Student News

A Reminder from the Office of Professional Development

Now that the Spring semester has just begun, the Office of Professional Development wants to remind everyone to be sure to check out the Events calendar on the bulletin board next to the elevators.  There have been some changes and additions recently. 

 Also, remember that public service fellowship applications will be available on Monday, January 9.  Location of the applications and information will be in the Daily Docket on Monday.

Thomas T. Johnson, Jr., judge who ruled the Holocaust was fact, dies

Thomas T Johnson, Jr.Thomas T. Johnson, Jr., '49, a Louisville native and graduate of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, passed away on December 28, 2011 in Los Angeles.

Johnson is best known for his ruling, issued in 1981, that the Holocaust was "a fact and not reasonably subject to dispute," in a case brought by an Auschwitz survivor against a Holocaust-denying group.

Johnson was born on Feb. 26, 1923 in Louisville, Ky. and earned degrees in engineering and law (1949) from the University of Louisville before going to work for the U.S. Justice Department.

For more information, read his Los Angeles Times obituary.

 

Photo courtesy of the Johnson family

Mock Interview Opportunity for 1L's

The SBA and the Office of Professional Development will be providing an opportunity for 1Ls to participate in a mock interview. The interviews will be held on Saturday, January 21, from 9:00am - 1:00pm at the offices of Frost Brown Todd and will be conducted by practicing attorneys. There will also be a follow-up breakfast on Tuesday, February 7th from 8:30am - 10:00am at BBC downtown. The attorneys will also be at this breakfast. These opportunites are a great opportunity to work on your interview skills, have your resume reviewed, and meet local attorneys. An SBA representative will be visiting your classes next week to provide more details and have you sign up! You will be required to attend both events if you sign up.?? Save the Dates!

Mock Interview Opportunity for 1L's

The SBA and the Office of Professional Development will be providing an opportunity for 1Ls to participate in a mock interview. The interviews will be held on Saturday, January 21, from 9:00am - 1:00pm at the offices of Frost Brown Todd and will be conducted by practicing attorneys. There will also be a follow-up breakfast on Tuesday, February 7th from 8:30am - 10:00am at BBC downtown. The attorneys will also be at this breakfast. These opportunites are a great opportunity to work on your interview skills, have your resume reviewed, and meet local attorneys. An SBA representative will be visiting your classes next week to provide more details and have you sign up! You will be required to attend both events if you sign up.  Save the Dates!

IT Updates

Labs

The Law Library first floor computer lab got a new floor over the holiday break, so the IT Department used the opportunity to rearrange the furniture and make other minor improvements.  All lab computers have received extensive software updates, including Microsoft Office 2010 and Microsoft Live Essentials, which students may use with their CardMail accounts.  To improve communication, we've also added new signage and a message board in each lab for reporting computer or printer problems.

Printing Credit

Every student should have received his or her printing credit allocation for the new semester.  Please check your printing account balance, and let us know if you did not receive an additional one thousand pages.  We increased the printing credit allocation to 1,000 pages this semester after a periodic review of recent actual printing costs, including paper, toner, printer maintenance and replacement.

Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) Printing Problem Solved

The IT staff has discovered a work-around to resolve the problem students with Mac OS 10.7 (Lion) have had printing to the Lab Laptop Printer.  If you're a Mac user with Lion, stop by the IT offices at your convenience, and we'll configure your laptop for wireless printing.

Witnesses Needed for the Client Counseling Team

Attention ALL students (1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls).  The Client Counseling team is gearing up for the Regional Competition on February 11th and is need of “mock” clients for their practices.  Prep time is no more than 10-15 minutes of reading over the secret facts that only you, and Coach Abramson, know.   

If you are available in between classes on any of the following dates, or wouldn’t mind volunteering on a Saturday for a couple of hours, please let us know.  Email Jacob Ford at jpford03@louisville.edu with any questions or to sign up.  

