Faculty News

Introducing the American Constitution Society

The American Constitution Society, a new organization at the Law School, is hosting its first Speaking Event on April 8 at noon, in room 175.  Attorney Gregory Belzley is a Pro Bono Attorney with Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.  He will be speaking on "Civil Rights of the Incarcerated."

We will also be holding executive board elections on April 14th for the fall term.  To stand for elections for the ACS executive board, you must join the national chapter. Membership can be obtained at www.acslaw.org/join.  Elections will be held in room 80 from 5-6 PM. 

ACS is a progressive-minded national legal organization.  As a charter member of the national organization, the American Constitution Society at Brandeis School of Law seeks to promote the mission of the American Constitution Society:

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) promotes the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law.  These abiding principles are reflected in the vision of the Constitution’s framers and the wisdom of forward-looking leaders who have shaped our law throughout American history.  As a result of their efforts, the Constitution has retained its authority and relevance for each new generation.

The American Constitution Society embraces the progress our nation has made toward full embodiment of the Constitution’s core values. ACS believes that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. We are revitalizing and transforming legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislatures and the media, and we are building a diverse and dynamic network of progressives committed to justice. Through these efforts, ACS will ensure that the institutions of American law reflect the highest values of our nation and serve the needs of its people.

James S. Fisher
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law

Community Service Day is Saturday, April 4!

This is a final reminder that the 2nd Annual day of collective community service will take place on Saturday, April 4. All law students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate. Family and friends are also welcome.

We're now collecting donations for the Animal Care Society, Family Scholar House and Kentucky Foster Care & Special Needs Adoption Program. Please place your items in the bins in the Mosaic lobby. Don't forget to sign up there to register for a gift card.

Volunteers have three interesting and diverse projects to choose from again this year. The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund has made arrangements for an animal welfare project at the Animal Care Society, Louisville's only no-kill shelter; the Women's Law Caucus has arranged to create gift baskets for mothers at the Family Scholar House in preparation for their final exams; and the Environmental Law & Land Use Society has organized a clean-up project at Iroquois Park.

A fabulous array of door prizes will be awarded to volunteers who attend the kick-off party at 11 AM that morning.

For more details, see: 2009 Louisville Law Community Service Day.

2009 Summer & Fall Registration Instructions

2009 SUMMER & FALL  REGISTRATION  INSTRUCTIONS

 

Registration for Law School classes includes two separate procedures.  First, a student must complete all required forms for submission to the Law School's Student Records Office. Second, a student must register online (ULink) or by telephone (touch-tone) registration (852-2222) through the University of Louisville's system. 

 

Registration for 2L, 3L & 4L students is based on the number of credit hours completed.  The information below lists your first opportunity to register, which is determined based on your classification (see chart below).  You may register and drop/add anytime after your first opportunity arrives. The Law School schedule indicates the maximum enrollment in courses.  The registration process provides immediate information about whether a student is enrolled in a course. 

 

Priority for Evening Classes and Seminars.  Priority registration provides part-time students who comply with registration rules priority for classes and seminars beginning at or after 4:15 PM.  Priority registration is the only opportunity to assert priority for classes and seminars or to ensure registration in evening classes

 

If you have fewer than 21 credits completed, but have finished most of your first-year required courses, you may request permission for priority registration as an upper division student.  A request form is included in this package or may be obtained from Student Records.

 

A student will not be permitted to register through the University system and may lose his or her opportunity for early registration unless:

(1)    All required forms are to be submitted to the Law School's Student Records Office and all registration holds are removed from your university profile BEFORE REGISTRATION

 

(2)    All parking fines are paid and all financial holds are taken off your records by the University's Registrar's Office BEFORE REGISTRATION.  Be sure to check Summary of Account for any parking fines or financial holds before you complete your registration forms.  Students with any holds on their records will not have access to the University's online registration system.

 

Students who knowingly register before their assigned priority registration time have engaged in dishonest conduct involving academic endeavors in violation of the Law School's Honor Code.

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Student Classifications:        

4L Part-Time Students: 68+  hours not including Spring 2009

3L Part-Time Students: 46+  hours not including Spring 2009                                                                                

2L Part-Time Students: 22+  hours not including Spring 2009

1L Part-Time Students: fewer than 22 hours

 

3L Full-Time Students:  59+  hours not including Spring 2009

2L Full-Time Students:  22+  hours not including Spring 2009

1L Full-Time Students:  fewer than 22 hours

 

Pre-registration Forms for ALL students must be returned to the Student Records Office by 4:00 pm on Monday, April 6.

 

8:00 a.m., Thursday, April 9, 2009

Registration begins for 3L full time students and 1L, 2L, 3L & 4L students who will be designated as part time students in the fall semester and who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to Student RecordsThis is the only opportunity for evening students to ensure registration in evening classes.

 

8:00 a.m., Monday, April 13, 2009:

Registration begins for 2L full time students who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to the Student Records Office.

 

8:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2009:

Registration begins for 1L full time students who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to the Student Records Office.

 

PACKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE THE AFTERNOON OF MONDAY, MARCH 30.

Congratulations Jeffrey Benedict!

