Student News

Anthem 5K Road Race

The Student Health Law Association is looking for a few more law students to participate in the team challenge portion of the upcoming Anthem 5K Fitness Classic on February 26 in downtown Louisville. We've had enough interest so far that we are exploring the possibility of two teams of runners. For details contact Alex Davis.

Student Bar Foundation Charity Auction

This Thursday, February 10 beginning at 5:30 p.m. the Student Bar Foundation is having its annual charity auction.  The event will be held at the Louisville Bar Association.  Please try to attend this event.  The donations collected that night are used to fund different scholarships that students, here, at Brandeis benefit from.  The silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. and the live auction begins at 6:30 p.m.  See you there!

Another Save the Date: Barristers' Ball

On Friday, April 1, the Student Bar Association is hosting our annual Barristers' Ball!  This is an exciting night, filled with special memories and plenty of dancing!  Please save the date and plan on coming.  More details are to come.

Save the Date: Med-Mal Mixer

On Friday, February 25, starting at 7 p.m. students from the Brandeis School of Law, UofL Dental School, and Medical School will be getting together at Darkstar Tavern, located at 2636 Frankfort Avenue.  Please come out and enjoy yourself.  It is sure to be a good time!

Barbri Table Day

BARBRI TABLE DAY THIS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9!  Taking the MPRE in March? Need to take a review course to help you prepare? Don’t forget to enroll for BARBRI’s nationally renowned course and receive our FREE MPRE review!!  We will be set up in the lobby THIS WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 9, FROM 9:00-6:00, so stop by the table to register for both!
 
3Ls - if you plan on taking a bar exam this summer and haven’t enrolled for our review course yet, this is one of your last chances!!  Remember, BARBRI offers the most comprehensive review course for EVERY jurisdiction in the nation, not just bits and pieces of each exam or certain states.  
 
What makes BARBRI’s Bar Review Course a better choice?
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    • Lectures Offered Across the Nation – our in-classroom lectures are offered live (select locations) and on video at law schools and cities across the nation! No other course has asmany options for you to choose from so whether you are headed to New York, Miami, Houston, L.A. or anywhere in between, we have you covered!
    • Unlimited, On-Demand Lectures Online – BARBRI is the only course in the nation that offers students the convenience of accessing all course lectures 24/7 online, in-classroom lectures and the BARBRI Mobile Program for the iPhone, iTouch or iPad.
    • Comprehensive MBE Preparation and StudySmart Software – BARBRI offers its students 5 (yes, that’s FIVE!!) MBE workshops along with diagnostic software to track your progress on the MBE. No other course offers this type of comprehensive MBE review, which will save you up to $1000!!  
    • Exclusive Paced Program – BARBRI’s exclusive Paced Program sets forth a day-by-day schedule that will guide you from the first to the last day of review. This guidance is one-of-a-kind and offered only by BARBRI.
    • Free Repeat Guarantee - We stand behind our course and approach to help you pass the bar exam. If you fail ANY bar exam, you receive a free repeat of that course. There are no conditions, unlike our competitors that attach certain unreasonable conditions (which if you don’t meet you will pay dearly for!!).  
For over 40 years, BARBRI Bar Review has been the most successful bar review course across the nation, offering lectures from bar exam experts, up-to-date outlines, multiple practice exams on every area covered on your respective bar exam.
 
If you have any questions, feel free to visit our website at www.barbri.com or email the director of the BARBRI of Kentucky program, Ryan Feola, Esq. at ryan.feola@thomson.com

SBA Presents: Inaugural UofL Law vs. UK Law Basketball Game

What? UofL Law vs. UK Law School Basketball Game
Where? at the Student Activity Center
When? Friday, February 11th at 7:00

Come see 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls from the Brandeis School of Law "protect this house" at the first UofL Law vs. UK Law basketball game. Tip off is at 7:00 p.m. Come early to ensure that you have a seat for the game!

Thank you to Ink Productions for partially sponsoring our team!
Check out their website at http://www.inkproductions.com/

Thank You Tax Moot Court!

Thanks to Grant Axon, Mallory Littlepage, and Rob Rominger for representing the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law!  Thank you for your time and effort you devoted toward the National Tax Moot Court Competition!

Law School Sustainability Committee

Dean Arnold wants to do a rain garden in the east courtyard.  Professor Nowka wants us to conserve energy, starting first with hitting the off switches on our computers and lights when we leave at the end of the day.  Professor Cross wants an herb garden in the front of the law school (and he'd like to use them in some communal meals too).  Dean Bean wants to do a strategic plan for law school sustainability (and weatherstrip the front door in the east wing).
 
