The Record -- Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

November 24, 1997
Vol. No. XXXI, No. 15
Information about
posting to the Record
In this week's Record (in order of appearance)
From the Administration:
   Record Editor
   Assistant Dean Stephen Sowle
   Professionalism Day 1998
   Student Services
   Alumnae/i & Student Relations
   Career Services
   Information Center
   Center for Law and Computers
   Serving Our Society
   Writing Contests
   Employment Opportunities
From Student Organizations:
   Student Bar Association
   Black Law Students Association
   Brehon Society
   Corporate Law Society
   Family Law Society
   Hispanic Law Student Association
   Kent Justice Foundation
   Moot Court Honor Society


The last issue of the Record for this semester will be published December 1. Because Thanksgiving is Thursday, November 27, materials for the December 1 issue must be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 25. Submissions received after that time will be held until next semester. The first Record for next semester will be online January 12.


Correction to List of Summer Courses
Last week, I distributed outside the third floor cafeteria a list of courses likely to be offered in the Summer 1998 session. In a fit of absent-mindedness, I provided incorrect dates on the list for the summer session. The correct dates are as follows: Classes start on May 26 and end on July 16. Exams will be held from July 20 to July 22. My apologies for the error.

Commercial Law -- Secured Transactions
If you have taken the combined Sales and Secured Transactions course, you are still permitted to take the independent Secured Transactions course being offered in both the Day and Evening Divisions in the spring semester.

Communications Law and Legal Drafting: Intellectual Property
Although we still hope to offer these courses, arrangements are still uncertain. I hope to have these resolved in time for next week's Record.

Fall Semester Calendar
The class schedule after Thanksgiving is as follows:

   Classes will meet as normal on Monday, December 1.

   On Tuesday, December 2, Thursday classes will meet (to make up for Rosh Hashanah).

   On Wednesday, December 3, only Wednesday classes starting at 4:00 or later will meet (to make up for the eve of Rosh Hashanah).

   Classes will then meet as normal from Thursday, December 4, to Saturday, December 6.

   Read period starts on Sunday, December 7.

   Exams will run from Thursday, December 11, to Monday, December 22.

Spring 1998 Class Assignments
In late December, I will mail a letter to all students with reading assignments for the first week of the spring semester. If you want the letter mailed to an address other than your local address, please e-mail the address to Alice Curry (ACURRY). If you do not receive the letter by January 6, e-mail Ms. Curry or call her at 906-5130, and she will mail another one to you.

Teaching Evaluations
By the end of this week you should have had the opportunity to complete a faculty evaluation questionnaire for each of your instructors. If evaluations were not distributed in a class, please let me know. If you did not complete an evaluation for an instructor but would like to do so, you may obtain an evaluation form from my office or the Registrar's Office. When the form is completed, put it in mailbox #99 in the College Service Center.

Bar Registration for First-year Students
First-year students who plan to take the Illinois Bar Examination after graduation should register with the Illinois bar examiners by March 1, 1998. Registration packets are available in the Registrar's Office. The fee for registering is $175 ($50 to the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar, and $125 to the National Conference of Bar Examiners). Please note that you are not required to register by March 1, 1998. The advantage of doing so is that you will avoid paying the late fee of $250 imposed on those who register at any point after that date. If you are uncertain whether you intend to practice in Illinois, you may want to consider waiting to register and paying the late fee should you eventually decide to take the Illinois bar exam. A representative from the Illinois bar examiners' office will speak at the school early in the spring semester to explain the application process and answer questions.

The application form is very comprehensive and requires you to provide a significant amount of background information, some of which may be difficult to remember or obtain. I suggest that, if you do plan to register by the March deadline, you pick up an application as soon as possible and begin to work on it during the winter break.

All information you disclose on the bar registration application should be consistent with answers to questions on your Application for Admission to the law school. Please note, however, that the bar registration application asks for a considerable amount of information that you were not asked to provide on our Application for Admission. You only need to be concerned about the consistency of your answers for questions asked on both forms. You can amend your Application for Admission, if necessary, by addressing a letter to me setting forth the details of the omission or misrepresentation and the reason for it.

