Vol. No. XXXI, No. 9
March 10, 1997
Posting Notices in The Record
Isn't the news sometimes fascinating and surprising?
Last week, U.S. News and World Report released its annual "America's Best Graduate Schools" issue, which contains the magazine's rankings of 174 U.S. law schools. As I reported in the Record, we were unhappy to learn that, according to that ranking, Chicago-Kent had fallen from the second to the third tier of law schools. Despite our confidence that Chicago-Kent is a first-rate law school, being "dropped" one tier hurt all of us, and we spent the next few days licking our wounds, wondering what the rest of the world would think about us. Several students contacted me to find out why we had dropped, and asked what steps we would take to restore our ranking.
On Wednesday of last week, however, U.S. News released a revised set of law school rankings, with rather significantly less fanfare than had accompanied the first set. The editor of the magazine announced quietly that 44 of 174 law schools had been misranked, due to a transposition error in an employment rate database. Lo and behold, Chicago-Kent was among the 44 that were misranked, and we're back in the second tier--the same one that we've occupied for a number of years.
So, after the initial shock and the change, what does all this mean? Of course, we're delighted to be higher in the rankings, and it feels much better to be in our familiar spot (even if we'd rather be still higher), than it did to be "lower." As Sophie Tucker once said, "I have been poor and I have been rich. Rich is better." And, whether we like it or not, U.S. News is read by lots of prospective law students who believe that its ratings are accurate, so the better our ranking, the more successful our admissions process will be. We always hope that good students who are choosing among law schools will choose Chicago-Kent, and if U.S. News aids them in making that choice, that's great. Anything that helps us to continue to recruit great law students can't be all bad.
However, as I stated last week, the statistics that U.S. News, or any other ranking organization, uses to evaluate law schools leave a great deal to be desired. Work ethic, tenacity, creativity, and community service are not measured by a bunch of numbers. U.S. News uses no quantitative measure for legal writing skills, commitment to pro bono activities, professional behavior and ethics, or technological prowess, among many, many other things. There is a long list of attributes that we value at Chicago-Kent which simply aren't quantifiable, but that doesn't make them any less valuable. That's precisely why we want to know more about our applicants than just their LSAT scores, and that's why we should be careful about taking surveys like the one in U.S. News too seriously.
We are taking steps to publicize the error. We are in contact with U.S. News, which is pulling all unsold copies of the Annual Guide, and we are demanding more acknowledgment of the errors and corrections, including a letter to all subscribers. A letter from most law school deans demanding an end to the rankings (which won't work) is being drafted by a committee of law deans. Other actions will be taken in the months ahead. If you have any suggestions, please send them to DearDean or come to the Dean's Advisory Council meetings announced later in this column.
So, a qualified congratulations to all of us for getting back to a spot in the rankings that's at least closer to accurate, if not where we think we rightfully belong. And now, let's get back to the business at hand...
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Belated congratulations to the BLSA moot court teams that competed at the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition in Columbus, Ohio, last month. This year's four teams represented Chicago-Kent at the Competition for the first time in a number of years, and they are to be congratulated for their fine showing. Cynthia Cooper and Sharese Shields advanced to the semi-final round, cheered on by teammates Jenni Henley, Gena Record, Tracy Kelley, Vanessa Bennett, Tim Snow, and Pat John. Thanks to the team members and to Coaches Peggie Smith, Bart Brown, Sheldon Nahmod, and Joan Steinman for all of their hard work! Way to go!
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We have meetings of the Dean's Advisory Council coming up on Wednesday, March 12, at noon, in room 155, and on Thursday, March 27, at 5:00pm, in room 170. I hope those of you who are designated members of the Council will make an effort to attend, and any other interested students are welcome to join us. The agenda is yours to set, and any topic is open for discussion, including U.S. News & World Report. I intend to report on how we publicize the law school to improve our visibility and reputation as part of my introduction to the meetings. Feel free to submit questions to me ahead of time, either via e-mail to DearDean or otherwise.
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Finally, sincere thanks to all of the students who completed and returned the surveys from the Student Affairs and Diversity committee. Your responses will be very helpful to our self-study process. You also may remember that three respondents were to be randomly chosen among the surveys returned for awards; the winners are:
If you've won, bring your purple "Survey Participant Certificate" to my office to claim your prize!
CALI Award Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the CALI award for academic excellence; the names of the recipients are attached to this Record. The CALI award is given to the student who earns the highest grade in each section of each course. If a section or a course is not listed, the instructor has not submitted the name yet, but we're working on them. The award recipients will be invited to the annual Student Awards Luncheon which will be held on September 30. Students' names will appear on the award certificate and in the luncheon program as they appear on the attached list. Please e-mail Alice Curry in my office if you want to make any changes.
Fall Semester Grade Distributions
The grade distributions for each fall class are posted on the second floor bulletin board.
1997 Summer Registration
The 1997 summer schedule of classes is attached to this Record. The Registration Bulletin with registration instructions and other information will be distributed later this week outside the third floor cafeteria. Summer session registration begins March 25.
1997 Fall Registration
The preliminary fall 1997 schedule will be distributed next week; fall registration begins April 14. I will meet with students at the following times to discuss the preliminary fall schedule, course selections for the summer and fall semesters, and suggestions for planning your legal education.
Intensive Trial Advocacy
The law school offers an Intensive Trial Advocacy 1 course that will meet from Saturday, January 3, 1998, through Saturday, January 10, 1998, from 8:30am to 6:30pm, including the intervening Sunday. This course is similar to the Trial Advocacy 1 course described in the Bulletin, except for the accelerated pace.
To be eligible to enroll, you must be in good academic standing and have completed Evidence before the course begins. In addition, you must agree to enroll in Trial Advocacy 2 in the Spring 1998 semester. Conventional Trial Advocacy 1 sections are offered every semester and in the summer; if you don't want to take Trial Advocacy 2, do not register for Intensive Trial Advocacy 1.
