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University of Louisville Law Review Publication Decisions for 2008-09

The Law Review editorial body has reviewed a host of submissions for its upcoming edition. The final decisions have been made. Congratulations to the following people for being selected for publication in the Vol. 47 of the University of Louisville Law Review.

  • Julia Riehm McGuffey,  Best Note
  • A. Nicholas Nasier,  Honorable Mention
  • Megan K. Reese,  Honorable Mention
  • Matt Lynch
  • Christopher Thomas McDavid
  • Stephen J. Mattingly
  • Matthew Piekarski
  • Caroline Lynch Pieroni
  • Megan D. Randolph
  • Megan L. Renwick
  • Dustin Thacker
  • Maya R. Warrier
  • Jennifer Kristen Weinhold
  • Andrew Young

National Association of Women Lawyers Writing Competition

The National Association of Women Lawyers is sponsoring a writing competition. The winner will receive $500 and be printed in the Women Lawyers Journal.  The essay may not exceed 15 pages and must be on an issue concerning women's rights or the status of women in the law. 

The deadline is April 30. Contact Dean Sealing for additional information.

2008 Louisville Law Community Service Day

On April 5, 2008, the law school community will embark upon its first annual day of collective public service. The initiative arose from student input into the university’s strategic planning process. The purpose of this event is to highlight the law school's commitment to community service, provide significant services, have fun, and make new acquaintances in our law school community.

Participants in the planning process identified three focus areas:

Animal Rights & Animal Issues

Women, Children, Homeless, & the Underserved

Environmental Issues

All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate by contributing donated items to one of the organizations listed below or to volunteer their time to one of the designated projects.

Celebrate

To kick off the event, we’ll be hosting a complimentary continental style breakfast in the Mosaic Lobby at 10 AM on Saturday, April 5. Coffee, juice, and pastries will be provided. Those present will be eligible to win one of the many door prizes!

Lend A Helping Hand

Volunteers may choose from a variety of projects. Sign up sheets will be available in each mail room and the Mosaic Lobby during the week preceding April 5th, or you may sign up online. You’re also welcome to show up that day without a reservation. Volunteers are encouraged to show their team spirit by wearing a piece of University of Louisville or Brandeis School of Law apparel.

Metro Animal Services

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund has arranged for a variety of activities including dock cleaning, rewiring kennel doors, and painting the new “get acquainted” space. This project will take place at a shelter near campus beginning at 11 AM. Volunteers will also receive a tour of the shelter and an opportunity to walk some of the dogs. Contact Megan Renwick for details.

Departure time: 10:45 AM; carpooling available. You may be painting, so dress appropriately.

Wayside Christian Mission

The Student Bar Association is making arrangements to assist at Wayside Christian Mission. Projects may include serving lunch and providing general cleaning services. Contact Kelly Oates for details.

Departure time: 10:45 AM or meet the group at 11 AM @ 822 East Market. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty.

 

Brightside Inc.

The Environmental Law & Land Use Society has arranged for a clean-up project at Central Park. Volunteers will walk from campus to Central Park along Third Street and back along Fourth Street, cleaning up as they go. Contact Brian Pollock for details.

Departure time: 10:30 AM. It may rain, so dress appropriately. Garbage bags will be provided, but you might want to bring some gloves.

Make a Donation

During the week of March 31 – April 5, collection bins will be placed in the Mosaic Lobby of the Law School in Wyatt Hall. Following, is a list of items requested by each organization.

Metro Animal Services

Metro Animal Services seeks donations of pet supplies, medical supplies, and household items.

Click here for a complete wish list.

Center for Women & Families

During the months of March and April, the Center is collecting towels, washcloths, diapers, underwear, socks and bras. We’re also collecting cell phones & cell phone chargers. Additionally, you can help by donating goods that meet their immediate needs: cribs and mattresses, crib sheets, pacifiers and bottles, & infant toys.

Click here for a complete wish list.

Project Women

As part of their annual community service project, the Women’s Law Caucus is gathering items for the Project Women Hygiene Drive.

Items include: toilet paper, conditioner, face wash, deodorant, dental floss, tooth brushes, pull-ups, Kleenex tissues, paper towels, sponges, soap, face wash, lotion, shampoo, household cleaners, napkins, tampons, maxi pads, light bulbs, lamps, children's coloring/activity books, computer printer paper, batteries for Leap Pad learning system, etc.

Click here for a complete wish list.

