1977, April 1: Blackacre
Blackacre: 1977, April 1
School of Law
Student newspaper for the School of Law.
, LOYOLA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW APRIL 1, 1977 VOLUME VIII lackl<oo©ll® . I . . . · . . I NO.ll John Freeman : Visiting vitality Enthusiastic, knowledgabie, <rganized. These are the words many of. John P. Freeman's students use to describe his classroom performance. Not too surprisingly these words also mirroc Freeman's own approach to teaching. ' '~ cover a lot of material in depth," Freeman says. ' 'I want to be fair to my students. I like to give them a detailed syllalxls and adhere to it " John Freeman, 31, is a visiting associate profess<r to the taw School this semester. He teaches corpocatiom and securities regualtions, getting high marks of. praise in his handling of both courses. Freeman also is on the faculty at the University of. South Carolina law School At South Carolina he received the senior class outstanding teacher award during 1975 and 1976. Freeman p1ans to return to South Qn-olina at the em of. the current semester. ''I like teaching here at Loyola quite a lot," Freeman said ' ' I enjoy werking' with students who are well prepared and highly motivated Students here also have a sense of. humr which you need when going through law school." 'Why return to South Qn-olina? Freeman says when you buy a boose and invest several years of yoor life at one school there's a presumption you stay put. ' ' Chicago nas made me happy. And maybe its slightly moce attractive than South Carolina, but it has to be more than just slightly. It was a cl~ decision," Freeman said , For Freeman, teaching and his family hOld top priority in his life . . Freeman's family is COIJ:Jpa;ed of. a wife and two daughters aged four and two. His teaching career dates back to 1973 and even includes some elementary school teaching. Freemanatterxied urxlergraduate school at Notre Dame and received a B.B.Adegree in 1967. In 1970 Freeman graduated from Notre Dame law School. He w<rked for two years in private practice before moving to. South Carolina law School. ' ' I spent nine months defeiXiing General M>tors in Qrvair litigations," Freeman explairu;. Private practice was rewarding in a financial sense, Freeman adds. "But I came to believe that you work hard fer a long time to do good for your client and finn and are still just a fungible. Someone e1se is drooling to carry the attache case and make some money," Freeman says. In teaching Freeman says be gets personal satisfaction. ''Dealing with these peq>le can mean something. In fact I wcrk harder now I I ... Z tban I did in practice." be said In 1972 Freeman returned to school-at the- University of. Penmylvana law School He received an U.. M degree in 1973. He has worked as special counsel foc the Securities and Exchange Commission in Wcishington, D. C. He has published numerous articles on busine$8 and securities toi>ics. Freeman came to Loyola at the request of. Dean Mlrdock. ''He was a student of mine at Notre Dame," Mlrdock explained ''I'm very sad be's leaving," Mlrdock added, "''d like to keep him here." ~ \\bat are Freeman's p1ans f<r the future? " I'm satisfied with teaching," be ~ys. "I teach part ci the bar review cwrse in South Carolina and may also do a little cmsulting, but J.l:lOOtly I want to improve my caliber tn teaching," be said Freeman does have some advice foc the law school be leaves behiOO. One part of that advice. is to get a new, improved building. ''If there's no new facility it could burt recruiting ci new faculty," be said Another bit of advice is to add professional responsibility as a required course for upperclassmen. ' ''When you don't fix much attention on the subject, you're indirectly telling ~e its not important," Freeman says. Enthusiastic. Knowledgeable. Organized. Add~e,too. Trustees resolve to act on law school The Loyola University Board of. Trustees has passed a resolution to take ''whatever action is necessary to maintain the professional standing quality and resoorces" of the law school The resolution which was passed by the. Board at its meeting on Mu-ch 18, states that the Board ''bas no higher priority than to provide expanded, renovated, or new space for students, faculty and administration of the School d. law." Accmiingly, the President and top administrat< rs have been directed to present workable p1ans for consideration at the meeting of the Board on Jtme 17, 1977. University President Raymond Baumhart, S.J., was optimistic about the Board's action. '"Ibis is a rather WJp"eeedented actioo of. the Board," be said "It wanted to reassure the law School community not ooly that it is aware of. the urgent needs of the law School, but that it is interested in the future d. the law School and its imp(rtance to the University." Baumhart said that in drafting