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Skills Certificates Information Session on March 6

For students interested in further developing skills and distinguishing themselves in the job market, the Law School offers a “Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills” and a “Certificate of Accomplishment in Transactional Skills” to be awarded as an honor upon graduation.  The award of a Certificate is intended to demonstrate to potential employers that the student possesses additional training in lawyering skills and values associated with litigation practice or transactional practice. 

Professor Nowka, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will describe both certificate programs and discuss:

  • Eligibility for Participation
  • Requirements for Award of a Certificate
  • Program curriculum

This is your chance to learn about an opportunity to develop further distinction at the JD level, and to receive recognition for successful completion of a course of study and advanced training in preparation for professional practice.  All law students are invited to attend.

Thursday, March 6
11:50
Room 175

Le Mardi Gras on Tuesday!

Laissez les bons temps rouler

(Let the good times roll!)

All law students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Mosaic Lobby on TUESDAY, March 4, for the 5th annual Mardi Gras Party!  We'll serve lunch catered by Joe's OK Bayou:  Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans & Rice, Vegetarian Gumbo, and we'll have a faux King Cake from Nord's Bakery.  The buffet will open at 11:45.  The Cake Walk game will begin at 12:20 in Room 175.  All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to play!  The winner will take home a real King Cake from Joe's OK Bayou.  Remember to wear your Mardi Gras colors!

Mardi Gras takes place 46 days before Easter. Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The most famous Mardi Gras celebration is held in New Orleans.  Mardi Gras is an annual celebration called le mardi gras (literally, "fat Tuesday") or le carnaval in French.  Mardi Gras has three official colors:  purple (justice), gold (power), and green (faith).

Countdown to Law School's 5th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration!

Five days and counting to Mardi Gras!  All law students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Mosaic Lobby on TUESDAY, March 4, for the 5th annual Mardi Gras Party!  We'll serve lunch catered by Joe's OK Bayou:  Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans & Rice, Vegetarian Gumbo, and we'll have a faux King Cake from Nord's Bakery.  The buffet will open at 11:45.  The Cake Walk game will begin at 12:20 in Room 175.  The winner will take home a real King Cake from Joe's OK Bayou.  Remember to wear your Mardi Gras colors!


The food will be Cajun
The music will flow
Come wearing your beads –
It’s Mardi Gras don’t ya know!

Please join us!
Mosaic Lobby, Tuesday March 4
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

TODAY - Kentucky Innocence Project Information Session

All rising 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to an informative information session on Feb. 25, at 11:50, regarding the Kentucky Innocence Project (KIP) Externship.  Students who participate in the KIP Externship learn about investigative techniques, witness interviewing skills, filing post-conviction motions, and evidence handling.  Students then go into the field in supervised teams of two or three students to serve the interests of their clients.  Students can earn four credit hours during the 2014-15 academic year.

Linda Smith, the Supervising Attorney for KIP, and Jimmer Dudley, the Investigator for KIP, will discuss the Kentucky Innocence Project and how you can participate.  This externship is available to rising 2Ls and 3Ls.  The Cafe will cater lunch for attendees while it lasts.  Please bring your own drink.  Room 175

German Professors Juliane Stephan and Eva Wagner Visit Law School

Please join the International Law Society and the Federalist Society in hosting two German law professors on Thursday, March 6, at 1 p.m. in LL80. While visiting the U.S.,  Professors Stephan and Wagner have offered to give a presentation to all UofL Law School faculty, staff and students, and we of course have graciously accepted.

The presentation will focus on civil rights considered "fundamental" in Germany and how those rights compare and contrast to what we consider to be fundamental rights in America. Once the presentation is over, there will be time for questions concerning the information in the presentation and general questions on the practice of law in Germany. Please consider joining us if you have ever thought of pursuing any form of international law, have any interest in constitutional law, or would just like to see how lawyers practice law in a legal system different from our own.

Please email Isaac Fain if you are positive you can attend the event so the organizers can obtain a preliminary head count. Thank you.

Congratulations to Professor Sweeny

Congratulations to Professor JoAnne Sweeny on the birth of her son, Redmond George French on February 21! 

He weighs 7 pounds & 9 ounces. Both he and his mother are doing well.

Patent Law Cancellation

Professor Copeland's Patent Law class is cancelled Wednesday, February 26.

There's a New Face at the Law School

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Meet Camilo Ortiz.  Camilo joined Brandeis School of Law as an Admissions Counselor in January 2014. He received his B.A. in Liberal Studies from University of California, Riverside and his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.   His primary duty is recruitment, with an emphasis on underrepresented groups and pipeline programs.

Stop by the Admissions Office and introduce yourself. 

International Trademark Association Annual Meeting in Hong Kong

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is having its 136th Annual Meeting in Hong Kong from May 10-14.  The event will be a great experience for law students who are interested in IP or trademark law. The Association will host a Career Development Day on May 12, designed with programming and networking opportunities specifically for law students.

To help law students make their way to the Annual Meeting, INTA offers a scholarship program that provides a complimentary registration to the meeting and up to $500 travel reimbursement. Interested students should complete the application form and submit an essay for consideration.

Professors John Cross and Lars Smith will be attending the conference, as will a number of local intellectual property attorneys.  If you have any questions, please consult with Professor Cross.  He has researched options and provided the following helpful information:

1.  Airfare to Hong Kong that time of year starts at $1500 round trip.

2.  There is a nice hotel near the Convention Center for $135 a night, and that rate includes breakfast.

3.  No visa is required to visit Hong Kong (although a visa is required if you want to cross into mainland China).

 

Professor Powell to Receive Trailblazer Award Today

Celebrate Black History Month with the LBA.  Today at 4 p.m., as we celebrate Black History Month, Professor Cedric Merllin Powell will receive the 2014 Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr. Trailblazer Award.

Dr. Tracy K’Meyer, chair of the Department of History at the University of Louisville, will recount the long and multifaceted struggle for school desegregation in Louisville. Dr. K'Meyer is the author of From Brown to Meredith: The Long Struggle for School Desegregation in Louisville, Kentucky.

A reception to honor Professor Powell will begin at 5 p.m. following the program.