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Lawlapalooza Karaoke Performer du Jour

Greg Simms, Esq.

Greg Simms, attorney at law, is a 2007 graduate of UofL Law and a partner in the firm of Gruner & Simms, PLLC. Among the many accolades in Mr. Simms' Martindale-Hubbell profile are the following:

  • He received the Book Award for the highest grade in Evidence in law school.
  • He is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
  • His teeth are large enough to allow him to eat corn through a fence.
  • He is the 2004 Marion County (Ky.) Ham Days Hog Calling Champion. Really. No lie.

Despite his considerable theatrical experience, Lawlapalooza is Greg's first effort at karaoke. Consequently, his goals are modest and reasonable: While he does not expect to win this year's Lawlapalooza karaoke competition, he does plan to soundly beat Sam Marcosson.

Sign-Ups for Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition

*Submission Date Extended*

If you are a 2L, 3L, or 4L and would like to represent UofL in the Wagner Labor Law Moot Court Competition, now is the time to apply. The competition will be held in New York City in March 2012. Please email the following information to Professor Levinson (arlevi03@louisville.edu) while cc'ing Brittany Hampton (Blhamp25@gmail.com) on Monday, October 24th at noon:

1. Resume
2. Completed Labor Law Info Sheet (see below)
3. A one-page statement of interest including any past experience in labor and employment law

For tryouts, be prepared to argue both sides of Thompson v. North American Stainless found at http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=7401240344092765062&hl=en&as_sdt=2&as_vis=1&oi=scholarr.

Professor Levinson or Professor Render will conduct tryouts the week of October 31st. Signups for tryout times will be available on the Moot Court Board Office door on October 24th.

If you have any questions, please email Brittany Hampton.

MCB Congrats!

The members of this year’s National Trial team have been selected. The team members are:

Paul Chumbley
Samantha Constantine
Christopher Moncrief
Joshua Porter
Thomas Stevens 

Congratulations to those selected, and thank you to everyone who tried out.

Sign-Ups for Criminal Law Moot Court Competition

Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up now for the Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition, held March 31, 2012, in Buffalo, NY. The team’s coaches are local criminal defense attorney Ted Shouse and David Harshaw from the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.

To sign up, send an e-mail by Wednesday, November 2 at 5 p.m. to Sarah Clay at claysarahe@gmail.com containing the following items in pdf format:

1. Resume
2. Legal Writing Sample

Additionally, you will need to sign up for a time to try out. You will need to prepare 10-15 minutes of oral argument based on last year's problem, J.D.B. v. North Carolina, which may be found at http://wings.buffalo.edu/law/bcls/wechsler11.html. You may choose to argue either side, and may do any research necessary to form your argument. Tryouts will be conducted on Wednesday, November 9, from 5-7 p.m., in room 177, and Tuesday, November 15, from 5-7 p.m., in the Allen Courtroom. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the Moot Court Board Office door by noon, Friday, October 21.

Only a two-member team will be sent to the competition. Please direct any questions to Sarah Clay.

First-Year Signup with Office of Professional Development beginning November 1st

First-year students,

If you would like to arrange an individual meeting with a member of the Office of Professional Development and have not previously signed up with Dean Urbach, additional signup sheets are posted.  Here is how you will sign up:

A through H - Dean Urbach (182)

I through Z - Ms. Reh (184)

If you know that you are not interested in practicing law and are not in Professor Pettinato's Basic Legal Skills class, please contact her for an appointment.

 

 

Are You Still Reading the Daily Docket?

Congratulations to Joseph Holbrook, today's 1L Daily Docket winner.  Joseph has won a ticket to Lawlapalooza on October 27.  To claim your prize, you must stop by Dean Ballard's office today before 5:00 p.m.

Bar Exam Panel Discussion and Presentation

Join five May 2011 graduates next Thursday, October 27, for a panel discussion regarding the Kentucky and Indiana bar exams.  All panelists are eager to share their experiences with you in preparing for, taking, and successfully passing the bar exam.  Learn from their mistakes and gain some valuable tips for studying.  Dean Ballard will also provide attendees with important information on application deadlines and helpful information to complete the bar exam application. The session will begin at 12:10 p.m., in Room 275.  Lunch will be provided.

Yoga Class TONIGHT!

Join your fellow classmates for a free yoga class tonight at the Law School from 5:15 to 6:15, in LL77.
 
If you've not yet given Law School yoga a try, this might be the perfect opportunity for you to take the plunge.  Again, no prior experience is necessary.  The instructor focuses on something different in every class.  We provide the mats ... all you need is comfortable clothing (a t-short and sweats or shorts). 

Academic Success Tip - Beware of Bad Advice

Bad advice:  You can’t do any practice questions until right before the exam because you don’t know enough.
Why this advice is bad advice:

  • Exams are all about applying the concepts and law that you have learned all semester to new fact scenarios or legal problems.
  • You wouldn’t go on a black diamond ski slope without lots of practice.  Why would you go into an exam without having worked on several practice questions throughout the semester?
  • A multitude of practice questions are available that test your knowledge on sub-topics and topics and not just entire courses.

Alternatives:

  • Do some practice questions at the end of each sub-topic to test your application skills.  Can you spot the issues and sub-issues?  Can you apply the concepts correctly?  Can you apply the rules and exceptions to the rules?
  • Practice your approach to questions:  how will you analyze the question; how will you marshal the facts; how will you organize your answer; how will you write the answer in the most concise way.
  • Become more adept by starting with one-issue questions, then progressing to two- or three-issue questions, then progressing to more extensive questions.  Once you can organize and answer shorter questions, you can practice your organization for longer questions.
  • Use multiple sources of questions:  ones handed out by the professor; questions in study aids; questions you and your study partners write and swap; questions from prior exams; introductory problems in your case book.  
  • Schedule practice question time each week for each course so that you do not forget to practice or put off practice too long.

Lawlapalooza Karaoke Performer du Jour

Luis Cartaya, 2L

Luis "Cher" Cartaya, pictured here shaving his legs, was once one of the legendary members of the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (the red one, obviously). After suffering an ACL tear fighting Lord Zedd, Cartaya had to retire the red suit and follow his second dream, being Cher. After discovering he had a voice of an angel, Cartaya joined Sonny & Cher and began blessing the world with his voice. Cher, clearly the greater of the group, broke off to begin a solo career and was soon thereafter regarded as the Goddess of Pop. You might also know Cartaya from his Hollywood love affairs with such movie stars as Jessica Alba, Megan Fox, and Jessica Biel. Having traveled back in time, Cartaya has become great friends with Louis D. Brandeis, and after losing a hot game of poker agreed to bless Lawlapalooza with his epic voice.