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Courtyards Preparation and Planting: Alumni, Students, Staff, and Faculty Help Needed with Law School

The Law School needs the help of as many alumni, students, staff, and faculty as possible to prepare the Law School courtyards for transformation to beautiful native landscaped spaces and functional gathering/community spaces.  We need LOTS of people to help with preparing the land and soils, transporting plants and flowers (several pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans are ideal), and planting.  We have estimated that this community-building project will take more than 100 person-hours of work.  The days and times for work on the courtyards are:

Prep Work (this is important work – we need plenty of people willing to lend a hand):
   Thursday, June 26: morning, afternoon, and evening
   Friday, June 27: morning
   Saturday, June 28: morning and afternoon
   Sunday, June 29: afternoon and evening

Transporting Plants (part of a caravan – need lots of trucks, vans, SUVs, etc.):
Either Monday, July 7 or Tuesday, July 8 (timing depends on who is available and when the nurseries are open)

Planting:
   Wednesday, July 9: morning, afternoon, and evening
   Thursday, July 10: morning, afternoon, and evening
   Friday, July 11: morning
   Saturday, July 12: morning and afternoon

If you can help at all, please contact Professor Tony Arnold at tony.arnold@louisville.edu or Jen Ewa at jennifer.ewa@gmail.com or (708) 307-4123.  The project is supervised by Jen and Professor Arnold in order to achieve a landscaping plan that was developed by all Law School constituencies in a participatory process and has been funded through the generosity of the Charles Hebel family.  This is a community-wide project that will make the Law School a better place.  Thank you for your help, as we work together to make this project a reality!

University of Louisville Law Review Rankings Soar

The University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to report the findings of Washington & Lee's latest submissions and rankings.

At the close of this survey period, which included volumes 50 and 51, the law review's rankings among all domestic ranked journals were as follows:

  • Overall Ranking: 241/987 (top 24.4%)
  • Impact: 255/987 (top 25.8%)
  • Citations in Journal Articles: 211/987 (top 21.4%) Currency Factor: 167/987 (top 16.9%) Citation of Articles in Cases: 290/897 (top 29.4%)
  • Cost: 191/987 (top 19.4%)
At the close of the previous survey period, which included volume 49 (2011-2012), the law review's rankings were as follows:
  • Overall Ranking: 318/967 (top 33%)
  • Impact: 400/967 (top 41.4%)
  • Citations in Journal Articles: 234/992 (top 23.6%)
  • Currency Factor: 402/976 (top 41.2%)
  • Citation of Articles in Cases: 334/992 (top 33.6%)
  • Cost: 191/820 (top 23.3%)

Since volumes 50 and 51 were published, the University of Louisville Law Review has improved its rankings in every single category. See the attached document for explanation of categories.

This 38% improvement in the publication's impact factor would not have been possible without the strong efforts of the recent editorial boards. The effect of wise decisions and changes are sometimes not really felt until long after the decision-makers have moved on. Congratulations and thanks to Mike Swansburg (Volume 48), Tommy Sturgeon (Volume 49) and Elisabeth Fitzpatrick (Volume 50) and their Boards! ~Eddie O'Brien, Volume 51 Editor in Chief

In related news, the University of Louisville Law Review was selected to host the 61st annual National Conference of Law Reviews in 2015.  

Employee Spotlight: Bailey Schrupp

Next up is rising "Fightin' 3L" Bailey Schrupp. She's the President of the Environmental Law & Land Use Society and Notes Editor of the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law . In addition to working in the law library, Bailey's got a busy summer ahead serving as the Donan Energy Law Fellow and volunteering as a Coordinator for the Jefferson County Teen Court Program. 

What’s your hometown?

Radcliff, Kentucky

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree and what was your major?

Campbellsville University, Political Science major and History minor 

What led you to law school and what do you plan to do with your law degree?

I either want to go on to get my masters of Library Science and become a law librarian or I want to get my LLM in Environmental Law and then work for the State or Federal Goverment doing environmental work.

What do you enjoy about working in the law library?

The books! I am history nerd so any time I get to shelve older treatises downstairs I end up reading them.

What’s your favorite book?

It would be impossible to pick one, but my favorites are The Harry Potter series, The Great Gatsby, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. I also liked , "I am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai. 

Do you have a favorite quote?

"Why, sometimes I've believed six impossible things before breakfast". ~Alice in Wonderland

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would that be?

If we are talking historical figures I would say JFK or Jackie Kennedy. If not then it would have to be Reese Witherspoon or Emma Watson. 

