Faulkner Law Student Newsletter

Week of April 4, 2016

Thank you from the Women's Legal Society

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I am excited to say the Women's Legal Society was able to make 31 Easter baskets for the Family Sunshine Center. Thank you for all your donations and making this Easter Basket drive one of the best yet. Each Easter basket contained a variety of candies. All the baskets contained a stuffed animal, a toothbrush, and a toy (from bubbles to coloring books). Thank you for your support!

Thank you,

Vice President Women's Legal Society

Britany Smith

This Week's Special Events

Monday, April 4
  • 11:30 a.m. - PAD elections (Rm 180)
  • 11:30 a.m. - Remembering Justice Scalia (Room 114)

Tuesday, April 5

  • 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Grad Fair (Atrium)

Wednesday, April 6

  • 12 Noon - Dean Fellows Workshop (Various Rooms)

Thursday, April 7

  • 6:30 p.m. - BLSA Scholars Award Dinner (Ballroom at Alley Station)

Friday, April 8

  • 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - 11th Annual Fred Gray Civil Rights Symposium (Harris Hall, Room 101)

Monday, April 4

PAD Elections

PAD will hold elections for executive board positions on Monday, April 4th at 11:30 a.m. on Monday in Room 180.

If you are interested in holding an active roll in PAD leadership next year, plan to attend this important meeting.

Remembering Justice Antonin Scalia

Join the Federalist Society for lunch as we host a former clerk to the late Justice Scalia, Professor Brian Fitzpatrick of Vanderbilt Law School. The event starts at 11:30 am in room 114 on Monday, April the fourth.

Lunch will be served to those who RSVP'd.
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Professor Fitzpatrick joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in 2007 after serving as the John M. Olin Fellow at New York University School of Law. He graduated first in his class from Harvard Law School and went on to clerk for Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court. After his clerkships, Professor Fitzpatrick practiced commercial and appellate litigation for several years at Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C., and served as Special Counsel for Supreme Court Nominations to U.S. Senator John Cornyn. Before earning his law degree, Professor Fitzpatrick graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's of science in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He has received the Hall-Hartman Outstanding Professor Award, which recognizes excellence in classroom teaching, for his Civil Procedure course.

Tuesday, April 5

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Attention Class of 2016

Plan to stop by the Grad Fair on Tuesday morning in the Atrium. At the Grad Fair, you can pick up your regalia and announcements. You can also order diploma frames and class rings. We'll look forward to seeing you at Grad Fair!

Wednesday, April 6

Dean Fellows Workshops

All 1Ls are invited to join their Dean Fellows for final exam practice workshops. During the workshops, the groups will work on practice exam questions. Each week is a new 1L subject. This week's topic is Civil Procedure.

Thursday, April 7

BLSA Scholars Award Dinner

The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) is pleased to announce its 11th Annual Scholars Award Dinner. The dinner will be held on April 7th at 6:30 p.m. The dinner will take place in the Alley Station Ballroom located at 130 Commerce Street, Montgomery, Alabama. The message for this year is “Ascending To New Heights: From Leadership to Legacy.” Attorney Danielle Mason of Beasley Allen Law Firm will be the keynote speaker for the evening.

The first inaugural BLSA Scholars Award Dinner was held in April of 2005. The BLSA chapter holds this yearly event to acknowledge the scholastic and leadership achievements of its current members. Furthermore, the Scholars Award Dinner takes the time to recognize judges, attorneys, and civil rights leaders who continuously make a difference in the community.

Single ticket: $25.00

Couple ticket: $45.00

Attached below is the link to RSVP, and purchase tickets online. Please email Porcha Anthony for additional information.



Friday, April 8

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11th Annual Fred Gray Civil Rights Symposium

Faulkner Law and BSLA are pleased to formally invite you to attend the 11th Annual Fred Gray Civil Rights Symposium on Friday, April 8th. The event will take place in Harris Hall, Room 101 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. This year, panelists and speakers will discuss “The Constitutional Role of Race in Policing.”

With panels moderated by WSFA 12 News Anchor Valorie Lawson, participants and speakers include civil rights attorney and human rights activist Fred Gray, U.S. Attorney Kenyen R. Brown; Faulkner Law Professor Melvin Otey; University of Alabama Professor Utz McKnight; Loyola Law Professor Mitchell F. Crusto; and Montgomery County Sheriff Chief Deputy Kevin Murphy.

The event is open to the public and has been approved for 3 hours of CLE credit. Attorneys may register for credit with the following link: https://www.faulkner.edu/law/ Accordingly, feel free to invite/bring family, friends, colleagues, and attorneys.

