Academics News

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.

DECEMBER 2014 GRADUATES - DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR YOUR DEGREE

December 2014 Graduates

 Wednesday, September 17 is the last day to apply for your degree.  You will need to go to ULink Student Services to apply for your degree.  If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records.

Federal Tax Externship – 2015 Spring

The IRS will accept up to three tax externs for the 2015 spring semester.  The application deadline for fall 2014 has passed, but it is not too early to apply for 2015 spring.

Externs work in the local office of the IRS under the direct supervision of IRS attorneys and Professor Blackburn.  Externs do research and write memos, meet with IRS audit agents, with taxpayers and with taxpayer representatives such as legal counsel and CPAs.  Externs sometimes take the lead in meetings with pro se taxpayers.  Externs assist IRS trial attorneys with trial preparation and sometimes represent the IRS in U.S. Tax Court against pro se taxpayers.

To be eligible you must 1) be enrolled in school on at least a half-time basis, 2)  be enrolled in at least the second semester of your second year, have successfully completed a course in Federal taxation, and Professor Blackburn must recommend you.

If you would like more information, please contact Professor Blackburn (tblackburn@louisville.edu or 502-852-6384).  The required security clearance can take four to six weeks, so it is not too early to begin the process.

2015 Spring Service Learning Opportunity

Gearing up for Spring 2015 and planning your classes?  Consider this opportunity:

How about celebrating 2015 spring break with service work in Belize or celebrating post Derby with service work in Croatia?  Law is one of several participating disciplines.  The law team in Belize will be led by Dean Susan Duncan and will focus on restorative justice programs by working in schools and communities outside of Dangriga.  The law team in Croatia will be led by Professor Shelley Santry and will focus on domestic violence awareness and prevention by working in schools and communities outside of Zagreb.

Learn more about this opportunity at Uof L’s International Service Learning Program (ISLP) website http://louisville.edu/islp/.  The service is rewarding and the memories will last a lifetime!  Plus, you will earn three (3) hours of academic credit and build useful skills.

The class meets weekly (January through April) and orientations will be one evening each week (for Belize starting in January and continuing until just after spring break; for Croatia starting mid-semester and continuing until the end of the term).  Still undecided?  Come to an information session Monday, September 8, 12-1 in room LL75.

Each location is truly an amazing place and you will love the experience!!!

If you are interested, applications are due now (priority deadline is September 29th!!  You can apply on the ISLP website (http://louisville.edu/student/isl).

Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition Sign-up Deadline Today

Today is the last day to sign up for the Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition. You must submit your Agreement to Compete and Waiver to the Moot Court Board office by 4 p.m. today. Contact Sana Abhari for details at sana.abhari@gmail.com.