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Moot Court Board Now Accepting Applications for 2012-2013 Board

The Brandeis School of Law Moot Court Board is now accepting applications for the 2012-2013 academic year.

 

MCB plans and manages external and internal moot court, mock trial, and professional skills competitions at the Brandeis School of Law.  MCB members organize and administer the Pirtle-Washer Competition, First-Year BLS Oral Arguments, First-Year Oral Advocacy Competition, and any moot court competitions the Brandeis School of Law hosts during the year.  In addition, each MCB member acts as a facilitator for a moot court team or competition.  Each member is expected to fully participate in planning and carrying out all MCB events.

Any interested persons should submit their completed application, resume, and Waiver and Release form by May 9th at 9:00 p.m.  Please see the attached application for more information.  Note that the completed Waiver and Release should be submitted to the folder on the MCB door, or electronically.

For any further questions or information, please contact any of the Executive Board members: Paige Hamby, Courtney Pawley, Ashley Haile, Pete Lay, or Luke Markushewski.

2012 Graduation Day Details

2012 COMMENCEMENT & CONVOCATION



CONGRATULATIONS! 

On Saturday, May 12, 2012, there will be several events honoring the 2012 graduates.

 

 

University of Louisville Commencement

On Friday, May 11, the University of Louisville's commencement rehearsal will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center.

All students participating in the University-wide morning ceremony are required to attend the rehearsal to confirm a seat for Commencement.

On Saturday, May 12, the University Commencement processional will start at 9:30 a.m. at the KFC Yum! Center’s Practice Court and the line-up will form at the law school sign. Please join law students as the Brandeis School of Law banner is carried into the KFC Yum! Center.  The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. President and Mrs. Ramsey will host a reception on the Main Concourse after the Commencement from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

 

 

Brandeis School of Law Convocation

The Brandeis School of Law Convocation will be held at The Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.  

Paid parking is available in the Brown Hotel parking garage off 4th Street near Theatre Square and off 3rd Street just before the corner of 3rd and Broadway. There is also parking available in the parking lot across the street from The Brown Theatre on Broadway. Metered parking may be available on the street.

Graduates should arrive NO LATER THAN 4:00 P.M. AT THE BROWN THEATRE IN THE ROOM TO THE RIGHT OF THE LOBBY. 

Please be sure to check-in with the School of Law staff and receive your name card upon entry into the theater.  If you are concerned that your name may be mispronounced, please write it out phonetically on your card. Please hold-on to your name card so that you can give it to Dean Cross on stage.  If you wish to take some personal photos, pelase do so before the line-up begins since apparel must be turned in immediately following the ceremony.

The class photo is at 4:15 p.m. The SBA will start the line-up in the same area.  

Graduates will follow the faculty in a single-file procession to the stage. When Dean Chen asks the class to come forward, the first row will stand and walk to the right area of the stage. At the direction of Dean Cross, please hand your name card to him. He will call your name and you will walk to the professors to be hooded. Do not remove your cap.  After receiving your hood, please walk across the stage to Dean Chen for a handshake. A professional photographer will capture this moment (proofs may be viewed online and your photo will be available for purchase.) Walk back to your row and be seated (since the order will be reversed, you will not be sitting in the same seat when you return—you will be on the opposite side of the stage.)  A program will be placed on each seat. Please do not take additional programs, purses, etc. on stage.
   
At the end of the Convocation, there will be a single-file recessional. The class will stand when directed by Dean Chen. Graduates should remain standing at their seats until the Dean leads the recessional.

PLEASE RETURN TO THE LINE-UP ROOM TO RETURN YOUR APPAREL.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS CHECKED OFF WHEN YOU RETURN THE CAP/GOWN/HOOD;
YOU WILL BE ASSESSED A SUBSTANTIAL FEE IF YOU FAIL TO DO SO.

