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Reminder: Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is Tomorrow

Exam4 for Fall 2009 final exams is now available to all students.  Hardware and operating system requirements, and download and installation instructions, are posted at www.law.louisville.edu/it/exam-software-download.  Rather than downloading Exam4 directly from our Web site, you must now download it from Extegrity.  Exam4 is available for Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and Windows XP and Vista.  A Windows 7 version is not yet available, and Windows 7 will not be supported for exams until a certified version of Exam4 becomes available for it.

Any student who wishes to use his/her computer for final exams this semester (including 1Ls who used the previous version for Legal Research and/or Prof. Leibson's Torts I mid-term) must download and install the finals version of Exam4 AND properly take and submit a practice test by 6:00 PM EST, Friday, November 20.  A properly taken and submitted practice test identifies the student by his/her UofL user name (e.g., ldbran01) -- not by one's student ID number, or any other combination of letters or numerals.  To submit a practice test electronically, one must be on campus and connected to the University's wireless network.  The University's firewall prevents off-campus submission.

Any student who wishes to use his/her computer for final exams this semester and cannot comply with the practice test requirement by the deadline must contact the Associate Dean for Student Life before the deadline if he/she wishes to petition for an extension of the practice test deadline or exemption from the practice test requirement.

VERY IMPORTANT:  Any student who takes any exam on computer who: 1. has not properly taken and submitted a practice test, or 2. has not brought a USB flash drive to any exam, will be refused technical assistance by the IT staff, including, but not limited to, submitting a completed exam.

After the practice test deadline has passed, the IT staff will send an e-mail confirmation to each student who has properly and timely submitted a practice test.  In the meantime, you may check whether your practice test was received at www.law.louisville.edu/it/exam-tracker.  Any practice test listed on the Exam Tracker is presumptively o.k.

Policy Governing Exams on Computer

In his/her mailbox, every student has received a copy of the complete, new Policy Governing Exams on Computer.  The policy is also posted online at www.law.louisville.edu/it/computer-exam-policyThe practice test deadline to use Exam4 for Fall 2009 finals is 6:00 PM EST, Friday, November 20th.

The complete Docket announcement about downloading and installing Exam4 and submitting a practice test is posted at www.law.louisville.edu/node/4051.

Professor Nicholson’s Drafting seminar -> Business Organizations is not a prerequisite, but is recommended.

The class schedule packet distributed yesterday (11/18/2009) correctly states on page 18 (the list of prerequisites) that when the Drafting seminar is taught by Professor Nicholson "Business Organizations is not a prerequisite, but is recommended."

The Course Notes, however, incorrectly state on page 10 that "Business Organizations is a prerequisite."  The Course Notes should be corrected to read:

"Professor Nicholson’s Drafting seminar focuses on corporate documents including mergers and acquisition documents.  Business Organizations is not a prerequisite, but is recommended."

Academic Success Tip - Do Not Procrastinate

During the last week of class and the Thanksgiving holiday, beware of the false sense that “I have all day to do X,” which will likely cause you to procrastinate.  Instead, fill in blocks of time each day with the topics you will study during that time period.  Stay focused and stay on task.  Do not let yourself fall into the trap of procrastination!

Updated copy of the 2010 spring Class Schedule Packet (18 pages)

A copy of the 2010 spring Class Schedule Packet (18 pages) updated to 11/18/2009 is attached.  Print copies may be picked up at the the usual places around school.  A copy will also be posted at the Student Records Web page.

Mediation Video Contest

The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution invites you to participate in their first ever Mediation Video Contest on YouTube®. They seek creative, thoughtful, original three-minute videos that demonstrate the mediation process and benefits of mediation. The goal of the competition is to further public understanding of mediation and to promote the use of mediation as a way to resolve disputes. The video need not address only legal disputes.

Eligibility: The Contest is open to everyone except employees of the American Bar Association and their immediate family members.

Prizes: First Place - $1000 prize, Second Place - $500 prize

Submissions are due (via YouTube) by January 15, 2010.

