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2008 Louisville Law Community Service Day

On April 5, 2008, the law school community will embark upon its first annual day of collective public service. The initiative arose from student input into the university’s strategic planning process. The purpose of this event is to highlight the law school's commitment to community service, provide significant services, have fun, and make new acquaintances in our law school community.

Participants in the planning process identified three focus areas:

Animal Rights & Animal Issues

Women, Children, Homeless, & the Underserved

Environmental Issues

All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate by contributing donated items to one of the organizations listed below or to volunteer their time to one of the designated projects.

Celebrate

To kick off the event, we’ll be hosting a complimentary continental style breakfast in the Mosaic Lobby at 10 AM on Saturday, April 5. Coffee, juice, and pastries will be provided. Those present will be eligible to win one of the many door prizes!

Lend A Helping Hand

Volunteers may choose from a variety of projects. Sign up sheets will be available in each mail room and the Mosaic Lobby during the week preceding April 5th, or you may sign up online. You’re also welcome to show up that day without a reservation. Volunteers are encouraged to show their team spirit by wearing a piece of University of Louisville or Brandeis School of Law apparel.

Metro Animal Services

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund has arranged for a variety of activities including dock cleaning, rewiring kennel doors, and painting the new “get acquainted” space. This project will take place at a shelter near campus beginning at 11 AM. Volunteers will also receive a tour of the shelter and an opportunity to walk some of the dogs. Contact Megan Renwick for details.

Departure time: 10:45 AM; carpooling available. You may be painting, so dress appropriately.

Wayside Christian Mission

The Student Bar Association is making arrangements to assist at Wayside Christian Mission. Projects may include serving lunch and providing general cleaning services. Contact Kelly Oates for details.

Departure time: 10:45 AM or meet the group at 11 AM @ 822 East Market. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty.

 

Brightside Inc.

The Environmental Law & Land Use Society has arranged for a clean-up project at Central Park. Volunteers will walk from campus to Central Park along Third Street and back along Fourth Street, cleaning up as they go. Contact Brian Pollock for details.

Departure time: 10:30 AM. It may rain, so dress appropriately. Garbage bags will be provided, but you might want to bring some gloves.

Make a Donation

During the week of March 31 – April 5, collection bins will be placed in the Mosaic Lobby of the Law School in Wyatt Hall. Following, is a list of items requested by each organization.

Metro Animal Services

Metro Animal Services seeks donations of pet supplies, medical supplies, and household items.

Click here for a complete wish list.

Center for Women & Families

During the months of March and April, the Center is collecting towels, washcloths, diapers, underwear, socks and bras. We’re also collecting cell phones & cell phone chargers. Additionally, you can help by donating goods that meet their immediate needs: cribs and mattresses, crib sheets, pacifiers and bottles, & infant toys.

Click here for a complete wish list.

Project Women

As part of their annual community service project, the Women’s Law Caucus is gathering items for the Project Women Hygiene Drive.

Items include: toilet paper, conditioner, face wash, deodorant, dental floss, tooth brushes, pull-ups, Kleenex tissues, paper towels, sponges, soap, face wash, lotion, shampoo, household cleaners, napkins, tampons, maxi pads, light bulbs, lamps, children's coloring/activity books, computer printer paper, batteries for Leap Pad learning system, etc.

Click here for a complete wish list.

Metro Recycling

We’re collecting aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, newspapers, and cardboard.

Questions?

Contact Virginia Smith or Jina Scinta if you'd like to get involved or to request more information.

What Was Lost Has Been Found

Last week two full-size umbrellas were turned in to Lost & Found. Don't wait for the next monsoon!  Claim your umbrella now. 

In addition, a Criminal Procedure book and the supplement were found in room 080.

IT Seeks Bears

Beginning March 25 through April 4 Information Technology will be collecting plush bears in support of the Kosair Charities Bears on Patrol program. Bears on Patrol allows local law enforcement officers to comfort children when responding to emergency situations. For more information see https://docushare.louisville.edu/dsweb/Get/Document-27874/show+you+care.pdf

We have 3 delivery points:
1) Miller Information Technology Center room 109 reception area
2) iTech Xpress (in the lower level of Miller Information Technology Center across from Mitzie's)
3) HSC IT offices (in the basement of the dental school)

IT's goal is to rally faculty, staff, and students to donate 200 bears in 2 weeks through our delivery points. Thank you for comforting the children in our community during their times of need. If you have any questions contact IT Cardinal Care at itcares@louisville.edu.

