« Tuesday September 10, 2013 »
Start: 10:00 am
End: 12:00 am

Students who are interested in participating in the ABA Law Student Division 2013-14 Negotiation Competition are invited to submit their expression of interest and availability to BOTH Professors Arnold and Gleason at and  It is very important that you send an email message to both Professors Arnold and Gleason. Your message should include: a) why you are interested in the Negotation Competition Team; b) any experience you have had with negotiations (including any past or current classes or other experience); c) your time availability for practices in the evenings and on weekends during September, October, and early November; d) your cell phone number and your email addresses. You may attach a resume if you would like, but it's not necessary. The deadline for expressions of interest is Noon on Wednesday, September 11.Professor Gleason will be the coach. Professor Arnold (who normally co-coaches with Professor Gleason) will only be involved in getting the teams established and initially oriented to negotiation and the competition structure. He will be organizing and administering one of the regional competitions, which will be held at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, November 9-10. Since he will have access to both sides of the regional competition problems, he cannot be involved in coaching any teams after the problems are made available to him. In addition, our teams will NOT compete at U of L, because it is likely that the judges will know who you are. The ABA has authorized us to send our teams to a different region, yet to be determined.We will take 2 teams to the regional, which will be either November 2-3 or November 9-10. The selected participants must be available to travel either weekend (we won't know which one until we know to which region we will be assigned), be available for practices (2-3 hours each) at least twice per week from September 16 to November 9, and be ABA Law Student Division members in good standing no later than October 1. If we receive more expression of interest than the 4 spots available on the teams, we will give preference to students with negotiation experience, as this competition develops and requires advanced negotiation skills. If you have questions about what participation in the competition is like, you might want to contact 3Ls Patrick Markey and Emily Peeler, who competed last year. Incidentally, we took a team to Nationals last year and ended up 10th in the nation out of 240 teams! We are planning for another great year this year.  Thank you for your interest!

Start: 12:00 pm

Are you struggling to select a seminar paper topic, or confused by the writing requirement?  If so, then we have the perfect presentation for you! On Tuesday, September 4, Professor Kurt Metzmeier will be present a not-to-be-missed session geared toward upper-division students that aims to demystify the writing requirement as well as provide practical information on some of the best sources for generating ideas for topics, ways to organize your research paper, and common pitfalls to avoid. The session will be held in Room 175 from 12:05pm - 1:05pm.  I want to make clear that this program is designed to supplement, not supplant, the role of the seminar instructor in setting the requirements and expectations for papers in his or her class. Program: Writing a Research Paper for Writing Requirement CreditTime: September 10, 2013 12:05pm – 1:05pm in Room 175Instructor: Kurt MetzmeierProfessor Metzmeier describes his presentation as follows:               This one-hour session will begin by discussing the student handbook section that sets out the writing requirement, noting its importance as a core requirement of a professional degree.  Then general advice on picking a topic will be given, with some emphasis on library resources like subject-specific legal newsletters, ProfBlogs, and general legal news sources that may helpful in generating topics. Researching the policy aspects of legal issues that come up in seminar papers will be briefly discussed, leading to a treatment of issues involved in writing of a research paper.  Issues discussed may include creating outlines, constructing a thesis, resolving common style and grammar issues, proofreading, and avoiding plagiarism by the proper use of quotation and citation.  Given the limited time to discuss these matters, liberal mention will be given to library resources like Eugene Volokh’s Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, and Seminar Papers, and the collection of other legal writing books on reserve in the law library. (I have a few copies of these works which may be checked out from the Academic Success Office's library.)You can definitely get a head start on your seminar paper and lower your stress level by attending this informative event. 

Start: 1:00 pm
End: 2:15 pm

First Critical Reading Group Meeting A space for students to engage in critical dialogue about the law, the law school experience, the legal profession, and work in their own communities. If you are interested in discussing the role of the law in hot issues such as immigration, mass incarceration, abortion, gay rights, affirmative action and women equality this is the place for you. Tuesday Sept. 10th, Room 171 1-2:15 p.m.

Start: 7:30 pm
End: 10:00 pm
Start: 8:30 pm

First SBA meeting of the year to be held Tuesday, September 10, at 8:30 pm in room 175.