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Moot Court Teams Meet National Success

A moot court team from the UofL Brandeis School of Law recently won a national championship in the New York University Immigration Law Competition, placing first out of 16 teams from around the country.

Law students Duffy Trager and Rachel Carmona argued for the team, which had to take on a case involving recidivism in immigration law. Maria Mourad worked on the brief and preparation for oral arguments.

"We really put ourselves through the paces before we got there," said Trager of the team's intense preparation for the event.
Carmona agreed that the secret to their success was practice, practice and more practice. "The more practice you can get, the better your chances-and we practiced all the time," said Carmona, who credited the team's coach, professor Enid Trucios-Haynes, and facilitator Jamie Izlar for preparing them.

UofL teams placed second in the International Commercial Arbitration competition at Loyola University and the Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Competition. A UofL team also submitted the national second-place brief in the Saul Lefkowitz National Trademark Competition.

The university also had semi-finalist teams in the American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition, the National Animal Law competition and the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Competition (Intellectual Property Law) and quarter finalists in the National Health Law Moot Court Competition and the Florida Bar Association National Tax Law Competition.

The law school had 18 moot court teams this year that included 50 to 60 students-all second-year law students or higher. Faculty members as well as local attorneys coach and facilitate the teams.
 

Full Story: "National Champs: Moot court team continues strong tradition" by Kevin Hyde (UofL Today, April 29, 2010)

The Constitution in 2020: Religion in the Public Sphere

The Kentucky Lawyer Chapter and the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society present:  "The Constitution in 2020: Religion in the Public" on April 27 at the Louisville Bar Association.

The Constitution in 2020 is a new book edited by Yale Law professors Jack Balkin and Reva Siegel. It is a collection of essays by leading constitutional scholars regarding the directions that constitutional law should take in the decades to come.

Featured Speakers:

  • William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law; Visiting Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School; Member, Board of Directors, American Constitution Society; and Contributing Author, The Constitution in 2020
  • Paul E. Salamanca, Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • David Tachau, Moderator, Partner, Tachau Meek PLC

There will be a reception following the panel discussion. The event is free of charge. 1.0 hours of CLE credit is pending for this event. The cost is $30 for members of the Louisville Bar Association and $60 for nonmembers.

Please RSVP online

This event is co-sponsored by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Kentucky Chapter and the Louisville Bar Association.

Law Clinic Open House

The University of Louisville's Law Clinic serves low income individuals and victims of domestic violence in Jefferson County District and Family Courts and provides an opportunity for third-year law students to practice law under supervision.  During the 2009-2010 academic year, we handled 169 cases. 

On Thursday, April 15, we were joined by friends and partners in celebration of the success of the Law Clinic at an Open House.  We gratefully acknowledge our partners, donors, students and staff who have helped us make an impact in our community.

The Brandeis Honor Society presents the Brandeis Medal Lecture

The University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law invites you to honor the latest recipient of the Brandeis Medal.  Melvin I. Urofsky, professor of law and public policy at Virginia Commonwealth University, will deliver the Brandeis Lecture in room 275 on Thursday, April 1, from 1 to 2 p.m.  New members of the Brandeis Society will also be recognized.  A reception will take place in the Cox Lounge immediately after the lecture.

Professor Urofsky's research on the life and jurisprudence of Justice Brandeis has drawn extensively from the archives of the University of Louisville Law Library.  The New York Times has named Professor Urofsky's biography, Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, one of the "most notable books" of 2009.

Although this event is free, your reply to Becky Wenning at 852-1230 will help us ensure adequate seating.

Thursday's Diversity Forum to Discuss Therapeutic Jurisprudence

The Louisville Bar Association and the law school's Diversity Committee proudly present Professor David B. Wexler, one of the country's foremost authorities on Therapeutic Jurisprudence. This perspective regards the law  itself  (rules of law, legal procedures, and roles of legal actors) as a social force that often produces therapeutic or anti-therapeutic consequences. It does not suggest that therapeutic concerns are more important than other consequences or factors, but does suggest that the law's role as a potential therapeutic agent should be recognized and systematically studied.


