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Restorative Justice Class Description

Restorative Justice (2 credits), Professor Susan DuncanCourse description: Restorative justice is a broad term used to describe a way of thinking, a philosophy or a social movement to institutionalize peaceful approaches to harm, problem-solving and violations of legal and human rights instead of, or in addition to, using retributive models. Restorative justice has both a values and process conception. The course examines the values underlying restorative justice which seek to repair harm, reduce risk and build communities. The course then introduces students to the process of various RJ techniques including victim/offender conferencing, victim/family conferencing, victim impact panels, Native American based circles, etc. which bring together stakeholders affected by some harm that has been done. In addition, the course provides substantial instruction in professional skills and techniques to resolve-conflict and develop restorative agreements. Pass/Fail. This course meets only from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (with breaks) all week during spring break. It is a one-week course.

New Classes: Entrepreneurship 401 and the Entrepreneurship Clinic

The Law School has added two new courses to the curriculum for next semester: Entrepreneurship 401 and the Entrepreneurship Clinic. These are two different courses. The first, Entrepreneurship 401, is a cross-listed course offered at the business school. Law students that should consider this course are students interested in learning about entrepreneurship from the prospective of business. The course will introduce law students to the many issues faced by start-up companies, and provide law students with the opportunity to better understand the needs of small businesses. Students will be learning about these issues along with their business school classmates.

To enroll in the Entrepreneurship 401 course, please submit an unofficial transcript to Dean Duncan.

The second new course, the Entrepreneurship Clinic, is structured as a transactional law clinic. Students in the clinic will be working with the law school instructor in providing legal advice to the Entrepreneurship MBA students that are participating in business plan competitions. In this role, the students will be acting as legal counsel to the business plan teams as they prepare and participate in business plan competitions. Thus, unlike the cross-listed course, the students in the clinic are not enrolled in a business school course, but rather acting as advisors to the MBA students in putting together their business plans under the guidance of the course instructor. Since legal advice may being given, students interested will have to submit the following:

Statement of Interest
Application to be admitted under Kentucky's limited practice rule.

Lawlapalooza T-Shirts are Still on Sale - New Price

If you weren't able to get your Lawlapalooza t-shirt before the big event, it's still not too late!  2010 and 2011 Lawlapalooza t-shirts are on sale at a reduced price of $5.00 each.  They are available in the Resource Center.  Come and get it!

Registration Dates

Pre-registration Forms for ALL students must be returned to the Student Records Office by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 9.

8:00 a.m., Thursday, November 10:  Registration begins for 4L part-time evening students who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to Student Records.  This is the only opportunity for evening students to ensure registration in evening classes.

8:00 a.m., Friday, November 11:  Registration begins for 3L students who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to Student Records. 

8:00 a.m., Monday, November 14:  Registration begins for 2L students who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to the Student Records Office.

8:00 a.m., November 15:  Registration begins for all first-year students who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to the Student Records Office. 

Do You Want to Get a Job this Summer?

The Office of Professional Development will be having an information session TODAY from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 075.  A panel of students will be on hand to provide students with helpful information on how to get a job this summer and careers in public service.  If  you are thinking of getting a job this summer, you won't want to miss this.  Pizza and drinks will be provided.  This information session is open to all students.  We hope to see you there!

Mandatory Bar Program on Candor - November 10

Attention students graduating in December 2011, May 2012, or August 2012: 

On Thursday, November 10, at 12:15 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, including Mr. Grant Helman, Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take the bar. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).
Your attendance at the November 10 program is a requirement for graduation.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the November 10 program, you must notify Dean Cross by November 4, so that alternative arrangements can be made. 

MCB Good Luck!

Good luck to Greg Mayes and Brandon Johnson, who are competing in the Twentieth Annual National Health Law Moot Court Competition on November 4th and 5th. The competition is being held at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. Professor Karen Jordan will be accompanying the team as coach.

MCB Happenings

Sign Up Deadlines for Moot Court Competitions

1. International Law - Tuesday, November 1 by 12:30 p.m.
2. Energy and Sustainablity Law - Tuesday, November 1.
3. Criminal Law - Wednesday, November 2 by 5 p.m.

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This is a reminder that the Office of Professional Development will be meeting with the first year students on Tuesday, November 1 from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Room 275.  Dean Urbach will be giving helpful information regarding your resume, cover letters and interview skills.  You won't want to miss this opportunity.  Pizza and drinks will be served.

This is also a reminder that if you are interested in participating in the week-long projects lottery, please e-mail Jina Scinta by November 1.  Her e-mail address is

Academic Success Tip - Review Your Outlines

Review; review; and then review.  You want the course information to be as comfortable as a baggy pair of sweats when you walk into the exam.  If you do not consistently review material throughout the remainder of the semester, you will walk into your exams with information that feels like a stiff new suit instead.  Deep understanding and quick retrieval from memory pay off because of the time constraints of exams.  You can recognize the nuances in answer choices or fact patterns better, and you will not waste time trying to remember the material.  If you get in the habit of reviewing your outlines each week, you will have a better understanding of the material and will be better prepared for the intense course review before finals.