Student News

SBA Reading Week Poll!!!!

The Student Welfare Committee, which consist primarily of faculty, wants to receive input on creating a "Reading Week," also known as a "Dead Week," for spring semesters.  This would involve having a full week, Monday-Friday, with no classes after the last day of class in the spring semester.  The first week of finals would commence the following Monday-Friday, followed by the weekend of the Kentucky Derby, and then finals would resume/conclude the week after the Derby. 

This is not an SBA agenda. This idea is not sponsored by myself or anyone on SBA.  Please consider your decision carefully.  There is a poll on TWEN to voice your opinion on the issue.   

To take the poll go to the TWEN page and add the course "SBA Reading Week Poll."  Then then click on the "customized polling" link on the left side of the screen to vote.  The link to TWEN is http://lawschool.westlaw.com.

Academic Success Tip - Studying During the Holiday

Realize that it is your responsibility to carve out the time you need for study.  Talk to your family and friends about why it is important for you to have study time during the break period to prepare for exams, to write a paper, or to accomplish whatever tasks you need to do.  If you have always played during undergraduate school on breaks, they may not understand why law study is different.  Even if family and friends do not fully understand, you need to make personal decisions that you will not regret later.  You may need to make some compromises and get up earlier or stay up later.  Do not use your family and friends as an excuse to procrastinate.

Negotiation Team Wins 2nd Place in ABA Regional Competition

Please congratulate Nicole Crump and Jeff Hall, who won 2nd place in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition this past weekend as one of two teams from the Law School.  The competition was held in Detroit with teams from law schools in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario.

U.S. Air Force JAG Information Session

If you would like to learn more about Summer Intern or Full-time JAG opportunities with the U.S. Air Force, please attend the Information Session on Tuesday, November 16th in the Brandeis Room (112).  Major Bruce Page will be conducting the Information Session from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and students who would like to further discuss career opportunities with the Air Force may do so.  A signup sheet is in Debra Reh's office - room 184.

 

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.

Brandeis at 154

November 13, 2010, marks the 154th birthday of Louis D. Brandeis, for whom the law school is named. 

Louis D. Brandeis was the Supreme Court Justice most responsible for helping the Supreme Court shape the tools it needed to interpret the Constitution in light of the sociological and economic conditions of the 20th century.  A progressive, and champion of reform, Brandeis devoted his life to social justice.

Louisville can be proud that Justice Brandeis, who was born here in 1856 is so connected to our community and that his values had their roots here.  The principles and philosophies that Brandeis is known for – including rights to privacy, free speech, curtailing big government and big business, balancing regulation with free enterprise and a commitment to public service – are timely today. 

In honor of his birthday, a wreath has been placed at the final resting place for Justice Brandeis.  This week two events provide members of our community an opportunity to learn more about Justice Brandeis.  On Wednesday, November 10, 7-9 pm, Mel Urofsky (recipient of the 2009 Brandeis Medal) will speak at the Festival of Jewish Books about his award winning book Louis D. Brandeis:  A Life.  This event will take place at the Jewish Community Center, 3600 Dutchmans Lane.  On Thursday, November 11, at 6 pm, Professor Michael Wolf will deliver the Boehl Lecture on Brandeisian Approach to Land Use.  This event will take place at the Law School, Room 275, at 6 pm, with a reception to follow.

Academic Success Tip - Conquer Your Most Difficult Tasks First

Be alert to your “highs” and “lows” in planning your study schedule.  Do the hardest tasks when you are the most alert.  It often helps to do the most difficult or most unpleasant task first so that it does not hang over you all day.  Do more active tasks when you are feeling more drained:  flashcards, practice questions, making graphics, etc.  Read and review outlines when you are the most focused.  Be aware of when you need a short break to restore your focus.

Criminal Law Moot Court Sign-up Deadline

Interested individuals should contact Jenn Siewertsen ASAP at jlsiew02@gwise.louisville.edu

October and November Bar Briefs

Here are some highlights from the 2010 October and November issues of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs publication.
  • "From the President's Desk: Get Your Informed Vote" by Laurel S. Doheny, '92 (Oct, p. 3)
  • "Playing by Kentucky Rules: Researching the Kentucky Rules of Evidence" by Professor Kurt X. Metzmeier, '95 (Oct, p. 7)
  • "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head..."  (Oct, p. 9)
  • "Recent Changes in Kentucky Condominium Law" by Erik C. Lattig, '06 (Oct, p. 24)
  • "The Louisville Bar Association - A Genuine Success Story" by Frnk P. Doheny Jr., '65 (Nov, p. 3)
  • "Section News: Labor & Employment" by Michael K. Kirk, '84 (Nov, p. 5)
  • "The University of Louisville's 2010 Law Alumni Awards" by Dean Jim Chen (Nov, p. 6)
  • "ICANN's Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy" by Brant Sloan, '10 (Nov, p. 14)
  • "What is a Lawyer Doing in the Clinic?" by Martha J. Hasselbacher, '90 (Nov, p. 17)
  • "Protecting Shareholders From Personal Liability in Nursing Home Lawsuits" by Chelsea Castiglioni, '10 and Michael Sutton (Nov, p. 18)
  • "Lawlapalooza Tour 2010 Rocked" (Nov, p. 21)
Copies are available in the library's reserves.

Excellent Performance by the Health Law Moot Court team!

Congratulations to Elisabeth Fitzpatrick, Eric Lowe, and Sarah Potter for an excellent performance at the Health Law Moot Court Competition. 

 The judges were very impressed with the competitors' oral arguments, remarking that the team was "very polished" and "extremely well organized and easy to follow." 

Thanks for your hard work.  If you see Elisabeth, Eric, or Sarah, please congratulate them on their achievement and for proudly representing our school.

Good Luck to the Arbitration Moot Court Team

Good luck to Samantha Thomas-Bush, Brandon Edwards, Megan Keane and Aaron Price as they compete in the American Bar Association's Arbitration Competition this weekend, November 13th and 14th at Northern Kentucky University. If you see them, please wish them good luck!

Congratulations Samantha, Brandon, Megan and Aaron, and thank you for your hard work this semester.