Friday Reminder: September 13, 2013




Hello Everyone!  Happy Friday the 13th!  This is a fairly rare day, so try and make the most of it! 

Here are this week’s reminders:

1)    UPCOMING EVENT: Business Basics Boot Camp, Friday September 13th & September 27th in room 620, from 2:00-4:00pm.  In an effort to provide a helpful introduction to financial accounting basics to Law students, we are offering a short Boot Camp (two meetings) to help tackle important business topics that you may encounter as lawyers.  We strongly encourage you to attend!  If you are planning on attending, please RSVP by emailing Kelyne Rhodehamel (  Please note:  You only need to RSVP if you are planning to attend (which we hope you are!); there is no need to RSVP if you cannot attend.    

 ·         **Note:  We know that there was some confusion with the scheduling of this event and your Introduction to American Law class.  Please note that this will not conflict with Intro.   

 2)      UPCOMING EVENT: The Boston Bar Association’s Foreign Lawyers Committee invites you to its annual Welcome Reception on Thursday, September 19th from 5:30-7:30 pm.  The Reception will be held at the BBA offices at 16 Beacon Street.  Please be sure to RSVP to the event.  Please see the attached flyer and visit the following web site for more information and to RSVP:

 3)     UPCOMING EVENT: Health & Life Sciences Conference, October 18, 2013, in the School of Management (SMG – 595 Commonwealth Ave).  The MBA students at SMG are holding the inaugural Health & Life Sciences conference in October.  It should be a great event and I encourage you to attend if interested!  Please see below for more information (including a schedule of events) from Dean Kenneth Freeman. 

 “I am pleased to announce that the School of Management will host its first BU Health and Life Sciences Conference on October 18, 2013 as part of our Alumni Weekend and Centennial Celebration. We hope that you will support us in this event as we firmly believe that the conference will enrich and augment all of our students’ academic experience as they prepare for fulfilling careers. 

The half-day conference (12:15pm start) will closely examine how to capitalize on New Opportunities in a Challenging Healthcare Landscape. Dr. Sachin Jain, Chief Medical Information and Innovation Officer at Merck and Co., will open the conference and provide insight into the landscape through the lens of three clinical vignettes. 


·   How Healthcare Economics Drive Collaboration (Panel 1: 2:10pm - 3:00pm) will focus on how external forces have transformed the way major players in the sector do business. This panel will explore the following:

1.      The reactive and proactive measures or changes that are occurring (e.g. implementation of new business models and practices)

2.      The discussions taking place and the inclusion of new key partners to ensure major players have the ability to successfully adapt in a rapidly changing environment 

·   Addressing the Risk Averse Environment with New Business Models (Panel 2: 3:10pm - 4:00pm) will focus on new opportunities that an evolving industry offers. This panel will address the following:

1.       What business models and products can be expected from "out of the box" start-ups

2.      What measures big players are taking to adapt their business models”   

4)     UPCOMING EVENT: Pro Bono Kick-off! Thursday, October 18, 2013, Barristers.  Please join us for a celebration to Kick-Off the Pro Bono Program and an opportunity to honor alumna Kelly Bates (’94),  recipient of the Victor J. Garo Public Service Award. Hear her talk about her pro bono and public service work and learn ways in which you can build pro bono service into your law school experience and career as an attorney.

Ms. Bates is currently the Executive Director of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, and Research at Emerson College.  Her career spans politics, public policy, nonprofit leadership, philanthropy, business development, and human services. She has been deeply involved in grassroots lobbying, community action, coalition building, and political education. Join us for a fun evening.  Refreshments provided  

RSVP:  The MBA students at SMG are holding the inaugural Health & Life Sciences conference in October.  It should be a great event and I encourage you to attend if interested!  Please see below for more information (including a schedule of events) from Dean Kenneth Freeman. 

5)     ONGOING:  Online Admissions Questionnaire.  In order to help us continually improve our admissions processes and orientation programs, we kindly ask you to complete a short online questionnaire by Friday, September 27th at the following website:  The questionnaire asks about your reasons for coming to BU Law, your experience during the admissions process and your thoughts on the orientation program.  Your responses are completely anonymous, so feel free to be honest.  We want to make sure we are providing resources that are needed and helpful, so thank you in advance for helping us improve our services!

6)     REMINDER: ISSO Semester Verification.  All new international students must complete the "semester verification" process by the add/drop deadline. You can do this easily by stopping by the ISSO with your I-20 or DS2019 form and your passport.  This needs to be completed by Monday, September 16thThe ISSO is located at 888 Commonwealth Avenue, on the second floor.

 7)  REMINDER: The Add/Drop Deadline is Monday, September 16thPlease make sure you have informed the OGIP of any course changes you have made, returned a signed Audit form if you are auditing a class, or a Cr/NC/H form if you are using that enrollment option by this date.  Please wait to submit your add/drop forms until you are certain of your final course selections!  This will make it much easier for us to process.  Both Audit Forms, Cr/NC/H Forms, and Add/Drop Forms can be obtained in the OGIP.  Please remember all course changes for American Law, IP, and Visiting Foreign Exchange students are made though the OGIP and not the Registrar’s Office. 

