Friday Reminder: November 2, 2012





Happy Friday!  It is hard to believe that November is already here and the semester is more than half over.  I hope everyone is recovering from the crazy week we had and looking forward to the weekend. 


Tonight is our International Potluck Dinner and we are very excited for this event.  We should have over 50 dishes to share from across the world!  I am also putting the finishing touches on our playlist with all of your favorite music.  Please remember that no outside alcohol is allowed at this eventSee more details below. 


Here are this week’s reminders:


1)      REMINDER: Course Verification.  Back in September we asked you to verify the courses you were taking.  Now that course verification is over and we are beginning to plan for finals, I want to make sure everyone is aware that, at this point, any mistakes on your schedule will remain there for the rest of the semester.  You will be responsible for those incorrect classes.  To ensure that your registration is up to date, please check your classes via the Student Link (Academics  > Current Schedule).  If you have any questions/comments, please email me at   


2)      REMINDER: Mid-Semester Meetings.  Please remember to email me at to schedule a time to meet with John to discuss how your semester is going.  Even if everything is going smoothly and you are having no problems at all, John wants to hear about it!    It is very important that we get a chance to check-in before the end of the semester, so please make sure you get back to me as soon as possible.  John will be available to meet until Thanksgiving break, so let me know what day/time works best for you.   


3)      TONIGHT: International Potluck Dinner, Tonight, November 2nd at 5:00 pm in the GSU (5th floor).  I hope everyone got a chance to sign up for the Potluck dinner tonight!  If you did not RSVP but would still like to come, please let me know before the event.  Prepare a dish from your home country and bring it to share with your classmates.  We will have appetizers, entrees, desserts, and plenty of music.  If you have any questions, please email me at  Also, as stated above, no outside alcohol will be permitted.  We will provide the drink service (beer, wine, soft drinks), you provide the food.  

4)      TUESDAY:  Presidential Election Viewing Party, November 6th from 8:00 pm to Midnight at the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground (basement of the GSU).  Interested in watching the election results with your classmates?  Don’t have a television at home?  Want to experience the election in a group setting?  Then come watch the election unfold here at BU!  The Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground invites you to an election viewing party in the great room of their office located on the lower level of the GSU.  Just follow the signs and head downstairs around 8:00 pm. 


5)      UPCOMING EVENT /ACADEMIC SUPPORT:  John’s Exam Preparation Talk – Thursday, November 8th  from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in room 520.   John will give a brief talk about how to prepare for your exams.  Mark your calendar for this important event.  John has a lot of useful tips and information to offer about preparing for and taking exams that you won’t want to miss!

6)      UPCOMING EVENT /ACADEMIC SUPPORT:  ExamSoft Training Session – Monday, November 12th from 1:00-2:00 pm in room 820.  You are eligible to take your final exams using a laptop provided that you download the appropriate software: ExamSoft.  Seeing as this is incredibly important and can be a stressful time, we have arranged a training session with our in-house IT department, SysTech, to show you how ExamSoft works. 


7)      UPCOMING EVENT: Global Issues from International Perspectives – Tuesday, November 13th from 5:00-7:00 pm.  Please join us for a night of conversation and debate about today’s most pressing global issues.  A panel of your peers will present their perspectives on current and controversial legal issues across the world.  Refreshments will be served.  Panelists include:  Ali Delforoush,  Begoña Charro, Stefan Bajohr, Cristiano Dias, Dong Long, Anthony Kelamis, Kelly Soltis, and Carlos Delgado.  This is going to be a wonderful event to celebrate International Education Week, so please try to attend and support your classmates!  Space is limited, so please RSVP by emailing before November 11, 2012. 

8)      ONGOING: Tentative Exam Schedules are now posted.  Please note that both the first year and upper class exam schedules are tentative and subject to change.  Note that there is a schedule conflict: the exams for both Contracts and Corporations with Professor Tung (sections T1 and T2) are scheduled for the same day: Monday, December 17th.  Since this conflict affects so many LL.M. students, we have arranged for students enrolled in both classes to take the Contracts exam on Tuesday, December 18th.  These students will take the regularly scheduled Corporations exam on Monday, December 17th.  Affected students must not discuss the Contracts exam with any J.D. colleagues who will take the exam on the normally scheduled date and will be required to sign a pledge certifying they have not discussed the exam with others.


9)      ONGOING: Writing assistance is available for your seminar research papers!  Many of you are taking seminars this semester and are writing research papers of some length.  We are aware that writing an “academic” paper at a United States law school is new for you – and that several of you have asked for additional support.  Therefore, we have made arrangements for one of the LL.M. writing instructors – Christine Durkin -- to be available to offer guidance and support on your seminar papers, as needed.  Christine has been an LL.M. writing instructor for nearly ten years and has also participated in the Summer Legal English Program at CELOP. She will be available to help you structure and organize your papers and also review them for grammar and word-choice issues.   She won’t offer substantive comments on the legal aspects of your papers -- nor will she help you conduct any research -- but will instead help you express yourselves clearly and succinctly.  If you would like to avail yourself of Christine’s assistance, you should email your paper to her at to make appropriate arrangements.  Be sure to include your deadline when emailing the paper to Christine.

10)  ACADEMIC RESOURCES:  Check out the useful links on the Pappas Law Library Web site about study skills, time management, and exam preparation:

11)  ACADEMIC RESOURCES: Plagiarism Slides: Many students who attended the plagiarism presentation expressed an interest in accessing the slides that were shown.  The Pappas Law Library has very graciously posted them on their website (you will need to log in with your BU username and Kerberos password to access the document):  Please keep in mind that these standards also apply to open book exams. 

12)  HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Arnaud Tshibangu Mukendi, Dong Long, Go Ichikawa, and Masateru Oshima!  Arnaud celebrates his birthday on Saturday, November 3rd, Dong celebrates her birthday on Monday, November 5th, Go celebrates his birthday on Tuesday, November 6th, and Masateru celebrates his birthday on Thursday, November 8th.  Please wish each of them a wonderful birthday!

13)  FUN WEEKEND TIP: Fall Wine Fest – Saturday, November 3rd starting at 12:00 pm.  Celebrate fall and taste wines of the world. Guests will be given a passport (event layout) to travel to different regions around the world and taste wines from each.  Guests will also enjoy great music by DJ Karl.  There are three different sessions throughout the day that all offer different activities.  If interested, please purchase your tickets (ranging from $29.00-$79.00) as soon as possible; space is extremely limited.  For more information, please visit the event’s webpage at: 

As always, please be safe and enjoy the weekend!