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Celebrate the Implementation of the Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"!

Dear Law School Community,

 

On September 20, please join us for cake outside of the Professional Development Office (room 182) to celebrate the implementation of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"!

What Was "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"?

Passed by Congress in 1993, DADT was a law mandating the discharge of openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual military service members.
More than 14,500 service members were fired under the law since 1993. 

What is the History of the Repeal of DADT?

  • On December 15, 2010 the House passed a stand-alone DADT bill, 250-175. This bill reflected the language of the repeal provision in the National Defense Authorization Act.
  • On December 18, 2010 the Senate passed the House's stand-alone DADT bill, 65-31
  • On December 22, 2010, President Obama signed the bill allowing for repeal of DADT.
  • On July 22, 2011, President Obama, Defense Secretary Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen certified the U.S. military ready for the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) repeal
  • The implementation of the repeal will go into effect 60 days after the date of certification on September 20, 2011.

How did DADT Affect the Law School ?

All employers who recruit on our campus must certify that they do not discriminate in hiring based on specified protected classes, including sexual orientation. Until recently the military has not been able to certify nondiscrimination on that basis. In theory, the law school should not have allowed the military access to our students based on the discriminatory practice mandated by DADT. However not allowing access would have caused UofL to forgo a large amount of money from the federal government. Our decision (and similar decisions by all but two US law schools) to allow military recruiting created a mandate that we provide "amelioration" in a form that both publicly expressed the law school's disapproval and provided a safe and protective atmosphere for our LGBT students.

Due to the implementation of the repeal of DADT on September 20, this OCI session will be the first that military recruiters will be welcomed on our campus without amelioration. Please stop by at your leisure.  Let's celebrate!
Sincerely,
Kathy Urbach

MPRE Exam - November 5 (Deadline to Register is September 20)

If you are planning to sit for the November 5 MPRE, the regular application deadline is September 20.  You may register for the MPRE online.  The 2011 MPRE Information Booklet and registration information appear at www.ncbex.org.  Read the MPRE  Information Booklet carefully, as applicants are responsible for all information contained in it.  The booklet provides a description of the MPRE, an outline of the subject matter covered, representative sample questions, guidelines for taking the exam, as well as application information.

Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure

It is amazing that we are beginning the sixth week of the semester!  Some of your professors may have started to speed up in class and cover more pages.  You may be working on your first graded writing assignment for BLS, preparing for a practice exam, studying for a mid-term, or all of the above.  What can you do to re-group after these first five weeks if you are feeling pressured by the workload or are worrying that you are already behind in your studying?  This week's tips will provide suggestions on how to handle pressure.  

  • Do not stop reading for classes because you have other projects or assignments due soon.  Carve out time for the projects around your reading for classes.  If you focus on papers or projects and ignore class reading, you will then be confused in class and behind in your reading.  If you need help finding time for both reading and other tasks, make an appointment with Dean Ballard for help with time management.

Candidate Interest Meetings for SBA 1L Elections

All 1Ls interested in running for a SBA 1L position must attend one (1) of the Candidate Interest Meetings. The first interest meeting will be held on Monday, September 19th in Room 245 from noon to 12:20 p.m. The second candidate interest meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 20th in Room 245 from 12:10 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Candidates may run for Section Representative (one representative will be elected from each section) or Louisville Bar Association Representative. If you would like to run for a position but cannot attend either of the candidate interest meetings and/or have any additional questions, please contact Katie Bennett at ktbenn01@louisville.edu. 1L elections will be held the week of September 26th in the law school lobby.

ABA Client Counseling Competition

Tryouts for the 2012 ABA Client Counseling Competition will be held Friday, October 7th, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  A sign-up sheet has been posted on the front door of the Moot Court Board room.  The deadline for signing up is Monday, September 26th at 5:00 p.m.  

