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ACADEMIC SUPPORT WORKSHOP ON PREPARING FOR AND TAKING EXAMS

Exam time is fast-approaching! If you're a first-year student, or even an upper-division student who would like to perform better on your exams this semster, mark you calendar for one of these workshop times where I will present tips on Preparing For and Taking Law School Exams.  Attend either Wednesday, October 29 from 1-2 p.m. or Thursday, November 6 from 5-6 p.m.  Both workshops will be held in Room LL60.

Louis Jackson Memorial National Law Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

The Jackson Lewis law firm announces its sponsorship of the Louis Jackson Memorial National Law Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law. Chicago-Kent College of Law will administer the competition.  As in the past, entries will be blind judged by a panel of five labor/employment law professors.  Neither Jackson Lewis not Chicago-Kent will have any say in judging.
 
The first place award in $3,000 (structured as a scholarship so the recipient will not have to pay icome tax).
 
There are two second place awards of $1,000 each.
 
Winning entries will be posted on the competition website.
 
Entries must be received by Tuesday, January 20, 2009.
 
Please see the attached competition announcement. 

 

ACTA National Trial Competition

ACTA National Trial Competition Tryouts will take place on Thursday, November 13, 2008, from 4:00pm - 7:00pm in the Allen Courtroom.

If you are a 2L, 3L, or 4L and interested in developing your trial skills while simultaneously earning school credit and strengthening your resume, then this competition is for you.

For tryouts, you will need to submit your resume and present a 10-15 minute opening statement or closing argument using a past competition problem - State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb.  Students can access all of the materials for the case using the following link:  http://www.tyla.org/advocacy_ntc_archive.html.

Sign-up sheets will be posted from Wednesday, October 22, to Friday, October 31, on the Moot Court Board room door.  Please direct any questions to Brian Fayman.

Congressional Candidates Visit Law School

Candidates for Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District of the US House of Representatives visited the law school this week. Congressman John Yarmuth spoke on October 20th at the request of the Jewish Law Students Association. Former Congresswoman Anne Northup spoke the following day at the request of the student Federalist Society. Both candidates entertained questions from students, staff, and faculty after their presentations.

 

Aaron Uslan and John Yarmuth Shem Beard, Anne Northup, Bee Dean
Aaron Uslan and John Yarmuth Shem Beard, Anne Northup, and Bee Dean-Northup

ANNE NORTHUP

October 21, 2008, 12:05pm – 1:00pm
Room 275 (Tentative)
Registration Cost: Free
Anne Northup, candidate for Congress, will be speaking at the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law.  Attendance is free and all are welcome.  This event is sponsored by the Federalist Society in an effort to promote an informed student body through balanced representation on campus.

Ford Wins Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition

Algeria Ford
Congratulations to Algeria Ford, winner of the 2008 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition!

 

 

Appellant, Jason Schwalm, and Appellee, Algeria Ford, advanced from the first semifinal rounds to compete in the final round. The judges commended them both for an excellent performance.

Jason Schwalm and Samuel Lee
Jarrad Roby and Algeria Ford
Jason Schwalm and Samuel Lee Jarrad Roby and Algeria Ford
Final Round of Arguments
Final Round of Arguments

Pirtle-Washer 2008 Semifinalists

The Moot Court Board is pleased to announce that the semi-finalists for the 2008 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition are Algeria Ford, Samuel Lee, Jarrad Roby, and Jason Schwalm.


The semifinal and final rounds will be held on Friday, October 17th in the Allen Courtroom. All are welcome.

Here’s the schedule:

9 AM, Semifinal Round

  • Appellant: Jason Schwalm
  • Appellee: Samuel Lee

10:30 AM, Semifinal Round
  • Appellant: Jarrad Roby
  • Appellee: Algeria Ford
Semifinalists
 

Algeria Ford is a second year student who ultimately intends to practice patent law. He studied Biology and Chemistry as an undergraduate and holds a Masters degree in Biotechnology. He serves on the Journal of Law and Education, is a member of BLSA and will be representing the University as a member of the 2009 National Environmental Moot Court team. He credits his accomplishments to his wonderful wife and to his friends.

