“One of our teams, composed of third-year student Steve Mattingly and second-year Brian Stempien, were recognized for writing the Best Brief in the tournament. This was the second time in the last three years that one of our teams has won this award. Writing the best brief of the 21 teams in the competition positioned Steve and Brian to then win both of their preliminary rounds on Friday (beating teams from George Mason and William & Mary), and advance into the quarterfinal round on Saturday morning.
There, they defeated the defending regional champions from Campbell University, to advance to the semi-finals where they faced a team from Duke. In an extremely close and high-quality round, they were knocked out by a slim two-point margin. Overall, it was the most successful performance by any U of L team in the history of the competition.
We were also very well-represented by a team made up entirely of second-year students, Barry Dunn and Duffy Trager. They went 1-1 on Friday, including a win over a team from Wake Forest, and just missed out on a tie-breaker from advancing to the quarterfinals.
It was a great performance, and I was extremely proud of the way all four of them represented the law school.”
The ABA Client Counseling Competition simulates a law office consultation in which you, acting as a team of two attorneys, are presented with a typical client matter. The topic this year is Negligence and Other Tort Claims.
The initial tryouts are on November 21, from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Tryout as a team (individuals will not be paired). The chosen team will not practice until after fall semester exams.
Sign up sheet will be on the Moot Court Board office door Tuesday, Nov.11 through Thursday, Nov. 20.
The ABA competition is in February, and all participants will receive 1 credit hour.
See Andrew Palmer or Professor Abramson with questions.
The Securities Law Moot Court team is still accepting applications for team membership. The deadline has been extended to Friday, November 14th. Contact Will Corrigan (email@example.com) or Adam Stotts (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details.
Everyone knows law school is a stressful life experience, but that is particularly true at this point in the semester, when crunch time hits and there just don't seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. Add to that financial concerns or family stressors and suddenly life can feel pretty overwhelming.
Lawyers, and law students, often see themselves as immune from the types of pressures that cause others distress; there is sometimes an "I can do it myself" attitude that prevents us from seeking help when we most need it. There may be concerns about having to report mental health treatment of any kind to a Character and Fitness committee in the near future.
As everyone knows though, you can't get help with a problem until you acknowledge you need help. If you are feeling like the stresses of life and school are too much, please stop by my office in Room 212. I can help you work out a study plan for the rest of the semester and I also have both campus and community resource information available-- everything from mental health counseling, to substance abuse classes, to domestic violence resources. I will be happy to point you in the direction you need to find the best help for you.
Remember, you are not alone in feeling stressed; it's how you handle it that matters.