Friday Reminder: October 12, 2012






Hello Everyone and happy Friday! For those of you who attended the lobster dinner at Summer Shack, it was wonderful to see so many of you on Wednesday evening. I hope you all enjoyed yourselves!


Here are this week’s reminders:


1.       Campus Safety.  We are all very concerned about the recent criminal activities that have been reported near and on campus.  BU has an escort security service that operates at night on the BU campus; see:  (The phone number is on the back of your BU Terrier card.) You can request the Escort Security Service to walk with you to any place on campus – thus, for example, the Service could walk you to the Student Services Center at 100 Bay State Road.  From there, it is a short walk to the Kenmore Square T station where you may be able to catch the T home.  The service operates between 8:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.  At other times, try to travel in well-lit and well traveled areas.  For information, please see


2.    Tentative Exam Schedules are now posted.  Please note that both the first year and upper class exam schedules are tentative and subject change.  Note that there is a schedule conflict: the exams for both Contracts and Corporations with Professor Tung (sections T1 and T2) are scheduled for the same day: Monday, December 17th.  Since this conflict affects so many LL.M. students, we have arranged for students enrolled in both classes to take the Contracts exam on Tuesday, December 18th.  These students will take the regularly scheduled Corporations exam on Monday, December 17th.  Affected students must not discuss the Contracts exam with any J.D. colleagues who will take the exam on the normally scheduled date and will be required to sign a pledge certifying they have not discussed the exam with others.


3.    ONGOING ACADEMIC SUPPORT: Writing assistance is available for your seminar research papers!  Many of you are taking seminars this semester and, therefore, are writing research papers of some length.  We are aware that writing an “academic” paper at a United States law school is new for you – and that several of you have asked for additional support.  Therefore, we have made arrangements for one of the LL.M. writing instructors – Christine Durkin -- to be available to offer guidance and support on your seminar papers, as needed.  Christine has been an LL.M. writing instructor for nearly ten years and has also participated in the Summer Legal English Program at CELOP. She will be available to help you structure and organize your papers and also review them for grammar and word-choice issues.   She won’t offer substantive comments on the legal aspects of your papers -- nor will she help you conduct any research -- but will instead help you express yourselves clearly and succinctly.  If you would like to avail yourself of Christine’s assistance, you should email your paper to her at to make appropriate arrangements.  Be sure to include your deadline when emailing the paper to Christine.

4.    ACADEMIC SUPPORT: Mandatory plagiarism and writing classes for LL.M. students taking seminars that require research papers. Many of you may be thinking about your seminar papers.  The library is pleased to offer classes on researching and writing your papers, as well as a session on the dangers of plagiarism.  Each student is required to attend the Plagiarism class on Monday, October 22nd from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in room 1434 AND a research class.  The last remaining research class will be held on Thursday, October 18 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in room 334.  Please sign up for the research class at


5.    ACADEMIC RESOURCES:  Check out the useful links on the Pappas Law Library Web site about study skills, , time management, and exam preparation:

6.    UPCOMING EVENT: “The Least Bad Death: Who Decides?,” Monday, October 15th  at 12:00 noon in Barristers Hall.  The ninth annual Pike lecture will feature keynote speaker Marcia Angell, MD, senior lecturer in global health and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, and editor-in-chief, emerita, New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Angell will discuss the initiative petition on the November 2012 state ballot (question two), which would legalize physician-prescribed end-of-life drugs for terminally ill patients with a prognosis of six months or less.

7.    UPCOMING EVENT:  BU's Road to Washington: Brownbag Conversations on the 2012 American Elections, October 18 and November 8 at 12:30 pm and October 30 at 7:00 pm in the GSU Conference Auditorium on the 2nd floorWith the conventions behind us and the debates here in front of us, join experts from the College of Arts & Sciences and the College of Communication for timely conversations on the 2012 American Elections.  To register or for more information, visit the Road to Washington web page.   Feel free to bring your lunch to the discussion.

8.    ACADEMIC SUPPORT/UPCOMING EVENT:  BU Law’s Academic Enhancement Program offers a session on “Stress Management and Relaxation Techniques” on Friday, October 19th, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm in room 870.  Your success in the classroom isn’t solely determined by how much or how well you study.  Stress management could almost be an alternative name for law school!  Sometimes students aren't willing to admit that they're stressed, and others don't even know that stress is effecting them.  The goal of this presentation is to help you recognize signs of stress in your own life and that of others - you have to help out your fellow classmate too!  Along with finding these signs we'll also give you advice on how to cope and information on resources that can help you minimize any stress that you may have no matter how large or small.  Presented by Dr. Carrie Landa of BU Behavioral Medicine.


9.    ACADEMIC SUPPORT/UPCOMING EVENT:  Confused about how to make course outlines?  John will hold an “Outlining 101” session on Thursday, October 25th, from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in room 520.  At this session, John will talk about what outlines are, why they're useful, and give you some pointers on how to make them. Mark your calendars now.

10.  UPCOMING EVENT: International Potluck Dinner, Friday, November 2, 2012 at 5:00 pm in the GSU (5th floor).  Join us for an evening of fun, food, and friends!  Prepare a dish from your home country and bring it to share with your classmates.  We will need appetizers, entrees and desserts.  Sign up by October 25th at 5:00 pm by emailing Shannon at with the name of your dish, what type of dish it is (e.g. appetizer, main, dessert), and whether or not it is a hot or cold dish.


11.  ACADEMIC SUPPORT/UPCOMING EVENT:  John’s Exam Preparation Talk – Monday, November 5th  from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in room 520.   John will give a brief talk about how to prepare for your exams.  Mark your calendar for this important event.  John has a lot of useful tips and information to offer about preparing for and taking exams that you won’t want to miss!

12.  Happy Birthday to Thomas Richter, Jane Li, and Anaïs Faury!  Thomas and Jane celebrate their birthday today, October 12th, and Anaïs celebrates hers on Thursday, October 18th.  Please wish them a wonderful birthday!

13.  Fun Weekend Tip: If you’d like to explore areas outside of Boston, the month of October is one of the most popular times of the year to visit the city of Salem.

While Salem is often referred to as the “Witch City” due to its historical significance in the witchcraft trials of 1692, it is also a city that is rich in maritime and architectural traditions. Salem is a very walking-friendly city and there are a number of important places worth visiting: the Friendship (Salem’s Tall Ship), the House of Seven Gables (made famous by American author, Nathaniel Hawthorne), the Salem Witch Museum, and the Peabody Essex Museum (home of the Yin Yu Tang house, an actual Qing dynasty home installed within the gardens of the museum).  

Many, many people will visit Salem on Halloween night though I’d actually recommend visiting any time BUT Halloween because it is too crowded and chaotic. If you visit Salem any time during the month of October you can take part in many of the “Haunted Happenings” that the city has planned in celebration of fall and the Halloween holiday. For a listing of fun events in Salem, visit Haunted Happenings or the City of Salem website at

To get to Salem, you can take the commuter rail from North Station; take the Rockport/Ipswich Line (a 30 minute ride). The Salem Visitor Center is a 5 minute walk from the Salem train station. You can also take the Salem Ferry from Boston, if you’re up for a more scenic trip along the coastline. The ferry departs from the New England Aquarium dock and you can check out their website to view a full schedule.   


Have a fabulous weekend!