Faculty News

Community Building through Community Engagement

Students in the Central High School Partnership program, with the assistance of Professor Tony Arnold and UofL law students, presented a report on the revitalization of the Parkland Neighborhood to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville. The report, which includes ideas and information about the community’s conditions, is the result of a year long program that educated the students in land use, environmental justice, and public health equity. The program was supported by a grant from the Louisville Metro Center for Health Equity.

 

Central High School Students

 

 Source: Engaged Learning Providing Service in West Louisville Community, 2 SIGNATURE PARTNERSHIP 3 (October 2008).

Louis Jackson Memorial National Law Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

The Jackson Lewis law firm announces its sponsorship of the Louis Jackson Memorial National Law Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law. Chicago-Kent College of Law will administer the competition.  As in the past, entries will be blind judged by a panel of five labor/employment law professors.  Neither Jackson Lewis not Chicago-Kent will have any say in judging.
 
The first place award in $3,000 (structured as a scholarship so the recipient will not have to pay icome tax).
 
There are two second place awards of $1,000 each.
 
Winning entries will be posted on the competition website.
 
Entries must be received by Tuesday, January 20, 2009.
 
Please see the attached competition announcement. 

 

Congressional Candidates Visit Law School

Candidates for Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District of the US House of Representatives visited the law school this week. Congressman John Yarmuth spoke on October 20th at the request of the Jewish Law Students Association. Former Congresswoman Anne Northup spoke the following day at the request of the student Federalist Society. Both candidates entertained questions from students, staff, and faculty after their presentations.

 

Aaron Uslan and John Yarmuth Shem Beard, Anne Northup, Bee Dean
Aaron Uslan and John Yarmuth Shem Beard, Anne Northup, and Bee Dean-Northup

Ford Wins Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition

Algeria Ford
Congratulations to Algeria Ford, winner of the 2008 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition!

 

 

Appellant, Jason Schwalm, and Appellee, Algeria Ford, advanced from the first semifinal rounds to compete in the final round. The judges commended them both for an excellent performance.

Jason Schwalm and Samuel Lee
Jarrad Roby and Algeria Ford
Jason Schwalm and Samuel Lee Jarrad Roby and Algeria Ford
Final Round of Arguments
Final Round of Arguments

Pirtle-Washer 2008 Semifinalists

The Moot Court Board is pleased to announce that the semi-finalists for the 2008 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition are Algeria Ford, Samuel Lee, Jarrad Roby, and Jason Schwalm.


The semifinal and final rounds will be held on Friday, October 17th in the Allen Courtroom. All are welcome.

Here’s the schedule:

9 AM, Semifinal Round

  • Appellant: Jason Schwalm
  • Appellee: Samuel Lee

10:30 AM, Semifinal Round
  • Appellant: Jarrad Roby
  • Appellee: Algeria Ford
Semifinalists
 

Algeria Ford is a second year student who ultimately intends to practice patent law. He studied Biology and Chemistry as an undergraduate and holds a Masters degree in Biotechnology. He serves on the Journal of Law and Education, is a member of BLSA and will be representing the University as a member of the 2009 National Environmental Moot Court team. He credits his accomplishments to his wonderful wife and to his friends.

Samuel B. Lee, a third year law student, was born and raised in Owensboro, KY.  He attended the University of Kentucky where he earned a degree in Finance as well as a minor in Economics. After graduation, Mr. Lee plans to practice in Lexington.

Jarrad Roby, a third year student, hails from Bloomfield, KY and attended Bellarmine University where he studied Business Administration and Economics.  While at Bellarmine, Jarrad competed on its prestigious Mock Trial team earning All-American Attorney honors. Jarrad also helped to lead the Brandeis School of Law to a championship in last years Intrastate Moot Court competition. He is currently working for General Electric and clerked for the Governor's General Counsel last summer in Frankfort. He will attempt to participate on this year's Trademark Moot Court team as well and is looking forward to competing in the Spring.

Jason Schwalm is a third year student and Louisville native. His undergraduate degree is in literature from the University of Louisville.

 

Presiding Judges


Each semifinal round will be judged by the following three judge panel:


The winners of each of these rounds will continue to the final round at 1 PM.  This round will be judged by the following four judge panel:

Chili Cook-Off Raises Big Bucks for UofL Cares

Over $450 was raised at this year's Chili Cook-off, an event designed to celebrate the start of the 2008 UofL Cares Charitable Giving Campaign. The charities include Kosair Charities, Community Health Charities, United Way, Fund for the Arts, University of Louisville, and the WHAS Crusade for Children.

