Chicago-Kent
College of
Law

THE RECORD


Vol. No. XXXI, No. 3


January 27, 1997

Posting Notices in The Record



FROM THE REGISTRAR

May 1997 Graduates

A list of students who have submitted a Graduation Requirement Analysis Form is posted on the second floor bulletin board. Please review the list to make sure that your name appears exactly as you want it printed on your diploma. If you have not submitted a Graduation Requirement Analysis Form to the Registrar, please submit one as soon as possible.


PROFESSIONALISM DAY

The top five things to take note of as Professionalism Day draws near:

  1. If you have not yet registered, it's not too late. Remember, Professionalism Day is a graduation requirement. Come into the Career Services Office right away to fill out a registration form.

  2. Day and evening classes are canceled for everyone on February 5!

  3. Professionalism Day is an opportunity to discuss the legal and business world with practitioners. We strongly encourage you to dress in business attire, just as you would for any business function.

  4. Over sixty employers will be participating in Professionalism Day. A list of these employers is posted on the bulletin board outside of the Career Services Office. Remember, if you do not attend a specific employer's breakout session, there will be plenty of opportunities to meet with these employers during breaks, at lunch or during the reception.

  5. Curious about which breakout sessions you will be attending? All day students received their first and second choices. Evening students received their first choice. If you can't remember which sessions you selected, stop by the Career Services Office front desk to view your selections.


FROM ASSISTANT DEAN FOR ADMISSIONS MIKE BURNS

TO:All Continuing Students
FROM:Assistant Dean Michael S. Burns
DATE:Spring Semester 1997
RE:CRITICAL INFORMATION REGARDING:
MERIT/NEED-BASED AND MERIT-ONLY SCHOLARSHIPS

Continuing students may be eligible to receive both merit-only and merit/need-based scholarships.

Merit-only scholarships are based solely on your academic performance and do not require a financial aid application. If you are exclusively interested in merit-only scholarships, you do not need to apply for financial aid.

Merit/need-based scholarships are based on both your academic record and your financial need. If you want to be considered for scholarships based on financial need, you must submit the required financial aid application forms, even if you are not planning to take out student loans. In order to be considered for need-based scholarships, you must:

  1. submit the Chicago-Kent Institutional Application on or before April 15, 1997, and

  2. must have a Student Aid Report (SAR) on file in the Office of Financial Aid on or before June 1, 1997.

Students who do not meet these deadlines will not be eligible for need-based scholarships.


FROM ASSISTANT DEAN OF STUDENTS JULIE FENTON

Relaxation Breaks are back!

Thursday, January 30, 12:30-12:50, in room 547

She's back and she's on a mission to make your day stress free! Susan Russell of the IIT Counseling Center will lead a stress reduction session on Thursday afternoon from 12:30-12:50pm in room 547. Not only will you leave the session feeling more relaxed, but you will also come away with specific relaxation techniques you can use whenever you feel stressed out. No pre-registration necessary -- just stop by and relax!

Teaching Assistant Office Hours

Teaching Assistants have been assigned to Contracts, Civil Procedure, Property and Justice for the Spring semester. If you are feeling overwhelmed by your new classes, remember that your TA's are available to help you on a one-on-one basis each week. Drop in on your TA this week and get off to a good start this semester! Office hours are listed below. (If you are unable to meet with your TA during office hours, send them an e-mail to set up an appointment for a more convenient time.)

Contracts
Warner Colleen Young Wed. 3:00-4:00pm room 355
Gely Deborah Alexander Tues. 3:30-4:30pm room 580
Hasen IV Ashton Tues. 5:00-6:00pm room 170
Ray Schrock Thurs. 8:00-9:00pm room 547
Smith Michael Helfand Mon. 12:45-1:15pm room C15
Civil Procedure
Lien Lisa Longo Wed. 11:15am-12:15pm room C35
Laser Jason Coggins Thurs. 9:00am-10:00am room 547
Stewart P.J. McGrath Thurs. 2:30-3:30pm room C15
Property
Harding John Vande Walle To be announced (e-mail for appointment)
Bosselman September Wynne Mon., 5:00-6:00pm room 547
Baker Melanie Miller To be announced (e-mail for appointment)
Justice
Warner Alyssa Mogul Mon. 5:30-5:55pm room 547
Sowle Chris Madden Mon. 5:30-5:55pm room 547

Student Resource Library

Before you stock up on commercial outlines and supplemental texts for this semester, peruse the materials in the Student Resource Library. We have a wide array of first-year books and a small selection of materials for upper-level courses as well. To view SRL materials, visit Ellen Berger or Victoria Bensley in room 546. All books are available for one week check out.

