Student News

Decedents Ball

October 30, 2010, 7:30pm – 11:30pm
Patrick O'Sheas: 123 W Main St. Louisville, KY 40202
Sponsored by: Student Bar Association
Cost: $15 per person
Tickets will be sold in the lobby next week or you can purchase tickets from your SBA Section Representative. The SBA accepts cash or check. Food and drinks will be provided!! A photographer will also be there to capture everyone in their costumes! 


$100 Barbri gift cards will be awarded to the winners of the various Costume Contest Categories. The contests will be judged by audience applause.

Please see attachment!

SBA Constitution

The SBA approved an amended constitution. To see the changed constitution please click the following link:

Bar Exam Panel on Thursday

Upper division students:  This Thursday, please join May 2010 graduates, Jerred Kelly, Justin Capps, Algeria Ford, and Lily Chan, for a panel discussion regarding the bar exam – what to expect; when to begin the application process; bar review options; creating a study schedule; handling stress; preparing financially; and much more.  All panelists are eager to share their experiences with you.  The session will begin at 12:05 p.m., in Room 075.  Pizza will be provided while it lasts.

Academic Success Tip - Beware of Bad Advice (open book exams)

This week’s tips focus on bad advice that is often given out by well-intentioned students.  Critique these pieces of advice carefully and consider the alternatives.
Bad Advice:  You don’t have to study as hard for an open-book exam because you can look up anything that you want.  Why this advice is bad advice:

  • You will have very little time to look up anything during the exam.  Open-book exams are traps for the naïve.
  • If you are only generally familiar with the material, you will not have in-depth knowledge to spot all of the issues and to support your arguments.
  • “Open book” may have a limited definition (Ex. code book but no outlines or notes).  "Open book" may have a limited value-added component (Ex. you may not write in your rule book that is allowed in the exam).


  • Treat an open-book exam with the same reverence as a closed-book exam.
  • Study the material so well that you “own it” rather than being generally familiar with it.  Then, you will not need to look up much.
  • If it is a code/rule course, you want to have a solid memory for at least a “condensed” version of a code section or rule because you will not have time to look up and read every code section or rule during the exam.
  • If a code/rule book is allowed, make sure you have extensive practice in using that source so you are efficient in its use if you must look something up.
  • Know exactly what the professor will allow you to bring to the exam and any restrictions on writing in books, etc.  Then, plan how to use those resources most efficiently and effectively and only when necessary.
  • Make good and creative use of tabs for code/rule books if allowed by the professor.

Summer 2011 Schedule Options: Your Feedback Is Needed

In order to get the schedule that is most likely to meet the greatest student interest based on the options that are possible for Summer 2011, Associate Dean Arnold would like for any student who is considering taking summer classes (including current 1Ls) to fill out 4 forms, one for each option for the summer schedule, in the attached document and submit it to him (, Office 213, faculty mailbox) no later than November 1.

Reminder: Town Hall meeting re: class schedules TODAY at 12:05 p.m. in 075

The Law School administration will be present to discuss Spring 2011 registration, Summer 2011 schedule options, and student input into the 2011-12 course schedules.

Pirtle-Washer Final Rounds

The Moot Court Board would like to thank all the competitors who made the preliminary rounds of the Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition a success.The Semi-Final and Final Rounds will take place this Friday, October 22nd in the Allen Courtroom. All students and faculty are invited to attend.

The pairings for the Semi-Finals are as follows:

9:00 am –   Whitney True, Appellant v. Courtney Phelps, Appellee

10:30 am – Thomas Stevens, Appellant v. Marilyn Osborn, Appellee

The winners of the two Semi-Final Rounds will face each other in the Final Round of the competition at 1:00 pm in the Allen Courtroom.

The judges for the Semi-Final and Final Rounds include: Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson, KY Supreme Court; Magistrate Judge James D. Moyer, United States District Court; Chief Circuit Judge Charles R. HIckman, Kentucky Circuit Court; Judges Denise Clayton and Thomas Wine, KY Court of Appeals; and Judges Ann Bailey Smith, Katie King, and Angela McCormick Bisig, Jefferson District Court.

UofL Law Student Interviewed on MSNBC's 'Hardball'

Nicoloe Kersting, UofL Law 3L, Co-Chair, Lambda Law Caucus

Nicole Kersting, UofL Law 3L, Co-Chair, Lambda Law Caucus

UofL Law student Nicole Kersting, 3L, was among those interviewed on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," Monday, October 18, 2010. "Hardball" commenced its "2010 Senate Tour" of college campuses at the University of Louisville, highlighting the nationally prominent race between Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway (D) and Dr. Rand Paul (R).

Responding to recent comments about sexual orientation by Ken Buck, Republican Senate candidate from Colorado, Kersting, of the University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law's Lambda Law Caucus, and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY 3), discussed the emergence of gay rights as an issue during the current campaign season. Chris Matthews' full interview with Congressman Yarmuth and Ms. Kersting is below.

You can also see UofL Law's photo gallery of "Hardball's" visit to UofL.


Full Episode at MSNBC

Check out UofL Today for more on Chis Matthews' "Hardball" interviews.

Academic Success Tip - Beware of Bad Advice (outlining)

This week’s tips focus on bad advice that is often given out by well-intentioned students.  Critique these pieces of advice carefully and consider the alternatives.

Bad advice:  When you have someone else’s outline for the course, you don’t have to make your own outline.  Why this advice is bad advice:

  • Having the outline of someone else who did well in a course does not mean that you will do well in the course.  You will only do well if you know the material in-depth and understand it and can apply it.  Having an outline from an anonymous source is even less positive because you do not know if the student who created it did well in the course.
  • An outline matches someone else’s learning styles and may not match how you learn material.  It also does not tell you how to apply the material to new fact scenarios – the very essence of law school exams.
  • Outlines of other students are shortcuts that avoid your having to process the information yourself.  Processing the information through your own outlines increases understanding and retention of material.
  • Outlines from prior years may not include changes in the law, changes in the professor’s approach to a subject, and changes in textbooks.  Unless you are carefully taking notes and outlining, you may miss important changes since the last time the professor taught the course.
  • When each member of a study group outlines one course and then gives her/his outline to the other study group members, the same type of problems can result.  Each study group member will know the course s/he outlined very well.  Each study group member will only have a partial understanding of the other courses.


  • If you have not already done so, begin NOW to process material and make your own outlines.  Use any outlines you have depended upon up to now only as comparisons.
  • Consider whether you can condense material before you put it in your own outlines so that you will not have to condense your outlines later.
  • Be efficient and effective in making your own outlines: do not include everything – include the important things that give you the bigger picture and inter-relationships.
  • Consider whether flowcharts and other visuals will be helpful for you as a way to condense the material and understand the “big picture” of the course.

SBA Refrigerator Cleanup

Due to complaints related to limited space in the refrigerators in the basement lunchroom, SBA must clean out food left over night.  If you have been bringing food for the week, or days at a time and keeping it in the fridge, please take the excess food home and only store food for one (1) day at a time in the fridges. We are limited on space and want everyone to have the option of using the fridges each day. This will also prevent food from being left and forgotten in the refrigerators (which will help with the smell that has recently started coming from the refrigerators.) The SBA will be throwing away food left in the fridges overnight and sanitizing/cleaning the fridges, and lunchroom starting this week. This maintenance and service will continue throughout the year.