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Resilient Communities and War on Poverty To Be Addressed in Boehl Lecture

Professor Tony Arnold, Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use, will give a lecture on “The War on Poverty (50 Years Later) and Resilient Communities” on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 12:00 Noon, in Room 275 of the Brandeis School of Law. The lecture is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served, but attendees should bring their own drinks. There is no need to RSVP.

The lecture, part of the Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy, will start with a Kentucky connection. In 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Inez, KY, shortly after launching the War on Poverty, one of our nation’s most ambitious initiatives. In the past 50 years, the War on Poverty has had both critics and supporters, both failures and successes. In framing poverty as something to be fought and defeated, though, our policies have failed to focus on building resilience and adaptive capacity among low-income communities, which are affected by their natural and physical environments and land use patterns, according to Arnold. Resilient communities are ones that are able to adapt to changing conditions and surprise disturbances, such as floods, drought, urban heat island effects, economic downturns, mortgage foreclosure crises, and the like.

 

 

 

 

Professor Tony Arnold, the inaugural holder of the Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use at the University of Louisville, is among the nation’s leading experts on social-ecological resilience and governance institutions. He teaches in both the Brandeis School of Law and the Department of Urban and Public Affairs and directs the interdisciplinary Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility. He has worked on poverty issues with low-income urban and rural communities throughout his personal and professional life.  

The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy is sponsored by the Herbert Boehl Fund and the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund. Co-sponsors at the University of Louisville are: the Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility; the Center for Environmental Policy and Management; the Planning Student Organization; the Master of Public Administration Students; the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research; the Law School Diversity Committee; the Sustainability Scholars Roundtable; the Environmental Law and Land Use Society; & the Office of Community Engagement. The Lecture will be a Law School Diversity Event.

Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition Champion

Congratulatons to Ben Shepard, the 2014 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition Champion, Aaron Riggs, the 2014 runner-up, and Emily Devuono and Daniel Reed, the 2014 semi-finalists. The judges were extremely impressed with the oral advocay skills of the competitors. Appellant, Ben Shepard, and Appellee, Aaron Riggs, advanced from the semi-final rounds to compete in the championship round. The judges commended them both for their performances.

Recreational Reading in the Washer Lounge

Is your brain turning to mush from thinking too much about torts and contracts? Are your eyes begging for a break from casebooks and course outlines? If so, then check out the reading collection in the Washer Lounge. The collection of best sellers, novels, humor essays and graphic novels are waiting for your perusal. The collection is on the honor system. Just sign the card in the back of the book and then return the book whenever you are done with it. It's that simple! Go there now--your eyes and brain will thank you for it.

Exam4 Practice Test Deadline for Legal Research Final and Contracts I Mid-Term, Hall Is Tonight!

The deadline to submit an Exam4 practice test to qualify to take the Fall 2014 Legal Research final exam and/or Professor Hall's Contracts I mid-term (ungraded) on computer is TONIGHT, Friday, September 26, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Reminder - LGBT, Gay Pride Marriage Equality, 12:00 p.m., Room 275 (Lunch and Presentation)

The Dean's Newsletter - Fall 2014

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Pirtle-Washer Advocacy Competition Preliminary Results

The Moot Court Board congratulates all competitors in the Pirtle-Washer Competition preliminary rounds. The judges were very impressed with the quality of the advocacy. The quarter-finalists were: Christine Shannon, Tyler Peavler, Ben Shepard, Daniel Reed, Emily Devouno, Aaron Riggs, Issac Fain,and Kevin Boswell. Moving on to the semi-final rounds are: Ben Shepard, Aaron Riggs, Daniel Reed and Emily Devouno. The semi-finals will take place on Friday, September 26, at 3:00 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom with the finals to follow later that day. Please join us to support the advocates.

Sana Abhari would like to thank the volunteer attorney judges, the scoring team, the 1L Witness Program volunteers, Dean Nowka, the entire Moot Court team, and her wonderful facilitators Megan Diffenderfer, Whitney Graham and Laura Tapp.

Networking Opportunity

In March, YPAL started the “Legal-Ease” lunch series, where we invited four local judges to talk with attendees about career/life advice.  On October 1, YPAL is having another Legal-Ease event.  This time, we’re featuring what are essentially the managing partners from the six largest firms in Louisville:

  • Robert Connolly - Stites & Harbison PLLC
  • John Crockett - Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Donald Kelly - Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP
  • Mark Oppenheimer - Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
  • Kendrick Riggs - Stoll Keenon Odgen PLLC
  • John Selent - Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

This would be an incredible opportunity for law students to get to know some of the most influential attorneys in the city.  Here’s the link for information/registration:  https://www.ypal.org/Events/Legal-Ease-Community-Business-Development.  Seating is very limited.

Admissions Seeking 2014-2015 Academic Year Admissions Ambassadors

Admissions seeking 2014-2015 Academic Year Admissions Ambassadors

The Office of Admissions is looking for 1L's, 2L's, and 3L's to serve as Admissions Ambassadors for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The position is a volunteer position.  We are looking for students who are outgoing and willing to communicate and work with prospective and admitted students.  Admissions Ambassadors will serve as tour guides, communicate with prospective and admitted students by telephone and email, and occasionally represent the law school at both on and off-campus recruitment programs.   There will be an information session to learn more about the Admissions Ambassador program on Monday, September 22 from 12:15-1:15 pm in Room 175.  Pizza will be served (bring your own drink).  For questions or additional information, please contact Emily Meador at epmead01@louisville.edu or Ryan Nafziger at ryan.nafziger@louisville.edu or come by the Ambassador Coordinator Office, Room 105.

 

Mandatory Exam4 Training for 1Ls Is Today at 1:00 PM

In preparation for the Legal Research final exam, Saturday, October 4, the IT staff will conduct a mandatory policy and training session for 1Ls on using Exam4 today, Wednesday, September 17, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in room 275. Again, this session is required for all first-year students. Students are not required but are encouraged to bring their laptops.

This event was originally scheduled, and announced, for Thursday, Sept. 25, but due to a conflicting event, it was rescheduled several weeks ago.