Metro Recycling

We’re collecting aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, newspapers, and cardboard.

Questions?

Contact Virginia Smith or Jina Scinta if you'd like to get involved or to request more information.

SBA, ABA & Honor Council Elections

All enrolled law students are eligible to vote on Wednesday, March 26 and Thursday, March 27.  Polls will be open from 11:00-2:00 and 5:00-7:00 in the Student Lounge outside of the Career Services and Student Bar Association (SBA) offices. 

Louisville Law Review Students Attend Session on “Electronic Practice in Federal Court”

Saving trees, saving time, and saving money are some of the benefits of the recent electronic developments in federal courts. But with these benefits come challenges. Several members of the Louisville Law Review staff and board attended a pilot training session for law students hosted by Jeff Apperson, U.S. District Court Clerk for the Western District of Kentucky, on Saturday, March 22, 2008.

During the half-day session, students were given an overview of the electronic systems now in federal courts. The overview included information on electronic case management, public access to court electronic records, and an overview of the web site. Students visited one of the federal courtrooms and were able to see first hand the bells and whistles that are now accessible to the judge, the parties, and the jury. Concerns about privacy and ethics were discussed as part of the session.

The session was a trial run for assessing the best means of educating law students before they enter practice about electronic practice in federal courts. Although not everyone will practice in federal court, it is probable that state court systems will move to incorporate use of electronic practice. For that reason awareness and understanding of electronic practice is becoming increasingly essential. The training may become a model for other law schools throughout the country.

What Was Lost Has Been Found

Last week two full-size umbrellas were turned in to Lost & Found. Don't wait for the next monsoon!  Claim your umbrella now. 

In addition, a Criminal Procedure book and the supplement were found in room 080.

Jones Shares Experiences at Gould School of Law Lecture

On March 11, Professor James T. R. Jones, Professor of Law at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law, spoke on "Severe Mental Illness in the Academy: A Law Professor's Story" at the Gould School of Law of the University of Southern California. Pictured in the photo to the left are Professor Jones and Professor Elyn R. Saks, Associate Dean for Research and Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine. 

Professor Jones, who has bipolar disorder, wrote "Walking the Tightrope of Bipolar Disorder:  The Secret Life of a Law Professor";  Professor Saks, who has schizophrenia, wrote the acclaimed memoir The Center Cannot Hold:  My Journey Through Madness (2007).  Professors Jones and Saks are the only law professors in the United States publicly to acknowledge having severe mental illnesses. 

This photograph was taken by Kathleen Murphy Jones, Esq. on March 11, 2008 at the Gould School of Law shortly before Professor Jones delivered his talk entitled "Severe Mental Illness in the Academy:  A Law Professor's Story."

IT Seeks Bears

Beginning March 25 through April 4 Information Technology will be collecting plush bears in support of the Kosair Charities Bears on Patrol program. Bears on Patrol allows local law enforcement officers to comfort children when responding to emergency situations. For more information see https://docushare.louisville.edu/dsweb/Get/Document-27874/show+you+care.pdf

We have 3 delivery points:
1) Miller Information Technology Center room 109 reception area
2) iTech Xpress (in the lower level of Miller Information Technology Center across from Mitzie's)
3) HSC IT offices (in the basement of the dental school)

IT's goal is to rally faculty, staff, and students to donate 200 bears in 2 weeks through our delivery points. Thank you for comforting the children in our community during their times of need. If you have any questions contact IT Cardinal Care at itcares@louisville.edu.

Harris Recognized for Work with the Women's Center

Public Services Librarian and Professor of Legal Bibliography Robin Harris was recognized in the March 2008 Today's Woman for her work at the University of Louisville's Women's Center. Harris' role in founding the Kentucky Women's Book Festival, one of the many programs made possible by the center. The mission of the Women's Center is to build alliances with campus and community groups in order to promote equality, increase women's self-reliance, and heighten the understanding of women's contributions to all societies

The Center is participating in the Champions4Her Walk, Run & Festival on June 21, 2008.

 

Exam4 Practice Test Deadline

The deadline to submit an Exam4 practice test this semester is 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, April 11.  ALL students who wish to use Exam4 for Spring 2008 finals must submit a practice test by the deadline.  Yes, this is different from the once-a-year practice test requirement in previous years when we used Securexam.  The reason for the once-every-semester requirement is that we get a new version of the software every semester, not just at the beginning of the year as we did with Securexam.