Students interested in registering for this course must complete the request form attached to this Record and submit it to the Registrar by Friday, March 21, 1997, at 4:00pm. There will be five sections of Intensive Trial Advocacy with eight students in each section. The forty seats will be allocated as follows: 14 for Evening Division students; 13 for current 2L Day Division students and 13 for current 1L Day Division students. If more than 40 students indicate an interest, students will be selected within each category by a lottery drawing conducted on Friday, March 21, after the 4:00 p.m. deadline for submitting request forms. The names of students eligible to enroll and the waiting list will be posted on Monday, March 24. We select students for Intensive Trial Advocacy this early so you will know prior to registration for the summer and fall semesters if you have a seat in this course.
If you are eligible to enroll, you will register for Intensive Trial Advocacy 1 next month with your other fall 1997 courses. It is considered a fall semester course for purposes of tuition and computing the fall semester grade point average. Tuition will be payable with the other fall semester courses. However, the credits will not count as part of the fall semester course load for purposes of credit hour limitations.
Because of the special nature of the course, the high cost and significant demand, if you register for the course and later decide to drop it, you must notify the Registrar by the end of the first week of the fall semester, Friday, August 29, 1997. If you don't notify the Registrar by that date, you will be charged full tuition for the course unless another student fills the seat.
The clinical classroom course, Interviewing, Counseling and Negotiating Skills, was inadvertently left off the list of elective courses subject to the elective course curve in last week's Record. In addition, some information was missing from the curve tables. Attached to this Record is a revised list of courses and the grade curves.
Exams on Computers
A list of instructors who will permit the use of computers for their exams is posted on the second floor bulletin board. Students who want to use a computer for a final exam must sign up in the Registrar's Office by Friday, March 28, 1997.
May 1997 Graduates
The final list of spring graduates is posted on the second floor bulletin board. Your name will appear on your diploma and in the commencement program exactly as it appears on the list. If you want to make any changes, you must notify the Registrar's Office by this Friday, March 14, 1997.
|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.
Perfecting your Presentation Skills
Wednesday, March 12, 5:00-6:00pm, room C50
Hone your presentation skills and conquer your fear of public speaking! Professor Patrick Cotter, the Director of the Appellate Advocacy Program, will join the Assistant Dean of Students and Student Services staff for a discussion of presentation techniques that can enhance your public speaking skills. Learn how to dramatically improve your in-class, moot court and interview presentation skills. Join us in room C50 on Wednesday, March 12, from 5:00 to 6:00pm.
London Consortium Program Information
Preliminary information on the 1998 London Program has arrived. The program will run from January12 through May 1, 1998. Professor Sheldon Nahmod will be the Chicago-Kent representative on the program next spring. Fee information and a tentative course list is available from Ellen Berger in room 546. Applications and brochures will not be available until late August. Please keep an eye on the Record next fall for application deadlines and additional information.
New Location for Student Resource Library
The Student Resource Library has moved! The SRL is now located in room 546. To check out materials, visit Julie Fenton or Ellen Berger in room 544 or 546. If we are not available, e-mail EBERGER to set up an appointment. When the office is not open, all materials should be returned to the SRL Return Box outside of room 546.
Internet Sites of the Week
It is almost Spring Break! Just keep repeating that to get yourself through the next few weeks. Here are a few travel related sites to help you plan a Spring Break journey:
Register at this site and you will receive weekly e-mails listing the lowest fares of the week to three destinations you select.
Travel Lingo http://www.travlang.com/languages/index.html
Leaving the country? This site offers future tourists a crash course in communication. Lessons in more than 30 languages are available.
Flight Check http://sapphire.theTrip.com
Is someone coming to visit you? Check on their flight in mid-air. This site tracks the arrival and departure of all U.S. flights. You can even see how far the plane is from Chicago at any given moment.
Students who plan to take courses this summer either here at Chicago-Kent or at a visiting school must submit the documents listed below by April 15, 1997, in order to avoid any delays.
1997 Summer Financial Aid Addendum 1997-98 Chicago-Kent Institutional Application 1997-98 Student Aid Report Loan application/promissory note or Express Loan Data Sheet
All of the above documents are available in the Financial Aid Office. Please come and visit our office at your earliest convenience.
Just a reminder--please pick up the 1997-98 financial aid package which is available in the Financial Aid Office. In order to be considered for a federal Perkins loan, you must:
1) submit the Chicago-Kent Institutional Application and have a Student Aid Report (SAR) on file on or before April 15, 1997.
Due to limited funds, the federal Perkins loan will be awarded by date priority. We strongly encourage all interested students to submit the Chicago-Kent Institutional Application and SAR as early as possible.
Class of 1997 Graduation Information!!!
The Class of 1997 Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 25, 1997, at 2:30pm, at Navy Pier. If you did not pick up the information memo at the time your class composite picture was taken, you may pick one up in Suite 310. Graduation tickets will be released to students who requested them in late April or early May. Watch the Record for the time and place graduation tickets will be available. Any extra tickets will be distributed in early May on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any further questions about Commencement, don't hesitate to ask Lauren Lockwood or John Fogarty in Suite 310.
If you have had your picture taken for the class composite, your proofs must be turned in to the Office of Alumnae/i & Student Relations Office by Friday, March 14, to guarantee being included in the class composite.
Graduation announcements will be offered by Jostens. Order forms for announcements are available now in the bookstore. Jostens will be here at Chicago-Kent on Monday, April 14.
Spring Break Hours
The office will be open the following hours during Spring Break:
|Monday, March 30||8:30am-5:00pm|
|Tuesday, April 1||8:30am-5:00pm|
|Wednesday, April 2||8:30am-5:00pm|
|Thursday, April 3||8:30am-7:00pm|
|Friday, April 4||8:30am-5:00pm|
Mock Interviews Begin March 10!
