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Law & War—An International Humanitarian Law Workshop

The American Red Cross is pleased to invite you to attend Law & War: An International Humanitarian Law Workshop at Vanderbilt University Law School on November 8th and 9th.  This workshop is a two day intensive introduction to international humanitarian law (IHL) for law students, graduate students, and attorneys.  During this training, participants will receive instruction from leading humanitarian law practitioners and explore the law in practice through a series of case studies.  Participants will learn about the historical development of the law, conflict classification, restrictions on means and methods of warfare, protections for vulnerable persons during armed conflict, enforcement of IHL and much more.

The workshop and all course materials are provided to accepted students at no cost. Registration is currently open and applications must be submitted by Friday, October 17th.  Applications can be found at online at http://redcross.org/lawworkshop. This workshop is a fabulous opportunity for those interested in learning more about, or pursuing a career in international humanitarian law.

Interested students may contact Kimberly Huey for additional information at kimberly.huey@redcross.org.

Research Assistant Sought

Professor Nicholson is seeking a research assistant in the area of executive compensation, fiduciary obligations, and corporate culture.  If you are interested, send a letter of interest and resume to Professor Nicholson lisa.nicholson@louisville.edu.

Resilient Communities and War on Poverty To Be Addressed in Boehl Lecture

Professor Tony Arnold, Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use, will give a lecture on “The War on Poverty (50 Years Later) and Resilient Communities” on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 12:00 Noon, in Room 275 of the Brandeis School of Law. The lecture is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served, but attendees should bring their own drinks. There is no need to RSVP.

The lecture, part of the Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy, will start with a Kentucky connection. In 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Inez, KY, shortly after launching the War on Poverty, one of our nation’s most ambitious initiatives. In the past 50 years, the War on Poverty has had both critics and supporters, both failures and successes. In framing poverty as something to be fought and defeated, though, our policies have failed to focus on building resilience and adaptive capacity among low-income communities, which are affected by their natural and physical environments and land use patterns, according to Arnold. Resilient communities are ones that are able to adapt to changing conditions and surprise disturbances, such as floods, drought, urban heat island effects, economic downturns, mortgage foreclosure crises, and the like.

 

 

 

 

Professor Tony Arnold, the inaugural holder of the Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use at the University of Louisville, is among the nation’s leading experts on social-ecological resilience and governance institutions. He teaches in both the Brandeis School of Law and the Department of Urban and Public Affairs and directs the interdisciplinary Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility. He has worked on poverty issues with low-income urban and rural communities throughout his personal and professional life.  

The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy is sponsored by the Herbert Boehl Fund and the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund. Co-sponsors at the University of Louisville are: the Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility; the Center for Environmental Policy and Management; the Planning Student Organization; the Master of Public Administration Students; the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research; the Law School Diversity Committee; the Sustainability Scholars Roundtable; the Environmental Law and Land Use Society; & the Office of Community Engagement. The Lecture will be a Law School Diversity Event.

Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition Champion

Congratulatons to Ben Shepard, the 2014 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition Champion, Aaron Riggs, the 2014 runner-up, and Emily Devuono and Daniel Reed, the 2014 semi-finalists. The judges were extremely impressed with the oral advocay skills of the competitors. Appellant, Ben Shepard, and Appellee, Aaron Riggs, advanced from the semi-final rounds to compete in the championship round. The judges commended them both for their performances.

Recreational Reading in the Washer Lounge

Is your brain turning to mush from thinking too much about torts and contracts? Are your eyes begging for a break from casebooks and course outlines? If so, then check out the reading collection in the Washer Lounge. The collection of best sellers, novels, humor essays and graphic novels are waiting for your perusal. The collection is on the honor system. Just sign the card in the back of the book and then return the book whenever you are done with it. It's that simple! Go there now--your eyes and brain will thank you for it.

Exam4 Practice Test Deadline for Legal Research Final and Contracts I Mid-Term, Hall Is Tonight!

The deadline to submit an Exam4 practice test to qualify to take the Fall 2014 Legal Research final exam and/or Professor Hall's Contracts I mid-term (ungraded) on computer is TONIGHT, Friday, September 26, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.

Reminder - LGBT, Gay Pride Marriage Equality, 12:00 p.m., Room 275 (Lunch and Presentation)

The Dean's Newsletter - Fall 2014

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Pirtle-Washer Advocacy Competition Preliminary Results

The Moot Court Board congratulates all competitors in the Pirtle-Washer Competition preliminary rounds. The judges were very impressed with the quality of the advocacy. The quarter-finalists were: Christine Shannon, Tyler Peavler, Ben Shepard, Daniel Reed, Emily Devouno, Aaron Riggs, Issac Fain,and Kevin Boswell. Moving on to the semi-final rounds are: Ben Shepard, Aaron Riggs, Daniel Reed and Emily Devouno. The semi-finals will take place on Friday, September 26, at 3:00 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom with the finals to follow later that day. Please join us to support the advocates.

Sana Abhari would like to thank the volunteer attorney judges, the scoring team, the 1L Witness Program volunteers, Dean Nowka, the entire Moot Court team, and her wonderful facilitators Megan Diffenderfer, Whitney Graham and Laura Tapp.

Networking Opportunity

In March, YPAL started the “Legal-Ease” lunch series, where we invited four local judges to talk with attendees about career/life advice.  On October 1, YPAL is having another Legal-Ease event.  This time, we’re featuring what are essentially the managing partners from the six largest firms in Louisville:

  • Robert Connolly - Stites & Harbison PLLC
  • John Crockett - Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Donald Kelly - Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP
  • Mark Oppenheimer - Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
  • Kendrick Riggs - Stoll Keenon Odgen PLLC
  • John Selent - Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

This would be an incredible opportunity for law students to get to know some of the most influential attorneys in the city.  Here’s the link for information/registration:  https://www.ypal.org/Events/Legal-Ease-Community-Business-Development.  Seating is very limited.