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WHY THE CONSTITUTION IS ALL BUT MISSING FROM PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES

November 3, 2008, 4:10pm – 5:10pm
Room 275
Sponsored by: Federalist Society
Registration Cost: Free Food

Roger Pilon is the founder and director of Cato's Center for
Constitutional Studies, which has become an important force in the
national debate over constitutional interpretation and judicial
philosophy. He is the publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review and is
an adjunct professor of government at Georgetown University through The
Fund for American Studies. Prior to joining Cato, Pilon held five senior
posts in the Reagan administration, including at State and Justice, and
was a National Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. In 1989 the
Bicentennial Commission presented him with its Benjamin Franklin Award
for excellence in writing on the U.S. Constitution. In 2001 Columbia
University’s School of General Studies awarded him its Alumni Medal of
Distinction. Pilon lectures and debates at universities and law schools
across the country and testifies often before Congress. His writing has
appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street
Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Legal Times, National Law Journal,
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Stanford Law & Policy Review,
and elsewhere. He has appeared on ABC's Nightline, CBS's 60 Minutes II,
Fox News Channel, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and other media. Pilon holds a
B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University
of Chicago, and a J.D. from the George Washington University School of
Law.

Exam4 Practice Test Deadline

This Friday, October 31, 2008, at 11:59 PM, is the deadline for students to submit an Exam4 practice test for the Fall 2008 semester.  You must submit a practice test to take exams on computer.  If you need a refresher, instructions for taking a practice test and submitting it, as well as for taking real exams, are posted here.  Remember, you must submit your practice test while on campus using the University's wireless network.

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LAST WEEK TO RSVP FOR MINORITY LAW STUDENT DINNER

Friday is the deadline to RSVP for the Minority Law Student Dinner which will be held Friday, November 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the home of Judge Denise Clayton.  Please email me if you would like to attend and let me know how many will be in your party.

ACS 2009 National Student Writing Competition

The American Constitution Society proudly announces its fifth annual National Student Writing Competition. This annual event for law students is an opportunity to recognize legal scholarship that enhances the understanding and reputation of progressive legal theories.

Any full-time or part-time law student currently enrolled in a J.D. program at a US law school is eligible to participate.

The author of the top submission will receive $3000 and be eligible for publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.

The authors of the two runner-up submissions will each receive $1000.

The submission deadline is Friday, February 20, 2009

Please see the attached flyer for details.

Community Building through Community Engagement

Students in the Central High School Partnership program, with the assistance of Professor Tony Arnold and UofL law students, presented a report on the revitalization of the Parkland Neighborhood to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville. The report, which includes ideas and information about the community’s conditions, is the result of a year long program that educated the students in land use, environmental justice, and public health equity. The program was supported by a grant from the Louisville Metro Center for Health Equity.

 

Central High School Students

 

 Source: Engaged Learning Providing Service in West Louisville Community, 2 SIGNATURE PARTNERSHIP 3 (October 2008).

ACADEMIC SUPPORT WORKSHOP ON PREPARING FOR AND TAKING EXAMS

Exam time is fast-approaching! If you're a first-year student, or even an upper-division student who would like to perform better on your exams this semster, mark you calendar for one of these workshop times where I will present tips on Preparing For and Taking Law School Exams.  Attend either Wednesday, October 29 from 1-2 p.m. or Thursday, November 6 from 5-6 p.m.  Both workshops will be held in Room LL60.

Louis Jackson Memorial National Law Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

The Jackson Lewis law firm announces its sponsorship of the Louis Jackson Memorial National Law Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law. Chicago-Kent College of Law will administer the competition.  As in the past, entries will be blind judged by a panel of five labor/employment law professors.  Neither Jackson Lewis not Chicago-Kent will have any say in judging.
 
The first place award in $3,000 (structured as a scholarship so the recipient will not have to pay icome tax).
 
There are two second place awards of $1,000 each.
 
Winning entries will be posted on the competition website.
 
Entries must be received by Tuesday, January 20, 2009.
 
Please see the attached competition announcement. 

 

ACTA National Trial Competition

ACTA National Trial Competition Tryouts will take place on Thursday, November 13, 2008, from 4:00pm - 7:00pm in the Allen Courtroom.

If you are a 2L, 3L, or 4L and interested in developing your trial skills while simultaneously earning school credit and strengthening your resume, then this competition is for you.

For tryouts, you will need to submit your resume and present a 10-15 minute opening statement or closing argument using a past competition problem - State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb.  Students can access all of the materials for the case using the following link:  http://www.tyla.org/advocacy_ntc_archive.html.

Sign-up sheets will be posted from Wednesday, October 22, to Friday, October 31, on the Moot Court Board room door.  Please direct any questions to Brian Fayman.

Moot Court Invites 1Ls to Participate in New Litigation Skills Competition

The Moot Court Board is offering first year students the opportunity to become involved in a new trial skills program. Called the Litigation Skills Competition, this program will allow selected students to begin developing the unique skills necessary for successful and persuasive trial practice. First year students will work with the school's ACTA National Trial Competition competitors and coaches through this program. This is a new idea at the law school, and a rare opportunity for first year students to participate in an extracurricular activity, so students should attend this informational meeting right after class on Friday.

Meeting on Friday, Oct 24 at 2:30pm in Room 175

Congressional Candidates Visit Law School

Candidates for Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District of the US House of Representatives visited the law school this week. Congressman John Yarmuth spoke on October 20th at the request of the Jewish Law Students Association. Former Congresswoman Anne Northup spoke the following day at the request of the student Federalist Society. Both candidates entertained questions from students, staff, and faculty after their presentations.

 

Aaron Uslan and John Yarmuth Shem Beard, Anne Northup, Bee Dean
Aaron Uslan and John Yarmuth Shem Beard, Anne Northup, and Bee Dean-Northup