Need a Computer But Think You Can't Afford One?

Have you considered a netbook? These smaller, less powerful laptop computers have everything you need for law school: plenty of power for the Internet and Microsoft Word along with the Windows compatibility you need to sign up for computer exams. And at $300-400, they have a price tag that most law students can afford!


Certificate in Animals, Community, and the Law: Starts Jan. 20

Lawyers In Defense of Animals, Inc. (LIDA) is pleased to announce that Rutgers School of Public Affairs and Administration is offering a Certificate in Animals, Community and the Law.

Taught by LIDA board members, the Certificate will require the completion of 3 online courses and a practicum and can be completed within one year. Courses which will cover topics ranging from limit laws and hoarding to cruelty and disaster planning may be taken on a non credit basis or for credit, with each course being 3 graduate credits. To review course descriptions and enroll please visit www.ncpp.us/certcourses.php and click on the Animals,Community and the Law Certificate option. Additional information is available by contacting Isabelle Strauss at anrtesq@aol.com, 732-255-4696 or Dean Kirchoff at jkirchho@newark.rutgers.edu, 973-353-1351

The first course, Animals, Disaster, Estate Planning and Litigation starts January 20, 2009 so please enroll early.


Writing Competition: Domestic Violence

Law students are invited to submit articles addressing domestic violence and the law from a national or international perspective.

The winner’s paper will be published in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law

All winners’ names and papers will also appear on the ABA Commission on Domestic Violence website.

The deadline is May 31, 2009, 5:00 p.m. EST via email at runger@staff.abanet.org. No exceptions. Winners will be notified in August 2009.

Submissions must further the legal needs of victims of domestic violence or domestic violence victims and their children, or advance efforts to address the incidence, causes and effects of intimate partner violence.

Submissions may be no longer than 7500 words (typically 20-25 pages), including footnotes and other text but excluding author identifying information, and must be double-spaced with one-inch margins. Any paper exceeding the 7500 word limit WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED. Students are free to submit papers of shorter length as we are most concerned with quality and originality.

Authors must be enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school at the date of their submission or must have graduated in December 2008 or later.

Submissions may not have been previously accepted for publication and, if they have been submitted elsewhere for publication, the first place winner must certify that the first publication of the article will be in the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law.


Writing Competition: Redefining Critical Race Theory

Re-defining Critical Race Theory:
The Future of the Movement

The year 2009 marks the twentieth anniversary of the first Critical Race Theory (CRT) workshop. Twenty years ago, the founders of CRT met at a convent in Wisconsin to consider race and ethnicity and the manner in which these categories permeate every aspect of law and society. Although early CRT scholars were subjected to considerable skepticism, they bravely continued to write and speak about race, confident that their scholarship reflected an unacknowledged reality. Their scholarship entered the discourse of civil rights and constitutional law in the United States, but also influenced other doctrines, including criminal law, family law, and immigration law. CRT gave birth to other progressive, anti-subordination movements such as Latina/o Critical Theory, OutCrits, and ClassCrits. The academy has been enriched by the important contributions of CRT scholars.

On April 2-5, 2009, the University of Iowa College of Law will host a conference honoring the twentieth anniversary of the first Critical Race Theory Workshop. The conference, which is also co-sponsored by a consortium of schools,[1] will reflect on CRT’s earliest contributions, explore CRT’s influence on the law and the legal academy, and consider its future evolution and development. To this end, one of the conference panels will be organized around the theme, “Re-defining Critical Race Theory: The Future of the Movement.”

As part of this panel, two co-sponsors of the conference – the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dedman School of Law – are organizing a national law student writing competition. Students are invited to submit a paper reflecting upon the panel’s theme or engaging more general questions pertaining to critical race theory. The winner of the competition will be awarded the “Angela Harris Award for Outstanding Student Writing” in honor of Professor Harris’s contribution to CRT and her support of law students at Berkeley and throughout the academy. The winner of the Harris Prize also will receive $750.00. Honorable mention prizes of $500.00 will be awarded to two other papers. Authors of winning papers will be invited to attend the conference, and the reasonable costs (free conference registration, three nights lodging, and up to $600 airfare) of their registration and travel will be covered by the conference organizers. Finally, the winning paper will be published in the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy along with essays from a panel at the conference entitled “Reflections on CRT.” Confirmed speakers for this panel include Professors Robert Chang (Seattle University School of Law), Frank Rudy Cooper (Suffolk University Law School), Adrienne Davis (Washington University-St. Louis School of Law), Emily Houh (University of Cincinnati College of Law), Robin Lenhardt (Fordham University School of Law), and Adrien Wing (University of Iowa College of Law). Winning authors will also be invited to present their papers as part of a student panel during the conference.

