Please see the below message from the ABA Law Student Division in regard to the tornadoes in Alabama and what we can do to help the law students at the University of Alabama:
"As many of you know by now, the City of Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama experienced catastrophic storms and tornados last week resulting in the loss of lives and significant damage to the city.
Tuscaloosa is also home to the University of Alabama School of Law and approximately 547 law students. Dean Ken Randall has notified us that all law students, faculty and staff are accounted for, although many students have suffered significant property damage while others have lost everything, including housing, computers, cars, books, etc. The law school building was not damaged, but was without power for several days. Exam schedules and the implementation of exams have been altered responsive to student needs and the law school graduation will continue as planned on May 7th.
As many in the law school community have been directly or indirectly affected by the storms and tornados in this region, it is our hope that the SBA Presidents and ABA Representatives can encourage their law student bodies to assist with the efforts to help the law school victims at the University of Alabama School of Law. Several SBA Presidents have already contacted the ABA Law Student Division to inquire how their schools may provide assistance. Two resources have been identified that will provide assistance directly to the university and law school communities.
Will Booher, SBA Treasurer of the University of Alabama School of Law, has set up a “Tornado Relief Fund” to assist those in need. This fund will be used first and foremost, to directly support those in the law school community that were affected by the storm – including groceries, supplies, and replacing essential lost property, housing, transportation and other fundamental needs. The fund will then be used to support volunteers and toward the law school’s efforts for community outreach. Finally the remainder of the funds will be donated to the Red Cross relief efforts in Tuscaloosa.
Another resource may be the University of Alabama, which has established the UA Acts of Kindness Fund http://bit.ly/uaactsofkindness to help UA students, faculty and staff who need assistance as a result of storm damage.
This is an opportunity for our nation’s law students to assist those in need. Please help spread the word to your fellow law students to do whatever they can to help our friends at the University of Alabama School of Law. Thank you."
You have worked hard all semester. So, why not adopt a winning attitude and set high goals for yourself? If you doubt your ability to do well on exams, you might fear that you will earn poor grades even after studying intensely. During this last week of exams, do not allow yourself to be distracted from studying as a defensive mechanism to blame low grades on disruption of your study schedule. Help avoid this trap by remembering that your value as a human being is not measured by your performance on law school exams. By placing your study of law in proper perspective, you can moderate the pressure, freeing yourself to perform your best. No one will fault you if you spare no effort to do your best, even if the results fall short of your expectations. On the other hand, what a shame it will be if you squeak by after defensively limiting your opportunities to do well, and then spend your time wondering how much better you could have done had you pulled out all the stops.
Approach this final week of exam preparation with all the dedication and enthusiasm you can muster, and try to visualize success on your exams. You are more likely to rise to the top if you reach for the stars than if you stare at the ground in anticipation of defeat. Adapted from Law School Exams, Preparing and Writing to Win by Charles Calleros.