What is sustainability and why  should the law school community care?   Come to an organizational meeting for the Law School Sustainability Committee on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 12:15, Room 075.  Tell us what you want to do, and help us figure out how we can do it.  Questions?  Contact Dean Bean at kathybean@louisville.edu.

Charlene Taylor to be honored at LBA

On Thursday, February 24, the Louisville Bar Association will present a special screening of the film "Uncommon Vision" about the life of John Howard Griffin, author of Black Like Me, which exposed prejudice of the 1960s and impacted the civil rights movement. The filmmaker, Morgan Atkinson, will be on hand to answer questions afterwards.

The celebration continues at 5 pm with a reception and awards ceremony:

- Honoring the winners of Central High School's Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. Essay Contest
- Awarding the LBA Diversity Scholarship
- Recognizing Charlene O. Taylor's many years of dedicated service in the Office of Admissions at the Brandeis School of Law
- Presentation of the Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. Trailblazer Award to Raymond M. Burse of GE Consumer & Industrial Legal

Both program and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Marisa Motley by calling (502) 583-5314 or email mmotley@loubar.org.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Take Action for Optimal Learning

We are already 6 weeks into the spring semester!  Deadlines may be starting to pile up.  Your beginning-of-the-semester optimism may have worn off.  And, the weather bouncing between winter and spring does not help.  Consider the following tips to obtain optimal learning:
  • Keep a positive attitude to affect your learning positively.  It is hard to keep your focus and perform at your best if a cloud is hovering over your head.  Negative thoughts, grumpiness, and sniping at others all expend energy in unproductive avenues.  Not only do other people want to avoid you when you exude negativity, but you waste your own time by moaning, groaning, and whining. 
  • Focus on manageable tasks to increase motivation.  It is easier to get motivated to do small tasks rather than large projects.  Decide to read one case when you do not feel like reading any of your contracts cases.  Decide to write two paragraphs when you do not feel like writing an entire paper draft.  Decide to outline one sub-topic when you do not want to outline an entire topic.  Decide to do 5 multiple-choice questions when you do not feel like doing practice questions at all.  After you get started and finish one small task, you are likely to be ready to do another small task.
  • Focus on what you can control rather than what is controlled by others.  Reality is that you do not determine whether you will be called on in class, whether you will have a mid-term exam, whether your paper will have one or six draft deadlines, or whether you will have a multiple-choice or essay final exam.  So, stop stewing about things you cannot control.  Instead, focus on what you can control and take control of those things: your time management; your stress management; your timetable for review; your outlining schedule; your reading schedule; your schedule for practice questions; your asking the professor questions and more.
  • Use the many services that are available to you to improve your situation.  Ask questions during the professor’s office hours.  If you are a 1L, talk to your Academic Fellow.  Meet with the University writing center to improve your grammar and punctuation skills.  Meet with a University counselor if you have test anxiety, personal problems or other issues that are making it hard for you to concentrate on your studies.  Go to the doctor if you are sick rather than self-treating and not getting better.  Getting assistance keeps you from feeling so alone in your situation and begins the work of solving problems.
  • Do not focus on your bad choices last semester, last week, or yesterday.  If you have procrastinated or studied inefficiently and ineffectively or fallen into any of the other common student difficulties in studying, accept responsibility for those bad choices; but then, focus on today.  You cannot change what has already happened, but you can change how you study today and tomorrow.  
  • Take advantage of your strengths and acknowledge your weaknesses.  Evaluate the areas within a course: what areas do you understand and what areas are you confused about still.  Then, spend additional time on the weak areas to improve your understanding while you review material that you know well.  
  • Do not blame someone else for your difficulties.  It is not the professor's fault that you cannot do the practice problems if you did not study the material thoroughly.  It is not the professor’s fault that you got a low grade when other students did better on the same exam.  It is not your study group’s fault that you do not understand the material if you have not taken the initiative to attempt learning it yourself before study group.  It is not your spouse’s problem that you are behind in your reading if you have not set up a structured study schedule that allows sufficient study time as well as family time.
  • Stop resisting positive change.  Ask yourself whether you are having problems because you are clinging to ineffective and inefficient ways of studying.  You need to realize that nothing will change for the better if you refuse to make changes.  Knowing that you need to change something and still not changing it will accomplish nothing positive in your life. 
  • Remember that you begin to earn your reputation as an attorney while you are in law school.  Ask yourself whether how you are acting today will place you in a positive light with your classmates and professors.  If not, then reconsider the behavior BEFORE you act that way again.  Being difficult to work with on an assignment may translate into a reputation that you will be considered difficult to work with as an attorney later.  Being lazy in law school may translate into a lack of referrals as an attorney because your former classmates will not be able to trust you to do a thorough job.  Being mean-spirited or gossipy or arrogant in law school may translate into personal characteristics that mar your reputation later as a new attorney.