Student News

ABA Site Visit, February 28-March 2.

Once again, please be reminded that an ABA site team will be at our law school beginning February 28.  Their purpose is to make sure that our law school is keeping its commitment to us.  Site team members will be sitting in classes and walking our halls.  Please be aware that they will be observing students and professors.  They also want a chance to hear from us and will hold student meetings on Monday, February 28 at 5 p.m. in room 275 and on Tuesday, March 1 at 12 p.m. in room 275.  You are encouraged to be at these meetings.  Also, food will be provided at both meetings!

School of Law Awards and Leadership Recognition Program - Save the Date

The annual School of Law Awards and Leadership Recognition Program is scheduled at the University Club for April 1, 2011, beginning with a reception at 5:00 p.m.  All students are invited.  Students who are recipients of named and commonwealth scholarships; recipients of academic and leadership awards; recipients of the highest grades in law school courses in 2010; members of honor societies, professional skills teams, and law school publications; and leaders in student government organizations will be honored.  Recognized students will receive invitations prior to the event.  Questions?  See Dean Bean.   

Deadline March 1 for Institute for Women's Policy Research Summer Internships and Fellowship

IWPR conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. IWPR focuses on issues of poverty and welfare, employment and earnings, work and family issues, health and safety, and women's civic and political participation.

See attachment for description and how to apply.

Thanks from the Christian Law Society

Thanks to all who supported the Chili Cookoff yesterday. We were able to raise $160 for the Samaritan's Purse Haiti Relief fund. Stay tuned for upcoming events with CLS.

US Air Force Information Session Q&A Meetings

Lt. Colonel Bruce Page of the U.S. Air Force JAG will be presenting an Information Session on Tuesday, March 1st at 1:15 p.m. in the Career Services/Public Service Library (room 186).  The Information Session will last approximately 45 minutes and Lt. Col. Page will meet with students on an individual basis to answer questions.  If you are interested in signing up for a meeting after the Information Session, please stop by room 184 to do so.

NOTICE REGARDING MILITARY RECRUITMENT In order to conduct job interviews in the law school or to obtain assistance from the Career Services Office, prospective employers must sign a statement of nondiscrimination based on race, color, religion, nationality, gender, disability or sexual orientation.  Federal laws relating to military service preclude representatives of the Armed Forces from signing the nondiscrimination statement in its entirety.  Congress also has enacted a statute, known as the Solomon Amendment, requiring that federal funding -- including several categories of student loans -- be terminated at any educational institution that refuses access to military recruiters.  Therefore, the law school grants access to military recruiters who sign the nondiscrimination statement to the extent consistent with federal law.

 

Shelley Santry: 2011 Woman of Distinction

Shelley Santry

UofL Law Clinic Director
Professor of Law
University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law

Shelley Santry, UofL Law Clinic Director and Assistant Professor of Law has been named a 2011 Woman of Distinction by the Center for Women and Families.

Each year The Center for Women and Families nominates a select group of women whose contributions work in unison to improve opportunity, education and quality of life for women and children in Kentuckiana.

"I am thrilled to be a 2011 Woman of Distinction not only because it isa honor involving my passion, to advocate against domestic violence, butalso because it is given by such an amazing organization as the Centerfor Women and Families. In looking at the list of previous recipients,I am truly honored to be a member of a group of truly awesome women."



Professional Development Week

If you haven't heard, the Office of Career Services and Public Service is changing its name to the Office of Professional Development.  The official "kickoff" is the week of March 7th.  Read the March edition of the newsletter and learn more about Professional Development Week.

Professional Development Week Events:

The Big Reveal

"How to Get a Job"

Mardi Gras Party

Careers in Public Service

How to Get Started on Your Public Service Project

Question and Answer Table

CLS Chili Cookoff and Haiti Relief

Don't eat your lunch today! Buy it from us, in the lobby, from 11:30 to 1:30. Cost is $5 for a full meal. Half the proceeds will go to the Samaritan's Purse Haiti Relief Fund.

Moot Court Information Session

All students are invited to an information session Thursday, Feb. 24, to learn about the Moot Court Board and the opportunity to participate in extramural advocacy and skills competitions.  Brandeis students participate in internal School of Law competitions, in state-wide competitions, in national competitions, and in international competitions.  The Moot Court Board will provide information about how to become a member of the board or a member of one of its extramural advocacy and skills teams.  The session will be at 12:10 p.m. in Room 075.  Questions?  Contact Dean Bean.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Dealing With Mid-Semester Stressors

This week is the eighth week of classes.  Stress is on the rise.  Some students are choosing negative coping strategies.  Instead, use positive coping strategies like the ones below for your stressors:


Stressor: You are behind in reading for one or more courses.

  • Focus first on current reading assignments so that you are not lost in class.
  • Fit in back reading a few pages or one case at a time until you are caught up again.
  • Avoid becoming dependent on commercial case briefs instead of reading yourself. 

Stressor: You have read everything but are feeling clueless in the course.

  • Determine what you need to do to gain understanding of the material.
  • Some students need to get an overview first before they learn the parts: look at a table of contents, look at the syllabus organization, look at a graphic representation of the topic, read about the topic to get a preview.
  • Some students need to learn the separate parts before they can understand the overview: after each series of cases, focus on the synthesis into the sub-topic; after several sub-topics, focus on the synthesis into the topic; after several topics, focus on the synthesis into the overall course.
  • Consider whether working with a classmate would help you.
  • Consider whether going to the professor with questions would help you.
  • Consider whether reading a carefully chosen supplement would help you.
  • If you are a 1L, consider whether going to your Academic Fellow during office hours would help you.
  • Consider doing all of the above if that is what it takes to sort out the course.

Stressor: You are behind in outlines for your courses.

  • Focus on outlines in the order of easiest to complete (less material covered, more understandable, already have part of it completed) through hardest to complete.
  • Get started.  Waiting until you understand it all or until you have the non-existent free weekend will not help matters.
  • Once an outline is caught up, add to it every week. (The material will still be fresh and will take less time to outline.)

Stressor: You have several deadlines that are very close together.

  • Break down each exam course into the smaller sub-topics that you must study.
  • Break down each paper or project into the smaller tasks for completion.
  • Estimate how long it will take you to complete each small sub-topic or task. 
    Total the full amount of time you will need for each exam or paper or project.  Add 20% to your estimates.
  • Take a calendar and allot tasks to each day so that you finish all tasks before the deadline.