We hope that everyone is having a successful exam season. Unfortunately, wintry weather is forecast for the next few days of our exam period. Many of you are concerned about the potential effects of bad weather on our exams. We understand that law students take exam preparation seriously, and that any changes to the exam schedule will cause inconvenience. We very much hope that the weather will have no effect on your exams. However, the weather is not a factor we can control, and we also want to take every precaution to ensure your safety. With that in mind, here are the guidelines that we will follow for the remainder of the exam period.
First, remember that the law school follows the University in making bad weather determinations. Although the undergraduate parts of the University are still in classes, not exams, we will still follow their lead.
If the University announces that the start of classes or the opening of offices is delayed, then any morning exams will begin at the delayed start time. For instance, if the University announces that classes will begin at 10am, then any exams scheduled for 9am will begin at 10am. This will not shorten exam times. If a delayed start to morning exams requires afternoon exams to be delayed, we will make every effort to notify affected faculty and students as soon as practicable via email.
If the University announces that evening classes are canceled, then any evening (6pm) exams scheduled on that day are canceled and will be rescheduled for the next available make-up exam slot.
If the University announces that an entire day of classes are canceled, then any exams scheduled for that day will be canceled and make-up dates and times will be announced as soon as practicable via email.
If any students have conflicts with a rescheduled exam, or other obligations that will make taking the exam at the rescheduled time impracticable, please contact the office of Assistant Dean Kimberly Ballard to discuss the possibility of a make-up exam. Decisions about make-up exams will be made on an individual basis.
We encourage all students to sign up for the University's RAVE Alert system at www.louisville.edu/alert. This will ensure that you have information about the University's decisions as soon as possible.
In addition, if severe weather occurs over the weekend when there are no exams scheduled, it is possible that the law library may have to close early. Any such decision will be made by the Law Library Director in the best interests of students and staff, and notice of any closure will be posted on the law library website as soon possible after the decision is made.
Finally, we recognize that some of you have commutes to campus that may pose unique challenges. If you feel that you cannot safely make it to the law school for a scheduled exam, please contact Assistant Dean Kimberly Ballard or Associate Dean Tim Hall to discuss your situation.
Professor David J. Leibson wanted to pursue a teaching career from a young age. But even he could not have envisioned what was to follow and what he would accomplish during a 40-plus-year distinguished tenure at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law—the law school from which he graduated first in his class in 1969.
“If someone would’ve told me in law school that I would end up being a so-called expert on the Uniform Commercial Code, I would’ve told them that they were crazy,” Leibson said. “That’s why I tell my students to never rule out anything as an opportunity.”
After Leibson was encouraged to become a teacher by his mentor and professor Bob Birkby while an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, Leibson’s opportunity to finally enter academia arrived in 1971. Former Dean of UofL’s law school James Merritt unexpectedly called Leibson, then an associate handling mostly personal injury cases at Leibson & Franklin, PSC, to become a part-time professor; however, rather than teaching a subject for which he already had a strong interest, like Torts or Evidence, he would be teaching a Secured Transactions class.
As it turned out, Leibson enjoyed teaching the class and eventually parlayed his part-time position into a full-time teaching position for the 1972–73 academic year. Within ten years, Leibson, previously unmoved by the wonders of the UCC, was approached by a publisher to author what would later become the first edition of The Uniform Commercial Code of Kentucky. The project was too massive for one person to handle so he recruited a rookie law professor at the time, Richard Nowka—the current Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs Professor of Law—to help pen the work.
“We wrote that book more than 30 years ago and that’s way too long for my recollection of highlights,” said Nowka, one of Leibson’s friends and colleagues on the faculty. “But I do recall how grateful I was that he asked me, a first-year teacher, to be a co-author with him on a book.”
The book was well-received by the bench, bar, and Leibson’s students, who represent the part of his job that Leibson will miss the most.