First-year students who think that they may practice in another state should contact the bar examiners office in that state as soon as possible to determine their registration requirements. Booklets with the addresses and phone numbers of state bar examiners offices are available for you to consult in the Registrar's Office and in my office.

July 1998 Illinois Bar Application
The July 1998 Illinois bar applications are available in the Registrar's Office. The application filing deadline is February 1, 1998. There are two separate application packets: one for students who filed a registration application with the bar examiners during their first year of law school, and a separate one for students who did not register. The packet for students who did not register includes both the registration application and the final application. Please be sure that you ask for the correct application packet.

I'm very pleased to be able to share some wonderful news. A match has been found for my son, Zachary, that will enable him to receive a bone marrow transplant. He still has a number of hurdles to overcome, but there is now realistic hope that he will survive his current medical travails. Although the match was not found as a result of the bone marrow drive recently held here at Chicago-Kent, I want to thank, once again, all of those who participated in the drive. Your efforts may very well help someone else in the future, and the outpouring of support from members of the Chicago-Kent community helped sustain my family and me through a difficult period. -- Stephen Sowle


Program Notices and Add/Drop
Program notices for the spring semester will be mailed this week. You may make changes to your schedule during add/drop day. To add an open course and/or drop a course from your schedule, complete an Add/Drop Form and submit it to the Registrar's Office at the times listed below. The forms are available outside the Registrar's Office. It is important to write your correct priority code in the upper right corner of your Add/Drop Form. Add/Drop Forms will be processed randomly within the priority groups.

Evening Division Students:
  Tuesday, December 2 by 6:00 p.m.

Day Division Students:
  E1 - F4: Wednesday, December 3, by noon
  G1 - G4: Thursday, December 4, by 11:00 a.m.

Spring 1998 Graduates
Please submit an Application for Graduation to the Registrar's Office as soon as your schedule for the spring semester is finalized. You must inform the Registrar of any changes you make to your schedule after you submit the Application form. In addition, please make sure that you are familiar with the requirements listed in sections 1.7 and 1.8 of the Student Handbook.

Registrar's Office Closing Early on November 26
The Registrar's Office will close at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26.


Law as a Profession: Professionalism Day 1998
A Program for Second Year Students

Thank you to all students who have already registered for Professionalism Day 1998. For those of you who have not yet registered, please register before you leave for Thanksgiving break. You may register for Professionalism Day 1998 in two ways: Click here to access the online registration form or stop by the Career Services Office to fill out a registration form in person. If you have questions about the registration form or about Professionalism Day 1998, please send an e-mail message to PROFDAY.

Note to 1Ls: We appreciate your response and interest in this program. However, you must have finished your first year of law school to attend. So take advantage of your day off without classes on February 4. Or, if you really want to get involved this year, we welcome volunteers to help us with the program. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Charis Runnels, CRUNNELS, in the Career Services Office.

Note to 2L evening students: For those of you who have already registered, thank you for being so prompt! If you have not yet registered, you are encouraged to attend this year. However, if you are unable to make it this year, please keep in mind that you will be required to attend next year.

Please watch this space in the Record and the Career Services Office bulletin board for additional details.


Have a happy and restful holiday! As Read Week approaches, keep in mind that you can make an appointment with me, Ellen Berger, to discuss exam preparation strategies or anything else that is on your mind. E-mail (EBERGER) or drop by room 546.

Student Resource Library -- Check-out Policies for the Remainder of the Semester
All materials currently on loan from the Student Resource Library must be returned no later than Wednesday, December 3. Beginning December 4, all materials will be available for 2 day check-out only.

Program Handouts
Written materials from the Student Services programs held this semester are currently available on the desk across from room 544. Swing by the desk to pick up the Exam Preparation, Stress Management or Time Management handouts.

