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Single Stream Recycling Program

The Law School is participating in the University’s new "single stream" recycling program and garbage reduction initiative.


On June 3, 2010, Aaron Boggs of Physical Plant, met with members of our staff and faculty to provide an overview of the program and to answer questions. The program has already been implemented in 35 buildings and within the past quarter, the campus has contributed 50 tons of recycled material. Mr. Boggs mentioned he’s received very few complaints and none pertaining to an increase in insects or clogged drains.

By now, each employee has received a small green receptacle for their personal garbage waste. It’s the employee’s responsibility to empty that container into a larger garbage can in their shared workspace. Our existing office garbage cans will be stripped of their plastic liners, affixed with a label and converted to recycling bins, which will be emptied frequently by the custodial staff. Recycling and garbage bins will be placed in each of the law school’s restrooms, kitchens, classrooms, and common areas. Recycling bins will also be placed near each of the copy machines.

Recyclable Materials

  • Paper products: anything that can be torn, i.e. office paper, newspaper (including inserts), envelopes, folders and spiral notebooks, paperback books, magazines, catalogs and telephone books
  • Cardboard, soda boxes, pizza boxes, and brown bags
  • Plastic: food containers, milk and juice bottles, buckets, PVC narrow neck containers (e.g. spray bottles), and bottle caps
  • Aluminum cans, trays and foil, steel cans and tins

Exceptions: light weight plastic items (e.g. Kroger and Subway bags) should be bundled together, as well as light weight paper items (e.g. sugar packets, envelopes) so that they don’t fly off the sorting machine. Shredded paper should be placed in a plastic bag then tossed into a recycling bin for collection. Currently, only paper back books are recyclable, but the law library is investigating options for recycling hard bound books.

Non-recyclable Materials

  • Human soiled products (e.g. tissues, toilet paper)
  • Food products (e.g. coffee grinds, chicken bones, apple cores)
  • Styrofoam containers
  • Motor oil, insecticide, herbicide or hazardous chemical containers

All containers must be emptied, but they do not need to be rinsed. Nor do the labels need to be removed.

Download this guide for a complete list of everything that’s covered by “Commercial Single Stream Recycling.”

Full Story: "Single-stream recycling program keeps extra 12 tons of materials out of landfill so far" (UofL Today, May 21, 2010)

Certificates from Awards Program

Students who were not present for the Awards Program on April 1, may pick up their certificates from the Academic Success Office, Room 212. 

National Moot Court Team Sign-ups End April 13th!

Tryouts for the National Moot Court Team will be this Friday and Saturday April 15-16th.  All students interested in representing the University at the Regionals in Richmond, VA in November, and possibily the Nationals in New York next January should:

1)  Sign up on the sheet on the Moot Court Board office door by Wednesday, April 13.

2) Submit a brief as your writing sample (can be, doesnt have to be your BLS brief) to Professor Marcosson by this Wed April 13th.

3)  Perform a 15-minute oral argument based on the brief.  

 

    Two Teams of 2 members each will be selected to compete.  Competitors will earn 2 hours of credit, and have the chance to compete against students in the top law schools in the nation. 

Questions?  Ask Josh Porter at jrport10@louisville.edu.

AAPALSA Officer Election Meeting

AAPALSA is holding its Officer Election Meeting on Wednesday April 13 at 12:15pm in the APALSA Office, Room 082.

Student Health Law Association Meeting

The Student Health Law Association is holding a meeting Tuesday, April 12 at 12:10 PM in LL 075 to plan for next year and elect new officers. Pizza will be served.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Making Time When There Seems to be None

A common theme in my discussion with students is that there are not enough hours in the day.  At this point in the semester, many students are starting to get stressed over the amount of work to fit into the amount of time left in the semester.  It can seem overwhelming if one does not use good time management skills.  Here are some tips:

