Professional Development News
On October 24th and 25th a group of ten students from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law attended the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair in Washington, DC. Ten students, seven third-years and three second-years ventured to the nation’s capital in order to explore Public Interest opportunities. This was the first time that any of our students attended.
Assistant Dean for Career Services/Public Service, Kathy Urbach, got the ball rolling in September and encouraged students who were interested in attending the conference to meet with her to have their resume reviewed. There was also an application process to be completed.
Funding for travel and lodging came from two sources. Some of the money used was from the Career Services budget in lieu of other travel expenses. Victor Revill, Student Bar Association President, obtained funds from University of Louisville’s Student Government Association. One student even used frequent flyer points to get to the conference.
A meeting was held prior to the conference to provide information about what students could expect, how they should approach the employers at Table Talk, networking, workshops and other related topics. Also, students outlined plans of action which gave fellow students ideas of how to assist one another.
Some of the students had specific goals. Jessica Kingley, a third-year student, knew that she wanted to meet with the New York District County Attorney’s Office as well as Public Service people from New York City and turn it into a job. Guion Johnstone, a second-year student, attended with four actual interviews scheduled. Rexena Napier and Melissa McHendrix, both third-year students and both interested in animal law, knew that there wouldn’t be any employers dedicated to solely animal law, but viewed the conference as a way to learn about other related opportunities. Victor Revill, a third-year student and president of the SBA, knew ahead of time that his approximately “five minute introduction speech” needed to be well-rehearsed and fine tuned for each prospective employer.
All of the students were committed to public service work prior to attending the conference. Jamie Izlar, a second-year student, worked in a public interest position before attending law school. Her work involved working with indigent, undocumented immigrants. Colleen Hagan, a third-year student said that the rewarding part of going to such a big conference with so many attendees is that the students all are like-minded and want to be part of a greater good. Students felt encouraged to see so many employers who focus on public service.
Besides the career fair and Table Talk sessions, students attended workshops, sessions, discussions and had the privilege of hearing Ralph Nader speak. Samantha Thomas, a second-year student, attended a government workshop which supplied her with tips (call specific government agencies, keep applying and find a niche). Jamie Izlar attended a resume building session which she found extremely helpful and also attended several discussions where she learned which employers will pay for law school student loans. Rexena Napier attended a workshop that gave her a lot of ideas including applying for grants.
All of the students who attended felt it was worthwhile to attend and felt a deeper sense of commitment to public service. Duffy Trager came away with connections and a lot of business cards that he intends to follow up with. Samantha Thomas plans to capitalize on what she observed at the conference and use it to shape what she does in law school. Melissa McHendrix said that the most worthwhile aspect of the conference for her was meeting other students and discussing what organizations are non-profit and in the public sector.
The three second-year students are looking forward to returning to the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair next year. This is a great experience for our students and an opportunity for them to represent the law school. The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law would like for all students interested in attending the conference in 2010 to have the opportunity to do so.
~Debra Reh, Program Assistant for the Office of Career Services
- A companion article by Beth Haendiges will appear in the December 2009 edition of the LBA's Bar Briefs.
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Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the 5th Annual Battle of the Bands! Nearly $4500 was raised for the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund.
Congratulations to third-year students Andrew Henson and Forrest Kuhn! Assault with a Deadly Weapon is the first student band ever to win first place in the Lawlapalooza Battle of the Bands. They were followed by 100% Legal in second place and Keltricity in third.
Many thanks to our silent auction bidders! Bekah Soule won a night's accommodation at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Will Nefzger won a night's accommodation at the Seelbach Hilton. Becky Wenning won the original Guitar Player painting by Schuyler Olt and Vicki Senior won his Trumpet Player painting.
You won't want to miss this year's Battle of the Bands. Assualt with a Deadly Weapon, featuring 3Ls Andrew Henson on guitar and Forrest Kuhn on the drums, will be back to deliver another rockin' performance.
Students may purchase tickets for just $5 at the door (with a student ID) or at the Law Resource Center in room 272. Remember to bring both your student ID and your official ID if you wish to drink. Correction: This is NOT an all-ages event, but UofL Law students under 21 are welcome to attend. Children and teens, however are not.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Westlaw, the first 100 students will receive a ticket worth $3.25 (the price of a domestic bottled beer), which may also be used toward the purchase of a more expensive drink. Food and an assortment of potables and nonalcoholic beverages will also be available for purchase.
