Posted on February 11, 2010
February in Lawrence means two things: School is back in full swing, and the Jayhawks are in the middle of some intense Big 12 conference basketball games!
One of the challenges of being a law student at a school where basketball is more of a religion than a sport is figuring out how to balance your time so that you can take in the games without falling behind on your studies. As hard is it may be to believe, I think I have more time for basketball games now than I did when I was an undergrad here at KU. I am going to attribute most of this to the fact that I am much more conscientious of how I allocate my time in law school than during my undergrad days, but it also helps that I joined a camping group and spend at least five hours a week sitting at Allen Fieldhouse with not much else to do but study. (That’s me on the far right in front of Allen Fieldhouse in the photo!)
One might think that joining a camping group would be counterproductive to studying, but I have found the opposite to be true. Since the Fieldhouse is conveniently located across the street from the law school, it is easy to sign up to camp before or after class or during a time when you have a couple of hours between classes. There is also no excuse not to stop in the law building and grab a book from your locker because there really isn’t a whole lot to do when you are sitting in the concourse of the Fieldhouse. Sure you could always take a nap, watch a movie on your laptop or get caught up on TV shows that you’ve missed on Hulu, but if you don’t want to feel guilty about spending four hours on a Monday night at the game, my advice is to study!
For those of you who aren’t familiar with how the camping works for KU basketball games, here is my unofficial guide:
- A camping group may have a maximum of 30 members.
- A lottery is held at the Fieldhouse the morning after home games. During the week, the lottery is at 6 a.m., and on the weekends it’s at 8 a.m. The lottery determines the order of camping groups for the next game. At least five people from your group must show up to participate in the lottery.
- Camping occurs between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. The hours for weekend camping are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Groups may vote to suspend camping at any time while camping.
- Camping will always be suspended three hours prior to a women’s basketball home game and two hours before a men’s basketball away game.
- While camping, any group may call a roll call at any time. The group who calls roll reads the group names off the list and if a member from a group is not present when the group name is called, their group is crossed off. The group is free to sign up again at the bottom of the list.
- Approximately three hours before the game, a final roll call is taken and the groups receive their final group number and line up in numerical order outside. Doors open two hours before tipoff.
The camping process starts in early November and repeats itself until early March. For more information on KU basketball, the official camping rules and more KU traditions, visit the KU Athletics camping page and the KUpedia camping page.
Posted on February 9, 2010
Valentine’s Day is coming up, and you might be thinking of changing the status of your relationship. Well, the Wheat Law Library is here to help! Whether you are looking to get married or divorced, we have all of the information you need! Not to mention the forms you need to file.
For information on the Web, the Kansas Bar breaks things down nicely. It explains requirements for both marriage and divorce.
Both marriages and divorces are filed with the district court. Although what is required for a marriage doesn’t change all that much from one county to another, you will want to check your county when filing for divorce. Douglas County, for example, has a page for getting married as well as a page for getting divorced.
And, of course, we have tons of resources here at the Wheat Law Library!
- The Martindale Hubbell Law Digest contains a brief synopsis of the requirements for marriage and divorce, not only in Kansas but also in the other 49 states.
- Practitioner’s Guide to Family Law is a source put out by the Kansas Bar Association. It contains all of the information you need for marriage and virtually every form you would need to file for divorce.
- Kansas Law and Practice: Kansas Family Law is another great series that breaks down the law of marriage and divorce and provides some forms.
These are just a few! We have many more for your legal enjoyment.
So Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at the Wheat Law Library!
W. Blake Wilson
Instructional and Research Services Librarian
Posted on February 5, 2010
President Obama’s reference to student loan assistance in his Jan. 27 State of the Union address was brief: “And let’s tell another 1 million students that when they graduate, they will be required to pay only 10 percent of their income on student loans, and all of their debt will be forgiven after 20 years – and forgiven after 10 years if they choose a career in public service, because in the United States of America, no one should go broke because they chose to go to college.”
The president’s plan refers to changes to Income-Based Repayment (IBR), a provision of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act that provides relief for those with high student debt. According to CCRAA expert Heather Jarvis of Equal Justice Works, “IBR allows for much reduced monthly student loan payments for those with high debt-to-income ratios. President Obama proposes lowering the cap on federal student loan payments from 15 to 10 percent of discretionary income, and forgiving any remaining debt after 20 years of payments, rather than the current 25 years. Those in public service, including nonprofit and government employees, can get their remaining debt forgiven after 10 years.”
