Student News

Mardi Gras celebration brightens a winter day

As a way to beat the winter doldrums, the faculty and staff at the law school hosted two Mardi Gras celebrations for out students. Serving lemonade, nachos, and king cake, the parties took place at 11:30 a.m. and at 5:00 p.m. on tuesday, February 16. Music from Professor Longhair played while faculty and staff served up fun and refreshments. Having found the baby in the king cake, Barbara Thompson was crowned the afternoon queen. Barbara was on hand that evening as well, when she and James Fischer led a parade for the second party.

Thanks to all who shared in the fun!

 Surprise to see the party.

 

 Students enjoy some nachos while the music plays.

 

 

 Students settle in near the king cake.

 

 

 While Dean Urbach leads a congo line.

 

 Barbara Thompson: Our benevolentMardi Gras queen.

 

 Students ejoyed the festivities.

 

 

Congratulations to the 2010 Sports Law Moot Court Team!

Our Sports Law Moot Court Team, consisting of Jennifer Ward and Whitney True, competed this past week in New Orleans in the 16th Annual Mardi Gras Sports Law Moot Court competition hosted by Tulane School of Law.  There were 40 teams in the competition and many fierce competitors.  Although the team faced severe weather conditions and nearly missed the competition, the team conquered adversity and faired well in their efforts in the 2010 Sports Law Moot Court Competition.

The team was narrowly defeated by the UConn team in Round 1 and lost another coin toss to LSU in Round 2.  Both rounds were very close.   The team prevailed in Round 3 and defeated the team from Albany by a significant margin -- but despite their fairly large point differential from Round 3, the team was unable to advance.

Professor Moorman, the team's coach, was very pleased with the team's preparation and how well Jennifer and Whitney adjusted their arguments and oratory presentation as the competition progressed.  Both Jennifer Ward and Whitney True received positive remarks for their oral arguments and advocacy.  Most impressively, the team remained consistent despite nearly missing the competition all together.  Congratulations to our 2010 Sports Law Moot Court Team!

Good luck to the 2010 Immigration Law Moot Court Team!!!

Please join the Moot Court Board as we wish Rachel Carmona, Duffy
Trager, Maria Mourad, and coach Professor Trucios-Haynes much success as they travel to New York City and represent the law school at the fifth annual Immigration Law Moot Court Competition.  The competition will take place on Friday, February the 19th through Sunday, February the 21st at NYU School of Law.  Good luck Team! ¡Buena suerte! Maikaʻi Pomaikaʻi! In bocca al lupo! Boa sorte! Bahati njema! Noroc! haeng un! gokoūn o inorimasu!

2010 ACS National Student Writing Competition

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and the University of Pennsylvania Law School's American Constitution Society student chapter is accepting student works for the fifth annual National Student Writing Competition for law students nationwide. The student authors of the top three papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention in the summer of 2010 and a cash prize for their work. The winner will awarded $3,000. Each of the two runners-up will receive $1,000.

The American Constitution Society welcomes all papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. Entrants are encouraged to view this topic broadly, and we welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas. Examples of possible topics include:

  • access to the courts
  • civil liberties
  • consumer rights
  • criminal justice
  • disability rights
  • freedom of speech
  • GLBT rights
  • human rights
  • immigration
  • labor law
  • voting and the political process
  • privacy
  • protection of health, safety, and the environment
  • racial equality
  • religion
  • separation of powers and federalism
  • women's reproductive rights and reproductive freedom
Papers will be judged on the quality of their analysis and writing. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. The top paper will also receive an offer of publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 19, 2010.

Fall 2009 Class Ranks

Class ranks are now available and you can receive your class rank by either stopping by Student Records (Rm. 217) or sending your request to Barbara Thompson at bthompson@louisville.edu. You must use your louisville.edu e-mail address to request your class rank. 

Congratulations to Animal Law Moot Court Team

The Moot Court Board is proud to announce that the Animal Law Moot Court team, comprised of Lauren Bean and Rexéna Napier, was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Animal Law Competition at Harvard Law School last weekend.  After making it to the final four and competing in a "virtually undecidable" round, Lauren and Rexéna were defeated by eventual champion Florida Coastal.