Samuel B. Lee, a third year law student, was born and raised in Owensboro, KY.  He attended the University of Kentucky where he earned a degree in Finance as well as a minor in Economics. After graduation, Mr. Lee plans to practice in Lexington.

Jarrad Roby, a third year student, hails from Bloomfield, KY and attended Bellarmine University where he studied Business Administration and Economics.  While at Bellarmine, Jarrad competed on its prestigious Mock Trial team earning All-American Attorney honors. Jarrad also helped to lead the Brandeis School of Law to a championship in last years Intrastate Moot Court competition. He is currently working for General Electric and clerked for the Governor's General Counsel last summer in Frankfort. He will attempt to participate on this year's Trademark Moot Court team as well and is looking forward to competing in the Spring.

Jason Schwalm is a third year student and Louisville native. His undergraduate degree is in literature from the University of Louisville.

 

Presiding Judges


Each semifinal round will be judged by the following three judge panel:


The winners of each of these rounds will continue to the final round at 1 PM.  This round will be judged by the following four judge panel:

Welcome John Shelman

The IT department welcomes John Shelman, a Computer Information Systems major in the College of Business, who joined us Friday, October 10. John will replace Josh Edlin as the primary student computing support person.  Josh remains with us and will take over network maintenance from Mike Valentine, who accepted a full-time position with Smoothstone IP Communications last month.

John will share room 119 with Joe Leitsch, and John's schedule this semester is as follows:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00-9:00 AM
12:30-3:30 PM
8:00-10:30 AM
4:00-5:00 PM
8:00-9:00 AM
12:30-3:30 PM
8:00-10:30 AM
4:00-5:00 PM
12:30-4:30 PM

 

 

 

Welcome, John!

Lawlapalooza's a Success!

Over 200 people turned out for Lawlapalooza, the Louisville law community's 4th annual battle of the bands, at Phoenix Hill Tavern on October 2, 2008. More than $6400 was raised for the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which provides summer fellowships for Louisville law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Ewing Fellows, Marque Carey (2007 recipient) and Jacqueline Hersh (2008 recipient) were both present to show their support.

Lawlapalooza drum kit

WFPK's Laura Shine opened the ceremonies and by the end of the night The Frank Galvin Experience was crowned as the crowd favorite. Its members include attorneys from Seiller Waterman PLLC and Bahe Cook Cantley & Jones PLLC law firms. Highlights also included a tribute to the best of the 80's by Jim Becker and Professors Lars Smith & Tim Hall of Elvis Cardozo and the Attractive Nuisances, along with rock n' roll classics performed by second-year law students Forrest Kuhn and Andrew Henson of Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

 

Jim Becker was quoted in the October 2008 edition of The National Jurist, "Even if we're all competitors, we still root for each other, too. Louisville's a big small town, and we haven't yet lost the sense of being neighbors, especially in the legal community, and especially among the even smaller subculture of people who are both attorneys and musicians." Tim Hall commented in "Guitars & Gavels" (The Louisville Cardinal, October 7, 2008), "We didn't win, but we had a lot of fun. It's always good to be outspent because you know you're raising more money." Andrew Henson added, "It is a networking opportunity too."

A jubilent crowd of judges, attorneys, students, and friends of the local legal community appeared to have a good time dancing, singing along to their favorite tunes, and even igniting their lighters as a show of support. For a recap of the night's events, watch the videos and visit the Lawlapalooza 2008 image gallery.

Spring 2009 Schedule Available

The most recent revisions to the Spring 2009 schedule and Course Notes have been uploaded to the website at the following link:

 

http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/class-schedules/spring-2009

 

Printed copies of the schedule and related materials will be available once technical difficulties with our printers have been resolved. In the meantime, please use the above link to access the Spring 2009 schedule.