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University of Louisville Law Review to Accept Applications for Membership

The University of Louisville Law Review will soon begin accepting applications for membership from rising 2Ls and 3Ls.  The University of Louisville Law Review is the principal publication at the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law. The Law Review has recently achieved the highest ranking in its history, placing in the top 18% of all ranked U.S. journals. This success is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of the Law Review’s student members. We hope that you apply for the opportunity to contribute to our mission of impactful scholarship.

Members can expect to attain academic credit, an opportunity to complete the Law School’s writing requirement, and a chance to obtain marketable skills and academic distinction sought by employers.

Applications will be released on May 1, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Upon release, interested students may take a physical copy of the Volume 54 Membership Application, a stack of which will be located outside the Law Review Office (Room 238), or may access an electronic copy on TWEN. To access the Volume 54 Membership Application on TWEN, go under the tab “Add Course” and sign up for the course titled “Law Review 2015-2016.” Under the “Navigation” box, click on the “Assignment Drop Box,” and then click on “Membership Application, Vol. 54.” You will find copies of the Volume 54 Membership Application and the grade release form under “Attached Files.”

All applicants must also submit a completed physical copy of the grade release form to the marked manila folder outside of the Law Review Office.  To be considered for membership, students must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 at the conclusion of the Spring 2015 Semester. The grade release form can be submitted with the application or any time prior. 

All application materials will be due by 11:59p.m. on Sunday, May 17. Applicants will be informed of membership decisions on May 24. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Emily Irwin at ebirwi01@louisville.edu

Unclaimed "Lost & Found Items"

Unclaimed "Lost and Found Items" are now available and located on the table outside Room 275 on April 30 and May 1.

Legal Aid Hiring Paralegal

The Legal Aid Society of Louisville is hiring a full-time Bargaining Unit Paralegal. For a complete job description and how to apply, log on to Symplicity.

Apply Now to Join the 2015 Ms. JD Academic Committee

If you are interested in learning more about the law review community and believe in the importance of diversity on law reviews, then you should consider joining the Ms. JD Academic Committee. See the attached flyer for more information or go to www.ms-jd.org. The deadline is Friday, May 1.

Summer Internships at Cabinet for Health and Family Services-Louisville and Ashland Offices

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is looking for two summer interns in their Ashland and Louisville Offices.

Students will work with regional attorneys in both offices on termination of parental rights and Child Abuse Prevention & Treatment Act (CAPTA) administrative hearings.

The deadline to apply is May 15. Log onto Symplicity for more information and how to apply.

Office of Legal Services- Volunteer Summer Internship Available

The Administrative Office of the Courts - Office of Legal Services has a volunteer summer internship available. A legal intern would be expected to be able to conduct research projects and draft memoranda with appropriate supervision.

In addition, the intern may be called upon to draft correspondence, track pending legislation, and to otherwise assist the general counsel and his staff with their duties.

Hours performed would count toward the public service requirement. For a complete description of the position and how to apply, log on to Symplicity. The deadline to apply is May 15.

Public Service Opportunity with UofL General Counsel’s Office

The Office of the Vice President for Strategy and General Counsel has a public service opportunity available for the summer.

The Office of the Vice President for Strategy and General Counsel is now a pre-approved public service placement. They are looking for a student to assist with research, preparing discovery responses and interview questions for witnesses.

If you are looking for a law-related position for the summer to post on your resume, this would be a great opportunity. Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu to obtain the necessary public service paperwork.

Deadline TODAY to Apply for DPA - E-Town and LaGrange Internships

The Elizabethtown Office of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy in LaGrange, KY is seeking a law student for an internship for summer of 2015. Hours can be counted toward the public service requirement.

Duties will include accompanying attorneys to their jail visits, interview clients and witnesses, collect physical evidence, go on investigative runs for records and/or service of subpoenas, photograph various locations, assist on large rule days, perform some clerical duties, conduct legal research, draft memos and assist in jury trials. Trial office internships are generally fast-paced with a good deal of client interaction.

Additionally, the Capital Trials Branch - West office of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy in LaGrange, KY is seeking a law student for an internship for the summer of 2015.

