Student News

Written Advocacy Seminar summer 2015

The Written Advocacy seminar offered for summer 2015 will be cancelled unless five students enroll in it. If you plan to enroll, please do so as soon as possible. If you have already enrolled in the course, do not purchase any course materials until the Dean's office notifies you that the course has reached the minimum enrollment.

Thank you!

The International Law Society wants to thank everyone that participated in the First Annual Kiss a 3L Goodbye event! From all of the posts on social media and buzz around the school, we know it was a big hit. A special thank you to Iman Jackson, a 4L, who helped assemble the bundles. Again, thank you all for supporting ILS and we hope next year's event will be just as successful! 

Open Officer Positions for the International Law Society

ILS has open officer positions for the upcoming 2015 and 2016 year.  We are looking for individuals that are committed to advancing the organization and committed to their position! Open positions include: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  If you would like more information or are interested in applying, please contact Janet A. Lewis at jalewi11@louisville.edu.  We hope to hear from you soon!

Recent Bar Publications

Here's a roundup of recent law school related news from the Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations.

Highlights from the LBA's April 2015 Bar Briefs:

  • Dean Susan Duncan's April column features "The Brandeis Connection to SCOTUS' Same-Sex Marriage Decision" and "Brandeis Students Gain 'Real Life' Experiences Through College of Business Partnership" (pages 6 & 9).
  • Professor Kurt Metzmeier writes about "Homing in on the Home-Rule Rules: Researching Kentucky Municipal and County Law" (page 17)
Highlights from the LBA's March 2015 Bar Briefs:
  • "Behind the Bench: Judge Jennifer H. Leibson, Jefferson District Court, Division 5" features Professor Leibson's daughter (page 4).
  • Professors Mark Rothstein, JoAnne Sweeny, and Russ Weaver are spotlighted in "Technology and Privacy - 50 years after Griswold v Connecticut" for their work on privacy issues (page 6).
  • The Dean's column also includes, "Laboratory for Democracy and Citizenship and the 2015 Brandeis Medal Recipient" (page 6).
Highlights from the LBA's February 2015 Bar Briefs:
  • In her monthly column, Dean Duncan reports about the Inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Summit and announces that Arthur Miller has been named the 2015 Brandeis Medalist. Lastly, Professors Laura McNeal and Cedric Powell are spotlighted in "Brandeis Professors Add to Ferguson Discussion" (page 6).
  • Photos of the Louisville Law School community are featured in "Bench & Bar Social" (pages 12-13).
  • "Diversity and Disability Discrimination: Impact on the Legal Profession" by Professor Laura Rothstein (pages 18-19)
Highlights from the Kentucky Bar Association's March 2015 Bench & Bar (Vol 79, No 2):
  • "Batson v. Kentucky: A Retrospective" by Professor Justin Walker (pages 10-13)
  • "Young Lawyers Called to Public Service" may be of interest to Louisville Law students (pages 18-21).
  • "Data Breach and the Kentucky Lawyer" by Professor Michael Losavio, UofL Justice Administration
  • The bi-monthly UofL column features an introduction to two incoming Louisville Law faculty, Goldburn P. Maynard and Justin Walker. Also included is an announcement about Daniel Cameron, '11, being named Senator McConnell's Legal Counsel (pages 49-50).
  • Several graduates are featured in "On the Move" (pages 70-77).
  • Robert Franklin Cooper Jr., '38, is honored "In Memoriam". He lived to be 101 years old  (page 78).
Both publications are available at the Law Library.  

Lost and Found Inventory April 2015

Please claim items in the Law Resource Center, Room 272.

Academic Credit for Summer Judicial Externships

Students in good academic standing and who have completed the 1L curriculum may earn academic credit for a summer judicial externship.  Judicial Externships provide students with many opportunities not available in a classroom: observing lawyers, judges, and other members of the justice system at work; developing research and writing skills, and applying doctrine learned in law school; assessing the skills and styles of attorneys and judges; analyzing the effectiveness of the legal system; and networking and developing as a member of the legal profession.  To earn two credit hours, students must devote 104 hours to externship field work (generally 16 hours per week for 6.5 weeks).  The time is spent observing courtroom proceedings, discussing issues with the supervising judge or court personnel, or worrking on research and writing projects.  Students may arrange an externship with any judge.  For more information, contact Professor Karen Jordan at karen.jordan@louisville.edu.

Academic Credit for Summer & Fall Externships

Pre-registration remains open for externships for the summer and fall 2015 semesters.  Externships allow students to earn academic credit for time spent observing and performing legal work at various placement sites away from the law school.  Externships allow students to (1) develop lawyering skills and professional identity while working as part of a team of legal providers serving real clients; (2) network with lawyers and judges in the community; (3) learn new law, or reinforce understanding of legal concepts learned in the classroom; (4) learn about specific practice settings, including how lawyers balance expectations and tensions; and (5) assess possible career paths.

The law school has arranged externships at many and varied placement sites, each offering unique learning opportunities for students.  Amount of academic credit varies, but for each hour of credit earned students ordinarily are expected to devote 56 hours per semester to field work.  Students ordinarily should have blocks of 3-4 hours at a time for field work.  For fall 2015, the course schedule has been designed so that Tuesday afternoons should be available for most students for part of their externship work.  For more information, review the course schedule and see the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”  Pre-registration forms are available from TWEN, and outside rooms 216 and 287.

Kentucky Innocence Project in 2015-2016

Pre-registration remains open for the KIP course for 2015-16.  Any student in good academic standing who has completed the 1L curriculum is eligible to participate.  The course is taught by an attorney and an investigator with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.  Students work in teams to explore whether KIP clients have a basis for exoneration or other post-conviction relief, and learn fundamental investigative and case management skills that are relevant and helpful to any practice setting.  Teams are expected to locate, gather, and examine information relevant to the process that led to a client’s conviction (e.g., courthouse files, trial attorney notes and materials, etc.): to explore potential arguments supporting a claim for relief; and to engage in investigatory work that might bring to light supporting evidence.  The work will include client and witness interviews, and may involve drafting motions and accompanying arguments.  The externship includes a classroom component, and requires enrollment in both fall and spring semesters.  For more information, please see the TWEN course titled “Kentucky Innocence Project INFORMATION.”  Pre-registration forms are available from TWEN, and outside rooms 216 and 287.

Legal Aid Society Still Seeking Equal Justice Works Intern

The Legal Aid Society is looking for a law student to assist with their Equal Justice Works Americorps Legal Fellows provide free civil legal services to veterans. Student can begin working at any time.

Student may recieve a $1,175 education award as part of their internship and are required to perform at least 300 hours of service to complete the internship. This program is administered through a partnerhsip with the Legal Aid Society, Equal Justice Works and AmeriCorps.

The deadline to apply is Monday, April 13th. Log on to Symplicity for additional information and how to apply.

Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy Capital Trial Branch Needs Intern

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 spring and/or 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, please log on to the job postings on Symplicity.