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Tax moot Court Sign-ups in Process

The Tax Law Moot Court Competition will be held February 3-5, 2011 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The format of the competition consists of a first round double elimination oral argument followed by single elimination quarterfinals, semifinal and final rounds.  There is a separate competition for written briefs, with independent judging and awards.  The problem consists of three or four issues, all tax related. The team’s coach is Professor Norvie Lay.

 

Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up on the Moot Court Board across from the Washer Lounge.  Try-out times will be any time before 3pm on Tuesday (Nov. 9) or Thursday (Nov. 11).  If these times do not work for you, then you may contact Professor Lay to make other arrangements in his office (Rm 252) or by his office phone (502-852-6374).  You may argue from any brief that you have previously written, including your BLS brief. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Loper at stephanie.loper@yahoo.com. 

 

Academic Success Tip - Are You Getting Enough Sleep?

Try to get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.   Lack of sleep decreases the ability to study effectively.  When someone is tired, it takes longer to do the same task, concentration is impaired, and memory of material is lessened.  Also, you will need fewer “power” naps if you are getting sufficient sleep at night.

Academic Success Tip - Proofreading (a reminder)

A law paper requires diligent editing to make sure it is as well written and clear as possible. Avoid long, complicated sentences and fancy or superfluous language to help readers understand the covered issues quickly and accurately.  Be sure to reserve time to carefully edit your work product.  Careful proofreading is particularly important in legal writing. Spelling, punctuation, citation, or grammatical errors in a document submitted to the court, opposing counsel, or a client can undermine your credibility as a legal professional. 

Immigration Law Writing Contest

Submit an Immigration Article & Win $500 from Legal Language Services!

Law school students: Are you studying immigration law? Have you noticed any trends in US or international immigration? Legal Language wants to hear what you think!

Submit an unpublished article on legal issues that affect immigration in the United States and/or abroad. Articles should reflect recent developments in immigration, bring forth new ideas about the subject or introduce a discussion.

Articles should be between 500 and 1,000 words and written for an audience of legal professionals. The articles will be judged on subject matter treatment, scholarship and analysis.

The winner will be awarded a $500.00 cash award and two runners-up will receive $100.00 cash awards. The winning articles as well as a number of additional articles receiving honorable mention will be posted on the Legal Language Services website.

Rules of Eligibility:
  • All articles must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST on Feb. 28, 2011.
  • You must currently be enrolled in an accredited US law school.
  • Your article must be your own original work.
  • Your article must not be published elsewhere.
  • Your article must not be fewer than 500 words and must not exceed 1,000 words.
  • You must agree that your article will become the property of Legal Language Services.

Winners will be announced on or about April 15, 2011. Winning articles will be published on the Legal Language Services website.

Bar Program Nov. 9 for Graduating Students

Reminder for students graduating in December 2010, May 2011, or August 2011: 

On Tuesday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions 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. 

Your attendance at the November 9 program is a requirement for graduation.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. 

The November 9 program will be recorded.  It will be “shown” on Nov. 10, 2010, at 7:25 p.m. in Room 175.  Students who cannot attend the 1:00 program are welcome to attend the 7:25 program.

If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the Nov. 9 program or the Nov. 10 showing, you must notify Dean Bean this week so that alternative arrangements can be made. 

Graduating students planning to take the KY Bar Exam in July 2011, or February 2012, will receive a handout during the November 9 program providing instructions on completing the Kentucky Bar Application.  A separate program focusing on the Kentucky Bar Exam will be offered on January 11, 2011, at 12:15 p.m.  All graduating students taking the KY Bar Exam are strongly encouraged to attend this program.

 

 

Which Courses Do You Want to Take Next Year?

Dean Arnold would very much like to hear from you about which courses you would like to see offered in the 2011-12 academic year.  This is your opportunity to have input into the design of next year's schedule.  (Do not just assume that a particular class will be offered in any particular semester -- instead let your interests be known.)  Email your input and preferences to Dean Arnold at tony.arnold@louisville.edu by November 19.  Your input is highly valued but it needs to be received by 11/19.  Once the schedule is developed, it is very difficult and in some cases just not possible to make changes based on late input.  The reason for the early planning is so that a schedule can be provided to students early so that they can plan accordingly.  Thank you!

Academic Success Tip - Stay Positive and Protect Your Time

Keep your eyes focused forward.  Do not look back over your shoulder to bemoan what you wish you had done in August, September, or October.  You cannot control the past, but you can control the future.  Learn to say “no” diplomatically.  Family and friends, especially if they are not in law school, do not understand how important studying is for exams.  After all, in the past you just crammed for a week or two to get A grades.  Explain to them why it is so different now and ask for their understanding. 

Summer 2011 Schedule Selected

Based on student feedback, the attached summer schedule has been selected.  This was Option 1 among the 4 options provided, and had the greatest student support among those who completed and submitted the feedback forms.  While all schedules are always "tentative," this will be the Summer 2011 schedule unless circumstances change or unusual situations arise.  You may want to consider this schedule when selecting Spring 2011 classes.  However, students are reminded that a course normally has to have an enrollment of at least 5 students to avoid cancellation.  If you have any questions, please contact Dean Arnold, tony.arnold@louisville.edu.

 

Good Luck to the Health Law Moot Court Team

Good luck to Elisabeth Fitzpatrick, Eric Lowe, and Sarah Potter as they compete in the Nineteenth Annual Health Law Moot Court Competition this weekend, November 5th and 6th, at the Southern Illinois University School of Law.  If you see them, please wish them the best.  Congratulations Elisabeth, Eric, and Sarah- we're all so proud of you!

Tax Enthusiasts

Dear Tax Enthusiasts,
 
The UK Tax Law Society is in the process of lining up events that will be open to both Louisville and NKU students!!  Such events include a "Careers in Tax Law" panel discussion and a social event (likely to be held in Louisville) with local tax attorneys.  If you are interested in pursuing a career in tax law, these events will be extremely beneficial to you.  These events will not only be educational in nature, but will also provide an invaluable networking opportunity to those in attendance.  The dates/times for these events are TBD, pending the availability of our guest attorneys.
 
If you would like more information or think you might be interested in attending either (or both) events, please send me an email, keith.tidwell@uky.edu, expressing your interest.  We look forward to meeting you!