Alumni News

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.

Two Diversity Programs Scheduled for February

The University of Louisville Law School's Diversity Committee is pleased to sponsor two programs in February 2008.

February 5: Health Equity with Dr. Adewale Troutman. For complete details, go to the event's page: www.law.louisville.edu/node/1243 

February 21: Witness to Innocence with Speaker Ray Krone. For complete details, go to the event's page: www.law.louisville.edu/node/1245

For more information on either event, contact Robin Harris, robin.harris@louisville.edu  or 852-6083.

For more on the Diversity Forum Series, click here: www.law.louisville.edu/academics/diversity-forum-series 

Symposium a Success

The University of Louisville Law Review's first symposium was held on Friday, January 18, 2008. The symposium inlcuded speakers from around the country, including Reginald C. Oh, professor of law at Texas Wesleyan University; Gary Orfield, co-founder and director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA; Girardeau A. Spann, professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center; and john a. powell, executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University.

Coverage of the Symposium by The Courier-Journal is available at the following site: http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008801190426.

2Ls, 3Ls & 4Ls: CAREER DAY INVITATION

February 2nd -- Saturday morning from 9:00 to 1:00 -- will be Career Day 2008!  Session Selection/Registration forms are available in the student mailroom and in the Career Services offices.  As you know, all first-years are required to attend this event, but remember that upper division students are also most welcome to attend again.

 

When you look at the form, you will notice that there are some new specialty areas including Entertainment and JAG.  And of course, some of the presenters are new this year so you can benefit from additional information AND enhanced networking.

 

Questions? Jerie Torbeck in office #182 (852-6096) or Debra Reh in office #184 (852-6368) 

 

2008 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The Warren E. Burger Prize is awarded to encourage thoughtful practical scholarship in the areas of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism. The American Inns of Court invites professors, students, judges, and other authors to participate in the writing competition by submitting an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 25,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism. The submission deadline is June 15, 2008.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash prize of $5,000, and the essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review. The Warren E. Burger Prize will be presented to the author at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence in Washington, DC on October 11, 2008.

For more information or questions about the competition, please contact Cindy Dennis, cdennis@innsofcourt.org

To learn more about the American Inns of Court, go to its website: http://www.innsofcourt.org/ 

 For more information about the Warren E. Burger Prize and a list of past recipients, click here.

January 18 Symposium Approved by KBA for 6 Hours CLE

On January 18, 2008, the University of Louisville Law Review will host a symposium on the voluntary school integration cases that were recently decided by the United States Supreme Court, with a particular focus on Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education. The decision of these cases will likely define schools’ ability to encourage diversity and prevent a reversion to segregation. While undoubtedly of great importance around the country, this decision is especially important here in Louisville, where one of the cases originated.

The program has been approved for 6 hours of CLE credit. To learn more about this event, please click here:  http://www.law.louisville.edu/students/lawreview/symposium.