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The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy

Professor Timothy Beatley will deliver the Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Lan Use Policy on February 12 at 6:00 PM in room 275 of the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law.  Beatley, the Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, is a nationally renowned expert on environmental planning and policy.  He will speak on "Green Urbanism:  Planning for Sustainable and Resilient Cities."

Professor Beatley believes that cities hold much potential for addressing global environmental issues, for reconnecting us to nature and to each other, and for dramatically reducing our ecological footprints while at the same time creating highly livable environments. He argues for what he calls Green Urbanism: creative urban planning and design strategies that, among other things, bring nature back into urban neighborhoods, incorporate locally-produced renewable energy into the urban fabric, and nurture new local and regional sources of the food and materials needed to sustain urban populations.  Beatley also believes cities can be profoundly re-earthed and that green urban living and design hold the best hope for a more sustainable and resilient future. Beatley will review the experiences of leading cities in Europe and North America that are moving in the direction of green urbanism and will describe a number of innovative green planning ideas, projects and policies found in these most exemplary places.  Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, and received his Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is the author of many books on environmental policy and planning, including The Ecology of Place (Island Press 1997, with Kristy Manning), Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities (Island Press 2000), Green Urbanism Down Under (Island Press 2008) and Resilient Cities (Island Press 2009, with Peter Newman and Heather Boyer).

The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy is one of several law and policy initiatives in land use and environmental responsibility at the University of Louisville, and is supported by the Herbert Boehl Fund and the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund.  This event is co-sponsored by the School of Urban & Public Affairs, which has applied for 1 credit towards the AICP CM requirement

A reception will follow the lecture.

Completing the Electronic Kentucky Bar Application

Several graduating students have asked about completing the Kentucky Bar Application electronically.  Because the application is an Adobe Acrobat (PDF) document, one must have and use Adobe Acrobat Professional to save changes to the application.  Acrobat Reader will not work.

All of the Law Library lab computers have Acrobat Pro, so you may complete the application there.  Or, Adobe now offers a 30-day, fully functional trial of all its products, including Acrobat Pro (for Windows only).  You must create an account on Adobe's site before you'll be permitted to download the trial version, but it is available here: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobatpro/tryout.html.

Exam4 for July Kentucky Bar Exam

The Exam4 registration and download period is now open (through January 22) for the February 2009 Kentucky bar exam.  Students graduating in May 2009 and planning to take the Kentucky bar exam on computer may take a look at the registration page for the February exam to see what it will look like for them this summer.

There are four steps in the process:

  1. Register
  2. Pay
  3. Download and install
  4. Take and submit a practice test
When you register this summer, it is imperative that you provide an e-mail address that will remain active, and that you will monitor regularly, through the bar exam in late July.  Information about software updates, etc. will be distributed via e-mail.  It is worth over-emphasizing that the version of Exam4 you use in law school will NOT work for the bar exam, nor will the bar exam version work for law school exams.

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.

BAR APPLICATION POWERPOINT

My powerpoint on the Kentucky Bar application process has been posted to the Academic Support portion of the law school web site. It's entitled "Bar None" and can be found at the bottom of the page.

BAR APPLICATION PROCESS 101 & 102- THIS WEEK!

Academic Support and Career Services are collaborating this week to bring you two workshops on the bar application process. Tuesday, January 6 from 11:45-12:45 in Room 275, Bonnie Kittinger from the Ky. Bar Examiners will be here to explain character and fitness issues and answer questions.  Free pizza will be served.

 

On Thursday, January 8, from 12:05-1:00 p.m. and from 5-6 p.m. in Room 175, Christie Floyd will go over the Ky. bar application in detail. Please take advantage of these workshops as the deadline for the July bar is fast approaching.

 

 

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.

Alumni Holiday Party and Class of 1979 Classroom Dedication

A highlight of the Law School's December 12, 2008, holiday party was the dedication of the Class of 1979 Classroom. Now redesignated Room 079, the Class of 1979 Classroom is the only room in the Law School whose renovation has been funded by contributions by a single class.

Photo Gallery and Video Footage

 

Computer Viri and Support for Student Computers

With the recent rash of computer virus activity, including several distributed via Facebook, it is worth re-emphasizing the absolute importance of having active, up-to-date antivirus and antispyware applications on one's computer(s).  Waiting until one's computer has become infected is too late to acknowledge that antivirus/antispyware protection is important.

The University distributes free to students and employees Symantec Endpoint Protection, but it is each student's responsiblity to protect his or her computer.  The law school IT staff cannot provide bumper-to-bumper service for student laptops.  Our support is limited to:

  • Exam4 installation, support and exam administration;
  • Connecting your laptop to the University's wireless network;
  • Connecting your laptop to the law school's file server and student laptop printer; and
  • Installing the University-distributed version of Symantec Endpoint protection.  This is limited to installation, not de-virusing already infected computers.
University IT's new iTech Connect, located in the Miller Information Technology building, can provide more extensive support for student-owned laptops.  Students are advised to go there for support beyond the four areas listed above.  iTech Connect cannot, however, provide support for Exam4 or connecting to the law school's own network resources, as those are within the law school's exclusive control.

Don't Forget Your USB Drive!

Students are reminded to bring a USB drive with them to every exam they take on computer.  The USB drive is a back-up in case you have wireless connectivity problems and cannot submit an exam over the network.  Even students taking exams on computer should always bring bluebooks and pens in case of computer or electrical failure.

Students are solely responsible for providing their own USB drives, bluebook, pens, and any other required items.  Bluebooks and a small number of USB drives are available for sale in the Faculty Resource Center (room 272):

  • Bluebooks, two for 30 cents
  • 64 MB USB drives, $10 each

The Faculty Resource Center is only open the following hours, so plan accordingly:

  • Monday - Thursday: 7:30 AM-6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:30 AM-6:00 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday: CLOSED

Bluebooks, USB drives, pens, etc., are not available for sale, rent or loan anywhere else in the Law School; and the IT staff will not copy exams from student laptops for students who failed to come prepared.  Every student has been given a free USB drive. Don't leave it where it's no use to you.