The ideal candidate will have finished his/her first or second year of law school, have an interest in death-penalty-defense work, and have demonstrated a commitment to serving the needs of the poor and/or disabled. Above-average organizational skill, motivation and research and writing skills are required. Because the office is located in LaGrange, Kentucky, any candidate must have her/his own transportation.

For more information and how to apply for these internships, please log on to the job postings on Symplicity. The deadline to apply is TODAY.

U.S. District Court Judge Heyburn passes away after cancer battle

United States District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II has passed away at the age of 66 following a battle with liver cancer.

John Heyburn grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1970 he received his A.B. from Harvard University where he majored in history and received seven varsity letters in cross country and track, and completed three Boston Marathons. In 1976, he received his J.D. from the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of the National Moot Court team.

From 1976 until his appointment to the bench, Judge Heyburn was associated with the law firm of Brown, Todd & Heyburn (now Frost Brown Todd). He was a partner at the firm from 1982 to 1992. Judge Heyburn also served as special counsel to then Jefferson County Judge Executive Mitch McConnell and was active in civic and political affairs in  Kentucky.

He was a delegate to the 1984 and 1988 Republican National Convention. In March, 1992, President Bush nominated Judge Heyburn to the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The United States Senate confirmed his appointment in August, 1992. From 2001 to 2008, Judge Heyburn served as Chief Judge of the Western District of Kentucky.

Judge Heyburn presided over many noteworthy cases during his time on the bench. Two of those cases have reached the United States Supreme Court: in 2007 the Supreme Court considered the appeal arising from Judge Heyburn’s opinion in the Jefferson County School assignment case; and in 2014 the Court granted certiorari in two gay marriage cases which originated from opinions by Judge Heyburn.

His ruling in the latter case is what led to the landmark same-sex marriage case to appear before SCOTUS earlier this week. The outcome of that case is expected in late June.

Although not a Brandeis alum Judge Heyburn had many connections to the law school. He was previously scheduled to be this year's commencement speaker, selected by the student body. Caroline Pieroni, a 2009 Brandeis graduate, served as his clerk. And, according to Dean Susan Duncan, Judge Heyburn also mentored many Brandeis students and graduates and was a "friend of the school."

"During his long tenure, Judge Heyburn has been a pioneer for justice and issued many groundbreaking decisions on a wide variety of important topics. He will be greatly missed in our legal community as he was a model attorney, highly respected jurist, and a civic leader," Dean Duncan said. "On behalf of the entire Brandeis community, we express our deepest sympathy to his family and hope their many wonderful memories will sustain them during this difficult time."

 

 

Journal of Law and Education Application Period Open

The Journal of Law and Education is now accepting applications for membership. 

The JLE provides an important resource for judges, lawyers, teachers, school administrators, and education practitioners to stay abreast of developments in education law (i.e., constitutional issues, torts, disability law, employment law). Professionals across the country and around the world depend on the JLE for information.

As a Candidate, you have the opportunity to earn 1-2 credit hours for your work. You will be asked to complete four rounds of case or article abstracts, throughout the year, and write a Chalk Talk on a topic of your choosing. You may also choose to fulfill the law school’s writing requirement with your Chalk Talk. 

Please fill out the attached application, provide a writing sample and your resume.The Journal of Law and Education is now accepting applications for membership. 

The JLE provides an important resource for judges, lawyers, teachers, school administrators, and education practitioners to stay abreast of developments in education law (i.e., constitutional issues, torts, disability law, employment law). Professionals across the country and around the world depend on the JLE for information.

As a Candidate, you have the opportunity to earn 1-2 credit hours for your work. You will be asked to complete four rounds of case or article abstracts, throughout the year, and write a Chalk Talk on a topic of your choosing. You may also choose to fulfill the law school’s writing requirement with your Chalk Talk. 

Please fill out the attached application, provide a writing sample and your resume. Applications are due May 15th, so you will have plenty of time after finals. If you have any questions, please contact Annale Renneker at annale.renneker@louisville.edu. 

NOTE: After talking with the editors of the other law journals, we have agreed to send out offers on the same day. Instead of May 19, as the application states, offers will be sent on May 24th.