The KBA February 2008 bar results are in, and UofL's graduates performed very well. Among candidates who took the exam, our graduatespassed at an overall rate of 82 percent (the overall pass rate for all candidates was 68 percent) First-time candidates from UofL passed at a rate of 87 percent while the the general pool's pass rate for first-time candidates was 76 percent.
Congratulations to the University of Louisville's newest members of the Kentucky bar!
Professor Mark Rothstein is quoted in a March 23 New York Times Magazine article on medical privacy and concerns about protecting personal health information.
Professor Lisa H. Nicholson has been invited to serve on the 2009 AALS New Law Teachers Workshop Planning Committee.
Professor Tony Arnold was invited to participate in the Courier-Journal's "Lunch With" feature, with Keith Runyon and Jill Keeney. The feature it runs Fridays on the C-J editorial page. Arnold's feature, which will cover the environment, the law and community, is scheduled to run before Earth Day 2008.
Professor Laura Rothstein will speak at the "2008 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium," which will be held April 10 and 11, 2008 in Baltimore. Rothstein will be on the Friday Panel, "The State of Disability Law in the United States in 2008: How Full Is the Glass?" Professor Rothstein will also speak at the University of Cincinnati College of Law's event, "Education Law Stories: The People and Principles Behind Education's Most Contentious Legal Controversies." Rothstein will speak on Southeastern Community College v. Davis.
Professor Jim Jones' January 21 Courier-Journal op-ed piece, "Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Person in the Office Next Door," was reprinted in February Wellspring newsletter.
UofL President James Ramsey and law school dean James Chen announced plans to open the clinic during a news conference on Tuesday, April 8 at the Legal Aid Society.
The University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law is preparing to open the first Law Clinic in the history of legal education in Louisville in fall 2008. This clinic will enable the law school to transform its entire program of education in a revolutionary fashion. It will refocus legal education as a primarily (or even exclusively) classroom-based endeavor into an active, hands-on enterprise of learning by doing.
The Law Clinic epitomizes the University of Louisville's commitment to preparing its graduates for instant and lasting impact in the workplace and the community at large. Dean Jim Chen remarks, "There simply is no better way to learn the law than handling real cases and representing real clients." The Law Clinic will assign students to individual clients and individual cases. Those students will handle those matters under the careful supervision of at least one faculty member who is responsible for overseeing the Clinic's operation and managing its case load. This faculty member will be Stallings Professor of Law Lars S. Smith.
Lars S. Smith will act as director of the University of Louisville's law clinic during the 2008-09 school year. "Lars Smith brings talent, experience, and vision to the University of Louisville Law Clinic. Throughout his academic career, he has maintained solid footing in the world of law practice. Professor Smith's experience in business and intellectual property law makes him uniquely well suited to supervise clinical operations that advance community development and assist lower-income individuals, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations," explains Dean Chen.
Dean Chen welcomes the addition of the clinic to the law school's educational arsenal, "At a time when American legal education is struggling mightily to find a way to become more relevant to the needs of the legal profession and the entire world's thirst for the administration of justice and the rule of law, the University of Louisville has the opportunity to lead the legal academy in placing clinical education at the very core of the law school experience."
On April 2, sophomores from Louisville's Central High School visited the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law to learn more about the law school experience. Students toured the campus, talked with admissions counselors, and met with law students and law faculty. The students were able to sit in on Torts and Property Law classes and hear Oral Arguments from current law students.
Central High School Magnet Career Academy offers a law & government program, and students in this program have opportunities to visit courts, law offices and the Brandeis School of Law.
The Law Review editorial body has reviewed a host of submissions for its upcoming edition. The final decisions have been made. Congratulations to the following people for being selected for publication in the Vol. 47 of the University of Louisville Law Review.
- Julia Riehm McGuffey, Best Note
- A. Nicholas Nasier, Honorable Mention
- Megan K. Reese, Honorable Mention
- Matt Lynch
- Christopher Thomas McDavid
- Stephen J. Mattingly
- Matthew Piekarski
- Caroline Lynch Pieroni
- Megan D. Randolph
- Megan L. Renwick
- Dustin Thacker
- Maya R. Warrier
- Jennifer Kristen Weinhold
- Andrew Young
On April 5, 2008, the law school community will embark upon its first annual day of collective public service. The initiative arose from student input into the university’s strategic planning process. The purpose of this event is to highlight the law school's commitment to community service, provide significant services, have fun, and make new acquaintances in our law school community.
Participants in the planning process identified three focus areas:
Animal Rights & Animal Issues
Women, Children, Homeless, & the Underserved
All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate by contributing donated items to one of the organizations listed below or to volunteer their time to one of the designated projects.
