Academics News

Tax Moot Court Team Tryouts

A national tax moot court competition is held every spring at an exotic location in Florida.  Our law school has competed for more than 25 years and our teams are frequently successful.  We are “in it to win it,” to use a haggard phrase.

Our team will have two members, selected by our three Team coaches:  Professor Blackburn, and adjunct professor/alumni Mark Haun and Laurie McTighe.

The competition consists of a written brief, followed by oral arguments before a mock appellate court.  Real Tax Court judges and tax practitioners serve as the competition judges for both the brief writing and the appellate arguments.

You must have completed one tax course by the end of 2014-fall semester, and be willing to spend a February weekend in sunny Florida, when we still have snow on the ground in Louisville.  Tax focused students are encouraged to tryout, but this is a trial competition and students interested in being litigators have been successful in the past and are also encouraged to tryout.

Tryouts will begin as soon as we have students willing to try out.  Tryouts will end Friday October 10.  If you are interested, please contact Professor Blackburn (tblackburn@louisville.edu, 502-852-6384). 

Law & War—An International Humanitarian Law Workshop

The American Red Cross is pleased to invite you to attend Law & War: An International Humanitarian Law Workshop at Vanderbilt University Law School on November 8th and 9th.  This workshop is a two day intensive introduction to international humanitarian law (IHL) for law students, graduate students, and attorneys.  During this training, participants will receive instruction from leading humanitarian law practitioners and explore the law in practice through a series of case studies.  Participants will learn about the historical development of the law, conflict classification, restrictions on means and methods of warfare, protections for vulnerable persons during armed conflict, enforcement of IHL and much more.

The workshop and all course materials are provided to accepted students at no cost. Registration is currently open and applications must be submitted by Friday, October 17th.  Applications can be found at online at http://redcross.org/lawworkshop. This workshop is a fabulous opportunity for those interested in learning more about, or pursuing a career in international humanitarian law.

Interested students may contact Kimberly Huey for additional information at kimberly.huey@redcross.org.

Research Assistant Sought

Professor Nicholson is seeking a research assistant in the area of executive compensation, fiduciary obligations, and corporate culture.  If you are interested, send a letter of interest and resume to Professor Nicholson lisa.nicholson@louisville.edu.

Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition Champion

Congratulatons to Ben Shepard, the 2014 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition Champion, Aaron Riggs, the 2014 runner-up, and Emily Devuono and Daniel Reed, the 2014 semi-finalists. The judges were extremely impressed with the oral advocay skills of the competitors. Appellant, Ben Shepard, and Appellee, Aaron Riggs, advanced from the semi-final rounds to compete in the championship round. The judges commended them both for their performances.

Pirtle-Washer Advocacy Competition Preliminary Results

The Moot Court Board congratulates all competitors in the Pirtle-Washer Competition preliminary rounds. The judges were very impressed with the quality of the advocacy. The quarter-finalists were: Christine Shannon, Tyler Peavler, Ben Shepard, Daniel Reed, Emily Devouno, Aaron Riggs, Issac Fain,and Kevin Boswell. Moving on to the semi-final rounds are: Ben Shepard, Aaron Riggs, Daniel Reed and Emily Devouno. The semi-finals will take place on Friday, September 26, at 3:00 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom with the finals to follow later that day. Please join us to support the advocates.

Sana Abhari would like to thank the volunteer attorney judges, the scoring team, the 1L Witness Program volunteers, Dean Nowka, the entire Moot Court team, and her wonderful facilitators Megan Diffenderfer, Whitney Graham and Laura Tapp.

Networking Opportunity

In March, YPAL started the “Legal-Ease” lunch series, where we invited four local judges to talk with attendees about career/life advice.  On October 1, YPAL is having another Legal-Ease event.  This time, we’re featuring what are essentially the managing partners from the six largest firms in Louisville:

  • Robert Connolly - Stites & Harbison PLLC
  • John Crockett - Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Donald Kelly - Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP
  • Mark Oppenheimer - Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
  • Kendrick Riggs - Stoll Keenon Odgen PLLC
  • John Selent - Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

This would be an incredible opportunity for law students to get to know some of the most influential attorneys in the city.  Here’s the link for information/registration:  https://www.ypal.org/Events/Legal-Ease-Community-Business-Development.  Seating is very limited.