Internet Site of the Week

Going somewhere? Wouldn't it be nice to know what the traffic is like before you leave? How about the weather? You won't need a crystal ball to find the answers--just your trusty computer, a modem and Internet access. Get an up-to-the-minute traffic report at one of these sites:

Yahoo Shadow Traffic http://chi.yahoo.com/external/traffic
IDOT Congestion Map http://www.ai.eecs.uic.edu/GCM/CongestionMap.html

The weather of the world is at your fingertips when you visit:
Yahoo Weather http://weather.yahoo.com
The Weather Channel http://www.weather.com
(This site also has a Powder Report for those of you who would rather be on the slopes!)

Chicago Tribune Weather http://www.webpoint.com/weather/tribune


FROM THE OFFICE OF ALUMNAE/I & STUDENT RELATIONS

Law School Association Scholarships and Loans

Come to Suite 310 to pick up 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. The form is very brief and straightforward. Hurry in, because completed applications are due back to the Office of Alumnae/i & Student Relations 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:

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.

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 CAREER SERVICES

Office News<P>

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

Office Tours< P>

Come check out the Career Services resource center! Sign up n the Program Sign-Up notebook at the reception desk in Suite 360! Tours are limited to 12 students each. Tours will be Tuesday, January 21 through Thursday, January 30 at noon everyday. There will also be evening tours at 5:30pm on Thursday, January 23 and Thursday, January 30.

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 in room 570 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. All 1Ls are welcome to attend either session. The special job searching concerns of evening students will be addressed in a future Career Services program, scheduled for 5:00pm on February 26. Evening students, keep that date on your calendar!

Practice Tracks 1997:

You've heard us talk over and over again about the importance of information gathering in identifying a career path and conducting a job search. We've recommended that you do some informational interviewing with practitioner to help you decide what you want to do and how best to market your skills. Now we've made this process even easier by bringing the practitioner to you!

On Saturday, February 1, J.D.s from 70 practice areas and alternative careers will be at Northwestern University School of Law for the express purpose of talking informally with students about careers in different areas. The practitioner will be positioned at tables in Northwestern's atrium so that students can circulate to speak with as many or as few of the attorneys as they wish.

It's your chance to find out directly from practitioner how seekers are faring in a particular segment of the market, what it's like to practice in an area, which credentials are helpful in finding employment in the area, what skills you should stress in applying, and more!

Join other area law students from 10:00am until 1:00pm at Northwestern to take advantage of this easy way to gather information! Please sign up in the Career Services Office if you plan to attend Practice Tracks. See the Career Services bulletin board for further information about which areas are being represented.

Note: The participating attorneys have volunteered their time. Participation does not indicate that the represented organizations have job openings. This program is sponsored by the Chicago Area Law School Consortium.

Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association Event:

Law Student Interview Workshop:

The Young Lawyers Section of the CBA is hosting a Law Student Interview Workshop from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Chicago Bar Association, 321 South Plymouth Court. The Workshop is designed to give law students an opportunity to practice interviewing with attorneys from different areas of practice and to learn strategies to handle difficult and inappropriate interview questions. Interested students should sign-in and pick up a registration form in the Career Services Office. Students are responsible for sending their registration forms to the CBA by January 27, 1997.

The program is free to law student members of the CBA, and $8.00 for non-members. The $8.00 fee will also get you a membership with the CBA.

Are You Leaving Chicago This Summer?

The National Association for Law Placement annually publishes a listing of summer sublets of law students' apartments in cities across the country. If you know you will be needing an apartment for the summer, or would like to sublet your own apartment, you can register to be included in the Exchange directory. This directory will be mailed to law schools nationwide in mid-March.

Registration forms must be received by the NALP office in D.C. no later than February 14, 1997. Late forms cannot be accepted. Pick up Handout #50 for additional information and registration materials.

Other Special Opportunities: Handouts Available in Career Services:

Internships

International Human Rights Law Group: 2Ls, 3Ls

The International Human Rights Law Group in Washington D.C. is currently recruiting interns for the summer and fall of 1997. The Law Group has internship positions available working with the Women's Rights Advocacy Program, Special Projects, Latin America and Zaire Projects. The program requires a demonstrated commitment to a career in human rights or related field. Legal internship applicants should have completed at least two semesters of law school. Interested students should see Handout #54

Women's Legal Defense Fund: 2Ls, 3Ls

The Women's Legal Defense Fund, a national advocacy organization that works on behalf of women and their families, seeks applicants for their Summer 1997 Volunteer Internship Program. Internship positions are available in the Family Economic Security Program, the Work and Family Program and the Women's Health Program. See Handout #55 for application instructions. The application deadline is March 1, 1997

National Lawyers Guild National Immigration Project:

The National Lawyers Guild National Immigration Project seeks student volunteers to work with immigrants and political refugees in New Mexico and Texas. See Handout #57 for a list of participating projects.

