Alumni News

Wagner Moot Court Competition

Drew Haile and Luke Vance competed in the Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court competition last week.  They had little time to prepare several arguments that they had not expected to make.  Despite that set-back, their performance rapidly improved over three rounds.  By the final round, they performed quite well, receiving the following feedback from the justices.  Chief Justice Cerruti stated that they “did very well” with a “challenging argument” where every fact presents a “slippery slope.”  He complimented Luke’s deferential attitude and good eye contact.  He stated that Drew was “forceful, confident, and responsive to questions.”  Justice Cunningham agreed that both Drew and Luke had a “good tone” and complimented the way Luke scanned the bench when speaking, stating that “everyone should do that.”  Justice Eskter stated that Drew “addressed hypotheticals very effectively” demonstrating that he was able to “remove” himself from the “facts of the case.”  In sum, Justice Eskter concluded that Drew and Luke, as well as their opponents, were “all four more than qualified.”

Sad News

The Law School is very saddened to report that Andrew Franklin Young, a third-year student, died March 19, 2009. The entire Law School community extends its deepest sympathies to Mr. Young's family.

Visitation for Mr. Young took place Sunday, March 22, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Morgan's Funeral Home, 301 West Washington Street, Princeton, KY 42445, 270-365-5595. The funeral will take place Monday, March 23, at 1 p.m. CDT at Morgan's Funeral Home.

The Law School will observe a minute of silence at noon on Monday in memory of Mr. Young.

Call for Papers

Second Annual Conference on Innovation and Communication Law
Louisville, KY USA
August 21 and 22, 2009

The University of Louisville will host the second annual Conference on Innovation and Communication Law on August 21 and 22, 2009.  The Conference, a follow-up to the 2008 conference held in Turku, Finland, is a cooperative effort of the University of Louisville School of Law, University of Turku Faculty of Law, Drake University Law School, Michigan State University College of Law, and the IPR Center in Helsinki, Finland.  The conference sponsors seek proposals for presentations from those in academics, government, and industry.

This year's conference will focus mainly on the role intellectual property and communications law play in the dissemination of information.  As a result, discussion will focus less on the creation of rights, and more on how the legal system helps (or hinders) the development of knowledge.  For example, we anticipate one or more sessions dealing with licensing and franchising issues.  Other possible topics might include the role of intellectual property registration, the law governing trade secrets and confidential information, remedy issues, and the special case of university inventions and works.  Because many of the participants will come from countries other than the United States, proposals with an international or comparative law perspective are especially encouraged.

Anyone interested in presenting at the conference should submit a written abstract of the topic (not to exceed two letter size or A4 pages) via e-mail to one of the following:


To be ensured of full consideration, proposals should be submitted no later than May 2, 2009.

The University of Louisville Law Review will produce a symposium issue of papers submitted at the conference. Presenters are encouraged to prepare articles setting out, or expanding upon, the subject of their presentations. The final draft of the paper would be due a few weeks after the conference.

Details concerning accommodation, registration, travel, and the like will be available shortly on the conference website.

Spring 2009 CLE Programs

Three more exciting CLE programs are being offered this spring.

Online registration is now available for each.

Recent graduates and law school students are invited and strongly encouraged to attend the program on April 10. Current students may attend the program portion free of charge. Lunch will be available for a small fee. 

Program Date and time Location CLE hours Cost Brochure Online registration
Should Lawyers Use Independent Contractors to Handle Client Affairs? April 10
11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m.
Masterson's, 1830 South Third Street 2 hours (1 ethics hour) $50 for CLE credit; $15 for lunch. pdf Register
12th Annual Estate Planning Institute April 24
8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
University Club, University of Louisville 7 hours (2 ethics hours) $225 pdf Register
26th Annual Carl A. Warns, Jr., Labor and Employment Law Institute June 18-19
7:45 a.m.-4 p.m.
Louisville Marriott Downtown Hotel, 280 West Jefferson Street 13.25 hours (2 ethics hours) $395. 10% discount for multiple registrations and early registration by May 1. pdf Register

Immigration Law Moot Court Team Competes

Congratulations to Ted Farrell and Rachel Carmona for participating in the Immigration Law Coot Court Competition at NYU Law School over the weekend.  They were among the top six teams after the preliminary round and they competed in the quarter final round of the competition.

