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Land Use and Environmental Law Classes in Spring 2015

Both Land Use & Planning Law and Environmental Law will be offered in Spring 2015.  They were accidentally dropped off the first draft of the Spring 2015 course schedule that was distributed to students.  The schedule has been corrected and posted on the Academics page of the Law School website.

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Mark Your Calendar - Information Session on All Summer and Fall Externship Opportunities - Tuesday, March 18

Externships allow students to earn academic credit while developing lawyering skills under the direct supervision of a licensed and practicing attorney.  For the Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 semesters, students can choose from more than 18 different externship placements.

All students are invited to an information session Tuesday, March 18, at noon, in Room 175, to learn about all the different externship opportunities.  Faculty supervisors Professors Blackburn, Cross, Jordan, and Trucios-Haynes will discuss how to apply for an externship; the selection process; what each externship is like; how many credit hours you can earn from participation; and much more. 

We'll have sandwiches from The Cafe for students who are able to attend. 

Trustees Award

The Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville established The Trustees Award in 1989 to honor faculty who individually impact the future of our students.  (Note:  in the world you are but one person, but to one person you are the world.)  The award is intended to recognize faculty (full- or part-time; undergraduate, graduate, or professional; even groups of faculty) who have had, currently or in the past, an extraordinary impact on students.  The recipient will receive a $5,000 cash award and a commemorative plaque, which will be presented at University Commencement ceremonies in May, 2014. A plaque will also be placed in the Student Activities Center in honor of the recipient.  Members of the Board of Trustees provide the cash award through personal gifts to the University of Louisville Foundation, Inc.  The 2014 award will be announced prior to Commencement.  All faculty (with the exception of previous winners - Abramson and Arnold) are eligible to receive this award.  Nominations will be accepted from any member of the University community (faculty/students/staff/administrators/ Trustees) until March 18, 2014.

The nomination must consist of the Nomination Form and letters of support outlining the nominee’s qualifications and contributions to the University community. The award form can be downloaded at http://www.louisville.edu/president/trustees/TrusteeAward.doc.

Nominations should be submitted to The Trustees Award Committee, Board of Trustees, University of Louisville, 102 Grawemeyer Hall, Belknap Campus, Louisville, KY 40292.

In-House Counsel Externships for Summer and Fall 2014 - Priority Application Deadline March 21

Students in these externships will develop lawyering skills working under the supervision of attorneys providing legal services within various business organizations.  For summer and fall 2014, opportunities exist at General Electric, Passport Health Plan, and Beam, Inc.   Additional information about these placements is accessible at the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”

Open to students who have completed the 1L curriculum and at least 40 credit hours.  Students can earn two or three credits.

For all in-house counsel externships, students must submit a resume, a completed externship pre-registration form, and an unofficial copy of their law school transcript to Professor Karen Jordan by the priority due date of March 21, 2014.  Externship pre-registration forms are accessible from the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION,” and outside room 216.

Learn more at the Externship Information Session on Tuesday, March 18.

Kentucky Innocence Project Externship - Priority Application Deadline March 31

In this externship, students learn investigative skills and knowledge relating to post-conviction relief, and use the information in the field performing supervised work in cases under investigation by the Kentucky Innocence Project.  Working in teams, students investigate and explore potential arguments that might support a claim for wrongful conviction. Students review court proceedings leading to conviction, and other information found in a variety of places, e.g., defense attorney files, prosecution records, the crime scene, or the recollections of attorneys and judges who worked on the case or witnesses with information about the case.  Includes participation in a mock crime scene investigation, and opportunities to learn from DNA experts, medical examiners, and crime lab personnel.

Open to students who have completed the 1L curriculum.  Earn four credits for work during the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters. 

Students interested in participating should submit an application and an unofficial copy of their law school transcript to Professor Karen Jordan by the priority due date of March 31, 2014.  The application and more information are accessible at the TWEN course titled “Kentucky Innocence Project INFORMATION,” and outside room 216. 

Frost Brown Todd IP Diversity Scholarship

Frost Brown Todd, LLC has established the FBT Intellectual Property Diversity Scholarship Fund to support and encourage diversity in patent law.  First and second year law students with technical backgrounds are eligible to apply for a scholarship to provide financial assistance with books for a year or bar review/application fees.  Applicants must submit a statement of interest not to exceed 1,000 words explaining why they desire a career in patent law.  The application deadline is July 1.  See Application Form.

Full Tuition Scholarship Opportunity - Deadline April 30

The Mae Elizabeth Kaufman and Theresa Coffman Scholarship fund is accepting applications for tuition scholarships for students who are enrolled full-time and pursuing a J.D. degree.  Applicants must be residents of Louisville.  Recipient will be under a moral obligation to assist disadvantaged and deprived persons in his/her community.  No scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who has obtained any other scholarship for the same degree program.

The application deadline is April 30, 2014.  The application and criteria are available here.  

EBS Law School Accepting Nominations for Fall Term

Students interested in studying abroad this fall at EBS Law School in Wiesbaden, Germany should contact Dean Ballard to begin the nomination process.  The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2014.

The fall semester begins on September 22 and runs through December 12.  The language of instruction is English and the program focus is Transnational Commercial Law.  Participants will benefit from the expertise of both the law and the economics faculty of the EBS Universität.  See the brochure for the full curriculum.

In addition to the lectures and workshops, EBS offers site visits to places of interest such as e.g. the European Court of Justice and several social activities like get-togethers with German law students and sightseeing.

Scholarship Opportunity

Mae Elizabeth Kaufman and Theresa Coffman Scholarships are available to pay tuition for students who are enrolled full-time and pursuing a J.D. degree.  Applicants must be residents of Louisville.  Recipient will be under a moral obligation to assist disadvantaged and deprived persons in his/her community.  No scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who has obtained any other scholarship for the same degree program.

The application deadline is April 30, 2014.  Applications are available from Dean Ballard, Office 216.