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Central Partnership Moot Court Competition

Central High School Moot Court Team Members Four students from Central High School competed at the inaugural Marshall-Brennan National Civil Liberties Moot Court Competition in Philadelphia on March 21-22.  Kimberly Albritton, Jack Chen, Osiah Graham, and Sasha Richmond represented their school, the Law & Government Magnet, and the University of Louisville’s Central High Partnership and achieved incredible success in the tournament.
 
Osiah Graham, a senior at Central who plans to attend the University of Louisville as a Harlan Scholar in the fall, reached the semi-final round of the competition, which meant he was among the 16 most outstanding competitors in the entire nation.  His classmates Kim Albritton and Sasha Richmond both advanced to the quarter-finals, making the Central students by far the most successful team at the entire tournament.  Teams came from all over the country, representing Marshall-Brennan programs from Washington, D.C., to Phoenix, and from Boston to Baton Rouge.  No other contingent came close to doing what Central did by having three-quarters of its students reach the quarter-final round.
 
The team was coached by Brandeis School of Law students Colleen Clemons (who accompanied the team to Philadelphia), Amy Jay, Jason Schwalm, and Heather Stone.  All are third-year students who have taught at Central in the Marshall-Brennan program this year, working with the Law & Government program’s long-time teacher, Joe Gutmann.  Colleen was joined in Philadelphia by law school professor and Marshall-Brennan faculty supervisor Sam Marcosson, who also helped coach the students as they prepared for the competition.
 
“Their performances were terrific,” Marcosson said.  “They proved that our Central students can compete with the very best students from around the country, and excel on the academic side just as they have on the football field and basketball court this year.  They worked hard to prepare, and impressed the judges with their knowledge of the law, the facts of the cases, and ability to deal with tough questions.”

Photo Gallery: From Prop 8 to SB 68

Diversity Forum Series: From Prop 8 to SB 68: Legislative Attacks on LGBT Families - April 7, 2009

Dean Jim Chen Christopher McDavid
Dean Chen opens the program. Moderator, Christopher McDavid introduces the panel.
Bryan Gatewood  Chris Hartman  Rev. Vernon Broyles 
Bryan Gatewood Chris Hartman Reverend Vernon S. Broyles, III
Panelists Panelists
The panelists engage in a discussion while a clip of an interview with Chris Hartman on “Kentucky Tonight” appears on the screen.
Nancy Baker and Miriam Schusler serve lunch Diversity Committee Members
Nancy Baker and Miriam Schusler-Williams serve lunch. Diversity Committee Members

Inaugural ACS Event

Sean Donaldson, Gregory Belzley, James Fisher

On April 8, attorney Gregory Belzley presented "Civil Rights of the Incarcerated." This first event of the University's recently formed, American Constitution Society chapter, was well attended.  

Pictured at left:  Sean Donaldson, ACS Program Director, Gregory Belzley, and James Ficher, ACS President

*Click on each of the photos for a larger image.

Introduction Discussion Founding Members
Sean Donaldson introduces Mr. Belzley. Mr. Belzley takes questions from the audience. Mr. Belzley meets with the founding members of the law school's ACS chapter.

Register for the Clinic!

Update: Message from Professor Santry about registration (April 14, 2009)

Spots are still available in the Law Clinic for Fall 2009.  If you missed last week's information session about the clinic, you may watch the video here.

Professor Shelley Santry is the new permanent director of the law clinic. She has 16 years legal experience in the Louisville legal community, as an attorney with Legal Aid, and most recently as an assistant county attorney.

The clinic is located downtown at 416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Students enrolled in the clinic will work on housing and some limited domestic violence cases referred to the clinic by Legal Aid. Students that participate will be representing these clients as the primary attorney dealing with the matter, and so this is a great opporunity to get some hands on experience with real clients.

The clinic will consist of a weekly classroom meeting, plus clinic office hours.

The clinic class will be limited to eight students, and registration is only allowed by permission of the director, Shelley Santry. You can only take the clinic if you have completed 60 credit hours by the time you enroll in the clinic (i.e., credits to be earned next fall will not count). This is a requirement of the Kentucky Bar.