The Weekly Link
With some much going on this time of year, a little diversion can be a good thing. Check out one of these sites when you need a few minutes away from those books and papers:

Visit and run your own phone number through the ringer. Enter a phone number and this site will create a listing of every word that can be spelled from the digits in that number.

There is always time for a quick laugh or two. At, the UPI Comics page, you can find many of your favorite daily comic strips.

This final site can only be classified as a genuine time-waster! The redeeming quality of this site is that it is truly amusing. Play "Guess the TV Sitcom Character or Dictator" against the super smart computer at To play the game, you choose either a television character or a world leader and the computer asks you a series of questions about the person you have chosen. Based on the answers you give, the computer guesses who you are. The computer is rarely beaten, so give it a shot and see if you can win. (Beware: It's addictive!)


Class of 1998 Graduation Information
The Class of 1998 Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 24, 1998, at 2:30 p.m. at Navy Pier!! Chicago-Kent has blocks of rooms reserved at local hotels for that weekend. Stop in to Suite 310 for a list of locations and prices.

Class Pictures
Pictures for the Class of 1998 composite will be taken here at the law school at the following times:

   Monday, January 26     10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
   Tuesday, January 27     9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
   Wednesday, January 28   1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
   Thursday, January 29    1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sign up sheets will be available soon in Suite 310.

Class Speaker Competition
In addition to having your valedictorian speak at graduation, the winner of the Class of 1998 class speaker competition will have the opportunity to address graduates and guests for 5 minutes at the commencement ceremony. To participate in the competition, submit a brief essay (2-3 pages) outlining the topic on which you would speak. Plan on the speech lasting 5 minutes. Essays are due in the Office of Alumnae/i & Student Relations by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 5. The essays will be graded anonymously by the Class of 1998 Graduation Committee, and the winner will be announced early next semester.

If you have any questions regarding graduation, please e-mail John Fogarty at JFOGARTY or stop in to Suite 310.


Summer Study Abroad Program of Santa Clara University
If you missed the meeting with Professor Philip Jiminez from Santa Clara University last Friday, don't despair! He left updated information on Santa Clara's summer study abroad programs for law students for our grey files. Destinations offered for 1998 include Hong Kong, Geneva, Strasbourg, Tokyo, Beijing, Singapore, Seoul, Budapest, Oxford, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Ho Chi Minh City, and Germany. If you are interested in these programs, please look through the grey file marked "Summer Abroad."

Thanksgiving Office Closing
The Career Services Office will close for the Thanksgiving holiday at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26. We will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, December 1. Have a great Thanksgiving!

Winter Hours and December Office Closings
Winter office hours go into effect on Monday, December 8. Regular hours will resume on the first day of classes, Monday, January 12.

	Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays  8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
	Wednesdays                             8:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
	Saturday, December 6                   8:30 a.m.- noon
The office will be closed on the following dates:
	December 11 and 12:    Closed
	December 23 and 24:    Closing at 2:00 p.m.
	December 25-January 2: Closed
Special Opportunities: Handouts Available in Career Services

1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls: United States Attorney, District of Minnesota Summer Clerkship Program
The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota in Minneapolis has volunteer clerkship positions available for the summer of 1998. Law clerks assist the United States Attorney in civil and criminal matters before the U.S. District Court of Minnesota and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. For more information, see Handout #45. The application deadline is January 5, 1998. Interested 2Ls and 3Ls should apply as soon as possible. Interested 1Ls should apply as soon as possible after December 1, 1997.


[Information Center Home Page]

This week, the Information Center will continue to give tutorials on using eLOISe. The Reference staff of the Information Center will present this tutorial, as well as demonstrate the various other helpful database files on eLOISe. The schedule for the tutorials is posted on the 9th floor bulletin board, and you don't have to sign up for any of them. Just show up by the reference desk at the scheduled times.

If you have any suggestions for future tutorials or comments regarding the times when they are offered, we'd like to have them. Send them to Lenore Glanz (LGLANZ).

Conference/Study Rooms
These rooms are located throughout the library and may be reserved by Chicago-Kent law students for group study. They are available for reservation during all open Information Center hours. All you have to do is bring your valid student ID to the library Service Desk and book one!!

