Alumni News

Help is on the way: Educational Loan Repayment Assistance

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.

SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series

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.

Browse abstracts:
http://www.ssrn.com/link/U-Louisville-LEG.html

Subscribe:
http://hq.ssrn.com/jourInvite.cfm?link=U-Louisville-LEG

U.S. E.P.A. Conference on Sustainable Redevelopment in the Ohio Valley

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.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Researching Issues of Labor and Employment

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.

KUDOS

Professor Jim Jones been elected to the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of Kentucky (Mental Health America of Kentucky).

Try Louisville Law's Cool, New Google Gadgets

Do you have your own iGoogle home page? Why not add a nifty new Louisville Law Google Gadget? Our Google Gadgets come in two flavors:

  • The University of Louisville School of Law Gadget, with tabs for latest, alumni, student, faculty, staff, and library news; and
  • The Cardinal Lawyer Gadget, featuring content from Dean Jim Chen's personal blog about all things Louisville Law.

What is iGoogle, you ask? iGoogle is a customizable home page that includes the capability to add web feeds and Google Gadgets and also features visual themes and an unlimited number of tabs. Google Gadgets are Web objects you can use to populate your iGoogle home page. Common Google Gadgets include news, weather, sports, calendars, to-do lists, etc.

Download a Louisville Law Google Gadget now, and get Googling.

LBF Awards Grant to Support New Law Clinic

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.

Career Services resume request, writing competitions & job fair

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.

 

Clayton Appointed to Kentucky Court of Appeals

Governor Ernie Fletcher has appointed Louisville Law graduate Denise Clayton, '76, as Court of Appeals judge for the 4th Appellate District, Division 2.

Clayton most recently served as a judge of the Jefferson Circuit Court, where she also was chosen by her colleagues to serve as chief judge. She received a bachelor's degree from The Defiance College and a juris doctor degree from the University of Louisville School of Law. Clayton is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and has been admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court Western District of Kentucky and the U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit. Clayton is the first African-American woman to serve on the Kentucky Court of Appeals.

Clayton thanked the governor, Judicial Nominating Committee and the legal community as a whole, and stated, "I am humbled by the appointment and grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Kentucky Court of Appeals."

The 4th Appellate District, Division 2, is in Jefferson County. The seat was left vacant following the appointment of Justice Lisabeth Abramson (Louisville Law '80) to the Kentucky Supreme Court.

Clayton will serve until a special election for the seat is held in November 2008.

Plans for First Annual Louisville Law Community Service Project

Last year, during the strategic planning process, it was proposed that the law school have a community service project for everyone - the entire law school community. To that end, you are now invited to a planning meeting to help determine the who, what, where, when, how, & why of the first annual faculty, staff, and student Louisville Law community service project. We would like everyone with ideas, enthusiasm, and desire to attend one of the two meetings to organize the event.

The meetings will be facilitated by Mary Jo Gleason and Virginia Smith. If you have questions before the meetings, please speak with them. The meetings are scheduled for October 30, in Room 171, at 12:10 and 5:30 p.m. (You only need to attend one meeting - we wanted to offer times that would work for almost all our constituents.)