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LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FROM A CLASS

The last day to withdraw from a spring class is Friday, March 7, 2014.  Since the University does repairs to the system on Fridays, we recommend that if you are planning to withdraw from a class, please do so by 10:00 p.m., Friday, March 7.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Assistant Dean Ballard or Barbara Thompson in Student Records.

Did You Miss the Journal Information Session Yesterday?

The Student Life Office held the second information session of the spring semester yesterday focusing on the Law School's three journals.  B.J. Hardy, Ben Shepard, Derek Miles, Cassie Blausey, and Professor Metzmeier spoke about each journal's membership responsibilities, application process, selection criteria, and more.  Handouts from the information session are available outside Dean Ballard's office.  You can also find Dean Ballard's handout online.

Mark your calendar now for the remaining Spring 2014 Information Sessions:

• 2/26  Kentucky Innocence Project Externship
• 3/6    Skills Certificate Programs                              
• 3/18  Summer and Fall Externships        
• 3/20  Entrepreneurship Clinic
• 3/24  1L Registration Advising Session (mandatory)
• 3/25  Moot Court Board and Competitions
• 3/27  Law Clinic
• 4/1    Dual Degree Programs

IT Staff Assisting with KY Bar Exam

The IT staff will be out of the office from about 3:00 p.m. Monday, February 24, through the entire day Tuesday, February 25, 2014, to assist with computer administration of the Kentucky Bar Exam in Lexington.

Since February 2008, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions has used Extegrity's Exam4 for the Kentucky and Multistate Essay Exams.

 

Good luck to our graduates taking the Bar Exam!

Kentucky Innocence Project Information Session

All rising 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to an informative information session this Wednesday, 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

Information Session on Wednesday: Kentucky Innocence Project Externship

All rising 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to an informative information session on 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, and Jimmer Dudley, the Investigator 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 while it lasts.  Please bring your own drink.  Room 175

 

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.