Lauren was commended for her poise and organization, while Rexéna received praise for her complete grasp of the material and ability to respond to questions succintly.

Ebert Haegele also traveled to Harvard and competed in the Closing Argument Competition.
Ebert was given high praises about his convincing tone and professionalism in the courtroom, which he showcased despite his being ill. Congratulations to all on a job well done and much appreciation to all who assisted in their preparation!

The team was coached by Professor John Cross.  The team wishes to thank Professors Ariana Levinson and Sam Marcosson, Adjunct Professor Thomas FitzGerald, the Honorable Patricia FitzGerald of the Jefferson County Family Court, and fellow students, Algeria Ford and Duffy Trager for their assistance in preparing for the competition.

Leibson's Torts Students Raise Over $1000 for Scholarships

On February 11, Nancy Vinsel and Alex Davis presented Professor Leibson with a check for $1040 in exchange for his coveted golf hat signed by PGA Champion, Byron Nelson. The money that they and their classmates in Leibson's Section 1 Torts class raised will go towards student scholarships.

 

National Trial Team

The Moot Court Board would like to wish the Law School's National Mock Trial Team good luck during their regional competition this weekend at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The team is comprised of Brian Bennett, Algeria Ford, Aaron Price, Andrew Henson, and Erin Bravo

The team would like to thank the following students for serving as witnesses during their practices:  Heend Sheth, Robert May, Sarah Clay, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Amanda Prager, Chris Lamb, Kristina Wetterer, Catherine Barnes, Vince Kline, Eric Johnson, Timothy Chon, Brad Corbin, Amber Gratz, Lize Goykhberg, Claire Rogers, Sarah Potter, Haylee Ralston, and Todd Garland. The coaches are Rob Riley and Kimberly Ballard. 

Good luck!

 

Sports Law Moot Court Team

The Moot Court Board would like to wish good luck to the Sports Law Moot Court Team.  The team consists of Whitney True and Jennifer Ward and is being coached by Professor Anita Moorman.  The team will be traveling to New Orleans, LA, to compete at Tulane Law School.  Best of luck!

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Have YOU Started Your Outlines Yet?

When created correctly, an outline will become your primary, and possibly only, study aid for exams.  While law students create outlines in order to have an aid from which to study, it is through the process of creating an outline that you actually learn the law.  Because outlining is a process that continues throughout the semester, you need to begin now.  Why?  If you wait to work on your outlines until the end of the semester, it is unlikely that you will have enough time to complete them prior to exams.  Listen to your professors and to your colleagues that received A's and B's last semester - start your outlines early! 

Here are some things to keep in mind as you work on your outlines for each course.

  • View your outline as your master document for studying.  Your notes and briefs go “on the shelf” once you have outlined a section.  Your casebook is no longer your focus for completed sections.
  • Make sure your outline takes a “top down” approach.  The outline should encompass the overview of the course rather than “everything said or read” during the semester.  Main essentials include:  rules, definitions of elements, hypos of when the rule/element is met and not met, policy, arguments that can be used, and/or reasoning that courts use. 
  • Cases are usually mere vehicles for information unless they are “big” cases.  Cases generally convey the main essentials that you need for your outline and are not the focus. 
  • Condense before you outline.  If you include “everything said or read” in your outline, you will need to condense in stages to get to the main essentials that you actually need for the exam.  If you condense before you outline a section, you will save time later.
  • Use visuals when possible.  If you learn visually, then avoid a thousand words when appropriate and use a diagram, table, flowchart, or other visual presentation for the same information. 
  • Review your outline regularly.  You want to be learning your outline as well as writing it.  The world’s best outline will not help you if you do not have time to learn it before the exam.
  • Condense your outline to one piece of paper as a checklist.  A checklist includes only the topics and sub-topics.  Use acronyms tied to funny stories to help you remember the checklist.  Write the checklist on scrap paper once the exam begins.  For an open-book exam, the checklist should start your outline.