the resolution the Board wanted to impress upon the law School and the University that it is Law school resolution Be it resolved that Loyola University will take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to maintain the professional standing, quality, and resources of its Law School in the light of the unprecedented demand for excellent legal education that has stretched its facilities and staff to the limits of effectiveness. The Board of Trustees has no higher priority than to provide expanded, renovated, or new space for students, faculty and administration of the School of Law, and accordingly directs the President and the other administrators involved to present a realistic and workable plan for consideration at its meeting on June 17, 1977. Tuition up $180 The Board· of Trustees has authorized a tuition increase for students in all schools within the University. For law students it will mean a $180. dollar hike for the full-time day division from $2,380. to- $2,560., and a $135. dollar increase for the evening division from $1,785. to $1,9W. In -a statement released by University President Raymond Baumhart, S.J., salary and wage increases and higher utility costs were cited as major factors for the tuition increase. Library aquisition costs was also a predominant consideration, along with computer facilities, security, maintepance and supply costs. Fr. Baumhart said that the Board was reluctant to approve the increase but that there were no alternatives. He noted that Loyola's law School tuition is still urxler that ci all uroergraduate divisions ci the University, and below most other area law schools. The average increase University-wide is 7.3 percent. prepared to take direct action on the law School without displacing the needs of other facets of the University. ' ' The Board members discussed different wcrdings in terms of. Jrimties," be said ·~resolution as passed reads: "lbe Board d. Trustees has _ no higher Jricrity.' They did not want to limit their primties." Baumhart continued, ' ' There are other projects or similar magnitude now befcre the Board and it did not want to suspend programs on any of them by saying that one particular concern was the ' ' highest" Jricrity. Currently there is a Committee devel~ing recommendations for the future of Loyola athletics and a movement in the College of. Arts and Sciences to procure expanded facilities f<r the Humanities. Both the Athletic Department and the Humanities now operate in physical plants which pre-date the law School Building. Baumhart indicated that there are several sub-committees that aave been working on fashiooing realistic plans in accord with the Blue Ribbon Committee's recommendations and that be expects the Board of Trustees to have a workable proposal before it for consideration by Jtme. Baumhart met earlier this week with Dean Charles Mlrdock, along with University Vice-President-Dean of Faculty Dr. Richard Mitre, Charicellor Fr. John Reinke, and law· Alunmi Directir Rick Taft, to discuss the extent to which alumni would support the aquisitim of expanded or new facilities. ' ' Certainly our first )rOblem is money," Baumhart said '"lbe best solution to the law School's problems is a new building where the law library can be concentrated on one level. the University does not now own land large enough to accomodate that requirement That means that we would have to acquire land It is fairly well settled that one of the primary objectives of the Committee is to keep the law School as closely as possible to the Coorts. LaM casts in this area are quite high." Bawnhart did, however' indicate that there was no substantial disagreement with the Blue Ribbon Qm. mittee's Repcrt, and that all possible actions will be implemented in accord with its recommendations. Both new building sites and existing buildings suitable fer renovation are now being considered. Dean Mlrdock said that be was pleased with tl)e Board's resolution. ' ' I'm very confident about the direction in which the Board is going," be said This is a pagitive action which sets up a very favorable pace. " ' ' '!bat promises good results if we can keep moving things along at a steady rate." The resolution of. the Board is printed below. (above) Dean-faculty council revitalize 3 year comprehensive exams this spring seepage 4 .. BLACKACRE• PAul!: 1·wu !~B~In~c~k~a~c~re~ed.:::=:....::z:::....