In addition to welcoming Attorney Fred Gray and others, we anticipate media coverage. Faulkner University is also hosting an annual event for the Faulkner University Board of Trustees during the same time as the Symposium. Board members are expected to be in Harris Hall during the event. Accordingly, we ask that students wear professional (courtroom) attire to the Symposium.

Students should park behind the law school. Contact your professor for approved class credit for attendance.
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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

Student Opportunities

Jos. A. Bank - Faulkner Law Exclusive Shopping Night

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Jos. A. Bank will be holding a private event "strictly" for Faulkner Law students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

"Buy 1 Get 2 Free" sale on all suits and sport coats, plus "Buy 1 Get 1 Free" on almost everything else in the store. (The only item this will not apply to is shoes, which will be listed as "Buy 1 Get the 2nd Pair Half-Off.")

When: Sunday, April 10th

Time: 5-7pm

Where: Jos. A. Bank Clothier, 2960 Zelda Road, Montgomery, Alabama

Also, if anyone would like to bring their children (keep in mind that Jos A Bank only has "grown-up" sizes) to pick out things for them, that would be fine.

Now Hiring: Circulation Student Assistants

The Faulkner Law Library is now accepting applications for the position of Circulation Student Assistant from current 1Ls who can begin work June 1st, 2016.

The Circulation Department is the face of the library and sets a tone of warm, welcoming service for our patrons. Circulation Student Assistants play a key role in ensuring a pleasant experience to all patrons of the Faulkner Law Library. Circulation Student Assistants report to the Circulation Manager. Previous library experience is helpful, but not required.

Tasks include:

· Available to work nights and weekends

· Open and close library

· Check materials in and out of library

· Perform stack maintenance duties of assigned section

· Assist patrons in the operation of copiers and printer

·Restocking paper in copiers and printers

·Perform light cleaning of study areas

·Answer telephones and transfer calls to the appropriate staff members

·Provide patrons with basic directional information

·Cooperate as a team member of the library staff, taking the initiative in performing any duty essential to efficient library operations

·Attend mandatory meetings as scheduled

·Perform other related duties as instructed by supervisor and/or other library staff members

We will be taking applications until April 13th, 2016. Applications can be found at the Circulation Desk. Please include your resume with your application.

Are you interested in subletting?

A law student who attends an out of state law school will be working at Balch & Bingham's Montgomery office this summer. He is looking for a Montgomery apartment or home to sublet. He will be in Montgomery for 6 weeks beginning mid-May after final exams and ending at the end of June. He is open to having a roommate.

If you are interested in subletting, please contact Barrie Wilson, Director of Legal Recruiting, Balch & Bingham LLP, at bwilson@balch.com.

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: August 13, 2016

Regular Registration Deadline: June 23, 2016

Late Registration Deadline: June 30, 2016

Alabama Bar Examination

Exam Date: February 2017

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2016

  • Application Period Opens: September 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.*

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April 11: CLS Bible Study

CLS will hold a Bible Study on Monday, April 11 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. in Room 208. Professor Hammond will be leading the Bible study about the Book of Proverbs.

April 11: Law Review Interest Meeting

The Faulkner Law Review is hosting an Interest Meeting on Monday, April 11, at 11:30 a.m. in Room 114. Anyone interested in being a part of Law Review next year is welcome to attend (rising 2Ls and rising 3Ls). The application process occurs over the summer so next year’s Editorial Board will be at the meeting to explain the invitation, application, and acceptance processes. Invitation to apply to membership on Law Review is selective and is based on numerous factors including class rank, GPA, performance on a citation and technical editing exercise, and writing ability in a case note competition. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP using http://goo.gl/forms/PBE2YKuuS5.

April 14: Trivia Night

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Trivia Night at the Coffee Cup

Come test your trivia knowledge against your classmates, professors, and staff.

The law library is hosting a (pub-style) trivia night as a part of its National Library Week (April 11-15) festivities for prizes.

Teams: 3 – 5 people (students, alumni, professors, and/or staff).

Location: The Coffee Cup

Date: Thursday, April 14

Time: 5:00pm

There will be prizes for teams that come in 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places.

If you are interested, please email Professor Coan (ccoan@faulkner.edu) your team name, team members’ names, and contact person by close of business on Wednesday, April 13.

April 14: Designing law for a coded (neo-tech) world

The Federalist Society invites you to attend a presentation on designing law for a coded (neo-tech) world by Professor Thomas Folsom. Professor Folsom (Regent University School of Law) will debate the topic of how the legal world creates laws for cutting-edge technology. The event will be held in Room 114. Lunch will be served. Sign up online here by noon on Tuesday, April 12th.