Eligibility & Submission

Students who wish to submit an entry must be considered a student in good standing during the 2008-09 academic year at an accredited law degree program in the Americas and the Caribbean. All entries must be submitted in English.

The Selection Committee will consider all papers meeting the eligibility criteria and submitted by the deadline.

Papers must be submitted electronically to Professor D. Aaron Lacy, SMU Dedman School of Law, at dalacy@smu.edu.

Students must format their papers in Microsoft Word. The main text should be in 12-point font and double-spaced with 1-inch margins on all sides of each page. The paper should have footnotes, not endnotes, and the footnotes should be no smaller than 9-point font. Papers should be limited to no more than 15,000 words. Papers of a length not greater than 40 pages are preferred.

Only one paper per entrant will be considered.

Deadline & Review

Each entry will be reviewed by a group of legal scholars well-versed in CRT. To be considered, entries must be submitted by January 15, 2009. We anticipate that participants will be notified of the winning selection no later than February 16, 2009.


Cool Internet Research Tool

cross-posted from Millennial Law Prof

TechLearning reports on a really handy Internet research tool. Use have to use Firefox a the browser to use this, but it's well worth it. For researchers, I dare say that Firefox is a far superior web browser to Internet Explorer. It's worth downloading Firefox and using it when you research on the web.

In a nutshell, Zotero looks like it does what the comment function in Microsoft Word does, i.e., allow you to put little comment bubbles beside the text it relates to. But then it can export all those bubbles as a report. This looks great for briefing cases and writing articles.

Here's a brief excerpt from an article discussing Zotero:

Zotero (zotero.org) is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. It lives right where you do your work - in the web browser itself. Zotero integrates these tools, bringing you the benefits of an online tool and the security of storing all of your information locally for access at anytime. I have been looking for a research tool where I could keep my notes, attachments, and links right in the browser.


Consumer Bankruptcy Law Writing Contest

The National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees has established an annual student writing competition to encourage and reward original law student writing on issues concerning consumer bankruptcy and the law. The rules for the competition are as follows.

Entrants should submit an essay, article, or comment on an issue concerning Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy Code.

Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2008-09 school year. The essays must be the law student author's own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere. Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate feedback as part of a course requirement or a supervised writing project.

Essays must be typed on 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper, double-spaced in 12-point font, and Times New Roman font type. All margins must be at least one inch. Entries must not exceed fifteen (15) pages of text, excluding notes, with footnotes placed as endnotes. Citation style should conform to the 18th edition of The Bluebook - A Uniform System of Citation. Essays longer than 15 pages of text, excluding notes, or which are not in the required format will not be read.

The NACTT will judge the competition. Essays will be judged based upon content, exhaustiveness of research, originality, writing style, and timeliness.

Questions regarding the competition should be addressed to the chair of the Writing Competition at the address that appears below.

Submission and Deadline
Entries must be received by April 30, 2009. Entries received after the deadline will be considered only at the discretion of the NACTT. Entries may be submitted in two format: (1) e0mail an electronic version (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) to Trustee@Ch13austin.com, and (2)mail, with a postmark dated by April 30, 2009, four paper copies of the essay to:

NACTT Law Student Writing Competition
National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees
c/o Debbie Langehennig, Ch. 13 Trustee
3803 Capital of Texas Hwy. South, Suite 320
Austin, TX 78704

The author of the first-place essay will receive a prize. The winning essay will be published in the NACTT Quarterly: The Quarterly Journal of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees. The winner will receive free registration for the NACTT annual seminar to be held in Boston on July 1-4, 2009.


Study Skills Podcasts on iTunes U

Suffolk University School of Law has added three new Podcasts to their site on iTunes U. The new topics are: “The Inside Scoop on Study Groups (Herb Ramy); “Study Aids and Study Skills’ (Joyce Savio Herleth); and “The Days Before Final Exams” (Herb Ramy). Within the next two weeks, they expect to post three new Podcasts on the topics of law school stress, flow charting, and IRACing exams.

Students may access these Podcasts free of charge at http://www.law.suffolk.edu/itunes/. Once iTunes open up, click on the folder that reads “Academic Support Program.”


Energy and the Environment Student Writing Competition

Hofstra Law School, Wright Risk Management and Congdon, Flaherty, O'Callaghan, Reid, Donlon, Travis & Fishlinger present the Enegery and the Environment Student Writing Competition. For more information, please visit law.hofstra.edu/environment.


Well, maybe standing in the street goes a bit far . . .

. . . but this recent article on CNN from CareerBuilder.com has some pretty handy tips for job searching.


