Tryouts: October 27 and 28
(Sign-up outside the Moot Court Board Office)
Participate in one of the best trial advocacy competitions in the nation. Students selected to compete on the National Trial Team will be more prepared for the courtroom than most second- and third-year associates in litigation firms. Learn from experienced trial attorneys and polish your trial advocacy skills – objections; opening statements; closing arguments; direct examinations, cross examinations; impeachment; introducing exhibits; refreshing recollection; thinking on your feet; prepping “real” witnesses. Don’t miss this opportunity.
This year, for the first time ever, the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law will host one of the 14 Regional Competitions across the country. The top two winners in each Region will compete in the National Competition in Houston, Texas, April 6-10, 2011.
The School will select two teams (consisting of two or three student attorneys) to compete in the Regional Competition, hosted in Louisville, on February 18-20, 2011. This year’s Regional Problem will be released November 15. It will be a criminal problem. Teams will be selected and notified before Spring Registration begins.
To tryout, prepare and deliver an opening statement or a closing argument based on a past NTC problem – State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb. The Grubb problem can be accessed on the NTC website under “Past Problem Archive.” http://www.tyla.org/resources/law-students/trial-advocacy-programs/national-trial-competition/. The opening or closing should not last longer than 12 minutes. Please also bring one copy of your resume.
Because the competition is in February, the majority of practices will be held in January and February (twice per week). A few practices may be scheduled in November and December.
Students will receive two credit hours for participating in the competition. Questions? Contact Kimberly Ballard, or Jared Sawyer, 3L (Room 212).
The Seminar in Written Advocacy (Prof. Jones), Spring 2011, can be used to satisfy either the upper-division writing requirement or the upper-division skills requirement. However, academic rules prohibit students from using the course to satisfy both requirements with the same course. Therefore, each student must elect which of the two requirements the course will satisfy by notifying Professor Jones.
Everybody is (or should be) sliding into “studying for exams” mode. Time becomes a critical variable now. It is important to find time for all of your tasks. It is also important to be productive with that time. This week's tips will focus on how to get more time out of each day and be more productive during studying.
Tip #1: Evaluate your day for “lost” time. Look for time wasted in the following ways: unproductive time between classes; assignment time stretched to 3 hours when with more diligence it could have been finished in 2 ½ hours; delay in starting a project because “I have all day;” inefficient and scattered errand running or other non-school tasks; completion of chores or other non-school tasks during prime study time. If only ½ hour is captured each day of the week, it nets 3 ½ hours of extra study time.
Decedents' Ball is right around the corner! It will be held this Saturday, October 30 at O'Sheas. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. O'Sheas is located downtown at 123 Main Street.
Tickets will go on sale in the Mosaic Lobby on Wednesday, October 27. The cost is $15 per ticket. SBA Representatives will be available in the lobby from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Students can also buy tickets from their class representatives.
This is going to be a fantastic event with plenty of prizes, food, and drink. Come on out and wear your best costume!
Hope to see you there!