Student News

Lawlapalooza Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets for Lawlapalooza 2009, the Louisville legal community's annual Battle of the Bands, are on sale now in the Law Resource Center, room 272.  Student tickets are $5 each, and general admission tickets are $20, both in advance and day of show.

Lawlapalooza benefits the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund, which provides summer fellowships for Brandeis School of Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

This year's event will be held Thursday, October 1, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue.  Doors open at 6:00 PM, and the first band takes the stage at 6:30 PM.  The bands competing this year include:

  • Living Proof
  • The Velvetkings
  • The Golden Rockets
  • HeadTap
  • Keltricity
  • Assault With a Deadly Weapon
  • 100% Legal
  • The Ben Fultz Five
For more information, check out the Lawlapalooza Web site.

First Annual IOA Student Writing Competition

The International Ombudsman Association has announced that it is sponsoring an annual writing contest for students in law school or graduate programs in dispute resolution. In the inaugural IOA Student Writing Competition, law students are invited to submit articles arguing for a statutory privilege for organizational ombudsmen. The author of the winning article will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and an invitation to the IOA Annual Conference in April 2010 in New Orleans to receive the award. IOA will provide registration, airfare and lodging for the conference. The winning article may also be published in the Journal of IOA.

Submissions are due November 15, 2009.

International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition March 26, 2010 – April 1, 2010Vienna, Austria.

The Moot Court Board is currently accepting interest sheets for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Competition.Interested applicants must submit the interest sheet and a writing sample no later than Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 3pm.  Both documents should be submitted to the Moot Court Board office (under the door).  Please contact Roz Cordini with any questions (roz.cordini@louisville.edu) Two team members will be selected to participate in oral arguments, although others may participate in different aspects of the team.  Any member selected for the oral argument team must have a valid passport in hand by 12/1/09.   Team members are also encouraged to participate in pre-Moot competitions.  This competition is brief based and requires both a claimant and respondent brief.   The problem for the brief will be available 10/2/09.  The claimant brief is due 12/3/09 and the respondent brief is due 1/21/10.  For more information on this exciting competition go to http://www.cisg.law.pace.edu/vis.html. 

Tips for Flu Prevention

From the Co-Chairs, Emerging Disease Planning Work Group, Richard Clover, MD, Dean, School of Public Health & Information Sciences, and Larry Owsley, Vice President of Business Affairs

During the summer, the 2009 H1N1 virus continued to spread globally and some local schools are already reporting cases of flu-like illnesses. It is only a matter of time before we see a growth in cases of 2009 H1N1 and the seasonal flu at UofL.

The 2009 H1N1 virus is of particular concern for us because people in their teens and early 20s are among the target groups for this virus. To stay informed as we move into the flu season, be sure to make frequent visits to our flu website

Vaccines for the seasonal flu are expected to be available at UofL by the end of September. UofL provides free seasonal flu vaccines to full time faculty and staff and all students (a nominal fee is charged for part-time faculty, staff, and retirees). The seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against H1N1.

The 2009 H1N1 vaccine is still under development and federal officials say it should be available later this fall. More information about vaccines will be sent out in September.  

Our university is working to minimize the spread of seasonal flu, 2009 H1N1 and other infectious diseases. Hand sanitizing gels are in place in all high traffic areas and campus dining locations. Additionally, sanitizing hand gels are being sent to computer labs. Also, Campus Health Services is distributing thousands of bottles of personal hand sanitizer, along with a seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 prevention guide, to students. We continue to work closely with national, state and local health officials to provide the campus community with the most up-to-date information and guidelines.

But we need your help. Even our best efforts will fall short without the active participation of the campus community. Here are a few things we ask of everyone:
  • Take time to be informed. Information on both the seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 virus is dynamic and evolving. We will send out information periodically; it takes only a few minutes to read an email or a news item on our website. It is especially important for students to routinely check their UofL (Groupwise) email.
  • Do your part to control the spread of viruses. Practice frequent hand washing, cough into your sleeve, keep your work area clean, and practice self-isolation if you become ill.
  • Students living in campus housing with flu symptoms who are within reasonable driving distance should return to their homes or stay with a nearby relative or friend to recuperate. It is recommended that students returning to their homes have someone drive them.
Please take a few minutes to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on our flu website for basic information on what you can do to fight back against the seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1. We also recommend a visit to the CDC website.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS TIP

Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage:  Tackle your most onerous study task as early as possible this weekend.  That way, it won't hang over you during the long weekend and add to your stress.  Also consider tackling your hardest study tasks when you are most alert.  Your brain will absorb material more easily for greater understanding and retention.  Consequently, you will feel better about your study session and lower your stress.

Taco Lunch!!

Join SALDF for Lunch on Wednesday, Sept. 9th! SALDF will be serving tacos in the Law School Lobby from 12 - 2:30pm. Meals are $5 for 3 tacos, drink and dessert! 

Congratulations to the New Members of the KY Intrastate Mock Trial Team

Congratulations to Heend Sheth, Cameron Griffith, Sandra Moon, Matt Russell, Brant Sloan, Phil Lawson, Marlow Riedling, and Ashley Wiggins for making the KY Intrastate Mock Trial Team.  The team is coached by Laura Rice, Colleen Clemons, and Chris Coffman.  The competition will be held in Kenton County, Kentucky on November 13-14, 2009.

LAST DAY TO APPLY FOR A DECEMBER 2009 DEGREE

Monday, September 14 - deadline to apply for a December 2009 degree.

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ACADEMIC SUCCESS TIP

Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage:  Begin the process of outlining.  Research shows that you will understand and remember material better if you do your own work to learn a course.  The process of outlining requires you to wrestle with the topics and sub-topics so that you really know them instead of knowing them generally.  Making your own outlines helps you to have long-term retention of the material rather than merely short-term regurgitation of material for an exam. Use this weekend as your starting point for outlining.  For great tips on outlining, review the article Creating a Course Outline posted at http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/academic-success.  You are also invited to attend an outlining workshop next Thursday, September 10, in Room 275.

Congratulations to Health Law Moot Court Team Members

Congratulations to Noelle Rao, Eric Lowe, and Mark Fendley for making the National Health Law Moot Court Team. The team is coached by Professor Jordan and will participate in the competition held at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois on November 6-7th. Good luck to all the participants!