Student News

New Food Service Initiative at the Law School

Colleagues:

 

In response to several law students' desire to have food service at the law school, the SBA has begun a pilot food service initiative. Beginning on October 5, 2009 through November 23, different organizations will be selling food in the law school lobby on Mondays and Wednesdays, with the exception of Oct. 7, 21, and 28. Each organization will be given an opportunity to sign up via TWEN for a date to sell food in the lobby. Any law student organization may sign up after they have added the TWEN page entitled "Student Organization Food Service." Once you have added the TWEN course, click the "Sign-up Sheets" link on the left. From there, click the "Food Service Sign-Up" link. Next pick the time that your organization would like to sell food in the lobby. Remember to type your organization's name next to your name. The sign-ups will be honored on a first come, first serve basis. If you have any questions or concerns about this process, please email me at vmrevi01@louisville.edu. I will try to email you back in a timely fashion.

 

This is a pilot food service project for this semester. If it goes well, we will do it again next semester. If it does not go well, then we will not. On behalf of the SBA, we thank you for your participation in this program.

 

Sincerely,

 

Victor Revill

SBA President

Winner - Academic Success Drawing

Thank you to all first-year law students who completed an evaluation for the Structured Study Group program.  The winner of a 1 GB Flash Drive is Ross Jordan.  Please claim your prize from the Academic Success Office, Room 212, by Wednesday.

Apply for the Fifth Annual Immigration Law Moot Court Competition

Interested 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls are encouraged to apply for NYU's Fifth Annual Immigration Law Moot Court Competition coached by Professor Trucios-Haynes.  You will not only gain valuable experience in brief-writing and oral advocacy, but you will also increase your knowledge on current key issues in immigration law.  The competition will be held at NYU School of Law in Greenwich Village, New York on February 19-21, 2010.  Students must be available during the holiday break.
 
Applications to participate must be received no later than Friday, October 16th by 5p.m.  Please slide the following materials under the Moot Court Board (MCB) office door in a sealed envelope:

1. One Page Statement of                       
      Interest in Immigration
2. Writing Sample
3. Résumé
4. Unofficial Transcript

Interviews will be conducted on Monday, October 26th between 11a.m. and 4p.m.  Please sign up for a time slot posted on the MCB office door.  If the times do not work for you or if you would like more information, please contact Jamie L. Izlar, Team Facilitator, at jlizla01@louisville.edu.     

Moot Court Board Meeting

Dont forget the Moot Court Board meeting Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at 12:10 pm in Rm 175. We will be discussing numerous topics and it is important all members attend to stay informed and provide feedback. We look forward to seeing you there.

Sports and Entertainment Law Society 2nd Annual Tailgate and Cornhole Tournament

On Friday, October 2, 2009 the Sports and Entertainment Law Society will hold its Second Annual Tailgate and Cornhole Tournament before the U of L v. Pittsburgh Football game. Tailgating will start around 3 pm  at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Cost for all you can eat and drink is $2 for members and $6 for non-members. We will have burgers, hot dogs, chips, side items, desserts, and various beverages. The cornhole tournament will start around 5 pm and is $10 per team to participate or $5 per person if you sign up as an individual. Prizes go to the top two teams. Look for the opportunity to sign up for the cornhole tournament in the law school lobby starting Wednesday, September 23, 2009 or contact an SELS officer or Sports Committee member. The cutoff time to sign up for the cornhole tournament is Thursday, October 1 at 4:00 pm. Please contact Jennifer Ward at jsward01@louisville.edu with any questions. The event is a great opportunity to network among your fellow law students, cheer on the Louisville Cardinals as they face a big conference rival, and just have a lot of fun. We look forward to seeing everyone there!!!

 

 

Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure

It is amazing that we are beginning the sixth week of the semester!  Some of your professors may have started to speed up in class and cover more pages.  You may be working on your first graded writing assignment for BLS, preparing for a practice exam, studying for a mid-term, or all of the above.  What can you do to re-group after these first five weeks if you are feeling pressured by the workload or are worrying that you are already behind in your studying?  This week's tips will provide suggestions on how to handle pressure.   