=;to_=·-= -r----=......:ia:::..::......::ls-=--------:-____.1 Letters to the editor Stepping in the right direction On March 18th the University Board of Trustees passed the Law School resolution. It places the Law School's petition for new facilities among its highest priorities, and directs the ~resident and administrators to present workable plans before it for consideration in June. We thirik the resolution is a good one and are encouraged by the . Board's formal recognition that the present facilities have reached the limits of effectiveness. It bas been suggested that the drafters of the resolution were. hedging when they promised to take action necessary to maintain the quality of the Law School. (See resolution reprinted on Page One.) We do not think this is a fair reading of what the Board bas resolved to do. We feel that the Board has clearly established its responsibility to the future of the Law School and has accepted as its duty the task of providing space for its expansion. We think that too much scrutiny" of the Board's action on a semantic level is counter-productive. During an interview earlier this week with University President Fr. Banmhart we learned that there is no substantial disagreement with the Blue Ribbon's recommendations on any level. It seems clear to us that this resolution puts the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Committee far bey.9nd the " whether" stage, leaving only the "how" and "when" to be considered. Blackacre hopes that these questions will also be resolved with all due speed. BKW Young lawyers develop career counseling Plan 'lbe Ywng I..awyers Sectim « tbe Ameri- . poBbi.litiea which they were peviously can Bar Associatioo tras ' .~ an unaware« u- siJqlly umrilling to cmsidel". A.tt«ney-Student CGmseling Program tt.. &JCb alternatives ~ by tbe attuney ugh wbichm;re than eighty young lawyers in ~my make DUe desirable positifXlS open to specific areas « tbe Jaw will devote an boor tbe students in tbe future cmce they have had « tbeir time to p-ivately coomeling indi.vidu- ez:perience }r.lCticing. .. third-year Jaw students who tbink tbat they B«a1Ne att«neys will elect to cwnsel may be illtl!lested in JDCticing in a p&r- acccrding to their special interest area they ti~ area « Jaw. will be able to give students an in-depth 'lbe purpoSe « the Jrogram is to help tbe explanantioo « what rracticing involves in graduatmg student face a two-fOld · - that area. 'lbis will pc&ibly entail suggesting ~ .. i.'int. the Job market is notmww.= differoent jam which involve that type« Jaw. even tbe most bigbly qualified students are · F«r mnqlle, areas covered could be bow tax having difficulty finding elq)loyment. WU'k in a CU'p(ntion differs from tax WU'k Secoodly, legal educatioo is such that in a Jaw finQ. what other area of Jr&Cfice althoogbastudent~myhavefoomanarea « involve expertise in tbe field of tax, utbe Jaw in which be «r she is interested, the gereallywhendoeslitigatiooenterintoa tax elp(Bil"e ooe bas to that area « tbe Jaw in attaney's w<rk. tbeclassrocmis far~from the reality It llliSt be stated that the Jrogr&m is not a <i actually practicing that type « Jaw. 'lbe job finding service. 'lbe IJlli'I)(9! is to infmn ~ sessions provided by att«neys and to advise tbe students, not interview will be geared to help third-year students who them fu- elq)loyment Of course, should an are facing these and related prob1erm atwney know <i a particular job which As elq)loyers, Jr&Cticing att«neys will a student with whom be u- she bas spciren is bave an understanding.« the job market and bighly qualified, they sbruld be encouraged can take into consideratioo the credentials of to infmn the student m the <wrtumty. The the individual student when ta1king with objective is to provide as much assistance to them. Mre impU'tantly they will bave the student as possible. knowledge of what~ ~tions may This. ~ce is open to all third-year be available. F«r example, students wOO!e students. Interested students shoold .contact class standing is not high· may need to be Clara Coleman in the Placement Office or advised to re-evaluate their sh<rt-range Alice Tully at the Chicago Bar Association employment objectives and consider job (782-7348). Library notes and news As the semester goes, so goes the mind, the spirit, the stamina.... The office of the Librarian offers a few reminders that might make the going a little better: Two portable micrliiche readers are now available fu- overnight use. They can be checked out from the Circulation Room. Bear in mind that book renewal by the Circulation Department can be handled by phone. Simply call670-2951 to ammge for an extension on book loans. A large collection of the volumes from the following series is available for use on a four-day basis from the Circulation Depart. mP.Dt. Dlinois Reports . Dlinois Appellate Court Reports Northeastern Reporter Federal Reporter US.Repocts Labor Relations Reference Mmual As of January, the Union Catalog (Card Catalog) on the lower level of the library includes cards identifying all legal materials held by the Cudahy and Lewis Towers Libraries. The cards will be indexed in the author-title catalog only and will be stamped to indicate the outside library in which that item may be