Photo Gallery: University of Louisville Law Review Symposium

University of Louisville Law Review Symposium: First Amendment Issues in Emerging Technology - February 20, 2009

 

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Christopher McDavid
Dean James Chen
Dean David F. Partlett
Christopher McDavid kicks off the symposium.
Dean James Chen delivers the opening address.
Keynote speaker, Emory law school Dean David F. Partlett
David Partlett
Panelists
Session 1: Advances in Speech Technology and the Implications for Society
Session 2: Regulating Potentially Harmful Speech
Kurt Metzmeier
Ellen Podgor
Ilya Shapiro
Moderator Kurt Metzmeier
Professor Ellen Podgor
Cato Institute Fellow Ilya Shapiro
Susan Duncan
Udo Fink
Arnold Loewy
Moderator Susan Duncan
Professor Udo Fink
Professor Arnold Loewy
Panelists
Panelists
Session 3: Regulating "Hate Speech" & Holocaust Denial
Session 4: The Shifting Nature of Speech Technology
Blake Morant
Paul Secunda
Dean Blake Morant
Professor Paul Secunda
Eric Segall
James Chen
Professor Eric Segall
Dean James Chen
Conference Attendees
Conference Registrants
Conference Attendees
Members of UofL's Law Review

Law Review Symposium

The 2d Annual University of Louisville Law Review Symposium will be held at the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, February 20, 2009. 

This year's topic is "First Amendment Issues in Emerging Technology" and will feature key note speaker, Dean David Partlett from Emory University School of Law. 

Other guests include: Dean Blake Morant--Wake Forest University School of Law, Prof. Paul Secunda--Marquette University School of Law, Eric Segall--Georgia State University College of Law, Dean James M. Chen--University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Prof. Deborah Lipstadt--Emory University, Dr. Prof. Udo Fink--Johannes Gutenburg University (Mainz, Germany), Prof. Arnold Loewy--Texas Tech University School of Law, Prof. Russell L. Weaver--University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Prof. Ellen Podgor--Stetson University School of Law, and Ilya Shapiro--Cato Institute.

Topics covered will include:
      "Advances in Speech Technology and the Implications for Society"
      "The Shifting Nature of Speech Technology"
      "Regulating 'Hate Speech' & Holocaust Denial"
      "Regulating Other Potentially Harmful Speech"

General Admission (includes lunch) is $25. Admission with 6 hours CLE credit is $125.

The registration table will open at 8:00am for materials pick-up and check-in.  Attendees may also register online at: http://www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/ULS/eventcal/eventcal.cgi

For more information, please contact Christopher McDavid at ctmcda01@louisville.edu or Heather Stone at hlston01@louisville.edu.

Photo Gallery

Winterscape

Law Library Exterior
This beautiful photo of the back side of the law library was taken by Professor Judith Fischer
during the winter storm of January 2009. Jouett Hall appears in the reflection.

Bad Weather Schedule

The Law School follows the University's lead in all weather-related cancellations and delays.

1) We will cancel classes up to a certain time and begin with our full class schedule at that point.  For instance, if we delay opening until 10 a.m., all classes that begin before 10 a.m. will be cancelled.  Classes meeting at 10 a.m. and later will meet at their regular times and will include the full instruction period..

2) For purposes of this policy, evening classes will be defined as any classes beginning at or after 4:30 p.m.

3) Please note that the University will provide official school closing information in the following ways: A notice at the top of the University home page, www.louisville.edu; e-mails sent to all students and employees on their Groupwise accounts; a recorded message at 852-5555; or, for those who have signed up, a text message will be sent to your cell phone.

These are the only venues through which we can guarantee accurate information.  Please remember, whether or not the University is open, it is up to you to decide if it is safe for you to make the journey.

Nominate your favorite faculty member

The Board of Trustees established the Trustees Award in 1989 to recognize faculty who have had an extraordinary impact on students.  The Board encourages the University community to nominate faculty who have demonstrated this trait.  All faculty (with the exception of previous winners) are eligible to receive this award.  The Chair of this Committee has asked that we write and encourage you to nominate a faculty member for this prestigious award. Additional information, including the nomination form, is located at http://louisville.edu/president/trustees/TrusteeAward.doc.   Deadline for submission of materials isJanuary 31, 2009.  Thank you for your consideration in making a nomination!