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Weekly Academic Success Tip - Stay Positive

Are you feeling fatigued or discouraged?  Does it seem as though there is no way to get everything done?  Are you stressing out over the time crunch you are in right now?  Take a very deep breath and count to ten.  Then, use some of the pointers below to get things under control.

  • Get a pep talk from someone.   You can do this!  Talk to whomever you have in your life who will encourage you and help you calm down.  It may be a professor or Academic Fellow.  It may be a spouse or significant other.  It may be a non-law mentor.  It may be a counselor or doctor.  And, if no one comes to mind, schedule a “pep talk” appointment with the Academic Success Office.
  • Be an optimist and not a pessimist.   Optimists are more successful in academics than pessimists.  Look for that silver lining in the cloud.  Go ahead and make yourself feel better!
  • Use visualization for success.   Athletes visualize themselves making the winning basket, breaking the speed record, or throwing the fastest pitch.  You can visualize yourself studying diligently each day, conquering a difficult concept in a course, and confidently taking an exam. 
  • Post inspirational sayings around your apartment.   For some, these will come from favorite authors or famous people.  You can find inspirational quotes on various topics using Google searches.
  • Put things into perspective.   As anxious as you may be about law school, it is not a life or world crisis.  Each day there are ordinary people dealing with hunger, poverty, homelessness, illness, natural disasters, or armed conflict.  Law school is nothing by comparison.  So, lighten up and be thankful for the opportunities that you have.
  • Be cooperative.   Explain a class concept to another law student who is struggling.  Provide class notes to someone who has been sick.  Offer to lend a supplement to someone who cannot afford one.  Praise another student for an excellent presentation in class.  Thank someone for supporting you when you needed help.
  • Take one day at a time.   Consciously decide each day how to use your time and talents.  Do the best you can do and then let it go.  Do not dwell on mistakes or lost time.  Re-evaluate your priorities and keep going.  The best you can do is the best you can do.
  • Set up a support system.   Decide with another law student what each of you needs help on and consciously help each other.  If the other law student needs a phone call in the morning to get moving, then make the phone call.  If you need someone to monitor your wasted time chatting in the student lounge, then ask the other student to confront you when you procrastinate.
  • Cuddle a cat, pet a pooch, or hug a horse.   Animals have a way of calming us.  Some furry friendship can do wonders. 
  • Give yourself some credit.   Remember that you are here because we believed in your abilities when we admitted you.  You were selected when hundreds of others were denied admission.  You still have the same attributes and talents as when you walked in the door on day one of law school.  There are a lot of very bright and competent people here.  And, you are one of them.  You may need to learn some new study strategies, but that is different than not belonging here.

ACS/Lambda Proposition 8 Review

Professor Marcosson will discuss the legal challenges to California's Proposition 8 Constitutional Amendment to eliminate the rights of same sex couples to marry. Discussion will focus on the February 7, 2012 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision affirming the Perry v. Schwarzenegger judgment declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional, in violation with the Equal Protection Clause, and possible outcomes if the case is argued before the Supreme Court. Lunch will be provided from Jason's Deli. 

15th Annual Student Bar Foundation Charity Auction

The annual Student Bar Foundation Charity Auction is this Thursday, March 29th. This year’s Auction will be held in the Bluegrass Room at The Brown Hotel, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the Silent Auction and 7:00 p.m. with the Live Auction. 

 

The Student Bar Foundation at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law is the only student-led and student-run organization that provides fellowships for law students who pursue low-paying or unpaid law-related public interest work. Proceeds from our Annual Charity Auction provide fellowships for these students to provide legal services to the poor or indigent, support public education, the judiciary, and citizens’ access to justice.


Past fellowships allowed students to work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, the Department of Public Advocacy, Legal Aid, KY Refugee Ministries, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Kentucky Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, the National Juvenile Justice Network, the Center for Women and Families, and international service-learning programs in Rwanda and Belize.
 
Last year, the Annual Charity Auction raised $12,000 and provided ten fellowships for students to perform public interest work in Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.  

 We look forward to seeing you there!

Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) - Legal Series - March 28, 6:45 p.m. at Stites & Harbison

YPAL sponsors a series of quarterly events designed to give young professionals an opportunity to connect with one another and learn from leaders in the legal community.

The first event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 28.  KFC Chief Legal Officer Cathy Tang is the featured speaker, and will discuss her career path and share tips for success.

Networking begins at 6 p.m., and the program follows at 6:45 p.m.  LexisNexis and Stites & Harbison are sponsoring the event, which will be held at the Stites conference center on the 20th floor of the Aegon Center, located at 400 W. Market St.

The event is free for YPAL members and $10 for non-members.  (NOTE:  The SBA has purchased 30 tickets for interested students.  Please contact Paul Bradford if you have questions.)

YPAL has been ranked the #1 networking organization in Louisville by Business First for the past two years, and currently has over 700 active members.

Don't miss this great opportunity to network and meet folks who are active in the legal community. These events typically draw folks who may have access to non-traditional legal jobs.

If you plan to attend, you need to register online at: http://tinyurl.com/895eo2k

In addition, if you are interested in becoming a YPAL member, you can join online at: http://tinyurl.com/7cncw6m

Contracts II Spring Break Challenge - TODAY

The third annual Spring Break Challenge is today, March 23, from 11:30 to 12:15 in Room 275.  Any Contracts II student may take the Challenge.  Pizza will be served for those students who take the challenge.

Last Day to Apply - Arbitration Moot Court Team

Are you interested in participating in an arbitration competition? The American Bar Association Law Student Division hosts one. The regionals will be held in November. The finals will be held January. More information is available at http://www.abanet.org/lsd/competitions/arbitration/home.html.

