Law School Delivers Justice and Service (page 14)
The Brandeis School of Law is an outstanding example of how UofL’s academic units support the area. Its long history of community engagement includes several public service initiatives, supported by the school’s Samuel L. Greenbaum Public Service Program, in which law students serve at wills clinics, family law clinics and Latino law clinics, volunteer at community centers, in income tax assistance programs and more. The UofL Law Clinic in downtown Louisville is also having a major impact on the community. The clinic is staffed by third-year law students and provides free legal assistance under the supervision of clinic director Shelley Santry, a UofL law professor and former prosecutor in the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office. Since opening its doors in spring 2009, the clinic has handled more than 100 cases, from Emergency Protective Order hearings to divorces and evictions. “There simply is no better way to learn the law than handling real cases and representing real clients,” says law school dean Jim Chen.
C is for Central High School (page 20)
The university also reaches out to area youth through its longest-running school-based partnership, the Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program. UofL law students teach law courses at the high school under the direction of Central teacher Joe Gutmann, who is also a UofL alumnus. Each year about 15 to 25 UofL students participate. Along with teaching assistance, UofL provides mentoring, tutoring and education programs by faculty and members of the legal community.
Beginning Monday, May 16, UofL will start an intensive renovation project on The Oval in front of Grawemeyer Hall. This project will necessitate significant changes to traffic patterns and to parking in this area.
Beginning May 17, The Oval will become a two-way street, and signs will be posted to direct traffic to the Natural Sciences and Law lots. Traffic patterns will change several times before the project's expected completion on Aug. 15.
Students from Brandeis School of Law traveled to Vienna, Austria from April 14th to 22nd to compete in the prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court competition. Over 270 law school teams from six continents took part. The Brandeis School of Law is the only law school from Kentucky or Indiana—and most of the surrounding states—that sent a team to this competition.
The students, Jeff Benedict, Darren Mayberry, Iara Montoro, Joe Tackett and Miran Vila, were effective advocates. According to their coach, Robert Brown, “In their competition against teams from China, Korea, Germany and Ukraine, they demonstrated detailed knowledge of international law as well as international arbitration, and held UofL out as a university that understands global business and law. The team also ranked competitively with schools such as Columbia, Cornell, NYU and Yale.”
The competition and its surrounding educational events serve as an unparalleled networking opportunity for students wishing to understand and become involved in international commercial business and arbitration. The team looks forward to contributing to the growing international climate at the Brandeis School of Law by working with the 2012 team.