Compliance: Please note: if you are not compliant with University standards, we will not be able to adjust your registration.  In order to check your compliance status, please go to the purple ‘personal’ tab through the Student Link. 

 8)     REMINDER: Plagiarism Forms! If you have not done so already, please make sure you submit your plagiarism form to Caraas soon as possible!  This is a mandatory form that has to be completed.  Let us know if you have any questions.  

 9)     REMINDER:New Spring Offering! We have added a new course offering for IP this spring.  If you are interested in Intellectual Property and Economics, I encourage you to consider enrolling.  Please see more information below: 

·         Course Information:  The Economics of Intellectual Property Law, Tuesdays 2:10 – 4:10 (spring), Professor Keith Hylton 

·         Course Description: This seminar will explore the economics of intellectual property law.  There are no prerequisites.  The readings for the seminar will consist of Cass and Hylton, Laws of Creation (2013), and several cases and articles.  The seminar will emphasize understanding the policy justifications for the major doctrines in intellectual property.  The topics studied will include patent law, copyright law, trademark law, trade secret law, and the intersection of antitrust and intellectual property.

10)  REMINDER: Local Addresses & Contact Information.  Please take a moment to go to the Student Link and record an updated, current, local address.  We will need this information for administrative purposes.  Please take care of this as soon as possible.  Go to > purple ‘Personal Tab’>Address and Phone>Local.  Please also remember to submit your local address and new telephone number to Cara if you have not already done so.     

11)  REMINDER: The fall semester tuition deadline is September 16, 2013.  Please be sure you settle your account and pay your bill by this date.  You may pay in person by going to Student Accounting Services located at 881 Commonwealth Ave on the lower level, online using a checking or savings account through the Student Link, or by a Wire transfer.  Boston University offers two options in addition to traditional wire transfers: peerTransfer and TravelexThese two vendors generally result in a lower exchange rate and/or transaction cost than a traditional bank wire, and they also allow for faster crediting of payments to the correct student account. 


If you decide to make a wire transfer payment through your own bank, you will need this information:

Citizens Bank

1 Citizens Drive

Riverside, RI 02915

Account # 110780-805-4

ABA: 011500120

Swift Code: CTZIUS33

Be sure to include your name and BU identification number on the wire transfer. Please note that processing charges and bank fees for international wire transfers vary and may be charged to the student account. Funds must be wired in US dollars.


As it can take several weeks for an international bank to notify BU that money has been wired, please wire the funds well before the payment deadline and then e-mail the official wire transfer receipt to Student Accounting Services at


12)  ONGOING:Classes at the Fitness and Recreation Center (FitRec).  As I mentioned yesterday, you can enroll in physical education classes at BU as long as the class is not yet full.  To see what sports courses are offered:

·         Access the Student Link log in with your username (your email address without the ‘’) and Kerberos password.

·         Choose the orange Academics tab.

·         Choose “University Class Schedule” at the top of the list.

·         Select Semester – Fall 2013.

·         Select, under College, PDP.

·         Search courses by clicking the “Go” button next to the College drop-down menu

To register for a PDP class, pick up a university audit form (available at the OGIP).  Read the instructions on the form and complete it as instructed.  You will need to have the instructor sign the form.  Bring the completed and signed form to the University Registrar’s Office at 881 Commonwealth Avenue, 2nd floor.  **Please note: this is also how you can access course information for other colleges with BU, as well. 


13)  ONGOING: Temporary Insurance Cards.  As stated above, please be sure to update your local address via the student link as this is where your permanent insurance card will be sent.  In the meantime, you can also print a temporary insurance card so that you have proof of insurance at all times.  In order to print your card, follow this link:  Click the ‘Print ID Card’ text on the right, enter your BU ID number (no spaces or dashes), and your date of birth.  From here, you can print a copy of your insurance card.

14)           REMINDER: SGA Elections.  This Monday, September 16th, the SGA will hold their annual elections for                   various student government positions.  There is one position available for an American Law                                                                         Representative.   I have attached the nomination forms to this email.  The forms are due by 5pm TODAY,                   Friday, September 13th.  Please note that the Nomination Form requires 20 signatures from members of                  your class.

15)  BIRTHDAYS!  Happy birthday to Jilly Ariany, Adela Mao, and Viktoriya Alzhanova!  Jilly celebrates her birthday today, September 13th, Adela celebrates her birthday Sunday, September 15th, and Viktoriya celebrates her birthday on Thursday, September 19th!  Please join me in wishing them all a very happy birthday!


16)  Fun Tip of the Week: Free Mixfest Concert!  Do you love music?  Do you love free concerts?  Well, if so, you may enjoy this weekend's (Saturday, September 14th) free Mixfest concerts at the Hatchshell.  There will be performances by such groups such as the Backstreet Boys, Gavin DeGraw, and Of Monsters and Men.  For more information, please visit this site:




As always, please let me know if you have any questions. 


Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!




Shannon Supitkowsky, Assistant Director

Graduate & International Programs, Boston University School of Law