One of the best ways to prepare for job interviews is to participate in a mock interview session. Career strategist Deborah Gutman will conduct mock interviews in the Career Services office in March and April.
The half-hour sessions include a videotaped mock interview, playback of the videotape, and a critique of the interview. If you would like to be able to take home a copy of your mock interview, please bring your own videotape to the interview.
Dates for mock interviews are: Mondays, March 10 and 17, from 9:00am until 4:00pm; Wednesdays, March 26 and April 9, from noon until 7:00pm; Thursdays, April 3 and April 17, from noon until 7:00pm.
Space is limited so make an appointment soon. You must leave a resume at the reception desk prior to the date of the interview. Please give notice of any cancellation at least 24 hours in advance.
Please sign up in the Career Services Office if you plan to attend.
The Young Lawyers Section/Chicago Bar Association Program
On Wednesday, March 19, from 12:00-2:00pm, the Young Lawyer Section of the Chicago Bar Association Career Assistance Committee presents The Ninth Annual Seminar on Being a Lawyer, Is It Your Only Choice? A Look at Alternative Careers. The program will be held at the CBA, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., 8th floor. To attend, interested students should complete handout #65 and return it to the CBA.
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Workshops
The more you know about your strengths and your working style, the better you'll be able to market yourself to prospective employers and the better you'll perform on the job. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is an instrument that can help you recognize your working style and make the most of it.
What exactly is the MBTI? The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a psychometric instrument based on the work of Carl Jung and his theory of personality types. The MBTI helps you identify your behavioral preferences-including how you gather information and how you make decisions. Once you've identified your "type," you have one more piece of information to help you find your ideal work environment, plan an effective job search, and work with colleagues, supervisors and clients once you're on the job.
An important note: the MBTI is not a "test"--there are no right or wrong answers. Nor is it a career interest inventory--it doesn't tell you whether you should be a lawyer, a door-to-door salesperson or the next David Letterman!
We are offering two sessions--one for day students and one for evening students.
Here's what to do:
|Day:||Part I--Tuesday, March 18 at noon in room 570|
|Part II--Tuesday, March 25 at noon in room 570|
|Evening:||Part I--Tuesday, March 18 at 5:00 pm in room 570|
|Part II--Tuesday, March 25 at 5:00 pm in room 570
Spesia, Ayers, Ardaugh & Wunderlich
The law firm of Spesia, Ayers, Ardaugh & Wunderlich will be interviewing 3Ls and 4Ls who reside in or plan to reside in Will County for an associate position in Joliet. Preferred qualifications include rank within the top 15%, law review, moot court and/or trial advocacy. Interested students should submit their resume to the Career Services Office by noon on March 14. Please contact Dana Beaird (DBEAIRD) with any questions.
Levin & Ginsburg
The law firm of Levin & Ginsburg will be on campus interviewing 3Ls and 4Ls on April 16. Students with a CPA or significant tax background who rank within the top 20% and are on law review or moot court are encouraged to apply. Interested students should submit their resumes to the Career Services Office by noon on April 9. Please contact Dana Beaird (DBEAIRD) with any questions.
Other Special Opportunities: Handouts Available in Career Services
Columbia Legal Services
Columbia Legal Services in Seattle, Washington, accepts resumes for internship opportunities throughout the year. Columbia Legal Services provides civil legal services to low income people in Washington. Interested students should see Handout #70. Resumes can be sent to Gail Jackson, Human Resource Manager, Columbia Legal Services, Central Support Office, Suite 300, 101 Yesler Way, Seattle, Washington 98104.
Greater Boston Legal Services
Greater Boston Legal Services seeks resumes from students for internships during the 1997 Summer term. They look for students able to obtain full outside funding, or who plan to work on a for-credit basis. In return, students can expect an internship that will acquaint them with the practice of poverty law. Interested students should see Handout #71 for further information.
JUDICIAL EXTERNSHIPS: Fall 1997 Semesters for Prospective Second and Third Year Students with a Minimum 3.3 Grade Point Average
A judicial externship enables a student to become involved in particular legal problems through research and writing, and to contribute to the resolution of those legal problems. Depending upon the judge, an extern may have the opportunity to observe the day-to-day routine of a judge and discuss with the judge and the judge's law clerk those legal problems which attorneys face in their profession, and the specific problems which attorneys confront in their courtroom. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!
Applications for the Fall Judicial Externships are available in room 600, Law Offices, and in Career Services.
Completed applications for Summer Externships should be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross, Secretary to Professor Gross, room 612 of Law Offices, by Wednesday, March 12, at 5:00pm.
ADVANCED EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM: Fall 1997 For Prospective Third Year Students Only
Do you wish to develop your legal skills, gain practical legal experience in a specialized area of law with a corporation, firm or government agency, and make yourself more marketable to prospective employers upon graduation? If so, consider applying to the Advanced Externship Program for Fall Semester 1997.
The Advanced Externship Program is a 4-credit hour program consisting of a 3-credit hour fieldwork and a 1-credit hour classroom component. The program is open to students in their last two semesters of law school. For the fieldwork component, an extern is placed in a private or public, civil or criminal practice and is required to work a minimum of 15 hours a week at his/her designated placement. Externs interested in civil law may select to work under the supervision of general counsel in major corporations or under the supervision of designated teaching lawyers in well-known firms of special government agencies. Externs may specialize in such diverse legal areas as tax, commodities, securities, corporate, health care, medical malpractice, general corporate law, etc. Those interested in criminal law may select to work with designated supervising lawyers at the States Attorney's Office, Public Defender's Office, or the U.S. Attorney's Office. Many externships offer students opportunities to obtain a 711 license and appear in court.
