Student News

Reminder - Kentucky Bar Exam Presentation on Thursday

All students planning to take the Kentucky Bar Exam in July are strongly encouraged to attend the presentation this Thursday, January 7, from 1:00 to 2:00 in Room 275.  Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, will be one of the presenters, and will be available to answer your questions about the bar application process, character and fitness issues, and the format of the bar exam.  This program will be recorded for evening division students who are unable to attend.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Evaluating Your Exam Performance

Grades for the fall semester are in.  Were you pleasantly surprised or dismally disappointed or somewhere in-between?  Regardless of your situation, most every student can benefit by participating in an exam review with their professor.  No one gets a perfect score on a law school exam and there is always room for improvement.  Below are some tips for having a productive exam review:

  • Be very clear about the professor's requirements.  Some professors have specific dates and times when they will hold exam reviews with students.  If you are unsure of a professor's availability, send him or her an email.
  • Before you meet with a professor to do a formal exam review, request to see a copy of the exam.  Doing your own assessment will help you prepare your thoughts before meeting with the professor.  You will be amazed by what you notice about the exam question and your answer when you can look at it without the stress and time pressure of an exam period. 
  • Come to the meeting with only one thing in mind - learning from past experience and gaining from professional reaction to your product.  Do not expect that this meeting with lead to a grade change.
  • Take an active role in the meeting.  Do not expect a packaged answer from the professor, pinpointing your precise strengths and weaknesses.  The following questions, if you ask them consistently, can identify trends in your exam-taking:
  • Did I misread the instructions for the exam?
  • Did I spot the important issues?
  • Did I miss important issues entirely?
  • Did I display the rule/test/framework/standard properly and clearly?
  • Did I adequately explain exceptions and/or counter arguments?
  • Did I organize my answer based upon what was asked in the call of the question?
  • Did I thoroughly develop the analysis/application?  Did I explain each step of my legal analysis?
  • Did I explore the facts of the question thoroughly in light of the legal principles and issues that I identified?
  • What ways could the answer have been better organized?
  • Did I make unwarranted assumptions in order to reach my conclusion?
  • What aspects of my exam were strong?

Take a hard look at your performance last semester.  Be honest with yourself about what worked and what did not work.  Give yourself credit for your study strategies that were efficient and effective.  Admit what study strategies were disasters.  If you did not put in enough effort, own up to it.  If you procrastinated, own up to it.  To improve this semester, you must know your strengths, be honest about your weaknesses, and rigorous in your time management.   

Senate Confirms Louisville Law Graduate

On December 24, the US Senate confirmed the nomination of Michael Khouri, '80, as commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission. He currently practices transportation and maritime law with Pedley & Gordinier PLLC in Louisville, KY. 

 

SPRING 2010 FIRST DAY OF CLASS

January 4, 2010, is the first day of class for the spring 2010 semester.  Please see the attached schedule.

2010 Summer Schedule, Tentative (updated to 12/23/2009)

The 2010 Summer Schedule, Tentative (updated to 12/23/2009) is posted to the Law School website.  The schedule is "tentative," but I do not expect to make changes.

 

8 January 2010 is the last day to "add" a course to your 2010 spring schedule; for some students, the 2010 Summer Schedule is important to your course selection in spring 2010.

 

The faculty is using the holiday break to rest and rejuvinate for the spring semester.  I hope your holiday break is just what you want it to be and that you arrive on 4 January 2010 as rejuvinated as your faculty and ready to begin a new semester.

 

 

GRADES

Grades have been posted and you can check your grades on ULink.  Class rankings will not be ready until February. 

 

 The University will be closed from December 24 until January 4.

 

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HOLIDAY

Lawnet Is Dead (for Students)

Lawnet no longer exists for students.  The IT staff has moved all Law Library lab computers and student organization office computers to the University's Windows Active Directory (AD) domain and moved all students' and student organizations' files to a new Windows file server.  What does this mean for you?

  1. Students must now use their ULink user name and password to log on to lab and student orffice computers, as well as the wireless network and other University-provided resources.  If you mistype your password or use the wrong one three times, your ULink account will lock, and the law school IT staff cannot unlock.  You will have to contact the University HelpDesk.
  2. Students' laptops will no longer connect, as is, to the School of Law's file server and laptop printer.  Beginning Monday, January 4, 2010, students must come by the IT offices to reconnect their laptops to the server and printer.
Also, it is too soon to announce a firm "go live" date, but early in the Spring 2010 semester, University IT will launch a new, high-speed wireless network in the School of Law.  The new wireless network will have nearly three times as many access points as the existing network, which should mean greater coverage and few, if any, drop-outs.  Additionally, the entire building will be covered.  Some configuration changes may need to be made to some students' laptops to connect to the new wireless network.

House Approves Yarmuth's Resolution Honoring Justice Brandeis

Wednesday December 16, 2009

(Washington, DC) Today, the House of Representatives approved – by a vote of 423 to 1 - H. Res. 905, legislation introduced by Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) honoring the life of one of Louisville’s most distinguished natives - Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis - on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of his retirement from the Court.

