December 2014 Graduates
Wednesday, September 17 is the last day to apply for your degree. You will need to go to ULink Student Services to apply for your degree. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records.
The IRS will accept up to three tax externs for the 2015 spring semester. The application deadline for fall 2014 has passed, but it is not too early to apply for 2015 spring.
Externs work in the local office of the IRS under the direct supervision of IRS attorneys and Professor Blackburn. Externs do research and write memos, meet with IRS audit agents, with taxpayers and with taxpayer representatives such as legal counsel and CPAs. Externs sometimes take the lead in meetings with pro se taxpayers. Externs assist IRS trial attorneys with trial preparation and sometimes represent the IRS in U.S. Tax Court against pro se taxpayers.
To be eligible you must 1) be enrolled in school on at least a half-time basis, 2) be enrolled in at least the second semester of your second year, have successfully completed a course in Federal taxation, and Professor Blackburn must recommend you.
If you would like more information, please contact Professor Blackburn (firstname.lastname@example.org or 502-852-6384). The required security clearance can take four to six weeks, so it is not too early to begin the process.
Gearing up for Spring 2015 and planning your classes? Consider this opportunity:
How about celebrating 2015 spring break with service work in Belize or celebrating post Derby with service work in Croatia? Law is one of several participating disciplines. The law team in Belize will be led by Dean Susan Duncan and will focus on restorative justice programs by working in schools and communities outside of Dangriga. The law team in Croatia will be led by Professor Shelley Santry and will focus on domestic violence awareness and prevention by working in schools and communities outside of Zagreb.
Learn more about this opportunity at Uof L’s International Service Learning Program (ISLP) website http://louisville.edu/islp/. The service is rewarding and the memories will last a lifetime! Plus, you will earn three (3) hours of academic credit and build useful skills.
The class meets weekly (January through April) and orientations will be one evening each week (for Belize starting in January and continuing until just after spring break; for Croatia starting mid-semester and continuing until the end of the term). Still undecided? Come to an information session Monday, September 8, 12-1 in room LL75.
Each location is truly an amazing place and you will love the experience!!!
If you are interested, applications are due now (priority deadline is September 29th!! You can apply on the ISLP website (http://louisville.edu/student/isl).
If you are currently working on a dual degree program (not if you are interested in one and haven't started), please take a moment and either stop by my office (216) or send me an email (email@example.com) so we can make sure you are on the right track.
For those of you interested in Dual Degree Programs, there will be an information session later in the year.
Today is the last day to sign up for the Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition. You must submit your Agreement to Compete and Waiver to the Moot Court Board office by 4 p.m. today. Contact Sana Abhari for details at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Janet Lewis, a 3L student at Brandeis, won First Place in the recent Kentucky Bar Association Annual Student Writing Competition for her article on “The First Amendment and Social Media: Primary Students’ Constitutional Rights to Freely Speak Outside of the School.” In the paper, she noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has not yet created a test to guide school districts on whether they may permissibly/constitutionally regulate out-of-school/off campus student social media speech. Following the rules of the Tinker and Watts, she proposed a test that the U.S. Supreme Court should use. Her proposed rule would provide that: “In order for school officials to permissibly "regulate" or discipline a student for out-of-school speech on social media, the school must follow the Tinker-Watts test to show that the speech is either: (1) purposefully brought into the school by the student-creator and by doing so, the out-of-school speech caused a material and substantial interference with the discipline of the school or (2) a "true threat." Without satisfying either prong, the school cannot justifiably/constitutionally disciplining the student for an out-of-school opinion, speech, or expression.