Student News

Securities Law Moot Court Tryouts

Any interested 2L or 3L who would like to compete in the Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition should email Michael Tyrikos at Michael.tyrikos@louisville.edu by Wednesday, October 17th. Students who express interest will receive a copy of the problem for the tryouts to take place in late October. Please see the attached flyer for more information and feel free to contact Michael.tyrikos@louisville.edu with any questions.

Trandafir International Business Writing Competition

The Trandafir International Business Writing Competition is sponsored by the journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems (TLCP) at the University of Iowa College of Law.  The competition is open to all students and submissions are due on March 1, 2013.  The winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and publication.   

For more details about this competition, please consult the website at: 
http://www.uiowa.edu/~tlcp/trandafir_competition.html.

Upcoming Information Session: Learn How to Earn a Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills or Transactional Skills

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.

Upcoming Information Session: Learn How to Earn a Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills or Transactional Skills

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.

Exam4 for Fall 2012 Finals Now Available

Exam4 for Fall 2012 final exams is now available to download and install. Students wishing to use their computers for finals must complete and submit a practice test (choose "F12 Practice exam" during start-up) using this version of Exam4 (all previous versions have expired) no later than 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 26, 2012. To submit any Exam4 exam, practice or otherwise, you must be on campus and connected to ulsecure.

After the practice test submission deadline, students who have properly and timely submitted a practice test will receive a confirmation e-mail. Therefore, it is imperative to identify yourself on the practice test using your ULink user name (not your student ID number, not your last name, not "1234," etc.) so that we may e-mail you. In the meantime, however, you may check whether your practice test was received using ExamTracker 4000.

All students, particularly 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls, are advised that policies and procedures governing exams on computer were recently revised in the latest version of the Student Handbook. Students are strongly urged to read the complete policy as each is charged with notice and knowledge of it.

For more information, see Exam4 Essentials for Fall 2012.

Do Felon Voter Disenfranchisement Laws Weaken Our Democracy?

 

Felony disenfranchisement takes away the ability to vote for more than five million Americans. While the majority of states prohibit currently-incarcerated felons and those on probation from voting, most states remove restrictions on the ability of felons to vote after they have completed serving their sentence.  

In 2011, however, executive action by the governors of Iowa and Illinois effectively reinstituted permanent disenfranchisement policies, joining Virginia and Kentucky in permanently disenfranchising felons. What rationale supports requiring felons to “earn” the right the vote after having completed their sentences? What links does felony enfranchisement have with efforts to combat recidivism? Is there significance in the disproportionate impact felony disenfranchisement laws have on the African American community?

Join ACS, BLSA, and Professor Cedric Powell this Tuesday, October 16, at noon, to discuss these issues and how they laws impact Kentucky and democracy as a whole.  Free pizza from Papalinos. 

Public Service

The Office of Professional Development provides students with the opportunity to gain legal experience through the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program.  This is the first step in your legal career and a building block for legal experience.  Not only will you meet a requirement in order to graduate, but you will be able to apply knowledge and skills in a legal setting under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

Public Service is an opportunity to give back to the community and a characteristic that we strongly encourage continuing throughout your legal career.  Performing public service hours not only develops skills working with real clients and real legal issues, but also creates thoughtful, civic-minded lawyers who play an active role in their community.

Hot Coffee Screening and Q&A with Director Susan Saladoff

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. (refreshments beginning at 5:30 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.

Reminder: BARBRI Table Day - Tomorrow, October 16th in the Mosaic Lobby

Stop by Barbri Table Day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16 in the Mosaic Lobby!Enrollment is $20! Barbri will be passing out MPRE Review books and providing information about the MPRE Barbri prep class (scheduled for Saturday, October 27 in Room 275) for all 2Ls/3Ls signed up with Barbri and planning on taking the November MPRE.

 

Information for 1Ls

 

Why spend $100s of dollars buying supplements when BARBRI's 1L program is a great value for the price and can help you succeed during law school too! Although BARBRI is known for bar review, the company can serve as a support system throughout law school as well. Its comprehensive 1L success program provides students with study aids and exam review resources for use now all the way to graduation - and beyond.  The following resources come with your $20 enrollment:

 

 

  • First Year Law School Success book.What does ittake to pass? How to do well on exams? So many questions and the answers are right here.

 

  • First year course outlines.Available atBARBRI.comand in yourFirst Year Outlinesprinted volume. Clear and concise. Easy to follow and add your own notes.

 

  • Video lectures.Online and on-demand. Delivered by the nation's top law professors, covering all 1L courses. Useful, insightful and straight to the point.

 

  • First year survival guide.Proven advice and strategies about preparing for class, summarizing notes, class discussion and studying for exams.

 

  • StudySmart® software.Access to hundreds of online multiple-choice questions for all 1L subject areas.

 

  • NEW! BARBRI AMP for Law School.Our exclusive technology is the most effective and fastest way to learn the black letter law for all your 1L courses.Learn more.

 

Not only do you get all of these resources with your enrollment, but you will be locking in your price for the bar review course of your choice. BARBRI is the only company that can prepare you for any bar exam in the nation!

U.S. Air Force JAG Information Session - Wednesday, October 17th at Noon in room 171

Major Patrick Hartman from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, will be conducting a PowerPoint Information Session on Wednesday, October 17th at Noon in room 171.  Major Hartman will also meet individually with interested students.  If you are interested in meeting with Major Hartman, please forward your resume to me.