Friday Reminder: October 19, 2012










Hello everyone and happy Friday!  I hope you had a great week and are ready for a fun and productive weekend.  This weekend is the Head of the Charles Regatta, which takes place on the Charles River right next to BU.  See the fun tip of the week below for more details on this must-see Boston event.


Don’t forget to sign up this week for the International Potluck Dinner.  See below for more details.  Please share a dish from your country or culture- the more food we have, the more fun it will be!


Here are this week’s reminders:


1)    TODAY: 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.


2)    MONDAY: Mandatory plagiarism class for LL.M. students taking seminars that require research papers on Monday, October 22nd from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm in room 1434.  The library is pleased to offer a session on the dangers of plagiarism to aid students in using correct citation practices in research papers. 


3)    ONGOING: 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.


4)    ONGOING: 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.

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: “Why Taxes Matter in the 2012 Presidential Election,” Wednesday, October 24th at 1:00 pm in Barristers Hall.  Join BU Law’s tax faculty to talk about the presidential election and the future of tax reform after the election.  BU Law Professors Lilian Faulhaber, Alan Feld, Theodore Sims and David Walker will give short introductions to some of the big issues in the election, and then will then open the floor to discussion.

7)    ACADEMIC SUPPORT/UPCOMING EVENT: JOHN’S OUTLINING TALK – 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.

8)    ELECTION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Train to be a volunteer to support Asian American Voting Rights on Thursday, October 25thVolunteers will poll sites on election day (Nov. 6) in Asian American neighborhoods and administer a voter survey to document voting problems.   The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund will hold a one-hour training session on Thursday, October 25th for all volunteers.  To sign up, visit

9)    ELECTION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Train to be a volunteer for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights national election protection  project on October 24th or October 29thThe group runs a telephone hotline to help ensure eligible voters are able to participate in the election and to collect data used for election reform.  The group also offers volunteers the opportunity to participate in legal field deployments at polling locations on Election Day to ensure the process is running properly.  For those interested in volunteering for the hotline, there is a training on Monday, October 29th at 4:00 pm at Wilmer Hale.  For those people who would like to volunteer at polling locations, there is a training at Harvard Law School on Wednesday, October 24th at 4:00 pm.  To volunteer for either opportunity and attend the training sessions, you must sign up


10) UPCOMING EVENT: “U.S. Lawyers Interacting with Chinese Law,” a presentation by John Balzano, BU Law Visiting Assistant Professor, Monday, October 29th at 1:00 pm in room 532.  Join Professor Balzano for his talk on the ways in which U.S lawyers have been involved with the study, observation, practice and reform of Chinese Law.  There will be a short presentation before he will open discussion to the group for comments and questions.  Bring your lunch!


11) 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.

12) UPCOMING EVENT:  BU's Road to Washington: Brownbag Conversations on the 2012 American Elections, 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.

13) 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!

14) Happy Birthday to Federico Jarast, Yanilka Dauhajre Morales and Yitong Sun!  Federico celebrates his birthday on Saturday, October 20th, Yanilka celebrates hers on Sunday, October 21st, and Yitong celebrates hers on Tuesday, October 23rd.  Please wish each of them a wonderful birthday!

15) Fun Weekend Tip: This weekend (Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd) marks the 48th annual Head of the Charles Regatta!

The Head of the Charles is the world’s largest two day rowing event and over 9,000 athletes from all around the world will compete in 60 different races. The BU men’s crew and women’s rowing programs will compete in 6 of the 60 scheduled races.
  The Regatta is truly a must-see Boston event that you won’t want to miss. You can watch the race from either the Cambridge side of the Charles River (near ‘Magazine Beach’ is a good spot – it’s close to the Riverside Boat club, across from the large ‘Shell’ sign) or from the Boston side, along the esplanade.  

Check out the official Head of the Charles website for more information about the event.  The races begin on Saturday at 8:00 am at BU’s DeWolfe Boathouse.


Enjoy the weekend!