Legal Technology Summer School

The William & Mary School of Law introduces its Legal Technology Summer School. The summer school allows students to choose from a range of unique courses that are only offered at the William & Mary School of Law. The 2009 courses offered are Electronic Discovery and Data Seizures, Evidence, Internet Law, Privacy in a Technological Age, and Technological Augmented Trial Advocacy. The program is co-hosted by The Center for Legal and Court Technology. For more information, click www.legaltechcenter.net/summerschool.


Minority Fellowships in Environmental Law

The New York State Bar Association's Environmental Law Section and the New York City Bar Association are once again offering minority fellowships for the summer of 2009. The successful applicant will receive a $6,000 stipend for ten weeks of employment in the summer. Placements are the responsibility of the fellowship winner. For more information, click here.


2009 Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest

The 22nd Annual Professor William R. Ginsberg Memorial Essay Contest is sponsored annually by the Environmental Law Section of the New York State Bar ASsociation. First prize is $1,000. The first-place essay will be published in the New York Environmental Lawyer. The top three essay authors will be invited to the fall meeting of the Environmental Law Section, scheduled for September 2009 in the Finger Lakes Region of New York.

Essays on any topic in environmental law are acceptable, provided they are written by students currently enrolled in a New York State law school and were not prepared as part of paid work. (Course papers and law review submissinos are permitted). The maximum length is 35 double-spaced pages, including footnotes (which may be single spaced). No student may submit more than one entry per year, and substantially the same essay may not be entered in more than one year.

For more information, click here.


Legal Writing Competition Blog

To find legal writing competitions that align with your interests, check out the Legal Writing Competition Blog. Bookmark it and check back often.

Why would you want to bother with a writing competition? Particularly in a slugging economy, there are tons of good reasons. Here are just a few:

1. Having a paper of publishable quality on your resume demonstrates the kind of self-starting motivation that employers are looking for.

2. You have to do the Advanced Writing Requirement anyway. Why not get maximum bang for your AWR buck? Choose a topic for your AWR that interests you, then choose a professor who also has an interest in that area to supervise you, then submit it to the writing contest. Boom! You get AWR credit, independent research credit, cash prizes, and the chance to get a publication as a law student.

3. The writing prize itself is something to list on your resume that indicates that you compete well against others.


Public Justice Foundation Writing Competition

The Roscoe Hogan Environmental Law Essay Contest is a %5,000 cash award given to the author of the winning essay. The 2009 topic is Pollution Preemption: Federal Preemption of State Tort Law and Environmental Protection. Any student currently enrolled in an accredited American law school may submit a legal essay for the competition. Essays can only be written during the academic year covered by the competition and may not be prepared as part of paid legal work outside of law school. The intent-to-enter submission deadline is January 30, 2009. The essay contest deadline is March 31, 2009. For more information, click www.publicjustice.net.


Consumer Financial Services Writing Competition

The American College of Consumer Financial Services Lawyers has announced its 2008 Writing Competition. Awards are granted for the best student case note or comment on a topic dealing with consumer financial services law. The awards include cash payments of $2500, $2000, and $1000, respectively, a Certificate of Recognition from the College, and travel expenses to attend the Spring 2009 meeting of the College.

For more information, click http://www.accfsl.org/writing-competition/.


Sarah Wedding Prize in Reproductive Rights Law

Need to get your writing requirement out of the way? Why not maximize your effort? You can sign up for an independent study with a professor (course credit cha-ching), get your AWR satisfied (graduation cha-ching), and write on a topic that's the subject of a current writing contest and submit it for prizes and/or publication (resume cha-ching).

Here's a writing competition now!

Sarah Weddington Writing Prize for New Student Scholarship in Reproductive Rights Law

LSRJ is accepting submissions for its 4th annual Writing Prize.

The theme this year is “Seeking Reproductive Justice in All Places for All People.”

Law Students for Reproductive Justice is looking for fresh student scholarship that a) focuses on marginalized individuals or communities, such as people of color, immigrants, minors, poor people, prisoners, and those who identify as LGBTQQI, and b) applies a reproductive justice lens in its analysis. Papers may have a domestic or international scope. Authors are encouraged to focus their research on issues or occasions of reproductive coercion or oppression: the political, social, legal, and economic forces that limit or control the reproductive options of individuals and communities. A wide range of topics will be accepted, including but not limited to a particular community’s unique struggle against reproductive oppression; environmental conditions causing reproductive harms; coercive or forced contraception, sterilization, or birthing conditions; the shackling of pregnant prisoners during labor and delivery; discrimination against non-traditional family formation; the impact of pharmacist refusals or abortion provider shortages in geographically isolated communities; or access to the HPV vaccine.

Papers must be at least 20 pages in length, not including footnotes, double-spaced 12-point Times New Roman font. Papers submitted for publication elsewhere will be accepted; however papers previously published will not be allowed. An outside panel of attorney judges will select the winners.