  • Do not stop reading for classes because you have other projects or assignments due soon.  Carve out time for the projects around your reading for classes.  If you focus on papers or projects and ignore class reading, you will then be confused in class and behind in your reading.  If you do not know how to find time for both reading and other tasks, make an appointment with the Director of Academic Success for help with time management.

ATTENTION STUDENT ORG. LEADERS!

The Student Bar Association maintains mailboxes for each student organization at the law school as a service to our student body.  They are located on the bottom right hand corner of the general student mailboxes in the basement.  Unfortunately, they are very out of date.  I would like to update the student organization mailboxes, but I need to know which organizations are currently in existence.  Once we create a current mailbox list, we will distribute mail accordingly.  We expect each organization to designate a person to check it regularly.

 

So far, I have heard from each of the following organizations.  If you are a leader of a student organization not mentioned on this list, please email me ASAP so we can take care of you.  We want to make your law school experience the best that it possibly can be!

 Christian Law Society International Law Society Women’s Law CaucusFederalist Society Moot Court Board Sports and Entertainment Law Society Lambda Law Caucus Phi Alpha Delta Student Health Law Association Latin American Law Student Association American Constitution Society Environmental Law and Land Use Society Journal of Law and Education Journal of Animal and Environmental Law Brandeis Student Animal Legal Defense Fund  

If your organization is not on this list, please email me ASAP.  We want to make this year run as smoothly as possible for everyone!

 

Thanks,

 

Jenna Glasscock

SBA Secretary

Winner - Academic Success Drawing

Thank you to all first-year law students who completed an evaluation for the Structured Study Group program.  The winner of two tickets to Lawlapalooza on October 1, 2009, at Phoenix Hill Tavern is Ellen Berg.  Please claim your prize from the Academic Success Office, Room 212, by Tuesday.  

Academic Success Tip - Reserve Time for Outlining

Congratulations!  You have just completed your fifth week of law school.  If you have not done so already, reserve time THIS weekend to begin your outlines for each course - do not wait!  We forget 80% of what we learn within two weeks if we do not review; by outlining regularly and reviewing your outline often, you will retain more information and not have to re-learn it.  If you are unsure how to start your outline, consider using the topics and sub-topics in your course syllabus or in the general table of contents in your casebook as a framework.  Remember that you want to focus on the bigger picture of the course and fit the parts into that bigger picture; avoid a case-based outline.  If you have already started outlining your courses, keep up the good work and reserve time this weekend to supplement those outlines.

Commemorating Constitution Day

The United States Constitution is not only the basic law of the United States. It has also inspired politicians, philosophers, and ordinary people around the world. Scholars have devoted intense attention to the Constitution, its interpretation by the Supreme Court of the United States, and its impact on the American people.

Constitutional law forms an important part of the Law School's curriculum and research agenda. University of Louisville faculty members have devoted considerable attention to the Constitution, its interpretation, and its social meaning. Lawyers with diverse practices and specializations share a background in constitutional law, which in turn unites the practicing bar in a common civil culture based on the Constitution and its role in American history and politics.

The Law School therefore takes great pride in presenting an annual commemoration of Constitution Day on behalf of the entire University of Louisville. This year's program consists of two video presentations. In the first video, Law School faculty discuss the appointment of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Professors Laura Rothstein, Judith Fischer, Luke Milligan, Samuel Marcosson, and Cedric Merlin Powell and Dean Jim Chen, joined by Professor John McGinnis of the Northwestern University School of Law, ponder the significance of Justice Sotomayor's arrival on the nation's highest court. In the second video, Professor Joseph Tomain presents Fleeting Expletives and the Shadow of the First Amendment.

We invite other institutions, throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and elsewhere, to link to this page and to use its resources in their efforts to commemorate Constitution Day. In addition, we invite students, graduates, and friends of the Law School and of the University of Louisville at large to treat this page as a standing guide to constitutional law. The resources section of this page includes a 21-question constitutional scavenger hunt and a photo gallery depicting constitutional controversies throughout American history.

Finally, we are pleased to provide archives of the Law School's Constitution Day programs from 2008 and 2007.