1:00 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 10th          
4:10 pm, Wednesday, Jan. 11th   
10:00 or 11:00 am, Saturday, Jan. 14th        
1:00 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 17th           
4:10 pm, Wednesday, Jan. 18th   
10:00 or 11:00 am, Saturday, Jan. 21st       
1:00 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 24th          
4:10 pm, Wednesday, Jan. 25th   
10:00 or 11:00 am, Saturday, Jan. 28th       
1:00 pm, Tuesday, Jan. 31st            
4:10 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 1st    
10:00 or 11:00 pm, Saturday, Feb. 4th         
1:00 pm, Tuesday, Feb. 7th        
4:10 pm, Wednesday, Feb. 8th

BLS Guest Speaker - Allen Courtoom, March 21, 11:50 a.m.

Basic Legal Skills - Guest Speaker - Allen Courtroom, March 21, 2012, 11:50 a.m.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Evaluate Your Exam Performance

Are you proud of your academic performance during the fall 2011 semester, dismally disappointed, or somewhere in-between?  Regardless of your situation, most every student can benefit by participating in an exam review with their professor.  No one gets a perfect score on a law school exam and there is always room for improvement.  Below are some tips for having a productive exam review:

  • Be very clear about the professor's requirements.  Some professors have specific dates and times when they will hold exam reviews with students.  Some professors request that you sign up for an appointment.  Follow your professors' instructions.  If you are unsure of a professor's availability, send him or her an email.
  • Come to the meeting with only one thing in mind - learning from past experience and gaining from professional reaction to your product.  Do not expect that this meeting with lead to a grade change.
  • Take an active role in the meeting.  Do not expect a packaged answer from the professor, pinpointing your precise strengths and weaknesses.  The following questions, if you ask them consistently, can identify trends in your exam-taking:
    • Did I misread the instructions for the exam?
    • Did I spot the important issues?
    • Did I miss important issues entirely?
    • Did I display the rule/test/framework/standard properly and clearly?
    • Did I adequately explain exceptions and/or counter arguments?
    • Did I organize my answer based upon what was asked in the call of the question?
    • Did I thoroughly develop the analysis/application?  Did I explain each step of my legal analysis?
    • Did I explore the facts of the question thoroughly in light of the legal principles and issues that I identified?
    • What ways could the answer have been better organized?
    • Did I make unwarranted assumptions in order to reach my conclusion?
    • What aspects of my exam were strong?

Take a hard look at your performance last semester.  Be honest with yourself about what worked and what did not work.  Give yourself credit for your study strategies that were efficient and effective.  Admit what study strategies were disasters.  If you did not put in enough effort, own up to it.  If you procrastinated, own up to it.  If you have poor time management skills, own up to it.  To improve this semester, you must know your strengths, be honest about your weaknesses, and rigorous in your time management.  

Now is the time to commit to achieving your personal best.  You have only 14 weeks of classes until you sit for your final exams. Consider working at your highest levels of efficiency and balance for 14 weeks.   How do you work at your highest levels?  Practice each of the components of the attached Success Cycle in each class each week. 

VITA Students Needed!

It's not too late to sign up to participate in the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program.  There will be a training here at the law school on Saturday, January 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Room 175.  To sign up for the training, you will need to complete a Reservation Form to sign with the Public Service Program, as well as a Registration Form to sign up directly with VITA.  If you are unable to attend the training on January 21, training is available Saturday, January 7 or Saturday, January 14 at  different locations.

This opportunity is open to all students, but is especially great for third year students needing to complete their public service requirement for graduation.  Third year students who sign up with this project will be granted an extension of the March 26 public service deadline until April 15, since that is the tax deadline.

Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu to obtain the necessary forms.

Upcoming Student Programs and Events

If you have not already done so, organize your 2012 calendar by penciling in the following programs and events:

  • January 12 - KY Bar Exam Program with Eric Ison and Bonnie Kittinger (12:15 p.m.)
  • January 20 - 1st Structured Study Group (11:30 a.m.)
  • January 26 - Student Life Info Session: Study Abroad (12:10 p.m.) 
  • January 26 - Brandeis “Brief” Break (3:40 p.m.)
  • January 27 - 2nd Structured Study Group (11:30 a.m.)
  • February 3 - 3rd Structured Study Group (11:30 a.m.)
  • February 7 - 2L Mandatory Bar Program on Financial Responsibility (12:15)

Check out other upcoming programs on the Law School calendar at http://www.law.louisville.edu/event