Student News

SBA Budget Approval

I encourage each and everyone of you to come to the first SBA meeting Tuesday, August 24 at 9 pm.  We will be reviewing and approving our annual budget.  By coming to the meeting, you will find out where our funds go and how they help you.  I hope to see you all there! 

3rd Annual Community Service Day Is a Success!

On August 13, 126 first-year law students participated in the community service day component of orientation.  That equates to 90% participation (126/140)!  They were joined by 10 upper-division law students, 7 staff members, and 8 faculty members.


Photos from the Habitat for Humanity and Family Scholar House projects were prominently featured on UofL's homepage last week. Additionally, a nice article about the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter project was published in the August 14 issue of The Tribune.

Many thanks to our volunteers!

Catholic Charities: Andrew Beckman, Linh Biscan, Nick Caprino, Ashley Haile, Paige Hamby, Matthew Little, Luke Markushewski,  Sean O'Tormey, John Slayton, Patrick Smith, Audrey Villon, Becky Wenning (Law Resource Center), Kristie Wetterer (2L), Krista Willike

Dare to Care Food Bank: Zach Berry, John Brooks, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick (2L), Bradley Hall, Matthew Kinney, Michael Marks, Laurie Beth McTighe, Angela Nolden, Caroline Ramsey, Brian Smith, Sara Thompson, Josh Waldrop, Sydney Wilson, Becky Wimberg (Assistant to the Dean)

Family Scholar House: Phillip Burrell, Quintin Diggs, Andrea Fagan (3L), Larry Forman, Rebekah Gray, Jimmy Kaufman, Matthew Kaufman, Doug Keil, Professor Ariana Levinson, Yuan Lin, TaKeisha Mink, Thom Stevens (2L), Brian Strunk, Tracy Tan, Ashley Wiggins (SBA Vice President)

Habitat for Humanity: Jim Becker (Dean of Information Technology), Paul Bradford, Jackie Clowers (2L), Willa Fuqua, Vincent Gonzalez, Matthew Johnson, John Jones, Nick Laughlin, Chris Moncrief, Joesph Pierson, Michael Profumo,  Dorothy Rush, Donna Tooill

Historic Locust Grove: Matthew Doran, Jack Hartz, Andrew Lay, Thomas Lutes, Joseph McMahan, Andrew Miller, Marcie Norsworthy, Professor Richard Nowka, Ryan Steirs, Melissa Weinstein, Mackenzie Wallace, Joshua Wong

Hosparus of Louisville: Mara Biliter, Taylor Cooper, Professor Susan Duncan, Jacob Fiesecke, Charles Johnson, Professor David Leibson, Alice Lyon, Kayla Means, Ronald Morton, Jenn Murzyn (3L), Edward O'Brien, Kaitllyn Potzick, Kevin Pride, Scott Redding, Debra Reh (Career Services), Professor Shelley Santry, Amanda Smith, Kathy Urbach (Dean of Career & Public Services), Kyle Winham

Kentucky Refugee Ministries: Professor Kathy Bean, Sabrina Clayton-Stubblefield, Cassandra Kennedy, John LaFollette, Patrick Stubblefield

Masonic Homes: Katie Bennett (2L), Darick Crumbly, Dana Eberle-Dethy, Denise Hall, Trey Jenkins, Jennie Lynch, Victoria O'Grady, Whitney Roth, Professor Laura Rothstein, Jillian Smith,  Stefanie Stolz, Amanda Warford (2L), April Wimberg

New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter: Kimberly Ballard (Dean of Academic Success), Samantha Constantine, Jacob Ford, Emma Franklin, Josh Hartsell, Mary Lu Jessee, Elizabeth Johnson, Gregory Justis, Clay Kennedy, Danielle Yannelli

Operation Brightside: Catherine Barnes (2L), John Brown, Michael Buff, Ryan Driskill, Jennifer Ewa, Ryan Fenwick, Richard Hinton, John Johanboeke, Brandon Johnson, Professor Karen Jordan, Erin Kimla, Virginia Mattingly (librarian), Brian O'Connor, Alston Peek, Jonathan Raymon, Zachary Richards, Lauren Robinson, Ahmed Safeelah, Barney Sutley, Sharon Wright

Ronald McDonald House: Carli Ashe, Carly Baize, Angela Beverly (Admissions), Stephanie Carr, Lauren Claycomb, Sarah Gritton, Courtney McGrew, Luschka Montijo, Andrew Noland, Andrew Phelps

St. Vincent de Paul: Sarah Christianson, Brittany Deskins, Brittany Hampton, Jamie Jackson, Tyler Korus, Chris Rogers (3L), Leah Rupp, Samantha Thomas-Bush (SBA Service Chair), Ashley Trosper

Volunteers' Testimonials

I had a great group of students who went with me to the Ronald McDonald House.  We did chores for the residents living there and we also baked cupcakes and cookies for them as well.  We made pig and monkey cupcakes and reeses pieces cookies.  We did get to talk with one resident at the facility.  She told us her story.  She was staying at the RMH because her 21 year old son went into cardiac arrest and was in a diabetic coma.  He had been in hospice for a week and on that day, they were expecting that he would pass on.  It was heart wrenching to hear a story like that, but so fulfilling to know that we were there doing good works.  I gave her a hug and told her I would pray for her.  Since I have left there she has been on my mind and I wonder how she is doing. 
 