Please remember to be considerate of other students who need a quiet atmosphere to study. If you are unable to study or concentrate because of loud talking in the Information Center, please inform the Reference Librarian at the Service Desk.

Thanksgiving Information Center Holiday Hours

   Wednesday,   November 26   7:45 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
   Thursday,    November 27   Closed
   Friday,      November 28   Closed
   Saturday,    November 29   9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
   Sunday,      November 30  10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Document Center Holiday Hours

   Wednesday,   November 26   8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
   Thursday,    November 27   Closed
   Friday,      November 28   Closed
   Saturday,    November 29   9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
   Sunday,      November 30  12:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.


Taking Final Exams on Computers
With the upgrade of the computer labs to Windows 95, final exams on computer will be slightly different beginning this December. The following word processors will be available to you during final exams:

If you are planning on taking your exam on computer, you must familiarize yourself with the wordprocessor you plan to use NOW! Specifically, familiarize yourself with how to create headers, insert page numbers, printing and saving files to disk. It is the wrong time to learn these functions 10 minutes before you take your final exam.

When you take an exam on computer, it is strongly recommended that you save your document to disk every 15 minutes and print to the print server each time as well. You will not actually print out a paper copy of your exam, but we will have it as a second backup if there should be a problem with the disk you have saved your final on. NOTE: You will only have ONE disk to save to.

Training in Headers/Footers for Word Processors
The CLC will be holding training sessions on making headers and footers (i.e. page numbers) for exams. We will cover headers and footers for WordPerfect 5.1 for DOS, WordPerfect 6.0 for DOS, WordPerfect 8.0 for Windows, and Word for Windows 95 (aka 7.0). Each session will cover ALL FOUR topics, so you need only attend ONE of the sessions. HelpDocs on headers and footers will also be distributed. Here is the schedule for the sessions:

   Monday,     November 24     2:00 p.m. -  3:00 p.m. in room 760
   Tuesday,    November 25     9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. in room 700
   Wednesday,  November 26     5:00 p.m. -  6:00 p.m. in room 760
   Monday,     December 8     10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in room 760
                           and 3:00 p.m. -  4:00 p.m. in room 760

If you have any questions, e-mail Jeff Harrison.

Student Representative Lab Hours: During lab hours, student representatives are available to answer questions and will be located either in lab 700 or at the tables just outside of lab 700. Lab hours for the week of November 17, 1997, will be as follows:

   Monday     2:00 -  5:30   Michael Ambroziak
   Tuesday    4:30 -  7:30   Michael Ambroziak
   Wednesday  2:00 -  3:30   Michael Ambroziak
   Thursday   4:30 -  7:30   Michael Ambroziak
   Sunday     6:00 - 10:00   Michael Ambroziak
As always, 24-hour online technical and research assistance is available by calling 1-800-850-WEST. Questions can also be e-mailed to CBROWN or MAMBROZI.

Law and the Three Stooges
The depiction of the legal profession in print and in media has been the subject of much serious study. Legal scholarship, however, has failed to devote the usual quota of journal articles and symposia to one group of artists whose work has affected public attitudes toward the profession for generations. An article in the Oklahoma City University Law Review attempts to remedy that omission. Access the Oklahoma City University Law Review database (OKCULR) and restrict your search to the title field (ti) to retrieve "Images of Lawyers and the Three Stooges."
ti(three /s stooges)

"The Class They Hate The Most"
Cannibalism is an odd subject for a classroom hypothetical. It's featured, however, as a hypothetical in a class taught at the University of Denver College of Law called "Lawyering Process." The class is heavy on those knotty questions that have no one "correct" answer. It's also described by a spokesperson for the school as the class that students "hate the most." Access the Denver Post database (DENVERPOST) and run the following search to read about the class that gives first-year law students a "legal baptism by fire."
lawyering /2 process

Pure Intellectual Property
Disputes over intellectual property usually involve some tangible artifact such as a blueprint, a recording or even a diagram on a cocktail napkin. But Evan Brown, an engineer from Plano, Texas, is involved in a legal battle over an idea that resides entirely within his own head--an idea that his former employer, DSC Communications, claims as its own. Access the Electronic Engineering Times database (ELENGT) and run the following search to read about the case.
evan /2 brown /p d.s.c.