located. Only holdings in the K and JK classifications will be added to the cataloe:. Still more on Masek 'lbe following coosideratifXlS and alternatives were among those submitted to the /Dean with regard to the Ma~k-Estates controversy. They were lftSellted by the IDean to the faculty at the last faculty meeting. The results have not yet been fmnally 8l1DOlUn!d. OIIISidendioas : Grade results in the EStates Evening secti.oo reflect something other than students' ability and knowledge in tbe subject matter« E$ltes. . The test was so simple that grading became crucial, raising the questioo « fair and substantive distinctifXlS amoog grades. Given the concepbJa]ly easy nature <i ~tes in relatioo to other Jaw courses, the grade distributioo oo its faCe is suspect. · There is no relationship between students Estates grades and their grades achieved in other course WU'k this semester. Grades received .in Estates are also inconsistent with the overall academic performance « most individuals in the class. FurtberD¥ft, the grades received here are dramatically l.owt!r than those traditi~ ally distrilxlted in Estates clasles. The instructor exhibited antagonism toward teaching, course cqanizatioo, and ibe class in geDl!l'31. Specifice instances « lbese are: 'lbe instructU' was WlCODlfoctable witb and 1JD8CCUStmled to teaching Estates as a .ccmbined course « \\U1s ard Trusts, wmch differed from tbe traditional method of 12adDng separate two boor COIJI"'ee f«r each. 'lbe instructm' vUced dissatisfactioo with class unfamiliarity with concepts such as Future Interests. 'lbe instructm' stated (ll several occasifXlS that students shw1d have been knowledgeable in Future Interests befU'e taking Estates. - - • 'lbe instructm'made statements cmceming his reputatioo as a ''low grader'' Which were pel'ceived by students as a relJection \JP(I1 his objectivity. • 1be Dean received notice several weeks p-i«r to the exam as to the question « tbe instruct«r"s objectivity. At the time « tbe instrUcfir's remarks, the deacDine fu- dropping a course had passed. Students who receive less than satisfact«y grades suffer real iniury in several ways: Students were disqualified from receiving tuitioo reimbursement from their employers. • Students wbo had planned their careers in the Estates fie1d lack credibility in the eyes « future eiq)loyers. • Students' academic standing bas been adversely affected. • Review }rOCedures exist at other universities. ~Factors: Over 50 percent « the class received a grade « D+«r l.owt!r £run the instructU'. Remarks tmde by tbe ins1ruct<r during the semester raise questions concerning his ~jectivity. Several students gave }X'iu- notice to the 'Dean « tbe perceived JrOb1em. 'lbe instruct« was <i adjunct status ard as such was neither accountable ID' actessible to his students, rur to tbe standards « his .peer group. Although students accept the fact that standards for grades of satisfactory and .above may vary, G~ OF UNSATJS. FACI'ORY AND LOWER SHOUlD lt£ET STRICTER ST.ANI>ARa) OF UNIFORMITY DUE TO THE SERIOUS OONSEQUENCES WHlCH SUCH GRADES :IMJa)E. 'lbe testing mechanism was too sin1lJe to be used fu- purposes « substantive analysis and fair distinction amoog grades. Proposed AlterDatiws Amll1g other students ~tions, allow students a fmn « pass-fail ~tioo, opp«rtuni~ to retake an exam u- the course. . Furtber DevelopmeDII M".·Ma!kdidnotkeep the appointments be scheduled with students Saturday mrning to discuss their exam grades. thanks. .... ...- ---~ commenaed fu- his assistance in ~ us for the regionals (his thorough issue spotting and insight into the devioos were QUite a lesson!). Mlst of all,.we thank Allen Schoenberger and Tom Haney f<r the long boors, valuable instruction, good hwnor. and support. Our praise of them and of the ~tition to other students will unf<rtunately double their task next year, as they have succeeded in providing us with such a fine experience. \1k wwld like to thank all the ~ wbo helped make the lntl'ascMo1 ard Regiooal Client Cwnseling euq,etitioo a fine experience fu- us. S1udents who acted as clients gave valuable service (and stellar perfu-mances) ; tbe feedback we gotfnm them was extra and important evaluation. The students participating in the intraschool rounds were IJD'e sharing and supp«rting than competitors, and their interest and enttm.ttiasm was a boost Peter Bonavich and Adam Cochran gave intraschool finalists thorough and helpful evaluation, and Prof. Bonavich should be Blackacre Staff Teddy Snyder Nancy 'friw . Peggy. Scan1aD. Tom Roche Alan Dikty John Bulfin Jim Hauser Brian Allen- JDineta Mmager Leslie Robllins ~ "Judy~ Doug Brown Bob VYilcher Mark Belokon Tom Lenz Bill llg Jim Froberg Bob Cooney • Mary Kaye Kennedy Lu Ann Kowar Marty Devereaux Mary Ann Lichtenstein
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