Friday Reminder: October 26, 2012







Hello everyone and happy Friday!  I hope you had a great week and are ready for a fun weekend.  We have some great events coming so be sure to check your calendars and plan ahead!  Also, a few of our events have had to be moved due to scheduling conflicts.  Please take note of the time/date changes below in green!


Don’t forget to sign up this weekend for the Election Discussion Lunch Lottery with Dean Riccardi.  This will give you a great opportunity to share and get more insight on your opinions.  Also, there will be free lunch!  See more details below. 


Here are this week’s reminders:


1)      OFFICE UPDATE: As you know, Wednesday, October 24th was Erin’s last day here at the OGIP.  While this is a tremendous loss for our office and for the University as a whole, please know that we are all still here to answer any questions or concerns you may have.  Please feel free to stop by or email at any time. 


2)      REMINDER: Course Verification.  Back in September we asked you to verify the courses you were taking.  Now that course verification is over and we are beginning to plan for finals, I want to make sure everyone is aware that, at this point, any mistakes on your schedule will remain there for the rest of the semester.  You will be responsible for those incorrect classes.  To ensure that your registration is up to date, please check your classes via the Student Link (Academics Tab > Current Schedule).  If you have any questions/comments, please email me at    


3)      MONDAY: “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!


4)      TUESDAY:  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 dinner to the discussion.


5)      ELECTION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Train to be a volunteer for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights national election protection  project on 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.  To volunteer and attend the training sessions, you must sign up 


6)      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.


7)      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.

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

9)      UPCOMING EVENT:  Election Discussion with the Dean – Thursday, November 1st from 1:00 to 2:00 pm.  This is a particularly divisive election year with many social, economic, and political issues to consider.  Dean Riccardi wants to hear your thoughts on the issues!  If you would like to attend and have lunch with the Dean, please email me by Monday, October 29th at 10:00am at  We can only accommodate 15 students for this event.  So, to be fair, I am going to hold a lottery to decide who will attend.  I will then randomly select the winners and email out the results.  Good Luck!


10)  UPCOMING EVENT: International Potluck Dinner, Friday, November 2nd 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.  If you have any questions, please email me at

11)  ACADEMIC SUPPORT/UPCOMING EVENT:  DATE CHANGE: John’s Exam Preparation Talk – Thursday, November 8th  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)  ACADEMIC SUPPORT/UPCOMING EVENT: DATE CHANGE: ExamSoft Training Session – Monday, November 12th from 1:00-2:00 pm in room 820.  You are eligible to take your final exams using a laptop provided that you download the appropriate software: ExamSoft.  Seeing as this is incredibly important and can be a stressful time, we have arranged a training session with our in-house IT department, SysTech, to show you how ExamSoft works.  **Please Note: There will only be one training session.  So if you have questions, please plan on attending this event!  There is no need to RSVP, but please try and make it. 


13)  HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Yanting Sun and Bruna Pacheco!  Yanting celebrates her birthday on Saturday, October 27th, and Bruna celebrates hers on Wednesday, October 31st.  Please wish each of them a wonderful birthday!

14)  FUN WEEKEND TIP: This weekend is the last one before Halloween!  If you enjoy the spooky side of life, why not attend a Frightseeing Tour of Boston? Ghosts and Gravestones Tours offers events every night around Boston.  Reservations are required and space is limited, so please see their website before ordering tickets.  Here is a quote from their website for a little more information:  “In a city nearly four hundred years old - troubled with war, murderers, strife and the occasional bout of stray molasses, it is hardly any wonder that Boston remains one of the most haunted cities in America and stories of the glory days of Colonial Boston only scratch the surface of Boston’s darker side.”


Be safe and enjoy the weekend!