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Mediation Video Contest

The American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution invites you to participate in their first ever Mediation Video Contest on YouTube®. They seek creative, thoughtful, original three-minute videos that demonstrate the mediation process and benefits of mediation. The goal of the competition is to further public understanding of mediation and to promote the use of mediation as a way to resolve disputes. The video need not address only legal disputes.

Eligibility: The Contest is open to everyone except employees of the American Bar Association and their immediate family members.

Prizes: First Place - $1000 prize, Second Place - $500 prize

Submissions are due (via YouTube) by January 15, 2010.

Submissions will be judged by a committee of ABA Section of Dispute Resolution members and ABA staff. The ABA shall have sole authority and discretion to select winning videos.

The judges will evaluate entries using the following criteria:
  • Effectiveness in achieving purpose and goal of the video
  • Overall quality of presentation
  • Overall appeal to diverse audience
  • Overall production quality (including lighting, focus, sound, graphics)
  • Originality, Creativity and Adherence to Contest Rules.
The winners will be contacted via e-mail by February 28, 2010. The winners will also be announced on February 28, 2010 on the ABA Dispute Resolution website. The First and Second Place winning videos will be featured at the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Spring Conference in April 2010, with over 1,000 attendees.  The videos of the winners as well as any Honorable Mentions will be linked from the Section website. The Section may also post links to the video submissions that help promote and further the public understanding of mediation.

Academic Success Tip - Reward Yourself for Sticking to Your Study Schedule

Determine your reward system to stay motivated.  The rewards can be large or small depending on the tasks.  You might go to the movies with your family if you study for a certain number of hours.  You might watch one half-hour of television if you complete a smaller task.  Use your imagination for rewards:  a new pair of shoes at the mall; reading a magazine; a luxurious soak in a bubble bath; dinner with friends; a morning at the spa; a run with the family dog.  You will accomplish more and find it easier to start tasks if you have a reward waiting for you.  So, stick to your schedule for studying and then reward yourself.   

Announcing the Inaugural Issue of the Journal of Animal & Environmental Law

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law is proud to announce the publication of the inaugural issue of the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law (JAEL). The issue, as well as individual articles and notes can be found in pdf format at jael-online.org. We would like to thank all the members and editors for their hard work and dedication. We would also like to thank our faculty advisor, Prof. John Cross for his help and support, Prof. Tony Arnold for his enouragement, and Dean Jim Chen for supporting this student initiated endeavor. 

Leibson's Torts Students Raise Over $1000 for Scholarships

Alex Davis and Nancy Vinsel recently took the initiative to do something beneficial for the student body that also demonstrated the skills they've learned here in their first semester of law school. With the help of their classmates in Professor Leibson’s Section 1 Torts class, they embarked upon a clever campaign that raised $1040 for student scholarships.

In exchange for about $10 each and 24 12-ounce cans of Dr. Brown’s Diet Cream Soda, the students acquired David Leibson's golf hat signed by PGA Champion, Byron Nelson, and a presentation of stories from their professor's career.

Alex Davis said that, "This started out as a really small idea, and it was amazing to watch it grow as other students and faculty came up with ideas to make the offer better. We're hoping to challenge future classes to buy the hat from us and raise even more money."

It's not too late to contribute.

 

Read more about it in Alex's blog, 1L at Uof L.

 

Photo credit: Michael Ben-Avraham

 

Spring 2010 Schedule Changes - two changes and one clarification

Attached is a schedule showing:
- two new changes to the schedule and one clarification.
- all cumulative changes made to the last printed schedule (dated 10/30/2009).
In summary, the most recent changes are:
1)  Constitutional Law II - room changed and CAP increased to accept the waitlist plus a few additional students.
2)  Crim. Pro. 2:  Judicial Process - time changed from Monday and Wednesday 3:50 - 5:05 to Monday and Wednesday 4:10 to 5:25 .  The change eliminates a conflict with Evidence. 
3)  The Registrar mistakenly listed the ending time for Evidence as 3:40.  Our schedules have always shown the correct ending time to be 4:05.  The Registrar has correct the Web schedule to show 4:05 as the correct ending time.

Kentucky Interstate Mock Trial Competition

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team for making it to the final round of the Kentucky Interstate Mock Trial Competition! They lost a very close decision to UK in the last round. Further congratulations are in order for Cameron Griffith and Heend Sheeth who both tied for Best Advocate awards. Additional team members include: Sandra Moon, Marlow Riedling, Brant Sloan, Phillip Lawson, Matthew Russell, and Ashley Wiggins. The event took place in Covington on November 13-14.

Academic Success Tip - Skeletal Outlines

Boil your course down to a one- or two-page checklist of topics and subtopics.  Memorize the list for a closed-book exam and write it down on scrap paper after you are told you can start the exam.  In an open-book exam, place this list at the top of your outline.  Use it as a handy guide to see if you have forgotten anything in your outline of an answer to an exam question.

Final Exam schedule for two new classes added to spring 2010 schedule

Two classes have been added to the spring 2010 schedule.  The final exams for these classes are:

 

1)  Crim. Pro. 2: Judicial Process (Abramson) - Friday, 4/23/2009 at 1:00 pm

2)  Business Organizations (Blackburn) - Monday, 4/26/2009 at 1:00 pm

Policy Governing Exams on Computer

In his/her mailbox, every student has received a copy of the complete, new Policy Governing Exams on Computer.  The policy is also posted online at www.law.louisville.edu/it/computer-exam-policyThe practice test deadline to use Exam4 for Fall 2009 finals is 6:00 PM EST, Friday, November 20th.

The complete Docket announcement about downloading and installing Exam4 and submitting a practice test is posted at www.law.louisville.edu/node/4051.

Reminder: Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is Friday

Exam4 for Fall 2009 final exams is now available to all students.  Hardware and operating system requirements, and download and installation instructions, are posted at www.law.louisville.edu/it/exam-software-download.  Rather than downloading Exam4 directly from our Web site, you must now download it from Extegrity.  Exam4 is available for Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and Windows XP and Vista.  A Windows 7 version is not yet available, and Windows 7 will not be supported for exams until a certified version of Exam4 becomes available for it.

Any student who wishes to use his/her computer for final exams this semester (including 1Ls who used the previous version for Legal Research and/or Prof. Leibson's Torts I mid-term) must download and install the finals version of Exam4 AND properly take and submit a practice test by 6:00 PM EST, Friday, November 20.  A properly taken and submitted practice test identifies the student by his/her UofL user name (e.g., ldbran01) -- not by one's student ID number, or any other combination of letters or numerals.  To submit a practice test electronically, one must be on campus and connected to the University's wireless network.  The University's firewall prevents off-campus submission.

Any student who wishes to use his/her computer for final exams this semester and cannot comply with the practice test requirement by the deadline must contact the Associate Dean for Student Life before the deadline if he/she wishes to petition for an extension of the practice test deadline or exemption from the practice test requirement.

VERY IMPORTANT:  Any student who takes any exam on computer who: 1. has not properly taken and submitted a practice test, or 2. has not brought a USB flash drive to any exam, will be refused technical assistance by the IT staff, including, but not limited to, submitting a completed exam.

After the practice test deadline has passed, the IT staff will send an e-mail confirmation to each student who has properly and timely submitted a practice test.  In the meantime, you may check whether your practice test was received at www.law.louisville.edu/it/exam-tracker.  Any practice test listed on the Exam Tracker is presumptively o.k.