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Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure

Use a reward system to keep your motivation up.  Decide small rewards for yourself for completion of small tasks.  Small rewards might be: a bubble bath; one ½-hour television show; one computer game; popcorn; a walk with the dog; a play break with your child.  Decide large rewards for yourself for completion of large tasks: a night at the movies; dinner with friends at a nice restaurant; two hours reading a novel; a new outfit. When you have a reward to look forward to, you are more likely to stay motivated in completing your work.

Oval Beautification Is Complete

 

University of Louisville officials unveiled the renovated Belknap Campus oval at a press conference September 22, 2009.

The oval has been under reconstruction since 2007. The project includes a cascading fountain, lighting, landscaping and safety features, such as sidewalks, curbs and brickpavers. It was paid for by Transportation Enhancements Program funding through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and a grant from the University of Louisville Foundation.

 
 
 

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 Brooke McCord.  Tickets for the drawing this week were provided courtesy of Dean Chen.  Please claim your prize from the Academic Success Office, Room 212, by Thursday.  

Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure

Determine your current areas of confusion and get help now.  Concepts often build on one another – if you wait too long, you will be hopelessly lost.  Review your briefs and class notes and determine what questions you have at this time.  Talk with classmates who understand the material.  Ask professors questions.  Use a study aid to clarify a topic.

Trademark Moot Court Competition Tryouts

Trademark Moot Court Competition Tryouts

Interested in Trademark Law? The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition is the only competition in the United States with a focus on trademark and unfair competition law. Two teams of 2 students each will be selected to represent our law school in this competition. The regional tournament will be held in Chicago on Saturday, February 6, 2010. The National Finals will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C. During National Finals, cash prizes totaling up to $8,500 are awarded.

Tryouts consist of two parts. First, submit a short written memo: Assignments will be available beginning Monday, September 28th at the Moot Court Board Office. Submissions are due back at the Moot Court Board Office by Monday, October 5th at 9:00AM. Second, complete a 15-minute oral argument: Arguments will be heard the week of October 5th-October 9th. Sign up times will be posted on the Moot Court Board Office door. Participation is open to 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls.

For additional information, you are encouraged to visit http://www.inta.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1753&Itemid=264&getcontent=4. Please contact Jennifer Monarch with any questions at Jennifer.Monarch@gmail.com.

USPS Unveils the Brandeis Stamp

On September 22, the United States Postal Service released a series of four new postage stamps commemmorating great United States Supreme Court Justices, including one featuring the law school's namesake Louis D. Brandeis.  The other honorees are William Brennan,  Felix Frankfurter, and Joseph Story.  A story in Legal Times discusses the offering and notes that Thurgood Marshall's son will be at the dedication, along with Chief Justice John Roberts. 

The USPS site provides this mini-biography of Brandeis: “Louis D. Brandeis was the associate justice most responsible for helping the Supreme Court shape the tools it needed to interpret the Constitution in light of the sociological and economic conditions of the 20th century. “If we would guide by the light of reason,” he once exhorted his colleagues, “we must let our minds be bold.” A progressive and champion of reform, Brandeis devoted his life to social justice. He defended the right of every citizen to speak freely, and his groundbreaking conception of the right to privacy continues to impact legal thought today.”

Both Professor Kurt X. Metzmeier and Professor Scott Campbell contributed to this story. More photos and commentary are available at each of their blogs.

 

 

Louisville Law Defeats UK College of Law

Photo Credit: Scott Hite, LexisNexis

Dateline—September 18th, 2009 UK Intramural Fields—Lexington, Kentucky

Led by the passing combination of UofL School of Law Quarterback Blake Bowling to receiver Jared Key, the law school football team defeated their arch rival UK College of Law last Friday evening 13-6 in Lexington.    

The Bowling to Key passing combination resulted in an 18 yard reception in the first half followed by a 22 yard second half touchdown that turned out to be the difference in a heavily, defensive struggle by both teams.

The Cardinal Law defense was spectacular limiting the Cats to over 4, separate  4-and-outs while intercepting them twice, once by Josh Speirs and another by Jerred Kelly.  Kelly’s interception late in the game turned out to be the game winning stop by the visiting Cards.  

The Cardinal victory was the third in a row over their arch rivals in this annual competition held on the same weekend as the UofL vs. UofL football game.  

Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure

Do not waste valuable study time between classes.  Take a hard look at how you use the ½-hour, 1-hour, and 2-hour chunks of time during your day when you are not in class.  If you spend all of that time chatting with friends or running errands or deciding what to do next, you will automatically make your evening more stressful because you have accomplished nothing during the day on your reading or other projects.

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.