Due to the hard and enterprising work of Algeria Ford and Barry Dunn, a brand new event has been added to the law school calendar:
The 1L Oral Argument Competition.
More than two dozen 1Ls have volunteered to participate in the competition. The final round, slated for 3:00 p.m. this Friday, will be argued in the Allen Courtroom before the following panel of jurists: Chief Judge Danny Boggs, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Judge McKay Chauvin, Jefferson County Circuit Court; Judge Ann Shake, Jefferson County Circuit Court
The presence of students, faculty and staff will be greatly welcomed. A brief reception featuring our guests and 1L finalists will follow immediately in the Cox Lounge.
Below is the moot court bracketing from the quarterfinals (today) through the final round on Friday.
We'd also like to recognize all the 1Ls who participated in the competition:
- Ben Basil
- Brian Bennett
- Matthew Birkhofer
- Nathan Chittick
- Jacob Davis
- Sean Donaldson
- Michael Gray
- Nicole Kersting
- Phil Lawson
- Eric Lowe
- Michael McKay
- Blake Nolan
- Marilyn Osborn
- Courtney Phelps
- Aaron Price
- Katie Reisz
- Jared Sawyer
- Daniel Schoenbaechler
- Beth Schroeder
- Zachary Springer
- Tommy Sturgeon
- Samantha Thomas
- Whitney True
- Jenny White
The American Constitution Society, a new organization at the Law School, is hosting its first Speaking Event on April 8 at noon, in room 175. Attorney Gregory Belzley is a Pro Bono Attorney with Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. He will be speaking on "Civil Rights of the Incarcerated."
We will also be holding executive board elections on April 14th for the fall term. To stand for elections for the ACS executive board, you must join the national chapter. Membership can be obtained at www.acslaw.org/join. Elections will be held in room 80 from 5-6 PM.
ACS is a progressive-minded national legal organization. As a charter
member of the national organization, the American Constitution Society
at Brandeis School of Law seeks to promote the mission of the American
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) promotes the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law. These abiding principles are reflected in the vision of the Constitution’s framers and the wisdom of forward-looking leaders who have shaped our law throughout American history. As a result of their efforts, the Constitution has retained its authority and relevance for each new generation.
The American Constitution Society embraces the progress our nation has made toward full embodiment of the Constitution’s core values. ACS believes that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. We are revitalizing and transforming legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislatures and the media, and we are building a diverse and dynamic network of progressives committed to justice. Through these efforts, ACS will ensure that the institutions of American law reflect the highest values of our nation and serve the needs of its people.
James S. Fisher
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law
The Andrew Young Memorial Walk/Run was held on Sunday, March 29. Students, faculty, staff and alumni joined together with Andrew's family to celebrate his life. Before and after the event, members of Andrew's law school family had an opportunity to share their feelings with Andrew's parents, brother and other relatives.
Thanks to all who joined together for this memorial.
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This is a final reminder that the 2nd Annual day of collective community service will take place on Saturday, April 4. All law students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate. Family and friends are also welcome.
We're now collecting donations for the Animal Care Society, Family Scholar House and Kentucky Foster Care & Special Needs Adoption Program. Please place your items in the bins in the Mosaic lobby. Don't forget to sign up there to register for a gift card.
Volunteers have three interesting and diverse projects to choose from again this year. The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund has made arrangements for an animal welfare project at the Animal Care Society, Louisville's only no-kill shelter; the Women's Law Caucus has arranged to create gift baskets for mothers at the Family Scholar House in preparation for their final exams; and the Environmental Law & Land Use Society has organized a clean-up project at Iroquois Park.
A fabulous array of door prizes will be awarded to volunteers who attend the kick-off party at 11 AM that morning.
For more details, see: 2009 Louisville Law Community Service Day.
2009 SUMMER & FALL REGISTRATION INSTRUCTIONS
Registration for Law School classes includes two separate procedures. First, a student must complete all required forms for submission to the Law School's Student Records Office. Second, a student must register online (ULink) or by telephone (touch-tone) registration (852-2222) through the University of Louisville's system.