Do you have any pets?

I have a toy poodle named Choco and two cats, Kelsey and Leonardo Da Vinci (we call him Leo though).
 

 

 

 

Spring Bar Publications

Here's a review of recent law school related news from the Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations.

In the June 2014 issue of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs, Dean Susan Duncan reports on how the "Law School's Strategic Plan Benefits from Legal Community Input" and outlines its mission on page 6.

Highlights from the LBA's May 2014 Bar Briefs include:

  • "Professor Ed Render's Legacy Lives on at the UofL School of Law" by Dean Duncan and Professor Jones (page 6)
  • "Labor & Employment Moot Court Team Enjoys Unprecedented Success" (page 6)
  • "OSHA & Workers' Compensation: Beware Conflating the Two" co-authored by Leah Rupp Smith, '13 (page 18)

More highlights from the LBA's April 2014 Bar Briefs include:

  • Dean Duncan's "Spotlight on UofL School of Law's Environmental Law Education" (page 6)
  • "Getting to the Know the Professor: Q&A with Professor Tom "Fitz" FitzGerald" (page 6)
  • Props for the law school's adjunct professors (page 6)
  • "No Money, Mo' Problems: Researching Federal and State Budgets"

Highlights from the Kentucky Bar Association's May 2014 Bench & Bar include: 

  • "UofL Alumni Serve as Role Models for Future Lawyers in 'Kentucky's' Global Economy" (page 20)
  • "Transactional Lawmeet Team Wins the Regional Competition" (page 20)
  • "On the Move" (page 70)

In the March 2014 issue of the KBA's Bench & Bar, Dean Duncan writes about "The Importance of Municipal Law Society" and touts the faculty's service and leadership in several local civic organizations (page 22). Assistant Professor of Justice Administration, Michael Losavio, reviews "A Basics Handbook on Adobe Acrobat: Adobe Acrobat in One Hour for Lawyers" on page 25. The bi-monthly "On the Move" column beginning on page 54 features news about many of our law school's graduates. Lastly, Ed Render is remembered on page 64.

Both publications are available in the law library. 

SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Vol 8, No 4

Rising 3L Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal

Michael Hasty's article, "Still Searching for Kennedy's Significant Nexus," was published in the Spring issue of the Michigan Environmental Law Journal (Vol. 32, No. 3, Spring 2014, Issue 95, pages 11-21). His article addresses the implications of Justice Kennedy's “man-in-the-middle” opinion in the 4-1-4 Rapanos case concerning federal regulatory jurisdiction over various types of wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Rapanos and Justice Kennedy's concurrence are regarded as among the most important developments in environmental law, water resources management, and federalism in the U.S. during the past two decades.  
 
Mr. Hasty is a part-time law student and works as a Regulatory Specialist implementing Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the District office located in Louisville. He tells how the Army Corps of Engineers and lower courts have applied Justice Kennedy’s “significant nexus” test in deciding what qualifies as a “water of the United States.” Mr. Hasty also provides some early analysis of the Corps’ and EPA’s proposed rule defining “waters of the United States,” published in the Federal Register on April 21, 2014, as a response to Chief Justice Roberts’s invitation to do so.

SPRING 2014 CLASS RANKS ARE AVAILABLE FROM STUDENT RECORDS

Law students may request their class rank (1) in person; or (2) by sending an e-mail to Barbara Thompson using their louisville.edu e-mail address. Class ranks will not be given over the phone.  If you wish to obtain your class rank in person, please stop by Student Records (Rm. 217).  If you wish to request your class rank via e-mail, please send your request to barbara.thompson@louisville.eduDO NOT send an e-mail using a personal e-mail address.  You must use your louisville.edu e-mail address.

 

 

 

DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR A SUMMER DEGREE - JUNE 11

If you are planning to graduate this summer, you must complete a degree application on ULink..  The last day to apply for a summer degree is Wednesday, June 11. 

 

Law Resource Center (LRC) Summer Hours

Please be advised that the LRC summer hours will be Monday - Thursday from 8:00 - 4:30 and Friday 8:00 - 4:00.  If you need to come by the LRC, please make sure to stop by during these hours.  

The new hours are effective today, June 2, 2014 and will return to normal hours on Monday, August 4, 2014. 

As a reminder, the normal LRC hours are Monday - Thursday 8:00 - 5:30 and Friday 8:00 - 4:00. 

 

Thank you 

Lost and Found Inventory May 2014