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University Student Awards - Application Deadline March 1

On Thursday, April 17 at 7 pm, the University will recognize the achievements made by its students, student organizations, and advisers.  Dean Ballard encourages all law students and law student organizations to consider submitting a nomination for one or more of the awards.  There are several different categories.  Examples are listed below. 

The applications are available through Org Sync on the Student Awards Portal at https://orgsync.com/60508/chapter and are listed under “Forms”.  You must sign in as a member of the Student Awards Portal and be logged in to access the applications.  If you are not a member of Org Sync you must create a profile.  All applications must be submitted by 5:00p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

 

Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student Award
The outstanding student award recognizes a specific achievement such as the implementation of a unique program or event, the persevering against incredible odds, or a particular action to promote social change.  Nominees are also evaluated on academic success.  Minimum GPA required for eligibility is 3.7.


Organization of the Year 2013-14 (Recipient receives $500 towards 2014-2015 program)

The Outstanding Student Organization of the Year is given to a student organization or group that has demonstrated excellence and makes a lasting contribution to the university community.  The Outstanding Student Organization of the Year is considered a role model for other organizations on campus.  Nominees should demonstrate excellence in fulfillment of its organization purpose, membership involvement, organization development, leadership training and opportunity for members, shown active participation in UofL campus activities, and community service.  Nominees must be a group or organization that has existed for two consecutive years at UofL.  The organization must be in good standing with the University.

Outstanding New Organization 2013-14 (Recipient receives $500 towards 2014-2015 program)

This award recognizes a student group or organization that has existed for three years or less and has made a significant impact on campus.  Nominees should demonstrate a high level of achievement in one or more areas, such as fulfillment of its organization's purpose, membership involvement, organization development, leadership training and opportunity for members, shown active participation in UofL campus activities, and community service.

Outstanding Program 2013-14
This award has been created to recognize an outstanding program coordinated by a student group or organization that has had a unique impact on the university community. Programs will be evaluated on supporting documentation and descriptions of the following programming areas: goals, program outcomes, planning and preparation, funding, publicity and promotion, overcoming obstacles, evaluation, program success, and campus support.


Collaboration Award 2013-14
This award recognizes the efforts of two or more groups or organizations that worked together on a specific program/event/project. The achievement should be a unique action that has not benefited the welfare of the organizations, fulfilled any national affiliation, or led to any monetary gain. The achievement should not have been related to a recruiting or competitive event. Programs will be evaluated on supporting documentation and descriptions of the following programming areas: goals, program outcomes, planning and preparation, funding, publicity and promotion, overcoming obstacles, evaluation, program success, and campus support.

Please see Dean Ballard if you have questions or need help submitting a nomination!

Keep Reviewing the Writing Competitions Open to Law Students!

Would you like to earn CASH prizes for a paper you are currently writing or have already written?  Then don’t forget to check out the Student Writing Competitions page and submit your papers for a chance to receive CASH prizes and possible publication!  Essay topics include international business, women’s rights, Native American law or other indigenous groups, privacy and social media, labor and employment law, energy law, tax law, and much more. Cash prizes range from $250 to $5,000, and some prizes include a funded trip to receive the prize. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win some cash and to be recognized for your hard work!

Today: Information Session about 2L and 3L Journal Membership

On Monday, February 24, in Room 275, at 11:50, join the editors of the Law School’s three journals (JAEL, JLE, and University of Louisville Law Review) for an informative program regarding the opportunity for journal membership during your second or third year of law school.  Panelists will discuss the benefits of journal membership, the application process and timeline, selection criteria, membership responsibilities, satisfying the writing requirement, earning academic credit, and much more. This is your only opportunity to hear from all three journals in one setting and get your questions answered.  We'll have pizza and breadsticks for attendees.

$5,000 LSAC Writing Competition

All law students in good standing are invited to participate in the Law School Admission Council's Writing Competition on best practices for recruitment and retention of students of color and students from other underrepresented groups in law schools.

All papers must be submitted no later than May 1, 2014.  One winning paper will be selected from each of the three qualifying categories of eligible students (1L, 2L, 3L).  Each winner will receive $5,000.

For more information on the topic, length and format, and evaluation criteria, see the Writing Competition Memo.

2014 Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student Award

The Executive Committee of the Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar has established the Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student Award.  The award was created to recognize both excellence and achivement in the field of bankruptcy and corporate restructuring law, and to encourage the pursuit of a career in bankruptcy law and corporate restructuring. 

The Law School is accepting student self nominations through May 1, 2014.  Nominees for the MRBS Distinguished Law Student Award will be a first, second, or third year law student with a superior academic record, a strong interest in the practice of bankruptcy law and corporate restructuring, and a commitment to pursuing a career in the practice. 

To self nominate, please send your resume and a statement of interest in the fields of bankruptcy law and corporate restructuring to Dean Ballard by May 1.  Members of the Executive Committee will select up to four students from law schools in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky to receive the award.  The recipients will receive:

  • Complimentary registration at the Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar scheduled for August 21 and 22, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio;
  • Reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses;
  • Two nights stay at the Westin Hotel in Cincinnati;
  • Invitations to the faculty dinner on August 21;
  • Listing of the Distinguished Law Student recipients on the MRBS website; and
  • Recognition and award during lunch on August 21.

