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Last Day to Withdraw

Reminder:  October 15 (Friday) is the last day to withdraw from a class.

Photos from the Alumni Awards Banquet

Judge Edwin Schroering, Gregory Cinnamon, and Jim Chen

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On October 6, invited guests attended the 2010 Alumni Awards Banquet to honor several individuals who have made significant contributions to the legal community and to the work of the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law.

Among the distinguished honorees were Barbara Lewis, the 2010 Alumni Fellow and Tom Blackburn, recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award. Additionally, the following faculty were acknowledged as the first recipients of the Jonathan N. Helfat Endowment Award: Karen Jordan, Les Abramson, and Tony Arnold.

Many thanks to the staff, faculty, alumni, students and members of the Black Law Students Association who planned and attended the event.

Academic Success Tip - Follow Instructions (a reminder)

Whether you are working on a writing assignment or getting ready to take an exam, one of the easiest and most important things to remember is to follow your professors' instructions.  Whatever the instructions may be, do not overlook them.  You do not want to lose points over careless mistakes.

Academic Success Tip - Do You Feel Behind on Your Outlines?

The Law School's mid-term break is on Monday.  This long weekend is the perfect opportunity to get caught up with outlining in each of your courses.  Try these tips:

  • For each course, calculate how many weeks behind you are in the outline. 
  • Start with the course that is most caught up and finish that outline first.  Then work on the next outline that has the fewest weeks to catch up and so forth.
  • If you are equally behind in several outlines, start with the course that you think you can do most quickly. 
  • If you have not started any outlines, decide which outline will be the easiest to do and complete it first.  Next easiest and so forth.
  • Block off time in your schedule to work on each outline over several days, rather than expect to find 8 or 10 hours straight for outlining.
  • Set goals for when each outline will be current.  Try to have all outlines completed within 10 days – the earlier the better.
  • You will need to sacrifice weekend “fun” time to get on top of your outlining so that you only have to add new material each week.

Lawlapalooza Tour 2010 Rocked!

 
Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the 6th Annual Battle of the Bands! Over $4300 was raised for the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund.

Congratulations to Dean Becker, Professor Smith, Professor Hall and his wife, Stephanie, of The Subconscionables, who took first place! They were followed by The Fiduciaries in second place and 100% Legal in third.
 

Academic Success Tip - Test Your Knowledge

At this point in the semester, it is always a good idea to begin testing your understanding of the material and your memorization of the material.  You can create your own flashcards, checklists, and games to quiz yourself.  Another great resource is CALI, which offers free lessons and tutorials for law students.  CALI provides over 720 interactive, computer-based lessons in subjects such as Administrative Law, Business Associations, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Contracts, Corporations, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Legal Research, PR, Property, Tax, Torts, Wills & Trusts, among others.  You can run lessons directly from the CALI website at www.cali.org/lessons.  Students report that the tutorials are a good supplement to class lectures and useful in testing knowledge of the material. 

First Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is Today

The Exam4 practice test deadline for 1Ls taking the Legal Research exam Friday, October 8, and/or Professor Hall's Torts I mid-term Friday, October 15 is TODAY, Wednesday, October 6.  If you have not yet submitted a practice test, you must do so, identifying yourself with your UofL user name, by midnight tonight in order to receive tech support, if needed, during either or both of these exams.

As of this writing (10:20 AM, Tuesday, October 5), we have received two unidentifiable practice tests: "1631" and "1698361."  If these persons (or this person) have/has not also submitted a practice test identifying him/herself properly, he/she must do so by tonight's deadline.

Academic Success Tip - Plan Ahead

Plan ahead for the long weekend. Take time this week to identify tasks that you need to complete, and then prioritize those tasks. The more prepared you are to get started, the more you will acomplish during the break.

Distinguished Scholar in Legal Skills and Professionalism to Visit Law School

On Thursday, October 7, Professor Nancy Schultz will give a faculty workshop presentation on teaching legal skills across the curriculum, at noon, in the Cox Lounge.  Professor Schultz will be our Fall 2010 Distinguished Scholar in Legal Skills and Professionalism. 
Professor Schultz is Professor of Law and Director of the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Program at Chapman University School of Law in California.  She has chaired the ABA's Student Competitions Committee, served as President of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and was the Director of Legal Writing at George Washington University Law School.  She is the author of three major texts and has spoken extensively on legal skills pedagogy throughout the U.S. and internationally.
This particular presentation supports the Law School's efforts to enhance its legal skills curriculum.

Academic Success Tip - Reserve Time for Outlining

Congratulations!  You are beginning your eighth week of law school.  If you have not done so already, reserve time THIS weekend to begin your outlines for each course - do not wait!  We forget 80% of what we learn within two weeks if we do not review; by outlining regularly and reviewing your outline often, you will retain more information and not have to re-learn it.  If you are unsure how to start your outline, consider using the topics and sub-topics in your course syllabus or in the general table of contents in your casebook as a framework.  Remember that you want to focus on the bigger picture of the course and fit the parts into that bigger picture.  If you have already started outlining your courses, keep up the good work and reserve time this weekend to supplement those outlines.