IBR became available in July 2009, and law graduates may utilize it to reduce their monthly loan payments. So it’s fair to say that Obama also meant that no one should go broke because they choose to go to law school.
For more information on IBR, visit Equal Justice Works’ student debt relief resources section and http://ibrinfo.org. Also, consult the links at the bottom of this page that provide important information concerning a basic checklist for loan forgiveness, eligible loans, qualifying employment and qualifying payments.
Assistant Dean for Career Services
Posted on February 2, 2010
February is Black History Month and, in recognition, SCOTUSblog has set up a rather impressive line-up for their programming on Race and the Supreme Court. Over the next four weeks, law professors, litigators, journalists and other top professionals will donate their time to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s historical impact on the black community. These posts promise to reflect “diverse and sometimes divergent views, opinions, attitudes and assumptions.”
Here is a list of their scheduled postings from the Web site:
“Has the Supreme Court Been Mainly a Friend or a Foe to African Americans?: The Supreme Court’s Impact on Black History for the Past Fifty Years”
–Michael Klarman, professor at Harvard Law School
“Ending Racial Preferences”
–Roger Clegg, president of the Center for Equal Opportunity
“Justice Kennedy’s Evolving Views On Race”
–Heather Gerken, professor at Yale Law School
Podcast: Interview on Brown v. Board of Education and subsequent litigation over black civil rights
–Jack Greenberg, professor at Columbia Law School and former director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund
“NAMUDNO: Right Question, Wrong Case”
–Abigail Thernstrom, vice-chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute
“Jones v. Alfred Mayer and the Uniqueness Of Race”
–Michael Rosman, general counsel for the Center for Individual Rights
“The Supreme Court, Race, and Political Representation”
–Kenneth Mack, professor at Harvard Law School
Post on Buchanan v. Warley and residential segregation
–David Bernstein, professor at George Mason University School of Law
Podcast with Vernon Jordan, former president of the National Urban League and civil rights litigator (topic TBA)
Podcast: “The Unexpected Consequences of Brown v. Board of Education on African American Schools and Education in the South”
–David Cecelski, historian and author of Along Freedom Road, Hyde County, North Carolina, and the Fate of Black Schools in the South
Podcast on Brown v. Board of Education
–Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio
“The Global Impact of Brown v. Board of Education”
–Mary Dudziak, professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law and founder of the Legal History Blog
“What Can Brown Do For You?: The Court’s Struggle Over the Meaning of Equal Protection”
–Pamela Karlan, professor at Stanford Law School
Post on “disparate impact analysis” and the Constitution
–Gail Heriot, former commissioner of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and present professor at the University of San Diego Law School
Podcast with David Stras, law professor at the University of Minnesota, on his experience clerking for Justice Clarence Thomas
“What Powell v. McCormack Teaches Us About Racial Politics in a Constitutional Democracy”
–Kareem Crayton, professor at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law
I recommend checking out the blog as well as subscribing to the RSS feed.
W. Blake Wilson
Posted on January 26, 2010
The New York Times reported yesterday that Westlaw and LexisNexis will undergo some major changes in order to accommodate a younger class of lawyers who have cut their teeth on search interfaces provided Google and Microsoft.
I confirmed all of this with the LexisNexis rep yesterday but am still waiting to hear back from Westlaw. According to the article, Westlaw will introduce its changes on Feb. 1; LexisNexis has yet to specify a date.
This presents a wonderful opportunity for us to offer everyone in Green Hall the chance to go through some training and brush up on research skills! We will present at least two group trainings: one for faculty and staff and another for students. For those who need specialized training, we can arrange small-group sessions or even one-on-one training as your scheduling permits.
No times have been set up, but I will let you know as soon as we have something scheduled. And, as always, contact me if you have any questions!
W. Blake Wilson
Posted on January 19, 2010
You are a 3L. Your last semester has just gotten started. It’s your lightest course load to date. You don’t even have to be on campus on Thursdays and Fridays! Life is pretty sweet.
I would like to propose something that might be considered a little radical: Spend your extra time preparing for the bar.
I know that you might be planning on waiting for BAR/BRI to begin before you start worrying about the bar. But honestly, that may be too little, too late.
I really want you to hear me out on this! But not here. Oh no!
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, The Wheat Law Library will host a luncheon to introduce the Class of 2010 to the print and electronic bar preparation resources available through the Wheat Law Library and the Office of Career Services, and to offer guidance on registering for the bar examination.
