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Academic Success Tip - Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage

Catch up on your sleep this long weekend.  Remember to get no less than 7 hours of sleep per night every week.  If your body is sleep deprived from the last three weeks because you have been sleeping less than 7 hours per night, now is the time to re-charge.  Then, make sure you get proper sleep hours for the remainder of the semester.

Assessing the Indigent Defense System

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy invites you to read:
Assessing the Indigent Defense System
An Issue Brief by:
Erica J. Hashimoto
 
ACS is pleased to distribute "Assessing the Indigent Defense System,"an Issue Brief by Erica J. Hashimoto, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Georgia School of Law. Professor Hashimoto's Issue Brief is the third in a series that ACS will be publishing focused on ideas for a role that the federal government can play in helping improve the indigent defense system around the country. Attorney General Eric Holder, Congress, and other federal policymakers have taken notice of the crisis in indigent defense that has existed since 1963 when the U.S. Supreme Court held in Gideon v. Wainwright that each state has an obligation under the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to provide a criminal defendant with an attorney when he or she cannot afford one, and they have specifically identified reform of the system as a priority. Professor Hashimoto examines the significant gaps that exist in the data available to evaluate the operation of the system and offers specific recommendations as to what the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), through its Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), can do to help improve the state of the data and assist with reform.

Professor Hashimoto observes that, "in spite of the fact that we live in an era that is preoccupied with data, we still lack data on the most basic questions related to the indigent defense system." She points out that we do not have the data to tell us "how many defendants are represented by the indigent defense systems" or "how many misdemeanor defendants have a right to counsel." As a result, we cannot determine "what percentage of defendants who are entitled to court-appointed representation go unrepresented." Professor Hashimoto asserts that the limited available data point to regular violations of the Constitution, but that "[w]ithout more complete data, it is impossible to adequately assess this fundamental constitutional right and know the extent of any violations around the country." She discusses several sets of data that are needed and ways in which DOJ and BJS could make significant improvements by collecting and analyzing these data. Professor Hashimoto recognizes that this will not be an easy or costless process, and that data cannot solve all of the problems with the indigent defense system, but concludes that "until we have data establishing the nature and magnitude of the problems and the most effective mechanisms for addressing those problems, we cannot begin the process of systematically solving them."

All of the Issue Briefs that ACS has published as part of this series, as well as other materials related to indigent defense, can be found by clicking here. For more information and to download the issue brief, click here.

Spotlight on Professor Bean

Law librarian, Robin Harris, wrote an article for the Fall 2010 issue of The Women's Center News,  entitled "Spotlight: Professor Kathleen Bean" (p. 3). Click here for the full story.

Kudos for JLE Members

Congratulations to Marilyn Osborn and Danny Schoenbaechler whose notes were chosen for publication in the JLE's July 2010 issue.  Applying the right of publicity doctrine, Marilyn’s note examines an instructor’s rights regarding the unauthorized use of his image, likeness and identity and is entitled "Instructors’ Rights to Protect Their Image: a Growing Concern in an Increasingly Digital Age."  Danny’s note reviews the issues and laws surrounding a student's service animal request, especially as they relate to students with an autism spectrum disorder. His note is entitled "Autism, Schools, and Service Animals: What Must and Should Be Done."

Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam

Are you planning to take the MPRE in November?  The regular application receipt deadline is September 28.  For more information, please see the attached information sheet and visit www.ncbex.org.

Academic Success Tip - Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage

Tackle your most onerous study task as early as possible this weekend.  That way, it won't hang over you during the long weekend and add to your stress.  Also consider tackling your hardest study tasks when you are most alert.  Your brain will absorb material more easily for greater understanding and retention.  Consequently, you will feel better about your study session and lower your stress.

Student Mailboxes

Students:  Please check your mailboxes this week.  If your name is listed incorrectly, or if you do not have a mailbox, contact Marilyn Peters or Becky Wenning in the Law Resource Center - Room 272.  Every student should have a mailbox and should check it regularly.

LSAT Prep Event

Are you interested in LAW SCHOOL?
Plan on taking the Law School Admissions Test?

Gain the upper edge by joining the Harlan Scholars for the

LSAT Strategies & Official Practice Exam Event

Event is instructed & proctored by a licensed Kaplan professional.

SEPTEMBER 18, 2010 -- 9 AM-4 PM
UofL Brandeis School of Law Room 175
Cost to attend is $15 (includes lunch)

Please make checks payable to the Harlan Scholars Program.

To Reserve Your Spot, e-mail Sierra Ashby or call 270-339-7239. Hurry! Space is Limited!

Photo Gallery: Student Orientation

Law Library Closed Monday (Labor Day)

The law library will be closed Monday, September 6 for Labor Day. It will reopen Tuesday at 8 AM.