Student News

The Constitution in 2020: Religion in the Public Sphere

The Kentucky Lawyer Chapter and the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society present:  "The Constitution in 2020: Religion in the Public" on April 27 at the Louisville Bar Association.

The Constitution in 2020 is a new book edited by Yale Law professors Jack Balkin and Reva Siegel. It is a collection of essays by leading constitutional scholars regarding the directions that constitutional law should take in the decades to come.

Featured Speakers:

  • William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law; Visiting Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School; Member, Board of Directors, American Constitution Society; and Contributing Author, The Constitution in 2020
  • Paul E. Salamanca, Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • David Tachau, Moderator, Partner, Tachau Meek PLC

There will be a reception following the panel discussion. The event is free of charge. 1.0 hours of CLE credit is pending for this event. The cost is $30 for members of the Louisville Bar Association and $60 for nonmembers.

Please RSVP online

This event is co-sponsored by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Kentucky Chapter and the Louisville Bar Association.

Congratulations to the Hooding Professors

Each year, the graduating class chooses three professors to hood them at graduation.  This is the highest honor that the graduating class can bestow upon a faculty member.  This year the graduating class has chosen Professors Abramson, Giesel, and Marcosson to hood them at graduation. .  Congratulations to our three hooding professors!!!  You are greatly appreciated!!!

Weekly Academic Success Tip: Tips for the Exam Period

How are you doing?  Most of you have exams beginning this week.  Some of you are balancing exam study with papers/projects.  Here are some ways to make the remaining days of the semester more productive:

  • Each day make a detailed “to do” list.  A detailed “to do” list will help because (1) you will not forget tasks; (2) you will be more efficient and effective with your time; and (3) you will be more realistic about what you can accomplish during the day.  Include all the tasks that you need to complete broken down in small steps.  Schedule next to the task the time period when you will complete it.  Include non-school items with times as well. 
  • Take short breaks throughout your studying to let your brain “file away” material that you are working on immediately prior to the break.  Confine short breaks to 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Take longer breaks after 3 or 4 hours of intense studying.  Depending on the course or task, you may have to adjust your study stretches before a longer break is needed.  If possible, go for a walk to defuse stress during your long breaks.
  • Take at least an hour break for a meal during study periods that are not up against an exam session.  Sitting down and relaxing over a healthy meal will aid your studying more than standing up at the counter wolfing down a microwave dinner.
  • The night before a morning exam or the morning before an afternoon exam, restrict your studying to light review.  Read your outline through a few times or complete a few practice questions.  Avoid cramming up to the exam because you will increase your stress level and get minimal retention of the material.
  • After an exam, take a 2 - 4 hour break if at all possible.  Your brain will be worn out.  A relaxed break will allow you to go back to studying later with a refreshed mind and more positive outlook.
  • If you get sick or have a personal crisis, contact Associate Dean Bean to discuss your options.  If you are too ill to focus or too upset to think, you do not do yourself any favors by taking the exam.
  • Put a paper draft aside for a full day if possible before you re-read it.  You are less likely to miss errors in logic or to miss style, punctuation, or grammar problems.  A fresh pair of eyes on a paper is invaluable to a better finished product. 
  • Choose your study locations wisely.  Avoid distractions such as television, computer games, and chatty studiers.  Avoid places that will increase your anxiety level.
  • Avoid talking about the exam afterwards.  You gain nothing by rehashing the exam questions.  You cannot change anything.  You will become more stressed if you think you missed an issue (and the other person may be wrong).  You will waste valuable energy that you need for studying.
  • Get plenty of sleep.  Staying up late to cram is non-productive.  You are very likely to go into the exam less alert, more stressed, and more confused about material.

Massages for Law Students during Finals

Are you feeling stressed?  Do you need a break from studying? 

Enjoy a complimentary chair massage from Advanced Massage Therapeutics on Wednesday, April 21, or on Monday, April 26.  Massages will be offered from noon to 6:00 in the Washer Lounge.  You may sign up for an appointment time.  Walk-ins are also accepted!