“I will definitely miss the intellectual challenge of the classroom because I know our students here are as intelligent and creative as anywhere else.” said Leibson, whose oft-quoted saying “What would your mother say?” reminded his students and challenged them to focus not only on the subtleties of precise statutory language, but also to look at the common sense behind Code provisions.
Leibson’s dedication to his students prompted, in part, his decision to retire. He did not want to transform, as he witnessed with some of his peers, into a shell of his former self, unable to muster the same level of passion and enthusiasm that he expects to bring to the classroom.
Aside from the Code classes he teaches, Leibson, an avid reader, is extremely passionate and enthusiastic about his Law & Literature Seminar, which he said would now be the one class that could sway him into getting that itch to return from retirement.
Third-year law student Michael Atkinson, enrolled in Leibson’s Negotiable Instruments and Law & Literature classes this semester, spoke particularly highly of the seminar: “There was one class where [Professor Leibson] made a suggestion based on one of our readings, and I disagreed with the merits of his suggestion, but he didn't shoot me down; rather, he respected my opinion and contributions to the discussion. The class, and the way he conducted it, was truly a model for civil discourse.”
Leibson said that his teaching methodology is driven by the way students are responding in the class and that he learned, over time, not to judge students too quickly, as each person thrives and learns differently depending on the circumstances. Despite the progressive integration of technology and distance learning in higher education, Leibson prefers face-to-face discussions with his students—whether to assist in understanding the material or simply getting to find out a little bit more about who they are.
Now, one topic of discussion is what Leibson will do in his retirement. Expecting to be unable to decide exactly what to do for at least the first six months, Leibson and his wife, Phyllis, will likely devote some time to their love of traveling; with Leibson having previously served as a visiting Professor of Law at the University of Western Sydney, Australia is one of the couple’s favorite destinations.
Restoring his (once-impressive) handicap on the links to respectability and finally being able to delve into the stack of books by his bed are also on the to-do list for the Bernard Flexner Professor of Law when he leaves his post at the law school after finals (and his celebratory roast and retirement party!) are over.
For as much knowledge as Leibson has imparted upon his pupils throughout the years, he maintains that they returned the favor on a daily basis.
“After all this time, you learn a lot about life and your work, not only because of yourself, but from the students themselves,” Leibson said.
The Legal Aid Society is proud to host an Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow as part of the Veterans Legal Corps and is seeking two 1L/2L students to assist the Fellow in providing these civil legal services to veterans. The student may receive a $1,175 education award as part of their internship. The Veterans Legal Corps is a program administered through a partnership between Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps to assist veterans in securing stable income, housing, and healthcare.
For a description of the fellowship and how to apply, log onto Symplicity and click on"Job Postings" on the right-hand side of the page. The deadline for submitting resumes is January 3, 2014.
The SEC’s Summer Student Honors Program is a ten-week opportunity for first year law students to become acquainted with the regulation of the securities market.
Participants work with SEC Staff members on projects covering a broad range of the Commission’s mission, such as conducting investigations of industry and issuer practices, assisting in the litigation of enforcement actions, and drafting proposed statutes and rules, to name a few responsibilities.
For more information on our program, please visit our Student Honors Program Homepage.
The application period is from Monday, December 2, 2013 through Monday, February 3, 2014 (midnight Eastern Standard Time).
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
How To Apply
Students should prepare the following items and submit them during the application period in a single PDF here:
• Résumé with current contact information
•One page cover letter; indicating three preferred offices and divisions
•Law school transcript
•List of current courses; and a
•5 to 10 page legal writing sample
•To receive consideration the PDF must be labeled-LASTNAME, FIRSTNAME (ex: OBAMA, MICHELLE).
If you have any questions please email email@example.com.
The Law Resource Center will be open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., December 16-23.
The Law Resource Center will be open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., December 16 - 23.
For those still having issues connecting to the wireless network please stop by the Law IT offices at your convenience but beware that exam issues take priority during exam time. You can also use the following information to manually add the network to your computer if you feel comfortable doing so.