Everyone knows law school is a stressful life experience, but that is particularly true at this point in the semester, when crunch time hits and there just don't seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. Add to that financial concerns or family stressors and suddenly life can feel pretty overwhelming.
Lawyers, and law students, often see themselves as immune from the types of pressures that cause others distress; there is sometimes an "I can do it myself" attitude that prevents us from seeking help when we most need it. There may be concerns about having to report mental health treatment of any kind to a Character and Fitness committee in the near future.
As everyone knows though, you can't get help with a problem until you acknowledge you need help. If you are feeling like the stresses of life and school are too much, please stop by my office in Room 212. I can help you work out a study plan for the rest of the semester and I also have both campus and community resource information available-- everything from mental health counseling, to substance abuse classes, to domestic violence resources. I will be happy to point you in the direction you need to find the best help for you.
Remember, you are not alone in feeling stressed; it's how you handle it that matters.
There will be two teams competing with two students on each team. The regional competition is February 20-22, 2009, at Michigan State University, and the final competition is March 25-28, 2009, in San Antonio, Texas.
For tryouts, you will need to submit your resume and present a 10-15 minute opening statement or closing argument using a past competition problem - State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb. Students can access all of the materials for the case using the following link: http://www.tyla.org/advocacy_ntc_archive.html.
The sign-up sheet is posted on the Moot Court Board room door.
Please direct any questions to Brian Fayman via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by: Federalist Society
Registration Cost: Free Food
Roger Pilon is the founder and director of Cato's Center for
Constitutional Studies, which has become an important force in the
national debate over constitutional interpretation and judicial
philosophy. He is the publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review and is
an adjunct professor of government at Georgetown University through The
Fund for American Studies. Prior to joining Cato, Pilon held five senior
posts in the Reagan administration, including at State and Justice, and
was a National Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. In 1989 the
Bicentennial Commission presented him with its Benjamin Franklin Award
for excellence in writing on the U.S. Constitution. In 2001 Columbia
University’s School of General Studies awarded him its Alumni Medal of
Distinction. Pilon lectures and debates at universities and law schools
across the country and testifies often before Congress. His writing has
appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street
Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Legal Times, National Law Journal,
Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Stanford Law & Policy Review,
and elsewhere. He has appeared on ABC's Nightline, CBS's 60 Minutes II,
Fox News Channel, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and other media. Pilon holds a
B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University
of Chicago, and a J.D. from the George Washington University School of