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SBF Donates $5,000 to Law Clinic

SBF DonationOn March 6, 2008, the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law received $5,000 from the Student Bar Foundation for the school's new law clinic. This contribution will support the initial start-up of the clinic, scheduled for late 2008.

Emily Zahn, president of the Student Bar Foundation, explains the foundation's decision to support the clinic: "The new Law Clinic embodies The Student Bar Foundation's mission to deliver legal services to the indigent, support legal education, and improve the legal profession by providing citizen access to the justice system. We hope by supporting the clinic, we offer more opportunities for law students to be involved in public service in an ongoing and significant way."

The Law Clinic epitomizes the University of Louisville's commitment to preparing its graduates for instant and lasting impact in the workplace and the community at large. Dean Jim Chen remarks, "There simply is no better way to learn the law than handling real cases and representing real clients."

Stallings Professor of Law Lars S. Smith (pictured left) will act as director of the University of Louisville's law clinic during the 2008-09 school year. "Lars brings talent, experience, and vision to the University of Louisville Law Clinic. Throughout his academic career, he has maintained solid footing in the world of law practice. His experience in business and intellectual property law makes him uniquely well suited to supervise clinical operations that advance community development and assist lower-income individuals, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations," explains Dean Chen.

In addition to this generous student donation, the clinic has received grants from Kentucky Iolta and the Louisville Bar Foundation.

Law Review Announces Editorial Board for Volume 47

The University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to announce the Editorial Board for Volume 47:

Editor in Chief: Megan Renwick
Senior Articles Editor: Jennifer Weinhold
Senior Notes Editor: Steve Mattingly
Symposium and Alumni Relations Editor: Christopher McDavid
Articles Editors: Julia McGuffey, Mark Melvin, Megan Randolph
Notes Editors: Sarah Mikowski, Megan Reese, Andrew Young
Managing Editor: Mary Hulefeld
Executive Editor: Blake Chambers
Associate Editors-Articles: Caroline Pieroni, Jason Schwalm, Heather Stone
Associate Editors-Notes: Nicole Comi, Amy Jay, Emily Lamb

Great Swag at the SBF Auction!

The Student Bar Foundation's Silent Auction will be held at the Louisville Bar Association on March 6, 2008. The organization has gathered numerous great items to auction off that night, including gift certificates to fine restaurants and to galleries around town.

The Student Bar Foundation is the charitable giving arm of the Student Bar Association.  Its mission is to raise and distribute funds for student fellowships for law-related public service work with a focus on: delivery of legal services to the poor and indigent; Law-related public education; and/or improvement of the judiciary, the legal profession, and citizen access to the justice system.

The organization provides public service grants to students seeking to serve the community. 

Join us at the auction to bid on fabulous items and to support the SBF's mission. 

To review the current list of auction items, please visit the SBF's auction page.

Kudos for February 2008

Andy Long gave a presentation at William & Mary School of Law on February 2 as a participant in the William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review's symposium.  He spoke on the relevance of international environmental law for U.S. domestic climate change litigation.

Dean Jim Chen's paper entitled, "Mastering Eliot's Paradox: Fostering Cultural Memory in an Age of Illusion and Allusion" was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for American Literature.

Ariana Levinson served as a brief judge for American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and has been asked to serve on the judging panel again in 2009.

Jim Jones' paper entitled, "Severe Mental Illness in the Academy: A Secret Revealed" was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for Health Economics Evaluation Methods in February 2008.

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

The ABA Section of Family Law is pleased to present its Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest. This contest is held annually to encourage interest in the field of family law. Not only does the contest encourage innovative thought in family law, but it also provides an opportunity for recognition and publication in the scholarly journal Family Law Quarterly.

Applicants may submit an essay on any aspect of Family Law and entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest. However, if the law in one state reflects a significant development or trend, that too could be an appropriate subject for an entry. With the vast scope of family law, the possibilities are endless.

The breadth of originality and analysis of past winners is a great testament to the quality of our nation's law schools and educators. Past topics of winning essays include transsexuals and the legal determination of sex, same-sex marriages, federal responsibility for indigent elderly, interpretation of Islamic marriage contracts, the Indian Child Welfare Act, polygamy and marital counseling laws. We look forward to an outstanding pool of entries this year as we continue to marvel at the outstanding thought produced by future attorneys.

Additional information about the Schwab Memorial Essay Contest can be found at www.abanet.org/family/lawstudents/schwab.shtml. I hope you will share this with interested faculty and encourage students to participate. The deadline for entries is May 15, 2008.

If you have any questions regarding the essay contest, please contact Carrie Asalon of the Section of Family Law at 312-988-5145 or e-mail asalonc@staff.abanet.org.

NAELA Seeks Student Papers

Any student who is working on a paper or law review article on the intersection of law and aging, elder or disability planning should consider submitting it to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  NAELA will select eight student articles from around the country to publish in the fall 2008 NAELA Student Journal.  The author of the best paper will be given a $1,500 cash prize and will be honored at the fall NAELA Institute (with $1,000 travel stipend).  Second and third place will receive $1,000 and $500.  Deadline: May 1.  See Dean Sealing if you are interested. 

Law School Negotiations Team Recognized on UofL Website

UofL's negotiations team's national win has been recognized by the university. To view the story, click here: http://php.louisville.edu/news/news.php?news=1111.

Brandeis Speaker to Leave New York Times

Brandeis Lecturer Linda Greenhouse has accepted a buyout offer from the New York Times. Further details can be viewed on the Houston Chronicle website.

Greenhouse will speak at the March 5 Brandeis Lecture. Click here for details

Louisville Law Recognized for Use of Blogs

A post by J. Robert Brown on the blog Race to the Bottom offers his support of law school and law faculty blogs by stating:

Particularly with the plethora of online journals and periodicals, a blog can lead to media inquiries, increasing the profile of the faculty member and his or her law school. While the references may or may not impress academia, they may well influence practicing attorneys and judges, some of whom may fill out the US News survey, alumni and prospective students. With prospective students increasingly obtaining information online, blogs will reach many in this audience as well, particularly if attracted by the substantive area of the blog.

Brown also notes the efforts of Dean Jim Chen and Louisville's law faculty to use blogging as a means of communicating with the legal community:

It is clear, therefore, that [Chen] is seeking to infuse a blogging culture at the law school and is using the Internet to promote the institution and the faculty. We shall see if Louisville moves up in the rankings.

To read Brown's post, click here.

Partners in Professionalism: Surviving the First Six Months

The final mentoring program of the 2007-08 year will be held Tuesday March 4, 2008, at the law school. The program, "What You Need to Know to Make the Transition From Law School to Practice and to Survive the First Six Months," will begin at Noon and last until 2:00 p.m. This includes time for one-on-one conversations with the students.

This is a tremendous opportunity for students to meet with seasoned attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals who can help guide them into an effective legal career. Topics to discuss include:

Preparing for the Bar
Assessing Job Options
Entering the Profession
And More.....

The panel will be moderated by Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson
Panelists include Jim Herr, Stephanie Burke, Brian Edwards, Pete Karem and Jennifer Moore.