Alumni News

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.)

McConnell Center launches new book as part of civic literacy efforts

Dr. George Nash will be launching his latest book entitled Books and the Founding Fathers on Friday, October 19, 2007 at the McConnell Center, 2nd floor of Ekstrom Library. He will be happy to sign your free copy between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Nash received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He is the author of five books, including a multivolume biography of Herbert Hoover and the Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945. Free copies of his book will be available throughout the day. Stop by and get your copy and meet the author!

KUDOS

Andy Long gave a CLE presentation for the Environmental Law Section of the Louisville Bar Association on October 16.  He discussed the US Supreme Court's decision in Massachusetts v EPA.

Tony Arnold's paper entitled, "The Structure of the Land Use Regulatory System in the United States" was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for  LSPLCL: Structure of Government & Political Theory (Topic). To view the abstract and download statistics go to: http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=1020305.

Introducing the Cardinal Lawyer

The University of Louisville School of Law is pleased to introduce The Cardinal Lawyer, an online forum to provide direct access to Louisville Law and to the Dean's Office. To view this new publication, click here.

Pirtle-Washer Competition Results Are In

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.



   

 

KUDOS

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.

KUDOS

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.

 

Pirtle-Washer Semi-finalists

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.

Our Semi-finalists

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.