Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans & Rice, and King Cake
Tuesday, March 8, 11:40 a.m.-1:00 p.m. It’s Carnival Time and the law school is hosting a Mardi Gras party for the whole school. We’ll have beads and music and a great (free) lunch for all – students, faculty, and staff. Feast on Cajun Fixings from Joe’s OK Bayou. There will be plenty of food (with an extra King Cake set aside for the evening students at 5:00 p.m.). See you there!
Editor-in-Chief: Elisabeth Fitzpatrick
Senior Articles Editor: Amanda Warford
Senior Notes Editor: J. D. Theiss
Executive Editor: Liam Felsen
Managing Editor: Lani Burt
Symposium and Alumni Relations Editor: Molly MacCaskey
Article Selection Editor: Ross Jordan
Articles Editors: Natalie Donahue, Harrison Rich, & Vince Kline
Notes Editors: Shannon Burns, Brenton Stanley, & Alex Davis
Associate Symposium & Alumni Relations Editor: Kristie Wetterer
Second Year Members: Nathan Fort, Amanda Prager, Tyler Fleck, Ross Neuhauser, Ryan Wood, & James Stewart
The most reliable measure of an academic faculty's distinction is its body of scholarship,
produced over the course of its individual members' careers and presented in its entirety.Scholarly works on law -- especially those published as books, chapters, and journal articles
-- advance every aspect of this school's mission. The works themselves, of course,
advance knowledge about the law and allied disciplines. What is perhaps less readily understood is the connection between our school's teaching and scholarly missions. Preparing works of scholarship, like no other activity, keeps our faculty members at the cutting edge of the law. As a result, the best teachers in this profession as a rule are the best scholars, and the best scholars typically rank among our best teachers. ~Dean Jim Chen
We are half-way through the spring 2011 semester. At this juncture, it is important that you take a few moments to seriously evaluate your academic situation so you can prepare to end strong. Some of you will be able to pat yourself on the back knowing that you have done, and will continue to do, everything that is necessary to stay on top of your classes and to understand the material. For others, this is an opportunity to identify bad habits and to correct those habits. Ask yourself the following questions to assess your likelihood of success, and use these questions as a guide to make positive changes during the second half of the semester:
- Have you kept up with the reading in your classes? Do you get your reading done in advance, or do you scramble on the day of class to finish your reading?
- Have you consistently briefed the cases you read in preparation for class?
- Do you always read and take notes on the introductory material in your casebooks, and the notes that may follow the cases you read?
- Do you take good class notes? Do you listen carefully to the dialog that occurs between your professor and your classmates, or do you find yourself checking your email, or checking your facebook page, or zoning out?
- Do you review your class notes within 24 hours so that you can fill in gaps and organize the material, and note any questions that you might have?
- Have you visited each of your professors during office hours at least once this semester to clarify questions you have?
- Have you started outlines for each of your courses? Have you reviewed your outlines regularly throughout the semester?
- Have you taken advantage of every opportunity to practice your exam writing and to get feedback to improve your exam writing? If you are a first-year law student, have you taken the practice exams given in the Structured Study Groups; have you completed the Introductory Problems in your Civil Procedure casebook; have you completed the Principal Problems in your Property casebook?
- Have you begun the memorization process – learning the rules and elements, learning the steps of analysis, and drilling regularly throughout the semester?
- Have you stayed organized this semester? Do you keep a binder for each class, subdivided with tabs for your case briefs, class notes, handouts, and your class outline?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, you are on your way to having a successful semester. If you answered “no” to many of these questions, you need to refocus and make positive changes during the second half of the semester to increase your likelihood of success.
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UofL Law Clinic Director
Professor of Law
University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law
Shelley Santry, UofL Law Clinic Director and Assistant Professor of Law has been named a 2011 Woman of Distinction by the Center for Women and Families.
Each year The Center for Women and Families nominates a select group of women whose contributions work in unison to improve opportunity, education and quality of life for women and children in Kentuckiana.
"I am thrilled to be a 2011 Woman of Distinction not only because it isa honor involving my passion, to advocate against domestic violence, butalso because it is given by such an amazing organization as the Centerfor Women and Families. In looking at the list of previous recipients,I am truly honored to be a member of a group of truly awesome women."
This week is the eighth week of classes. Stress is on the rise. Some students are choosing negative coping strategies. Instead, use positive coping strategies like the ones below for your stressors:
Stressor: You are behind in reading for one or more courses.
- Focus first on current reading assignments so that you are not lost in class.
- Fit in back reading a few pages or one case at a time until you are caught up again.
- Avoid becoming dependent on commercial case briefs instead of reading yourself.
Stressor: You have read everything but are feeling clueless in the course.
- Determine what you need to do to gain understanding of the material.
- Some students need to get an overview first before they learn the parts: look at a table of contents, look at the syllabus organization, look at a graphic representation of the topic, read about the topic to get a preview.
- Some students need to learn the separate parts before they can understand the overview: after each series of cases, focus on the synthesis into the sub-topic; after several sub-topics, focus on the synthesis into the topic; after several topics, focus on the synthesis into the overall course.
- Consider whether working with a classmate would help you.
- Consider whether going to the professor with questions would help you.
- Consider whether reading a carefully chosen supplement would help you.
- If you are a 1L, consider whether going to your Academic Fellow during office hours would help you.
- Consider doing all of the above if that is what it takes to sort out the course.
Stressor: You are behind in outlines for your courses.
- Focus on outlines in the order of easiest to complete (less material covered, more understandable, already have part of it completed) through hardest to complete.
- Get started. Waiting until you understand it all or until you have the non-existent free weekend will not help matters.
- Once an outline is caught up, add to it every week. (The material will still be fresh and will take less time to outline.)
Stressor: You have several deadlines that are very close together.
- Break down each exam course into the smaller sub-topics that you must study.
- Break down each paper or project into the smaller tasks for completion.
- Estimate how long it will take you to complete each small sub-topic or task.
Total the full amount of time you will need for each exam or paper or project. Add 20% to your estimates.
- Take a calendar and allot tasks to each day so that you finish all tasks before the deadline.