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Student Lockers Must Be Emptied by May 12

Lockers for Academic Year 2013-14 must be emptied by May 12.  After May 12, locker contents will be emptied and will be deemed property of the Law School.

Please return your locks to Maggie Bratcher, Room 208, from 10am – 2pm.  Questions?  Contact Maggie Bratcher.

Employee Spotlight: Michael Atkinson

Welcome to the first installment of the law library's Employee Spotlight series, which we're sure will become as wildly popular as Stephen Colbert's Better Know a District.

First up is "Fightin' 3L" Michael Atkinson who has been a student worker since his second semester of law school. While serving as the SBA's Historian and earning Top Grades in three classes, he also managed to perform 365 hours of public service, which earned him the  Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Award and solidified his super hero law student status.

What’s your hometown?

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree and what was your major?
Indiana University Southeast, and I majored in Political Science and International Studies.

What led you to law school and what do you plan to do with your law degree?
At IUS I took a class in Constitutional Rights and Liberties, focusing primarily on the First Amendment. I very much enjoyed discussing constitutional issues, and so decided to go to law school to continue that discussion. After law school I plan work in a field relating to legal research and writing, and eventually pursuing a Master of Library Science degree, as I am interested in becoming a law librarian someday.

What do you enjoy about working in the law library?
The books, for one. Especially when I get to shelve the Supreme Court briefs in the attic with all the other historical volumes. At times I have to remind myself I'm supposed to be shelving the books and not reading them.

What’s your favorite book?
It's very hard to pick just one, but one of my favorites is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I particularly enjoyed his sense of wit and random hilarity. My other favorites include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, David Copperfield, The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen by Lloyd Alexander, and The Pushcart War by Jean F. Merrill.

Do you have a favorite quote?
"Everybody was a baby once, Arthur. Oh, sure, maybe not today, or even yesterday. But once. Babies, chum: tiny, dimpled, fleshy mirrors of our us-ness, that we parents hurl into the future, like leathery footballs of hope. And you've got to get a good spiral on that baby, or evil will make an interception!" ~The Tick.

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would that be?
Assuming we're referring to real people and not fictional, I would very much like to have a conversation with the aforementioned Douglas Adams and J.R.R. Tolkien. I would also invite Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean) , Patrick Stewart, and Jennifer Lawrence.   

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I have a *blog, hypotheticallywriting.wordpress.com, where I write stories featuring random characters (like the heroic superhero Captain Happily Married) dealing with events such as zombie penguin apocalypses. I've also written a short story and several novels, which I self-published through Amazon.

*Editor's Note: In addition to his fictional short-stories, Michael has also journaled about his Law School Adventures.

 

Lost and Found Items - April 2014

Please contact the Law Resource Center (Room 272) for Lost and Found items.

Spring 2015 Real Estate Class To Be Added

Due to student demand, Professor Arnold will teach a Spring 2015 section of Real Estate Transactions (3 credits; meets Skills requirement) and a section of Title Reports and Insurance (1 credit; limited to students enrolled in Real Estate Transaction), instead of teaching Environmental Law.  In addition, the enrollment capacity of Land Use and Planning Law in Spring 2015 will be expanded, to accommodate students who might be interested in the real property or environmental regulation aspects of the Land Use course.  Professor Arnold will continue to teach the Fall 2014 section of Real Estate Transactions and Title Reports and Insurance.  Environmental Law will be offered next in Fall 2015.  The Water Resources Law & Policy Seminar will be offered in Summer 2015.

Certificate of Accomplishment in Skills for Graduates

Students enrolled in the Law School may earn a Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills or Transactional Skills upon graduation.  The requirements for receiving a certificate are on the law school web page at the "Academics" link under "Juris Doctor Program."  If you are not enrolled in the Certificate Program but have satisfied the requirements for the Certificate and wish to be recognized at graduation, please submit a completed form to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs no later than Wednesday, April 20.  The form is on the same webpage as the skills requirements.  Contact Dean Nowka if you have questions.

2014 American Association for Justice Law Student Scholarships

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) is proud to announce its 2014 Law Student Scholarship cycle has begun. AAJ has four scholarships available for qualified law students.

The Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarship: AAJ's Minority Caucus awards up to six $1,000 scholarships to African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, and Biracial Law Student Members who are entering their first, second, or third year of law school.  

The Trial Advocacy Scholarship is open to all AAJ Law Student Members who are entering their second and third year of law school. This $3,000 scholarship is awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates the following: commitment to AAJ and its mission; a desire to represent victims; interest and skill in trial advocacy; and financial need.   

The Leesfield Scholarship is sponsored by AAJ and AAJ member Ira Leesfield. This scholarship awards $2,500 to a Law Student Member to subsidize attendance at AAJ’s Annual Convention. Available to first- and second-year AAJ Law Student Members.  

The Mike Eidson Scholarship awards $5,000 annually to a female student entering her third year of law school (the student can be enrolled in a three-year day program or four-year night program) who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a trial lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.

All scholarship applications are due May 1, 2014.

With the exception of the Mike Eidson Scholarship, applicants must be AAJ Law Students Members to qualify for the scholarships. Law Students can join AAJ at the rate of $15 for one year. Student membership applications can be found here.

Professor Laura Rothstein Seeking Research Assistant for Summer Project

Professor Laura Rothstein is writing an article about property, torts, and disability discrimination related to architectural barrier access.  She will also be updating her treatise on Disability Law.  It is expected that the work will be no more than 50 hours for the summer.   If you are interested in working on these projects between May and August 1, please send an email of interest and a resume directly to Professor Rothstein (laura.rothstein@louisville.edu) by May 10 and send Barbara Thompson (barbara.thompson@louisville.edu) an email granting permission for her to see your student record.  Students need not have taken Disability Law.

Academic Success Resource Library Reminder

Now that finals are underway, please do not forget to return your study aids to the Academic Success Resource Library, Rm 212.  Also, donations of any study materials are always greatly appreciated!

 

Interested in becoming a Brandeis Academic Fellow?

The Brandeis Academic Fellow Applications are now available, and attached here!

Service as a Brandeis Academic Fellow is an academic honor, and an excellent talking point on your professional resume.  In addition, work as a Fellow is a great opportunity to help other law students while reducing your student loan amount.  As a Fellow, you will also have an opportunity to keep your knowledge of Contracts fresh in preparation for the Bar Exam.  In addition, you will likely develop a professional relationship with the Academic Success Program Director and the professor teaching your group’s Contracts class, building great referral sources for letters of recommendation, etc.  For further information, review the Brandeis Academic Fellow FAQs attached here.

Application packets must be turned in to Laura Grubbs, Academic Success Program Director, by May 31, 2014.  However, you may submit your application anytime after you have registered for classes for Fall 2014.  Applications are now being reviewed and potential candidates will be invited to interview on a rolling basis. 

If you have any questions, please contact Director Grubbs at laura.grubbs@louisville.edu or (502) 852-1477.

Lucy Helm, '82, General Counsel at Starbucks, Accepts Graduation Speaker Call

 

The Brandeis School of Law is pleased to welcome back Lucy Helm as the 2014 Graduation Speaker.  Ms. Helm has been a partner (employee) at Starbucks for more than 13 years. In May 2012 she was appointed executive vice president, general counsel and secretary after serving as interim general counsel. In her role, Ms. Helm leads the Global Law & Corporate Affairs department, including 190 legal and compliance partners (employees) in 14 offices around the world. She also serves as a member of Starbucks senior leadership team and supports the company’s Board of Directors. Ms. Helm is well known for her commitment to diversity and social justice and the National Law Journal recently named her one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsels. We are very proud of Ms. Helm!