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Professor Cedric Merlin Powell Receives LBA Trailblazer Award

On February 25, Professor Cedric Merlin Powell, received the Louisville Bar Association’s annual Trailblazer Award, given each year during Black History Month at the Bar Association.  Previous recipients include the late Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. and numerous other distinguished lawyers, jurists, and public officials.  Professor Powell is the first member of the legal education community to be recognized by this award. Professor Powell’s remarks in receiving the award spoke of the essential principle of “empathy” in addressing issues of race.

I am deeply humbled and honored to receive this award.  Not only is it profound to me that I am receiving an award named after one of the Commonwealth’s greatest jurists, I also share this great honor with a group of distinguished members of the Louisville and Kentucky bars.  I am especially honored to be the first law professor to receive this great privilege. 

Read more of his remarks here.

 

In-House Counsel and Fort Knox Externships

Earn Academic Credit for In-House Counsel Externship

Externship opportunities at the Louisville office of Passport Health Plan remain available for Summer and Fall 2014.  Passport is a not-for-profit licensed health maintenance organization operating a managed care program for the provision of Medicaid services in Louisville and surrounding counties.  The extern will work with the legal services team in Passport’s compliance department, and have opportunities to gain knowledge and experience relating to contract law and contract negotiation, and health law related federal and state regulations.  Students can earn 2 or 3 credits.  Prerequisite: 40 credit hours, including first year curriculum.  Contact Professor Jordan for more information.

Earn Academic Credit for Externship with Fort Knox

Externship opportunities at Fort Knox remain available for Fall 2014.  Student externs can earn two credits working with the US Cadet Command Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA), an office that provides legal services across the Fort Knox installation.  The externship offers opportunities to develop research, litigation, and/or transactional legal skills, and to enhance legal knowledge across a broad range of areas: e.g., criminal law in federal courts, including civilian misdemeanor prosecution; civil litigation involving cases in courts throughout the region; and/or administrative law involving a range of substantive subject matter (e.g., government contracts, labor, ethics, environmental, or military personnel law).  Externs are supervised by staff judge advocates or civilian attorneys working in the OSJAs.  Requires eight (8) hours of field work per week during the fall semester.  Prerequisite: 40 credit hours, including first year curriculum.  Contact Professor Jordan for more information.

Library Student Workers Honored

Three of the law library's student workers were honored at the recent Honors and Awards Program. Kudos to Michael Atkinson (pictured left with Dean Duncan), Alex Russell (pictured second from right), and Bailey Schrupp!

  • Michael Atkinson, 3L: Top Grades During 2013 (Constitutional Law II, Copyright, Legal History), Brandeis Honor Society, Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Award (he performed 365 hours of public service at five different public service placements), University of Louisville Law Review (Member), Student Bar Association (Historian) and the Honor Council
  • Alex Russell, 2L: Edwin H. Perry Mediation Fellow, American Bar Association Negotiation Competition (Team Member), Journal of Law and Education (Member)
  • Bailey Schrupp, 2L: Journal of Animal and Environmental Law (Member), American Bar Association Arbitration Competition (Facilitator)

Visit the Academic Success Resource Library

The Academic Success Resource Library (the "ASRL") is located in the Office of Academic Success, Room 112,  and is a library of supplemental study materials that students may check out for the duration of the semester.  There are still resources available for every course.  Feel free to stop by and check out a study aid to assist you with final exam review.

For those of you who have checked out study materials, please do not forget to return them to the ASRL after your exams.  Also, donations of any study materials are always greatly appreciated! 

About Exam4 and Student ID Numbers

In spite of training during the 1L year, regular announcements, information on our Web site, and policy, instructing students to always identify themselves on Exam4 practice tests using one's ULink user name (e.g., lhoswa01), some students continue to use their UofL Student ID Number, instead.

In the over ten years that the Brandeis School of Law has permitted students to take exams on computer, we have never required, asked or wanted students to identify themselves on any practice or real exam using student ID numbers. We never have, and we never will, so I am completely puzzled about how any student ever understood that he/she should use his/her student ID number on any electronic exam, practice or real.

Last spring, with the introduction of the app on the School of Law's Web site, which automatically sends an e-mail confirming receipt of one's valid Exam4 practice test, it became even more imperative that students submit practice tests using their ULink user names, and only their ULink user names.

- Dean Becker

Trial Practice Section added for Fall 2014

Another section of Trial Practice has been added to the Fall 2014 course schedule. Professor Pat Bouldin will teach Trial Practice on Thursdays, 4:15-6:45. Enrollment in this course is now open.

Spring Cleaning - Check Your Student Mailbox!

Students - before finals begin, please remember to check your mailbox and recycle anything that you do not want to keep.  Award certificates for students unable to attend the Awards Ceremony have been place in student mailboxes.  So, please remember to mosey down to the basement to pick up your mail.  

Interested in Studying Abroad in Luxembourg? Meet Dean Braum Today.

Dean Stefan Braum of the U. Luxembourg is visiting the Law School this week.  All students interested in going to Luxembourg are invited to meet with Dean Braum on Thursday, April 17, at noon, in the Harlan Room.  Dean Braum has a slide presentation about the University.  Please contact Isaac Fain, President of the International Law Society, for more details.   

MONDAY, APRIL 21 - DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR MAKE-UP EXAM REQUEST FORM

If you are planning to take a make-up exam this spring semester, please submit your make-up exam request form by 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 21.

Exam4 Practice Test Problems

If you experience or have experienced any problem with Exam4 while taking or submitting a practice test, please report it on our new Error Reporting Form (login required). The information you provide is extremely helpful for identifying software bugs or incompatibilities between Exam4 or some of its features and particular operating systems

Thank you!