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$5,000 Liberty Mutual Prize Call for Scholarly Papers

Boston College Law School announces its annual competition for the Liberty Mutual Prize, awarded for an exceptional article written during the 2009–2010 submission season on the law of property and casualty insurance, its regulation and corporate governance.

Prize: Liberty Mutual Insurance Group created this competition to encourage and recognize legal scholarship in the area of property and casualty insurance law.  The winning entrant will receive $5,000 and an offer of publication from the Boston College Law Review.

Eligibility: Authors should possess a J.D. degree or its overseas equivalent. Papers must concern the law related to property and casualty insurance, its regulation and corporate governance.  The prize is not intended to advance scholarship in areas such as life, health, employment or employee benefits insurance law.

Judging: Each entry will be judged by a panel of professors and attorneys having particular expertise in the insurance law field, including the eventual holder of the Liberty Mutual Professorship at Boston College Law School.  The panel will evaluate submissions on the basis of quality of analysis, originality, thoroughness of research, creativity, and clarity of thought and expression.

Format: Submissions should be no more than 25,000 words in length (the equivalent of 50 law review pages) including text and footnotes, and contain an abstract of roughly 350 words.  The article should conform to the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed. 2005). Electronic submissions are preferred (in Word or PDF format, by direct email or through a distribution system such as ExpressO), but hard copies by mail are acceptable.  

For electronic submissions (preferred):
LibertyMutualPrize@bc.edu
 
For mailed submissions:
Boston College Law Review
Attn: Liberty Mutual Competition
885 Centre Street
Newton Centre, MA  02459

Deadline: Papers may be submitted throughout the year, but by no later than February 1, 2010. If an outstanding submission meets the foregoing conditions, the judges will announce a winning entry by March 1, 2010.  (This timetable was purposefully chosen in order to allow authors not selected for the prize to submit their articles to other journals during the month of March.)

Presentation: The author of the selected paper will be invited to present it at a special program held at Boston College Law School, at which time a representative of Liberty Mutual will present the prize money.

Inquiries: Contact John Gordon by email or phone at 617-552-8557.

New Books Have Arrived

Registration Advising Session for First Year Students - March 30

All first year students should mark their calendars now, for a registration advising session on Tuesday, March 30.  Attendance is required.  Students may choose one of two sessions:  10:25 - 11:40 a.m. or 1:00- 2:15 p.m.  Part-time students should plan to attend the 10:25 session, and plan on staying for an extra ten minutes so that issues specific to a part-time schedule can be addressed.  Questions?  Check with Dean Bean, Student Life, or Ms Ballard, Academic Success.

LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR A MAY 2010 DEGREE

Thursday, January 28, 2010 is the last day to apply for a May 2010 degree.

ULink, Student Services, under Degree Information - Degree Application

SALDF Meeting Today

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund will meet today at 12pm in Room 177. We hope to see many of you there!

Weekly Academic Success Tip - New Study Techniques

There is always a buzz around the law school when a new semester begins.  Students are enthusiastic about starting new courses, and some students have decided new study strategies are in order.  Here is some information that will help you to be successful in implementing any new strategies:

  • Research shows that it takes 21 days to implement a new habit fully.  Do not expect overnight success with new study techniques.  It will take several weeks before the new technique “feels part of you” and is more natural.  21 days is the normal time needed, so do not give up if you are almost there for full implementation and need more time.
  • Do not expect to change “everything” at once.  If you expect yourself to lose 20 pounds, quit smoking, cut out all caffeine, cut out all sugar, call your parents every Sunday, learn how to salsa dance, find true love, write the great American novel, get straight “A’s” instead of “C’s” …  Well, you get the picture.  You need to make realistic changes in several areas rather than try for the impossible and set yourself up for defeat. 
  • Be very reasoned in your selection of new study techniques.  Ask the following questions:

          a.  Is the new study technique compatible with my learning preferences?
          b.  If not, is the new study technique compatible with solving a concern I have because of my learning preferences?
          c.  Is the new study technique part of “law school mythology” or does it make sense for me?
          d.  Is the new study technique compatible with necessary areas of improvement that my professors have mentioned during evaluations of my exams?
          e.  If the new study technique is touted by other students who use it, do I know if they are “A” or “B” students so that I know it has a record of success?
           f.  Does the new study technique help me learn material throughout the entire semester rather than in the last few weeks?
          g. Does the new study technique boost memory or work against memory?
          h. Will the new study technique work for all courses or is it more specific to a certain subject matter?
           i. Does the new study technique help me to be more efficient and effective in my studying?
           j. Is the new study technique tied to learning or just to avoiding doing the work myself?
          k. Do I know someone who uses the new study technique so that I can discuss the pros and cons before I invest the time?
          l. What do I see as the pluses and pitfalls of implementing this new study technique?

