A special thank you is in order for the judges who graciously volunteered their time and experience to judge the semi-finalists and finalists. Circuit Court Judge A.C. McKay Chauvin, Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Denise Clayton, Chief Regional District Judge Sean R. Delahanty, and District Judge Katie King formed the panel that selected the two competitors that advanced to the final round. Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson (a past Pirtle-Washer Champion), United States Magistrate Judge James D. Moyer, District Judge Ann Bailey Smith (a past Pirtle-Washer Champion), and Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Thomas B. Wine formed the panel that selected Thomas Stevens as this year's Champion.
Thank you also to the twenty-four local attorneys from Kentucky and Indiana who volunteered their time and experience to judge the three prelimary rounds on Saturday, October 22nd. These local attorneys narrowed the field from sixteen competitors to the four semi-finalists.
The Jefferson County Attorney's Office is seeking 1L or 2L law students to conduct legal research in both Criminal and Civil areas of the office.
Responsibilities include: preparing pleadings, jury instructions, discovery and various other legal memoranda and court documents as requested by prosecutors and civil attorneys in the County Attorney's Office; responding to various requests for legal research; file documents with the courts; perform other tasks as needed to assist attorneys; deliver interdepartmental mail and assist in hand-deliveries; maintain law library.
Salary and benefits include:
$10.50/hr. first 6 months probationary period
$11.00/hr after probation is successfully completed
$12.00/hr after one year of service
Partial tuition assistance
Vacation, sick, personal time and holiday pay based upon work schedule
Submit resume by December 16th to: Debbie Hamm, H.R. Specialist, Hall of Justice, 600 W. Jefferson St., Suite 2086, Louisville, KY 40202.
Decide how you need to balance your play and study time over the holiday. What family commitments do you have? Are your outlines complete? Where are you in your review for exams? Keep in mind the following:
- Be realistic about your ability to study over the holiday. Do not expect to accomplish six weeks of work in 5 days. Enjoy Thanksgiving Day with family or friends. Block out times when you can realistically study during the remainder of the holiday.
- Make a priority list of tasks. Work on tasks in the order of priority.
- Break tasks into smaller steps.
- Consider productive ways that you can use travel time: listen to Sum and Substance CDs; review an outline sitting in the airport; quiz yourself with flashcards; if traveling with a classmate, consider answering practice questions together during the trip.
- Consider whether you can include your family or friends in helping you study: quizzing you from flashcards or quizzing you on your outlines, for example. You get to study, and they get to participate.
- Determine your reward system to stay motivated. The rewards can be large or small depending on the tasks. You might go to the movies with your family if you study for a certain number of hours. Use your imagination for rewards: a new pair of shoes at the mall; reading a magazine; a luxurious soak in a bubble bath; dinner with friends; a morning at the spa; a run with the family dog. You will accomplish more and find it easier to start tasks if you have a reward waiting for you.
- And, most importantly, have safe and healthy traveling and holiday celebrations.
The Eastern District of Tennessee is seeking first- and second-year students to apply for positions in the 2012 summer Federal Student Intern Litigation Program. These are unpaid positions.
If you are interested, see the attached brochure for details. The deadline for applying is Friday, January 13th.
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.