After the program, KU Public Safety will be available to fingerprint students for their bar applications. Fingerprinting will take place in the Informal Commons beginning at 1:30 p.m. There is a $5 charge for this service, and payment should be remitted in cash to the Office of Career Services by Thursday, Jan. 21.
RSVP on Symplicity by Thursday, Jan. 21.
Date: Jan. 26, 2010
Time: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Location: Green Hall, Reference Area, Second Floor, Wheat Law Library
Contact: 785-864-9253, W. Blake Wilson
Cost: Free ($5 for fingerprinting)
All 3Ls are encouraged to attend. Did I mention that lunch will be served? Because it will!
Posted on December 17, 2009
Posted on December 15, 2009
CiteGenie: Automagically copies text with correct citations from Westlaw, Lexis and other Web sites.
One of the best parts about doing research electronically is you have the ability to cut and paste from your browser straight into your document. However, figuring out how to cite what you just pasted can be a bit of a hastle. By adding CiteGenie as a plugin in Firefox, the option of “copy with CiteGenie” is added to your right-click menu. This will allow you to paste the text into any other program along with the pinpoint citation for the selected text from the court opinon. Here is an example from the CiteGenie website.
Not only does CiteGenie work with cases, but it also works with statutes, regulations and many secondary sources such as ALR, CSJ and law review journals.
As always, let me know what you think!
Instructional and Research Services Librarian
Posted on December 11, 2009
KU Law Students for Reproductive Justice is one of the newest law student groups on campus — and also one of the busiest!
KU Law Students for Reproductive Justice is part of the only student-led, student-centered nationwide network of law students, professors and lawyers committed to fostering the next wave of legal experts for the reproductive justice movement.
A lot of people ask: What does reproductive justice mean? We believe reproductive justice will be achieved when all people and communities have access to the information, resources and support they need to attain sexual and reproductive self-determination.
In pursuit of that ultimate goal, KU Law Students for Reproductive Justice offers educational, activism and community service opportunities.
Our first educational event was a screening of “The Education of Shelby Knox,” a 2005 documentary that tells the coming-of-age story of a teenage girl who joins a campaign for comprehensive sex education in the high schools of Lubbock, Texas. It was a great opportunity for students to learn about the issues surrounding comprehensive sex education, both in support and opposition.
Our first activism project is supporting Prevention First legislation. There are various Prevention First bills being advocated in Kansas, Missouri and the federal government. The general tenets of Prevention First legislation are to protect: 1) access to birth control, including emergency contraception; 2) access to medically accurate, comprehensive sex education; and 3) access to affordable family planning and reproductive health care. We are working with Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri to deliver the petitions to legislators.
It’s only been about two months since we had our first meeting, but KU Law Students for Reproductive Justice is definitely on a roll with plenty more to come! Already we are planning an event in January to honor the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Professor Stephen McAllister, a constitutional law professor at KU, will give a lecture called “What Roe v. Wade Really Means.” Professor McAllister will lay out the actual law and ask some of the difficult questions that confront both sides of the Roe debate to get to the heart of what this landmark decision really means.
Look for more exciting new opportunities from KU Law Students for Reproductive Justice by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org to join our e-mail list!
Kristin Maun, President, Law Students for Reproductive Justice
Posted on December 9, 2009
Sam Korte, an attorney from Garmin, and Elizabeth Tassi, from Stinson Morrison Hecker, took time out of their busy schedules recently to meet with the Intellectual Property Law Students Association to discuss how to land a job in the IP field.
Both attorneys agreed on one major point: Get involved in order to build a network and strengthen your resume. Take advantage of your first year by participating in groups, clinics and competitions. With limited experience, this is the best thing you can do to create opportunities for yourself in the future.
Korte also recommended conducting background research before any interview. This can be as simple as checking out the Web site of the business or firm prior to a meeting. When researching, Korte said, look for professional bios and take note of anything you believe will help you to connect with the interviewer or communicate your genuine interest in the company. Also, keep up-to-date on current cases, especially those that will impact the firms or businesses with which you are interviewing.
One student asked about the best way to approach IP law if you don’t have a science background. Tassi recommended finding a specialty, or niche, tailored to your experience and educational background. For example, a student with an undergraduate degree in journalism and similar field experience can offer valuable insight into copyright law. In other words, consider using your unique experience to your advantage.
We would like to thank all of those who joined us, and we hope to see you again at our next panel.
Natalie Schumann, 1L