Registration for 2L, 3L & 4L students is based on the number of credit hours completed. The information below lists your first opportunity to register, which is determined based on your classification (see chart below). You may register and drop/add anytime after your first opportunity arrives. The Law School schedule indicates the maximum enrollment in courses. The registration process provides immediate information about whether a student is enrolled in a course.
Priority for Evening Classes and Seminars. Priority registration provides part-time students who comply with registration rules priority for classes and seminars beginning at or after 4:15 PM. Priority registration is the only opportunity to assert priority for classes and seminars or to ensure registration in evening classes.
If you have fewer than 21 credits completed, but have finished most of your first-year required courses, you may request permission for priority registration as an upper division student. A request form is included in this package or may be obtained from Student Records.
A student will not be permitted to register through the University system and may lose his or her opportunity for early registration unless:
(1) All required forms are to be submitted to the Law School's Student Records Office and all registration holds are removed from your university profile BEFORE REGISTRATION.
(2) All parking fines are paid and all financial holds are taken off your records by the University's Registrar's Office BEFORE REGISTRATION. Be sure to check Summary of Account for any parking fines or financial holds before you complete your registration forms. Students with any holds on their records will not have access to the University's online registration system.
Students who knowingly register before their assigned priority registration time have engaged in dishonest conduct involving academic endeavors in violation of the Law School's Honor Code.
4L Part-Time Students: 68+ hours not including Spring 2009
3L Part-Time Students: 46+ hours not including Spring 2009
2L Part-Time Students: 22+ hours not including Spring 2009
1L Part-Time Students: fewer than 22 hours
3L Full-Time Students: 59+ hours not including Spring 2009
2L Full-Time Students: 22+ hours not including Spring 2009
1L Full-Time Students: fewer than 22 hours
Pre-registration Forms for ALL students must be returned to the Student Records Office by 4:00 pm on Monday, April 6.
Registration begins for 3L full time students and 1L, 2L, 3L & 4L students who will be designated as part time students in the fall semester and who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to Student Records. This is the only opportunity for evening students to ensure registration in evening classes.
8:00 a.m., Monday, April 13, 2009:
Registration begins for 2L full time students who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to the Student Records Office.
8:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2009:
Registration begins for 1L full time students who have completed and returned their pre-registration forms to the Student Records Office.
PACKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE THE AFTERNOON OF MONDAY, MARCH 30.
Jeffrey Benedict, a first year law student, is one of three University of Louisville students & alums to receive a Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institutes for 2009. Sponsored by the United States Department of State, the CLS program was launched in 2006 to offer intensive overseas study in critical need foreign languages. Since the initiation of this program, the University of Louisville has received 8 Critical Language Scholarships.
Jeffrey will use his CLS to study beginning Turkish. As a former George Mitchell Scholar, Benedict earned an M.A. from the National University of Ireland Maynooth in Musicology with first class honours. Benedict graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2007 where he received numerous awards for his research on the practice of espionage by musicians throughout European history. Benedict is currently a ROTC 2nd Lieutenant with a guaranteed place in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) upon completion of law school.
This year's Edwin H. Perry Fellowship recipients, Christopher Ballantine, Gayla Cissell, Claire Rogers, Abigail Fargen, Andrew Henson, Maria Teresa dela Cruz, Jacob Davis, and Catherine Head, spent spring break in mediation training at Just Solutions, Inc. As a mediation training and services group, Just Solutions exists to create, facilitate, and teach collaborative processes for managing conflict and building community.
The free training is made possible through an endowment established by local attorney, Edwin H. Perry.
Our students will now be able to participate in mediations referred from the Jefferson County Family Court in conjunction with the Family Law Pro Bono Mediation Project.
Below are some photos of our students during a training session.
Instructors at Just Solutions
Chris, Gayla, Abigail and Mary
Jacob and Claire
Andrew and Maria
The Law School is very saddened to report that Andrew Franklin Young, a third-year student, died March 19, 2009. The entire Law School community extends its deepest sympathies to Mr. Young's family.
Visitation for Mr. Young took place Sunday, March 22, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Morgan's Funeral Home, 301 West Washington Street, Princeton, KY 42445, 270-365-5595. The funeral will take place Monday, March 23, at 1 p.m. CDT at Morgan's Funeral Home.
The Law School will observe a minute of silence at noon on Monday in memory of Mr. Young.