Student News

National Trial Competition - Tryouts Next Week

Participate in one of the best trial advocacy competitions in the nation.  The top two teams from each Region will compete in the National Competition in San Antonio, Texas, on April 3-6, 2013. Last year, UofL advanced to the National Competition.

The Moot Court Board has approved funding to send up to two teams to compete in the Regional Competition.  This year’s Regional Problem will be released November 16.  It will be a criminal problem. 

To tryout, prepare and deliver an opening statement or a closing argument based on a past NTC problem – State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb.  The Grubb problem can be accessed on the NTC website under “Past Problem Archive.”   http://www.tyla.org/tyla/index.cfm/resources/law-students1/trial-advocacy-programs/national-trial-competition/ The opening or closing should not last longer than 12 minutes.  Please also bring two copies of your resume.

Students will receive two credit hours in the spring for participating in the competition.  Questions?  Contact Erica Wood or Mia Walters.

Tryouts:  October 22
(Sign-up outside the Moot Court Board Office!)

Fresh Start Fridays - Free Massages for Students Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is Friday!  If you are feeling stressed, stop by the Washer Lounge and treat yourself to a free massage from Advanced Massage Therapeutics from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

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

This is the first 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.

Hot Coffee Screening and Q&A with Director TUESDAY, Oct. 23

Join the Brandeis School of Law's Law Students for Justice (Student Chapter of the Kentucky Justice Association) for a very special Public Screening of the Award Winning Legal Documentary Hot Coffee on Tuesday, October 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Room 275 of the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.  A Q & A session with Hot Coffee Director Susan Saladoff will immediately follow the screening.

For more information about this showing, please contact Law Students for Justice President Ashley Haile at ashleynhaile@gmail.com.

Background information:  Everyone has heard of the infamous McDonald’s coffee lawsuit.  It is often cited as an example of the problems in our legal system, but is it a fair assessment?  The award winning film Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque grandmother who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring the media frenzy that ensued.  The film, which was directed by attorney Susan Saladoff, also analyzes and discusses the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system.   The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2011, and later aired on HBO on June 27, 2011 as a part of HBO films documentary summer series.

 

Alumni Tailgate

Please join Dean Duncan, U of L Law Alumni, and faculty, staff and students at the 2012 U of L Homecoming Tailgate, this Saturday, October 20.  The tailgate begins at 12 noon and will end approximately 3:00.  Access to the tailgate is free, but if you need game tickets you can order tickets on line at www.UofLalumni.org/htg-2012.  Likewise, you can also pre-pay for food items and receive "alumni bucks" by going to the same website.   There will be food al a carte (such as hotdogs, burgers, soda, water, and beer and these can be purchased with CASH ONLY.  Also, a buffet is available for $25.00 and can be either pre paid (on line) or purchased with CASH ONLY.  

The tailgate is located on the North Lawn, near Gate 1.  Children are welcome.  

38th Annual National Trial Competition Tryouts

Participate in one of the best trial advocacy competitions in the nation. Students selected to compete on the National Trial Team will be more prepared for the courtroom than most second- and third-year associates in litigation firms. Learn from experienced trial attorneys and polish your trial advocacy skills – objections; opening statements; closing arguments; direct examinations, cross examinations; impeachment; introducing exhibits; refreshing recollection; thinking on your feet; prepping “real” witnesses. 

In February, the UofL team will travel to Arkansas to compete at regionals. The top two teams from each Region will compete in the National Competition in San Antonio, Texas, on April 3-6, 2013. Last year, UofL advanced to the National Competition.

The School will select two teams to compete in the Regional Competition. This year’s Regional Problem will be released November 16. It will be a criminal problem. Teams will be selected and notified before Spring Registration begins.

To tryout, prepare and deliver an opening statement or a closing argument based on a past NTC problem – State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb. The Grubb problem can be accessed on the NTC website under “Past Problem Archive.”   http://www.tyla.org/tyla/index.cfm/resources/law-students1/trial-advocacy-programs/national-trial-competition/ The opening or closing should not last longer than 12 minutes. Please also bring two copies of your resume.

Because the competition is in February, the majority of practices will be held in January and February (twice per week).  A few practices will be scheduled in November and December. 

Students will receive two credit hours for participating in the competition. Questions?  Contact Erica Wood or Mia Walters.

Tryouts:  October 22
(Sign-up outside the Moot Court Board Office!)

Tax Moot Court Team Tryouts

The Moot Court Board will be holding tryouts for the Florida Bar Tax Moot Court Competition which takes place February 7-9th, 2013 in Clearwater, Florida. From this Friday till next (October 26th), 2Ls and 3Ls interested in trying out should submit their resume, a statement of interest, and a writing sample to the MCB office. There will be a folder on the door. Tryouts will be the week of November 5th.

Information Session Today (Oct. 18) - Skills Certificates

October 18, 12:00, Room 175

For students interested in further developing skills and distinguishing themselves in the job market, the Law School will offer a “Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills” and a “Certificate of Accomplishment in Transactional Skills” to be awarded as an honor upon graduation.  The award of a Certificate is intended to demonstrate to potential employers that the student possesses additional training in lawyering skills and values associated with litigation practice or transactional practice. 

On Thursday, October 18, Professor Tim Hall, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will describe both certificate programs and discuss:

• Eligibility for Participation
• Requirements for Award of a Certificate
• Program curriculum

This is your chance to learn about an opportunity to develop further distinction at the JD level, and to receive recognition for successful completion of a course of study and advanced training in preparation for professional practice.  All law students are invited to attend.  Pizza will be served while it lasts.

Courtroom Construction beginning in basement

Construction is beginning on our new, state-of-the-art trial courtroom on the lower level of the law school.  While we are excexcited about the training opportunities of this new courtroom, there may be some inconvenience or noise incidental to construction for the next few weeks.  The contractor is aware of our class schedule and will be doing the noise-intensive work during the night hours (tonight, they're cutting trenches in the concrete for electrical and Ethernet wiring).  This note is just to make everyone aware of the presence of contractor staff in our building for the next few weeks, and of the potential for some construction activities during the day.  If you are in the building studying after class hours, you may want to relocate your studying away from the potentially noisy construction.   If you encounter any problems with this project, please contact Associate Dean Tim Hall.

Decedent's Ball Raffle Ticket Winner

Congratulations to Justin Lainhart! You are the winner of the SBA Decedent's Ball Raffle. Stop by the sale table to claim your ticket.

SBA will continue selling tickets 10/18, 10/19, 10/22-26 from 12pm-1pm in the Mosaic Lobby.