"Did you know that attorneys have the highest rates of depression and suicide of any profession and 40% of law students in their third year of school report experiencing symptoms of depression." The Dave Nee Foundation is sponsoring a program they believe will help save lives. Come hear Katherine Bender of the Dave Nee Foundation and Professor Jim Jones discuss this important topic Thursday, November 14, at 11:50 a.m., in room 275.
KYLAP will be on hand, providing lunch and drinks, along with lawyer volunteers, to answer any questions or provide immediate assistance to anyone in distress.
Law students are reminded that they may, with permission of the Assistant Dean for Student Life, take up to six hours of course work in other graduate departments towards their 90 hour requirement for the JD. In particular, please take note of the following opportunities which the law school is aware of. Students wishing additional information about these or other graduate courses may contact Assistant Dean Ballard or Associate Dean Hall.
1. The Psychology Department invites law student registration in Forensic Assessment, PSYC 687-75. This course will meet Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30pm in Room 133 of the Life Sciences CenterSchool of Edica.
Course format will primarily consist of case studies and reenactments of actual forensic interviews to allow for appreciation of how best practice forensic reports are generated for criminal, civil, and family courts. Case studies and reenactments will reflect a cross section of the various types of forensic evaluations (such as Competency, MSO/Mental Status at the Time of Offense, Violence and Sex Offender Risk Assessments, Parental Capacity, Child Custody, and Fitness for Duty).
Prior to presentations of cases, a framework will be provided, allowing students to appreciate basic aspects of the legal system and the adjudicative process; relevant case law; the distinction between therapeutic and forensic assessment; common ethical pitfalls when working in the forensic arena; the components of best practice forensic evaluation; and appropriate use of psychometric tests relevant to specific legal inquiry. Practical applications such as communicating with the Courts, report writing, and expert testimony will also be reviewed.
There will be no formal exams in this course. Rather, grades will be determined based upon mid-term and final written reports of cases presented, in actual Court-based format. These reports will necessarily require identification of diagnoses and clinical formulation.
[Law students, of course, would have different mid-term and final assignments]
2. The College of Education and Human Development sent us notice of two courses which law students may find of interest:
Legal Issues in P-12 Education, ELFH 620 (Saturdays 9-11:30am)
Educational Resource Management in P-12 Education, ELFH 622 (Saturdays 1:00-3:30pm).
The Law School is thrilled to announce that Sean Dennis was selected by the American Bar Association’s Student Lawyer publication to be profiled in its Head of Class column in the October 2013 publication. Sean is a third-year law student with a diverse background.
Sean graduated from The Citadel in 2002. He then went on to earn his Master of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. After graduating from seminary, Sean received orders to serve as a chaplain in the 101st Airborne Division. He spent more than one year in Iraq in a forward operating base in Afghanistan’s Arghandab River Valley. He has counseled innumerable soldiers suffering from PTSD.
Sean is now President of the Christian Law Society at the Brandeis School of Law. He is a father, a military veteran, and a great classroom leader.
We congratulate Sean on this great recognition!
Pictured above: Sean, Joanna, Caroline (4) and Charlotte (2).
Externships allow students to earn academic credit while developing lawyering skills under the direct supervision of a licensed and practicing attorney. For the spring 2014 semester, openings remain at the Office of the Jefferson County Attorney, the Louisville Metro Public Defender’s Office, the Legal Aid Society, and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Detailed information is available at the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.” You can also contact Professor Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff R. Hawkins, Sullivan, advanced to the office of president-elect of the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) for 2013-14 at the Association’s annual meeting in French Lick on Friday, Oct. 18. His term will expire in October 2014, after which he will become president of the ISBA. As president, he will represent the single largest legal organization in the state.
Hawkins practices law with his wife at Hawkins Law PC, where he and Jennifer are the shareholders, practicing in the areas of estate andbusiness planning, trust and estate administration and elder law. He received his B.S. from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 1988 and his J.D. from the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1992. He was admitted to practice in Indiana in 1992 and in Illinois in 2012. He became a registered civil mediator in Indiana in 2013.
Hawkins is a member of the Sullivan County, Indiana State (member, Board of Governors; chair, House of Delegates; chair, Young Lawyers Section; chair, Probate, Trust & Real Property Section) and American bar associations. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Hawkins is an active member of the Westside Church of Christ (elder, 2005-present) andSullivan Rotary Club (president, 2012-13), and he volunteers for the WabashValley United Way’s “Real Men Read” program by reading to kindergarten students.
There are still two openings in the 2014 spring Tax Externship program.
Externs work in the local office of the IRS under the direct supervision of IRS attorneys and Professor Blackburn. Your externship experience will include research and writing memos, opinion letters, motions and other documents to be filed with the U.S. Tax Court.
Externs attend meetings with taxpayers, with IRS audit agents, and with legal counsel and CPAs representing taxpayers. The U. S. Tax Court has a trial docket in Louisville during the spring semester; all externs will attend some of the trials and some externs may represent the government against pro se taxpayers.
If you are interested, please contact Professor Blackburn at email@example.com or 502-852-6384.
Professor Tom Fitzgerald would like students interested in Energy Law (LAW 841-12) in the Spring 2014 semester to be aware that there will be no final exam in this course, as previously posted on the Spring final exam schedule. Instead, students' grades will be determined based on written work product. However, the written work in this course will not satisfy the Upper Division Writing Requirement.
This externship is available to students who have completed 60 credit hours and requires certification under the Kentucky Bar student practice rule. If you are interested, please contact Professor Trucios-Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested students should contact Professor Trucios-Haynes at email@example.com
The Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic is a student run firm supervised by Professor Santry. Student attorneys are responsible for handling all aspects of the cases. This includes interviewing the client, prepping the client for the hearing, gathering evidence, participating in hearings as a student attorney, and closing the case. The Law Clinic gives students real court room experience with real clients.
To be eligible to participate in the clinic, students must have completed 60 hours. This is a requirement under Rules of the Supreme Court (SCR) 2.540 to receive a limited license to practice law. This 3- or 4-credit class meets the skills graduation requirement.
For more information about the Law Clinic visit: http://www.law.louisville.edu/lawclinic.
To apply, please email your:
1. unofficial transcript,
2. resume, and
3. a short statement of interest
to: Shelley.firstname.lastname@example.org by November 7, at 5:00 pm.