Clinic Is Victim of its Own Success
Law students in the Environmental Law Clinic at Tulane University School of Law succeeded in stopping construction of a $700 million plastics plant, and business leaders and politicians--starting with the governor of Louisiana--are none too happy about it. Their complaints about the clinic have prompted an inquiry by the Louisiana Supreme Court. Access the National Law Journal database (NLJ) and run the following search to read about the controversy that began in Louisiana's "Cancer Alley."
tulane /s environment! /s clinic

The LEXIS student representative will hold office hours this week in lab 700 (the large lab inside the library), or at one of the tables outside the lab if lab 700 is fully occupied. Lab hours for the week of November 24 are:

Monday5:00-6:30 pm
Tuesday4:00-6:00 pm
Saturday9:00-11:00 am

Please note that any changes to this schedule will be posted on the LEXIS bulletin board in lab 700.

Because of Thanksgiving break, the student rep may not be in the building, but will be in touch via e-mail, so send your requests to LEXISQ.

Did you forget your password? Did you update your software and erase it from your hard drive? Not to worry. Send your name and expected graduation date to LEXISQ and we will get your password as soon as possible.

Software available on the Web
Are you frustrated because you can use LEXIS 7.0 and its wonderful graphical interface at school, but can't load it on your home computer because you don't have a CD-ROM drive? Well, if you :

  1. are a current student at Chicago-Kent,
  2. have a computer running Windows 95 or Windows NT,
  3. have a laptop and a network card, or
  4. have a computer and a modem
then you can download LEXIS 7.0 using Netscape or Internet Explorer. Here is how you do it.

For more information, please visit the Lexis rep in lab 700 during office hours, or e-mail LEXISQ with your questions. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!


SOS would like to thank everyone who volunteered for public service organizations over the semester. Please let us know if you have completed 50 hours of legal or non-legal volunteer community service. We would also like to thank the student organizations that organized public service projects both inside and outside the Chicago-Kent community. A job well done!

We would also like to encourage you to consider volunteering next term. If you need to contact the SOS staff, please e-mail SOS, Ann Celine (AOHALLAR) or Carolyn (CBUNTIN) and we will try to schedule a time to meet with you. Best of luck on your exams, and have a safe and happy holiday break.


Professor Joan Steinman's article, "The Scope of Appellate Jurisdiction: Pendent Appellate Jurisdiction Before and After Swint," Parts I and II, will be published in the April, 1998, issue of the Hastings L. J. In September, Professor Steinman spoke on "Emerging Issues in Federal Civil Procedure" to the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Bench/Bar Relations Committee. She had spoken in July on "ALI Proposals to Revise the Supplemental Jurisdiction Statute" to the CBA Federal Civil Procedure Committee.


1997 - 1998 Academic Year

NOTE: Please stop by room 320D for hard copies of rules and regulations governing all contests.


Professor Joan Steinman is looking for a research assistant to work on matters related to appellate jurisdiction and other procedural questions for articles that she may write. If you are interested, please let her know, JSTEINMA. You can leave a resume and description of your grades in her mailbox or with her in room 835, ext. 65292, or her secretary, Greg Kelson, on the eighth floor. The law school will pay at its customary rate ... and you can begin after exams or next semester, if you would like.


Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago Scholarships
The Black Women Lawyers' Association of Greater Chicago (BWLA) is offering scholarships to second- and third-year black women law students in the extended Chicago area for 1998. The BWLA is a community service organization which wants to promote and reward a similar interest in community service among future black women lawyers attending law school in the extended Chicago area.

