Bar Association (PRBA) Scholarship Award

    All Latino students attending law school in the United States are eligible to apply. PRBA selects recipients based on financial need and academic promise.

    All applicants must be candidates for a J.D. degree. LL.M. students are not eligible to apply for these awards.

    Scholarship applications are available in the Office of Admissions, Suite 230. The same application is used for both awards. The application process includes the scholarship application; law school transcript; one-page resume; a copy of your financial aid award letter; a copy of your most recent tax form (as well as your spouse's, if applicable); a personal statement describing your career goals, school and community activities, and any activities demonstrating your commitment to public interest work; and two letters of recommendation. Scholarship applications and supporting documentation must be postmarked and mailed to PRLDEF no later than Friday, January 31, 1997.


    SPECIAL NOTICES

    SPRING 1997 SEMESTER BUILDING HOURS

    The new hours for the Spring semester will begin on MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 1997. The building and Information Center hours are as follows:

    SPRING BUILDING HOURS

    Sunday * 9:45am - 11:15pm
    Monday-Thursday 7:15am - 11:15pm
    Friday 7:15am - 9:30pm
    Saturday 8:15am - 8:15pm

    * The building will open at 8:45 am on Sundays during February and March only.

    NEWS FROM THE BOOKSTORE

    To welcome you back to school for the Spring Semester we are offering a 20% discount on all clothing for this week only, January 13 through January 18. So, that t-shirt or sweatshirt you were looking at - save 20% this week.

    WALL STREET JOURNAL DISCOUNT SUBSCRIPTIONS.

    Students, staff or faculty who want a discount subscription to the Wall Street Journal or to Barrons may sign up on the sheet posted on the office door of room 829.


    ORGANIZATIONS

    ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION FOR LAW STUDENTS

    NOW is the time to sign up for the leagues. Basketball and volleyball leagues will begin in late January or early February (depending on interest). If you want to play in either league, please send an e-mail to ATHLETEQ or JDEVORE. We encourage individuals to convey interest, but if you have formed a team, please include all team members in your e-mail. The starting date for the league will be based upon the number of people who contact AALS. More detailed info. regarding schedules and fees will be available in the coming weeks.

    CHICAGO BAR ASSOCIATION

    UPCOMING EVENTS...

    LAW BOOK DRIVE: Don't throw out those old and outdated law books quite yet! If the bookstore won't buy them back or will only give you a few dollars for them, consider donating your old law books to the Young Lawyer's Section (YLS) to send to students in Eastern Europe and Asia who are starved for American legal texts. A box will be set up outside the CBA bulletin board on the West side of the Concourse. Rather than throw out your old books or letting them gather dusts for years on your bookshelves (you really won't ever open them again, trust me!), donate them to a worthy cause during this season of concern.

    BLOOD DRIVE: The Law Student Committee of the YLS will be having another blood drive competition between Chicago area law schools. The tentative date is Wednesday, February 19. Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/i are strongly encouraged to take part. The school that donates the most pints wins the honor of a display plaque and a FREE PIZZA PARTY for all those who participated. Let's show the other schools that Chicago-Kent students get involved for a worthy cause! Mark your calendars today, and watch the Record for additional details.

    MEMBERSHIP...

    It's not to late to send in your YLS/Law Student Membership form today to start reaping the many benefits of being a CBA member for only $8.00/year! If you need a membership form, you can stop by the CSO and get one from me, or e-mail me at "CRUNNELS" with your locker # and location, and I'll leave a form for you within a week.

    If you have any questions about the above events or membership information, just e-mail me @ "CRUNNELS". Thanks! ---Charis Runnels, Chicago-Kent CBA Representative

    GAYLAW

    GayLaw is having its first official meeting of the semester on January 16 at 12 noon. We are still not certain of the room assignment, but will make it known by Monday or e-mail FBARNHAR or DKURTZ for more information at any time.

    JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

    The Journal of Intellectual Property will be handing out the packets for its Spring Writing Candidacy Program from 3:00pm until 7:00pm in the Intellectual Property office on the Concourse level. If you have any questions or need to set up an alternative pick-up time, please contact Scott Smilie (SSMILIE).

    KENT ASSOCIATION OF TRIAL LAWYERS OF AMERICA (KATLA)

    Each year KATLA sends a team to the annual ATLA National Trial Advocacy Competition, which will be held this year on February 21-23 in Detroit, Michigan. Tryout's for the 2 teams that KATLA will be sending this year will be this Friday, January 17, at 3:00pm in the Courtroom. The try-out materials are on reserve on the 9th floor under KATLA. For the try-out, a direct or cross and an opening or closing should be prepared. Each person will only be given 15 minutes, so about 5 minutes should be accorded to the direct or cross and about 10 minutes to the opening or closing. If you have any questions, please contact Jen Hodel (jhodel). Good luck!!

    PHI ALPHA DELTA LAW FRATERNITY

    PHI ALPHA DELTA Blackstone Chapter would like to congratulate its new initiates and the 1997 Executive Board:

    Adam Weiss - Justice
    Ryan Nadick - Vice Justice
    Elayna Pham - Clerk
    Jim Meese - Treasurer
    Jim Bukowski - Marshal

    The new E-Board is in the midst of planning several semester social events. All PAD members are encouraged to e-mail suggestions to EPHAM, AWEISS, or PADQ.

    WOMEN IN LAW

    Hello and welcome back to the old grind! Hope everyone had a relaxing holiday and is ready to get back to work (as if we're ever ready for that).

    We've got a couple of events to look forward to this semester. First is the Late-term Abortion forum that was originally scheduled for last semester. This forum is sponsered by WIL as well as The Federalist Society and The Health Law Society. It will be held on Wednesday, January 29 in the auditorium. Keep an eye on the Record for the time and for more details.

    In the works is a forum on Children's Rights. More details and date and time will be published later.

    Also keep an eye on the Record for our first general meeting, time and date TBA.