Congratulations to Jared Sawyer (3L) and Jennifer Siewertsen (2L) on advancing to the semi-Finals in the 2011 Herbert Wechsler Criminal Law Competition in Buffalo, NY this past weekend! Jared and Jennifer, coached by local attorneys Dave Harshaw and Ted Shouse, '99, were one of only 8 teams out of the 26 competing to advance to the quarter-finals. The team defeated Valparaiso University School of Law to move onto the Final Four but lost to the eventual Champion. The team was praised for their professionalism, organization and speaking style. Congratulations Jared and Jennifer!
The Central team was made up four outstanding seniors, all of whom made it to the tournament’s semi-final round. Besides Joshua and Mashayla, the other two semi-finalists representing Central were Hau Duc Le and Chania Coleman. The team was coached by Professor Sam Marcosson of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, and two law school students, Cennet Kocakulah Braun and Lena Nash Seward. They work with the students as one component of the School of Law’s partnership with Central’s Law and Government Magnet, and as part of the broader national Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. The Moot Court Competition brings together students from various Marshall-Brennan programs sponsored by law schools around the country, giving high school students the opportunity to put into practice the lessons about the constitutional rights they have learned throughout the year, and argue an actual case involving students’ rights under the First Amendment.
"Joshua and Mashayla were tremendous. The judges couldn’t have been more impressed with their knowledge of the cases and the law, or with their poise in answering questions," Professor Marcosson said about their final round performance. "The coaches from other schools were just as complimentary."
The team was supported by the tireless commitment of the teacher of the Law and Government Magnet program at Central, Joe Gutmann, and Professor Laura Rothstein, who co-ordinates the law school’s partnership with the Magnet, and by Central’s principal, Dr. Dan Withers. In addition, they got vital help from a number of volunteer attorneys who participated in practice rounds, and made generous donations to help finance the trip to Philadelphia. Several members of the Women Lawyers Association also contributed to the trip costs. Emily Zahn, '08, of Dinsmore & Shohl, in particular, not only contributed herself but also coordinated significant fundraising efforts at her law firm.
More New Coverage:
- "Achievers: Joshua Puckett & Mashayla Hays - Central pair finish 1-2 in moot court" (The Courier-Journal, May 1, 2011)
- American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (reprinted May 2, 2011)
The following students won in our Barristers' Ball Raffle:
Come join us for our final lunch of the year. Mr. Mark Franklin, a local lawyer, will be coming to speak to us. Everyone is welcome.
Place: Room 175
Mr. Ilya Shapiro from the Cato Institute and Becca O'Neill, a local immigration attorney, will engage in a debate about immigration policy. Professor Luke Milligan will moderate the debate. Topics will include:
- SB 1070 - Is it constitutional? Is it good policy?
- What to do with people already here illegally?
- What to do about future skilled and unskilled immigrants?
- Are temporary work permits for unskilled workers good policy?
We will be serving Graeter's Ice Cream, so come with an empty stomach and an open mind!
Congratulations! You are about to finish another semester in law school. Here are some tips to make the most of the last two full weeks of classes in preparation for finals:
- Do not skip classes. Professors often give information about the exam during the last few classes. In addition, there is a good chance that there will be questions on the exam specifically on the last week’s material.
- Attend all review sessions that your professors offer. Professors provide review sessions to help you do well on the exam. Whether the session is a professor-led review of the material or based on questions and answers, you can use the session to your advantage. If you are confused about certain areas, then this is the time to get the material straight. If you think you understand the material, then this is the time to “test” your depth of understanding.
- If there are not scheduled review sessions, ask your professors any questions that you have this week. Once classes are over, many professors work from home or work in their offices during limited hours. Yes, you could e-mail or telephone the professor regarding your questions; however, there is no substitute for being there face-to-face.
- Try to have all of your reading and outlining completed by April 20. You want to allow yourself plenty of time for learning your outlines, memorizing black letter law, and applying the concepts through practice questions.
- Evaluate your status in each course. Determine which topics and sub-topics still need to be learned for each course. Determine which topics and sub-topics just need to be reviewed. Determine how many practice questions need to be completed for each topic and sub-topic. Prioritize your studying tasks. Be realistic.
- Map out your plans for each day for the next two weeks. A monthly calendar format may help you to see when your exams are, when papers are due, when other projects may be due. Mark down review sessions being held by professors. For each day, indicate the course(s) you plan to study, the topics or sub-topics for that course, and the hours of study.
- Maximize your study time within your plan. Decide whether you learn better by studying one course all day or by mixing up two or even three courses in the same day. Decide when you are most alert and place the most difficult tasks (intense learning and memorization for many students) in those time slots. Use time slots when you are less alert for tasks that you find easier (review of material already learned, practice questions, and flashcards for many students).
- Re-check the exam schedule to make sure that you have written the correct days and times down for all of your exams. Nothing can be more distressing than to find out that you missed an exam because you were not careful enough in noting the dates and times on your calendar. If in doubt, find out now.
- Have a talk with your significant others about the fact that you will be studying for exams and need their understanding. Have a heart-to-heart with your friends, parents, spouse, children, and any others who need to be cooperative with your efforts. Schedule needed babysitters now.