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April 13, 2014 at the Brown & Williamson Club


2014 Honors & Awards Photo Gallery

2014 Honors & Awards Program

 

Dean Ballard has a few extra programs from the Awards Ceremony in her office if you would like to pick up a copy.  

Complimentary Massages for Law Students during Final Exams

The law school final exam period can be stressful.  To help ease some stress and anxiety, Dean Ballard has arranged for massage therapists to provide complimentary massages in the Washer Lounge on FIVE separate days during the exam period.   

Tuesday, April 22 10:00 – 1:00
Wednesday, April 23  11:00 – 6:00
Friday, April 25 10:00 – 2:00
Tuesday, April 29 10:00 – 2:00
Wednesday, April 30  10:00 – 2:00


Two massage therapists will be at the Law School on most days.  You may sign up for an appointment in advance, but walk-ins are perfectly fine too.  Enjoy a massage before an exam, after an exam, or just enjoy a break from studying while at the law school. 


GOOD LUCK ON YOUR EXAMS! 

In-House Counsel and Fort Knox Externships - Opportunities Still Available

Earn Academic Credit for In-House Counsel Externship

Externship opportunities at the Louisville office of Passport Health Plan remain available for Summer and Fall 2014.  Passport is a not-for-profit licensed health maintenance organization operating a managed care program for the provision of Medicaid services in Louisville and surrounding counties.  The extern will work with the legal services team in Passport’s compliance department, and have opportunities to gain knowledge and experience relating to contract law and contract negotiation, and health law related federal and state regulations.  Students can earn 2 or 3 credits.  Prerequisite: 40 credit hours, including first year curriculum.  Contact Professor Jordan for more information.

Earn Academic Credit for Externship with Fort Knox

Externship opportunities at Fort Knox remain available for Fall 2014.  Student externs can earn two credits working with the US Cadet Command Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA), an office that provides legal services across the Fort Knox installation.  The externship offers opportunities to develop research, litigation, and/or transactional legal skills, and to enhance legal knowledge across a broad range of areas: e.g., criminal law in federal courts, including civilian misdemeanor prosecution; civil litigation involving cases in courts throughout the region; and/or administrative law involving a range of substantive subject matter (e.g., government contracts, labor, ethics, environmental, or military personnel law).  Externs are supervised by staff judge advocates or civilian attorneys working in the OSJAs.  Requires eight (8) hours of field work per week during the fall semester.  Prerequisite: 40 credit hours, including first year curriculum.  Contact Professor Jordan for more information.

Best Wishes on Your Exams!

Brandeis Crypt

Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis and his wife Alice Goldmark are buried in front of the law school. A tradition has developed over the years of students placing coins and Animal Crackers over the Brandeis’ grave markers during the final exam period to ensure good luck.
Read more: "Inflation Affects A Brandeis Tradition" (Brandeis Harlan Watch)

Professor Cedric Merlin Powell Receives LBA Trailblazer Award

On February 25, Professor Cedric Merlin Powell, received the Louisville Bar Association’s annual Trailblazer Award, given each year during Black History Month at the Bar Association.  Previous recipients include the late Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. and numerous other distinguished lawyers, jurists, and public officials.  Professor Powell is the first member of the legal education community to be recognized by this award. Professor Powell’s remarks in receiving the award spoke of the essential principle of “empathy” in addressing issues of race.

I am deeply humbled and honored to receive this award.  Not only is it profound to me that I am receiving an award named after one of the Commonwealth’s greatest jurists, I also share this great honor with a group of distinguished members of the Louisville and Kentucky bars.  I am especially honored to be the first law professor to receive this great privilege. 

Read more of his remarks here.

 

In-House Counsel and Fort Knox Externships

Earn Academic Credit for In-House Counsel Externship

Externship opportunities at the Louisville office of Passport Health Plan remain available for Summer and Fall 2014.  Passport is a not-for-profit licensed health maintenance organization operating a managed care program for the provision of Medicaid services in Louisville and surrounding counties.  The extern will work with the legal services team in Passport’s compliance department, and have opportunities to gain knowledge and experience relating to contract law and contract negotiation, and health law related federal and state regulations.  Students can earn 2 or 3 credits.  Prerequisite: 40 credit hours, including first year curriculum.  Contact Professor Jordan for more information.

