Do not waste valuable study time between classes. Take a hard look at how you use the ½-hour, 1-hour, and 2-hour chunks of time during your day when you are not in class. If you spend all of that time chatting with friends or running errands or deciding what to do next, you will automatically make your evening more stressful because you have accomplished nothing during the day on your reading or other projects.
Attention students graduating in December 2010, May 2011, or August 2011:
On Tuesday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, including Mr. Grant Helman, Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take the bar.
ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.” In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).” This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).
Your attendance at the November 9 program is a requirement for graduation. Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend. If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the November 9 program, you must notify Dean Bean so that alternative arrangements can be made.
Graduating students planning to take the KY Bar Exam in July 2011, or February 2012, will receive a handout during the November 9 program providing instructions on completing the Kentucky Bar Application. A separate program focusing on the Kentucky Bar Exam will be offered on January 11, 2011, at 12:15 p.m. All graduating students taking the KY Bar Exam are strongly encouraged to attend this program.
Lawlapalooza is a full-on, no-holds-barred, Texas-steel-cage, loser-leave-town Battle of the Bands featuring Louisville attorneys (and occasionally law students), rocking out to raise money for a great cause. Proceeds from Lawlapalooza benefit the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which provides local summer fellowships for University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Ewing Fellowships are awarded under the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program.
Lawlapalooza began in 2005 in collaboration with the Jefferson County Women Lawyers Association, and to date has raised over $25,000 and provided invaluable practice experience for four Ewing Fellows.
Lawlapalooza 2010 will be held Thursday, September 30th at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and the first band takes the stage at 6:30. Both new and returning bands will perform, featuring attorneys from:
- Greenebaum Doll McDonald
- Stoll Keenon Ogden
- Borowitz & Goldsmith
- Fultz Maddox Hovious & Dickens
- Clay Frederick Adams, and
- Brandeis School of Law*
*Professors Tim Hall and Lars Smith and Assistant Dean Jim Becker will be performing, along with Professor Hall’s wife, Stephanie, as The Subconscionables.
The bands’ musical styles this year range from “funky bluegrass” to country to rock and blues, and each will perform a 20-minute set. Fans vote for their favorite band by throwing money in their tip jar. The band with the most money in its jar at the end of the night wins a trophy and bragging rights until next year.
This year, Lawlapalooza will be hosted by law students Alex White and Jennifer Siewertsen, our 2010 Ewing Fellow, who spent her summer working in the Legal Aid Society of Louisville’s Family Law Unit.
Tickets, T-shirts and More
Tickets and t-shirts are on sale now in the Law Resource Center (room 272, across from 275).
Tickets cost $5 for students (including spouses, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc.) and $20 for general admission. They’ll also be available at the door.
T-shirts are $10 and will also be on sale Tuesday, September 21, from 5:15-7:15 PM, and Wednesday, September 22nd, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, in the Mosaic Lobby. Available sizes now are L and XL, but we’ve ordered more and expect to have S, M and 2XL by the end of this week.
BONUS: Students who purchase a t-shirt and wear it to the show will also receive their first drink free, compliments of Westlaw!
- For more information, including photo galleries of past events, check out the Lawlapalooza Web site,
- Become a Lawlapalooza Facebook fan, and
- Watch this year’s Lawlapalooza commercial and share it with others!
We hope to see you at Lawlapalooza 2010 on September 30th for an evening of great music and great fun for a great cause, and be sure to bring plenty of cash to vote for your favorite band!
Flu Shots - Free seasonal flu shots will be available September 21-23, at the Miller IT Center, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and September 28-30, at the SAC Bookstore, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. In addition, on October 7, Campus Health will be at the Law School from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to give law students, faculty, and staff free flu shots.
Massages - Back and neck massages will be offered to students on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Office of Health Promotion (between the SAC and Houchens). 30-minute massages for $6! Sign up at the Health Promotion Office and pay with check or credit card.
Yoga - Improve your back and neck health through yoga. This special class will feature personalized instruction, equipment provided. Five sessions will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from noon to 1:00 p.m., for only $15. Sign up and pay at the Health Promotion Office.
It is amazing that we are beginning the sixth week of the semester! Some of your professors may have started to speed up in class and cover more pages. You may be working on your first graded writing assignment for BLS, preparing for a practice exam, studying for a mid-term, or all of the above. What can you do to re-group after these first five weeks if you are feeling pressured by the workload or are worrying that you are already behind in your studying? This week's tips will provide suggestions on how to handle pressure.
- Do not stop reading for classes because you have other projects or assignments due soon. Carve out time for the projects around your reading for classes. If you focus on papers or projects and ignore class reading, you will then be confused in class and behind in your reading. If you are having trouble finding time for both reading and other tasks, make an appointment with the Director of Academic Success for help with time management.
When you supplement your course outlines this weekend, consider what graphics may work for you to help with the bigger picture, the analysis, and the synthesis of the material; some examples of graphics are:
- Tables with material in rows and columns
- Decision trees – flow charts with questions and yes/no choices to work through the analysis
- Tree diagrams – the main concept is the trunk and the sub-topics (and beyond) branch off
- Legal diagrams – the main concept starts in the center of the page and lines connect outwards to the sub-topics and beyond
- Balloon diagrams – similar to the legal diagram using balloons to hold concepts and sub-topics instead of lines alone
- Mind mapping – use pictures and shapes to brainstorm about the interconnections
- Venn diagrams to show the overlap between several concepts
- Time lines for chronological events
- Columns of material to show connections and progression