Professor Wexler serves as director of the International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence which is designed to stimulate thought in the area of therapeutic jurisprudence and serves internationally as a clearing house and resource center regarding developments in this field. 

The event is free and open to all and will take place at 11AM on Thursday, April 1. This is the final program of the academic year in the law school's Diversity Forum Series. Professor Wexler will also be interviewed on WFPL's State of Affairs at 1 PM. 

For more information, please contact Robin Harris at 852-6083.  

 

 

Unclaimed Raffle Baskets

Please contact Samantha Thomas-Bush or Jayci Roney if you bid on one of these unclaimed raffle baskets at the SBF Charity Auction & Trivia Night on March 24.

  • 640575- 1L Coffee Basket
  • 640577- 2L Gardening Basket
  • 640597- 4L No Rest for the Weary Basket

OYEZ, OYEZ, OYEZ! The Kentucky Court of Appeals is Now in Session

Honorable Judges Combs, Clayton, Stumbo, Taylor, and VanMeter presiding.  Hosted by the University of Louisville School of Law March 23-24, 2010, in the Allen Courtroom.

The complete docket, along with bios can be found here.

 

 

The law school would like to thank the Kentucky Court of Appeals judges who attended a Q&A session with students on the second day of their appellate proceedings.

As noted by moot court board president Barry Dunn, the Q&A conveniently preceded this weekend's first-year oral advocay competition begins on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Moot Court Board President Barry Dunn introduces the panel.

 

Appellate judges field questions.

(From left to right, Judge Laurence VanMeter, Judge Jeff Taylor and Judge Janet Stumbo.)

 

Students enjoyed the opportunity to ask Kentucky Court of Appeals Judges about the appellate process.

 

DEADLINE TO ORDER GRADUATION APPAREL

May, August and December 2010 Graduates

Wednesday, March 31 is the deadline to order graduation apparel for the May 8, 2010 School of Law Convocation.  Please keep checking the Docket for other graduation information.

www.louisville.edu/commencement

Last Chance to Donate Items to Haitian Refugees

Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) is preparing to receive refugees from Haiti through Church World Service within the next few weeks. KRM is seeking monetary contributions and donations of the following items for the furnished apartments where the families will be placed:

  • sofas, kitchen tables, and chairs
  • pots and pans
  • kitchen supplies and silverware
  • lamps and lightbulbs
  • towels, blankets, and sheets
  • bathroom supplies
  • warm coats

The KRM donation truck will transport the donated items to their warehouse on Friday, March 19 at 10:00 AM. There's a collection box in the Mosaic lobby. Contact Rachel Carmona if you have additional questions or call Kentucky Refugee Ministries' office at 502-479-9180 Ext. 15 to make a donation, and Ext. 53 to volunteer. You may also drop off donations at the KRM office at 969 B Cherokee Road, Louisville, between 9 AM and 4 PM. Monday through Friday.

Source: Community challenge - Coming to the aid of Haiti's refugees (Courier-Journal.com, Feb. 8)

Don't Miss the SBF Charity Auction and Trivia Night!

The Student Bar Foundation is hosting its 13th annual Charity Auction and Trivia Night on March 24th at the Seelbach Hotel. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be available beginning at 5:30 PM. The  trivia starts at 6:30 PM sharp. Please note the change of location.

This event will combine an evening of networking, fundraising and friendly competition among Louisville’s legal minds!  Our goal is to raise money and awareness to benefit two very important programs: the Brandeis School of Law Public Service Summer Fellowships and the Law School’s Partnership with the Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program.

Donations of goods and services are still being sought. A list of suggested donations is available at our website. Some of the amazing auctions items that have already been donated include: a $1000 BARBRI certificate, two attendance passes to Dean Blackburn's classes, Mastering Professional Responsibility and Criminal Procedure Textbooks & Supplements, a $15 Molly Malone's gift certificate and much more.

Tickets are available in the Resource Center across from room 275 or by e-mailing either Samantha Thomas-Bush or Jayci Roney.  The cost is $15 for students and $40 for everyone else. If any student organizations want to reserve a table for trivia, please contact either Samantha or Jayci.  Six to a table for $15 each for a total of $90.