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KBA Criminal Law Reform - Third Annual Forum, November 7, Allen Courtroom

International Law Society "Late Night Hour", Friday, November 7, 8:00 p.m.

Grab your friends and join the International Law Society for a "Late NIght Hour" on Friday, November 7, at J. Gumbo's (1923 S. 4th St.) starting at 8:00 p.m.  With your help, 10% of the proceeds purchased by UofL students between 8:00-10:00 p.m. will go toward funding awesome future ILS events.

KBA Criminal Law Reform - Third Annual Forum, November 7, Allen Courtroom

CALI Lessons

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction's (CALI) Library of Lessons contains over 900 interactive, computer-based legal tutorials covering more than three dozen legal education subject areas. The lessons are designed to augment traditional law school instruction. Many of your classmates have found them helpful in preparing for their exams.

Free copies of the DVD are available at the library's Circulation Desk. You may also view the lessons online. The student authorization code and instructions are available at the library's website. You must register with your "" email address.

KBA Criminal Law Reform - Third Annual Forum, November 7, Allen Courtroom


Thursday, November 6 at 3:00 p.m. is the deadline for submitting your employment card and all registration forms.

Be sure to go to Current Students  Registration and read the registration instructions.  The registration times are listed on the first page of the registration instructions.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dean DiSanza or Barbara Thompson.

Dean DiSanza Leads Session Focused on Women in the Workplace at UMLaw

Since 2003, Dean DiSanza has been teaching at the University of Maryland School of Law (where she worked as Director of Student Affairs for six years and received her J.D.) in their “Women, Leadership, and Equality Program.” Based on concepts and theories she learned in her Master program at Johns Hopkins University, Dean DiSanza developed a three session program (later condensed to one session, once she had left UMLaw) that focused on the unique qualities women should consider when entering the workplace. She empowers the students with information about leadership theory, group theory and organizational behavior. She then weaves the issues of gender and equality into the mix. The purpose of this session is so students can assess current and future workplaces for cultures and norms. They are also given several self-evaluations to gauge their understanding of their own leadership and conflict resolution styles.

Elder Law Spring 2015 Course

Elder Law, a practical course dealing wth the field of elder care law in Kentucky, will be offered in spring 2015. Some of the topics covered are: legal documents for older folks, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans' Benefits, and health care decision making. The course will also cover how to interview prospective clients and how to run a law practice. The instructors are Bernard Faller, Misty Clark Vantrease, and Kelly Gannott, owners of Kentucky Elder Care PLLC. Contact Bernard Faller at for information or to obtain a syllabus.

Law Clinic Accepting Applications for Fall Semester

Spring Clinic I (3 or 4 credit option) – 2015
The Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic represents victims of domestic violence and other low income clients in Jefferson County District & Family Court.  Most cases involve Emergency Protective Order hearings and housing/eviction cases.  

The Ackerson Law Clinic is a student-run law firm supervised by Professor Shelley Santry. The 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. 

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. 

To apply, send an email to Professor Shelley Santry at including the following:
• Name, phone number and email;
• Resume;
• Unofficial transcript;
• Statement of Interest (not to exceed one page).

DEADLINE is 5:00 p.m. pm Wednesday, November 5. 

Rep. John Yarmuth Provides Perspectives on Immigration Reform Status at Diversity Forum on Women and Children at the Border

More than 51,000 unaccompanied children have crossed our nation’s borders since October 2013, an 88% increase from the previous year. They are fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Thousands of these children have made their way to Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana and are now awaiting deportation proceedings. On Tuesday, October 28th, an inter-disciplinary group of community activists, practitioners, students, and professors came together with Congressman Yarmuth to discuss responses to this humanitarian crisis. The program was coordinated by the Louisville Bar Foundation/Greenebaum Human Rights Fellows, Janet Lewis (3L) and Katherine Hall (2L). The program discussed the medical and psychological issues facing these immigrants, possible legal remedies available, and ways for the community to get involved. Panelists included Congressman John Yarmuth, 3rd District of Kentucky, Sarah Mills, Immigration Attorney-Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Nima Kulkarni, Louisville Bar Association Section on Human Rights, Jonathan Ruckman, Immigration Attorney-Catholic Charities of Louisville, Inc., James Guinn, Survivors of Torture Recovery Center, Katherine E. Hall, Student Fellow, and Janet A. Lewis, Moderator and Student Fellow.