Academics News

Attention Students: Externship Information Panel

Please join the externship supervisors from Legal Aid, the Public Defender's Office and the County Attorney's office to learn about externship opportunities on  Thursday, April 10th from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in Room 060.

Student Registration

All materials needed for summer and fall 2008 registration are now available on the table outside the Registrar's office, room 206. You should obtain all necessary signatures and turn all forms in by Monday, April 7. See Dean Sealing if you have any questions.

Full instructions are available for download below.

University of Louisville Law Review Publication Decisions for 2008-09

The Law Review editorial body has reviewed a host of submissions for its upcoming edition. The final decisions have been made. Congratulations to the following people for being selected for publication in the Vol. 47 of the University of Louisville Law Review.

  • Julia Riehm McGuffey,  Best Note
  • A. Nicholas Nasier,  Honorable Mention
  • Megan K. Reese,  Honorable Mention
  • Matt Lynch
  • Christopher Thomas McDavid
  • Stephen J. Mattingly
  • Matthew Piekarski
  • Caroline Lynch Pieroni
  • Megan D. Randolph
  • Megan L. Renwick
  • Dustin Thacker
  • Maya R. Warrier
  • Jennifer Kristen Weinhold
  • Andrew Young

National Association of Women Lawyers Writing Competition

The National Association of Women Lawyers is sponsoring a writing competition. The winner will receive $500 and be printed in the Women Lawyers Journal.  The essay may not exceed 15 pages and must be on an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law. 

The deadline is April 30. Contact Dean Sealing for additional information.

Kentucky Court of Appeals Q&A--Lunch Available

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.

1L Advising Sessions With Dean Sealing

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

Fall 2008 Course Schedule

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.

 

 

SBF Donates $5,000 to Law Clinic

SBF DonationOn 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.

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

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 asalonc@staff.abanet.org.

NAELA Seeks Student Papers

Any student who is working on a paper or law review article on the intersection of law and aging, elder or disability planning should consider submitting it to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  NAELA will select eight student articles from around the country to publish in the fall 2008 NAELA Student Journal.  The author of the best paper will be given a $1,500 cash prize and will be honored at the fall NAELA Institute (with $1,000 travel stipend).  Second and third place will receive $1,000 and $500.  Deadline: May 1.  See Dean Sealing if you are interested.