Student News

Congratulations to the Semi-Finalists for Pirtle Washer

The Moot Court Board sponsored the preliminary and quarterfinal rounds of the annual Pirtle-Washer Competition last weekend at the Hall of Justice.  Sixteen upper-level students participated in the competition, the law school's most prestigious in-house competition.
 
Algeria Ford, Barry Dunn, Duffy Trager, and Eric Lowe advanced to this Friday's semi-final rounds.  Additionally, Brian Pollock, Courtney Phelps, Doug Dawson, and Marilyn Osborn advanced to the quarterfinals.
 
The semi-finals will be held in the Allen Courtroom, with the first argument scheduled for 9 a.m. and the second argument for 10 a.m.  The finals will be held at 1:00.  Everyone is invited to attend the arguments and a short reception honoring the contestants after the final round.  Pairings and judges will be announced later this week.

Lawlapalooza Tour 2009 Rocked!

Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the 5th Annual Battle of the Bands! Nearly $4500 was raised for the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund.

Congratulations to third-year students Andrew Henson and Forrest Kuhn! Assault with a Deadly Weapon is the first student band ever to win first place in the Lawlapalooza Battle of the Bands. They were followed by 100% Legal in second place and Keltricity in third.

Many thanks to our silent auction bidders! Bekah Soule won a night's accommodation at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Will Nefzger won a night's accommodation at the Seelbach Hilton. Becky Wenning won the original Guitar Player painting by Schuyler Olt and Vicki Senior won his Trumpet Player painting.  

Academic Success Tip - Follow Instructions

Whether you are working on a writing assignment or getting ready to take an exam, one of the easiest and most important things to remember is to follow your professors' instructions.  Should your paper be single-spaced or double-spaced?  What are the margin requirements?  What font is recommended?  Where are you supposed to write your exam number?  Whatever the instructions may be, do not overlook them.  You do not want to lose points over careless mistakes.

Congratulations to the Members of the 2009-2010 Negotiation Team

Congratulations to Andrew Henson, Doug Dawson, Heather Sidwell, and Meg Stewert for being named to the 2009-2010 ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition.  They will be competing in the Regional Tournament November 7-8.  Thanks to all who expressed interest in the Competition.

Client Counseling Competition Signups

Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up now for the Client Counseling Competition.  The Regional Competition will be held on February 19-20 in Lansing, MI and the National Competition will be held on March 19-20 in Waco, TX.  The team’s coaches are Professor Leslie Abramson and Attorney Paul Schurman. 

 

There is a signup sheet available outside the Moot Court Board door.  The deadline for signups is October 13th.  Tryouts will be limited to the first 12 teams that sign up.  Tryouts will take place on Friday October 16th in room 270 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.  Professor Abramson will be showing a video of a past competition on Tuesday October 13th from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm in room 270.

 

Once you have signed up please email Aaron Dyke and he will email you a client scenario that you will be expected to act out during your tryouts.

 

You must sign up in teams and will be judged as a team.  The person who you sign up with will be the person you compete with if you are selected.

 

Practices will take place on Saturdays at Paul Schurman’s office, which is located in Middletown.  You must be able to practice on Saturday mornings in January and February as well as once during the week.  This event is an American Bar Association event and team members must be a student member of the ABA (student membership is $25). 

 

Only one team of two members is allowed in the competition.

 

Direct any questions to Aaron Dyke (aaron.dyke@gmail.com).

Poker Tournament!!

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund will host a Texas Hold Em' Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 10th at the Monkey Wrench, 1025 Barrett Avenue. The tournament will start at 12pm. The game is no limit Texas Hold Em', $20 buy in, 3000 starting chips, 15 minute blind levels, caps at 60 players plus alternates. First place wins a Nintendo Wii! Sign ups are on the silver bulletin board in the law school lobby. Law school students, faculty and staff are invited to enter. 

Stress Resilience Presentation - TODAY

All students are invited to attend the stress resilience presentation this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. with featured guest speaker Karen Newton, MPH, RD, Director of Health Promotion & Education for UofL Campus Health Services.  Learn strategies to balance stress in law school and in law practice.  Come hear about the campus resources available to you as a law student.  For example, did you know that 30-minute head and neck massages are offered to students by appointment on Wednesdays for $6.00?  Treat yourself to this informative presentation.  Snacks provided.  Room 275 at 1:00 p.m.

Academic Success Tip - Dealing with Stress

I’m stressed!  What can I do?  (Attend the Academic Success Workshop TODAY at 1:00 p.m.)

  • Structure your time carefully so that you know what you are going to accomplish each day and each week.  You are less likely to waste time or overwork on tasks if you stick to structured time blocks labeled by task. 
  • Focus on each small task instead of becoming distracted by a multitude of other tasks.  When you study 2-207 for Contracts, do not think about your Torts class.  When you study “piercing the corporate veil” for Business Organizations, do not distract yourself with thinking about depreciation for Basic Income Tax.
  • Condense the volume of information to the important information you will use on the exam.  Keep condensing your outlines to focus on the “big picture” if you tend to bog down in details.
  • Use positive self-talk so that you do not get discouraged.  You have the potential of being your own enemy if you make negative comments to yourself during the remaining 7 weeks.  Congratulate yourself for completing tasks. 
  • Minimize your non-law school commitments.  If you work, cut back your hours.  Avoid taking on additional responsibilities with organizations, community activities, or volunteer services.

Update on 1L Exam4 Practice Tests

As of an arbitrary moment in time this morning (Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009), the following four Exam4 practice tests were facially wrong:

  • 1594601
  • 3105
  • 3287
  • mafar01
None of these practice tests is identifiable by name with any particular individual.  If you are a 1L and submitted one of these practice tests, please do so again using your UofL user name (e.g., ldbran01) to identify yourself.  If you have already submitted a correct practice test, please disregard this, and thanks!

New Editions - Examples & Explanations Series

Do you enjoy using the Examples & Explanations series to supplement your learning for a particular course?  If so, be sure to stop by the Academic Success Office (Room 212) to review the most recent editions for many core courses, including Federal Income Tax, Property, Contracts, Civil Procedure, Secured Transactions, Domestic Relations, Decedents' Estates, Business Organizations, Torts, Professional Responsibility, and Criminal Law.  You can check these books out during the semester.