Student News

TODAY: From Gutenberg to the Internet: Free Speech and Advancing Technology

Join us for lunch, catered by Chick-Fil-A, in room 275 between 12:00 and 1:00, as our distinguished panel discusses the positive and negative implications of advancing technology on Free Speech.

Pirtle Washer Oral Advocacy Competition

Attention 2L's, 3L's and 4L's

Informational Meetings Wednesday, September 15th and Thursday, September 23 in Room 175 at 12:10

The annual Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition is a great opportunity for law students to hone their oral advocacy skills. This competition is open to all 2L, 3L, and 4L University of Louisville Law Students. The competition focuses on a competitor's ability as an oral advocate and therefore requires no research outside of the given materials. The preliminary rounds will be held on Saturday, October 16th and the Finals will be on Friday, October 22nd. If interested please sign up on the Moot Court Board door and attend an informational meeting in room 175 at 12:10 pm on 9/15 or 9/23.

Academic Success Tip - Four Weeks Down!

Wow!  You have already completed four weeks in the fall semester.  Congratulations.  As you've probably noticed, time passes quickly in law school.  Before you know it, finals will be right around the corner.  If you've kept up with your study schedule and your study tasks, keep up the good work.  It will pay off.  If you've put study tasks off repeatedly, you need to re-evaluate your priorities and get back on track for success.  

So, what should you be focusing on right now?  Here are three suggestions:

  • If you haven't already done so, now is a good time to make a list of questions to ask your professors.  Plan when you will go see your professors this week to get their assistance.  It is easier for a professor to get you on the right path if you ask questions early and often.
  • This weekend is the perfect time to get caught up on your outlines if they are still non-existent or barely begun.  You should have enough material in most courses to be able to determine both the “big picture” of the sub-topics or topics and how the parts fit into that whole.
  • Now is a good time to use a monthly calendar to write down all deadlines for papers, projects, mid-terms, or assignments.  Plan over the next month when you will work on specific tasks for those longer-range deadlines. 

Negotiation Competition Seeking Competitors

Any 2L, 3L, or 4L who would like to be considered for the ABA Negotiation Competition Team must send an email to Associate Dean Arnold, co-coach, at tony.arnold@louisville.edu, no later than September 22, with: 1) the student's name; 2) why he/she wants to be on the U of L ABA Negotiation Team; 3) the student's background in negotiations; 4) the student's availability for practices; and 5) contact information for the student.  Selections will be made after September 22 by co-coaches Tony Arnold and Mary Jo Gleason.  The regional rounds of the ABA Negotiation Competition will be November 13 and 14 in East Lansing, MI.  In recent years, a team from U of L won the national competition, and we hope to continue our success in this competition this year. Please direct any questions to Iara Montoro at iara.montoro@louisville.edu.

Client Counseling Team Tryouts

Tryout for the ABA Client Counseling Competition!


The ABA Client Counseling Competition simulates a law office consultation in which you, acting as a team of two attorneys, are presented with a typical client matter.  The competition will be held either February 12, 2011 or February 19, 2011.  This year’s topic is Professional Responsibility.  


Tryouts will be held Friday, September 24 starting at 2:30pm in Washer Lounge.   You must sign up as a two member team.   Due to the topic for this year’s competition, it is strongly recommended that each member of a team has either taken or is currently enrolled in Professional Responsibility.


The sign up sheet is posted on the Moot Court Office Door.  There is also a folder containing a statement to prepare your team for the tryout.


If you have any questions about this competition or the tryouts please contact Professor  Abramson at
les.abramson@louisville.edu or Lani Burt at laniburt@insightbb.com.

Academic Success Tip - Time Management

Evaluate your time management and study habits for the past three weeks.  Do you need to make improvements?  Are there problems for which you have not yet found a solution?  E-mail Ms. Ballard for an individual appointment so that you can get some assistance in those areas.  kimberly.ballard@louisville.edu

Profile of Ellen B. Ewing Fellow

Jennifer Siewertsen, 2L, shares her experience as the 2010 Ellen B. Ewing Fellow.

As a first year law student the law seemed like an intangible idea, an abstract thought presented in casebooks and lectures. The cases and the discussions have names and titles, but not faces or stories. For someone propelled into law with a background in social justice and advocacy, this pursuit of a faceless justice left a lot to be desired. I never imagined that in ten short weeks, my purpose and interest in the law would be renewed and redirected towards family law.

As the 2010 Ellen Ewing Fellow I was thrust headfirst into Legal Aid’s Family Law Unit. Working with a small and dedicated group of people, I worked with a variety of complex family and legal issues. I immediately began meeting clients and sifting through cases. What I found wasn’t a question presented or an issue, but individual people struggling to find safety for themselves and their children from domestic abuse. What may have been another day at the office for me was often a life-changing moment in the life of a client.

I spent the summer doing many of the same duties as any other law clerk, researching, writing, and observing in court. However, what I got out of the experience was wholly unique. The opportunity to interact with clients on a personal level and see legal issues through a human lens has given me a renewed sense of purpose for this upcoming school year. Though my time spent with the Legal Aid Society as the Ellen Ewing fellow was brief, the impact of that experience will be life-long.

Ms. Siewertsen is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and a 2008 Graduate of Centre College with a Bachelor’s in Religion as well as Government. She's active on the 2010 National Moot Court Team and the Moot Court Board as well as a candidate for membership in the Journal of Law and Education. She was a runner-up in the 2010 First Year Appellate Advocacy Competition (pictured above).

Jennifer and her classmate, Alex White, will emcee Lawalapalooza on September 30 at Phoenix Hill Tavern.


 

Thank you Law Students!

The School of Law received a thank you note this week from the Masonic Home, one of our locations for community service during the 1L Orientation. 

Dama Maynard wrote: 

"Thank you so much for coming to Masonic Home of Louisville and assisting our residents with scrapbooking.  They really enjoyed spending time with each of you.  They treasure moments with our greater community.  Good luck to each of you and thanks again."

Academic Success Tip - Outlining

Should you rely on an upper-division student's outline or a commercial outline to prepare for exams?  NO.  Remember that you are not creating an outline to turn in as an assignment or to win any awards.  The outline is another tool from which you can study the law.  The process of you outlining a course dramatically increases your ability to retain the information and to develop a sense of what information you will need to apply to a set of facts on an exam.  In addition, commercial outlines are not always in tune with the material as presented by your professor.  Canned outlines may be helpful to fill in any gaps after you have done the work, but they should NEVER take the place of your own outlines.

IOA Seeks Entries for Second Annual Student Writing Competition

The International Ombudsman Association is again sponsoring a contest to reward scholarship relevant to Organizational Ombuds. In the second IOA-sponsored writing competition, graduate and law students are invited to submit articles on the issue of how organizational ombudsmen can avoid being deemed as agents for notice.

The author of the winning article will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and an invitation to the IOA Annual Conference in April 2011 in Portland, OR to receive the award. IOA will provide registration, airfare and lodging for the conference. The winning article may also be published in the Journal of IOA. Submissions are due November 19, 2010.

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