In 2009, Robert L. Ackerson ('58) was posthumously presented the Lawrence Grauman Award.
Ackerson began practicing law in 1958 and founded the firm which is now Ackerson & Yann. His practice focused on business, tax and personal and estate planning. He was a member of the Regional Counsel and Internal Revenue Service from 1959-1963. In 2008 the Kentucky Bar Association recognized Ackerson as a Senior Counselor for fifty years of service to the Kentucky bar.
He was a strong supporter of the university's athletic program, and the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, a past member of the American Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association, Delta Theta Pi and a director of Family Place. He was regarded by members of his firm as a friend, mentor and esteemed colleague-the tribute to him on the firm's website states the following: "We are all saddened and diminished by the loss of Bob. We are grateful for his legacy at our firm and intend to carry on with the highest level of professionalism and competence that Bob provided throughout his distinguished career.
Justice Abramson serves on the Kentucky Supreme Court. She has served on the courts of Kentucky since 1997. Before serving as a judge, she practiced law for 15 years, concentrating on business and commercial litigation.
Justice Abramson is both an alumna and a staunch supporter of the University of Louisville. She earned a bachelor's degree from UofL in 1977, graduating with highest honors. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1980 and was named the Outstanding Graduate of her law school class.
Justice Abramson is a past president of the University of Louisville School of Law Alumni Council and is a Master of the Louis D. Brandeis Inn of Court. She also serves as a trustee for the Kentucky Judicial Form Retirement System Board, and is the Supreme Court representative on the Kentucky IOLTA Board and the KBA Continuing Legal Education Commission. She is a frequent lecturer for the Kentucky Circuit Judges College and a 2007 graduate of Leadership Louisville.
Justice Abramson is a native of Princeton, Ky. She and her husband, Professor Leslie W. Abramson, have three sons.
Two classes have been added to the spring 2010 schedule. The final exams for these classes are:
1) Crim. Pro. 2: Judicial Process (Abramson) - Friday, 4/23/2009 at 1:00 pm
2) Business Organizations (Blackburn) - Monday, 4/26/2009 at 1:00 pm
In his/her mailbox, every student has received a copy of the complete, new Policy Governing Exams on Computer. The policy is also posted online at www.law.louisville.edu/it/computer-exam-policy. The practice test deadline to use Exam4 for Fall 2009 finals is 6:00 PM EST, Friday, November 20th.
The complete Docket announcement about downloading and installing Exam4 and submitting a practice test is posted at www.law.louisville.edu/node/4051.
Exam4 for Fall 2009 final exams is now available to all students. Hardware and operating system requirements, and download and installation instructions, are posted at www.law.louisville.edu/it/exam-software-download. Rather than downloading Exam4 directly from our Web site, you must now download it from Extegrity. Exam4 is available for Mac OS 10.4 (Tiger), 10.5 (Leopard) and 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and Windows XP and Vista. A Windows 7 version is not yet available, and Windows 7 will not be supported for exams until a certified version of Exam4 becomes available for it.
Any student who wishes to use his/her computer for final exams this semester (including 1Ls who used the previous version for Legal Research and/or Prof. Leibson's Torts I mid-term) must download and install the finals version of Exam4 AND properly take and submit a practice test by 6:00 PM EST, Friday, November 20. A properly taken and submitted practice test identifies the student by his/her UofL user name (e.g., ldbran01) -- not by one's student ID number, or any other combination of letters or numerals. To submit a practice test electronically, one must be on campus and connected to the University's wireless network. The University's firewall prevents off-campus submission.
Any student who wishes to use his/her computer for final exams this semester and cannot comply with the practice test requirement by the deadline must contact the Associate Dean for Student Life before the deadline if he/she wishes to petition for an extension of the practice test deadline or exemption from the practice test requirement.
VERY IMPORTANT: Any student who takes any exam on computer who: 1. has not properly taken and submitted a practice test, or 2. has not brought a USB flash drive to any exam, will be refused technical assistance by the IT staff, including, but not limited to, submitting a completed exam.
After the practice test deadline has passed, the IT staff will send an e-mail confirmation to each student who has properly and timely submitted a practice test. In the meantime, you may check whether your practice test was received at www.law.louisville.edu/it/exam-tracker. Any practice test listed on the Exam Tracker is presumptively o.k.
As a reminder, the last day for classes is Tuesday, 11/24/2009.
Monday classes will meet on Tuesday, 11/24/2009 - Tuesday classes will not meet on that day.
Use study groups judiciously as you prepare for finals.
- Do not skimp on your personal review time by joining too many group activities.
- Schedule group time when you have reviewed the material enough to gain the most from discussions.
- Alternate who explains concepts or answers questions so everyone has to “work” and get practice.
- Have individual practice question time as well – your group cannot help you during the exam.
- If study group sessions become too frustrating, consider gracefully bowing out to study by yourself or with just one other person.