  • Very structured time management helps to curb procrastination.  Working on curbing procrastination helps you have better time management.  It is a “hand in glove” relationship.  If you need help with these two aspects, set up an appointment to work individually with Ms. Kimberly Ballard.
  • If you are unsure about a new study technique even after evaluating it, consider whether it has enough positive potential that you want to try it out for 1 week to decide whether to implement it permanently.

HAITI RELIEF DONATION!!!! (VERY IMPORTANT)

If you have not donated to the Haiti relief effort, then please do so as soon as  possible.  If you text "Haiti" to 90999, then you can donate $10 instantly to the Red Cross.  This will be used specifically for the Haiti relief effort.  You can view First Lady's, Michelle Obama's, appeal for your help at the following link:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OP-GuVuYC38&feature=player_embedded

 

Your donation will go a long way.  Please donate!!!

SBA FOOD SERVICE DATES!!!!

The SBA would like to thank all of the organizations that signed up to participate in the SBA Food Service Program this semester.  The dates covered by the SBA Food Service Program are listed below:

Jan. 20 - SELS Meeting

Jan. 25 - Student Health Law Association

Jan. 27 - SALDF

Feb.3 - Sports and Entertainment Law Society

Feb. 8 - Student Health Law Association

Feb. 15 - Alternative Date

Feb. 17 - SALDF

Feb. 22 - Student Health Law Association

Mar. 3 - SALDF

Mar. 8 - Alternative Date

Mar. 10 - Alternative Date

Mar. 29 - Alternative Date

Mar. 31 - SALDF

Apr.  7 - Christian Law Society

 

 The "Alternative Dates" will only be used in the rare circumstance of a cancellation due to a law school administration conflict.  All of these dates only cover the 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. time period.  Please see Victor Revill if you have any questions.

Bar Exam Presentation

The January 7 Kentucky Bar Exam presentation is now available for viewing at http://media.law.louisville.edu/node/146.  All students taking the July 2010 Kentucky Bar Exam should watch this presentation.  If you need the packet of materials that were distributed during the presentation, please stop by Kimberly Ballard's office (room 212).

Academic Success Tip - New Study Techniques

There is always a buzz around the law school when a new semester begins.  Students are enthusiastic about starting new courses, and some students have decided new study strategies are in order.  Here is some information that will help you to be successful in implementing any new strategies:

  • Research shows that it takes 21 days to implement a new habit fully.  Do not expect overnight success with new study techniques.  It will take several weeks before the new technique “feels part of you” and is more natural.  21 days is the normal time needed, so do not give up if you are almost there for full implementation and need more time.
  • Do not expect to change “everything” at once.  If you expect yourself to lose 20 pounds, quit smoking, cut out all caffeine, cut out all sugar, call your parents every Sunday, learn how to salsa dance, find true love, write the great American novel, get straight “A’s” instead of “C’s” …  Well, you get the picture.  You need to make realistic changes in several areas rather than try for the impossible and set yourself up for defeat.
  • Be very reasoned in your selection of new study techniques.  Ask the following questions: 

          a.  Is the new study technique compatible with my learning preferences?
          b.  If not, is the new study technique compatible with solving a concern I have because of my learning preferences?
          c.  Is the new study technique part of “law school mythology” or does it make sense for me?
          d.  Is the new study technique compatible with necessary areas of improvement that my professors have mentioned during evaluations of my exams?
          e.  If the new study technique is touted by other students who use it, do I know if they are “A” or “B” students so that I know it has a record of success? 
           f.  Does the new study technique help me learn material throughout the entire semester rather than in the last few weeks? 
          g. Does the new study technique boost memory or work against memory? 
          h. Will the new study technique work for all courses or is it more specific to a certain subject matter? 
           i. Does the new study technique help me to be more efficient and effective in my studying? 
           j. Is the new study technique tied to learning or just to avoiding doing the work myself? 
          k. Do I know someone who uses the new study technique so that I can discuss the pros and cons before I invest the time? 
          l. What do I see as the pluses and pitfalls of implementing this new study technique?

  • Very structured time management helps to curb procrastination.  Working on curbing procrastination helps you have better time management.  It is a “hand in glove” relationship.  If you need help with these two aspects, work individually with Ms. Kimberly Ballard on these aspects.
  • If you are unsure about a new study technique even after evaluating it, consider whether it has enough positive potential that you want to try it out for 1 week to decide whether to implement it permanently.