Student News

Mandatory Bar Program on Candor

Attention students graduating in December 2010, May 2011, or August 2011: 

On Tuesday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, including Mr. Grant Helman, Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take the bar. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5). 

Your attendance at the November 9 program is a requirement for graduation.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the November 9 program, you must notify Dean Bean so that alternative arrangements can be made. 

Graduating students planning to take the KY Bar Exam in July 2011, or February 2012, will receive a handout during the November 9 program providing instructions on completing the Kentucky Bar Application.  A separate program focusing on the Kentucky Bar Exam will be offered on January 11, 2011, at 12:15 p.m.  All graduating students taking the KY Bar Exam are strongly encouraged to attend this program.

Trandafir International Business Writing Competition

Announcing the Trandafir International Business Writing Competition sponsored by the Journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems (TLCP) at the University of Iowa College of Law located in Iowa City, Iowa.

The competition is open to all students and submissions are due by 5:00 PM CST on February 1, 2011.  The winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and publication in their academic journal.  

Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure

Use a reward system to keep your motivation up.  Decide small rewards for yourself for completion of small tasks.  Small rewards might be:  a bubble bath; one ½-hour television show; one computer game; popcorn; a walk with the dog; a play break with your child.  Decide large rewards for yourself for completion of large tasks: a night at the movies; dinner with friends at a nice restaurant; two hours reading a novel; a new outfit; attending Lawlapalooza!  When you have a reward to look forward to, you are more likely to stay motivated in completing your work.
 

Lawlaplooza Tickets, T-shirts and More

Tickets and t-shirts are on sale now in the Law Resource Center (room 272, across from 275).

Tickets cost $5 for students (including spouses, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc.) and $20 for general admission. They’ll also be available at the door.

T-shirts are $10. BONUS: Students who purchase a t-shirt and wear it to the show will also receive their first drink free, compliments of Westlaw!

We hope to see you at Lawlapalooza 2010 on September 30th for an evening of great music and great fun for a great cause, and be sure to bring plenty of cash to vote for your favorite band!

Academic Success Tip - Handling Pressure

Determine your current areas of confusion and get help now.  Concepts often build on one another – if you wait too long, you will be hopelessly lost.  Review your case briefs and class notes and determine what questions you have at this time.  Talk with classmates who understand the material.  Ask professors questions.  Use a study aid to clarify a topic. 

2010 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition Deadline Friday, September 24th

Deadline to sign up is Friday, September  24th

Final Informational Meeting Thursday, September 23 in Room 175 at 12:10

The annual Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition is a great opportunity for law students to hone their oral advocacy skills. This competition is open to all 2L, 3L, and 4L University of Louisville Law Students. The competition focuses on a competitor's ability as an oral advocate and therefore requires no research outside of the given materials. The preliminary rounds will be held on Saturday, October 16th and the Finals will be on Friday, October 22nd. If interested please sign up on the Moot Court Board door by Friday, September  24th at Noon and attend the informational meeting in room 175 at 12:10 pm on  Thursday, September 23rd.

Last Day to Sign-up for the Negotiation Competition is 9/22!!

Last day to apply for Negotiation Competition: 

Any 2L, 3L, or 4L who would like to be considered for the ABA Negotiation Competition Team must send an email to Associate Dean Arnold, co-coach, at tony.arnold@louisville.edu, no later than September 22, with: 1) the student's name; 2) why he/she wants to be on the U of L ABA Negotiation Team; 3) the student's background in negotiations; 4) the student's availability for practices; and 5) contact information for the student.  Selections will be made after September 22 by co-coaches Tony Arnold and Mary Jo Gleason.  The regional rounds of the ABA Negotiation Competition will be November 13 and 14 in East Lansing, MI.  In recent years, a team from U of L won the national competition, and we hope to continue our success in this competition this year. Please direct any questions to Iara Montoro at iara.montoro@louisville.edu.

Ky Intrastate Mock Trial Team Selects it Members!

Please join the Moot Court Board in congratulating the following individuals for being selected to represent the Brandeis School of Law at the Intrastate Mock Trial Team Competition:  

JamesFisher

Julie Purcell

Sandra Moon

Marlow Riedling

Paul Chumbley

Justin Gooch

Teresa Kenyon

Jennifer Murzyn

Habitat for Humanity

In an effort to give back to the Louisville community, members of the Student Bar Association participated in a Habitat for Humanity project.  Members participated in a variety of tasks ranging from caulking the foundation to putting the final touches on rooms inside the house.  The house was Habitat's first LEED certified home.  Although law school is demanding, the SBA encourages students to make an effort to give back to the Louisville community.  Such efforts are rewarding and help to provide the balance that so often escapes us.

Writing Competition On Regulatory and Administrative Law

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy presents:

The 2011 Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition On Regulatory and Administrative Law
 
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is pleased to announce its fourth annual Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law. Judge Cudahy's work in these areas combines a keen grasp of legal doctrine, deep insight into the institutional forces that determine how doctrine is implemented, and an appreciation of the public impact of doctrinal and institutional choices, including the consequences for fundamental values such as fairness, participation, and transparency. This competition seeks to encourage and reward these qualities in the scholarship of others.

Overview: The Richard D. Cudahy Writing Competition on Regulatory and Administrative Law is open to a wide array of participants. Practicing lawyers, policymakers, academics, and law students all are encouraged to take part. The judging committee will include federal judges and leading academics. A winner will be selected in both the lawyer and student categories. The author of the winning paper in each category will receive a cash prize of $1,500. The winning papers will receive special recognition at the ACS National Convention, on the ACS website, and potentially through other means agreed upon by the authors and ACS.

We encourage participants to view this topic broadly and welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas.

The deadline for submissions is February 11, 2011.