Here's how you apply:

Submit the following 3 documents to Professor Lars Smith by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, April 15 (his office is Room 286):


  1. Statement of Intent of why you wish to participate in the clinic (maximum 1 page, single spaced).

  2. Copy of your resume.

  3. Copy of your transcript.

Final decisions will be made by the end of the semester.  In the meantime, students are advised to make alternative scheduling plans in case their request to enroll in the clinic is not approved.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Housing court cases are heard during the morning, usually between 9 and 10:30 am. Therefore you should not schedule all of your other classes before noon. While we may be able to occasionaly arrange your case load to fit around your schedule to some degree, having extensive morning obligations will not work.
  • Students will have the opportunity to work with Prof. Santry on family court emergency protective order hearings on several Mondays during the semester. The hearings are usually scheduled some time between 8:30 and 2:30 on Mondays, so students should be prepared to have a 3 hour block of time available during this period. NOTE: You will only be expected to do this a few times, not every Monday. 
  • There will be a classroom component which will meet everyweek at the law school. 
  • You will have to sign up for offices hours which will require you to be present in the clinic offices downtown.
  • The first few weeks of school the classroom component will run more than the allotted time in order to teach you about the basics of working on a housing case or EPOs. Once we know everyone's schedule, Professor Santry will work with everyone to arrange the time for this program.
  • You will have to sit in on housing court before the semester begins.

Professor Santry will provide more detail about these items as we get closer to the beginning of the semester.

Please contact Professor Lars Smith with any questions you may have. If he cannot answer them, he will pass your question along to Professor Santry.

Arbitration Competition Now Open to 2Ls

Participating in the ABA’s Student Division Arbitration Competition is a rare opportunity to learn about and practice your arbitration skills as a student.  The team is now open for 2Ls to interview to join the team.  You will be awarded two credits for your participation.  You must be prepared to devote considerable preparation time and between two to four hours of practice time per week from the end of September through early November.  You will also need to do some light reading on arbitration over the summer so that we can hit the ground running when the problem is released in September. 

Most interviews will be held with Professor Levinson and Josh Speirs, one of the returning team members.  Lily Chan, the other team member, may also join the interviews.  Please be prepared to discuss 1) why you are interested in arbitration, 2) what courses you will be taking Fall semester, and 3) what other obligations you must devote time to.

We will be interviewing through finals.  Please sign up for a slot on the sheet posted outside room 285 (Professor Levinson’s office).  If the times do not work for you, please contact Professor Levinson to schedule another time to meet.

Participation is, of course, contingent on law school funding decisions.

Community Service Day Is a Success

Volunteers

Volunteers pose outside the law school prior to departing for their service projects.

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Nearly fifty volunteers gathered at the law school on a beautiful spring day to donate their time to three worthy causes. Among the participants were Harlan Scholars, alums, students, staff, faculty and their friends & families. Several of them had volunteered last year as well.

Many thanks to the following people for making the 2nd Annual Louisville Law Community Service Day such a success!

PROJECT COORDINATORS

Rexéna Napier (Student Animal Legal Defense Fund) – Animal Care Society

Jenna Johnston (Women’s Law Caucus) – Family Scholar House

Adam Watson (Enivronmental Law & Land Use Society) – Olmsted Parks Conservancy

PLANNING PARTICIPANTS & FACILITATORS

Students: Lauren Bean, Brian Bennett, Matt Birkhoffer, Kevin Graves, Jamie Izlar, Jenna Johnston, Melissa McHendrix, Rexéna Napier, Brian Pollock, Victor Revill, Luke Vance, and Adam Watson

Faculty & Staff: Nancy Baker, Jodi Duce, Ariana Levinson, Debra Reh, Jina Scinta, Keith Sealing, Virginia Smith, Barbara Thompson, and Kathy Urbach

VOLUNTEERS

Sierra Ashby, Lauren Bean, Justin Brewer, Daniel Jay Cameron, Scott Campbell & Beth Nahinsky, Ashley Crabtree, Bridget Coraz, Matthew Dutcher, Brian Fayman, Kevin & Lindsay Graves, Bartley Hagerman, Nick Hart, Ebert Haegele, Jamie Izlar, Guion Johnstone, Jenna Johnston, Jared Kelly, Courtney King, Forrest Kuhn, Arianna Levinson, Ashley Morden, Christopher McDavid, Melissa McHendrix, Rexéna Napier, Marilyn Osborn, Kaitlyn Patrick, Emily Peeler, Brian Pollock, Katie Reisz, Victor Revill, Laura Rothstein, Ben Silver, Virginia Smith, Victoria Steinbach, Nicole Tarrence, Vickie Tencer, Paige Thompson, Katherine Toms, Adam & Jenn Watson, Rebecca Weis, Becky Wimberg, and Boris Yelin