Send your submission as a pdf or Word attachment to info@lsrj.org by March 2nd!

Winning authors will receive $750 (1st place) or $250 (2nd place), get published on LSRJ’s website, and perhaps be invited to present their papers at conferences.


Embryo Law Writing Competition

For information on the Embryo Law Writing Competition, go to http://www.embryolaw.org/. There are total prizes of $5,000 cash; first place is $2,500, with a possible bonus of $500 for submission prior to February 2, 2009.


RSVP for Brown Bag Advisement Sessions

The following Brown Bag Advisement Sessions are coming up. All students are welcome. Bring your lunch or dinner and find out from Touro professors about careers involving the subjects that interest you. Please RSVP to Elisa Slamm at elisas@tourolaw.edu or 631.761.7050, or just show up!

Wednesday, October 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:25 p.m. in room 307
Profs. Jack Graves & Meredith Miller, Business & Commercial Law

Tuesday, October 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. in room 408
Profs. Sharon Pocock and Marcy Sheinwold, Legal Writing & Research

Thursday, November 13, 12:30 p.m. to 1:25 p.m., rm 307
Prof. Ritchie Klein and Dean Ken Rosenblum, Criminal Law


Final Exams: Computers & Accommodations -- don't wait!

The deadline to sign up to take your exams on computer is next Friday, October 31. Please see the memorandum sent to your student e-mail account about taking exams on computer this semester. The opportunity to take exams on a laptop is available for all final exams scheduled during the exam period, December 11 - December 23, 2008. You must register for online exams by October 31, 2008, and you must upload the mock exam by November 21, 2008.

The deadline for requesting exam accommodations is TOMORROW, October 24. The Office of Student Services will take requests until 2:30 p.m. Anyone who requests accommodations but has not received confirmation of those accommodations by next Friday (Oct. 31) should contact me.

Welcome back from the break!


Halloween Open House at Writing Center!

Writing can be a scary proposition for law students. But getting help with your writing doesn't need to be scary. So come on down to the First Annual "Which Witch Is A Which" Open House at Touro's Writing Center (room 418). Meet Ann Nowak, the Writing Center's new director, who says that she'll be wearing her light-up red devil ears for this special occasion. If that's not a good enough reason to show up, then consider this: she'll be handing out free Halloween grab bags, each containing an assortment of candy as well as a useful bookmark listing her top 12 writing tips. And while you're there, see if you can guess which of her two witches is a "which."

Save the Date: Thursday, October 30, 4:30-6:30, and Friday, October 31, 10:00-12:00.


Deceptive E-mail

You already know that it's hard to discern tone from an e-mail. But apparently, it's even harder to discern the truth from an e-mail.

In a New York Times blog post, Tara Parker-Pope describes a study on e-mail honesty and discovered that groups of people asked to communicate information were more truthful in written communication than in typed e-mail communication:

There is a growing concern in the workplace over e-mail communications, and it comes down to trust,” said Liuba Belkin, a co-author of the study and an assistant professor of management at Lehigh University, in a press release. “You’re not afforded the luxury of seeing nonverbal and behavioral cues over e-mail. And in an organizational context, that leaves a lot of room for misinterpretation and, as we saw in our study, intentional deception.

The phone call and face-to-face meeting may need a comeback.

Save the Date! Brown Bag Advisement Sessions

We're bringing back the Brown Bag advisement sessions that were so popular last year. Come talk to professors who are "in the know" about the areas of law that you want to practice in. Don't know what area you want to practice in? Come to all of them! To accommodate varied schedules, we'll have two sessions during the day and two sessions during the evening. Information on the evening sessions will be forthcoming soon. Information on the day sessions is below.

Business & Commercial Law
Featuring Profs. Meredith Miller & Jack Graves
October 29, 2008, from 12:30-1:25 in room 307
RSVP to Elisa Slamm at elisas@tourolaw.edu or 631.761.7050 by October 27

Criminal Law
Featuring Profs. Richard Klein (for the defense) and Rosenblum (for the prosecution)
November 13, 2008, from 12:30-1:25 in room 307
RSVP to Elisa Slamm at elisas@tourolaw.edu or 631.761.7050 by November 7


Save the Date! Section Lunches, Day Students

After the holiday break, all first-year students will have an opportunity to have lunch with their professors. If you would like to come and get to know your professors better, please RSVP to Elisa Slamm at elisas@tourolaw.edu or 631.761.7050. When you call, please remember to tell her which section you're in. Following are the dates for the lunches:

Section A Professors: October 27 from 12:30-1:25 in the Faculty Conference Room
Section B Professors: October 30 from 12:30-1:25 in the Faculty Conference Room
Section C Professors: October 23 from 12:30-1:25 in the Faculty Conference Room



Need to Connect with a Study Group Over the Break?

