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Mandatory Bar Program - February 7

On Tuesday, February 7, at 12:15 p.m., the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, with a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students.

The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar.  One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility. 

Judge Gary Payne, Character and Fitness Committee member, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession.  Judge Payne will discuss how financial debt can evidence a lack of responsibility and further, how debt can lead to financial pressures and interfere with a lawyer’s duties to his or her clients. 

Attendance at the February 7 program is required for all 2Ls. 

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Take Action for Optimal Learning

We are already 6 weeks into the spring semester!  Deadlines may be starting to pile up.  And, your beginning-of-the-semester optimism may have worn off.  Consider the following tips to obtain optimal learning:

  • Keep a positive attitude to affect your learning positively.  It is hard to keep your focus and perform at your best if a cloud is hovering over your head.  Negative thoughts, grumpiness, and sniping at others all expend energy in unproductive avenues.  Not only do other people want to avoid you when you exude negativity, but you waste your own time by moaning, groaning, and whining. 
  • Focus on manageable tasks to increase motivation.  It is easier to get motivated to do small tasks rather than large projects.  Decide to read one case when you do not feel like reading the entire assignment.  Decide to write two paragraphs when you do not feel like writing an entire paper draft.  Decide to outline one sub-topic when you do not want to outline an entire topic.  Decide to do 5 multiple-choice questions when you do not feel like doing practice questions at all.  After you get started and finish one small task, you are likely to be ready to do another small task.
  • Focus on what you can control rather than what is controlled by others.  You do not determine whether you will be called on in class, whether you will have a mid-term exam, whether your paper will have one or six draft deadlines, or whether you will have a multiple-choice or essay final exam.  So, stop stewing about things you cannot control.  Instead, focus on what you can control and take control of those things: your time management; your stress management; your outlining schedule; your reading schedule; your schedule for practice questions; your asking the professor questions and more.
  • Use the many services that are available to you to improve your situation.  Ask questions during your professors' office hours.  If you are a 1L, talk to an Academic Fellow during their office hours.  Meet with the University writing center to improve your grammar and punctuation skills.  Meet with a University counselor if you have test anxiety, personal problems, or other issues that are making it hard for you to concentrate on your studies.  Go to the doctor if you are sick rather than self-treating and not getting better.  Getting assistance keeps you from feeling so alone in your situation and begins the work of solving problems.
  • Do not focus on your bad choices last semester, last week, or yesterday.  If you have procrastinated or studied inefficiently and ineffectively or fallen into any of the other common student difficulties in studying, accept responsibility for those bad choices; but then, focus on today.  You cannot change what has already happened, but you can change how you study today and tomorrow. 
  • Do not blame someone else for your difficulties.  It is not the professor's fault that you cannot do the practice problems if you did not study the material thoroughly.  It is not the professor’s fault that you got a low grade when other students did better on the same exam.  It is not your study group’s fault that you do not understand the material if you have not taken the initiative to attempt learning it yourself before meeting.  It is not your spouse’s problem that you are behind in your reading if you have not set up a study schedule that allows sufficient study time as well as family time.
  • Stop resisting positive change.  Ask yourself whether you are having problems because you are clinging to ineffective and inefficient ways of studying.  You need to realize that nothing will change for the better if you refuse to make changes.  Knowing that you need to change something and still not changing it will accomplish nothing positive in your life. 
  • Remember that you begin to earn your reputation as an attorney while you are in law school.  Ask yourself whether how you are acting today will place you in a positive light with your classmates and professors.  If not, then reconsider the behavior BEFORE you act that way again.  Being difficult to work with on an assignment may translate into a reputation that you will be considered difficult to work with as an attorney later.  Being lazy in law school may translate into a lack of referrals as an attorney because your former classmates will not be able to trust you to do a thorough job.  Being mean-spirited or gossipy or arrogant in law school may translate into personal characteristics that mar your reputation later as a new attorney.

Current Department of Justice Attorney Vacancies

See attachment.

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship

DRI, the leading organization of defense attorneys and in-house counsel, announces its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship program. The goal of these scholarships is to provide financial assistance to two worthy law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote, in a tangible way, the DRI Diversity Statement of Principle.
 
Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best meet the following criteria: 

  • Demonstrated academic excellence
  • Service to the profession
  • Service to the community
  • Service to the cause of diversity

The scholarship application is attached.  The deadline for all applications is April 27, 2012.

Mandatory Bar Program on Financial Responsibility

On Tuesday, February 7, at 12:15 p.m, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, with a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students.

The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar.  One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility. 

Judge Gary Payne, Character and Fitness Committee member, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession.  Judge Payne will discuss how financial debt can evidence a lack of responsibility and further, how debt can lead to financial pressures and interfere with a lawyer’s duties to his or her clients. 

Attendance at the February 7 program is required for all students graduating in August 2012, December 2012, May 2013.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the February 7 program, you must notify Dean Cross, john.cross@louisville.edu, and provide documentation concerning your conflict. 

Student Bar Foundation Meeting

There is a Student Bar Foundation meeting Wednesday, Feb. 8th at 12:00pm in room 171. If you have signed up as an at-large member, please make sure to attend. The auction is getting closer and we have new information to go over. If you are interested in being an at-large member, but have not yet signed up, now is the time! 


If you cannot attend, or have any questions about being an at-large member, please email Carly Harvey at carly.a.harvey@gmail.com

 

Students are Needed for Ky. High School Mock Trial Competition

The Kentucky High School Mock Trial Competition will be held on March 16 and 17 at the Jefferson County Judicial Center.  Several law students are needed to participate as a presiding or scoring judge.  High school teams will participate in at least four rounds of competition over two days, Friday and Saturday, March 16-17, with an additional round between the finalists on Sunday, March 18, to determine the state champion who will advance to the national tournament in May.  Students are only needed on Friday and Saturday.

Students will receive public service credit for participating in this project.  If you are interested in participating, please e-mail Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu.  Students will need to complete a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit and a Registration Form that needs to be sent to the mock trial coordinator.

SELS 4th Annual Superbowl Party!

Come take a break from studying and join everyone at Molly Malones on Bardstown Road for the 4th Annual Superbowl Party. Kickoff time is at 6:30PM on Sunday, February 5th, 2012. The cost is $5 for SELS members and $10 for nonmembers which includes all you can eat, all you can drink. 

BarBri Bar Review Course to be Auctioned Off!!!

Starting on Monday, February 13 at 10:00 a.m., bidding will begin on two certificates to be used toward any of the BarBri Bar Review courses in every state.  Each certificate is good for $1,500.  If a student has already paid for a BarBri Review course, they will be eligible for a refund so they can bid.  Bid sheets will be in the Office of Professional Development Library (Room 186) starting at 10:00 a.m. on February 13.  Bidding will run until 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15.  The winning bidders of each certificate will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on February 15 in the Mosaic Lobby at the BarBri table.  Credit cards and checks will be accepted and payment is due two weeks of auction's closing.

Proceeds of the silent auction will go to the BarBri Fellowship which will allow a student to work at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy during the summer of 2012.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Monday, February 13 to start your bids.  Good luck!!

IMMIGRATION OPPORTUNITY!!!

On the third Thursday of each month, local immigration attorney and alum, Becca O'Neill, holds a training here at the law school to train students to go on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail to conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to detainees. Detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. The visits are on the Friday after the training. Trained students will conduct individual in-take interviews of each detainee. Students whose schedules do not allow them to visit the jail on Fridays can still take the training. All students are welcome. Once you have been trained you can attend a Friday visit when you are available. Attached are some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail.

The next training will be Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m. here at the law school in Room 060. A visit to the Boone County Jail will be Friday, February 17. Students interested in attending the training, should email Becca O'Neill directly by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6. Her email is boneill@oneillimmigrationlaw.com. Please let Ms. O'Neill know in your e-mail whether you plan to attend the Friday visit after the training. A list of students must be submitted to the jail ten days before the visit. Also, please let Ms. O'Neill know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.

If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit on February 17, please e-mail Becca O'Neill by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, so she can add your name to the list.

A complete description of the project is attached; however, please disregard the dates mentioned therein.

Students will receive public service credit for the training and site visits. Students will also be able to count their travel time to and from the Boone County Jail. Interested students should see Jina Scinta to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit. You can also e-mail her at jina.scinta@louisville.edu.