Congratulations to Algeria Ford, winner of the 2008 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition!
Appellant, Jason Schwalm, and Appellee, Algeria Ford, advanced from the first semifinal rounds to compete in the final round. The judges commended them both for an excellent performance.
|Jason Schwalm and Samuel Lee||Jarrad Roby and Algeria Ford|
|Final Round of Arguments|
Over 200 people turned out for Lawlapalooza, the Louisville law community's 4th annual battle of the bands, at Phoenix Hill Tavern on October 2, 2008. More than $6400 was raised for the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which provides summer fellowships for Louisville law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Ewing Fellows, Marque Carey (2007 recipient) and Jacqueline Hersh (2008 recipient) were both present to show their support.
WFPK's Laura Shine opened the ceremonies and by the end of the night The Frank Galvin Experience was crowned as the crowd favorite. Its members include attorneys from Seiller Waterman PLLC and Bahe Cook Cantley & Jones PLLC law firms. Highlights also included a tribute to the best of the 80's by Jim Becker and Professors Lars Smith & Tim Hall of Elvis Cardozo and the Attractive Nuisances, along with rock n' roll classics performed by second-year law students Forrest Kuhn and Andrew Henson of Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
Jim Becker was quoted in the October 2008 edition of The National Jurist, "Even if we're all competitors, we still root for each other, too. Louisville's a big small town, and we haven't yet lost the sense of being neighbors, especially in the legal community, and especially among the even smaller subculture of people who are both attorneys and musicians." Tim Hall commented in "Guitars & Gavels" (The Louisville Cardinal, October 7, 2008), "We didn't win, but we had a lot of fun. It's always good to be outspent because you know you're raising more money." Andrew Henson added, "It is a networking opportunity too."
A jubilent crowd of judges, attorneys, students, and friends of the local legal community appeared to have a good time dancing, singing along to their favorite tunes, and even igniting their lighters as a show of support. For a recap of the night's events, watch the videos and visit the Lawlapalooza 2008 image gallery.
While the law school makes no endorsements, we'd like to thank each of the following candidates for having taken time out of their busy schedules to attend.
Pictured from left to right are the candidates and the position that they are seeking:
- Theodore S. "Ted" Shouse - Jefferson District Court, Division 8
- John J. VanderToll - Jefferson District Court, Division 2
- W. Douglas Kemper - Jefferson Circuit Court, Division 4
- Lisabeth Hughes Abramson - Kentucky Supreme Court
- David P. Bowles - Jefferson District Court, Division 8
- David Holton - Jefferson District Court, Division 16
Also pictured: Sabine Kudmani (3L), SBA member
You are invited to attend a lecture by The University of Kansas School of Law professor Andrew Torrance. Professor Torrance will be presenting his paper entitled "Patents and Regress in the Useful Arts" on Thursday, October 9, at 12:00 p.m. in the Cox Lounge. Lunch will be provided.
Professor Torrance developed a computer "patent game" that tests the effectiveness of the patent system on innovation, and his paper addresses the results. In addition to presenting his paper, Professor Torrance will demonstrate the patent game and allow audience members to play the game.
Professor Torrance is a graduate of Harvard Law School with a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University and a B.S. from Queen's University. Upon graduating from Harvard, Professor Torrance practiced biotechnology patent law at Fish and Richardson LLC, the world's largest intellectual property law firm. Before accepting a position at Kansas, he served as inhouse Patent Counsel at Inverness Medical Innovations, a biotechnology company headquartered in Boston, and he also taught "Biodiversity: Science, Policy, and Law" at Harvard. He conducts research in intellectual property, patent law, biotechnology, bioethics, environmental law, biodiversity, and conservation, and has presented his research worldwide. His research has also appeared in multiple journals including the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, the Kansas Law Review, and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. The paper that he will be presenting this week has been accepted for publication by the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review.
A wine and cheese reception will be held at Waterfront Park Place on Thursday evening in honor of Professor Torrance. Please contact Mari-Elise Gates at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.
Thanks to all who attended and/or contributed to making Lawlapalooza 2008 a great success. We don't have dollar totals computed yet, but last night's event may have set a new record. The winning bands were The Frank Galvin Experience (first place), 100% Legal (second place), and the law school's own Elvis Cardozo and the Attractive Nuisances (third place).
Many thanks, also, to all the students who attended. We had a great turnout. As an aside, if you're looking for a cheap, humorous Halloween costume idea, Dean Becker has a gently used pair of parachute pants for sale.
Lawlapalooza 2008, the Louisville law community's 4th annual battle of the bands, is tonight at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the first band begins at 6:30.
The Faculty Resource Center, in room 272, still has plenty of student tickets available -- just five bucks each, limit of two per student -- but they will only be available there until 12 noon today. After that, students must purchase tickets at the door (same price, same limit) and present a valid student ID card. General admission tickets are $25 at the door.
Lawlapalooza benefits the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which provides summer fellowships for Louisville Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestive violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.
Come on out for fun, fellowship and great music -- and have a laugh at Professor Smith and Deans Hall and Becker.
The Law School takes great pride in contributing to the University of Louisville's annual commemoration of Constitution Day. This year's program consists of two videos presenting the views of Law School faculty on recent Supreme Court decisions. Those videos will be posted on this site on or before September 17, 2008. They will also play on monitors at the Law School on September 17.
The law school is pleased to announce that adjunct law professor, Tom FitzGerald, has received the prestigious 14th annual Heinz Award for the Environment, a national honor that includes a $250,000 prize.
Mr. FitzGerald who has been hailed as Kentucky's environmental watchdog, has taught energy and environmental law at the law school since 1986 and has served as Director of the Kentucky Resources Council since 1984. He has also mentored many students interested in pursuing careers in public service, including Liz Edmondson, '07. "Fitz embodies the law school's vision of public service and has worked tirelessly as the state's premier environmental advocate over the past 25 years."
The Awards were established by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor the memory of her late husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz. They celebrate the accomplishments and spirit of the Senator by recognizing the extraordinary achievements of individuals in the areas of greatest importance to him, including: Arts and Humanities, the Environment, the Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment.
Heinz Award to Louisville activist (Courier-Journal.com, 09/09/08)
Tom FitzGerald wins the Heinz Award in the Environment (Cardinal Lawyer)