Over the break, you may want to continue working with a study group so you don't lose ground, but it's hard to coordinate people who live far away. Also, sometimes students who live far away from the school or far away from their law school friends miss out on the benefits of a study group because it's just too hard to get everyone in one place.

Consider something like Free Conference Call at www.freeconferencecall.com. You can sign up for a conference call number, and the call costs no more than whatever long distance charges each participant might incur individually. With cell phone -- and even land line -- plans these days, many students pay nothing extra for long distance calls, so the conference call is entirely free.

Here's how it works:

One person sets up an account at www.freeconferencecall.com. With that account will come a conference call number that each caller can dial in to along with information on the verification code that each caller must enter when calling in. Everyone calls in at the agreed upon time, and then you can each be in front of your laptops or books or outlines and talk about whatever your study group is working on.

Upcoming posts will suggest some document sharing web applications you can use to work on hypos or outlines together as a study group without having to be together physically. These can be great when used in conjunction with a conference call. The result is a "virtual study group."


Exam Numbers are Ready!

From Paula Kutch, Registrar:

Exam number cards are now available to be picked up in the Registrar’s Office during regular business hours.

Students should plan to pick up exam number cards in advance of the due date of an assignment or the date of an exam. Students are not permitted to pick up exam cards for other students.

Exam numbers are needed for retrieving grades from the Law Center website at the end of the semester.

Need a Personal Assistant?

Try JOTT. With JOTT (a free service), you call a toll-free number and tell it what you what to do or remember, and then JOTT does it for you. This is perfect for remembering things for your to-do list, adding appointments to your calendar, and even updating your Facebook status.

Here's how it works:

You set up a JOTT account and sync it to your mobile phone. From there, you can sync JOTT with any number of other applications. If you have Remember the Milk, for example, you can sync it with your RTM account. Let's say you want to remind yourself to pick up ice for your organization's next meeing. Call JOTT and say, "Remember the Milk" and then "pick up ice tomorrow." JOTT will access your Remember the Milk Inbox and add "pick up ice" on tomorrow's to-do list. Or let's say you want to remember to calendar a meeting with a professor and you use Google Calendar. Call JOTT and say, "Google Calendar" and then "meet with Prof. Citron next Wednesday at 3:00 p.m." JOTT will access Google Calendar and add "meet with Prof. Citron" at 3:00 p.m. on the next Wednesday on the calendar.

JOTT is a great way to help keep you organized whether you're organized or not. You just have to remember to call JOTT each time you have something you want to remember. JOTT takes care of the rest.


Too much to remember? Can't get organized?

There's a great web-based to-do list called Remember the Milk. You can add things to your do list from any computer and then access it from any computer. You can sync it with Google Calendar, your Blackberry, and your iPhone. And if you don't use any of those, there's just a regular old mobile version you can use with any phone with web access.

On RTM, you can have lists by category. You can tag the lists with certain terms. And you can invite other people to view your list. So let's say you have a to-do list for a project . . . you could share that list with the rest of your committee or e-board or whatever. As things get done, whoever does them can cross it off the list so everybody knows it's not just hanging out there. You can have a shopping list that you share with a roommate, significant other, or spouse . . . so if they get to the store before you do, they can pick up whatever is on the list and cross it off.


Coping with Depression in Higher Ed

NPR story on coping with depression as a young adult getting an education. The story is interesting, but -- even more -- it tells a familiar story to anyone who has coped with a mental illness while trying to get through a degree program.


Contextualizing Legal Education

Touro Law Center will be hosting a conference on October 3, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Enriching the curriculum by adding instruction in skills and values has been an important goal of Touro’s curricular reform. The inauguration of the Public Advocacy Center in Fall 2007 has expanded student opportunities to fulfill the profession’s obligation of public service and the conference will include a report on the status and achievements of the Public Advocacy Center. One aspect of our curriculum revision is the Court Observation Program. The afternoon portion of this conference
will focus on reviewing, assessing and improving the Court Observation Program and will feature a report prepared by the Center for Court Innovation which conducted a survey designed to help us evaluate the Program.

Confirmed speakers include Robert MacCrate, principal author of the MacCrate Report; Judith Wegner, principal author of the Carnegie Report; Vanessa Merton, contributor to the Best Practices Report; and Joseph Harbaugh, member of the ABA Special Committee on Outcome Measures.


Exam Numbers for Midterms

If you do not have your exam number in time for a midterm exam, you should use the last 5 digits of your social security number. That number can later be matched to your exam number.


NAPW Law Student Writing Competition

The National Association for Pregnant Women is holding a writing competition for law students.