Scholarships/Fellowships

The IIE Educational Associates Program Study Abroad Scholarships:

Are you planning on studying abroad this summer? If so, you might want to look at Handout #56. The Institute of International Education (IIE) Midwest Regional Office recently announced it will award $1,000 grants to U.S. students at Midwest colleges to study abroad during 1997-1998. Grant applications are due March 17, 1997 at the Chicago office.


CHECK IT OUT... NEWS FROM THE INFORMATION CENTER

TUTORIAL

Wondering if the U.S. has an extradition treaty with the country where that absconding financier has taken refuge? Searching for an international environment treaty? Learn how to find treaties and other international agreements by coming to the tutorial on TREATY RESEARCH. The Reference Staff of the Information Center is offering these tutorials this week.

Tutorials last about 20 minutes, and the schedule is posted on the 9th floor bulletin board. You don't have to sign up for them; just show up by the Reference Desk at the scheduled times. If you have any suggestions regarding future topics or the times when they are offered, we'd like to have them. Send them to Lenore Glanz (e-mail: LGLANZ).

ID STICKERS

Be sure to stop by the Registrar's Office and get the current semester's validation sticker for your ID. You will need it for many library services, including checking out books and reserving study rooms.

COOK COUNTY VISITORS

On January 15, members of the Cook County Law Library -- "the Daley Center" -- paid a visit to the Information Center to discuss our distinctive philosophy, products and programs. Jackie Bass, Fred Pearson, and Camille Dzija spent the morning touring the I.C., using eLOISe and meeting with staff. All three agreed that the Information Center should be commended on our implementation of technology and critical use of non-traditional organization models. In particular, they were enthusiastic that Chicago-Kent's business models were giving law students the opportunity to understand the economics of legal research. It is their belief that programs such as for fee copying and Westlaw and Lexis printing would give our graduates a competitive advantage in the market.


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).

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

First Defense Legal Aid

First Defense Legal Aid (formerly Police Custody Hotline Program) needs 7-11 students. Join this innovative program and learn more about our criminal justice system by volunteering as little as one week-night a month. After receiving training from the Hotline's staff attorneys, the volunteer will spend one evening a month being dispatched to various Chicago Police Stations in response to emergency calls from an arrestee or his/her family. While at the police station the volunteer will collect basic information about the client, inform the client of his/her basic constitutional rights, document any injuries suffered by the client, convey any messages to the client's family, and place the police on notice that the client is not to be questioned outside the presence of counsel. The Hotline's representation ends when the client is transferred from the police station to bond court.

The next training session is scheduled for February 4, 1997. Please stop by the SOS office for more information.

SPRING OFFICE HOURS - room 686:

    Steve McKenzie:Ann Celine O'Hallaren:
    Tuesday 3:00pm - 5:00pm Monday 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Wednesday 10:45am - 11:45am Thursday 3:30pm - 5:30pm


NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR LAW AND COMPUTERS (CLC)

Announcing InnerKent!

The Center for Law and Computers announces InnerKent, the Chicago-Kent College of Law Internal Information System. InnerKent is Chicago-Kent's internal web server; it is intended for the use and benefit of the Chicago-Kent community, and is accessible only from within the school itself.

To get to InnerKent, start Netscape Navigator (in Windows, in the Communications group), and in the line near the top that says "URL," "Netsite," or "Go To,"" type "ck" and press Enter. This will take you to the InnerKent homepage. At this time, InnerKent is still under construction. We are actively pursuing information to make available, so the look and content of InnerKent may change unexpectedly for a while.

InnerKent contains a variety of class related materials (such as the academic calendar, the Record and the Student Handbook), technology resources (such as computer support information and e-mail directories), and administrative resources. We hope to make this site a valuable resource for the entire Chicago-Kent community.

Please contact Jeff Harrison (JHARRISO) in the CLC if you have any questions, comments or suggestions for InnerKent.

Computer Lab Printing Policy

We have received several questions from students regarding the college's printing policy. For the Spring Semester, every student at Chicago-Kent will receive 400 complimentary pages of laser printing. If you print more than 400 pages during the semester, you will be charged 5 per page for every page over 400. Here are details of the printing policy: