Friday Reminder: March 8, 2013
I hope everyone is ready and excited for Spring Break! Whether you’re travelling or staying local, I hope you all get a chance to relax and rest!
Here are this week’s reminders:
1) THIS WEEKEND! Daylight Saving Time: Remember to set your clocks ahead by one hour on Sunday, March 10th! This weekend marks the beginning of daylight saving time. While we’ll lose an hour of sleep, the good news is that spring is on its way and hopefully by the time you all come back from Spring break, this snowy weather will be gone!
2) ONGOING: Mid-Semester Meetings. Please remember to email Cara at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to meet with John or myself to discuss how your semester is going. Even if everything is going smoothly and you are having no problems at all, we want to hear about it! It is very important that we get a chance to check-in before the end of the semester, so please try and stop by to see us before April 12th
3) REMINDER: Local Addresses. Please take a moment to go to the Student Link and record an updated, current, local address. We will need this information for administrative purposes. Please take care of this as soon as possible. Go to www.bu.edu/studentlink > purple ‘Personal Tab’>Address and Phone>Local.
4) UPCOMING EVENT: BU Law 5K Ambulance Chase Fun Run/Walk SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM SGA, Student Affairs and PIP welcome you to start the spring off right with a nice run or walk outside with everyone from the law school!!! Registration is only $10. Register by 2:00PM TODAY, March 8th to guarantee your t-shirt. Entry Includes: entry/race number, free raffle entry, and an official long-sleeve race t-shirt. PRIZES! – Yes, prizes will be awarded to the top Male/Female finishers in each category: students, faculty/staff, and family/friends. After the race, enjoy music, food, a raffle and the awards ceremony. For more info, check out our blog post about the 5K: http://blogs.bu.edu/lawstudentaffairs/
6) UPCOMING EVENT: Spring 2013 Colloquium Series Continues on Monday, March 18th at 12:30 in Room 1270. We hope that you enjoyed the first colloquium presentation! The remaining two presentations will take place in March and April on the following dates:
Please note that all LL.M. in American Law students are required to attend two of the three Colloquium presentations:
* Monday, March 18th – “Perspectives on Comparative Property Law: Are the Civil and Common Law Traditions that Different?” – Presented by Professor Anna di Robilant (please note the date change)
* Tuesday, April 16th – “Hot Topics in International Trade” – Presented by Professor Daniela Caruso (please note this is a Monday schedule)
There will be a pizza and salad luncheon for all students attending each of these presentations (and it will be on time!). Lunch will be served before each presentation, beginning at 12:30 pm. Attendance will be taken shortly thereafter with presentations beginning at 1:00 pm (ending by 2:00 pm).
7) UPCOMING: Required Class for Students Taking Seminars (who did not attend the class in the fall), March 21st. Are you taking a seminar for the first time this semester? If so, you are required to attend the Library’s LL.M. Seminar Paper Class. This class has two sessions; the first session teaches you how to perform the legal research needed for a seminar paper, and the second session covers plagiarism and how to ensure your work in plagiarism-free. Session 2 will take place on Friday, March, 21st from 1:00-2:00 pm in room 334. Please be sure to attend if you are taking your first seminar this semester!
8) ONGOING: Earn a Certificate in Research Skills for Practice. The Certificate in Research Skills for Practice provides training in the legal research skills most useful for new lawyers. provides training in the legal research skills most useful for new lawyers. Classes are taught by experienced legal information librarians who have law degrees as well as library degrees. Each class will be 1 hour and will have a brief assignment which you will need to return to your instructor. To obtain a certificate you must complete at least 6 of the 15 offered classes. Here are the next available classes:
1. Court Documents
Instructor: Stefanie Weigmann • email@example.com
March 25 & 27 @ 1pm in Rm 334
· Looking for a docket sheet to see the status of a case? Need a brief? Court documents are a universe unto themselves. Some court documents are easy to find and others are impossible. Come learn how to manage the complex, but important realm of court documents. We will investigate PACER, Bloomberg Law, state court websites and the US Supreme Court website.
2. Administrative Law Research
Instructor: Steven Ellis • firstname.lastname@example.org
March 26 & 28 @ 1pm in Rm 334
· Finding a regulation, making sure you have the most up-to-date version of the CFR, and learning about proposed regulations, these are all tasks you need to perform when doing research in a regulatory area. Learn these tasks in this class.
9) GRADUATION: BU Law Commencement Information is Now Online – Order your Cap and Gown by March 15th. You can access Commencement details and information about ordering your cap and gown (called regalia) at http://www.bu.edu/law/events/commencement/regalia.shtml.
10) GRADUATION: Update your Diploma Name on the StudentLink. To ensure the accuracy of your name on your diploma, please log onto the Student Link at www.bu.edu/studentlink, select the 'Academics' tab, then 'Diploma and Graduation Information', and update the requested information. The OGIP will be updating your previous degree information next few weeks. The University will begin producing May 2013 diplomas very soon, so please update or confirm this information immediately.
11) Hotel Reservations for Graduation. It’s not too early to book hotel reservations for your family and friends who will be attending your graduation in May. As you know, there are many colleges and universities in the Boston area and graduation ceremonies tend to take place on the same weekend in May. This means that hotels get booked very early and very quickly. Even though it seems very far away, it’s a good idea to start booking hotel rooms for Graduation weekend: May 17-19. The Law school’s convocation will take place on May 19th at 9:00am at Agganis Arena with the all-university commencement following at 1:00pm on Nickerson Field. For more information, please follow this link: http://www.bu.edu/commencement/commencement-weekend/.
12) Fun Boston Tip: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Boston! If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (on Sunday, March 17th), watch the annual parade in South Boston! The South Boston St. Patrick's Parade is listed as the second largest parade in the country, being viewed by nearly 600,000 to one million people every year. The parade runs from the Broadway T-stop through South Boston and ends at the Andrew Square T-stop. This year the parade will take place on Sunday, March 17th, beginning at 1pm. Plan on getting there well before 1pm though to pick a good spot along the parade route. More info about this year’s parade, along with all other local St. Patrick’s Day events, can be found at http://www.southbostonparade.org/ as well as http://www.boston.com/thingstodo/special/stpatricksday/.
Have a wonderful spring break, everyone! Please be safe and get some sleep!