The following criteria will be considered in awarding scholarships: academic record (which may include, but is not limited to, grades, journal and/or moot court participation, experience as a teaching fellow/research assistant), extracurricular activities (with particular emphasis given to service-oriented extracurricular activities), letters of recommendation, financial need, the applicant's essay, and an interview with the BWLA Scholarship Committee.

Two scholarships will be awarded by the BWLA. Although the amounts are not yet determined, the BWLA has historically awarded one scholarship for $2,500 and the other for $1,500. The scholarships are intended to help defray the costs of tuition for promising future black women lawyers.

Scholarship applications and additional information are available in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Suite 230. The scholarship application and supporting documentation must be postmarked and mailed to the BWLA no later than December 15, 1997.

Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois
The Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois (HLSF) will provide financial assistance to first-year Latino and Latina law students through its scholarship program. The scholarships awards will be based on the recipient's application and a personal interview with the HLSF selection committee. The criteria evaluated by the selection committee includes, but is not limited to the applicant's academic record, financial need, writing ability, personal recommendations and career goals. A factor in the committee's consideration is the applicant's connection to the State of Illinois. The scholarship(s) to be awarded will be a minimum of $1,000.

Applications for the HLSF Scholarship Fund are available in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Suite 230. Interested applicants must complete the HLSF Scholarship Application and return it to HLSF no later than December 8, 1997.

Northwest Suburban Bar Association Foundation Scholarships
The Northwest Suburban Bar Association Foundation will award three scholarships for the spring semester 1998. Third-year law students will be eligible for a $2,000 scholarship; second-year students for a $1,500 scholarship; and first-year students for a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must be residents of the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, regardless of the law school attended.

Applications are available in the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, Suite 230. Interested candidates must submit the application, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a one-page statement to the Northwest Suburban Bar Association Foundation no later than December 31, 1997.


Before I get to this week's business, I wanted to ask for some student/faculty input. I was a little disappointed at the low turnout of students and professors for this year's Fall Lecture Series. Why did so few attend? The event was publicized in the Record for the past month, signs were placed throughout the school, e-mails were sent out, announcements were made, no memos were due, quality speakers were secured, etc. Do people not read the Record? Obviously those who do not read it will not offer their input. But for those who do offer a suggestion or two, do we really not want to have speakers come to our school?

I had been told by many professors to "expect a low turnout." Why? Do we really have the apathetic student body that some people claim? Am I in denial? If this is true, what can we do as an SBA to help? Or maybe we should not try to do anything? I have never been the kind of person who "expects" a poor result. I am the kind of person who asks "what can I do to get a better result?" However, I am also the kind of person who will not consistently waste my time (I spent way too many hours preparing this Lecture Series).

However, that was not the most disappointing occurrence this past week. I was most disappointed by the embarrassing way our student and faculty body displayed themselves. We had food set out for the speakers and those attending the lectures, yet most of the food was gone by the time the lectures had concluded. I came out of the lecture only to see 40 students/faculty members eating and drinking away, none of whom attended any of the lectures. What does this do to our school's reputation? The speakers noticed this.

Countless people who took no part in the event asked me the following questions: "Can I take a few bottles of wine to go"? "Can I wrap up some food for home"? I was even yelled at by one woman when I opened her La Croix for her. "I didn't wand it now!," she screamed. Silly me.

I cannot help to think of how wonderful it would have been to have a packed auditorium of students and faculty, each with interesting questions. The speakers would get a great impression of our school, they would spread the word . . . life would be good. But instead we went to the other extreme; we left an extremely poor impression.

Should the SBA amend its Constitution so that we would stop presenting these lectures? Although I personally did not think this was the answer, I do think that doing nothing is better than leaving a bad impression in the minds of the legal community. Should we only focus on paying for socials? I hope not. My job would be so much easier, yet so much less rewarding.

So I ask for your input. E-mail all comments to SBAQ. Thanks. On to business . . .