There is no written requirement, as this is not a “briefed” competition.  Instead, students compete in pairs of two in a simulated law office consultation in which the students, acting as attorneys, are presented with a client matter.  They conduct an interview with a person playing the role of the client, and then explain how they would proceed further in the hypothetical situation.  The judges evaluate how the team elicited facts, advised about the relevant law, provided options for proceeding, and assisted the client to make an informed choice. For the tryout, each interview will last approximately 15 minutes; the actual competition will be a 30-minute interview. 

The regional competition will take place February 11, 2012, at Northern Kentucky University’s Chase College of Law in Highland Heights, Kentucky.  The regional competition consists of three qualifying rounds with each team competing indirectly against two other teams in each round.  After the qualifying rounds, the top six teams advance to the semifinal round, culminating with the three winning teams in the final round.  The first place team from each regional competition will advance to the National Finals on March 16-17, 2012, in Durham, North Carolina.

All 2L, 3L, & 4L students are encouraged to sign-up.  The team is coached by Professor Leslie Abramson and Louisville attorney Paul Schurman.   If you have any questions about the competition or tryouts, email Jacob Ford at jpford03@louisville.edu.  

Presidential Management Fellows Program

If you are interested in learning about the Presidential Management Fellows Program, go to:  http://www.pmf.gov/opportunity/index.aspx

 

Scroll to the bottom of the page and under "Become A PMF", there is helpful information regarding the Overview and Timeline, and Application Process.

 

The application period is from September 15th through September 25th.  You can apply through USA Jobs at:  www.usajobs.gov and search for "Presidential Management Fellows" for the 2012 job opportunity.

 

 

Mark Your Calendar - Free Flu Shots

Campus Health Services will be here at the law school to give flu shots:  Thursday, October 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Shots are free for students and for faculty and staff who are at least 80%. 

Academic Success Tip - Reserve Time for Outlining

Congratulations!  You are finishing your fifth week of law school.  If you have not done so already, reserve time THIS weekend to begin your outlines for each course - do not wait!  We forget 80% of what we learn within two weeks if we do not review; by outlining regularly and reviewing your outline often, you will retain more information and not have to re-learn it.  If you are unsure how to start your outline, consider using the topics and sub-topics in your course syllabus or in the general table of contents in your casebook as a framework.  Remember that you want to focus on the bigger picture of the course and fit the parts into that bigger picture; avoid a case-based outline.  If you have already started outlining your courses, keep up the good work and reserve time this weekend to supplement those outlines.

Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition

Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up now for the Trademark Law Moot Court Competition. The Regional Competition will be held February 11, 2012 in Chicago or Atlanta, depending on the team’s regional placement. The top two teams in each region will advance to the National Final on March 17, 2012 in Washington, DC. UofL Law won the Southern Regional and National Final last year.  The coaches are Professor Lars Smith and Jack Wheat of Stites & Harbison. Currently, the law school plans on sending two teams to the competition. 

Professor Smith will review the submissions and send interested competitors a problem by Monday, September 26. The brief will be due on Monday, October 3 at 9 AM, and oral arguments will be held that week to select team members. To sign up, send an e-mail with a short statement of interest (1 page maximum) to Luke Markushewski at ljmark01@louisville.edu.  The deadline for submitting a statement of interest is Friday, September 23 at 9 AM

More information can be found athttp://www.inta.org/Academics/Pages/SaulLefkowitzCompetition.aspx. Direct any questions to Luke Markushewski.

 

U.S. Department of State's Summer 2012 Student Internship Program

The U.S. Department of State 's is now accepting applications for the Summer 2012 Student Internship Program.

Click here (http://careers.stategov/students/programs) to read more about the Student Internship Program, and to start the Gateway to State online application process. Please note that the deadline to submit completed applications is November 01, 2011.

To be eligible for this program, you must be:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a full- or part-time continuing college or university junior, or graduate student (including graduating seniors intending to go on to graduate school).
  • Have good academic standing
  • Successfully complete a background investigation
  • Be able to receive either a Secret or Top Secret clearance.

Please read the entire vacancy announcement carefully for all qualifications and requirements.

You can also visit our Student Programs forum (http://careers.state.gov/engage/forums/student-programs) to post questions or read discussions about this program.

 

U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.