  • Realize that you control your time.  With intentional behavior, you can take control of the remainder of the semester rather than feeling as though it is a roller coaster ride. Make time for what really matters.
  • Work for progress in every course.  If you focus on one course to the detriment of the other courses, it creates a cycle of catch-up and stress.  Space out work on a major assignment over the days available and continue with daily work in all other courses.
  • Use small pockets of time for small tasks.  Even 15 minutes can be used effectively!  Small amounts of time are useful for memory drills with flashcards or through rule recitation out loud.  Twenty minutes can be used to review class notes and begin to condense the material for an outline.  Thirty minutes can be used for a few multiple-choice practice questions or to review a sub-topic for a course.
  • Capture wasted time and consolidate it.  Students often waste up to an hour at a time chatting with friends, playing computer games,  watching You Tube, answering unimportant e-mails, and more.  Look for time that can be used more productively.  If several wasted blocks of time during a day can be re-captured and consolidated into a longer block, a great deal can be accomplished!  
  • Use windfall time well.  It is not unusual in a day to benefit from unexpected blocks of time that could be used.  A professor lets the class out early.  A study group meets for less time than expected.  An appointment with a professor is shorter than scheduled.  Rather than consider the time as free time, use it for a study task.
  • Realize the power of salvaged blocks of time.  If you capture a half hour of study time a day, that is 3.5 extra hours per week.  An hour per day adds up to 7 hours per week.  Time suddenly is there that seemed to be unavailable.
  • Break down exam review into sub-topics.  You may not be able to find time to review the entire topic of easements intensely, but you can likely find time to review its first element intensely.  By avoiding the "all or nothing mentality" in exam review,  progress is made in smaller increments.  It still gets the job done!
  • Evaluate your priorities and use of time three times a day.  Every morning look at your tasks for the day and evaluate the most effective and efficient ways to accomplish everything.  Schedule when you will get things done during the day.  Do the same thing at lunch time and make any necessary changes.  Repeat the exercise at dinner time.
  • Cut out the non-essentials in life.  Save shopping for shoes for that August wedding until after exams.  Stock up on non-perishable food staples now rather than shop for them every week.  Run errands in a group now and get it over with to allow concentrating on studies for the rest of the semester.
  • Exercise in appropriate amounts.  If you are an exercise fanatic spending more than 7 hours a week on workouts, it is time to re-prioritize.  You may have the best abs among law students at your school, but you need to workout your brain cells at this point in the semester.
  • Boost your brain power in the time you have.  Sleep at least 7 hours a night.  Eat nutritional meals.  Your brain cells will be able to do the academic heavy lifting in less time if you do these simple things.

So, take a deep breath.  Take control of your time.  And good luck with the remainder of the semester.  Adapated from a post by Amy Jarmon, Texas Tech Univ. School of Law. 

First Year Oral Advocacy Competition Results

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Congratulations to Brittany Hampton, winner of the 2011 First Year Oral Advocacy Competition!

Appellant, Jamie Jackson, and Appellee, Brittany Hampton, advanced from the first semifinals to compete in the final round on April 8, which was judged by Sixth Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals Judge Danny Boggs, Hardin County Family Court Judge Pamela Addington, and Hardin County Chief Regional Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton.

Notes Selected For Publication in the University of Louisville Law Review

Congratulations to the following authors, each selected for publication in Volume 50 of the University of Louisville Law Review:
BEST NOTE
Ross Jordan, Fiduciary Obligations for Broker-Dealers
HONORABLE MENTIONS
J.D. Theiss, Video Excerpts in Closing Arguments
Amanda Warford, Abortion Consent Bypass v. Mandatory Abuse Reporiting
ALSO SELECTED FOR PUBLICATION
Shannon Burns, Religious Diet in Prison
Marlena Burt, Custody Modification in Relocation Disputes
Natalie Donahue, Two-Way Video Testimony
Elisabeth Fitzpatrick, Pregnant Women and Substance Abuse
Molly MacCaskey, Right to Sue under the Credit Repair Organization Act
Andrew Mize, Judicial Selection in Kentucky

Message from SBA Rules and Election Committee

If anyone wants to file an election challenge please do so by 12 noon, April 9.  Please remember that anyone can file an election challenge.  Direct all election challenges to Ashley Wiggins by email (ashley.wiggins@louisville.edu).

First Year Oral Advocacy Competition Finals

The final round of the Oral Advocacy Competition is set for Friday, April 8 at 1:00 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom.  The opening round started with over fifty competitors and the final two are Jamie Jackson (Appellant) and Brittany Hampton (Appellee).  They will argue before Judge Danny Boggs of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Kelly Mark Easton of Hardin Circuit Court, and Judge Pamela Addington of Hardin Family Court.  Please stick around the law school an extra hour or two on Friday afternoon to watch the finals.  Congratulations to Jamie and Brittany for advancing.