Faulkner Law Student Newsletter

Week of January 11, 2016

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This Week's Special Events

Monday, January 11

  • First Day of Class - Spring Semester
  • 5:30 p.m. Closing Argument Finals (New Courtroom)

Tuesday, January 12

  • 11:30 a.m.: Attorney Gerald Walpin, speaking on "The Constitution: A Changing or a Fixed Document?" Hosted by the Federalist Society (Room 208)

Wednesday, January 13

  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Robert Thornhiil - Alabama Young Lawyers Assistance Program (Capell Conference Room)
  • 11:45 a.m.: Faulkner Law Young Lawyers Membership Meeting (Room 114)

Thursday, January 14

  • 11:30 a.m.: Student Organization Presidents Meeting (Mitchell Conference Room)

Monday, January 11, 2016

2016 Closing Argument Finals

After three rounds on Friday evening and all day Saturday, the Board of Advocates is pleased to announce the six finalists for the 2016 closing argument competition. The finals will begin promptly Monday at 5:30 in the new courtroom. Room 180 will be available for anyone to come and watch as there is limited seating in the courtroom. Everyone is invited to attend. We will be finished in plenty of time to watch a football game, if you are so inclined.

Here are the finalists, in no particular order:


#31 Mark Taylor

#13 Eddie Talley

#33 Jonathan Morgan


#18 Zac Trader

#14 Jessica Calloway

#22 Jordan Self

Finalists need to arrive at 5:00 p.m. to receive instructions about how the finals will proceed.

Congratulations to the six finalists and to all that competed. Everyone showed tremendous improvement and growth over the weekend.

Kudos to the Board of Advocates for running a smooth and efficient competition.

Tuesday, January 12

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Attorney Gerald Walpin

The Federalist Society is pleased to welcome New York attorney, Gerald Walpin, to the law school on Tuesday, January 12th. Attorney Walpin will be speaking on

"The Constitution: A Changing or a Fixed Document?" at 11:30 a.m. in Room 208.

Lunch will be served!

Attorney Walpin will also offer his book to students. He will be bringing approximately 40 copies with him.

A New York attorney, Walpin was nominated to the post of Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service by President George W. Bush, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn into office on January 8, 2007. He led the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), an independent Federal agency charged with oversight over the taxpayer-supported Corporation and its service programs, including AmeriCorps, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), and Senior Corps, serving in this role until 2009. Walpin pursued a vigorous effort to investigate and prosecute all persons who betray the public's trust by defrauding the Corporation and its programs.

Walpin graduated from College of the City of New York in 1952. He earned his law degree, cum laude, in 1955 from Yale Law School, where he was managing editor of the Yale Law Journal. From 1957-60, he served as a lieutenant in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General. His career included a five-year stint as Chief of Prosecutions for the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he successfully prosecuted a number of high-profile cases.

He spent more than 40 years as senior partner and, more recently, of counsel to New York-based Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP. Mr. Walpin has represented a wide range of clients, including large public corporations, securities brokerage firms, accounting firms, law firms, banks in lender liability claims, and individuals, both American and foreign, in securities litigations, employment litigations, criminal prosecutions, and investigations by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Both as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and in his law firm, he was frequently called upon to investigate fraudulent conduct.

Wednesday, January 13

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Student Organization Presidents Meeting

A Student Organization Presidents Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 14th at 11:30 a.m. in the Mitchell Conference Room for all Student Organization Presidents. If an organization's president cannot attend, please send another executive board member in his/her place.

If you have any questions, please check with Dean DeBoer.

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This Week's Law Library Hours

Monday - Thursday: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Friday: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Reference Desk Hours

Monday - Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday: No Reference

**The Law Library will be closed on January 18, 2016, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.**

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the December service projects.

Numerous bags of clothes and shoes were donated for the Women’s Legal Society's clothing drive for the Family Sunshine Center. Many stuffed animals were graciously donated for the LS2A and JPILF Stuffed Animal Drive. And, Christmas gifts were given to area families through the Angel Tree project.

Your donations blessed many people over the holidays.

Montgomery County VLP

The Montgomery County VLP sponsors a FREE community legal clinic on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, from 3:00 pm-5:30 pm. The clinic is held at the Head Start Educational Building at 1100 Adams Avenue in Montgomery.

Gain hands-on experience and network with local lawyers as they answer legal questions about a variety of civil legal issues. Law student volunteers assist with client intake and observe meetings between lawyers and clients (with client consent). For more information, visit http://www.montgomeryvlp.org.

**Volunteer hours count toward Public Interest Society fellowship and Pro Bono Merit recognition.**

For more information or to sign up to volunteer, please contact:

3L MCBF Board Member, Valynda Jerome-Williams: Valynda.Jerome-Williams@faulkner.edu

2L MCBF Rep., Michael Shorey: Michael.Shorey@faulkner.edu

MCBF Secretary, Professor Kelly McTear: Kmctear@faulkner.edu

Important Deadlines

MPRE Registration

Exam Date: March 19, 2016

Regular Registration Deadline: January 28, 2016

Late Registration Deadline: February 4, 2016

Alabama Bar Examination

Exam Date: July 2016

Registration Deadline: February 1, 2016

(Application Period Opens: January 1, 2016)

*If you are taking the bar examination in another state, remember to check your state’s deadlines. See http://www.ncbex.org/ for more details about your jurisdiction.*


Career Development and Experiential Learning Informational Sessions

Wanting to get some experience? Apply lessons learned in the classroom? Professor Craft and Col. Bryan Morgan will host informational sessions on professional development, summer jobs, clinics and externships for the summer and fall, and On-Campus Interviewing (OCI).

Food will be served!

1L Session

Friday, January 22, 11:30-12:30, Room 114.

1L RSVP - Here

2L Session

Wednesday, January 27, 11:30-12:30, Room 114.

2L RSVP - Here

If you plan to attend, please RSVP through the appropriate link above so that we have an accurate head count for lunch.

Upcoming Academic Success Workshops

Tuesday, January 19

Academic Success Skills for a New Semester (Workshop with Dean DeBoer) - 11:30 a.m. - Room 208

Wednesday, January 20

Tips for the Spring Semester with Dean Fellows Groups: Noon

1Ls will meet with the same Dean Fellow Groups as the fall semester. The group rooms are: Group 1 (Rm 151); Group 2 (Rm 122); Group 3 (Rm 155); Group 4 (Rm 180); Group 5 (Faculty Conference Room); and Group 6 (Room 215)