Student News

Blood Drive at HR

Human Resources is sponsoring a blood drive on Tuesday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Contact Greta Bramer at 852-7591 or Donna Ernst at 852-6538 for an appointment.

SELF ASSESSMENT FOR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

Exam time can be an extremely stressful time, one which may raise issues that may otherwise remain under the surface for us.  Below are three links-- one for mental health screening (this takes you to a University of Minnesota web page where you can click on "On-line screening."), one for alcohol abuse, and one for marijuana abuse screening-- if you have concerns about yourself.  If you feel you need help with these issues or any others that may affect your ability to do well on exams, please feel free to stop by and see me in Room 212 and together we'll find the appropriate resources for you.  You may also call the UL Counseling Center directly at 852-6585.  I will also post these links on the Academic Support web page.

 

http://www.uccs.umn.edu/index.html

https://interwork.sdsu.edu/echug2/?id=UMN&hfs=

 

http://interwork.sdsu.edu/etoke/index.php?id=UofL

PREPARING FOR THE BAR EXAM 2009

We will have two events right after the winter break for those students taking the bar exam in 2009. The first will be Tuesday, January 6 from 11:45-12:45 in Room 275 (available through Tegrity for those unable to attend in the daytime).  This session will feature Bonnie Kittinger from the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners.  She will discuss character and fitness issues, as well as what to expect during the bar exam itself.

 

I will present the second session on the ins and outs of the bar application process.  This session will take place on Thursday, January 8 from 12:05-1:05 in Room 175.  It will be repeated again from 5-6 p.m. that same day, also in Room 175.

 

If anyone has particular concerns they would like Ms. Kittinger to address, please email me at christie.floyd@louisville.edu and I will let her know ahead of time so she can be sure to include those issues.

National Arbitration Competition Results

Professor Ariana Levinson provided the following report on the regional competition of the Third Annual National Arbitration Competition that took place at NKU's Chase College of Law in Highland Heights, KY on November 14-16, 2008.

“I would like to congratulate the arbitration competition team on their great performance at the ABA arbitration competition this past weekend.  It was the first time each member of the team had competed, yet they managed to secure an arbitrator judge’s vote in each of the two rounds.  Their evaluation forms include many positive comments.  Here are some highlights.  Lily Chan and Josh Speirs prepared a “well organized” opening statement and summation.  They made “good use of evidence” and gave a “well done professional and ethical presentation.”  Mike McIntire’s direct examination included “good chronological organization of questions and proof,” and on cross he did well by showing “possible bias.”  His partner, Colleen Goodman, gave a “superior” opening with “great organization” and a “good timeline” that was “great on remedies.”  All participants were repeatedly congratulated on how well-prepared their witnesses were.  I have every expectation that next year Lily and Josh will make use of their experience to advance the team to the semi-finals.”

Antivirus 2009 Alert

In recent weeks, a significant number of students, and some staff, have acquired Antivirus 2009, a malware app that purports to be anti-spyware software.  Antivirus 2009 originates from Web sites that users visit, which warn the user he/she has no antispyware protection and prompt him/her to install Antivirus 2009.

If you suspect your computer is infected, faculty and staff should contact Joe Leitsch (852-2560, joe.leitsch@louisville.edu), and students should see John Shelman in room 119.  Infections are indicated by a red circle with an "X" in it in the system tray, lower right corner of the Windows Desktop.

The IT staff recommend avoiding malware infections by installing and keeping up to date the University's distribution of of Symantec Endpoint Protection (formerly Symantec Antivirus), which is available for free download from iTechXpress.

As a general rule, any Web site or browser pop-up that warns that you do not have antivirus and/or antispyware protection and then prompts you to install an application to protect your computer is lying.  Lying, lying, lying.

The Loving Decision

Click  below for a link to Anna Qundlen's article, "The Loving Decision."

 

Loving v. Virginia looked at Virginia's antimiscegenation law (which made it a felony for a man and woman of different races to marry,) ultimately ruling that it was unconstitutional under the equal-protection clause. Now, the American LGBTQ community waits for a landmark case validating their right to form family relationships.

 

Snippet below, with link.

       

        "I think the day will come when the lesbian and gay community will have its own Loving v. Virginia,"

        says David Buckel, the Marriage Project director for Lambda Legal.

 

        Yes, and then the past will seem as preposterous and mean-spirited as the events leading up to the  

        Loving decision do today.

 

http://www.newsweek.com/id/169157/page/2

ACTA National Trial Competition Results

Congratulations to Erin Blake, Chris Hoerter, Samuel Lee, and Matthew Stauble for making the ACTA National Trial Competition teams! They will be representing UofL's Brandeis School of Law at the regional competition in February at Michigan State University. Thank you to all who expressed interest in the competition and those who tried out!

Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Sign Ups

Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up now for the Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition, held March 5-8 in New York City. The team's coach is Professor James Zanewicz from the University's Office of Technology Transfer.

To sign up, send an e-mail to Professor Zanewicz's assistant at sandra.foster@louisville.edu containing the following items in pdf format:

  1. Resume
  2. Statement of interest (1 page maximum)
  3. Writing sample (brief, memo, etc.)

The deadline for submission of these items is Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 5:00. Professor Zanewicz will review the submissions and, if necessary, conduct interviews the following week to select team members.

Currently, only one team of two members is allowed in the competition from each school.

Direct any questions to Barry Dunn or Bryant Smith.

 

Congratulations Jamie Izlar

Jamie Izlar Jamie Izlar, 1L, was honored at the Sixth Annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Awards Luncheon on November 13, 2008.

Ms. Izlar received the Dr. M. Celeste Professional Development Award, which is given to UofL graduate students for travel or other professional development needs who best demonstrate how well their intended use of the award supports the mission of the Women’s Center and Dr. Nichols’ legacy. Jamie intends to use the award next summer to conduct research that will facilitate community engagement in the Dominican Republic.

The award is named in honor of M. Celeste Nichols, student, scholar, mentor, and professor. She was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from UofL’s English Department. Dr. Nichols taught African American literature and basic writing at UofL, Kentucky State University, and at Bellarmine University. 

Photo Gallery: Brandeis Birthday Bash

Justice Louis D. Brandeis's 152nd Birthday
November 13, 2008

Professors Metzmeier, Rothstein, and Campbell Bas-relief of Adolph Brandeis
Professors Metzmeier, Rothstein, and Campbell
Bas-relief image of Aldoph Brandeis, Louis's father
Professor Scott Campbell Students
Professor Scott Campbell awards the winners with Animal Crackers, a favorite of Justice Brandeis. Students engaged in a pop quiz about the life of Justice Brandeis.
Other People's Money Wreath
Professor Kurt Metzmeier displaying an illustration from a Harper's Weekly article that made up "Other People's Money". Wreath placed at the grave markers of Louis D. Brandeis and his wife, Alice Goldmark.