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

13 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 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.

Upcoming Information Sessions Next Week

Attention current 1Ls and 2Ls:

Two important information sessions will be offered next week on Monday and Wednesday.  The first information session will focus on Journals and the second information session will focus on the Kentucky Innocence Project.  As you begin to think about how you want to design your schedule for the 2014-15 academic year and beyond, I think you'll find these information sessions invaluable.  If you take advantage of these sessions and learn about the different opportunities available to you to enrich your law school experience, you can decide what your top priorities are and plan accordingly.


February 24 – Student Life Info Session: Law Journals, Rm 275
On Monday, February 24, in Room 275, at 11:50, join the editors of the Law School’s three journals (JAEL, JLE, and University of Louisville Law Review) for an informative program regarding the opportunity for journal membership during your second or third year of law school.  Panelists will discuss the benefits of journal membership, the application process and timeline, selection criteria, membership responsibilities, satisfying the writing requirement, earning academic credit, and much more. This is your only opportunity to hear from all three journals in one setting and get your questions answered.  We'll have pizza and breadsticks for attendees.

February 26 – KY Innocence Project Externship Information Session, Rm 175
All rising 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to an informative information session on Wednesday, February 26, 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.

Linda Smith, the Supervising Attorney for KIP, will discuss the Kentucky Innocence Project and how you can participate during the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.  This externship is available to rising 2Ls and 3Ls.  The Cafe will cater lunch for attendees.  Please bring your own drink.

 

MSSW Information Sessions for Prospective Students

Are you interested in a profession dedicated to improving the quality of life for individuals, families and communities?  The dual JD/MSSW program recognizes the value of interdisciplinary study and encourages students having an interest in both social work and law to pursue these degrees simultaneously.

The Kent School of Social Work is hosting information sessions on March 5 and March 19.  Come find out more about the JD/MSSW dual degree and if the MSSW program is right for you. 

RSVP to reserve your space today. Additional Information: Sarah Caragianis, msswkent@louisville.edu.

Are You Still Reading the Docket?

Law students are charged with knowledge of all information distributed by the Daily Docket.  Don't miss important announcements regarding mandatory programs, upcoming events, scholarship opportunities, writing competitions, professional development opportunities, speaker visits, and more. 

Congratulations to Scott Poynter and Emily Meyer, winners of the random, spring Daily Docket drawing.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (February 14) before noon to claim your prizes.

A Look at Professor Cedric Merlin Powell: Bridging the Gap Between the Brandeis School of Law and the Louisville Community

By Rebecca Sears

The Brandeis School of Law recognizes the value of community engagement for both faculty and students. Faculty members like Professor Cedric Merlin Powell are setting this example by giving back to the community. Professor Powell has taught at Brandeis for what will be twenty-one years in August. In regards to public service, he believes the school truly lives out the spirit of Justice Brandeis through their commitment to serving the community.

“We embody Justice Brandeis’s spirit by encouraging students to be the public lawyer he believed in. We also are one of the few law schools which require service to graduate. This is a great motivator for students to become involved,” Powell said. “Being connected to the local community is a win-win situation for law students. Their training and public interest work will ultimately make them better lawyers.”

While Professor Powell encourages student engagement, he is strongly connected to the Louisville community as well. For the past ten years, Powell has served on the TARC board and is currently the board’s chair. He says, “Leadership Louisville is how I got started with TARC. They’ve been around for 25-30 years and allow individuals to see all of the community, to choose where they would like to get involved. It is a great program.” Powell attends monthly meetings and also dedicates his time to special TARC projects. In his ten years, he has helped the board provide efficient, economical, and environment friendly transportation to the city. When discussing his work with TARC, Powell expressed “I am most proud of our team effort. Every façade of TARC is a team: from the mechanical to implementation to planning to drivers, we are working with the same goals in mind.” Between teaching at the law school and dedicating his time to TARC, Professor Powell is bridging the gap between the local community and the law school. He is, without a doubt, continuing the long-standing tradition of public service at the school. 

When asked his favorite thing about his work in the community, he enthusiastically responded: “When we come up with something to better public transportation. For instance, when we replace old buses with new ones or introduce a new route to the public.” Recently, TARC introduced a new express route connecting downtown Louisville to Sellersburg, Indiana. The goal is to develop a link between Ivy Tech College and downtown Louisville. TARC hopes to encourage education for those who may be working in the Louisville area by providing viable transportation options. In working with TARC, Professor Powell is now even working to create state connections as well. 

Professor Cedric Merlin Powell is most certainly bridging the gap between the local community and law school. His work with TARC will have lasting impacts as he continues to improve the city’s public transportation system. Recently, the Louisville Bar Association recognized his service to the community with the Trail Blazer Award and the YMCA acknowledged his work in their youth achievers program. With his example, students will continue striving to be the public service lawyer Justice Brandeis encouraged and envisioned.