On Tuesday, February 8, at 12:15 p.m, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, with a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students. The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar. One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility.
Judge Gary Payne, Character and Fitness Committee member, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession. Judge Payne will discuss how financial debt can evidence a lack of responsibility and further, how debt can lead to financial pressures and interfere with a lawyer’s duties to his or her clients.
ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.” In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).” This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).
Attendance at the February 8 program is required for all students graduating at the times noted (primarily this is 2Ls). Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend. If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the February 8 program, you must notify Dean Bean, email@example.com, and provide documentation concerning your conflict.
Please contact Dean Bean if you have questions.
The U.S. Army JAG will be conducting interviews on campus for interested first- and third-year students. First-year students may apply for summer intern positions and third-year students may apply for active duty positions. If you are interested in interviewing with Captain Schlueter, please submit your resume by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP.
All On-Campus Interviewers are requested to read and agree to a non-discriminationpolicy. This non-discrimination policy is for military recruiters. 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.
A message from Deans Arnold and Bean: Recently, several Lambda Law Caucus meeting signs were removed prior to the organization’s meeting date. The law school administration requests that all students, staff, and faculty respect the members of our law school community, including our organizations. Active student organizations enrich the law school and the educational, intellectual and social experiences of our students, staff, and faculty. To this end, student organizations are permitted and encouraged to post signs in traditional posting areas, to provide information about their meetings and programs. Please support our student organizations and let us know if you witness any behavior calculated to interfere with an organization’s postings, whether by a member of the law school community or by anyone else.
Being organized is essential to being a good attorney. Law school is a great place to learn better organizational skills. Here are some tips that can improve your organization:
- Keep all of your law school study materials in one place in your home rather than scattered in many areas. When you have finished with study materials, return them immediately to that designated place.
- Before you go to bed at night, sort out the materials you need to take to school the next day and put them together.
- Keep student organization materials in folders or notebooks separate from your course materials.
- Keep materials for your part-time work in folders or notebooks separate from your course materials.
- Keep the syllabus, case briefs, class notes, and handouts for a course together in a 3-ring binder. Designate a separate 3-ring binder for each of your classes.
- If color helps you organize, use different colored folders or binders for school courses, work, student organizations, etc.
- Read your syllabus carefully; highlight due dates and transfer them immediately to your calendar.
- Always date your class notes.
- Have as many consistent abbreviations as possible to use in your notes and outlines for all classes. For each new subject, decide on special abbreviations for that class to use in your notes and outlines and stay consistent.
- If bold, italics, underlining, all capitals and/or font changes help you learn, use them consistently in your outlines.
- Have a consistent system to indicate material that your professor emphasized in class. For example: insert a star, underline the material, highlight the material in a different color, etc.
- Have a consistent system to indicate material that you have questions about. For example: “Q”, “?”, red asterisk, red ink, etc.
- If flow charts help you, use a large dry erase board for formulating a flow chart before you finalize it on paper or on your computer.
- Regularly back-up your computer files on a thumb drive or CD.
Structured Study Groups meet today from 1:00 to 2:00. Room numbers are listed below:
Elisabeth Fitzpatrick Room 075
John Friend Room 080
Samantha Hupman Room 171
Ross Jordan Room 079/071
Vince Kline Room 275
Greg Mayes Room 270
Brittany McKenna Room 077
Thomas Stevens Room 060
Amanda Warford Room 177
For the past several months, University IT has publicized January 2011 as the time at which UofL students may begin migrating from GroupWise to the new CardMail service. Apparently, IT has experienced some "start-up issues," and is now asking that students who have not already migrated forbear from doing so until University IT announces a particular DATE after which it should be safe to migrate. As soon as the law school's IT department receives notice of that date, we will pass it on via the Daily Docket, our Web site and our Twitter stream.
In the meantime ...
- If you have not already migrated from GroupWise to CardMail, please wait to do so until we get the "all clear" from University IT.
- If you have already migrated to CardMail but have NOT also closed your GroupWise account, please do not close your GroupWise account until we get the "all clear."
- If you have already migrated to CardMail AND have closed your GroupWise account, and are experiencing problems, please just try to endure until University IT resolves its "start-up issues."