Fall Lecture Series
The SBA would like to thank all those who helped with this year's Fall Lecture Series -- Professor Brill, Cynthia Cooper, Mark Cumba, Ivy Israel, Elayna Pham, and Courtney Rosen, just to name a few. In addition, a special thanks goes out to those speakers who took time out of their busy schedules to share their experiences with our student population -- Allen Hoover, David Springer, Dick Devine, Jeanne Szromba, Scott Mendeloff, and Jeffrey Leving.

The Ralph Brill Award was presented to Professor Joan Steinman. She earned the Award because of her endless devotion to student activities she regularly judges moot court competitions and is always there to help out any student organization in need. Further, she always strives to make Chicago-Kent the best possible law school we can be.

Congratulations Moot Court
The SBA would like to congratulate the entire Appellate Advocacy class for finishing Rovner. The finalists this year were Amy Wilson and Brandy Sargent. All competitors should be proud.

Bar and Gavel Awards
Students, Faculty and Administration:
   The Student Bar Association is in the process of selecting three very special winter (January 1998) graduating J.D. candidates to receive the Bar and Gavel Award. The award recipients will also be inducted into the Bar and Gavel Society. Among other things, a candidate for this award should show outstanding service and commitment to the school and community. If you think that you know of someone deserving of this honor, please e-mail a letter of nomination to the Bar and Gavel Committee Chairman, Andrew Stein (ASTEIN). Nominations must be received no later than November 20, 1997 to be considered.

Student Mail
Many of you have received mail here at school. That mail gets forwarded to the SBA and is placed in a bin outside of C88. If you are expecting any mail, please check under the first initial of your last name in that bin. Any mail that does not get picked up within two weeks of delivery, may get thrown out.

December Social
What happened to the November Social? Well, because of all of the 1L memos that are due and because of the Fall Lecture Series, the SBA will not have an official November Social.

However, we have not forgotten about the December Social. Mark your calendars Thursday, December 4. Nick Scarpelli is in the process of securing a location.

Budget Expenditures
Please be advised that the Policy and Procedures Manual details the processes that must be followed when using allocated SBA financial reserves. Included in the Manual are the appropriate forms that need to be completed. Should your student organization need forms or have budget questions, please contact Helen Fabisiewicz. Helen will also answer your questions about Budget Amendments.

Barrister's Ball
Mark you calendars! This year's Barrister's Ball will take place at the Fairmont Hotel on April 18, 1998. There will be a live band (High Society). Any questions or suggestions should be sent to Ivy Israel (IISRAEL) or Cynthia Cooper (CCOOPER).

Business Cards Sale
BLSA is still selling business cards. Don't be just another face in the lobby, another resume in the stack. You can make a lasting, professional impression if you order your business cards now! Three exciting card designs starting at $24.50 for 500. Orders take about a week to receive. They are an investment in your future! Contact Sharese Shields (SSHIELDS) or Lawrence Hill (LHILL) to place your order.

General Meeting
We hope to see you all at the next meeting. If anyone would like to get notes contact Devin Williams (DWILLIA2). The next meeting will be announced! Thank you for your continued support.

Job Information
If you would like to review materials BLSA has received regarding job opportunities, please contact Devin (DWILLIA2).

BLSA Thanksgiving "Bon Voyage" Bash
This exciting event will take place on Wednesday, November 26, and will include food, beer and music. This is another great opportunity to socialize with Chicago-Kent classmates, and help BLSA raise money for future functions.

Take part in the raffle where you can win exciting law school prizes or money. Tickets will be on sale this week in the Spak for $3.00. You can also purchase tickets to the event as well as a raffle tickets for $5.00.

BLSA Clothing Drive
Thank you for supporting our Clothing Drive. Any clothing that you can bring in will be made available to people who need it as the cold whether approaches. Boxes for the clothes are in the first floor lobby.

Keep an eye out for the following event:
Regional BLSA conference in Indianapolis, February 11-14.

Thank you again, for your input and support, and please continue to help us help you!