The accompanying classroom component consists of a 1-credit hour weekly class, entitled "Profession and Practice of Law."
More information about the program and an accompanying application form are available in the Law Offices Reception Area and the Career Services Office. Applications must be submitted to Ms. Carole Ross in room 612 by Noon on Friday, March 28. All applicants must have scheduled and completed an interview with Professor Gross prior to turning in their applications. Should extern applicants outnumber the number of students who can be accepted into the program, students with at lease one semester of Law Offices or LADR (Law Alternative Disputes Resolution program) will receive preference.
If you are interested in learning more about externship opportunities or in applying to the program, please see Professor Vivien Gross in room 617.
The tutorial for this week is THE INTERNET--how to access it, how to use browsers and search engines, how to download and print, and how to bookmark sites.
The tutorials will be presented by the Reference Staff of the Information Center and the schedule is posted on the 9th floor bulletin board. You don't have to sign up; just show up by the Reference Desk at the scheduled times. If you have any comments or suggestions regarding the topics or the times offered, we'd like to have them. Send them to Lenore Glanz (e-mail: LGLANZ).
On Wednesday, February 26, eighteen students and their teachers from the Universal School in Broadview came to the Library of International Relations to do research for their participation in the Model United Nations program. They were researching the topic of internally displaced persons and refugees. Because they would be representing a number of Middle Eastern and African countries, they were most interested in finding materials by and about these countries presented in the various UN organs such as the General Assembly and the Security Council. The documents, speeches, and reports were located by searching through the UN Indexes, by using the human rights database on eLOISe, and by surfing the various UN websites on the Internet.
Pardon Our Dust
During one afternoon of Spring Break, April 4, the Information Center staff will be conducting some spring cleaning in the library. The library will be closing at 5:00pm.
The March 10, 1997, edition of The National Law Journal focuses on pro bono public service, citing those firms that have leadership in encouraging pro bono programs and projects for their members. In addition, the article talks about the 17 law schools that require some form of public service as a prerequisite for graduation. Many state bars are also considering programs which will encourage more lawyers to perform public service work.
Please consider letting SOS help you to integrate some public service work into your life. We have so many current opportunities and opportunities for the summer.
Our spring office hours are:
|3:00pm - 5:00pm|
|10:45am - 11:45am|
|10:30am - 12:30pm|
|3:30pm - 5:30pm|
If you are unable to visit SOS in room 686 during these times, please e-mail either SMCKENZI or AOHALLAR to schedule an appointment.
|Monday:||8am-12pm Karin Kiyabu||Wednesday:||3pm-6pm Pauline Afuso|
|6pm- 8pm Karin Kiyabu||Thursday:||4pm-7pm Pauline Afuso|
|Tuesday:||8am-10am Karin Kiyabu|
* During office hours, the LEXIS Reps. will be in room 700 (the large 7th floor computer lab inside the Information Center) or at the tables directly outside the lab. If you have any LEXIS/NEXIS questions, e-mail LEXISQ or call 1-800-45-LEXIS.
* Visit our web site at http://www.lexis-nexis.com/lawschool
Pick up your free software copy of Career Builder in the Career Services Office if you missed Career Day last week.
* The LEXIS/NEXIS services offer a unique and comprehensive collection of job prospecting tools, designed to assist law students in their job search. Information on many different types of jobs from private law firms to public interest positions can be found the Career Builder diskette as well as on the LEXIS/NEXIS.
Summer Access to LEXIS/NEXIS services can be set up now.
Westlaw Representative Lab Hours for the Week of March 10 are as follows:
|Monday:||8:00 - 10:30||Christine Brown||Tuesday:||8:00 - 10:30||Christine Brown|
|12:00 - 4:00||Michael Ambroziak|
|Wednesday:||8:00 - 10:30||Christine Brown||Thursday:||1:00 - 4:00||Michael Ambroziak|
|4:00 - 6:00||Christine Brown|
|Friday:||1:00 - 5:00||Michael Ambroziak|
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 MAMBROZI, CBROWN, 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.
CORPORATE RESEARCH HELPER
Quick. The partner you're working for needs information on a company. She wants the vital statistics and sources that will tell her where the company is headed. You answer, "No problem." Access the Company Intelligence database (CO- INTELL) for basic information and an index of recent news stories. To learn about NeXT Software, the company that was recently sold to Apple Computer for $430 million by ("the once and future king?") Steve Jobs, restrict your search to the company name field (co).
co(next /1 software)
THE SUPREME COURT'S FIRST "CYBERBRIEF"
The first CD-ROM brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court was, fittingly, an amicus brief supporting the ACLU's challenge to the Communications Decency Act. It even includes hypertext links to sites on the World Wide Web. Access the PR Newswire database (PRWIRE) and run the following search to read about it.
A "REAL-LIFE" CLERKSHIP
If your road to law school had a few detours, you may be the person State of Washington Court of Appeals Judge Susan R. Agid wants to hire as a clerk. She lists "real-life experience" as one of her selection criteria. To learn more about a clerkship with Judge Agid, access the West's Legal Directory--Judicial Clerkships database (WLD-CLERK). In the Last Name blank, type: agid
THE SOUL OF THE LAW
"I want a law degree to be a testament to a refined aesthetic that opens the eye of the beholder to see the world anew." --Benjamin Sells When the daily grind of law school gets you down, refresh your brain reading "The Soul of the Law," a column by lawyer and psychologist Benjamin Sells. Access the Merrill's Illinois Legal Times database (ILLT) and restrict your search to the prelim field (pr) to read his reflections on looking at the legal profession as "a state of being and not only doing."
pr(soul /s law)
IS NOTHING SACRED?