Issues of concern to pregnant and birthing women have often been missing from discussion in law school courses and among reproductive rights activists. Thanks in large part to public education efforts by writers, filmmakers, and community activists, there is an unprecedented amount of attention and momentum surrounding the rights of pregnant and birthing women. To advance these efforts further, NAPW has developed two writing contests. NAPW and numerous Co-Sponsors and Supporters (to be announced) hope that these contests will leverage the enthusiasm and creativity of a new generation of feminist legal scholars and spark critical thinking about the need to address childbirth and birthing rights as constitutional and human rights issues.

The first contest asks for a critical analysis of the absence of birthing rights issues from gender discrimination and feminist jurisprudence textbooks and curricula (in fact, none of the top three casebooks used in law school courses dedicated to gender and the law address the issue of childbirth or midwifery). The second contest asks students to develop legal theories that can be used to challenge policies banning pregnant women from having a vaginal birth after a prior caesarean section (VBAC). This topic will encourage students to address a growing problem that has received very little attention from the feminist legal community both in academia and within the leading women's rights legal advocacy organizations.

Submission Guidelines

Other questions about the contest?
Send Inquiries to: writingcontest@advocatesforpregnantwomen.org


Exam IDs hit a snag

A snafu with the Touro database has caused a delay in getting exam numbers generated. Unfortunately, you need the exam numbers to sign up for computer exams. I'll update everyone next week on when exam numbers will likely be generated. Thanks to everyone for their patience and for letting me know there was a problem to look in to. TMc


Amended Graduation Requirements

As you settle into the fall semester, you may have started to think ahead about how to use your remaining semesters at Touro to satisfy your graduation requirements. The following two changes impact many Touro students, and you should be sure that you understand these changes and how/whether they apply to you.

1. Advanced Writing Requirement. Effective Spring 2009 for all students who have not yet satisfied the Advanced Writing Requirement: Fall 2008 is the last semester in which the Advanced Writing Requirement can be satisfied by an upper-level course, e.g., Pre-trial Litigation, that results in a package of practice documents of at least 20 pages. Beginning Spring 2009, a package of practice documents of at least 20 pages will be accepted in conjunction with only a clinic.

2. Intermediate Skills Requirement. All students who began law school Fall 2007 or later must fulfill the Intermediate Skills Requirement to graduate. This requirement can be fulfilled in one of the following ways:

a. Practice Module in Business Organizations, Trusts & Estates, Family Law, or Criminal Procedure;

b. Introduction to Law Practice/Transactional Law (under development) in Contracts, Property, or Torts; or

c. Simulation course such as, but not limited to, Settling Legal Disputes.

If you have any questions, please feel free to come by the Office of Student Services for clarification.


Write to Win MCLE

A highly sought-after lecturer with an engaging, witty style, Judge Lebovits has taught legal writing for the New York Court System for more than a decade. His legal-writing presentations, CLEs, and lectures for judges, lawyers, educators, and law clerks have been featured at the New York State Court of Appeals, the Massachusetts (Flashner) Judicial Institute, and the American Inns of Court.

In 210 entertaining and informative minutes, Judge Lebovits will share easy-to-remember and simple-to-understand methods of persuasive writing that will make a difference in your next court case.

Come see why so many consider Judge Lebovits New York’s finest speaker on legal writing.

Register today and guarantee your seat at the program.

Registration Fees
Members - $95.00*
Non Members - $175.00*

8:30-9:00 a.m.REGISTRATION (outside of the meeting room)
9:10-9:35I. Getting the Job Done: Outlining Through Editing
9:35-10:00II. Controversies in Legal Writing
10:00-10:25III. Legal Writing Do’s
10:25-10:50IV. Legal Writing Don’ts
10:50-11:00COFFEE BREAK
11:00-11:25V. Legal Style: Writing Clearly and Concisely
11:25-11:50VI. Elements of Persuasive Writing
11:50-12:15 p.m.VII. Brief Writing: Questions Presented, Facts, and Argument
12:15-12:30VIII. Legal Method, Citing, Quoting, and Ethics
12:30-12:40IX. A Touch of Class: Winning Rhetorical Devices

Wednesday, October 15, 2008—Melville—Melville Marriott


Evening Hours in OSS

There's a dean in the Student Services office after regular business hours Monday through Thursday. On Mondays and Thursdays, someone is here until 8:15; on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, someone is here until 6:30. So if you can't get here during regular business hours and you need advising, counseling, etc. come on by!


Out of the Darkness Community Walk

On Sunday, October 5, 2008, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention will host its fifth annual 5K Out of the Darkness community walk on Long Island. Students and faculty from Touro Law Center are invited to walk either individually or as a team.

A major goal of this event is to show support for the families and friends of the 32,000 American who die by suicide, and the 20 million people who suffer from depression, each year. Support of the community walks also helps to raise funds for suicide prevention research and educational programs, erase the stigma surrounding suicide and its causes, and encourage those who are suffering from mental illness to seek treatment.

