Alumni News

More Moot Court Success!

Congratulations to Ashley Duncan and Brittany Drucker who received Best Brief for Appellant at the 2008 National Animal Advocacy Competitions, held at Harvard on February 15-17, 2008. Duncan and Drucker's brief made a facial challenge to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and an as-applied challenge, arguing that defendant's actions were protected by the first amendment and not within the scope of the Act.

Professor Jennifer Hall acted as the team's advisor.

For more information about the competition, please visit the National Center for Animal Law's website.

To read the winning brief, please click here.

Brandeis Writing Award

The purpose of the Brandeis Writing Award is to promote Justice Brandeis' use of inter-disciplinary materials by recognizing high quality interdisciplinary writing among students at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

The $100 award will be announced at the Senior Awards program, Friday, May 9, and be awarded to the senior who has produced the best interdisciplinary writing. This includes, but is not limited to, papers, law review articles (including notes and comments), briefs, and papers written specifically for this competition. No more than one prize shall be given each year. If it is necessary to give more than one award, because of collaboration or a tie, the prize shall be divided equally between or among the winners. If no work is worthy of the award, then no award shall be given.

Nomination is permitted by students, faculty, and others.

The deadline for submission of work is Tuesday, March 18. Please submit it to Rita Siegwald in Room 204.

Louisville Law Negotiation Team Wins the Nationals Competition!

Congratulations to our Negotiations Team, which won the national competition held February 8-9 in Los Angeles, Calif. The team has been invited to attend the international competition in London, England, in July as the United States representative. This is the negotiation team's best result in school history.

The ABA Law Student Division's Negotiation Team Competition is designed to promote greater interest among law students in legal negotiation and provides a means for them to practice and improve their negotiating skills. The competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems.

The students who represented the law school at this competition are Scott Powell and David Scott, both 3Ls. Michelle Grant Rudovich and Mary Jo Gleason are the co-coaches.

David Scott (left) Scott Powell (right

Alternative Uses Session #1 -- Humana -- Tuesday, February 19th at noon in room #175

Want to work somewhere other than a law firm?  Plan to attend this pizza lunch and hear from five of our Louisville Law alums who work at Humana, drafting and negotiating all of the agreement contracts that relate to Information Technology as well as the exhibits, schedules, statements of work and amendments related to those agreements.  (The pizza, provided by Humana, will hopefully be served at 11:45.)

Want to work in Atlanta or elsewhere in the Southeast?

The Spring Southeast Legal Hiring Conference, being held IN Atlanta on Friday, March 28, may have just the job for you.  The list of employers who will be interviewing, for both summer and full-time positions, plus a description of who they are seeking (year in law school, etc) is available in the Career Services Office.  Pick up your packet now.  The APPLICATION DEADLINE for submission of your resumes in order to be considered for interviews is NOON ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18th.

 

Severe Weather Reminder

From the university

The Tuesday forecast is for possible severe weather. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to monitor local media for the latest weather news. The UofL Alert system will be activated only if the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for Jefferson County, Ky. UofL Alert includes emergency messages sent via cell phone text message, campus phones, UofL e-mail accounts and posted on the UofL home page. To see an example of the home page message placement and for more information on UofL Alert, go to http://louisville.edu/alerts

 

From law school IT

Because the forecast for February 5 includes a significant risk of more severe weather, faculty, staff and student organizations may wish to shut down their computers and printers. If we have a serious electrical interruption, shutting down will minimize damage.

For students and instructors in evening classes: The Law Library has a weather radio at the Circulation Desk. If you wish to check on the forecast, the radio is always on.

2008 Career Day Triumph

Thanks to the support of the Louisville Law Community, this year's career day was a success. Both first year law students and other law students seeking guidance were able to meet with Louisville attorneys and learn about the law they practice. With the help of such mentors, our students are better able to learn how their education can shape their career and see the myriad of opportunities available to them.

Below are a few images from the event.

   
   

Kentucky Women's Book Festival

The UofL Women's Center will present the second annual Kentucky Women's Book Festival, Saturday, February 16, at Ekstrom Library. The festival will bring together Kentucky women writers and their readers. Highlights will include talks by Affrilachian writer Crystal Wilkinson and by Courier-Journal columnist Betty Winston Baye. The festival luncheon features bestselling novelist Kim Edwards, author of "The Memory Keeper's Daughter." For more information, visit: www.kwbf.info.

Kudos: Arnold's Book Featured on APA Site

Professor Tony Arnold's new book, Fair and Healthy Land Use: Environmental Justice and Planning, is the featured January selection for the American Planning Association's Planners Book Club. As a Planners Book Club selection, the association provides questions designed to initiate discussion about the concepts covered. These questions can be located here: www.planning.org/APAStore/content/default.aspx?d=729.

Professor Arnold was also interviewed about the book and the role of environmental justice in land use planning for an American Planning Association news podcast scheduled to have been released during the week of January 14 on the APA website's podcast page.

Kudos, January 22, 2008

At the 2008 AALS Annual Meeting in New York City, Susan Hanley Duncan finished her term as chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research by hosting a luncheon attended by almost 150 colleagues.

While in New York Duncan also chaired the Legal Writing Institute's board meeting and a meeting of the leadership from CLEA, AALL, SALT, ALWD, LWI, and AALS Sections on Clinics and Balance in Legal Education in an effort to find shared areas of interest and identify possible collaborations between the various organizations.

Professor Jim Jones' op-ed piece, "Community Challenge: Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Person in the Office Next Door," was published in The Courier-Journal on January 21, 2008.

Grace Giesel's article, "Client Responsibility for Lawyer Conduct: Examining the Agency Nature of the Lawyer-Client Relationship" was published at 86 Nebraska Law Review 346 (2007).

Jim Chen's article, "The Most Dangerous Justice Rides into the Sunset" (co-authored with Paul H. Edelman) made SSRN's TOP 10 Papers for Law School Research Papers in both Law & Economics and Public Law & Legal Theory (based on the past 60 days, November 23, 2007 to January 22, 2008). Chen is also ranked 63rd in SSRN's list of most downloaded authors under the subject "law" for the past 12 months.