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Commemorate Constitution Day

The Law School takes great pride in contributing to the University of Louisville's annual commemoration of Constitution Day. This year's program consists of two videos presenting the views of Law School faculty on recent Supreme Court decisions. Those videos will be posted on this site on or before September 17, 2008. They will also play on monitors at the Law School on September 17.

Other activities include a constitutional curiosities scavenger hunt and a quiz bowl tournament and refreshments hosted by the McConnell Center

Negotiations Class Canceled

Ms. Gleason's Negotiations class is canceled Monday, September 15, 2008.

Intrastate Mock Trial Tryouts

Tryouts for the Intrastate Mock Trial Team will be held this week.  A sign up sheet is located on Prof. Powell's door.  For additional information please contact Don Rodgers (dfrodg01@louisville.edu).

ATTENTION 2L’s, 3L’s, and 4L’s – Pirtle-Washer Competition

The annual Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition is a great opportunity for law students to hone their oral advocacy skills.  This competition is open to all 2L, 3L and 4L University of Louisville Law students.  The competition focuses on a competitor's ability as an oral advocate and therefore requires no research outside of the given materials.  The preliminary rounds will be held on Saturday October 11th with the finals on Friday October 17th.  If you are interested in competing please sign up on the Moot Court Boardroom door.  The problem will then be placed in your folder on September 20th.  You will then have until September 26th to turn in a final letter of commitment to compete.  For more information please ask a Moot Court Board member.

ATTENTION 1L’s – Bailiffs Needed

Your assistance is requested for the University of Louisville Law School's annual Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition. The first rounds of competition will be held Saturday, October 11th. This is a great opportunity for first year law students to get involved and learn what to expect in first year oral arguments. If you are interested in working as a bailiff, Chris Elder (chris.elder@louisville.edu) or Katie Tipton (kktipt01@louisville.edu) for more information or to sign up.

Tom FitzGerald Wins Heinz Award

The law school is pleased to announce that adjunct law professor, Tom FitzGerald, has received the prestigious 14th annual Heinz Award for the Environment, a national honor that includes a $250,000 prize.

Mr. FitzGerald who has been hailed as Kentucky's environmental watchdog, has taught energy and environmental law at the law school since 1986 and has served as Director of the Kentucky Resources Council since 1984. He has also mentored many students interested in pursuing careers in public service, including Liz Edmondson, '07. "Fitz embodies the law school's vision of public service and has worked tirelessly as the state's premier environmental advocate over the past 25 years."

The Awards were established by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor the memory of her late husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz. They celebrate the accomplishments and spirit of the Senator by recognizing the extraordinary achievements of individuals in the areas of greatest importance to him, including: Arts and Humanities, the Environment, the Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment.  


Heinz Award to Louisville activist (Courier-Journal.com, 09/09/08)

Tom FitzGerald wins the Heinz Award in the Environment (Cardinal Lawyer)

 

 

ACADEMIC SUPPORT WORKSHOP #2 -From Reading & Briefing to Synthesis

This workshop, which will focus on how you put your reading and briefing skills together to synthesize a legal rule, will be held two times:

Wednesday, September 17 from 1-2 p.m. in Room 060 and

Tuesday, September 23 from 5-6 p.m. in Room 060. 

I look forward to seeing you there!

Watch the Kentucky Supreme Court Webcasts

Watch live webcasts of the Supreme Court of Kentucky's oral arguments at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law at mms://livestream.louisville.edu/remotelive.  Arguments are scheduled for 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Wednesday, September 10, and Thursday, September 11.

The webcasts will also be shown live in room LL77.  The webcasts will be in Windows streaming media format.  You must have Windows Media Player or a compatible player to view the webcasts.

Kudos: Lucie Small

Law student, Lucie Small's paper "When There is Nothing Left to Lose: The Historical Treatment of Black Children in the Juvenile Justice System and the Call to Open the Doors" has been selected for publication. It will appear in an upcoming edition of Georgetown Law's Journal of Modern Critical Race Perspectives. Her paper is a product of Professor Bean's Juvenile Justice Seminar.

Battling Mental Illness

Mental illness affects 1 in 5 Americans, yet those who suffer from it are the most stigmatized group in the nation.  Read a law student's personal account of her brother's battle.

NAMI—the National Alliance on Mental Illness—works in a number of ways to help those with mental illness.  In particular, NAMI Louisville advocates for those with mental illness in Frankfort, provides support groups for both mental health consumers and their families, trains Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officers to deal with consumers in crisis through its Crisis Intervention Team, and puts on important programs.  This year, NAMI Louisville is bringing Professor Elyn R. Saks of the University of Southern California Law School, author of the acclaimed memoir The Center Cannot Hold:  My Journey Through Madness, which relates her incredibly successful career despite having schizophrenia, to speak at the Law School at noon on October 27.  You can support NAMI Louisville by taking part in the annual NAMI Walk on September 13, with registration starting at 9 AM and the Walk at 11 AM at the Harbor Lawn at Waterfront Park.  The more walkers the better, and Walk participants can also raise money to support NAMI Louisville’s important work by having friends and family pledge to support their Walk efforts.  To register for the Walk, go to http://xrl.us/jimsteam and sign up for the Jim Jones’ A Successful Consumer team.