For more on the legislation and Brandeis, click here.

The text of Congressman Yarmuth’s speech today in support of the resolution is below, and a video of the speech can be seen here:

Mister Speaker, in Louisville, we are proud of many of the great things our most legendary residents have achieved. From Muhammad Ali’s success in and out of the boxing ring to Diane Sawyer’s groundbreaking work in journalism to Harlan Sanders’ achievements as an entrepreneur, there’s evidence of their legacies throughout our community. It’s in the stories we tell, it’s found in the history embedded in our neighborhoods, and it’s seen on the banners hung in their honor throughout town.

We are proud that our city has been home to people who have changed the world in the realms of athletics, literature, art, music, business and – in the case of the man we are celebrating today – law.

Louis D. Brandeis was born in Louisville, Kentucky in 1856, the son of immigrants - and it was to Louisville that he would return throughout his life.

It was from the cradle of the burgeoning immigrant communities of 19th Century Louisville that Brandeis began his distinguished career. He excelled first at Louisville’s Male High School and then Harvard Law, before beginning a successful career as a lawyer and academic that led, in 1916, to the bench of the United States Supreme Court when he was nominated by Woodrow Wilson as the first Jewish Justice.

The achievements of Justice Brandeis, however, go far beyond breaking that ground. His legacy as a jurist and litigator has had a longstanding impact not just in the courtrooms and law books, but in the lives of every American citizen. His accomplishments were far ranging, but their influence resonates today and will do so far into the future.

To those of us who treasure the First Amendment and its protection of free speech, we can thank the work of Louis Brandeis. To those who value the extension of equal rights to all Americans, we can thank Louis Brandeis.

The right to privacy, groundbreaking work in the field of labor relations, successful challenges to once powerful corporate monopolies – the list is long and establishes Justice Brandeis’ career as one well deserving of our recognition in this House – a recognition he has not yet received in the 70 years since he retired from the Supreme Court.

The work of Louis Brandeis deserves not just our honor, but our attention. Though the battles we fight today may have changed from those of Brandeis’ era, his work is rich in relevance for all of us involved in lawmaking.

When few others would, Brandeis took on the powerful monopolies that caused economic havoc during the first half of the 20th century. He was continuously skeptical of large banks and their relationship to corporations whose failure could threaten the entire economy, and he helped develop the Federal Reserve Act of 1913 which clamped down on the banking industry‘s most egregious practices. In his book Other People‘s Money: And How the Bankers Use It and a series of columns, Brandeis warned his contemporaries of the dangers posed by massive financial corporations accumulating resources and using them irresponsibly – lessons that forewarned the economic crisis we faced in this country just last year.

As a litigator, educator, philanthropist, and jurist, Louis Brandeis did nothing short of ensuring that the rights we now regard as commonplace would persevere.

His contributions are those for which all the country should be grateful and his legacy is something for which all of us from Louisville can be proud. In fact, his legacy in Louisville lives on at the University of Louisville, where the law school now bears the name of Justice Louis Brandeis.

I join Justice Brandeis’ grandsons Frank Gilbert and Walter Raushenbush, his granddaughter Alice Popkin, and the rest of his family in urging my colleagues to support H. Res. 905, recognizing the 70th anniversary of the retirement of this legendary American, educator, litigator, and jurist.

 

Source: Congressman John Yarmuth's website. Reprinted with permission. 

This news item will also appear on the Courier-Journal's Forum page on Friday, December 18.

Academic Success Tip

In just a few hours, most everyone will have completed the fall 2009 semester of law school.  Congratulations!  Enjoy your time off during the holiday break.  Rest your mind and return to law school in the spring with a renewed sense of purpose.  Happy Holidays!

End of Lawnet for Students

Following Fall 2009 final exams, the IT staff will complete the migration of law student computing from Lawnet, the law school's internal computer network, to the University's new Windows Active Directory (AD) domain.  The first phase of the process, changing the law school's Web site authentication from Lawnet to ULink, was completed during the past summer.  The final two phases will consist of:

  1. Moving Law Library lab and student organization office computers and printers to AD, and
  2. Connecting students' laptops to the file server and printer under AD.

The timeline for the next phase is as follows:

Friday, Dec. 11, 6:00 PM

Disable Lawnet access for all students, which will make logging on to any lab or student office computer impossible. In addition, connecting to the file server or laptop printer from any student's laptop will also be impossible.  However, this will NOT affect students' ability to log in to any resource that already uses ULink authentication, including the law school's Web site, GroupWise, ULink and the wireless network.

Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12-13

Copy all students' and student organizations' files from the current file server to a new Windows file server.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 14-16

Remove all first floor lab and student organization office computers from Lawnet and add them to Active Directory.

 

In effect, students' Lawnet accounts will no longer be active after 6:00 PM, Friday, Dec. 11.  Beginning Thursday, Dec. 17, students must use their ULink credentials to log on to any computer resource at the law school.   The intervening five days will be a blackout period.

Also please note that we will not make the file server or laptop printer available again for any student until we return for the Spring 2010 semester on January 4th.  This will be the third and final phase of the AD migration for students.