Student News

Tomorrow: Freedom of Association or Discrimination? Christian Legal Society v. Martinez

Please join us for lunch, catered by Safier's Mediteranean Cuisine, from 12:00-1:00 in Room 275 while Prof. Sam Marcosson and Dr. Bruce Frohnen discuss the result and future of this thought-provoking case.

20 Minutes with Tracey Roberts

Tracey Roberts, assistant professor at the Brandeis School of Law, is new to Louisville and to the University of Louisville.

She's started a group called Louisville Faculty and Friends to help newcomers connect with other people in the community. UofL Today recently asked her about the group and herself.

UofL Today: Last year, you were a research affiliate with Vanderbilt University's Climate Change Research Network and held a fellowship with the Searle-Kauffman Institute for Law, Innovation and Growth. Before that, you practiced law in Georgia and Colorado. What brought you to Louisville?

Roberts: I have always wanted to teach law. At the University of Louisville, I feel that I am in a position to make an important contribution through my research and teaching to both academia and (hopefully) generations of students, attorneys and policy-makers. It is particularly gratifying to be doing this work back in my home state. I am originally from Franklin, Ky., a small town along the southern border, south of Bowling Green. I was also a member of the Kentucky Bar for nine years, though I practiced law elsewhere.

UofL Today: What is Louisville Faculty & Friends?

Roberts: Louisville Faculty & Friends is a social group designed to integrate faculty into the broader Louisville community, provide informational resources to newcomers, encourage cross-disciplinary and public-private collaboration, and generally have fun in Louisville and surrounds.

UofL Today: How can people get involved?

Roberts: Everyone should feel free to join our Louisville Faculty & Friends Google group.

Full Story: "20 Minutes with Tracey Roberts on faculty newcomer group" (UofL Today, September 14, 2010)

 

Thursday! Thursday! Thursday!

Lawlapalooza 2010 t-shirts and tickets will be on sale in the Mosaic Lobby ...

  • Thursday, September 16 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm,
  • Tuesday, September 21 from 5:15 to 7:15 pm, and
  • Wednesday, September 22 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.

T-shirts are $10. Student tickets are $5, and general admission tickets are $20.

Bonus: Every student who wears his/her Lawlapalaooza 2010 t-shirt to the show, Thursday, September 30 at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, gets his/her first drink FREE, compliments of Westlaw.

Enjoy the Lawlapalooza 2010 Commercial:

Law School Softball Team Opens Tournament with Two Big Wins

The law school softball team - the Bottom 90% - posted two impressive wins this week, each by a score of 15-0. Phil Lawson pitched two complete games, the second a no-hitter. Slugger Chris Ballantine crushed an inside-the-park grand slam. Team captain Gulam Zade stated that this team is poised for a big run in the tournament, and could win it all. You can catch future Bottom 90% games at the Byrne Street field.

Client Counseling Competition

Tryout for the ABA Client Counseling Competition!
The ABA Client Counseling Competition simulates a law office consultation in which you, acting as a team of two attorneys, are presented with a typical client matter.  The competition will be held either February 12, 2011 or February 19, 2011.  This year’s topic is Professional Responsibility.  

Tryouts will be held Friday, September 24 starting at 2:30pm in Washer Lounge.   You must sign up as a two member team.   Due to the topic for this year’s competition, it is strongly recommended that each member of a team has either taken or is currently enrolled in Professional Responsibility.

The sign up sheet is posted on the Moot Court Office Door.  There is also a folder containing a statement to prepare your team for the tryout.

If you have any questions about this competition or the tryouts please contact Professor  Abramson at
les.abramson@louisville.edu or Lani Burt at laniburt@insightbb.com.

Pirtle Washer Oral Advocacy Competition

2010 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition

Attention 2L's, 3L's and 4L's

Informational Meetings Wednesday, September 15th and Thursday, September 23 in Room 175 at 12:10

The annual Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition is a great opportunity for law students to hone their oral advocacy skills. This competition is open to all 2L, 3L, and 4L University of Louisville Law Students. The competition focuses on a competitor's ability as an oral advocate and therefore requires no research outside of the given materials. The preliminary rounds will be held on Saturday, October 16th and the Finals will be on Friday, October 22nd. If interested please sign up on the Moot Court Board door and attend an informational meeting in room 175 at 12:10 pm on 9/15 or 9/23.

Negotiation Competition

Negotiation Competition Seeking Competitors

Any 2L, 3L, or 4L who would like to be considered for the ABA Negotiation Competition Team must send an email to Associate Dean Arnold, co-coach, at tony.arnold@louisville.edu, no later than September 22, with: 1) the student's name; 2) why he/she wants to be on the U of L ABA Negotiation Team; 3) the student's background in negotiations; 4) the student's availability for practices; and 5) contact information for the student.  Selections will be made after September 22 by co-coaches Tony Arnold and Mary Jo Gleason.  The regional rounds of the ABA Negotiation Competition will be November 13 and 14 in East Lansing, MI.  In recent years, a team from U of L won the national competition, and we hope to continue our success in this competition this year. Please direct any questions to Iara Montoro at iara.montoro@louisville.edu.

Academic Success Tip - Improve Your Focus

Do you ever feel that you have put in time but do not understand or recall anything that you heard in class or read in your casebook?  Do you ever “zone out” during class or study time?  One of the most essential study skills is the ability to focus.  Here are some general tips that you might want to consider:

  • Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night so that your brain cells can be ready to work productively for you
  • Take short 5- or 10-minute breaks every 90 minutes of studying
  • Take a 30-minute break after you have been studying for 3 or 4 hours
  • Take a short 5-minute break if you completely lose your focus and cannot get it back with more active study strategies: asking questions; reciting out loud; talking with someone else about the material
  • Find a setting where you can study without interruptions or distractions
  • Have all of your supplies and study materials gathered and ready for use before you sit down to study
  • Eat a light snack before studying to assuage hunger pangs: an apple; a box of raisins; a handful of nuts; a granola bar
  • Use ice water to keep you alert instead of coffee or sodas

Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc.

All,

The Kentucky Defense Counsel, Inc. will be hosting its 2010 Fall Seminar at Newport Aquarium, Newport, Kentucky on Friday, October 8, 2010.  They would like to invite all University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law students to attend this program for $40.00.  If you are interested, please stop by the SBA office, Room 245, to pick up a brochure and registration form.   

Student of the Month

Congratulations to August Student of the Month, Andrew Swafford and September Student of the Month, Marylin Osborn. Both students were nominated by their peers and/or professors for their continued efforts in and outside of the Law School. In addition to free admission to this year's Decedents Ball for you and a guest, you can find additional prizes in your student mailboxes.

If you are interested in nominating a student for Student of the Month, you may do so by accessing the following link:http://www.law.louisville.edu/students/sba/forms/student-of-the-month

Congratulations again to these two winners!