The Brehon Society of Irish-American Law Students Don't miss the Brehon Society Holiday Social at Schoolyard Tavern on Wednesday, December 3, from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.. The cost is $10 for 3 hours of beer and soda. Everyone is welcome, no matter what your nationality. The Schoolyard Tavern is located at 3258 N. Southport. If you are interested in joining the Brehon Society, e-mail JFOGARTY.

Luncheon Speakers: Two attorneys from the McDonald's legal department.

The luncheon will be held on November 25, 1997, at noon in room C25 (room subject to change). All students and faculty are welcome.

CLS Members... you are not a true member until you pay your membership fee. Make sure you are on our official membership list by paying $10 to Corporate Law Society, or pay cash to Treasurer Rick Schmidt (RSCHMIDT).

Any Q's? Contact Tad Huntington (HHUNTING) or Nathan Lollis (NLOLLIS).

Thank you to Professor Mondala for taking us on the Juvenile Court tour this past Thursday! For those of you who could not attend, we will try and offer the tour again next semester. Please e-mail (LBORRE) if you would like your name added to the "spring" tour list.

Please keep those donations coming! The boxes will remain in the lobby (near the Security desk) until Thursday, December 4. Again, thank you to all the generous donors.

Spring Programs
It is time to start thinking about spring programs! If you would like to plan and organize a speaker-program or event next semester, please e-mail Kelley Garofalo (KGAROFAL) before you leave on winter break. If you have a topic idea and know a great speaker (or wouldn't mind finding one using the sources in Career Services and the Alumni Office), then please consider this fantastic opportunity. This would be great addition to your resume as you hunt for that summer job!

Toy Drive:
Please help brighten up a needy child's holidays by supporting the HLSA Toy Drive. The toy drop-off box will be located in the front lobby starting on November 24, and will remain there until December 20. If you have any questions regarding donations, or about helping out with the Toy Drive in any way, please contact Lorena Alvarez (LALVAREZ) or Brian Marquez (IMARQUEZ).

The Hispanic Lawyers Scholarship Fund of Illinois (HLSF) is offering scholarships to first-year Latino and Latina law students. The scholarship(s) to be awarded will be a minimum of $1,000. If interested, please pick up an application from the HLSA office located on the concourse level, or e-mail your request and any questions to Brian Marquez (IMARQUEZ).

Please note that the application must be completed and returned to HLSF by December 8, 1997.

Executive Board Meetings:
Until further notice, HLSA Executive Board meetings will be held weekly on Monday nights at 9:30 p.m. in the HLSA office. Please feel free to stop by during the meeting to present any comments or issues you would like addressed by the Board. If the meeting time is inconvenient, please contact a Board member so that your concerns or comments can be raised at the meetings. The Board members are: Hiram Bodon (HBODON); Lorena Alvarez (LALVAREZ); Monica Lepe (MLEPE); Minelson Medina (MMEDINA); Brian Marquez (BMARQUEZ).

We are still seeking ideas for the Spring Auction! Any more ideas are certainly welcome. Contact Carolyn Buntin (CBUNTIN), Ann Celine O'Hallaren (AOHALLAR) or Doug Harvath (DHARVATH) with your crafty ideas.

Auction letters ... If you still have letters to be sent out, PLEASE get them to your committee chairs as soon as possible.

General Meeting
We will be having a final General Meeting on Wednesday, December 3. This will be a very short meeting to discuss Auction letter follow-up over winter break. The meeting will be in room 170 from 3-4, and from 5-6 in room C-74.

Good job to all members who have been working hard to make this Auction a success! We still have a lot to do, but we are off to a great start.

We still have a few T-shirts left. We want to sell them soon so we can give as much money as possible to S.A.V.E. If you sell any, contact Doug (DHARVATH).

Have a great Thanksgiving break!!!

The Moot Court Honor Society would like to congratulate the following members for their performance in the Ilana Diamond Rovner Competition: Amy L. Wilson, the Ilana Diamond Rovner Award for Outstanding Oralist; Brandy A. Sargent, the Ralph L. Brill Award for Best Brief; and Michael D. Hynes, the Fay Clayton Award for Outstanding Oralist.