To learn more about this walk and to register online, you can go to www.outofthedarkness.org. If you are interested in walking and/or forming a team, you may contact Dale Camhi at dcamhi@afsp.org or 516-869-4215.

This year, walk organizers are offering a special "booster sign" with the name of your school, posted along the walk route for a sponsorship of $150.

For additional information about AFSP or the Long Island chapter, please consult thew ebsite at www.afsp.org/longisland.


Intellectual Property Writing Competition, Prizes up to $2,000

The Intellectual Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association is p leased to announce its Tenth Annual Law Student Writing Competition. Cash awards, sponsored by prominent New York law firms, will be presented to first and second place winners at the Section's Annual Meeting at the Marriott Marquis in New York City on January 27, 2009. In addition, the article will be published in the section's publication, "Bright Ideas," which will be distributed to over two thousand Intellectual Property Law attorneys. The deadline for submissions i November 6, 2008.

For additional information, please e-mail Tracy McGaugh or come by the Office of Student Services.


Should You Be a Faculty Research Assistant?

This article originally appeared in the ABA Student Lawyer Magazine. You can access it through SSRN (the Social Science Research Network) here: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1265844

You may need to register your e-mail address if you haven't used SSRN before. But once you've registered your e-mail, you'll have learned about a cost-effective research tool.

The article discusses (1) why students should want to be faculty research assistants, (2) how to go about getting hired as a faculty research assistant, and (3) how to be a good faculty research assistant once hired.


Computer Exams for Fall 2008

The opportunity to take exams on a laptop is available for all final exams during the exam period, December 11-23, 2008. This option is not available for midterms. Please check your Touro e-mail and Touro mailbox for detailed information. You may access the Electronic Examination Form online at http://tlcweb.tourolaw.edu (choose Electronic Exam menu option).

Important volunteer positions for lawyers: help protect the election!

The presidential election is fast approaching and lawyers are urgently needed to help protect voters' rights. With the expected high turnout in this year's critical and highly-contested election, there's an increased risk of problems at the polls and your help is needed now more than ever. If you are a lawyer, paralegal, or law student, please consider volunteering with our friends at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights or Advancement Project, and share this email with other attorneys who may be interested in participating.

The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is seeking legal volunteers for two critical tasks — answering the Election Protection hotline and serving as mobile legal volunteers. The hotline will provide live assistance to voters who have questions or need to report problems with voting, and mobile legal volunteers will work in teams of two to respond to incidents reported through the hotline and assist voters at polling places.

Click here to get more information about the Lawyers' Committee's election protection volunteer opportunities and to sign up.

In response to the disenfranchisement caused by poll worker error, confusion, and misadministration of election rules in recent elections, Advancement Project has drafted poll worker palm cards to assist poll workers in understanding and adhering to key election rules on Election Day. The palm cards are easy-to-read, easy-to-use guides to the top ten issues of election administration that a poll worker will likely face on Election Day, and lawyers are needed to help review and disseminate these cards.

Click here for more information about Advancement Project poll worker palm cards and instructions on how you can help.

We hope that you will take advantage of these opportunities to use your legal skills to protect the 2008 election. Please volunteer and help make sure that every voter is able to cast their vote this year.

Thank You for working to build a better world.

Leah Donahey,
Campaign Manager CREDO Action from Working Assets


Good Luck on the Bar Exam!

The Office of Student Services wishes you all the very best of luck on the bar exam!!


Program on Small Firm/Solo Practice

APALSA would like you to know about an interesting program on small firm/solo practice. Please click on the flyer to enlarge.


The NYSBA/Spirit of New York Boat Cruise

New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) President, Bernice K. Leber, and Young Lawyers Chair, Sherry Levin Wallach, cordially invite you to join NYSBA colleagues on Thursday, July 17, 2008 for the NYSBA/Spirit of New York Boat Cruise.

Boarding Time: 7:00 p.m.Cruise Times: 7:30 p.m — 10:30 p.m.
Place: 62, Chelsea Piers West 23rd Street New York, NY 10011

All young attorneys, associates, junior partners, and law students are welcome to attend. Join NYSBA leaders and representatives from NYSBA Sections in an enjoyable three hour reception on the beautiful Spirit of New York Boat Cruise. Enjoy hors' oeuvres, open bar and a DJ, as well as a tour of memorable sites of the beautiful New York harbor, seen from a different perspective. This is a great opportunity to meet NYSBA Members and learn about ways you can get more involved with NYSBA Sections, and make an even greater difference in the legal profession.
This event is made possible by the generous support of these NYSBA Sections: Business Law, Commercial and Federal Litigation, General Practice, Intellectual Property, Real Property, Trial Lawyers, Trusts and Estates, and Young Lawyers Section

Cost: FREE (normal value $75) Thanks to the support of our Sections!!

