Student News

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.

No Student Printing Saturday, Feb. 6

Student printing in the Law Library will not be available Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010.  Beginning Friday night, the I.T. staff will replace the hard drives in the server that manages student printing.  This process is expected to also take up all of Saturday.  The computer labs will be open as usual, and Westlaw and Lexis-Nexis printing will not be affected.

Animal Law Moot Court at Harvard

This weekend, Lauren Bean and Rexéna Napier will be competing in the National Animal Law Moot Court Competition at Harvard. Ebert Haegele will be competing in the Closing Argument Competition. Best of luck to the competitors!

SBF Charity Auction and Trivia Night

The Student Bar Foundation is hosting its 13th Annual Charity Auction and Trivia Night on March 24. Tickets will be available in the Resource Center across from room 275 beginning Monday. The cost is $15 for students and $40 for everyone else.

Students interested in SBF Fellowships or interested in helping with the SBF Fundraiser need to attend the informational meeting on Monday, February 8th at 12:15 pm in room 071 or speak with either Jayci Roney or Samantha Thomas-Bush. Brownies and cupcakes will be served.