Lawlapalooza takes place at Phoenix Hill Tavern on Thursday, October 1. Doors open at 6 PM.
The following 20 first-year students successfully submitted an Exam4 practice test by 5:00 PM EDT, Monday, September 28, and their names were drawn at random to receive a free ticket, compliments of Professor Kurt "Wolfman" Metzmeier, to Lawlapalooza, Thursday, October 1, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern:
- Batey, Nathan
- Climer, Jeremy
- Donahue, Natalie
- Englert, Whitney
- Esser, Brian
- Fort, Nathan
- Garland, Todd
- Humphrey, Natalie
- Kahn, Melanie
- Leeper, Natalie
- Lewis, Mookie
- Murray, George
- Pickett, Melinda
- Potter, Sarah
- Simonson, Julie
- Smith, Natalie
- Spalding, John
- Theiss, James
- Turner, Chad
- Vinsel, Nancy
The tickets will be placed in your mailboxes this afternoon (Tuesday, September 29). Congratulations to all, and many thanks to Professor Metzmeier!
Tickets for Lawlapalooza 2009, the Louisville legal community's annual Battle of the Bands, are on sale now in the Law Resource Center, room 272. Student tickets are $5 each, and general admission tickets are $20, both in advance and day of show.
Lawlapalooza benefits the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund, which provides summer fellowships for Brandeis School of Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.
This year's event will be held Thursday, October 1, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and the first band takes the stage at 6:30 PM. The bands competing this year include:
- Living Proof
- The Velvetkings
- The Golden Rockets
- Assault With a Deadly Weapon
- 100% Legal
- The Ben Fultz Five
The law school sponsored four Central High School Law and Government magnet students to attend the Summer Law Institute from June 15-20, an annual program for high school students interested in the law and legal profession. Tia Coleman, co-valedictorian of her graduating class, was among them. Ms. Coleman won the Justice McAnulty Essay contest for seniors and was also the overall winner. She plans to attend UofL in the fall.
The program, which is sponsored by the LBA, Brandeis School of Law, and Bellarmine University, provides students an opportunity to meet and interact with local attorneys, judges, and law professors. During the week-long camp, they learned the fundamentals of trial procedure, discussed important legal and social issues, and studied how the law affects their lives. They also participated in workshops, took trips to the Jefferson County Judicial Center and Bellarmine, and prepared and presented a mock trial.
Photo provided by Cynthia M. Robinson, LBA Public Service Director | (from left to right): Jazmine Hudson, Jasmine Thornton, Tia Coleman, A'shia Blake
On May 6, 2009, students, staff, faculty, and community members gathered at the Ali Center to recognize students and members of Central High School's Law and Government Magnet Partnership with the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Please refer to the attached program for more details.
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The UofL Law Clinic Open House and Reception showcases the UofL Law Clinic, an initiative that enables the law school to refocus legal education as a primarily (or even exclusively) classroom-based endeavor into an active, hands-on enterprise of learning by doing.
We'd like to thank all the members of the Louisville legal community, alumni, faculty, staff and students who shared in this celebration.
|University of Louisville Law Clinic students, from left: Dustin Thacker, Becca O'Neill, Chad Reid, Christopher McDavid, Caroline Pieroni, Amy Jay. Photo credit: Robert Pieroni|
|Professor Lars Smith, Dean Jim Chen and the incoming Clinic Director Shelley Santry enjoy the reception.|
|Becca O'Neill and her classmates present gifts to their instructors Stewart Pope, Legal Aid Advocacy Director, and Lars Smith, University of Louisville Professor and Samuel J. Stallings Chair in Law.|
|Guests enjoy the conversation and live music, compliments of Middleton Reutlinger and Stites & Harbison.|
|Law Clinic Reception Guests||Law students, Cheri Jones and Simone Beach|
|Wine, beer, and soft drinks were provided by Middleton Reutlinger and Stites & Harbison.||Bourbon tasting provided by Woodford Reserve.|
|Hors d'oeuvres provided by Carrabba's Italian Grill.||Vickie Tencer (Unit Business Manager), Kathy Urbach (Assistant Dean for Career Services and Public Service) and Jina Scinta (Program Assistant)
|Professor Susan Duncan, Justice Elisabeth Hughes Abramson, Judge Paula Sherlock, Professor Laura Rothstein, and Maria Fernandez, '89||Third year student and Law Clinic member Caroline Pieroni and family, from left: Jennifer Lynch Nickel, Mark Nickel, David Lynch, Julia Lynch, Caroline Lynch Pieroni, Robert Pieroni|
|Law student, Amy Jay||
University of Louisville Law Students
Osiah Graham, a senior at Central who plans to attend the University of Louisville as a Harlan Scholar in the fall, reached the semi-final round of the competition, which meant he was among the 16 most outstanding competitors in the entire nation. His classmates Kim Albritton and Sasha Richmond both advanced to the quarter-finals, making the Central students by far the most successful team at the entire tournament. Teams came from all over the country, representing Marshall-Brennan programs from Washington, D.C., to Phoenix, and from Boston to Baton Rouge. No other contingent came close to doing what Central did by having three-quarters of its students reach the quarter-final round.