Jeffrey Benedict, a first year law student, is one of three University of Louisville students & alums to receive a Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institutes for 2009. Sponsored by the United States Department of State, the CLS program was launched in 2006 to offer intensive overseas study in critical need foreign languages.  Since the initiation of this program, the University of Louisville has received 8 Critical Language Scholarships. 

Jeffrey will use his CLS to study beginning Turkish.  As a former George Mitchell Scholar, Benedict earned an M.A. from the National University of Ireland Maynooth in Musicology with first class honours.  Benedict graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2007 where he received numerous awards for his research on the practice of espionage by musicians throughout European history.  Benedict is currently a ROTC 2nd Lieutenant with a guaranteed place in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) upon completion of law school. 

Andrew Young Memorial Run/Walk

In memory of Andrew Young, several 3Ls have organized a group walk/run around the loop in front of the law school on Sunday March 29 at 12:00 PM.   We will take a group photo at noon and then walk/run around the loop for half an hour. Pets, spouses, and significant others are also welcome. It is unfortunate that many could not go to Andrew's visitation or funeral, so we will send photos to his family to show our sympathy and support.  All faculty, students, staff, and administrators are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Wagner Moot Court Competition

Drew Haile and Luke Vance competed in the Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court competition last week.  They had little time to prepare several arguments that they had not expected to make.  Despite that set-back, their performance rapidly improved over three rounds.  By the final round, they performed quite well, receiving the following feedback from the justices.  Chief Justice Cerruti stated that they “did very well” with a “challenging argument” where every fact presents a “slippery slope.”  He complimented Luke’s deferential attitude and good eye contact.  He stated that Drew was “forceful, confident, and responsive to questions.”  Justice Cunningham agreed that both Drew and Luke had a “good tone” and complimented the way Luke scanned the bench when speaking, stating that “everyone should do that.”  Justice Eskter stated that Drew “addressed hypotheticals very effectively” demonstrating that he was able to “remove” himself from the “facts of the case.”  In sum, Justice Eskter concluded that Drew and Luke, as well as their opponents, were “all four more than qualified.”

Sad News

The Law School is very saddened to report that Andrew Franklin Young, a third-year student, died March 19, 2009. The entire Law School community extends its deepest sympathies to Mr. Young's family.

Visitation for Mr. Young took place Sunday, March 22, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Morgan's Funeral Home, 301 West Washington Street, Princeton, KY 42445, 270-365-5595. The funeral will take place Monday, March 23, at 1 p.m. CDT at Morgan's Funeral Home.

The Law School will observe a minute of silence at noon on Monday in memory of Mr. Young.

Kudos for JLE Members

Congratulations to Bradley R. Palmer and Darren Mayberry for being chosen for publication in the JLE's April 2009 issue.  Bradley's exceptional note is titled "Uncle Sam, Tuition Costs, and the Changing Economy: Tax Incentives for Education Expenses and How to Improve Them."  Darren's excellent note is titled "The F-1/H-1B Visa Contradiction: Uncle Sam Wants Your Tuition, But Not Your Expertise Or Your Tax Dollars."

The Journal of Law and Education would also like to congratulate Algeria Ford on being chosen as the JLE's 2009-2010 Editor-in-chief.

 

~Kevin J. Graves, Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Law and Education (2008-2009)

Featured Book Release: "The Beats"

The Beats: A Graphic History book jacket

The Law Library's own Jerome Neukirch is a featured illustrator of the new book "The Beats: A Graphic History" (Harvey Pekar et al, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009). In its review of the book, Publishers Weekly writes that "Jerome Neukirch's art for the bio of proto-beat Slim Brundage [is] the artistic standout illustrations" of the book. The book will go on sale March 17 and is already available for pre-purchase on Amazon.com.

Call for Papers

Second Annual Conference on Innovation and Communication Law
Louisville, KY USA
August 21 and 22, 2009

The University of Louisville will host the second annual Conference on Innovation and Communication Law on August 21 and 22, 2009.  The Conference, a follow-up to the 2008 conference held in Turku, Finland, is a cooperative effort of the University of Louisville School of Law, University of Turku Faculty of Law, Drake University Law School, Michigan State University College of Law, and the IPR Center in Helsinki, Finland.  The conference sponsors seek proposals for presentations from those in academics, government, and industry.

This year's conference will focus mainly on the role intellectual property and communications law play in the dissemination of information.  As a result, discussion will focus less on the creation of rights, and more on how the legal system helps (or hinders) the development of knowledge.  For example, we anticipate one or more sessions dealing with licensing and franchising issues.  Other possible topics might include the role of intellectual property registration, the law governing trade secrets and confidential information, remedy issues, and the special case of university inventions and works.  Because many of the participants will come from countries other than the United States, proposals with an international or comparative law perspective are especially encouraged.

Anyone interested in presenting at the conference should submit a written abstract of the topic (not to exceed two letter size or A4 pages) via e-mail to one of the following:


To be ensured of full consideration, proposals should be submitted no later than May 2, 2009.

The University of Louisville Law Review will produce a symposium issue of papers submitted at the conference. Presenters are encouraged to prepare articles setting out, or expanding upon, the subject of their presentations. The final draft of the paper would be due a few weeks after the conference.

Details concerning accommodation, registration, travel, and the like will be available shortly on the conference website.