Harris Recognized for Work with the Women's Center

Public Services Librarian and Professor of Legal Bibliography Robin Harris was recognized in the March 2008 Today's Woman for her work at the University of Louisville's Women's Center. Harris' role in founding the Kentucky Women's Book Festival, one of the many programs made possible by the center. The mission of the Women's Center is to build alliances with campus and community groups in order to promote equality, increase women's self-reliance, and heighten the understanding of women's contributions to all societies

The Center is participating in the Champions4Her Walk, Run & Festival on June 21, 2008.

 

Kudos: Diversity Award

Congratulations to Law Librarian, Robin Harris, who along with Dean Chen, was present to accept the first-runner up prize of $5,000 for the inaugural President's Diversity Vision Award at a ceremony on Monday, March 17.

Ms. Harris is Chair of the law school's Diversity Committee whose mission is to to develop programming that supports race and gender diversity, inclusiveness and equity.

The award is intended to recognize cumulative efforts to advance diversity and inclusion at UofL since the 2003 inception of the university-wide diversity plan “Achieving Our Highest Potential.”

Law School's Diversity Programs Recognized at 2008 President's Diversity Vision Award

The Law School has been named the first runner-up in a campus-wide competition for the 2008 President's Diversity Vision Award. Visit the Cardinal Lawyer for more information.

Intellectual Property Job Fairs -- Application Deadlines are Fast Approaching

THIS SUMMER, IN CHICAGO AND ATLANTA, Louisville Law students have the opportunity to participate in IP job fairs.  Your Registration Forms and Checks must be given to Jerie or Debra in the Career Services Office according to the following calendar:

Monday, March 17: Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair in Atlanta (7/29) $25.

Tuesday, March 25: Loyola University Chicago School of Law Patent law Interview Program (7/31 & 8/1) $35.

REGISTRATION FORMS & INSTRUCTIONS FOR BOTH EVENTS ARE AVAILABLE IN THE STUDENT MAILROOM OR FROM JERIE OR DEBRA.

LBA Student Membership Applications Are Still Available Here in the Law School!

Even if you didn't join during the recent Louisville Bar Association's Student Membership Drive, there is still time. Please remember all of the great benefits associated with this membership:

As a student member, you have the opportunity to attend any CLEs of your choice absolutely free of charge. (Attorneys pay upwards of $100.00-$300.00 for these seminars and you can attend for free.)

Membership includes a 2007-2008 Pictorial Roster with information about every attorney who is a member of the Louisville Bar. In addition, student members will be listed in the publication as well.

Membership includes a year long subscription to the Bar Briefs, the monthly publication of the Louisville Bar Association.

Becoming a Law Student Member of the Louisville Bar Association will serve as an invaluable networking opportunity. You will be able to interact with some of Louisville's best Attorneys up close and personal!

Membership is only $15.00 which is amazing! This price was intentionally set in order to make this membership more affordable to law students.

Applications are still available and may be picked up in Jerie Torbeck's office or in the Student Mailroom.

To save a stamp and the hassles of mailing you may leave your completed application and payment in Dean Torbecks office and they will be personally delivered to the LBA.

Students may also apply online at
www.loubar.org

If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact your Louisville Bar Association Representative Ja Nae Martin at jdmart06@louisville.edu.

Great Swag at the SBF Auction!

The Student Bar Foundation's Silent Auction will be held at the Louisville Bar Association on March 6, 2008. The organization has gathered numerous great items to auction off that night, including gift certificates to fine restaurants and to galleries around town.

The Student Bar Foundation is the charitable giving arm of the Student Bar Association.  Its mission is to raise and distribute funds for student fellowships for law-related public service work with a focus on: delivery of legal services to the poor and indigent; Law-related public education; and/or improvement of the judiciary, the legal profession, and citizen access to the justice system.

The organization provides public service grants to students seeking to serve the community. 

Join us at the auction to bid on fabulous items and to support the SBF's mission. 

To review the current list of auction items, please visit the SBF's auction page.

Immigration Law Moot Court Team Wins Best Brief Award

Congratulations to the Immigration Law Moot Court Team: Claire Parsons and Brent Assef. The team won the Best Brief Award and were Finalists in the competition, after competition rounds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this past weekend.The Third Annual Immigration Law Moot Court Competition took place on February 21-24, 2008. Thirteen teams from around the country were a part of the competition in New York City.