If you are interested in competing on the four member team, please fill out the attached form and submit it, a statement of interest (no more than one page, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12, 1” margins) and a copy of your résumé to Professor Levinson (a.levinson@louisville.edu). You may also leave these materials in the marked folder on the Moot Court Board Office door. Please also sign up for an interview time on the sign-up sheet on the Moot Court Board Office door. Be sure to submit your materials and sign up for an interview by Friday, March 23. During your interview, you will be asked to give a closing statement (no longer than 10 minutes) on behalf of the Port Adair Sports Authority from the case file of last year’s competition, which is also attached to this announcement.

If you have any questions, please email Brad Johnson at cbjohn09@louisville.edu

Mandatory 1L Registration Advising Program

The required 1L Registration Advising Program is scheduled today, March 22, at 12:30 in Room 275.  Professor Abramson, Dean Ballard, and Dean Duncan will tell you everything you need to know for creating a schedule of courses and registering.  The program begins promptly at 12:30; attendance will be taken.  Students should plan to eat lunch before the program begins.  See you there!

Graduation Apparel: ORDER NOW!

The University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law 2012 convocation ceremony will be held Saturday, May 12, at 5:00 p.m. at The Brown Theatre (315 W. Broadway).  All May 2012, August 2012, and December 2012 graduates are welcome to participate in the ceremony. August 2011 and December 2011 graduates may also participate. 

APPAREL

If you are planning to attend the School of Law Convocation at the The Brown Theatre, you must order your graduation apparel by midnight, Saturday, March 31, 2012

You must know your school/college, the correct name of your degree and major, and all sizes to fit the robe. Style, colors, and trim are determined by the University of Louisville according to standards for academic apparel. Your tassel color and hood is determined by the degree you will be awarded. 

After submitting your order, you will receive a thank you-confirmation page with your order number. Your confirmation number is your proof of purchase, so please have the number available when picking up your apparel. The Red Barn distribution staff will have a complete list of orders. You must have a valid debit or credit card to order your apparel.

JD - Custom Rental – Tam, Gown, Tassel, and Hood $87.90 + tax

https://louisville.edu/commencement/caps-and-gowns/student-orders.html

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The School of Law has coordinated with the Balfour Company to create a customized law school graduation announcement. The University of Louisville's seal will be gold engraved on the front of the announcement with your name and degree printed inside.  The price list is available on the Balfour web site. You may order your announcements by visiting the Balfour Web site and select Find Your School to see the available graduation announcement packages, or contacting Balfour at 800-BALFOUR (800-225-3687).

Law school graduation announcements are available only through Balfour. They cannot be ordered through the University of Louisville or the Brandeis School of Law. 
http://www.balfour.com/for-graduation.php

HOTEL 

The law school has made arrangements with the Brown Hotel for hotel rooms during graduation.  The rooms will be $139/night plus tax for deluxe guest rooms from May 11 -  May 13.  Parking is an additional $20 per night.  Please refer to the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law when making reservations.  Be sure to pass this information along to any family or friends you may have visiting from out of town.

Graduation Apparel: The DEADLINE is Approaching!

The University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law 2012 convocation ceremony will be held Saturday, May 12, at 5:00 p.m. at The Brown Theatre (315 W. Broadway).  All May 2012, August 2012, and December 2012 graduates are welcome to participate in the ceremony. August 2011 and December 2011 graduates may also participate. 

APPAREL

If you are planning to attend the School of Law Convocation at the The Brown Theatre, you must order your graduation apparel by midnight, Saturday, March 31, 2012

You must know your school/college, the correct name of your degree and major, and all sizes to fit the robe. Style, colors, and trim are determined by the University of Louisville according to standards for academic apparel. Your tassel color and hood is determined by the degree you will be awarded. 

After submitting your order, you will receive a thank you-confirmation page with your order number. Your confirmation number is your proof of purchase, so please have the number available when picking up your apparel. The Red Barn distribution staff will have a complete list of orders. You must have a valid debit or credit card to order your apparel.

JD - Custom Rental – Tam, Gown, Tassel, and Hood $87.90 + tax

https://louisville.edu/commencement/caps-and-gowns/student-orders.html

ANNOUNCEMENTS

The School of Law has coordinated with the Balfour Company to create a customized law school graduation announcement. The University of Louisville's seal will be gold engraved on the front of the announcement with your name and degree printed inside.  The price list is available on the Balfour web site. You may order your announcements by visiting the Balfour Web site and select Find Your School to see the available graduation announcement packages, or contacting Balfour at 800-BALFOUR (800-225-3687).

Law school graduation announcements are available only through Balfour. They cannot be ordered through the University of Louisville or the Brandeis School of Law. 
http://www.balfour.com/for-graduation.php

HOTEL 

The law school has made arrangements with the Brown Hotel for hotel rooms during graduation.  The rooms will be $139/night plus tax for deluxe guest rooms from May 11 -  May 13.  Parking is an additional $20 per night.  Please refer to the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law when making reservations.  Be sure to pass this information along to any family or friends you may have visiting from out of town.

2012 Summer Corps Application Deadline Extended to April 10

Due to high demand and numerous requests, Equal Justice Works is extending the deadline for students to submit applications for the 2012 Summer Corps program to 11:59 PDT on Tuesday, April 10. All required information must submitted by this time. Incomplete applications will not be considered and there will be no exceptions.

If you have questions about the program or application, please contact summercorps@equaljusticeworks.org.