Iconoclastic Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) is taking on one of the most sacred American icons of the 20th century--professional sports. Moynihan's Stop Tax-Exempt Arena Debt Issuance Act (S 122) would end the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds issued to pay for new facilities for professional sports teams. Access the Congressional Bills database (CONG- BILLTXT) and run the following search to read the text of his bill.
moynihan & professional /2 sports
Students who would like to learn how to practice law while they are in law school should apply for the in-house clinical education program, LAW OFFICES. Applications are now available for the summer. The summer applications are due no later than March 14.
Students may apply for Law Offices after they have completed their first year of law school (current first years may apply for the summer 1997 semester). To be considered for a place, ALL students must complete and return a completed Law Offices application. Applications must be turned in to the Law Offices receptionist in Suite 600 by the March 14 deadline.
Students who have previously taken, or who are now taking Law Offices, (called Continuing Law Offices Students) and who submit their applications by the due date will be given preference in their same practice group if availability permits. New students who have submitted their applications by the due date will be selected in the Law Offices lottery. The total number of available places during the summer semester is dependent upon the number of supervising attorneys in each practice group. The number of available new places is dependent upon the number of continuing students and has not yet been determined.
The in-house program is comprised of two components. One is a three credit fieldwork class graded on a pass/fail basis in which students work in practice groups on client cases or similar projects assigned to them by a supervising attorney. The fieldwork component also includes practice group lectures, supervising attorney conferences, section meetings, and various client interview experiences. The other is a graded classroom component for one credit.
There will be five in-house practice groups from which to choose - employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice, criminal defense, tax (prerequisite is Personal Income Tax), health law, and mediation and other ADR procedures.
For more information, you may talk to the clinical professors who supervise the various practice groups: Professors Gonzalez (room 629) and Norton (room 623) for employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice; Professors Kadish (room 613), Kling (room 625), and Thomas (room 609) for criminal defense; Professor Livingston (room 688) for tax; Professor Kentra (room 690) for mediation and other ADR procedures; and Professors Altman (room 611), Toolan (room 621) and Elster (room 692) for health law. Professor Laser (room 631) is also available to answer your questions.
*FALL 1997 APPLICATIONS FOR THE LOTTERY FOR IN-HOUSE PROGRAM APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE IN ROOM 600.
Students who would like to learn how to practice law while they are in law school should apply for the in-house clinical education program, LAW OFFICES. Applications are now available for the fall. The fall applications are due no later than March 27.
Students may apply for Law Offices after they have completed their first year of law school (current first years may apply for the fall 1997 semester). To be considered for a place, ALL students must complete and return a completed Law Offices application. Applications must be turned in to the Law Offices receptionist in Suite 600 by the March 27 deadline.
Students who have previously taken, who are now taking Law Offices, or who will take Law Offices during the summer 1997 semester (called Continuing Law Offices Students) and who submit their applications by the due date will be given preference in their same practice group if availability permits. Next, priority will be given to the top ten students on each first choice waiting list who did not turn down a place for Spring 1997, who were on the waiting list in the division they have marked as first choice, and who submitted their fall application by the due date. New students who have submitted their applications by the due date will be selected in the Law Offices lottery. The total number of available places during the fall semester is dependent upon the number of supervising attorneys in each practice group. The number of available new places is dependent upon the number of continuing students and has not yet been determined.
The in-house program is comprised of two components. One is a three credit fieldwork class graded on a pass/low pass/fail basis in which students work in practice groups on client cases or similar projects assigned to them by a supervising attorney. The fieldwork component also includes practice group lectures, supervising attorney conferences, section meetings, and various client interview experiences. The other is a graded classroom component for one credit.
There are five in-house practice groups from which to choose - employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice, criminal defense, tax (prerequisites are Personal Income Tax and Tax Procedure, Health with some family Law, and Mediation and Other ADR Procedures.
For more information, you may talk to the clinical professors who supervise the various practice groups: Professors Gonzalez (room 629) and Norton (room 623) for employment discrimination/civil rights with some general practice; Professors Kadish (room 613), Kling (room 625), and Thomas (room 609) for criminal defense; Professor Livingston (room 688) for tax; Professor Kentra (room 690) for mediation and other ADR procedures; and Professor Altman (room 611) for health with some family law. Professor Laser (room 631) is also available to answer your questions.
For more information on essays and/or writing contests, stop by the Office of the Associate Dean, room 320D.
CABANISS, JOHNSTON SCHOLARSHIP
To commemorate its 100th anniversary in 1987, the firm of Cabaniss, Johnston, Gardner, Dumas & O'Neal of Birmingham and Mobile, Alabama, created with the Alabama Law Foundation, Inc. a scholarship in memory of its founding partners, Edward Harmon Cabaniss and Forney Johnston. The first scholarship was awarded in 1987.
All applicants must meet the following criteria:
The scholarship will cover tuition and books for the second year of law school to a maximum of $5,000. A second place scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded at the committee's discretion.
While academic achievement is the key factor in determining eligibility for the scholarship, consideration will be given to other factors such as conscientiousness, dependability, civic involvement, financial need and dedication to the highest ethical standards.
Students wishing to be considered for this scholarship should pick up the application form in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Suite 230. The deadline for submitting completed applications and all supporting documents to the Cabaniss, Johnston Scholarship Committee is June 6, 1997.
DUPAGE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION
The DuPage County Bar Association will award a $2,000 scholarship to a DuPage County resident who will commence their second year of law school in fall 1997. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of prior academic achievement and economic need.
All interested students must submit a letter of application to Assistant Dean Michael S. Burns, Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Suite 230, no later than Monday, March 24, 1997.