 

Apparel Pick-up

You may pick up your academic apparel (cap, gown, and tassel) at The Red Barn on one of the following days: Thursday, May 10, 12-7 p.m., or Friday, May 11, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVE YOUR CAP, GOWN, AND TASSEL IN THE PACKAGE. THE LAW SCHOOL WILL BRING THE HOODS TO CONVOCATION.      
                                                    

Honor Cords

As a fundraiser, the Golden Key International Honour Society is selling honor cords to students who are candidates for honors as of the Fall 2011 semester.  Eligible students may purchase cords and wear them with their caps and gowns at Commencement and Convocation.  Honor cords may be purchased at The Red Barn on Thursday or Friday at the same times listed above for academic apparel.  Honor cords are $15.00 each and must be paid by cash or check made payable to the Golden Key International Honour Society.  Students who are candidates for Cum Laude (3.2-3.499) should purchase a gold honor cord; Magna Cum Laude (3.5-3.799) should purchase a red honor cord; and Summa Cum Laude (3.8-4.0) should purchase a gold/red honor cord.

THE SBA TRADITIONALLY ASSISTS THE ADMINISTRATION ON GRADUATION DAY
BY LINING UP GRADUATES AND HELPING WITH INSTRUCTIONS.

Grades should be available late Friday afternoon, May 11, on ULink.

CONGRATULATIONS AND ENJOY YOUR GRADUATION!

Please refer to the Line-Up List for details.

Remember to Return Study Aids

Students:  Please remember to return all study aids that you may have checked out this semester by THURSDAY, MAY 3.  Students may also donate study aids to the Academic Success library.  Please see Dean Ballard for information.

Final Academic Success Tip - Adopt a Winning Attitude

You have worked hard all semester.  So, why not adopt a winning attitude and set high goals for yourself?  If you doubt your ability to do well on exams, you might fear that you will earn poor grades even after studying intensely.  During this last week of exams, do not allow yourself to be distracted from studying as a defensive mechanism to blame low grades on disruption of your study schedule.  Help avoid this trap by remembering that your value as a human being is not measured by your performance on law school exams.  By placing your study of law in proper perspective, you can moderate the pressure, freeing yourself to perform your best.  No one will fault you if you spare no effort to do your best, even if the results fall short of your expectations.  On the other hand, what a shame it will be if you squeak by after defensively limiting your opportunities to do well, and then spend your time wondering how much better you could have done had you pulled out all the stops. 

Approach this final week of exam preparation with all the dedication and enthusiasm you can muster, and try to visualize success on your exams.  You are more likely to rise to the top if you reach for the stars than if you stare at the ground in anticipation of defeat. 

Adapted from Law School Exams, Preparing and Writing to Win by Charles Calleros.

Public Service Opportunity Available - Non-Profit Seeks 501(c)(3) Status

A non-profit organization has contacted the Public Service Office seeking a student to assist them in establishing 501(c)(3) status. If you are interested in helping this organization, please contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu. The first person contacting Ms. Scinta will be signed up for the project. The organization is willing to wait until after finals to get started.

Law Review Membership Application Revised

In order to better accommodate students who will be leaving Louisville immediately after the end of finals, the Law Review will now accept write-on essays submitted solely via TWEN. The old instructions for law review application submission are unchanged, but if you're going to be out of town and would like to submit your essay electronically you may now do so by following the revised instructions attached to this post.

 

If you have any questions, please contact Spencer Brooks at Sjbroo02@louisville.edu. 

 

Thanks, and good luck on your finals!

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.

Locker Return - Deadline is Thursday, May 3

All those graduating students who purchased locks for a locker in the basement, must turn in their locks to the Resource Center by next Thursday, May 3.  The hours for the Resource Center are 8am - 6pm during the week.

Temporary Summer Employment Opportunity with Better Business Bureau

The Better Business Bureau has a temporary opening on their consumer Business Reports lines that would be available immediately and extending for the next 8 weeks, possibly longer into the summer.  The student will be paid $15.00/hour.  The work will involve assisting consumers in filing complaints, obtaining business reports, and referrals to agencies outside the BBB. There is also an opportunity to complete 30 hours of public service credit after the paid portion of the work is ended. The schedule would be Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m. with an hour for lunch. They will provide parking and good, strong coffee. Dress is business casual.

Iinterested students should submit a resume to Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu or Dean Urbach at kathy.urbach@louisville.edu by 9:00 a.m. Monday, April 30. Resumes will also be accepted in hard copy.

3L/4L Class Composite Picture Proof

ATTENTION GRADUATING 3LS & 4LS:  Please view the attached composite photo proof. Check for any errors or revisions that need to be made (such as misspellings of your name). You must email Katie Bennett at ktbenn01@louisville.edu by TOMORROW, Thursday April 26th at 5:00 p.m. if you would like any corrections to be made before the composite goes into production.