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Reduced Library Hours During Summer Break

The law library is open from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday, May 9 - Friday, May 13. It will be closed Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. The library will return to its normal schedule on Monday, May 16.

 

Limited Access on Saturday, April 30

Access to Belknap Campus will be limited until 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 30, because of street closures for the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and Mini-Marathon.

Major road closures include:

  •     Third and Fourth streets
  •     Central Avenue between Fourth and Floyd streets
  •     Southern Parkway
  •     Floyd Street between Central and Eastern Parkway
  •     Hahn Street between Floyd and Eastern Parkway
  •     Eastern Parkway between Crittenden Drive and Third

Anyone coming to campus that day should arrive from the east. Access to campus will be via Warnock Street, which should be reached via Eastern Parkway, Crittenden Drive or I-65. (See map)

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Extended Library Hours During Exam Period

The law library is offering extended hours during the final exam period April 21-May 6.

Thursday, April 217:00 AM - Midnight
Friday, April 227:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 238:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, April 24Noon - Midnight
Monday, April 25 – Thursday, April 287:00 AM - Midnight
Friday, April 297:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday, April 308:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, May 1Noon - Midnight
Monday, May 2 – Thursday, May 57:00 AM - Midnight
Friday, May 67:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 

DART Organizers Institute

The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center is currently accepting applications from alums and graduating U of L students interested in social and economic justice issues for the DART Organizers Institute, a paid four month training program and career placement.

The DART Center has built non-partisan community organizations throughout the country that have won important improvements on a broad set of issues affecting low-moderate income people including:

  • Education reform in low-performing public schools
  • Job Training
  • Drugs and Violence
  • Affordable Housing
  • Criminal Recidivism
  • Neighborhood Revitalization, etc.

The DART Organizers Institute starts July 10, 2011 and combines a 7-day classroom with 15-week field training. Organizer Trainees will learn such things as:

  • Entering a community
  • Identifying and training local leaders
  • Strategic planning and issue cutting
  • Relationship and community building
  • Direct Action on community issues
  • Fundraising

This is a paid training program designed to place successful graduates into permanent salaried positions making up to $35,000/year in starting salaries, plus benefits. Graduates from the DART Organizers Institute have gone on to build powerful community organizations throughout the country. We continue to train the best of those working to build the power of low-moderate income neighborhoods to win victories on important issues in their community.

To apply, send an updated resume and completed application to: Hannah Wittmer before midnight on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.  To find out more about the DART Center or to download the application, visit our website.

Paid Fellowships with the Law School

Last year, in a partnership with the Legal Aid Society and the Center for Women and Families, the Law Clinic received a grant from the US Department of Justice to represent domestic violence victims in custody cases.  As part of the grant, law students receive paid fellowships to do the work in court under the supervision of an attorney. 

Students who have completed a 4-credit course in the Law Clinic have said that gaining experience in the courtroom was the most valuable part of their law school career.  Rather than receiving course credit, students who participate in this fellowship work in the Clinic on a part-time basis and are paid.

Want to learn more?

Professor Shelley Santry and Attorney Bethanni Forbush-Moss will hold an information session on the CASE fellowship with the Brandeis School of Law.  This paid fellowship will run from May 2011 to May 2012 and involves representing domestic violence victims in custody cases in Jefferson Family Court.  All law students who have completed 60 hours are eligible to apply.  A limited license to practice law is required, and the forms are available in the Associate Dean's office. 

Your experience practicing law and representing clients in court will set you far apart from your classmates no matter what type of law you want to practice when you graduate.  Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

Come hear all about it tomorrow, April 19, in room 171 at noon.

Barbara Thompson, an Unsung Shero

On April 12, Barbara Thompson, Director of Student Records, was presented with an Unsung Shero Award at the 2011 Women of Color Transformation Tea.

The Women of Color Transformation Tea began in 1997 and is an open forum for the diverse spectrum of women of color and friends on UofL campuses.  The Tea affords women an opportunity to empower one another by sharing concerns, problems and positive suggestions.

Ms. Thompson was nominated by Kathy Bean, Robin Harris and Laura Rothstein. To be eligible, the nominee must be a woman of color who is presently a university employee and who has made a significant impact in the lives of women either in the Metro Louisville community or on the University campus.

Honors & Awards Ceremony Photo Gallery

Wechsler Moot Court Team Advances to Semi-Finals

Congratulations to Jared Sawyer (3L) and Jennifer Siewertsen (2L) on advancing to the semi-Finals in the 2011 Herbert Wechsler Criminal Law Competition in Buffalo, NY this past weekend! Jared and Jennifer, coached by local attorneys Dave Harshaw and Ted Shouse, '99, were one of only 8 teams out of the 26 competing to advance to the quarter-finals. The team defeated Valparaiso University School of Law to move onto the Final Four but lost to the eventual Champion. The team was praised for their professionalism, organization and speaking style. Congratulations Jared and Jennifer!

Central High School Moot Court Team Wins National Competition

Joshua Puckett, a senior in the Law and Government Magnet at Central High School, won the National Championship at the Marshall-Brennan National Moot Court Competition held in Philadelphia April 2-3.  His teammate and classmate, Mashayla Hays, was the runner-up.  This the first time in the history of the tournament that one school had two of the four finalists, much less finishing as the two most outstanding speakers in the entire competition.

The Central team was made up four outstanding seniors, all of whom made it to the tournament’s semi-final round.  Besides Joshua and Mashayla, the other two semi-finalists representing Central were Hau Duc Le and Chania Coleman.  The team was coached by Professor Sam Marcosson of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, and two law school students, Cennet Kocakulah Braun and Lena Nash Seward.  They work with the students as one component of the School of Law’s partnership with Central’s Law and Government Magnet, and as part of the broader national Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.  The Moot Court Competition brings together students from various Marshall-Brennan programs sponsored by law schools around the country, giving high school students the opportunity to put into practice the lessons about the constitutional rights they have learned throughout the year, and argue an actual case involving students’ rights under the First Amendment.

"Joshua and Mashayla were tremendous. The judges couldn’t have been more impressed with their knowledge of the cases and the law, or with their poise in answering questions," Professor Marcosson said about their final round performance.  "The coaches from other schools were just as complimentary."


The team was supported by the tireless commitment of the teacher of the Law and Government Magnet program at Central, Joe Gutmann, and Professor Laura Rothstein, who co-ordinates the law school’s partnership with the Magnet, and by  Central’s principal, Dr. Dan Withers. In addition, they got vital help from a number of volunteer attorneys who participated in practice rounds, and made generous donations to help finance the trip to Philadelphia. Several members of the Women Lawyers Association also contributed to the trip costs.   Emily Zahn, '08, of Dinsmore & Shohl, in particular, not only contributed herself but also coordinated significant fundraising efforts at her law firm.  

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