Submissions will be judged by a committee of ABA Section of Dispute Resolution members and ABA staff. The ABA shall have sole authority and discretion to select winning videos.

The judges will evaluate entries using the following criteria:
  • Effectiveness in achieving purpose and goal of the video
  • Overall quality of presentation
  • Overall appeal to diverse audience
  • Overall production quality (including lighting, focus, sound, graphics)
  • Originality, Creativity and Adherence to Contest Rules.
The winners will be contacted via e-mail by February 28, 2010. The winners will also be announced on February 28, 2010 on the ABA Dispute Resolution website. The First and Second Place winning videos will be featured at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in April 2010, with over 1,000 attendees.  The videos of the winners as well as any Honorable Mentions will be linked from the Section website. The Section may also post links to the video submissions that help promote and further the public understanding of mediation.

Academic Success Tip - Reward Yourself for Sticking to Your Study Schedule

Determine your reward system to stay motivated.  The rewards can be large or small depending on the tasks.  You might go to the movies with your family if you study for a certain number of hours.  You might watch one half-hour of television if you complete a smaller task.  Use your imagination for rewards:  a new pair of shoes at the mall; reading a magazine; a luxurious soak in a bubble bath; dinner with friends; a morning at the spa; a run with the family dog.  You will accomplish more and find it easier to start tasks if you have a reward waiting for you.  So, stick to your schedule for studying and then reward yourself.   

Leibson's Torts Students Raise Over $1000 for Scholarships

Alex Davis and Nancy Vinsel recently took the initiative to do something beneficial for the student body that also demonstrated the skills they've learned here in their first semester of law school. With the help of their classmates in Professor Leibson’s Section 1 Torts class, they embarked upon a clever campaign that raised $1040 for student scholarships.

In exchange for about $10 each and 24 12-ounce cans of Dr. Brown’s Diet Cream Soda, the students acquired David Leibson's golf hat signed by PGA Champion, Byron Nelson, and a presentation of stories from their professor's career.

Alex Davis said that, "This started out as a really small idea, and it was amazing to watch it grow as other students and faculty came up with ideas to make the offer better. We're hoping to challenge future classes to buy the hat from us and raise even more money."

It's not too late to contribute.

 

Read more about it in Alex's blog, 1L at Uof L.

 

Photo credit: Michael Ben-Avraham

 

Spring 2010 Schedule Changes - two changes and one clarification

Attached is a schedule showing:
- two new changes to the schedule and one clarification.
- all cumulative changes made to the last printed schedule (dated 10/30/2009).
In summary, the most recent changes are:
1)  Constitutional Law II - room changed and CAP increased to accept the waitlist plus a few additional students.
2)  Crim. Pro. 2:  Judicial Process - time changed from Monday and Wednesday 3:50 - 5:05 to Monday and Wednesday 4:10 to 5:25 .  The change eliminates a conflict with Evidence. 
3)  The Registrar mistakenly listed the ending time for Evidence as 3:40.  Our schedules have always shown the correct ending time to be 4:05.  The Registrar has correct the Web schedule to show 4:05 as the correct ending time.

Alumni Profile: Robert L. Ackerson

In 2009, Robert L. Ackerson ('58) was posthumously presented the Lawrence Grauman Award.

Ackerson began practicing law in 1958 and founded the firm which is now Ackerson & Yann. His practice focused on business, tax and personal and estate planning. He was a member of the Regional Counsel and Internal Revenue Service from 1959-1963. In 2008 the Kentucky Bar Association recognized Ackerson as a Senior Counselor for fifty years of service to the Kentucky bar.

He was a strong supporter of the university's athletic program, and the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, a past member of the American Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, Delta Theta Pi and a director of Family Place. He was regarded by members of his firm as a friend, mentor and esteemed colleague-the tribute to him on the firm's website states the following: "We are all saddened and diminished by the loss of Bob. We are grateful for his legacy at our firm and intend to carry on with the highest level of professionalism and competence that Bob provided throughout his distinguished career.