The Moot Court Board is pleased to announce that the 2007 winner of the Pirtle-Washer Moot Court Competition is Joe Stennis.
The finalist was Jeff Nicoson; the semi-finalists were Caroline Pieroni and John Purlee. Congratulations are due to all of them.
Tony Arnold spoke on overcoming psychological, political, and environmental justice obstacles to sustainable redevelopment of contaminated properties at the U.S. E.P.A. conference on Sustainable Redevelopment in the Ohio Valley, which was held Oct. 1-3. HeI also served on the planning committee for the conference, which had an attendance of over 200.
Tony Arnold was quoted in a September 20 Louisville Courier-Journal article on the settlement of a lawsuit between West Louisville residents and Zeon over air pollution.
The Law School's team that participated in a Habitat for Humanity rehab project in West Louisville on August 25 was featured in a news feature on both August 25 evening news broadcasts on WLKY. The feature story showed Law School students, staff, and faculty hard at work on interior painting, as well as highlighting the fact that the Law School has provided over $25,000 in pro bono land-use, environmental, and real-estate research services to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville.
On September 20, Andy Long gave a guest lecture in the College of Business to economics professor Jose Fernadez's "Law and Economics" course. Andy discussed the use of property rights in environmental regulation, focusing on the cap and trade program for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides (the Acid Rain Program) established under the Clean Air Act.
Virginia Smith was a co-presenter of "University of Louisville Libraries Digital Collections: Connecting Communities and Collections," a program at the Kentucky Library Association's annual meeting, September 19-22, 2007.
Bob Stenger conducted three classes in the School of Medicine's Introduction to Clinical Medicine course for second-year medical students on September 4, 11& 13. They discussed medical cases which raised issues of bioethical and professionalism; the students made presentations which the other students and I critiqued.
In addition, Bob participated on a panel ["Development and Changes in Values and Ethics in Today's Society"] as part of the LBA's Leadership Academy: Ethics, Justice and Values, at Bellarmine University on September 21.
The Kentucky Law Blog has reprinted Jim Jones' review of Elyn Saks' book, The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness.
The Moot Court Board is pleased to announce that the semi-finalists for the 2007 Pirtle-Washer Moot Court Competition are Jeff Nicoson, Joe Stennis, Caroline Pieroni, and John Purlee. The semi-final and final rounds of Pirtle-Washer will be held on Friday, October 5 in the Allen Courtroom, with the semi-final arguments at 9 and 10:30 AM and the final argument at 2 PM. A reception will follow the final argument in the Cox Lounge. All are invited to attend Friday's events.
Jeff Nicoson is a Louisville native who graduated with a B.S. in Enviromental Biology from Taylor University in 2000 and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Ball State University for 2003. Prior to coming to the law school, Nicoson worked in Nashville as a Land Planner designing mixed-use subdivisions and commercial properties. He competed on last year's National Health Law Moot Court competition and is on this year's National Moot Court team. Nicoson plans to pursue a career in trial litigation and appellate advocacy.
John Purlee is a second-year law student at the University of Louisville School of Law. Originally from Bedford, Indiana, he graduated from Franklin College of Indiana in 2006, where he majored in Political Science. Purlee is a law clerk at Don Smith Law Offices.
Caroline Lynch Pieroni received her undergraduate degree in journalism at Western Kentucky University in 2002. While at Western, she was named the Associated Press Collegiate Reporter of the Year (2001), won a Gold Circle award for news writing (2001), and also won First Place for Spot News in the national Hearst Journalism Awards Competition. Pieroni spent three years writing business stories at The Courier-Journal before entering law school. She is currently a second-year law school student and a member of the Louisville Law Review.
Joe Stennis, Jr. was born and raised in Louisville and is a graduate of Louisville Male High School. Stennis obtained my undergraduate degree in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Louisville. Prior to starting law school, he worked in the banking industry as a banking center manger, small business development officer, and investment sales representative. He was selected articles editor for the Journal of Law & Education; completed a summer judicial law clerkship with the Honorable Chief Justice Joseph E. Lambert of the Kentucky Supreme Court.
The Pirtle-Washer Moot Court Competition would not be possible without the support of alumni and the legal community. This year, the following Kentucky judges have agreed to support this program and hear arguments.
Judges for the Semi-Final Round
U.S. Magistrate Judge James Moyer
Judge Moyer earned his juris doctor from the University of Virginia in 1974. He took the bench in 1996.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Stosberg
Judge Stosberg, a 1973 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, was sworn in on June 30, 1989.
Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Tom
Wine Judge ‘80
Judge Wine was born in Louisville. He graduated from the University of Louisville with a bachelor's degree in 1977 and a juris doctor in 1980. He was appointed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in August 2006 to serve Division 1 of the 4th Appellate District, which consists of Jefferson County. He was subsequently elected to the Court of Appeals in November 2006.
Judges for the Final Round
Supreme Court Justice Mary Noble
Justice Noble earned a bachelor's degree in 1971 and a master's degree in 1975 from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. She completed her juris doctor at the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1981. She was elected to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in November 2006 to serve the 5th Supreme Court District.
