Student News

Registration in Fall 2011 Low-Enrollment Classes by May 9: Classes at Risk of Cancellation

The following three low-enrollment classes are at risk of being canceled: Written Advocacy Seminar; Tax Policy Seminar; Business Planning Seminar.  If you plan on taking any of these courses, you need to register for them by Monday, May 9 so that we can make decisions about whether to cancel them based on their actual anticipated enrollment.  If you need assistance with registration, contact Barbara Thompson.  If you have questions, please contact Dean Arnold.  Please note that the Written Advocacy Seminar can be used to satisfy either the Skills requirement or the Writing requirement.  The Tax Policy Seminar can be used to satisfy both the Perspective requirement and the Writing requirement.  The Business Planning Seminar can be used to satisfy the Skills requirement.

Basement Refrigerators

Please remove any unwanted food and containers from the refrigerators in the basement by Friday, May 6.  Members of the SBA will be cleaning out the refrigerators after finals.  Thanks.

Help University of Alabama Law Students

Please see the below message from the ABA Law Student Division in regard to the tornadoes in Alabama and what we can do to help the law students at the University of Alabama:

"As many of you know by now, the City of Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama experienced catastrophic storms and tornados last week resulting in the loss of lives and significant damage to the city.

Tuscaloosa is also home to the University of Alabama School of Law and approximately 547 law students. Dean Ken Randall has notified us that all law students, faculty and staff are accounted for, although many students have suffered significant property damage while others have lost everything, including housing, computers, cars, books, etc. The law school building was not damaged, but was without power for several days. Exam schedules and the implementation of exams have been altered responsive to student needs and the law school graduation will continue as planned on May 7th.

As many in the law school community have been directly or indirectly affected by the storms and tornados in this region, it is our hope that the SBA Presidents and ABA Representatives can encourage their law student bodies to assist with the efforts to help the law school victims at the University of Alabama School of Law. Several SBA Presidents have already contacted the ABA Law Student Division to inquire how their schools may provide assistance. Two resources have been identified that will provide assistance directly to the university and law school communities.

Will Booher, SBA Treasurer of the University of Alabama School of Law, has set up a “Tornado Relief Fund” to assist those in need. This fund will be used first and foremost, to directly support those in the law school community that were affected by the storm – including groceries, supplies, and replacing essential lost property, housing, transportation and other fundamental needs. The fund will then be used to support volunteers and toward the law school’s efforts for community outreach. Finally the remainder of the funds will be donated to the Red Cross relief efforts in Tuscaloosa.

Donations may be made via PayPal or by contacting Will Booher at

Another resource may be the University of Alabama, which has established the UA Acts of Kindness Fund to help UA students, faculty and staff who need assistance as a result of storm damage.

This is an opportunity for our nation’s law students to assist those in need. Please help spread the word to your fellow law students to do whatever they can to help our friends at the University of Alabama School of Law.  Thank you." 

Free Massages Today!

Free massages are being provided today (Wednesday, May 4th) in the Pirtle Washer Lounge.  Massage therapists will be available from 9:00am - 6:00pm.  There is a sing-up sheet on the door to sign up for a time or stop by and see if one of the therapists is free.  Good luck with the rest of finals!

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Adopt a Winning Attitude

You have worked hard all semester.  So, why not adopt a winning attitude and set high goals for yourself?  If you doubt your ability to do well on exams, you might fear that you will earn poor grades even after studying intensely.  During this last week of exams, do not allow yourself to be distracted from studying as a defensive mechanism to blame low grades on disruption of your study schedule.  Help avoid this trap by remembering that your value as a human being is not measured by your performance on law school exams.  By placing your study of law in proper perspective, you can moderate the pressure, freeing yourself to perform your best.  No one will fault you if you spare no effort to do your best, even if the results fall short of your expectations.  On the other hand, what a shame it will be if you squeak by after defensively limiting your opportunities to do well, and then spend your time wondering how much better you could have done had you pulled out all the stops. 

Approach this final week of exam preparation with all the dedication and enthusiasm you can muster, and try to visualize success on your exams.  You are more likely to rise to the top if you reach for the stars than if you stare at the ground in anticipation of defeat.   Adapted from Law School Exams, Preparing and Writing to Win by Charles Calleros.

Locker Return for Graduating Students

Graduating students, please be sure to empty your locker and return your lock to the Copy/Resource Center by this Friday, May 6.  You will receive your deposit back when you turn in your lock.  

Free Massages During Finals - Wednesday, May 4

Free massages will be available again this Wednesday, May 4th from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm in the Pirtle Washer Lounge.  There will be a female therapist available all day and a male therapist available from noon - 3:00 pm.  A sign-up sheet will be placed on the door of the lounge.  Please sign-up or stop by for a free massage and a nice study break.  Good luck with the rest of finals!

Composite Pictures for 2011 Graduates

For those graduates who participated in composite pictures, the pictures have arrived and will be available for pickup immediately following the graduation ceremony.  An SBA representative will be at a table in the room where you will be turning in your graduation apparel.  Please be sure to stop by the table and pick up your copy.    

Hooding Professors for Graduation

Professors Powell, Liebson, and Rothstein have been chosen by the May 2011 graduating class as those professors who will hood our graduating students.  Congratulations to those professors on receiving such a great honor!

Congratulations to the Newest MCB Members

The Moot Court Board would like to congratulate its newest members:

Chris Arnold, Carly Baize, Lauren Claycomb, David Erhart, Jacob Ford, Ashley Haile, Denise Hall, Paige Hamby, Brittany Hampton, Richard Hinton, Doug Keil, Cassie Kennedy, Pete Lay, Jennie Lynch, Alice Lyon, Lucas Markushewski, Eddie O'Brien, Brian O’Connor, Courtney Pawley, Alston Peek, Kaitlyn Potzick, Zac Richards, Emily Sloan, Josh Waldrop, and Krista Willike

The MCB looks forward to another successful year with our newest additions!