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Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure

Determine your current areas of confusion and get help now.  Concepts often build on one another – if you wait too long, you will be hopelessly lost.  Review your case briefs and class notes and determine what questions you have at this time.  Talk with classmates who understand the material.  Ask professors questions.  Use a study aid to clarify a topic. 

Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure

Do not waste valuable study time between classes.  Take a hard look at how you use the ½-hour, 1-hour, and 2-hour chunks of time during your day when you are not in class.  If you spend all of that time chatting with friends or running errands or deciding what to do next, you will automatically make your evening more stressful because you have accomplished nothing during the day on your reading or other projects.

MANDATORY Exam4 Training for 1Ls

There will be mandatory Exam4 training for 1Ls at 1:00 PM, Thursday, September 30, in room 275.  For more information, click here.

Mandatory Bar Program on Candor

Attention students graduating in December 2010, May 2011, or August 2011: 

On Tuesday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, including Mr. Grant Helman, Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take the bar. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5). 

Your attendance at the November 9 program is a requirement for graduation.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the November 9 program, you must notify Dean Bean so that alternative arrangements can be made. 

Graduating students planning to take the KY Bar Exam in July 2011, or February 2012, will receive a handout during the November 9 program providing instructions on completing the Kentucky Bar Application.  A separate program focusing on the Kentucky Bar Exam will be offered on January 11, 2011, at 12:15 p.m.  All graduating students taking the KY Bar Exam are strongly encouraged to attend this program.

What Is Lawlapalooza?

Lawlapalooza is a full-on, no-holds-barred, Texas-steel-cage, loser-leave-town Battle of the Bands featuring Louisville attorneys (and occasionally law students), rocking out to raise money for a great cause. Proceeds from Lawlapalooza benefit the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which provides local summer fellowships for University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Ewing Fellowships are awarded under the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program.

Lawlapalooza began in 2005 in collaboration with the Jefferson County Women Lawyers Association, and to date has raised over $25,000 and provided invaluable practice experience for four Ewing Fellows.

Lawlapalooza 2010 will be held Thursday, September 30th at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and the first band takes the stage at 6:30. Both new and returning bands will perform, featuring attorneys from:

  • Greenebaum Doll McDonald
  • Stoll Keenon Ogden
  • Borowitz & Goldsmith
  • Fultz Maddox Hovious & Dickens
  • Clay Frederick Adams, and
  • Brandeis School of Law*
*Professors Tim Hall and Lars Smith and Assistant Dean Jim Becker will be performing, along with Professor Hall’s wife, Stephanie, as The Subconscionables.

The bands’ musical styles this year range from “funky bluegrass” to country to rock and blues, and each will perform a 20-minute set. Fans vote for their favorite band by throwing money in their tip jar. The band with the most money in its jar at the end of the night wins a trophy and bragging rights until next year.

This year, Lawlapalooza will be hosted by law students Alex White and Jennifer Siewertsen, our 2010 Ewing Fellow, who spent her summer working in the Legal Aid Society of Louisville’s Family Law Unit.

Tickets, T-shirts and More

Tickets and t-shirts are on sale now in the Law Resource Center (room 272, across from 275).

Tickets cost $5 for students (including spouses, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc.) and $20 for general admission. They’ll also be available at the door.

T-shirts are $10 and will also be on sale Tuesday, September 21, from 5:15-7:15 PM, and Wednesday, September 22nd, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, in the Mosaic Lobby. Available sizes now are L and XL, but we’ve ordered more and expect to have S, M and 2XL by the end of this week.

BONUS: Students who purchase a t-shirt and wear it to the show will also receive their first drink free, compliments of Westlaw!

We hope to see you at Lawlapalooza 2010 on September 30th for an evening of great music and great fun for a great cause, and be sure to bring plenty of cash to vote for your favorite band!

Take Advantage of Campus Health Services

Flu Shots - Free seasonal flu shots will be available September 21-23, at the Miller IT Center, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and September 28-30, at the SAC Bookstore, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  In addition, on October 7, Campus Health will be at the Law School from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to give law students, faculty, and staff free flu shots.