Angela L. Beverly, Ronald McDonald House

Our group went to Catholic Charities and made pillows for the refugees.  We tore open cushions, throw pillows, etc. and used the stuffing to make bed pillows.  I hadn't used a sewing machine for 30 years and I sewed the ends of the bed pillows together so the stuffing didn't fall out.  We talked, laughed and bonded.  It was uplifting to give to others.
 
Becky Wenning, Catholic Charities

I went to Dare to Care to participate in the orientation service project. Everyone worked very hard -- not a slacker in the bunch.
 
There were large empty bins grouped roughly in a square.  In the center of this were many boxes containing assorted food items.  Our job was to empty the boxes and sort the food into the large bins, which were labeled for specific items, such as "cereal," "coffee/tea," "canned beans," "side dishes," etc.
 
After about an hour and a half, the foreman sent us on break.  They had a table large enough to seat all of us.  They provided bottles of cold water.  It was nice to sit for a few minutes and get to know the people around me.  There really was no time for chatter while we were working.
 
When we came back, the foreman asked if we were there until noon.  After some hesitation, someone spoke up and said our assignment was until 11:30 but that most of us could probably stay until noon if needed.  After the break, the work seemed to go much more smoothly.  We had the hang of it, and quickly finished sorting the rest of the food.  We then prepped the empty boxes for the next team of volunteers.  We finished right around 11:30.
 
The foreman, Johnnie, thanked us for our hard work.  He said we had sorted 14,000 lbs of food!  The work was tiring, but very rewarding.  As we were leaving, one of the students said, "This might sound corny, but I just kept thinking, 'some hungry kid is going to get this food.'"
 
Johnnie told us even though he's in his 50's, he wants to go to law school.  He said he hopes to see us next year.  Come on, Johnnie!  We'll leave the light on.

Becky Wimberg, Dare to Care Food Bank

18 Hour Limit per Semester

Anyone registering for more than 16 credit hours must be approved for an overload.  Please see Associate Dean Bean for approval.  In addition, the ABA limits students to 18 credit hours a semester.  This includes Independent Study credits, Moot Court credits, and Law Review credits; it also includes courses taken in another graduate school, either for law school credit or as part of a dual degree program.  Please see Dean Bean with questions. 

Domestic Relations

Professor Lewis' Domestic Relations class meeting for Thursday, August 19 is canceled.  Starting Tuesday, August 24, Professor Lewis' Domestic Relations section will merge with Professor DeMuth's Domestic Relations section.  Both classes will move to Room 175 starting Tuesday, August 24, and Professor DeMuth will teach the combined section.  Professor Jones' Torts I class will move to Room 075. 

SELS 3rd Annual Tailgate & Cornhole Tournament

On Saturday, September 4, 2010 the Sports and Entertainment Law Society will hold its Third Annual Tailgate and Cornhole Tournament before the U of L v. U of K Football game. Tailgating will start around 10 am  at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. Cost for all you can eat and drink is $5 for members and $10 for non-members. We will have burgers, hot dogs, chips, side items, desserts, and various beverages. The cornhole tournament will start around 12 pm and is $10 per team to participate or $5 per person if you sign up as an individual. Prizes go to the top two teams.

Look for the opportunity to sign up for the cornhole tournament in the law school lobby starting Wednesday, August 25, 2010 or contact an SELS officer or Sports Committee member. The cutoff time to sign up for the cornhole tournament is Friday, September 3rd at 4:00 pm. Please contact Brad Corbin with any questions. This event, brought to you by Westlaw, is a great opportunity to network among your fellow law students, cheer on the Louisville Cardinals as they face a big conference rival, and just have a lot of fun.

We look forward to seeing everyone there!!!

Academic Success Tip - Taking Effective Notes In Class

Avoid simply rewriting information about the cases that is already contained in your case briefs.  Instead, correct or add to your briefs so that they accurately reflect what your professor and classmates are saying about the case.  If you use this technique, you will be more engaged in the class discussion.  The continuing orientation workshop this afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in Room 275 will provide more tips on how to take effective class notes.

New Skills Requirement for Graduation: Updated Information

*As of August 17, 2010

All first year students entering the School of Law in the fall semester of 2009 or thereafter must receive at least one (1) credit hour of  an upper division professional skills class or experience.  Fall 2010 courses that satisfy the skills requirement are marked “SK” in the “Notes” column of the Class Schedule and a separate schedule of qualifying skills courses is included in the course registration packet.

