Student News

Wechsler Moot Court Team Advances to Semi-Finals

Congratulations to Jared Sawyer (3L) and Jennifer Siewertsen (2L) on advancing to the semi-Finals in the 2011 Herbert Wechsler Criminal Law Competition in Buffalo, NY this past weekend! Jared and Jennifer, coached by local attorneys Dave Harshaw and Ted Shouse, '99, were one of only 8 teams out of the 26 competing to advance to the quarter-finals. The team defeated Valparaiso University School of Law to move onto the Final Four but lost to the eventual Champion. The team was praised for their professionalism, organization and speaking style. Congratulations Jared and Jennifer!

Central High School Moot Court Team Wins National Competition

Joshua Puckett, a senior in the Law and Government Magnet at Central High School, won the National Championship at the Marshall-Brennan National Moot Court Competition held in Philadelphia April 2-3.  His teammate and classmate, Mashayla Hays, was the runner-up.  This the first time in the history of the tournament that one school had two of the four finalists, much less finishing as the two most outstanding speakers in the entire competition.

The Central team was made up four outstanding seniors, all of whom made it to the tournament’s semi-final round.  Besides Joshua and Mashayla, the other two semi-finalists representing Central were Hau Duc Le and Chania Coleman.  The team was coached by Professor Sam Marcosson of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, and two law school students, Cennet Kocakulah Braun and Lena Nash Seward.  They work with the students as one component of the School of Law’s partnership with Central’s Law and Government Magnet, and as part of the broader national Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.  The Moot Court Competition brings together students from various Marshall-Brennan programs sponsored by law schools around the country, giving high school students the opportunity to put into practice the lessons about the constitutional rights they have learned throughout the year, and argue an actual case involving students’ rights under the First Amendment.

"Joshua and Mashayla were tremendous. The judges couldn’t have been more impressed with their knowledge of the cases and the law, or with their poise in answering questions," Professor Marcosson said about their final round performance.  "The coaches from other schools were just as complimentary."


The team was supported by the tireless commitment of the teacher of the Law and Government Magnet program at Central, Joe Gutmann, and Professor Laura Rothstein, who co-ordinates the law school’s partnership with the Magnet, and by  Central’s principal, Dr. Dan Withers. In addition, they got vital help from a number of volunteer attorneys who participated in practice rounds, and made generous donations to help finance the trip to Philadelphia. Several members of the Women Lawyers Association also contributed to the trip costs.   Emily Zahn, '08, of Dinsmore & Shohl, in particular, not only contributed herself but also coordinated significant fundraising efforts at her law firm.  

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Barristers' Ball Raffle

The following students won in our Barristers' Ball Raffle:

1. iPod shuffle - Leah Hart
2. iPod shuffle - Brad Hall
3. iTunes $15 gift card - Sam Constantine
4. iTunes $15 gift card - Sarah Potter
5. UofL cooler - Josh Wong
6. UofL fitted hat and bottle koozie - Ryan Wood
7. UofL t-shirt and can koozie - David Erhart
 
Congratulations and please contact Stephanie Loper (stephanie.loper@yahoo.com) to collect your prize.

  

Christian Law Society Lunch

Come join us for our final lunch of the year. Mr. Mark Franklin, a local lawyer, will be coming to speak to us. Everyone is welcome.

Registration Forms are Due on April 6

All summer and fall advising forms, Pre-Registration Permissions forms, and employment cards are due in the Student Records Office by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6.  Registration Instructions are posted at http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/registration-forms.

Barristers' Ball Info

Do not forget that Barristers' Ball is this Friday, April 8 at the Henry Clay building downtown from 8 p.m. until 12 p.m.  We are anticipating a huge turnout so make sure to get your tickets soon!  Tickets can be purchased from SBA Class Representatives for $20 each, Tuesday through Thursday.  On Friday, tickets will cost $30.  I hope to see you there!  

Does your organization need MONEY?

Time is running out to apply for Club Programming Committee (CPC) Funds for Summer and Fall 2011 events!  The deadline is April 7th at 3:00 p.m
 
CPC monies are intended to afford recognized student organizations the opportunity to contribute to the quality of campus life by sponsoring special events and programs that may not be possible without this financial assistance.  The CPC guidelines and application are available at the following web address: 
 
If you have any questions about submitting an application, contact Stephanie Loper at stephanie.loper@yahoo.com.

Restorative Justice: A Better Method for Healing the Harm

Immigration Debate Wednesday

Time: 3:45pm – 4:45pm, Wednesday, 4/6
Place: Room 175

Mr. Ilya Shapiro from the Cato Institute and Becca O'Neill, a local immigration attorney, will engage in a debate about immigration policy. Professor Luke Milligan will moderate the debate. Topics will include:

  • SB 1070 - Is it constitutional? Is it good policy?
  • What to do with people already here illegally?
  • What to do about future skilled and unskilled immigrants?
  • Are temporary work permits for unskilled workers good policy?

We will be serving Graeter's Ice Cream, so come with an empty stomach and an open mind!

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Make the Most Out of the Last Two Weeks of Classes

Congratulations!  You are about to finish another semester in law school.  Here are some tips to make the most of the last two full weeks of classes in preparation for finals:

  • Do not skip classes.  Professors often give information about the exam during the last few classes.  In addition, there is a good chance that there will be questions on the exam specifically on the last week’s material.
  • Attend all review sessions that your professors offer.  Professors provide review sessions to help you do well on the exam.  Whether the session is a professor-led review of the material or based on questions and answers, you can use the session to your advantage.  If you are confused about certain areas, then this is the time to get the material straight.  If you think you understand the material, then this is the time to “test” your depth of understanding.
  • If there are not scheduled review sessions, ask your professors any questions that you have this week.   Once classes are over, many professors work from home or work in their offices during limited hours.  Yes, you could e-mail or telephone the professor regarding your questions; however, there is no substitute for being there face-to-face.
  • Try to have all of your reading and outlining completed by April 20.   You want to allow yourself plenty of time for learning your outlines, memorizing black letter law, and applying the concepts through practice questions. 
  • Evaluate your status in each course.   Determine which topics and sub-topics still need to be learned for each course.  Determine which topics and sub-topics just need to be reviewed.  Determine how many practice questions need to be completed for each topic and sub-topic.  Prioritize your studying tasks.  Be realistic. 
  • Map out your plans for each day for the next two weeks.   A monthly calendar format may help you to see when your exams are, when papers are due, when other projects may be due.  Mark down review sessions being held by professors.  For each day, indicate the course(s) you plan to study, the topics or sub-topics for that course, and the hours of study. 
  • Maximize your study time within your plan.   Decide whether you learn better by studying one course all day or by mixing up two or even three courses in the same day.  Decide when you are most alert and place the most difficult tasks (intense learning and memorization for many students) in those time slots.  Use time slots when you are less alert for tasks that you find easier (review of material already learned, practice questions, and flashcards for many students). 
  • Re-check the exam schedule to make sure that you have written the correct days and times down for all of your exams.   Nothing can be more distressing than to find out that you missed an exam because you were not careful enough in noting the dates and times on your calendar.  If in doubt, find out now.
  • Have a talk with your significant others about the fact that you will be studying for exams and need their understanding.   Have a heart-to-heart with your friends, parents, spouse, children, and any others who need to be cooperative with your efforts.  Schedule needed babysitters now.