Massages - Back and neck massages will be offered to students on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., at the Office of Health Promotion (between the SAC and Houchens).  30-minute massages for $6!  Sign up at the Health Promotion Office and pay with check or credit card.

Yoga - Improve your back and neck health through yoga.  This special class will feature personalized instruction, equipment provided.  Five sessions will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from noon to 1:00 p.m., for only $15.  Sign up and pay at the Health Promotion Office.

Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure

It is amazing that we are beginning the sixth week of the semester!  Some of your professors may have started to speed up in class and cover more pages.  You may be working on your first graded writing assignment for BLS, preparing for a practice exam, studying for a mid-term, or all of the above.  What can you do to re-group after these first five weeks if you are feeling pressured by the workload or are worrying that you are already behind in your studying?  This week's tips will provide suggestions on how to handle pressure.  

  • Do not stop reading for classes because you have other projects or assignments due soon.  Carve out time for the projects around your reading for classes.  If you focus on papers or projects and ignore class reading, you will then be confused in class and behind in your reading.  If you are having trouble finding time for both reading and other tasks, make an appointment with the Director of Academic Success for help with time management. 

MPRE

Are you planning to take the MPRE in November?  The regular application receipt deadline is September 28.  For more information, please see the attached information sheet and visit www.ncbex.org.

Academic Success Tip - Using Graphics in Your Outlines

When you supplement your course outlines this weekend, consider what graphics may work for you to help with the bigger picture, the analysis, and the synthesis of the material; some examples of graphics are:

  • Tables with material in rows and columns
  • Decision trees – flow charts with questions and yes/no choices to work through the analysis
  • Tree diagrams – the main concept is the trunk and the sub-topics (and beyond) branch off
  • Legal diagrams – the main concept starts in the center of the page and lines connect outwards to the sub-topics and beyond
  • Balloon diagrams – similar to the legal diagram using balloons to hold concepts and sub-topics instead of lines alone
  • Mind mapping – use pictures and shapes to brainstorm about the interconnections
  • Venn diagrams to show the overlap between several concepts
  • Time lines for chronological events
  • Columns of material to show connections and progression

Constitution Day Commemoration


Barry Faulkner, The Constitution
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

United States Constitution, preamble



[W]e must never forget that it is a constitution we are expounding.

McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 U.S. (4 Wheat.) 316, 407 (1819)



Constitution

The United States Constitution is not only the basic law of the United States. It has also inspired politicians, philosophers, and ordinary people around the world. Scholars have devoted intense attention to the Constitution, its interpretation by the Supreme Court of the United States, and its impact on the American people.

Constitutional law forms an important part of the Law School's curriculum and research agenda. University of Louisville faculty members have devoted considerable attention to the Constitution, its interpretation, and its social meaning. Lawyers with diverse practices and specializations share a background in constitutional law, which in turn unites the practicing bar in a common civil culture based on the Constitution and its role in American history and politics.

The Law School therefore takes great pride in presenting an annual commemoration of Constitution Day on behalf of the entire University of Louisville. This year's program consists of a collection of videos that provide commentary on recent developments in the Supreme Court of the United States and in lower federal courts. Jim Chen, Samuel Marcosson, Luke Milligan, Laura Rothstein and Joseph Tomain review a significant year of developments in American constitutional law.

2010 Constitution Day Program

  • Luke M. Milligan, Introduction
  • Jim Chen, McDonald v. City of Chicago: The States and the 2nd Amendment
  • Samuel A. Marcosson, The California Same-Sex Marriage Case
  • Luke M. Milligan, City of Ontario v. Quon
  • Laura Rothstein, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez
  • Joseph A. Tomain, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

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Legal notice: This page is composed in compliance with section 111 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004, Pub. L. No. 108-447, § 111, 118 Stat. 2809, 3344-45 (2004), more colloquially known as the "Constitution Day" statute. See also Notice of Implementation of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17 of Each Year, 70 Fed. Reg. 29,727 (May 24, 2005).

Section 111 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act states in relevant part: "Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution." Section 111 further requires that Constitution Day be commemorated on September 17, in honor of the day in 1787 on which the Constitution was signed. In a year in which September 17 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, Constitution Day may be commemorated during the preceding or following week.