DUPAGE COUNTY CHAPTER OF THE JUSTINIAN SOCIETY OF LAWYERS SCHOLARSHIP
The DuPage County Chapter of the Justinian Society of Lawyers is awarding a minimum of one $1,000 scholarship to a law student who meets the following criteria:
Students wishing to be considered for this scholarship should pick up the application form in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Suite 230. The scholarship application process includes the scholarship application form, a brief personal statement, a copy of your federal income tax return for the previous calendar year, and a letter of recommendation by a law school faculty member.
All materials should be mailed to Marsha H. Cellucci, c/o Cellucci & Yacobellis, 1155 S. Washington Street, Suite 100, Naperville, IL 60540, and must be received no later than April 1, 1997.
ILLINOIS REAL ESTATE EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS
The Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit organization established to aid and promote the work of real estate education throughout Illinois. The Foundation is supported by voluntary contributions from organizations and individuals who recognize the importance of furthering academic experience and training in the real estate industry in Illinois. Scholarship awards have become a prominent activity of the Foundation. Many students in real estate-related curricula at colleges and universities have benefitted from the Foundation's scholarship grants.
The selection of scholarship recipients will be determined by the Foundation, taking into consideration the following criteria:
Students wishing to be considered for this scholarship should pick up the application form in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Suite 230. The scholarship application process includes the scholarship application form, a letter of application, a record of military service (if any), a description of the proposed program of study, a typed statement from a real estate instructor recommending you as an applicant, an official law school transcript and two letters of recommendation.
All materials must be received by May 1, 1997, and should be mailed to The Real Estate Educational Foundation, P.O. Box 19451, Springfield, IL 62794-9451, (217) 529-2600.
POLISH WOMEN'S CIVIC CLUB, INC. SCHOLARSHIPS
The Polish Women's Civic Club, Inc. is a philanthropic organization of American women of Polish descent interested in discovering the richness of their Polish heritage and sharing it with others.
Realizing that education is the main tool for deepening an appreciation of culture and advancing a people, the Club supports educational activities and the personal efforts of Polish-American students, male and female, through financial scholarships.
All applicants must meet the following criteria:
Students wishing to be considered for this scholarship may obtain an application by enclosing a self-addressed stamped envelope and writing to: Therese Brzezinski, Chairman, Education Committee - PWCC, P.O. Box 31967, Chicago, Illinois 60631-0967. The scholarship application must be postmarked by June 30, 1997.
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ROUNDTABLE SCHOLARSHIPS
Applications are now available for the 1997 Public Employees Roundtable (PER) Scholarship Program which awards scholarships to students who plan to pursue careers in government. Since 1985, the Roundtable has awarded more than $100,000 in merit-based scholarships to students throughout the United States.
Applicants must be enrolled either full- or part-time and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Preference will be given to applicants with prior government work experience or community service experience. Applicants will be asked to write a two-page essay on the topic: "Through my chosen career as a government employee, I will contribute to a more positive image of public service by..."
To request an application, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Scholarships, P.O. Box 14270, Washington, DC 20044-4270 or visit the PER website at http://adams.patriot.net/~ permail. The application deadline is May 14, 1997. For more information, you may contact the Public Employees Roundtable at (202) 927-5000.
1997 Summer and Fall Registration and Unpaid Tuition Balances
Registration for swill begin on March 25, 1997 and registration for the fall semester will begin on April 14, 1997. Except as set forth below, students will not be permitted to register if there is any outstanding tuition balance.
Please note that the Registration Policy will not be waived in order to allow a student to meet a registration deadline. Therefore, we urge you to allow yourself sufficient time in which to complete the necessary paperwork (it usually takes 2-3 days to process Petition requests for approval).
Procedure for Registering with an Outstanding Tuition Balance
A student will be allowed to register with an outstanding tuition balance only if he/she has been approved to receive one or more of the following loans for the Spring semester to pay the balance:
Students will not be allowed permission to register for any reason other than those listed above.
Students should complete the Petition to Register with an Unpaid Balance form in order to be considered for registration with a past balance. Petition forms may be picked up at the REGISTRAR'S OFFICE, Suite 220, the BURSAR'S OFFICE, room 290, the FINANCIAL AID OFFICE, room 230, or from the rack outside of the ADMINISTRATION, FINANCE and CLE OFFICE, Suite 265. Please submit application forms to the Office of the Assistant Dean of Administration, Finance and CLE, Suite 265.
The following information must be completed on the Petition form:
The bookstore will be closed for inventory Monday, March 10, at 3:00pm, and Tuesday, March 11, from 8:00am until completion of inventory.
FROM MARK SCOTT, PRESIDENT OF THE STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION
The Environmental Law Society successfully hosted the NAELS Conference this past weekend. This is the first year that Chicago-Kent hosted the national event. We would like to congratulate Kendra Pohn and Joshua Gubkin for their coordination of the Conference.
We would like to congratulate Bennett Miller for his recent accession into the American Bar Association/Law Student Division's Seventh Circuit Governor's position. Bennett, a current member of the Board of Governors, will oversee the ABA/LSD activities for law schools in Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
Finally, we would like to thank Charis Runnels for all of the work that she put into the Chicago Bar Association/Young Lawyer's Section/Law Student Committee blood drive. Recently, we received confirmation that Chicago-Kent WON THE BLOOD DRIVE. Congratulations to all of the donors that made it possible for us to win the competition and the accompanying award.
BAR & GAVEL
The Bar & Gavel Society Committee is now soliciting nominations for members of the June graduating class who have distinguished themselves by unselfish service to the legal profession, the community, and/or Chicago-Kent. The Award emphasizes unrecognized service.
Any faculty member or student of Chicago-Kent may nominate a June graduate by submitting in writing their name, their nominee's name, and a statement outlining why they think their nominee deserves the Bar & Gavel Award. Please submit nominations by March 31 to:
The Bar & Gavel Society would like to congratulate Kimberly Virginia Banks and Mark Scott, our January Award recipients.
