Academics News

Law Clinic Accepting Applications for Fall Semester

Spring Clinic I (3 or 4 credit option) – 2015
The Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic represents victims of domestic violence and other low income clients in Jefferson County District & Family Court.  Most cases involve Emergency Protective Order hearings and housing/eviction cases.  

The Ackerson Law Clinic is a student-run law firm supervised by Professor Shelley Santry. The student attorneys are responsible for handling all aspects of the cases. This includes interviewing the client, prepping the client for the hearing, gathering evidence, participating in hearings as a student attorney, and closing the case. 

To be eligible to participate in the clinic, students must have completed 60 hours. This is a requirement under Rules of the Supreme Court (SCR) 2.540 to receive a limited license to practice law. 

To apply, send an email to Professor Shelley Santry at shelley.santry@louisville.edu including the following:
• Name, phone number and email;
• Resume;
• Unofficial transcript;
• Statement of Interest (not to exceed one page).

DEADLINE is 5:00 p.m. pm Wednesday, November 5. 

KBA Criminal Law Reform - Third Annual Forum, November 7, Allen Courtroom

Law Clinic Accepting Applications for Spring Semester

Spring Clinic I (3 or 4 credit option) – 2015

The Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic represents victims of domestic violence and other low income clients in Jefferson County District & Family Court.  Most cases involve Emergency Protective Order hearings and housing/eviction cases.  

The Ackerson Law Clinic is a student-run law firm supervised by Professor Shelley Santry. The student attorneys are responsible for handling all aspects of the cases. This includes interviewing the client, prepping the client for the hearing, gathering evidence, participating in hearings as a student attorney, and closing the case. 

To be eligible to participate in the clinic, students must have completed 60 hours. This is a requirement under Rules of the Supreme Court (SCR) 2.540 to receive a limited license to practice law. 

To apply, send an email to Professor Shelley Santry at shelley.santry@louisville.edu including the following:

  • Name, phone number and email;
  • Resume;
  • Unofficial transcript;
  • Statement of Interest (not to exceed one page).

DEADLINE is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 5.  

 

Litigation and Transactional Skills Certificate Program

Current 2L and 3L students may apply for acceptance into the Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills or the Certificate of Accomplishment in Transactional Skills Programs. These programs allow students priority registration in designated litigation or transactional skills courses. Currently there are six placements available in the programs. Students are eligible to receive a Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation or Transactional Skills upon graduation if they satisfy the certificate requirements regardless whether they enroll in the certificate program. Contact Dean Nowka, room 213, for additional information or to apply. Application deadline is October 29, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

Professional Responsibility Exam Time Reminder

Students taking the Professional Responsibility course exam on Friday, October 31 have until Tuesday, October 21, 5:00 p.m. to elect to take the exam from 2:30 - 5:30, October 31. Make your election in writing to Dean Nowka, room 213. If you do not submit an election, you will be deemed to elect the 3:00 - 6:00 time for the exam.

Moving Forward, Living Backward, or Just Standing Still? Theatre Production, Friday, Oct. 24, 7:00 p.m., Allen Courtroom

Litigation and Transactional Skills Certificate Program

Current 2L and 3L students may apply for acceptance into the Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills or the Certificate of Accomplishment in Transactional Skills Programs. These programs allow students priority registration in designated litigation or transactional skills courses. Currently there are six placements available in the programs. Students are eligible to receive a Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation or Transactional Skills upon graduation if they satisfy the certificate requirements regardless whether they enroll in the certificate program. Contact Dean Nowka, room 213, for additional information or to apply. Application deadline is October 29, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

Professional Responsibility Exam Time Option

All students taking the Professional Responsibility course exam on Friday, October 31, have the option to take the exam from 2:30 - 5:30 or from 3:00 - 6:00. The length of the exam, three hours, will not change. You must make this election on or before October 21, 2014, 5:00 p.m. by notifying Dean Nowka, room 213, in writing of your choice. If you do not submit your choice to Dean Nowka by the designated time you will be deemed to elect the 3:00 - 6:00 time for the exam. Contact Dean Nowka if you have any questions.

Spring and Summer Course Schedules

Updated spring 2015 and summer 2015 course schedules, course notes and exam schedules are posted on the law school webpage.  Because these schedules are tentative and may be changed before registration opens, please check the webpage for the most recent schedule before registering for classes.

Elder Law spring 2015 course

A course in Elder Law will be offered in spring 2015. Elder Law is a practical course dealing with older folks in the field of elder care law in Kentucky. Understanding how to work with older people will be relevant in almost all areas of law. Some of the topics covered will be basic legal documents for older folks, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran's benefits, living arrangements, health care decision making, ethical issues, guardianship, probate, trusts, and understanding insurance and financial documents. Practical skills taught include how to interview clients and how to run a law practice. The instructors are Bernard Faller, founder of Kentucky ElderLaw, PLLC, and Misty Clark Vantrease and Kelly Gannott, current co-owners of the firm. All three were classmates in the Brandeis class of 2001.  For additional information or to obtain a syllabus, contact Bernard Faller at kyelderlaw@aol.com.