U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has appointed Kentucky Chief Justice Joseph E. Lambert to the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States. The three-year appointment was effective Oct. 15, 2007. Lambert is one of six new members appointed to the 14-member committee. The membership includes state Supreme Court chief justices from Delaware, Kentucky, Montana and Pennsylvania; four U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges; four U.S. District Court judges; one U.S. bankruptcy judge; and one U.S. magistrate judge.
The Judicial Conference of the United States established the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction in 1987 to study proposed changes in federal jurisdiction and to serve as a liaison with the state courts. Topics previously considered by the committee include class action/mass torts, patients' rights, immigration reform, asbestos litigation, private property rights, diversity jurisdiction and habeas corpus procedures. The committee usually meets in January and June of each year to consider pending business and to make recommendations to the Judicial Conference when appropriate.
"I am honored to be appointed by Chief Justice Roberts to this important committee," said Chief Justice Lambert. "Federal and state courts exist to serve the citizens of this nation and their work often overlaps. This committee endeavors to assure that judicial resources are used efficiently and to recognize the distinct role of state and federal courts."
Chief Justice Lambert was elected to the Supreme Court in 1986. In 1998, he became Kentucky's fourth chief justice by a vote of his fellow justices. He has since been elected to two additional four-year terms as chief justice.
The Diversity Committee at the Brandeis School of Law presents:
Tuesday, November 13
Cox Lounge (2d floor, law school)
Mimi Liu, Attorney, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Washington, D.C.
Fran Ellers, Louisville Writer and Editor
Dona Wells, Interim Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky
Moderator: Randy Strobo, Diversity Committee
Please join us as we hear from three experts on the topic of reproductive freedom: a Planned Parenthood attorney; the author of an upcoming book on the history of reproductive freedom in Kentucky; and, a local activist who is now serving as Interim Executive Director of the ACLU of Kentucky. A question-and-answer session will follow the speakers' presentations.
Co-sponsored by: The Women's Law Caucus, Women's & Gender Studies (U of L College of Arts & Sciences), Planned Parenthood of Louisville, and The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky.
This program is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact Robin Harris at 852-6083 email@example.com.
The recently passed "College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007," while a work in progress with many details to be finalized, is very well explained by the Fordham Law Financial Aid Office. With their permission, we have placed a hot link to that site at Student Life (in the column on the right hand side of our home page.) Then click on Financing Your Education.
We also have some hard copies of the soon-to-be-published Law Review article that is mentioned at the end of the explanation. Stop by Dean Torbeck's office if you would like one.
We are pleased to announce that the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law has joined the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). The first issue of our Legal Studies Research Papers Series is now available and features publications from six of our esteemed faculty members.
On October 3rd, I attended the U.S. E.P.A. Conference on Sustainable Redevelopment in the Ohio Valley. The conference was held at the Brown Hotel from October 1-3 and featured various speakers, many from Louisville, who discussed the benefits and challenges of using sustainable redevelopment to promote public health, environmental protection, and successful communities.The part of the conference I attended addressed the barriers to promoting sustainable development in communities. Professor Tony Arnold identified several barriers to sustainable redevelopment in his presentation, including politics, psychology, and injustice, and addressed strategies to overcome these. Additionally, Professor Peter Meyer of the University of Louisville discussed economic barriers to implementing sustainable development practices. He noted several indirect economic benefits of sustainable development practices such as better public health from an improvement in air quality and decreased energy costs associated with energy efficiency. He also noted that governments spend money on infrastructure to build sprawling communities, while this expense is not necessary when redeveloping areas that already contain infrastructure. Overall, the conference provided knowledge and tools that people and communities can employ to encourage sustainable development and protect the environment and the health of communities.
The UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment invites application for its 2008-09 Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Designed to support a new generation of young scholars (defined as those who received their JD or PhD between 1-1-04 and 6-30-08) to pursue research on labor and employment in an interdisciplinary setting.
Application deadline is January 11, 2008. More information and the application forms are available at www.irle.ucla.edu. Two people will be selected.
The annual stipend is $52,000 + $3000 for research expenses. Other expectations: teaching a one-quarter undergraduate course plus participating in the IRLE colloquia and other public programs during the fellowship year.
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The Louisville Bar Foundation has provided a grant of $22,600 for a new University of Louisville Law Clinic.The grant will pay for the purchase and installation of computers and peripheral equipment for the Law Clinic.
Louisville Law Dean Jim Chen says of the clinic, "The Law Clinic is unmatched in its ability to unite three of the Law School's greatest interests: providing the best possible training to its students, delivering research and scholarship with real-world impact, and serving the community that sustains us."
"We are grateful for the generosity of the Louisville Bar Foundation and others who have donated to this program," he added.
The University of Louisville Law Clinic is a program designed to help students develop essential lawyering skills and to partner with other units and civic organizations to address some of the unmet legal needs of the metropolitan community. It is anticipated that students will be able to enroll in either a transactional clinic or an advocacy clinic. The transactional clinic will be a community development law clinic, assisting low income individuals, entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profit organizations. The advocacy clinic will provide civil legal representation to underrepresented communities. The clinic is scheduled to begin in fall 2008.
Several items deserve your consideration:
1. Full-time Associate position for Dec 2007 or May 2008 graduates. McMurry & Livingston, a Paducah law firm, has requested that we collect application material from interested soon-to-be graduates. Give us your resume, a copy of your law school transcript & a writing sample by the deadline of Friday, November 16th. Indicate your intention to apply by signing the sheet in the Career Services library. To learn about this firm, go to their website: <www.lawyersforyourlife.com.>
2. Two writing competitions:
A. Global Warming. How Litigation Can Make a Difference. $5000+ prize. "Intent-to-enter" deadline: January 31, 2008. See the poster in the Career Services library for more information or go to <www.publicjustice.net>
B. The Genocide Convention at Sixty. $1500+ prize. Submission deadline: January 20, 2008. Run by Chapman University School of Law students. See the poster in the Career Services library for more information.
3. Fall 2007 University-wide Career Fair. Tuesday, October 30th from 11:00 to 3:00 in the SAC Multi-purpose room. More info? See the poster in the bulletin board next to #182's door.
4. Teach for America. TFA is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach in urban and rural public schools for two years. Info session at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 1st in the SAC W303A. Free food.