RSVP: Required by Tuesday, July 8th to membership@nysba.org or 518-487-5577
Seating limited – respond today to ensure your place.


Volunteer Oportunities through the ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice

Election Protection http://www.abanet.org/2008election is the nation's largest non-partisan voter protection coalition. It guides voters through the voting process, helping to ensure all eligible American citizens have the opportunity to cast a meaningful ballot and have that vote counted. The program advocates for coalition partners with election officials and in the courts.

The ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice http://www.abanet.org/randejustice, ABA Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities http://www.abanet.org/irr/home.html, ABA Standing Committee on Election Law http://www.abanet.org/publicserv/election/home.html, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law http://www.lawyerscomm.org/, and its coalition partners, seeks the pro bono assistance of law students, lawyers, law firms, bar associations, and corporate legal departments with the many aspects of Election Protection 2008 http://www.abanet.org/2008election.

Your assistance is needed with local Legal Committees; staffing and hosting the national voter hotline; and preparing materials. To get involved or get additional information regarding Election Protection http://www.abanet.org/2008election, please contact Rachel Patrick, ABA Council on Racial and Ethnic Justice, at PatrickR@staff.abanet.org or (312) 988-5408.


Ms. JD Announcement - Summer 2008 Scholarship

Working in public interest this summer without sufficient funding? Ms. JD is awarding two $500 scholarships to female law students entering their second or third year at an accredited U.S. law school and working the summer of 2008 at least 35 hours per week for a minimum of 8 weeks at a government agency or nonprofit organization. Unpaid judicial externs also qualify. This year's essay topic asks applicants to discuss myths about being a law student. Did you experience any pleasant surprises upon starting your study of law? Did you learn any law school 'lessons' the hard way? Ms. JD wants to hear about them. Applications are due no later than June 1. Recipients will be notified no later than June 15. For more information or to apply, please visit:


Demystifying the Bar Exam Program

Please join us today, April 8, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium for a discussion on “Demystifying the Bar Exam,” led by Alan Costell, Esq. Mr. Costell has been a Senior Law Examiner with the Board of Law Examiners since 1987. He helps to draft and grade the questions on the NY Bar Exam. Mr. Costell will help demystify the exam, discuss its format and share some helpful tips to help you succeed.

Every student preparing to take the July 2008 or February 2009 NY Bar Exam should plan to attend!


Queens County Bar Association Scholarship

The Queens County Bar Association will award a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving law student this spring. The scholarship is based upon personal financial need, a commitment to community service and academic achievement. The deadline to apply is April 11, 2008. For more information, and a scholarship application, please visit www.qcba.org.

Nassau Lawyers Association Scholarship

The Nassau Lawyers Association of Long Island, Inc. each year awards a $1,000 per year scholarship to a student either entering or currently in law school. The scholarship is for the length of time the recipient attends law school, up to a total of three years.

If you would like to apply for the scholarship, please visit http://www.nassaulawyersassociation.com/htm/scholarship.htm.


Computer Exam Options

The opportunity to take exams on a laptop is available for all first-year exams and American Legal Studies. For more information, please check your Touro email and the Touro Times.

Movie Break: Michael Clayton

Take a movie break this Wednesday, March 19, 3:30-5:45 p.m. in the Auditorium, when the Office of Student Services screens Michael Clayton, the 2007 legal thriller starring George Clooney as an in-house fixer at a major Manhattan law firm. The film, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, raises questions of business and legal ethics.


American Association for Justice 2008 Scholarships and Awards

For more information on the scholarships and awards from the American Association for Justice, please click on the images below.


First-Year Student and Professor Boxed Lunch/Dinner Series

Dear First-Year Students:

The Quality of Student Life Committee has organized a First-Year Student and Professor Boxed Lunch/Dinner Series, where students and faculty from each section meet informally for lunch/dinner. These gatherings provide an opportunity for you and your professors to get to know one another on a more personal level.

All lunches/dinners will take place in the Faculty Conference Room next to the Cafeteria. Below please find the schedule of lunches/dinners:

Section A (Professors Graves, Harmon, Lazer and M. Silver), February 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Section BA (Professors Citron, Kwestel, Lee and Morton), February 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Section CA (Professors Miller, Kaufman, Kennedy and Seplowitz), February 25, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Section U (Professors Arcila, Post and Zablotsky), February 25, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

If you would like to attend your section’s lunch/dinner, please RSVP to Assistant Dean Lauren Chite at lchite@tourolaw.edu no later than one week before the scheduled date. Please be sure to indicate your assigned section.