Earn Academic Credit for Externship with Fort Knox

Externship opportunities at Fort Knox remain available for Fall 2014.  Student externs can earn two credits working with the US Cadet Command Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA), an office that provides legal services across the Fort Knox installation.  The externship offers opportunities to develop research, litigation, and/or transactional legal skills, and to enhance legal knowledge across a broad range of areas: e.g., criminal law in federal courts, including civilian misdemeanor prosecution; civil litigation involving cases in courts throughout the region; and/or administrative law involving a range of substantive subject matter (e.g., government contracts, labor, ethics, environmental, or military personnel law).  Externs are supervised by staff judge advocates or civilian attorneys working in the OSJAs.  Requires eight (8) hours of field work per week during the fall semester.  Prerequisite: 40 credit hours, including first year curriculum.  Contact Professor Jordan for more information.

Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is Tonight!

Exam4 for Spring 2014 final exams is now available.

  • The deadline to submit an Exam4 practice test to qualify to use your computer on Spring 2014 final exams is 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, April 18, 2014.
  • All previous versions of Exam4 (i.e., those from Fall 2013 and prior) have expired, will not run, will not work, and will not help you.

You must always:

  1. Download and install the current version of Exam4 for your computer's operating system. Supported operating systems are listed here.
  2. Take and submit a practice test (choose "S14 Practice Exam" during start-up).
  3. For practice tests, identify yourself in the Exam Number field (twice) with your ULink user name (e.g., lhoswa01).

You must never:

  1. Ever, under any circumstances, identify yourself in Exam4 (or any other exam situation) using your UofL Student ID Number. This applies to practice tests, real exams--everything.

Within about an hour, you should receive a confirmation e-mail at your CardMail address. If you submit a practice test and do not receive the confirmation e-mail, then you have done something wrong and you must try again until you do.

Complete, detailed instructions for taking and submitting a practice test are here.

Students are reminded that, in order to use Exam4 to take final exams, they must comply with the Brandeis School of Law's Policy and Procedure Governing Examinations on Computer, including satisfactory completion of a practice test by 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, April 18, 2014. At the November 2013 faculty meeting, the faculty discussed and re-affirmed the law school policy that students who fail to complete a satisfactory practice exam in accordance with the rules established by the IT department MAY NOT use their computers to take final exams, and that, should a student use a computer on a final exam in violation of this policy, that student will receive no tech support during or after the exam, including but not limited to help re-booting or restoring an Exam4 session OR assistance uploading an exam or partial exam that the student may have written using Exam4. In addition, a letter describing the student’s violation of law school policy will be placed in the student’s record. This policy may result in your being unable to turn in part or all of your exam answers, should you fail to complete a satisfactory practice test. Deans on Duty and IT staff on duty have been advised of these policies.

 

Please do not risk failing an exam! If you have not received a confirmation e-mail, DO NOT use your computer to type your exam. Bluebooks are available from the Law Resource Center or the Dean on Duty.

Library Student Workers Honored

Three of the law library's student workers were honored at the recent Honors and Awards Program. Kudos to Michael Atkinson (pictured left with Dean Duncan), Alex Russell (pictured second from right), and Bailey Schrupp!

  • Michael Atkinson, 3L: Top Grades During 2013 (Constitutional Law II, Copyright, Legal History), Brandeis Honor Society, Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Award (he performed 365 hours of public service at five different public service placements), University of Louisville Law Review (Member), Student Bar Association (Historian) and the Honor Council
  • Alex Russell, 2L: Edwin H. Perry Mediation Fellow, American Bar Association Negotiation Competition (Team Member), Journal of Law and Education (Member)
  • Bailey Schrupp, 2L: Journal of Animal and Environmental Law (Member), American Bar Association Arbitration Competition (Facilitator)

Visit the Academic Success Resource Library

The Academic Success Resource Library (the "ASRL") is located in the Office of Academic Success, Room 112,  and is a library of supplemental study materials that students may check out for the duration of the semester.  There are still resources available for every course.  Feel free to stop by and check out a study aid to assist you with final exam review.

For those of you who have checked out study materials, please do not forget to return them to the ASRL after your exams.  Also, donations of any study materials are always greatly appreciated! 

About Exam4 and Student ID Numbers

In spite of training during the 1L year, regular announcements, information on our Web site, and policy, instructing students to always identify themselves on Exam4 practice tests using one's ULink user name (e.g., lhoswa01), some students continue to use their UofL Student ID Number, instead.

In the over ten years that the Brandeis School of Law has permitted students to take exams on computer, we have never required, asked or wanted students to identify themselves on any practice or real exam using student ID numbers. We never have, and we never will, so I am completely puzzled about how any student ever understood that he/she should use his/her student ID number on any electronic exam, practice or real.

Last spring, with the introduction of the app on the School of Law's Web site, which automatically sends an e-mail confirming receipt of one's valid Exam4 practice test, it became even more imperative that students submit practice tests using their ULink user names, and only their ULink user names.

- Dean Becker