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Computer Viri and Support for Student Computers

With the recent rash of computer virus activity, including several distributed via Facebook, it is worth re-emphasizing the absolute importance of having active, up-to-date antivirus and antispyware applications on one's computer(s).  Waiting until one's computer has become infected is too late to acknowledge that antivirus/antispyware protection is important.

The University distributes free to students and employees Symantec Endpoint Protection, but it is each student's responsiblity to protect his or her computer.  The law school IT staff cannot provide bumper-to-bumper service for student laptops.  Our support is limited to:

  • Exam4 installation, support and exam administration;
  • Connecting your laptop to the University's wireless network;
  • Connecting your laptop to the law school's file server and student laptop printer; and
  • Installing the University-distributed version of Symantec Endpoint protection.  This is limited to installation, not de-virusing already infected computers.
University IT's new iTech Connect, located in the Miller Information Technology building, can provide more extensive support for student-owned laptops.  Students are advised to go there for support beyond the four areas listed above.  iTech Connect cannot, however, provide support for Exam4 or connecting to the law school's own network resources, as those are within the law school's exclusive control.

Don't Forget Your USB Drive!

Students are reminded to bring a USB drive with them to every exam they take on computer.  The USB drive is a back-up in case you have wireless connectivity problems and cannot submit an exam over the network.  Even students taking exams on computer should always bring bluebooks and pens in case of computer or electrical failure.

Students are solely responsible for providing their own USB drives, bluebook, pens, and any other required items.  Bluebooks and a small number of USB drives are available for sale in the Faculty Resource Center (room 272):

  • Bluebooks, two for 30 cents
  • 64 MB USB drives, $10 each

The Faculty Resource Center is only open the following hours, so plan accordingly:

  • Monday - Thursday: 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:30 AM-6:00 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

Bluebooks, USB drives, pens, etc., are not available for sale, rent or loan anywhere else in the Law School; and the IT staff will not copy exams from student laptops for students who failed to come prepared.  Every student has been given a free USB drive. Don't leave it where it's no use to you.

Thank you from Phi Alpha Delta and Section 2

Phi Alpha Delta along with the Section 2 1L's would like to personally thank everyone for their help with our Kentucky Harvest Food Drive!!!  Both staff and students helped to provide various food items to families in need during this holiday season.  We greatly appreciate the abundance of support and generosity shown by everyone.  Again, thank you for making this community event a huge success.

Phi Alpha Delta Members

Santa's Court Toy Drive

The Law School will once again be participating in the LBA's toy drive.  Santa’s Court Toy Drive benefits children not adopted from Salvation Army Angel Trees.  Many of those not chosen will be older children, so please gear your purchases toward boys and girls 10 and over.

When you do your holiday shopping, remember to pick up something for the toy drive.  Please bring new, unwrapped gifts to the Dean's Office or the Law School Copy Center.

Your participation will certainly make the holiday season a little brighter for many local children! Thank you!

Kudos from Kentucky Harvest

Last week, Professor Manning Warren and his son Sebrand, a 10th grader at DuPont Manual, delivered 25 bags of canned goods donated by UofL Law School students as part of a Kentucky Harvest food delivery run to St. Joseph’s Children’s Home. Below is a copy of the letter of appreciation that he received from the organization.

The law school's participation in the Kentucky Harvest Food Drive was organized by members of Phi Alpha Delta and Section 2.

 

Kentucky Harvest logo

Dear Staff and Students,

On behalf of Kentucky Harvest I’d like to offer thanks for the 4000 cans of food and assorted items you donated to Kentucky Harvest. Your donation will be taken to an area shelter or mission in Louisville, KY. Our motto is “People Helping People” and with your aid we can certainly live out that statement. Best wishes, and thanks once again for your kindness.

Sincere Regards,

Marc F. Curtis
Director of Operations
Kentucky Harvest

 

Second Drafting Section Now Open for Enrollment

Professor Nicholson's Drafting seminar (LAW 986-09, meeting Thursdays from 3:50-5:30) is now open for enrollment by 2L, 3L and 4L students.  If you have received priority permission to add this course, please do so as soon as possible so that the Student Records office can have an accurate count of students enrolled, and to be fair to students who may sign up for a waiting list.  If you have received priority permission to enroll and no longer intend to do so, please inform Barbara Thompson in the Student Records Office.

Blood Drive at HR

Human Resources is sponsoring a blood drive on Tuesday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Contact Greta Bramer at 852-7591 or Donna Ernst at 852-6538 for an appointment.

SELF ASSESSMENT FOR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Exam time can be an extremely stressful time, one which may raise issues that may otherwise remain under the surface for us.  Below are three links-- one for mental health screening (this takes you to a University of Minnesota web page where you can click on "On-line screening."), one for alcohol abuse, and one for marijuana abuse screening-- if you have concerns about yourself.  If you feel you need help with these issues or any others that may affect your ability to do well on exams, please feel free to stop by and see me in Room 212 and together we'll find the appropriate resources for you.  You may also call the UL Counseling Center directly at 852-6585.  I will also post these links on the Academic Support web page.

 

http://www.uccs.umn.edu/index.html

https://interwork.sdsu.edu/echug2/?id=UMN&hfs=

 

http://interwork.sdsu.edu/etoke/index.php?id=UofL

PREPARING FOR THE BAR EXAM 2009

We will have two events right after the winter break for those students taking the bar exam in 2009. The first will be Tuesday, January 6 from 11:45-12:45 in Room 275 (available through Tegrity for those unable to attend in the daytime).  This session will feature Bonnie Kittinger from the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners.  She will discuss character and fitness issues, as well as what to expect during the bar exam itself.

 

I will present the second session on the ins and outs of the bar application process.  This session will take place on Thursday, January 8 from 12:05-1:05 in Room 175.  It will be repeated again from 5-6 p.m. that same day, also in Room 175.

 

If anyone has particular concerns they would like Ms. Kittinger to address, please email me at christie.floyd@louisville.edu and I will let her know ahead of time so she can be sure to include those issues.

National Arbitration Competition Results

Professor Ariana Levinson provided the following report on the regional competition of the Third Annual National Arbitration Competition that took place at NKU's Chase College of Law in Highland Heights, KY on November 14-16, 2008.

“I would like to congratulate the arbitration competition team on their great performance at the ABA arbitration competition this past weekend.  It was the first time each member of the team had competed, yet they managed to secure an arbitrator judge’s vote in each of the two rounds.  Their evaluation forms include many positive comments.  Here are some highlights.  Lily Chan and Josh Speirs prepared a “well organized” opening statement and summation.  They made “good use of evidence” and gave a “well done professional and ethical presentation.”  Mike McIntire’s direct examination included “good chronological organization of questions and proof,” and on cross he did well by showing “possible bias.”  His partner, Colleen Goodman, gave a “superior” opening with “great organization” and a “good timeline” that was “great on remedies.”  All participants were repeatedly congratulated on how well-prepared their witnesses were.  I have every expectation that next year Lily and Josh will make use of their experience to advance the team to the semi-finals.”