Faculty News

TYLA/ACOT Regional Trial Competition

The 2008-2009 TYLA/ACOT  Regional Trial Competition is  this weekend, hosted by Michigan State University.  The  U of L/Brandeis School of Law is sending two teams.The team members are  Erin Blake, Matt Stauble and Chris Hoerter, Sam Lee  The team is coached by  Rob Riley and Kimberly Ballard.

New Databases

The University Libraries has subscribed to two new databases, which replace the print journals. Both are provided by EBSCOhost.

Race Relations Abstracts
Includes records covering essential areas related to race relations, including ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.

Urban Studies Abstracts
Includes records covering essential areas related to urban studies: urban affairs, community development, urban history, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.

 

Animal Law Moot Court Results

The Animal Law Moot Court Competition was held at Harvard University this past weekend. The University of Louisville sent two moot court teams: Lauren Bean/Rexena Napier and Sarah Haegele/Melissa McHendrix. Additionally, Ebert Haegele competed in the closing argument competition. All competitors performed very well and impressed the judges. Final scores are not out yet, but unofficially both moot court teams went 1-1 against top teams such as Duquesne, Berkeley (Winner of Best Brief), and New Mexico.

Out of 16 teams, only four make the semi-finals and unfortunately neither UofL team advanced among such tough competition. The judges were quite impressed with UofL's preparation. Lauren Bean was complimented on her controlled demeanor and steady pace while delivering her argument. The judges were very complimentary of the policy behind Rexena Napier's argument and her quick responses to their questions. Sarah Haegele impressed the judges with her poise and ability to remain relaxed under intense pressure. The judges complimented Melissa McHendrix on her ability to withstand difficult questioning while choosing her battles wisely and refocusing the judges on her core argument.

"Daddy, they shot the dogs," uttered Ebert Haegele dramatically to begin his closing argument about two family pets that were shot. He did this in front of six jury members from the Harvard Law Community. Ebert impressed them with his level of preparation and all thought his argument was very logical. They also loved his visual aids (they looked like a million bucks). In a battle where mere points separated the competitors, Ebert was not able to advance to the finals. Overall, the University of Louisville was very well represented by this group of competitors who garnered the respect of many in the animal law community over the weekend.

Be sure to congratulate these fine competitors for their tremendous effort and preparation. Special thanks to Professors Marcosson, Liebson, and Cross for their help in the team's preparation.

 

Student Kudos

Everyone should know about the extraordinary service of two of our students, Barry Dunn and Johnna Spicer and a recent graduate, Justin Fowles. Barry, Johnna and Justin organized and implemented a two-day mock interview program for our 1L students. 

The first day, led by Johnna, was held at the law school and involved 2Ls and 3Ls interviewing our 1Ls. This was the first professional interview for many of our first year students and excellent practice for the second day of the mock interview program.   The second day, led by Barry and Justin, involved the LBA Young Lawyers interviewing our 1Ls at the offices of Frost Brown Todd.

One of our 1Ls, Teresa Kenyon, told me that she had an actual interview the following Monday and having interviewed  the previous Friday and Saturday contributed to the success of the real interview a day later.

According to Holly Hudelson, another 1L participant, it can sometimes be hard to talk about yourself.  "The more you do it, however,  the more comfortable you become."  Holly's last professional interview was three years ago.

~Kathy Urbach, Assistant Dean Career Services and Public Service 
The program was excellent.  I was one who was unsure about BigLaw because I didn't know what to expect about the environment.  And, although our event Saturday didn't give a real glimpse into the world of BigLaw, it certainly inspired me nonetheless.  The attorneys I interviewed with were awesome and they gave me excellent feedback that I could implement immediately and benefit from.  I've already written them both thank you letters and let them know that I hope they will continue to support this SBA effort because it had such an impact on me and really to every fellow classmate that I have spoken with about it.  I believe the experience both with the students on Friday and the attorneys on Saturday will prove to make a huge difference in my interview skills when it counts.  I feel much more confident after these rounds of mock interviews and I would certainly recommend the experience to all future 1L's.  You guys did an awesome job!  Thanks again.

Best, Kimberley Gant, 1L

Law Review Symposium

The 2d Annual University of Louisville Law Review Symposium will be held at the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, February 20, 2009. 

This year's topic is "First Amendment Issues in Emerging Technology" and will feature key note speaker, Dean David Partlett from Emory University School of Law. 

Other guests include: Dean Blake Morant--Wake Forest University School of Law, Prof. Paul Secunda--Marquette University School of Law, Eric Segall--Georgia State University College of Law, Dean James M. Chen--University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Prof. Deborah Lipstadt--Emory University, Dr. Prof. Udo Fink--Johannes Gutenburg University (Mainz, Germany), Prof. Arnold Loewy--Texas Tech University School of Law, Prof. Russell L. Weaver--University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Prof. Ellen Podgor--Stetson University School of Law, and Ilya Shapiro--Cato Institute.

Topics covered will include:
      "Advances in Speech Technology and the Implications for Society"
      "The Shifting Nature of Speech Technology"
      "Regulating 'Hate Speech' & Holocaust Denial"
      "Regulating Other Potentially Harmful Speech"

General Admission (includes lunch) is $25. Admission with 6 hours CLE credit is $125.

The registration table will open at 8:00am for materials pick-up and check-in.  Attendees may also register online at: http://www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/ULS/eventcal/eventcal.cgi

For more information, please contact Christopher McDavid at ctmcda01@louisville.edu or Heather Stone at hlston01@louisville.edu.

Photo Gallery

Winterscape

Law Library Exterior
This beautiful photo of the back side of the law library was taken by Professor Judith Fischer
during the winter storm of January 2009. Jouett Hall appears in the reflection.

Congratulations Jessica

Former library student worker, Jessica Milling ('09), gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday, February 1. 

Prior to her delivery, Jessica served as the law school's Faculty Research Assistant Program (FRAP) representative. Under the supervision of Professor Hilyerd, she played an integral part in formatting and verifying the citations for inclusion in the forthcoming catalog of faculty scholarship. Ben Silver has since filled that position.

Classes Canceled; Offices Closed

Classes are canceled and offices will be closed, Friday, January 30, 2009. The law school will reopen on Monday, February 2.

For more information, see the Weather Policy

Law Library Open with Reduced Hours This Weekend

Due to inclement weather, the law library will be operating on reduced hours this weekend.  The library will be open 10-5 on Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday.

It will reopen on its normal schedule Monday, February 2, 2009.

 

 

Bad Weather Schedule

The Law School follows the University's lead in all weather-related cancellations and delays.

1) We will cancel classes up to a certain time and begin with our full class schedule at that point.  For instance, if we delay opening until 10 a.m., all classes that begin before 10 a.m. will be cancelled.  Classes meeting at 10 a.m. and later will meet at their regular times and will include the full instruction period..

2) For purposes of this policy, evening classes will be defined as any classes beginning at or after 4:30 p.m.

3) Please note that the University will provide official school closing information in the following ways: A notice at the top of the University home page, www.louisville.edu; e-mails sent to all students and employees on their Groupwise accounts; a recorded message at 852-5555; or, for those who have signed up, a text message will be sent to your cell phone.

These are the only venues through which we can guarantee accurate information.  Please remember, whether or not the University is open, it is up to you to decide if it is safe for you to make the journey.