DONORS

The Law School ● Law Library ● LexisNexis ● Westlaw ● Kathy Bean ●  Scott Campbell ● Robin Harris ● Ariana Levinson ● Christopher McDavid  ● Kurt Metzmeier ● Jerome Neukirch ● Laura Rothstein  ● Virginia Smith ● Anonymous Donors

 

Iroquois Park Volunteers
Iroquois Park Volunteers
Volunteers work with the Olmsted Parks Convervancy to clean up debris from the winter ice storm in Iroquois Park.
Jenna Johnston
Family Scholar House Volunteers
Project Coordinator, Jenna Johnston Family Scholar House Volunteers
Family Scholar House Volunteers
Family Scholar House Volunteers
Volunteers assemble gift bags for the Family Scholar House.
Animal Care Society
Animal Care Society Volunteers
Project Coordinator, Rexéna Napier (center)
Animal Care Society Volunteers
Animal Care Society Volunteers
Animal Care Society Volunteers
Friendships blossom at the Animal Care Society.
Animal Care Society Volunteers
Animal Care Society Volunteers
Volunteers assist at the Animal Care Society.

Facebook More photos are publicly viewable at our Facebook group. Search for "University of Louisville Law School Annual Community Service Day Project".

Exam4 for Spring Finals Now Available

Exam4 is now available for Spring 2009 final exams. For system requirements and to download the software and instructions, see Exam4 Download & Installation. Also, be sure to read the Computer Exam Procedures.

The deadline to submit a practice test is 11:59 PM, Friday, April 17.  To submit your practice test electronically, you must be on campus and connected to the University's wireless network.  Only students who timely submit a practice test may receive Exam4 support during finals.  Please use your UofL user name (e.g., eapres01) to identify yourself in the ExamID field.  "1234" does not distinguish you from the other 11 "1234"s.

You must install a new version of Exam4 for Spring 2009 finals.  Previous versions have expired and will no longer run.

Basil Wins Oral Advocacy Competition

Courtney Phelps and Ben Basil
Congratulations to Ben Basil, winner of the 2009 First-Year Oral Advocacy Competition!

Appellant, Ben Basil, and Appellee, Courtney Phelps, advanced from the semi-final rounds to compete in the final round. They were both commended by the judges for an exceptional performance.

Ben Basil
Courtney Phelps
Ben Basil Courtney Phelps
Finalists
Audience
Ben Basil and Courtney Phelps (seated) Members of the audience
Final Round of Arguments
The Honorable Chief Judge Danny J. Boggs, Judge Ann O'Malley Shake, and Judge McKay Chauvin presided over the final round of arguments.

Graduate Tori Murden McClure Publishes Memoir

A Pearl in the Storm book jacket University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law alumna and Louisville public figure Tori Murden McClure, '95, the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, will publish her memoir, A Pearl in the Storm, on April 7. Detailing her first and second attempts to row across the Atlantic, A Pearl in the Storm, focuses on Tori’s personal reflections on the achievements, along with the lessons she learned along the way. The memoir includes tales of Tori's time in Louisville, and has been hailed by actress Candace Bergen as one of  “courage, adventure and personal discovery that will appeal to women - and men of all ages."

Tori Murden McClure will give a booktalk at the Public Library's downtown branch at 7 PM on April 7. Tickets are free and may be ordered online or by calling 574-1644. She's also the featured guest at Aprily's Kentucky Author Forum on April 14 at the Bomhard Theater in the Kentucky Center for the Arts. This event includes a book sale in the Main Lobby from 6-7 PM followed by a lecture and Q&A session from 7-8 PM and then a post reception and book signing in the Main Lobby 8-9 PM. Tickets are $15 and may be ordered online or by calling 584-7777.

"Unlike Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, Tori Murden McClure's true story of a woman and the sea and a boat named American Pearl is one of victory.  But her triumph is not merely over the elements.  Tori finds the courage to cross the inner seas and discover not monsters but a land of promise and an expanded opportunity to love.  If you want to be inspired, read this book.  You won't stop till you've finished." -- Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife  

1L Moot Court Competition Final Four

Congratulations to Courtney Phelps, Blake Nolan, Ben Basil and Whitney True for making it to the Final Four 1L Moot Court Competition.

This is the lineup:

Courtney Phelps  v.  Blake Nolan
Ben Basil  v.  Whitney True 

For details about the final round and the celebration planned following it, please click on this link: http://www.law.louisville.edu/node/3073