Professional Development News

New Deal on Student Tickets for Lawlapalooza 2008

Student tickets for Lawlapalooza 2008 are on sale now in the Faculty Resource Center, room 272.  Student tickets are five dollars ($5) each, and each student may now purchase up to two tickets at that price.  Previously, students were only permitted to purchase one discounted ticket each.

Lawlapalooza directly benefits our students by funding summer fellowships in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.  So, come on out to support yourself and enjoy a fun evening of great music, Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern.

Torbeck Honored at Metroversity Awards Ceremony

Assistant Dean for Career Services Jerie Torbeck was honored at a Metroversity Awards Ceremony in the category of Outstanding Faculty of Adult Learners.

Save the Date: Lawlapalooza 2008

Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, will be held Thursday, October 2, 2008, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern. This fun-filled evening of music benefits the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which provides summer fellowships for University of Louisville law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

General admission tickets go on sale August 1 for $20 ($25 at the door) and may be purchased online at Every purchase isn't just a ticket to a great time. It's a tax-deductible donation to the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation!

To compete, each band must have at least one member who is an attorney or law student. In previous years, bands have run the gamut of musical styles: from Irish folk, to rock and roll, to Klezmer. All interested, or even curious, bands and musicians should check out this page for detailed information and exciting new features.

For more information about Lawlapalooza Tour 2008:

Beth Haendiges
Communications Director
University of Louisville School of Law
Tel: 502-852-5817

Career Services and Public Service Dean Selected

The University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law welcomes new Assistant Dean for Career Services and the Public Service Program Kathy Urbach. In this role, Urbach will assist students in obtaining part-time positions while in school and full-time legal employment upon graduation; she will also direct the Law School's Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program. Urbach will join the law school on July 7, 2008.

Urbach is a Louisville native. She received her juris doctor from Georgia State University in 1991. She has experience in nonprofit management, legal services, and career and public service programs at law schools in Florida. Between 1998 and 2003, Urbach was at the University of Florida's Levin College of Law. During her tenure there, she served as Director and Assistant Director of the Public Service and Pro Bono Programs and as Assistant Dean of Career Services. Most recently, she worked as a career counselor for Florida Coastal School of Law.


BLS Briefs Available from Professors Hall, Duncan & Levinson

You can now pick up your graded BLS briefs (if your BLS professor was Prof. Hall, Prof. Levinson, or Prof. Duncan) in the Faculty Resource/Copy Center (room #272 across from classroom #275 on the second floor) during regular business hours.  If you wish to confirm that it will be open when you plan to stop in, call Marilyn (852-6389) or Becky (852-1230).

Public Service Opportunity: Improve the lives of at-risk children with disabilities

Volunteers are needed to work on a project to develop a Kentucky-specific consumer legal information handbook targeted for grandparents and other relatives raising children with disabilities. Understanding legal options and legal rights is essential for parents raising children with disabilities. Without this information many caregivers are unable to understand the options that are available to help them help the children develop their abilities and live happy and healthy lives. The handbook will include information on programs that provide financial support, health care, personal care, supportive services and education to families raising children with disabilities.

Volunteers will be assigned specific topics to research. The topics will be broken down using questions frequently asked by parents of children with disabilities, and the volunteers will be asked to develop answers and resource materials to address those questions. Volunteers will need to conduct research on the assigned topic including field research such as visits to programs and experts to gather information and materials. There is no fixed time or location for the work on this project, deadlines will be negotiated as assignments are accepted. All work with be supervised by David Godfrey, an attorney with nearly 9 years of experience in elder law. An editorial board of experts will be available for consultation. The editorial board will review all work from this project and provide feedback. The finished handbook will be widely distributed across Kentucky and will likely be used to train caregivers, attorneys and other advocates in this important area of the law.

Project completion is planned for this summer.

For more information contact;

David Godfrey,Managing Attorney
Access to Justice Foundation
Lexington, KY
859-255-9913 ext 12

Central High School Students Meet Supreme Court Justice

On May 6, 2008, the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law hosted a Kentucky Authors Forum conversation with United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. As part of the law school's Signature Partnership program, students from Louisville's Central High School were able to attend the forum along with UofL faculty, staff and students. These high school students enjoyed a rare opportunity to meet with a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice. Following the forum, Justice Breyer took some time to talk to the Central High students and to pose for a group photo.

Through the Central Law and Government magnet program, students at Central High School have been provided a variety of enrichment activities - attending moot court competitions, attending speaker events, visiting the law school for a day of introduction to the law school, and participating in a writing competition. Such activities are hoped to "spark the interest" of students in becoming lawyers.


Here's the plan for distributing information  related to Career Services over the summer.  On the law school's website ( click on Career Services and just read the front page for notices to students. 

Of course, if the Docket does actually get distributed during the summer when anything new is added, then we'll use that system also.  In either case, you'll have to take steps to receive the information, whether by regularly checking our website or by actually opening the Docket.

Have a wonderful summer, y'all, and don't forget that we will be here in the office if you find you would like our assistance.

Students Offer Services to Community Organizations

As a member of the larger Louisville community, the University of Louisville places a high priority on using its resources to strengthen and transform the local community. Participating in public service projects is common for UofL students, but some students took their involvement a step further this semester by organizing group days and, in some cases, embracing often-overlooked causes.

UofL’s Brandeis School of Law coordinated its first community service day April 5. The idea came about when students voiced interest in a school-wide community service project during the school’s strategic planning process last year.

Read the complete story by Todd Wetzel.

Public Service Opportunity: Pro Se Divorce Clinic

Legal Aid has scheduled the next Pro Se Divorce Clinic for Friday, May 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Legal Aid Offices.  Two students are needed for this clinic.  If you have taken the divorce clinic training and are available for this clinic, please e-mail Jina Scinta at

Students will be signed up on a first-come, first-served basis.