Student Life News

Bad Weather Schedule

The Law School follows the University's lead in all weather-related cancellations and delays.

1) We will cancel classes up to a certain time and begin with our full class schedule at that point.  For instance, if we delay opening until 10 a.m., all classes that begin before 10 a.m. will be cancelled.  Classes meeting at 10 a.m. and later will meet at their regular times and will include the full instruction period..

2) For purposes of this policy, evening classes will be defined as any classes beginning at or after 4:30 p.m.

3) Please note that the University will provide official school closing information in the following ways: A notice at the top of the University home page, www.louisville.edu; e-mails sent to all students and employees on their Groupwise accounts; a recorded message at 852-5555; or, for those who have signed up, a text message will be sent to your cell phone.

These are the only venues through which we can guarantee accurate information.  Please remember, whether or not the University is open, it is up to you to decide if it is safe for you to make the journey.

I WILL MISS EVERYONE

For personal reasons, I have resigned as the Director of Academic Support effective January 15, 2009.  I'm sorry that I had to make this decision in the midst of a semester, but the Administration has assured me that they will try and make the transition as smooth as possible.  It has been a wonderful experience getting to know each and every one of you and I look forward to see you practicing in our community in a few short years.

Law School Office Closings for Holidays

The Law School administrative offices will be closed during the University's official holidays. This includes the following times:

Thanksgiving: from noon on Wednesday, November 26 through Thanksgiving weekend

Winter Break: from December 24 until Monday, January 5, 2009.

 

Please note that the Law School offices DO NOT re-open before the start of Spring 2009 classes, which also begin January 5, 2009. Therefore, students or faculty needing services or information from the Office of Student Records, the IT staff, the Faculty Resource Center, the Assistant or Associate Deans' offices or other law school administrative offices should be sure to contact those offices well in advance of the holiday, as the first few days of the semester will undoubtedly be very busy. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Thank you from Phi Alpha Delta and Section 2

Phi Alpha Delta along with the Section 2 1L's would like to personally thank everyone for their help with our Kentucky Harvest Food Drive!!!  Both staff and students helped to provide various food items to families in need during this holiday season.  We greatly appreciate the abundance of support and generosity shown by everyone.  Again, thank you for making this community event a huge success.

Phi Alpha Delta Members

Second Drafting Section Now Open for Enrollment

Professor Nicholson's Drafting seminar (LAW 986-09, meeting Thursdays from 3:50-5:30) is now open for enrollment by 2L, 3L and 4L students.  If you have received priority permission to add this course, please do so as soon as possible so that the Student Records office can have an accurate count of students enrolled, and to be fair to students who may sign up for a waiting list.  If you have received priority permission to enroll and no longer intend to do so, please inform Barbara Thompson in the Student Records Office.

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

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. 

ABA Client Counseling Competition

An ABA client counseling team informational meeting will be held Tuesday, November 11 at 12:15 in the Washer Lounge.  It should last approximately 20-30 minutes.

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.

FEELING STRESSED?

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.

 

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.