Valid Exam4 Practice Tests

The following students, identified by user name, submitted a valid Exam4 practice test for Spring 2010 on or before the 6:00 PM EDT deadline, Friday, April 16th.  These students will also receive a confirmation e-mail.  If your user name does not appear below and/or you do not receive the confirmation e-mail, you may not use Exam4 to take any final exam this semester.

If you believe you did timely submit a valid practice test, and your user name does not appear below, contact Jim Becker at j.becker@louisville.edu IMMEDIATELY.

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ACS Announces Constitutional Video Contest

The American Constitution Society is inviting members, supporters and others interested in the Constitution to enter the first ACS short video contest. The competition encourages submissions of original short films highlighting the importance of the federal judiciary, the need for independent judges, and the necessity of ensuring a fair and efficient judicial nomination process.

First prize is $1,500 and free registration to the 2010 ACS National Convention in Washington, D.C. on June 17 - 19. The second-place entrant will receive a $250 prize and free Convention registration.

The contest is intended to promote creative thinking about the importance of judges and the role courts play in shaping the laws that shape American lives. Entries should be consistent with the ACS Mission Statement and the themes of Keeping Faith with the Constitution, the book published last year by ACS, and available for free download, as well as other criteria.

"With this video contest, ACS is encouraging people to think creatively about the judiciary's critical role, and the importance of nominating and confirming jurists who embrace the fundamental values that our Constitution expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law," said Caroline Fredrickson, executive director of ACS.

Health Law Moot Court Competition Soliciting Interest

 The Moot Court Board is pleased to announce that selection of a team for the fall 2010 Health Law Moot Court Competition will take place during May and June.  At this time, we are soliciting names of students who may be interested in the Competition.

The problem for the Competition could involve any aspect of health law and/or procedural issues that may arise during litigation involving health law issues.  The problem generally arrives in early August, and the due date for the brief ordinarily is in late September or early October.  The Competition will be held November 5-6, 2010, at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale Illinois.

If you may be interested in being a team member and want to receive more detailed information about the Competition and the application/selection process, please send an email message to Marlow Riedling (mpried01@louisville.edu) by Friday April 30th, including your name and an email address that you will be checking regularly throughout May.  We look forward to hearing from you.

 

2010 - 2011 Moot Court Board Members Selected

The Moot Court Board would like to congratulate the following individuals who were selected as members for the forthcoming year:

Marlow Riedling

Liam Felsen

Lani Burt

Elisabeth Fitzpatrick

Todd Garland

Thomas Stevens

Tyler Fleck

Amanda Prager

Nancy Vinsel

Kristie Wetterer

Sarah Clay

Eric Johnson

Jennifer Siewertsen

Whitney Englert

Andrea Fagan

Sarah Potter

Alex White

Meg Stewart

Jackie Clowers

Joshua Porter

Megan Cleveland

Stephanie Loper

Nathan Fort

Holly Hudelson

Teresa Kenyon

Iara Montoro

CONGRATULATIONS!

 

 

Exam Tip - Legal Analysis

Your analysis is the most important thing that goes into a law school exam, so make sure it is in there!  Much of what students write when answering a law school exam is not legal analysis, and has originated in places other than the student’s mind.  The issues you will be dissecting were created by your professors and are contained within the examination fact patterns.  The same is true of the facts you will be discussing in your answer; they were created by your professor.  The law you will be relying on to resolve these issues originated in the cases and statutes you read during the course of the semester.  The only part of an essay answer unique to you is your commentary on WHY certain facts lead you to believe that a legal issue should be resolved in a particular way.  This commentary is legal analysis, and is the difference between the grades of “C” and “A” on a law school exam.

Spring 2010 Exam Numbers

On Tuesday, April 13, your exam number was mailed to your louisville.edu e-mail address.  If you did not receive your exam number, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records.

Please do not delete your exam number until you review your spring 2010 exams.