The Kentucky Court of Appeals is holding oral arguments in the Allen Courtroom on on March 19, 2008, at 9:30, 10:15 and 11:00 a.m. Students are invited to attend the sessions.
Following oral arguments on March 19, the judges will hold a question and answer session open to law students. Lunch will be provided and students are encouraged to attend.
Q: What’s more important than filling out your NCAA bracket correctly?
A: Filling out your fall 2008 class schedule correctly!
Dean Sealing will hold not one, not two, but three sessions with all the important information you need to know to register for fall 2008 classes, including: vital pre-registration paperwork; how to meet graduation requirements; classes outside the law school; avoiding wait-list pitfalls and much more. There will also be time for Q&A. While not mandatory, attendance at one of these sessions is highly recommended. Please note: due to a variety of conflicting events, one day and two evening sessions have been scheduled. The content will be identical, so par-time and full-time students can attend either session. Feel free to brown-bag it.
- Tuesday, March 18: noon in room 080
- Tuesday, March 18: 5:00 p.m. in room 075
- Wednesday, March 19: 5:00 p.m. in room 175
Copies of the Fall 2008 course schedule are available for download from this page in PDF format. Please report any errors or other issues to the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Due to University rules governing registration times, we anticipate that pre-registration for Summer and Fall 2008 courses will begin on or about April 10. More detailed registration information will be forthcoming soon. A draft Spring 2009 course schedule will be made available to students in advance of registration for Fall courses for planning purposes.
On March 6, 2008, the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law received $5,000 from the Student Bar Foundation for the school's new law clinic. This contribution will support the initial start-up of the clinic, scheduled for late 2008.
Emily Zahn, president of the Student Bar Foundation, explains the foundation's decision to support the clinic: "The new Law Clinic embodies The Student Bar Foundation's mission to deliver legal services to the indigent, support legal education, and improve the legal profession by providing citizen access to the justice system. We hope by supporting the clinic, we offer more opportunities for law students to be involved in public service in an ongoing and significant way."
The Law Clinic epitomizes the University of Louisville's commitment to preparing its graduates for instant and lasting impact in the workplace and the community at large. Dean Jim Chen remarks, "There simply is no better way to learn the law than handling real cases and representing real clients."
Stallings Professor of Law Lars S. Smith (pictured left) will act as director of the University of Louisville's law clinic during the 2008-09 school year. "Lars brings talent, experience, and vision to the University of Louisville Law Clinic. Throughout his academic career, he has maintained solid footing in the world of law practice. His experience in business and intellectual property law makes him uniquely well suited to supervise clinical operations that advance community development and assist lower-income individuals, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations," explains Dean Chen.
In addition to this generous student donation, the clinic has received grants from Kentucky Iolta and the Louisville Bar Foundation.
The ABA Section of Family Law is pleased to present its Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest. This contest is held annually to encourage interest in the field of family law. Not only does the contest encourage innovative thought in family law, but it also provides an opportunity for recognition and publication in the scholarly journal Family Law Quarterly.
Applicants may submit an essay on any aspect of Family Law and entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest. However, if the law in one state reflects a significant development or trend, that too could be an appropriate subject for an entry. With the vast scope of family law, the possibilities are endless.
The breadth of originality and analysis of past winners is a great testament to the quality of our nation's law schools and educators. Past topics of winning essays include transsexuals and the legal determination of sex, same-sex marriages, federal responsibility for indigent elderly, interpretation of Islamic marriage contracts, the Indian Child Welfare Act, polygamy and marital counseling laws. We look forward to an outstanding pool of entries this year as we continue to marvel at the outstanding thought produced by future attorneys.
Additional information about the Schwab Memorial Essay Contest can be found at www.abanet.org/family/lawstudents/schwab.shtml. I hope you will share this with interested faculty and encourage students to participate. The deadline for entries is May 15, 2008.
If you have any questions regarding the essay contest, please contact Carrie Asalon of the Section of Family Law at 312-988-5145 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes are canceled and offices are closed for February 21 beginning at 10 a.m. due to an approaching ice storm. See www.louisville.edu for details.
This award is presented to the law student who demonstrates the highest degree of excellence and achievement in legal writing. Any written work, whether brief, article or memorandum, prepared during the preceding academic year shall be eligible for consideration. The award consists of a certificate, a cash award in the amount of $300, and recognition at the Awards program.
Please provide legal writing submission to Rita Siegwald in Room 204 by Tuesday, March 18.
The purpose of the Brandeis Writing Award is to promote Justice Brandeis' use of inter-disciplinary materials by recognizing high quality interdisciplinary writing among students at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.
The $100 award will be announced at the Senior Awards program, Friday, May 9, and be awarded to the senior who has produced the best interdisciplinary writing. This includes, but is not limited to, papers, law review articles (including notes and comments), briefs, and papers written specifically for this competition. No more than one prize shall be given each year. If it is necessary to give more than one award, because of collaboration or a tie, the prize shall be divided equally between or among the winners. If no work is worthy of the award, then no award shall be given.
Nomination is permitted by students, faculty, and others.
The deadline for submission of work is Tuesday, March 18. Please submit it to Rita Siegwald in Room 204.