The team was coached by Brandeis School of Law students Colleen Clemons (who accompanied the team to Philadelphia), Amy Jay, Jason Schwalm, and Heather Stone. All are third-year students who have taught at Central in the Marshall-Brennan program this year, working with the Law & Government program’s long-time teacher, Joe Gutmann. Colleen was joined in Philadelphia by law school professor and Marshall-Brennan faculty supervisor Sam Marcosson, who also helped coach the students as they prepared for the competition.
“Their performances were terrific,” Marcosson said. “They proved that our Central students can compete with the very best students from around the country, and excel on the academic side just as they have on the football field and basketball court this year. They worked hard to prepare, and impressed the judges with their knowledge of the law, the facts of the cases, and ability to deal with tough questions.”
Volunteers pose outside the law school prior to departing for their service projects.
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Nearly fifty volunteers gathered at the law school on a beautiful spring day to donate their time to three worthy causes. Among the participants were Harlan Scholars, alums, students, staff, faculty and their friends & families. Several of them had volunteered last year as well.
Many thanks to the following people for making the 2nd Annual Louisville Law Community Service Day such a success!
Rexéna Napier (Student Animal Legal Defense Fund) – Animal Care Society
Jenna Johnston (Women’s Law Caucus) – Family Scholar House
Adam Watson (Enivronmental Law & Land Use Society) – Olmsted Parks Conservancy
PLANNING PARTICIPANTS & FACILITATORS
Students: Lauren Bean, Brian Bennett, Matt Birkhoffer, Kevin Graves, Jamie Izlar, Jenna Johnston, Melissa McHendrix, Rexéna Napier, Brian Pollock, Victor Revill, Luke Vance, and Adam Watson
Faculty & Staff: Nancy Baker, Jodi Duce, Ariana Levinson, Debra Reh, Jina Scinta, Keith Sealing, Virginia Smith, Barbara Thompson, and Kathy Urbach
Sierra Ashby, Lauren Bean, Justin Brewer, Daniel Jay Cameron, Scott Campbell & Beth Nahinsky, Ashley Crabtree, Bridget Coraz, Matthew Dutcher, Brian Fayman, Kevin & Lindsay Graves, Bartley Hagerman, Nick Hart, Ebert Haegele, Jamie Izlar, Guion Johnstone, Jenna Johnston, Jared Kelly, Courtney King, Forrest Kuhn, Arianna Levinson, Ashley Morden, Christopher McDavid, Melissa McHendrix, Rexéna Napier, Marilyn Osborn, Kaitlyn Patrick, Emily Peeler, Brian Pollock, Katie Reisz, Victor Revill, Laura Rothstein, Ben Silver, Virginia Smith, Victoria Steinbach, Nicole Tarrence, Vickie Tencer, Paige Thompson, Katherine Toms, Adam & Jenn Watson, Rebecca Weis, Becky Wimberg, and Boris Yelin
The Law School ● Law Library ● LexisNexis ● Westlaw ● Kathy Bean ● Scott Campbell ● Robin Harris ● Ariana Levinson ● Christopher McDavid ● Kurt Metzmeier ● Jerome Neukirch ● Laura Rothstein ● Virginia Smith ● Anonymous Donors
|Volunteers work with the Olmsted Parks Convervancy to clean up debris from the winter ice storm in Iroquois Park.|
|Project Coordinator, Jenna Johnston||Family Scholar House Volunteers|
|Volunteers assemble gift bags for the Family Scholar House.|
|Project Coordinator, Rexéna Napier (center)
||Animal Care Society Volunteers
|Friendships blossom at the Animal Care Society.|
|Volunteers assist at the Animal Care Society.|
More photos are publicly viewable at our Facebook group. Search for "University of Louisville Law School Annual Community Service Day Project".