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National Moot Court Team Results

Professor Sam Marcosson provided the following report on the regional competition of the National Moot Court Competition that took place at the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, VA on November 7-8, 2008.
 
“One of our teams, composed of third-year student Steve Mattingly and second-year Brian Stempien, were recognized for writing the Best Brief in the tournament.  This was the second time in the last three years that one of our teams has won this award.  Writing the best brief of the 21 teams in the competition positioned Steve and Brian to then win both of their preliminary rounds on Friday (beating teams from George Mason and William & Mary), and advance into the quarterfinal round on Saturday morning.
 
There, they defeated the defending regional champions from Campbell University, to advance to the semi-finals where they faced a team from Duke.  In an extremely close and high-quality round, they were knocked out by a slim two-point margin.  Overall, it was the most successful performance by any U of L team in the history of the competition.
 
We were also very well-represented by a team made up entirely of second-year students, Barry Dunn and Duffy Trager.  They went 1-1 on Friday, including a win over a team from Wake Forest, and just missed out on a tie-breaker from advancing to the quarterfinals.
 
It was a great performance, and I was extremely proud of the way all four of them represented the law school.”

ABA Client Counseling Competition

An ABA client counseling team informational meeting will be held Tuesday, November 11 at 12:15 in the Washer Lounge.  It should last approximately 20-30 minutes.

The ABA Client Counseling Competition simulates a law office consultation in which you, acting as a team of two attorneys, are presented with a typical client matter.  The topic this year is Negligence and Other Tort Claims.   

The initial tryouts are on November 21, from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Tryout as a team (individuals will not be paired).  The chosen team will not practice until after fall semester exams.

Sign up sheet will be on the Moot Court Board office door Tuesday, Nov.11 through Thursday, Nov. 20.

The ABA competition is in February, and all participants will receive 1 credit hour.

See Andrew Palmer or Professor Abramson with questions.

FEELING STRESSED?

Everyone knows law school is a stressful life experience, but that is particularly true at this point in the semester, when crunch time hits and there just don't seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done.  Add to that financial concerns or family stressors and suddenly life can feel pretty overwhelming. 

 Lawyers, and law students, often see themselves as immune from the types of pressures that cause others distress; there is sometimes an "I can do it myself" attitude that prevents us from seeking help when we most need it.  There may be concerns about having to report mental health treatment of any kind to a Character and Fitness committee in the near future.

As everyone knows though, you can't get help with a problem until you acknowledge you need help.  If you are feeling like the stresses of life and school are too much, please stop by my office in Room 212.  I can help you work out a study plan for the rest of the semester and I also have both campus and community resource information available-- everything from mental health counseling, to substance abuse classes, to domestic violence resources.  I will be happy to point you in the direction you need to find the best help for you.

Remember, you are not alone in feeling stressed; it's how you handle it that matters.

 

INFO FOR MPRE SIMULATED EXAM

For those of you who registered for the MPRE simulated on-line exam-- The exam will take place this Saturday, November 1 in Room 275.  Set up will be from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and the actual exam will take place from 1:00 to 2:30.  You will need a laptop capable of connecting to the internet.  This is the on-line exam on the NCBE web site.

SUMMER 2009 SCHEDULE

Summer 2009 schedule is attached.

Exam4 Practice Test Deadline

This Friday, October 31, 2008, at 11:59 PM, is the deadline for students to submit an Exam4 practice test for the Fall 2008 semester.  You must submit a practice test to take exams on computer.  If you need a refresher, instructions for taking a practice test and submitting it, as well as for taking real exams, are posted here.  Remember, you must submit your practice test while on campus using the University's wireless network.

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LAST WEEK TO RSVP FOR MINORITY LAW STUDENT DINNER

Friday is the deadline to RSVP for the Minority Law Student Dinner which will be held Friday, November 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the home of Judge Denise Clayton.  Please email me if you would like to attend and let me know how many will be in your party.

ACS 2009 National Student Writing Competition

The American Constitution Society proudly announces its fifth annual National Student Writing Competition. This annual event for law students is an opportunity to recognize legal scholarship that enhances the understanding and reputation of progressive legal theories.

Any full-time or part-time law student currently enrolled in a J.D. program at a US law school is eligible to participate.

The author of the top submission will receive $3000 and be eligible for publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.

The authors of the two runner-up submissions will each receive $1000.

The submission deadline is Friday, February 20, 2009

Please see the attached flyer for details.

Community Building through Community Engagement

Students in the Central High School Partnership program, with the assistance of Professor Tony Arnold and UofL law students, presented a report on the revitalization of the Parkland Neighborhood to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville. The report, which includes ideas and information about the community’s conditions, is the result of a year long program that educated the students in land use, environmental justice, and public health equity. The program was supported by a grant from the Louisville Metro Center for Health Equity.

 

Central High School Students

 

 Source: Engaged Learning Providing Service in West Louisville Community, 2 SIGNATURE PARTNERSHIP 3 (October 2008).

ACADEMIC SUPPORT WORKSHOP ON PREPARING FOR AND TAKING EXAMS

Exam time is fast-approaching! If you're a first-year student, or even an upper-division student who would like to perform better on your exams this semster, mark you calendar for one of these workshop times where I will present tips on Preparing For and Taking Law School Exams.  Attend either Wednesday, October 29 from 1-2 p.m. or Thursday, November 6 from 5-6 p.m.  Both workshops will be held in Room LL60.