Oval Closed Tomorrow

As you may already be aware the University will be holding “The Spectacular Event” during the evening of the September 18th at 6:00 p.m. The rain date is on September 19th. Preparation for this event will begin on September 17th and will require traffic lane changes on the Oval. The Oval will be converted into 2-way traffic for both days. Parking & Transportation Services and University Police will have staff on-site to assist. Please keep in mind that on the 18th the Oval will be closed at 5:00 p.m for all traffic. The Oval will reopen at approximately 10:00 p.m.

2015-16 Zuckerman Fellowship

As you may know, the Zuckerman Fellowship at Harvard University supports students in the fields of medicine, law, and business in pursuing an additional public service degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), or Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).

The animating idea behind the fellowship is cross-pollination, and we are looking for a diverse array of individuals with great leadership potential, strong intellectual and academic achievement, and a commitment to public service across sectors.

The Zuckerman Fellowship provides full tuition and health insurance fees for one year, plus a living stipend of $16,000 and a comprehensive co-curricular program—administered through our Center for Public Leadership—which includes weekly dinners, speakers, retreats, and a multiday field visit to another city or region. Students who have received—or are now pursuing—an MBA, JD, MD, or DMD/DDS from accredited U.S. institutions and are now planning to begin a master’s degree program at HGSE, HSPH, or HKS are eligible to apply. Prospective candidates must also be citizens of the United States.
 
To apply for the 2015-2016 academic year, candidates will have to complete two steps:

First, apply to HKS, HSPH, or HGSE: application deadlines in early December.
Second, apply for the fellowship: application deadline in late February. 

To learn more about the Zuckerman Fellowship, click here.

If you—or anyone interested in applying—have any questions about the fellowship, please contact our assistant director for fellowship programs, Jennifer Firneno, at Jennifer_Firneno@harvard.edu or (617) 496-4764.
 

Negotiation Competition Participants Sought

Students who are interested in participating in the ABA Law Student Division 2014-15 Negotiation Competition are invited to submit their expression of interest and availability to BOTH Professor Tony Arnold and Professor Mary Jo Gleason (the co-coaches of the teams) at tony.arnold@louisville.edu and MaryJoGleason@kycourts.net.  It is very important that you send an email message to both Professors Arnold and Gleason.    Your message should include: a) why you are interested in the Negotiation Competition Team; b) any experience you have had with negotiations (including any past or current classes or other experience); c) your time availability for practices in the evenings and on weekends during September, October, and early November; d) your cell phone number and your email addresses.  You may attach a resume if you would like, but it's not necessary.  The deadline for expressions of interest is Noon on Thursday, September 18.  

We will take 2 teams to the regional, which will be either October 31 to November 2 (Friday to Sunday) or November 7 to November 10 (Friday to Monday).  The dates and location for our region have not been set yet.  Please note that the MPRE is November 7 and could possibly conflict with our competition; if you apply to be on the team, you are agreeing to be available then.  The selected participants must be available to travel during either time period (we won't know which one until we know to which region we will be assigned), be available for practices (2-3 hours each) at least twice per week from September 22 to November 7, and be ABA Law Student Division members in good standing no later than October 1.  If we receive more expression of interest than the 4 spots available on the teams, we will give preference to students with negotiation experience, as this competition develops and requires advanced negotiation skills.  If you have questions about what participation in the competition is like, you might want to contact 3L Jeff Hellman, who competed last year.  Thank you for your interest!

International Service Learning Program Fair

Learn about UofL's award-winning ISL Program and YOUR opportunity to serve the global community.

The ISLP offers you a chance to serve abraod and see the world while still completing your courses on schedule.  Visit the information fair to learn more:  September 16, 11-1, Red Barn.