Kudos to Jim Becker for providing the winning dish, Melinda Becker's Deer Chili (aka "Aunt Sarah's Moose Chili").

Many thanks to everyone who either purchased a ticket, provided a tasty sweet or savory dish, and/or helped with the set up and clean up. It would not have been such a success with out you.

Melinda Becker's Bambi Chili

Lawlapalooza's a Success!

Over 200 people turned out for Lawlapalooza, the Louisville law community's 4th annual battle of the bands, at Phoenix Hill Tavern on October 2, 2008. More than $6400 was raised for the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which provides summer fellowships for Louisville law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Ewing Fellows, Marque Carey (2007 recipient) and Jacqueline Hersh (2008 recipient) were both present to show their support.

Lawlapalooza drum kit

WFPK's Laura Shine opened the ceremonies and by the end of the night The Frank Galvin Experience was crowned as the crowd favorite. Its members include attorneys from Seiller Waterman PLLC and Bahe Cook Cantley & Jones PLLC law firms. Highlights also included a tribute to the best of the 80's by Jim Becker and Professors Lars Smith & Tim Hall of Elvis Cardozo and the Attractive Nuisances, along with rock n' roll classics performed by second-year law students Forrest Kuhn and Andrew Henson of Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

 

Jim Becker was quoted in the October 2008 edition of The National Jurist, "Even if we're all competitors, we still root for each other, too. Louisville's a big small town, and we haven't yet lost the sense of being neighbors, especially in the legal community, and especially among the even smaller subculture of people who are both attorneys and musicians." Tim Hall commented in "Guitars & Gavels" (The Louisville Cardinal, October 7, 2008), "We didn't win, but we had a lot of fun. It's always good to be outspent because you know you're raising more money." Andrew Henson added, "It is a networking opportunity too."

A jubilent crowd of judges, attorneys, students, and friends of the local legal community appeared to have a good time dancing, singing along to their favorite tunes, and even igniting their lighters as a show of support. For a recap of the night's events, watch the videos and visit the Lawlapalooza 2008 image gallery.

Spring 2009 Schedule Available

The most recent revisions to the Spring 2009 schedule and Course Notes have been uploaded to the website at the following link:

 

http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/class-schedules/spring-2009

 

Printed copies of the schedule and related materials will be available once technical difficulties with our printers have been resolved. In the meantime, please use the above link to access the Spring 2009 schedule.

Judicial Candidates Visit Law School

Several dozen students, staff, and faculty from the law school attended the Brandeis Judicial Forum on October 7, 2008. The Student Bar Association sponsored this opportunity to meet candidates seeking positions in the District Court, Circuit Court, and the Kentucky Supreme Court.

While the law school makes no endorsements, we'd like to thank each of the following candidates for having taken time out of their busy schedules to attend.

Judicial Candidates

Pictured from left to right are the candidates and the position that they are seeking:


Also pictured: Sabine Kudmani (3L), SBA member

Professor Andrew Torrance to speak at Law School

You are invited to attend a lecture by The University of Kansas School of Law professor Andrew Torrance. Professor Torrance will be presenting his paper entitled "Patents and Regress in the Useful Arts" on Thursday, October 9, at 12:00 p.m. in the Cox Lounge. Lunch will be provided.

Professor Torrance developed a computer "patent game" that tests the effectiveness of the patent system on innovation, and his paper addresses the results. In addition to presenting his paper, Professor Torrance will demonstrate the patent game and allow audience members to play the game.

Professor Torrance is a graduate of Harvard Law School with a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University and a B.S. from Queen's University.  Upon graduating from Harvard, Professor Torrance practiced biotechnology patent law at Fish and Richardson LLC, the world's largest intellectual property law firm. Before accepting a position at Kansas, he served as inhouse Patent Counsel at Inverness Medical Innovations, a biotechnology company headquartered in Boston, and he also taught "Biodiversity: Science, Policy, and Law" at Harvard. He conducts research in intellectual property, patent law, biotechnology, bioethics, environmental law, biodiversity, and conservation, and has presented his research worldwide. His research has also appeared in multiple journals including the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, the Kansas Law Review, and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. The paper that he will be presenting this week has been accepted for publication by the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review.

A wine and cheese reception will be held at Waterfront Park Place on Thursday evening in honor of Professor Torrance. Please contact Mari-Elise Gates at marielise.gates@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.