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Academic Success Tip - Plan to Meet with Your Professors

Goal:  After each class this week, make a list of questions that you need to ask your professors.  This is the perfect time to organize the areas on which you need help.  By being ready to ask questions by the end of the week, you will avoid the rush on the very last class days and the difficulty of finding professors over the exam period.

Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is Friday, 11/19

Exam4 for fall semester finals is now available to all students. The deadline for submitting a mandatory practice test, if you wish to use your computer for exams this semester, is 11:59 PM, Friday, November 19, 2010. You must identify yourself with your UofL User Name (e.g., EAPRES01) on the practice test for it to be valid.

Students who used Exam4 for the Professional Responsibility exam Friday, November 5, are all set and do NOT have to submit a second practice test. First-year students must download, install and submit a practice test using the new version of Exam4 now available. The version 1Ls used for the Legal Research final and/or the Torts I mid-term has expired and will not run anymore.

View the links below for all the information you need.

Are You Still Reading the Docket?

Congratulations, Carly Baize!  Your name was drawn to receive a Heine Brothers' Gift Card.  To claim your prize, you must stop by Dean Bean's office today, by 5:00 p.m.

Academic Success Tip - Studying During the Holiday

Realize that it is your responsibility to carve out the time you need for study.  Talk to your family and friends about why it is important for you to have study time during the break period to prepare for exams, to write a paper, or to accomplish whatever tasks you need to do.  If you have always played during undergraduate school on breaks, they may not understand why law study is different.  Even if family and friends do not fully understand, you need to make personal decisions that you will not regret later.  You may need to make some compromises and get up earlier or stay up later.  Do not use your family and friends as an excuse to procrastinate.

Negotiation Team Wins 2nd Place in ABA Regional Competition

Please congratulate Nicole Crump and Jeff Hall, who won 2nd place in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition this past weekend as one of two teams from the Law School.  The competition was held in Detroit with teams from law schools in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario.

Brandeis at 154

November 13, 2010, marks the 154th birthday of Louis D. Brandeis, for whom the law school is named. 

Louis D. Brandeis was the Supreme Court Justice most responsible for helping the Supreme Court shape the tools it needed to interpret the Constitution in light of the sociological and economic conditions of the 20th century.  A progressive, and champion of reform, Brandeis devoted his life to social justice.

Louisville can be proud that Justice Brandeis, who was born here in 1856 is so connected to our community and that his values had their roots here.  The principles and philosophies that Brandeis is known for – including rights to privacy, free speech, curtailing big government and big business, balancing regulation with free enterprise and a commitment to public service – are timely today. 

In honor of his birthday, a wreath has been placed at the final resting place for Justice Brandeis.  This week two events provide members of our community an opportunity to learn more about Justice Brandeis.  On Wednesday, November 10, 7-9 pm, Mel Urofsky (recipient of the 2009 Brandeis Medal) will speak at the Festival of Jewish Books about his award winning book Louis D. Brandeis:  A Life.  This event will take place at the Jewish Community Center, 3600 Dutchmans Lane.  On Thursday, November 11, at 6 pm, Professor Michael Wolf will deliver the Boehl Lecture on Brandeisian Approach to Land Use.  This event will take place at the Law School, Room 275, at 6 pm, with a reception to follow.

Academic Success Tip - Conquer Your Most Difficult Tasks First

Be alert to your “highs” and “lows” in planning your study schedule.  Do the hardest tasks when you are the most alert.  It often helps to do the most difficult or most unpleasant task first so that it does not hang over you all day.  Do more active tasks when you are feeling more drained:  flashcards, practice questions, making graphics, etc.  Read and review outlines when you are the most focused.  Be aware of when you need a short break to restore your focus.

October and November Bar Briefs

Here are some highlights from the 2010 October and November issues of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs publication.
  • "From the President's Desk: Get Your Informed Vote" by Laurel S. Doheny, '92 (Oct, p. 3)
  • "Playing by Kentucky Rules: Researching the Kentucky Rules of Evidence" by Professor Kurt X. Metzmeier, '95 (Oct, p. 7)
  • "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head..."  (Oct, p. 9)
  • "Recent Changes in Kentucky Condominium Law" by Erik C. Lattig, '06 (Oct, p. 24)
  • "The Louisville Bar Association - A Genuine Success Story" by Frnk P. Doheny Jr., '65 (Nov, p. 3)
  • "Section News: Labor & Employment" by Michael K. Kirk, '84 (Nov, p. 5)
  • "The University of Louisville's 2010 Law Alumni Awards" by Dean Jim Chen (Nov, p. 6)
  • "ICANN's Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy" by Brant Sloan, '10 (Nov, p. 14)
  • "What is a Lawyer Doing in the Clinic?" by Martha J. Hasselbacher, '90 (Nov, p. 17)
  • "Protecting Shareholders From Personal Liability in Nursing Home Lawsuits" by Chelsea Castiglioni, '10 and Michael Sutton (Nov, p. 18)
  • "Lawlapalooza Tour 2010 Rocked" (Nov, p. 21)
Copies are available in the library's reserves.

Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy: Private Property and Public Protection


 
Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy
Phi Beta Kappa Lecture
The University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Private Property and Public Protection:
The Brandeisian Alternative


Professor Michael Allan Wolf
Nelson Chair in Local Government Law
University of Florida Levin College of Law

Thursday, November 11, 2010
6:00 p.m.


Room 275, Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville
Open to the public; reception to follow (no RSVP needed)
 
 
Michael Allan Wolf, Ph.D., J.D., is the Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. A legal historian and nationally recognized expert on the intersection of land use and environmental law, Professor Wolf is the General Editor of the most widely cited property law treatise, Powell on Real Property, the co-author of a major casebook on land use planning and the environment, and author of The Zoning of America: Euclid v. Ambler (2008), a history of the landmark zoning case and its impact on land use in the U.S. Professor Wolf received his B.A. from Emory University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University.

The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy is one of several law and policy initiatives in land use and environmental responsibility at the University of Louisville, and is supported by the Herbert Boehl Fund and the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund. This lecture is co-sponsored by the University of Louisville Phi Beta Kappa Speakers’ Committee. This lecture is given in honor of the birthday of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Louisville native for whom the Law School is named.

Registration is Closed through Nov 15

Attention students:  The University registration system is closed November 10 through November 15.  You may manage your registration account beginning November 16.