News from the Capital:
Please write or call your congressman, representative and senators, and urge them to support these important bills!
Any questions? E-mail YKATO or RVANDERV.
Pick up a copy of our March newsletter in the 2nd Floor Spak or on our bulletin board!
St. Patrick's Day Bake Sale
The Brehon Society will have a bake sale on St. Patrick's Day in the Spak. Sign up now to bring goodies or to sit for half an hour in the Spak. Proceeds will be donated to one of the many charities served by Old St. Patrick's Church.
Speaker Event - Justice Anne Burke
We are honored to host the Honorable Anne Burke on Tuesday, March 25, at 12:00 noon in the Marovitz Courtroom. Not only is Justice Burke an Illinois Appellate Court Judge, she is also a Chicago-Kent graduate. Justice Burke has had a distinguished career since graduating from Chicago-Kent, including serving as Special Counsel to Governor Edgar on Child Welfare Services. Women in Law will cosponsor Justice Burke's visit. Don't miss this opportunity to see a Chicago-Kent graduate who is a bona fide "mover and shaker" and who is truly making a difference in society.
If you are interested in more Brehon Society information, e-mail JFOGARTY.
WE WON THE BLOOD DRIVE!
I am proud to announce that Chicago-Kent won the CBA/YLS Law Student Committee blood drive competition! It was a huge success: 118 pints of blood were donated to United Blood Services on behalf of Chicago-Kent (54), DePaul (43), Loyola (16), and John Marshall (5). 71 people from Chicago-Kent attempted to donate blood, but 17 were unable for various reasons. For those 71 individuals who donated or attempted to donate blood, you will soon receive an invitation to a FREE PIZZA PARTY sponsored by the YLS Law Student Committee. At this party, Chicago-Kent will be honored with the traveling plaque commemorating our victory for this year. My heartfelt thanks go out to all who participated. Let's make this celebration a tradition!
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! Membership applications are available on the concourse level, or stop by the Career Services Office to pick one up from me. If you have any questions about the above events or membership information, just e-mail me @ CRUNNELS. Thanks! ---Charis Runnels, Chicago-Kent CBA Representative
CKTS will again publish its annual resume networking directory which will be sent to 500 tax professionals in Chicago. Any CKTS members may submit a resume for the directory, but ONLY MEMBERS may submit. Please turn in a copy of your resume to our 2nd floor mailbox by March 31. The directory will be published in May.
If you are not a member of CKTS but would like to join, please fill out a membership application and turn it into our 2nd floor mailbox. Applications are available on the concourse level at the CKTS bulletin board. For any questions, e-mail Amanda Read at AREAD.
If you would like to be on the CKTS e-mail recipient list to receive current CKTS information, send an e-mail to AREAD and write the word "subscribe" for the subject.
First of all, thank you to Leslie Borre for organizing last week's speaker event "Practicing Family Law." It was a success!
Second, the JUVENILE COURT TOUR will take place on Thursday, March 20. You will be able to take part for the whole day (approximately 9:00am until 3:30pm) or for just the morning or just the afternoon. The Juvenile Detention Center tour will only be given in the morning. You will be able to observe Delinquency and Abuse & Neglect courtrooms in action. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail LGOTTSCH to have your name added to the list. Professor Stanley Mondala, a hearing officer at the Juvenile Court, has once again been gracious enough to organize
the day's activities for us.
Partial Birth Abortion Ban Panel
We have this January 29 debate on videotape. If recent news reports have piqued your interest, send us an e-mail and we will lend you the tape. Also, Women in Law plans to have a viewing here at the school, so watch their announcements if you would rather watch it with them.
Institute for Justice
This public interest group, concerned with civil rights and individual liberties of many types, is offering an all-expenses-paid seminar on PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION in Washington, D.C., next summer. Applications for the seminar were due February 1, but they have extended the deadline to fill up all available slots. First year law students are eligible. Please contact an officer immediately for more information.
Questions, donations, insults, video rentals, or a desire to be included on our mailing list? E-mail CHAGE, CBENTLEY, CPOULSON, or JMRAZ.
Health Law Society thanks and is indebted to Mrs. Stephanie Altman for speaking to its members. Her speech on Medicaid and Chicago-Kent's Health Clinic was informative, focused, interesting and beneficial. Her experience in related areas of the health field will certainly create enthusiasm in those who are in contact with her as it did for those who were present at her speech. We are looking forward to learning more from her knowledge and experience in the near future.
Health law society is in the process of creating a home page on World Wide Web. The site will encompass the society's activities, faculty news, health and legal news and a variety of other related health law materials. We will inform you further about the development of the site in the near future. E-mail us if you have any ideas or comments at MMORAN.
Physician-Assisted Suicide -- The Ultimate Right
The New England Journal of Medicine (Jan 2, 1997 Volume 336, number 1), has posted two editorials on the subject of physician-assisted suicide on the Internet. Writing in favor of permitting assisted suicide under certain circumstances is the Journal's executive editor, Dr. Marcia Angell. Arguing against it is Dr. Kathleen Foley, co-chief of the Pain and Palliative Care Service of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. For those who are interested in the article, please check the site: http://www.nejm.org/publicM/1997/0336/0001/0050/1.htm.
Ever wondering or have doubts about availability of employment in
the area of health law?
The following is a limited collection of areas which you can count on for employment if you are interested in practicing in the area of health law in addition to your general practice. We admit the list is not complete; however, be on the look out for more from the Health Law Society. For membership and other information e-mail Emy, ECALINGO.
|Aging and Elder Law
Children and Families Health Law
Drugs and Medical Devices
Patents for medical devices
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
National Health Care
Law Firms and Consultants
Medical and Dental Schools!!