To kick off the event, we’ll be hosting a complimentary continental style breakfast in the Mosaic Lobby at 10 AM on Saturday, April 5. Coffee, juice, and pastries will be provided. Those present will be eligible to win one of the many door prizes!
Lend A Helping Hand
Volunteers may choose from a variety of projects. Sign up sheets will be available in each mail room and the Mosaic Lobby during the week preceding April 5th, or you may sign up online. You’re also welcome to show up that day without a reservation. Volunteers are encouraged to show their team spirit by wearing a piece of University of Louisville or Brandeis School of Law apparel.
The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund has arranged for a variety of activities including dock cleaning, rewiring kennel doors, and painting the new “get acquainted” space. This project will take place at a shelter near campus beginning at 11 AM. Volunteers will also receive a tour of the shelter and an opportunity to walk some of the dogs. Contact Megan Renwick for details.
Departure time: 10:45 AM; carpooling available. You may be painting, so dress appropriately.
Departure time: 10:45 AM or meet the group at 11 AM @ 822 East Market. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty.
The Environmental Law & Land Use Society has arranged for a clean-up project at Central Park. Volunteers will walk from campus to Central Park along Third Street and back along Fourth Street, cleaning up as they go. Contact Brian Pollock for details.
Departure time: 10:30 AM. It may rain, so dress appropriately. Garbage bags will be provided, but you might want to bring some gloves.
Make a Donation
During the week of March 31 – April 5, collection bins will be placed in the Mosaic Lobby of the Law School in Wyatt Hall. Following, is a list of items requested by each organization.
During the months of March and April, the Center is collecting towels, washcloths, diapers, underwear, socks and bras. We’re also collecting cell phones & cell phone chargers. Additionally, you can help by donating goods that meet their immediate needs: cribs and mattresses, crib sheets, pacifiers and bottles, & infant toys.
Items include: toilet paper, conditioner, face wash, deodorant, dental floss, tooth brushes, pull-ups, Kleenex tissues, paper towels, sponges, soap, face wash, lotion, shampoo, household cleaners, napkins, tampons, maxi pads, light bulbs, lamps, children's coloring/activity books, computer printer paper, batteries for Leap Pad learning system, etc.
We’re collecting aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, newspapers, and cardboard.
Saving trees, saving time, and saving money are some of the benefits of the recent electronic developments in federal courts. But with these benefits come challenges. Several members of the Louisville Law Review staff and board attended a pilot training session for law students hosted by Jeff Apperson, U.S. District Court Clerk for the Western District of Kentucky, on Saturday, March 22, 2008.
During the half-day session, students were given an overview of the electronic systems now in federal courts. The overview included information on electronic case management, public access to court electronic records, and an overview of the web site. Students visited one of the federal courtrooms and were able to see first hand the bells and whistles that are now accessible to the judge, the parties, and the jury. Concerns about privacy and ethics were discussed as part of the session.
The session was a trial run for assessing the best means of educating law students before they enter practice about electronic practice in federal courts. Although not everyone will practice in federal court, it is probable that state court systems will move to incorporate use of electronic practice. For that reason awareness and understanding of electronic practice is becoming increasingly essential. The training may become a model for other law schools throughout the country.
On March 11, Professor James T. R. Jones, Professor of Law at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law, spoke on "Severe Mental Illness in the Academy: A Law Professor's Story" at the Gould School of Law of the University of Southern California. Pictured in the photo to the left are Professor Jones and Professor Elyn R. Saks, Associate Dean for Research and Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.
Professor Jones, who has bipolar disorder, wrote "Walking the Tightrope of Bipolar Disorder: The Secret Life of a Law Professor"; Professor Saks, who has schizophrenia, wrote the acclaimed memoir The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness (2007). Professors Jones and Saks are the only law professors in the United States publicly to acknowledge having severe mental illnesses.
This photograph was taken by Kathleen Murphy Jones, Esq. on March 11, 2008 at the Gould School of Law shortly before Professor Jones delivered his talk entitled "Severe Mental Illness in the Academy: A Law Professor's Story."
Public Services Librarian and Professor of Legal Bibliography Robin Harris was recognized in the March 2008 Today's Woman for her work at the University of Louisville's Women's Center. Harris' role in founding the Kentucky Women's Book Festival, one of the many programs made possible by the center. The mission of the Women's Center is to build alliances with campus and community groups in order to promote equality, increase women's self-reliance, and heighten the understanding of women's contributions to all societies
The Center is participating in the Champions4Her Walk, Run & Festival on June 21, 2008.
Ms. Harris is Chair of the law school's Diversity Committee whose mission is to to develop programming that supports race and gender diversity, inclusiveness and equity.
The award is intended to recognize cumulative efforts to advance diversity and inclusion at UofL since the 2003 inception of the university-wide diversity plan “Achieving Our Highest Potential.”