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1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Michael Atkinson who is the winner of a UofL Law School marble paperweight.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office by 4:00 p.m. today (FRIDAY) to claim your prize.

Academic Success Tip - Get to Know Your Professors

The faculty members at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law are top notch legal scholars and teachers, and they also provide valuable insight into how you can be successful.  Be sure to meet with each of your professors regularly during the semester.  They are a great resource.   Utilize their office hours to clarify points of the law or to follow up on a class discussion.

Friday, August 19 - Last day to add a class or change to an audit

If you are planning to add a class or change to an audit, you must do it today before 10 p.m.  

Several U of L websites will be offline between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. for maintence.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Sierra Ashby who is the winner of a UofL Law insulated lunch bag.  To claim your prize, stop by Dean Ballard's office today before 5:00 p.m.

Academic Success Tip - Create Your Own Case Briefs for Every Case You Read

Case briefing is a formalized way of taking notes on your reading in preparation for class.  Creating your own case briefs is important for several reasons:  (1) you will be better prepared for class discussion; (2) you will develop the analytical skills that are critical to success on exams; (3) you will crystallize your understanding of the case; (4) you will be able to review a group of related cases easily and efficiently without having to rely on your memory or having to re-read cases; and (5) you can use your briefs and class notes to create your course outlines.   Don't make the mistake that many law students make during the fall semester - they brief only sporadically or stop briefing completely because they believe it is too time-consuming.  The task of case briefing is worth the added time and effort, and it will actually save you time when it counts - when preparing for exams.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Our Daily Docket winner today is Paul Downs, who must come to Dean Ballard's office today, Wednesday, August 17, before 5:00 p.m., to claim his UofL Law School leather padfolio.  Congratulations Mr. Downs!

Academic Success Tip - Active Reading

One of the most important skills in law school is the ability to read a judicial opinion efficiently and accurately.  To improve your active reading skills, consider implementing the following techniques:

  1. Use cues in your casebook to provide information about a case - the table of contents, headings, prefatory explanatory material, the date of the opinion, the court that issued the opinion, "notes and problems" after the case, and related cases.
  2. Develop a working hypothesis while reading a case.  Speculate about what the author means, make predictions, and correct them as you read an opinion.
  3. If you are struggling to discern the point of a case, use a hornbook for a one-sentence description of the case to focus your reading.
  4. Use a one-sentence tag line for each case you read and write it at the top of your brief.  Given the large number of cases you will read in one semester, the name of a case will not mean much after a week or two.
  5. Do not read cases as if they stand alone.  Each case should be read for the contribution it makes to your developing understanding of the concept under discussion.  Compare the rule in each brief with the rule in the case preceding it under the same section. 



Welcome Professor Sweeny

JoAnne Sweeny comes to Louisville from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law where she was a Westerfield Fellow and taught legal research and writing as well as a seminar in comparative constitutional law. She also recently completed her PhD in law at Queen Mary, University of London. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Criminology from the University of California at Irvine. After graduating Order of the Coif from the University of Southern California Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Ferdinand F. Fernandez at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Sweeny then practiced as an employment litigator at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP before venturing further into academia. While at Queen Mary, Professor Sweeny taught British constitutional law and legal writing skills to first year law students.

Professor Sweeny's research interests are wide-ranging but focus mainly on the problem of how law cannot keep up with technology or changing historical circumstances. Her current scholarly pursuits include international constitutional law, criminal law and legal history. Professor Sweeny is currently researching criminal law issues such potential constitutional challenges to the prosecution of teenagers under child pornography laws because they have "sexted" each other nude or erotic photos of themselves. Her most recent publication, "The United Kingdom's Human Rights Act: Using its Past to Predict its Future" is a comparative constitutional law piece that uses legal history techniques and social science theories such as Rational Choice Theory and Social Movement Theory to analyze the factors that led to the creation of the Human Rights Act in the UK and may also lead to its repeal in the near future. Her past articles have focused on emerging wage and hour problems that result from the practical problems of modern working situations, as well as the civil procedure issues inherent in the imposition of appellate sanctions for frivolous appeals.

Professor Sweeny begins teaching classes in the Fall 2011 semester.

Orientation Community Service Is a Success!

On August 12, 117 first-year law students participated in the community service day component of orientation. That equates to 90% participation!  They were joined by 8 upper-division law students, 6 staff members, and 8 faculty members.

The volunteers lent a helping hand at 10 non-profit organizations, including  Catholic Charities, Dare to Care Food Bank, Family Scholar House, Habitat for Humanity, Hosparus of Louisville, Masonic Homes, New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter, Operation Brightside, Ronald McDonald House, and St. Vincent de Paul.

Fall Semester Library Hours

Beginning Monday, August 15, the law library returns to its regular schedule. Ekstrom returns to its regular schedule on Monday, August 22.