Patient Care and Rights
The first time I learned about neurolawyers was through the Internet. I did not know that such a thing existed. I decided to print it for you since it resembles other health law professionals and just in case you are interested in becoming a neurolawyer in the future. It is not brain surgery, but it sure does require some brains to become a neurolawyer!. The Internet site is: http://www.neurolaw.com/role.html.
A neurolawyer is an attorney who, through interest, education, and training, has developed a special expertise in representing clients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). Issues often arise with regard to the cause of the injury, the medical necessity or appropriateness of certain medical and rehabilitative treatments, and the real impact on the lives of the survivor and family. The lawyer's role is to deal with these issues on behalf of the family as an investigator, communicator, advocate, negotiator and gladiator. To do this effectively, the neurolaw attorney must be knowledgeable about the biomechanics of neurotrauma, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuropsychology, neurorehabilitation, and the special needs which accompany brain injury and spinal cord injury. The central goal of the neurolawyer is to improve the quality of life for survivors and their families. To this extent, the neurolawyer is an important member of the team of professionals involved in the care and treatment of TBI/SCI survivors.
HLSA announces its Hispanic Heritage Hour focusing on the Mexican-American Civil Rights Movement. Since the time of the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848, Mexican Americans have struggled to achieve equality and full rights as citizens of the United States. In four one-hour programs, the landmark public television series Chicano! examines pivotal events concerning land, labor, education, and political empowerment that took place between 1965 and 1975, the period that was the focus of the Mexican-American civil rights movement. Through the help of our faculty advisor, Professor Rafael Gely, we have obtained copies of the four-part PBS series and will show them here at Chicago-Kent. We invite you to join us in watching the first part of this series, Quest for a Homeland, on Tuesday, March 11, in room C50 at 11:50am. Food will be sold so you won't have to miss out on lunch. For more information about the Chicano! series, please visit our website at http://www.kentlaw.edu/student_orgs/hlsa/
Thank you to all who helped with and attended the SPRING 1997 STUDENT/ALUMNI RECEPTION last Thursday! Also, thank you to our featured speaker Professor Bradley Hulbert. Professor Hulbert spoke about the implications of Hilton Davis.
We are in the process of getting the next edition of the Newsletter out. If you are interested in writing an article or helping out, please contact Alison Baldwin (ABALDWIN).
IPLS will hold elections for the upcoming year within the next few weeks. Watch the Record for more details.
Congratulations to the 1997 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team of Linda Chen, Inna Frumkin, Todd Powell, Telly Liapis, and Mata Binteris, and to their faculty coach, Bart Brown! The team advanced to the regional finals at the University of Toledo and finished second, only three points behind the winning team. Team captain Linda Chen won the award for Second Place Oralist.
The team performed beyond all expectations throughout the competition, both as oralists during the arguments, and more broadly as individuals of outstanding character. We would like to thank them for their extraordinary effort! They have honored Chicago-Kent by representing their school with great distinction.
Trial Team Competition
Congratulations to our 2 trial teams who competed in the annual ATLA Student Trial Advocacy Competition in Detroit, Michigan, from February 21-23. Both teams advanced to the semi-finals!!
Thank you to Professor Cotter, Tom Burnham, Karen Lynch and Terry Glavin for their coaching assistance. We couldn't have made it without you guys!!
Chicago-Kent College of Law Hats
There are still a few hats left from our January hat sale. If you did not get a chance to buy one earlier or would like to buy one now, e-mail Curtis Durik (CDURIK).
Spring Auction Countdown -- Only 2 WEEKS til MARCH 26!!!!
Please see ad in the Record for details and items to be offered. The Sixth Annual Auction supports the KJF Summer Fellowships.
General Meeting: Wed., March 12, at 3:00pm in room 170.
T-shirts are coming -- attend to pick yours up and to sign up for the St. Patty's Bakesale. If you haven't signed up for the Auction Day Activities, make sure you attend to sign up. Auction Committees: Please remember to update your committee chair with any feedback on auction contacts. Auction Contact is Chair Ann-Celine O'Hallaren at AOHALLAR.
Bakesale: St. Patrick's Day -- Mon., March 17. Don't forget that bakesales also support the annual KJF Fellowship!
Fellowship Applications: Now available in the Career Services Office -- Handout #64. Please note the deadline of Fri., April 11, at 6:00pm. Start looking for summer (volunteer) opportunities now! Remember that your dedication to the success of the Auction and Bakesales is integral in fellowship consideration.
Speaker event! We are co-sponsoring a speaker event with The Brehon Society. The Honorable Anne Burke will speak on Tuesday, March 25, at 12 noon in the Marovitz courtroom. Not only is Justice Burke an Illinois Appellate Court Justice, she is also a Chicago-Kent graduate. Justice Burke has had a distinguished career since graduating from Chicago-Kent, including serving as Special Counsel to Governor Edgar on Child Welfare Services. We encourage all our members to attend.
Looking for a way to fund your volunteer job this summer? Applications for the Women in Law summer fellowship will be posted on our bulletin board on the Concourse. Applications will be due by mid-April. E-mail RDONEGAN for more details.
For 1Ls! If you are looking for practice and critique for your upcoming moot court competition, we can help. E-mail either TPETRUSO or CRUNNELS who will be glad to impart their knowledge to you.
If you need outlines, e-mail EPARKS with the class and professor you need. We'll do our best to help.
Send any fundraising ideas to CRUNNELS.
All YOU CAN EAT & DRINK SAMUEL ADAMS!
$5 advance tickets for students, faculty, staff
KJF SPRING AUCTION
March 26, 1997
"Bid on It"
Bulls Tickets and Gold's Gym Membership
... and ...
World Music Skybox Seats and Lawry's Prime Rib Dinner for 2
Tickets on sale soon! Auction proceeds fund the Annual 1997 KJF Summer Public Interest Fellowships.