Supreme Court Justice Lisa Abramson ‘80
Justice Abramson earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Louisville, graduating in 1977 with highest honors. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1980 and was named the Outstanding Graduate of her law school class. She is a former winner of the Pirtle-Washer Competition.
Justice Abramson was sworn in as a justice for the Supreme Court of Kentucky on Sept. 10, 2007, after being appointed by Gov. Ernie Fletcher to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the late Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr. She will represent Jefferson County, which is the 4th Supreme Court District.
Jefferson Circuit Court
Judge Martin McDonald ‘88
Judge McDonald is a 1988 graduate of the University of Louisville's School of Law. He was elected to Jefferson District Court in November 1993, where he remained until his election to Jefferson Circuit Court in 2003.
Banned Books Week will be celebrated in libraries around the country from September 29 through October 6, 2007.
Celebrating the Freedom to Read has been observed during the last week of September each year since 1982. This annual American Libraries Association (ALA) event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.
Join the ALA UK Student Chapter in Celebrating Banned Books Week
Thursday, October 4, 4:30-6:30 PM
McConnell Center -- 504A King Library South, inside the CAIT Lab
Read from and discuss your favorite banned books and hear how libraries and librarians address challenges to books in their collections. The event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.
As a part of the Partners in Professionalism program sponsored by the University of Louisville School of Law and the Louis D. Brandeis American Inns of Court, a panel of two appellate court judges and two attorneys shared with interested law students what it means to be professional. The presentation, "Beyond the MPRE: What You Need to Know About Being a Professional in the Practice of Law," brought together students and members of the bar to discuss the realities of law practice and the need for civility, discretion, and respect in those who choose this career.
Partners in Professionalism will host three more programs throughout the school year:
- October 23 - Avoiding the Money - How to Stay Out of Trouble
- January 29 - What You Need to Know About Clients
- March 4 - What You Need to Know to Make the Transition from Law School to Practice - Surviving the First Six Months
All Louisville Law students are invited to attend these programs.
The mission of the American Inns of Court is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. Most Inns concentrate on issues surrounding civil and criminal litigation practice, and include attorneys from a number of specialties. However, there are several Inns that specialize in criminal practice, federal litigation, tax law, administrative law, white-collar crime, bankruptcy, intellectual property, family law, or employment and labor law.
Dean Chen welcomes students and those in the profession to "Partners in Professionalism"
Former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Martin Johnstone shares information about the Louis D. Brandeis American Inns of Court and its mission.
The September 25 panel included (l-r) Judge Thomas Wine, attorney J. Michael Brown, Chief Judge Sara Walter Combs and attorney William E. Johnson.
Attorney Jack Ballantine and Louisville Law students listen to the presentation.
Three members of the law library's staff were recognized at UofL's 2007 Staff Recognition Years of Service Award luncheon last Friday, September 21. Many thanks to Miriam Schusler-Williams (30 years), Nancy Baker (10 years), and Janissa Moore (10 years).
See: http://louisville.edu/hr/news_item.2007-07-30.0798971034 for a complete list of honorees.
On Thursday evening, Lawlapalooza 2007 was held at Phoenix Hill to benefit the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation. The event brought six talented bands together to compete for recognition and a year's bragging rights. As in years past, the winning group was selected based on the amount of money each band was able to raise. This year's event collected more than $5,000 in donations.
Our thanks to the tour's sponsors: Marshall P. Eldred, Jr., Woodward, Hobson & Fulton, and Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs.
Louisville Law School Dean Jim Chen acted as master of ceremonies, introducing each band and urging the crowd to support their favorite bands (and the foundation).
(Left) Dean Chen introduces The Velvet Kings, with John Sheryak*, Ed Skees*, Greg Curry and Mike Pantoja.
The Tortfeasors (the evening's winning band) includes Steve Frederick*, Carl Frederick*, Laura Landenwich*, Matt Frederick, Dan Chaffin and Joann Pope.
Two-time champs 100% Legal are, in fact, all attorneys: Mark Grundy*, Mark Riddle*, and Ed Skees*, all from Greenebaum Doll & McDonald.
|Shine-Ola, with Dan Canon*, Laura Ellis, and Jim Wheatley|
|Cambia, with Justin Clark* and Justin Hersh|
|My Darling Asleep, a Celtic band, includes Laurel Fuson*, Marion Halliday*, Henry Austin, Sean Mulhall and Rachel Blanton.|
Nine Albanian delegates who are participating in the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' International Visitors Leadership Program will be meeting with members of the law school community to discuss our public service program and the potential for such a program in Albania. These individuals are traveling the US for approximately 3 weeks discussing "Law Enforcement in the US." They arrive in Louisville on September 30th and depart on October 3rd, 2007. The purpose of the visit is learn about "Law Enforcement in the US," and in addition to a visit to the law school, they will have meetings at Circuit and District Courts, Louisville and Metro Police Department, the Kentucky State Reformatory and Metro Safe.
If anyone has an interest in participating in this event, please contact
Mary Jo Gleason, firstname.lastname@example.org,
in the Public Service Office.