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Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest - $5,000 Award

Public Justice is holding its annual Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest.  This year’s topic is:  “Is Democracy for Sale?  Have Citizens United’s holdings run amok?  Legal challenges left to Super Pacs?  Can funding disclosure be required?”

The winner of the essay contest will receive $5,000, a free 2013 Public Justice Foundation Student Membership, and their essay will be featured on the Public Justice website and in the nationally disseminated Public Justice newsletter.  The contest is open to all law students that are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited law school.  The intent-to-enter deadline is January 31, 2013, and the essay submission deadline is March 31, 2013.  Attached are the poster, intent-to-enter form, and contest rules and criteria.

On average, the Public Justice Foundation receives between 10 to 15 entries per year.  All Brandeis School of Law students should consider entering the contest! 

Fourth Reminder: Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is Fri., Oct. 26

This is the fourth reminder that the Exam4 practice test deadline for Fall 2012 final exams, including Professional Responsibility, is 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 26, 2012. To submit any Exam4 file, practice test or otherwise, you must be on campus and connected to ulsecure.

To submit a valid practice test, you must identify yourself using your ULink user name (e.g., lhowas01) and choose "F12 Practice exam" on the Course menu. The Legal Research version of Exam4 and all other previous versions have expired, so you must download and install and test the current version.

After the practice test submission deadline, students who have submitted a valid practice test will receive a confirmation e-mail. In the meantime, however, you may check whether your practice test was received using ExamTracker 4000. At least once each week day, the IT staff will update the ExamTracker, moving invalid submissions to a folder labeled "Wrong." Typical reasons why submissions may be invalid include:

  • Student identified him or herself with something unidentifiable, such as numerals or "test."
  • Student chose something other than "F12 Practice exam" on the Course menu, such as a real class.

If you see your submission on the "Wrong" list on ExamTracker, you must submit a valid practice test.

For more information, see Exam4 Essentials for Fall 2012.

Spring 2013 Schedule Change - Immigration Law

Due to an unavoidable conflict with Spring semester meetings of the Faculty Senate, Professor Trucios-Haynes' Immigration Law course has had to be rescheduled.  Professor Trucios-Haynes is one of the law school's representatives on this governing body.  The course will now meet from 9:00-10:25am on Mondays and Wednesdays in the Spring 2013 semester, rather than at 2:25.  A revised course schedule has been posted to the law school website.

Federalist Society and ACS Debate: Does Citizens United Undermine Democracy

Join the Federalist Society and the American Constitution Society to discuss whether the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission undermines democracy. Speakers Professor Bradley Smith and John Bonifaz will debate the topic of whether unrestricted campaign contributions are an exercise of free speech necessary to preserve democracy or a distortion of the political process that damages democracy.

Bradley A. Smith

 

Bradley Smith holds the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law position at CapitalUniversity Law School. A 2010 recipient of the Bradley Prize, he is one of the nation’s leading authorities on election law and campaign finance. In 2000, he was nominated by President Clinton to fill a Republican-designated seat on the Federal Election Commission, where he served for five years, including serving as Chairman of the Commission in 2004. 

Bonifaz

 

 

 

 

 

John Bonifaz is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Free Speech For People. Mr. Bonifaz has served as the Legal Director of Voter Action, a national voting rights and election integrity organization in the United States. Prior to joining Voter Action, Mr. Bonifaz worked for more than 12 years (as the executive director and then general counsel) with the National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI).

Monday, October 29, 12:00, Room 275. Free Potbelly Sandwiches. 

Federalist Society and American Constitution Society Debate - "Does Citizens United Undermine Democracy?" - Room 275

Come and listen and intereact with two experts in the field of voting rights and the United States election process.  Specifically they will discuss the landmark decision of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission, and the implications to American democracy. 

 

Speakers: 

Professor Bradley Smith from Capital University

 and

Mr. John Bonifaz 

 

10/29/12 Noon Room 275

Lunch Provided 

Dean Urbach Available for Meeting with First Year Students

Dean Urbach wants to remind first year students that she is available to meet with you before she leaves on November 3.  Students can sign up for a time slot on the sign up sheet on her office door.

MPRE Barbri Class to be Held Saturday; 1L Barbri Books Available for Pick-Up

2/3/4Ls: The Barbri MPRE class will be held at 9:30 a.m. this Saturday (October 27) in Room 275. MPRE books will be available at the class if you did not pick yours up at Table Day. If you have questions, please e-mail Leah Smith at leah.rupp@gmail.com

 

1Ls: Barbri books are available for pick-up if you did not get yours at Table Day last week. Please e-mail Leah Smith at leah.rupp@gmail.com to schedule a time/place to pick yours up.

Third Reminder: Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is Fri., Oct. 26

This is the third reminder that the Exam4 practice test deadline for Fall 2012 final exams, including Professional Responsibility, is 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 26, 2012. To submit any Exam4 file, practice test or otherwise, you must be on campus and connected to ulsecure.

To submit a valid practice test, you must identify yourself using your ULink user name (e.g., lhowas01) and choose "F12 Practice exam" on the Course menu. The Legal Research version of Exam4 and all other previous versions have expired, so you must download and install and test the current version.

After the practice test submission deadline, students who have submitted a valid practice test will receive a confirmation e-mail. In the meantime, however, you may check whether your practice test was received using ExamTracker 4000. At least once each week day, the IT staff will update the ExamTracker, moving invalid submissions to a folder labeled "Wrong." Typical reasons why submissions may be invalid include:

  • Student identified him or herself with something unidentifiable, such as numerals or "test."
  • Student chose something other than "F12 Practice exam" on the Course menu, such as a real class.

If you see your submission on the "Wrong" list on ExamTracker, you must submit a valid practice test.

For more information, see Exam4 Essentials for Fall 2012.

Still Time to Tryout for the Tax Moot Court Team

Florida Bar Tax Moot Court Competition from February 7-9th 2013 in sunny, warm Clearwater, Florida! There will be both an oral argument and written competition. 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls interested in trying out should submit their resume, a statement of interest, and a writing sample to the MCB office by this Friday, October 26th. There will be a folder on the door. Tryouts will the week of November 5th. Please direct any questions to Katie Potzick at kepotz01@louisville.edu.

38th Annual National Trial Team Selected

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for the 2013 National Trial Team: 

Lacey Gullet
Pete Lay
Samantha Constantine
Naomi Warnick

The Moot Court Board wishes all the team members the best of luck on their upcoming competition. Thank you to everyone who tried out!