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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.”

Antivirus 2009 Alert

In recent weeks, a significant number of students, and some staff, have acquired Antivirus 2009, a malware app that purports to be anti-spyware software.  Antivirus 2009 originates from Web sites that users visit, which warn the user he/she has no antispyware protection and prompt him/her to install Antivirus 2009.

If you suspect your computer is infected, faculty and staff should contact Joe Leitsch (852-2560, joe.leitsch@louisville.edu), and students should see John Shelman in room 119.  Infections are indicated by a red circle with an "X" in it in the system tray, lower right corner of the Windows Desktop.

The IT staff recommend avoiding malware infections by installing and keeping up to date the University's distribution of of Symantec Endpoint Protection (formerly Symantec Antivirus), which is available for free download from iTechXpress.

As a general rule, any Web site or browser pop-up that warns that you do not have antivirus and/or antispyware protection and then prompts you to install an application to protect your computer is lying.  Lying, lying, lying.

Congratulations Jamie Izlar

Jamie Izlar Jamie Izlar, 1L, was honored at the Sixth Annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Awards Luncheon on November 13, 2008.

Ms. Izlar received the Dr. M. Celeste Professional Development Award, which is given to UofL graduate students for travel or other professional development needs who best demonstrate how well their intended use of the award supports the mission of the Women’s Center and Dr. Nichols’ legacy. Jamie intends to use the award next summer to conduct research that will facilitate community engagement in the Dominican Republic.

The award is named in honor of M. Celeste Nichols, student, scholar, mentor, and professor. She was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from UofL’s English Department. Dr. Nichols taught African American literature and basic writing at UofL, Kentucky State University, and at Bellarmine University. 

Photo Gallery: Brandeis Birthday Bash

Justice Louis D. Brandeis's 152nd Birthday
November 13, 2008

Professors Metzmeier, Rothstein, and Campbell Bas-relief of Adolph Brandeis
Professors Metzmeier, Rothstein, and Campbell
Bas-relief image of Aldoph Brandeis, Louis's father
Professor Scott Campbell Students
Professor Scott Campbell awards the winners with Animal Crackers, a favorite of Justice Brandeis. Students engaged in a pop quiz about the life of Justice Brandeis.
Other People's Money Wreath
Professor Kurt Metzmeier displaying an illustration from a Harper's Weekly article that made up "Other People's Money". Wreath placed at the grave markers of Louis D. Brandeis and his wife, Alice Goldmark.

TAKING OBJECTIVE EXAMS

Join me on Tuesday, November 18 from 5-6 p.m. in Room 060 for some tips on taking True-False and Multiple Choice exams.  Hope to see you there!

Law Library Launches Its Digital Collection

The Law Library, in conjunction with University of Louisville Libraries, is pleased to announce the launch of the first phase of its digital collection, which draws on the library’s varied collections.

The first titles of the Law Library Collection to be made available are William Littell's Statute Law of Kentucky, which compiles all the legal enactments relating to Kentucky from its beginning as a district of Virginia to 1819, and Report of the Debates and Proceedings of the Convention for the Revision of the Constitution of the State of Kentucky (1849), a rare transcript of the debates of the convention that drafted Kentucky's third constitution.

Other upcoming collections will reproduce the original plates of H. Levin's Lawyers and Lawmakers of Kentucky (1897), and will digitize the early class composites of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, starting with prints from the 1890s. In the future, the Law Library digital collection will dip into the institution's archival collections, reproducing scrapbooks kept by Malvina Harlan that document the life and times of Justice John Marshall Harlan.

See the press release for the full story.

 

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.