SK courses on the Fall 2010 Schedule are:  
•    Accounting and Finance for Lawyers  - canceled
•    Externship:- Criminal Justice I (Prosecution)
•    Externship:- Legal Aid
•    Externship:- Tax ( IRS)
•    Externship:-Immigration
•    Externship:-KY Innocent Project - canceled
•    Externship:-Technology Transfer 
•    Labor Law
•    Law Clinic I
•    Negotiations
•    SEM. Arbitration Practice & Procedure
•    SEM. Drafting
•    Trial Practice (two classes)

Accounting and Finance for Lawyers, Prof. Blackburn, has recently been added to the schedule.    You may register for this course online, but if you have had more than three credit hours of accounting since high school, you must contact Professor Blackburn before registering.

The Spring 2011 class schedule will be posted soon and skills courses will be identified on the schedule.   

SK courses tentatively scheduled for Spring 2011 are:
•    Advanced Legal Research
•    Comparative Constitutional Law
•    Estate Planning
•    Externship:  Crim. Justice-Defense
•    Externship:  Crim. Justice-Prosecution
•    Externship:  Immigration
•    Externship:  Legal Aid II
•    Externship:  Tax
•    Externship:  Technology Transfer
•    Land Use and Planning Law
•    Law Clinic I
•    Mortgage Foreclosure Law
•    SEM:-Written Advocacy
•    SEM:- Drafting
•    SEM:- Problems in Corporation Law
•    Trial Practice  (two classes)

The Skills Requirement, as adopted by the faculty, is not yet included in the Student Handbook.  It is copied here: 

“RESOLVED FURTHER that the following new paragraph (paragraph II (M)) is added as a graduation requirement to the Student Handbook. 

II (M).  Upper Division Skills Experience
All students must complete a substantial skills experience after completing 22 hours or more of course work.

1. The skills requirement may be fulfilled by successful completion of a course, seminar, clinic, extramural advocacy competition or externship designated as a “skills” experience by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.  Work done in satisfaction of the Public Service graduation requirement may not satisfy the Skills requirement.

2. Courses, seminars, extramural advocacy competitions and externships designated as “skills experiences” shall be those which provide substantial instruction in professional lawyering skills.  Such skills may include trial and appellate advocacy, dispute resolution, counseling, interviewing, negotiating, problem solving, factual investigation, organization and management of legal work, drafting, or other professional lawyering skills.

3. A student may not satisfy the skills requirement during the same course or seminar in which she satisfies the upper division writing requirement or the Perspective requirement.  If the satisfaction of the skills requirement involves the production of written work product, that written work product must not be submitted for credit in any other course or seminar or in satisfaction of any other requirement of the School of Law.

4. To satisfy the skills requirement, the course, seminar, externship or clinic shall contain the equivalent of at least one (1) credit hour of skills training and the student's performance of those skills must be assessed by the instructor or supervisor as part of the experience.  Assessment will include substantial, documented feedback to the student regarding the quality of her performance and opportunity, as appropriate, to improve her skills performance in the course of the experience. 

5. The faculty member supervising the fulfillment of the skills requirement shall submit to the Student Records Office at the end of each semester the names of the persons who have fulfilled the skills requirement and the grades earned by each student. A student shall not satisfy the skills requirement in a graded course unless the student earns a grade of "C" or higher in the course, or in a pass/fail course unless the student receives a grade of “pass.”  The Student Records Office shall note the fulfillment of the skills requirement on each student's academic record.”

Need MONEY for your organization?

University of Louisville's CPC (Club Programming Committee) provides funding for student organizations' special events (i.e. guest speakers) that would not be possible without this financial assistance.  CPC requires a detailed budget of how the funding will be used.  

For guidelines and the application, please visit http://louisville.edu/dos/club-programming-committee.  Applications are due no later than 3:00 pm on August 27, 2010.  If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Loper.

Judge-in-Residence

Justice Bill Cunningham will be the Law School's judge-in-residence on Monday, August 23.  Students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend a community-wide forum from 11:30 to 12:15 in room LL75.   Pizza will be provided.
  
Please join us in welcoming Justice Cunningham to the Law School and making the most of his visit.

Academic Success Tip - Create Your Own Case Briefs for Every Case You Read

Case briefing is a formalized way of taking notes on your reading in preparation for class.  Creating your own case briefs is important for several reasons:  (1) you will be better prepared for class discussion; (2) you will develop the analytical skills that are critical to success on exams; (3) you will crystallize your understanding of the case; (4) you will be able to review a group of related cases easily and efficiently without having to rely on your memory or having to re-read cases; and (5) you can use your briefs and class notes to create your course outlines.   Do not make the mistake that many law students make during the fall semester - they brief only sporadically or stop briefing completely because they believe it is too time-consuming.  The task of case briefing is worth the added time and effort, and it will actually save you time when it counts - when preparing for exams!