Student News

Help Needed for Law Scool Courtyards Planting

The Law School is seeking students, faculty, staff, and alums to help with planting about 300 new plants and flowers in the Law School courtyards, July 9-12 in the mornings (8:30-Noon).  Our greatest need is for volunteers in the morning of Thursday, July 10.  If you can help, please email Professor Tony Arnold, tony.arnold@louisville.edu, or student Jen Ewa, jennifer.ewa@gmail.com, or just show up at the courtyards.  Thank you for your help in transforming our courtyards into beautiful, environmentally sustainable, community gathering spaces that can be well utilized by our entire Law School community.

Fall 2014 Hiring Season - Session 1 On Campus Interviews (OCI) bidding opens Friday, July 18th

SESSION 1

Student bidding:                  July 18-July 27
Employer selections:           July 28-August 1
Interviewing dates:              August 7-August 22

Since students may begin applying for OCI employers on July 18th, now is the time to start preparing if you plan to participate in fall on campus recruiting.  Keep in mind that the application period remains open from July 18th - 27th and employers will begin interviewing at the law school on August 7th.  
 
To look at Session 1 employers on Symplicity, log onto the system and click the OCI tab on the top of the home page.  Select "Fall 2014 – Session 1" and scroll down until you see a list of employers, then Review.  The list of employers for interviewing in Session 1 includes: Dinsmore & Shohl; Wyatt Tarrant & Combs; Stites & Harbison; Golden and Walters; Reminger Co., LPA; Stoll Keenon Ogden; Dressman Benzinger LaVelle PSC; Bingham Greenebaum Doll; Frost Brown Todd; and Phillips Parker Orberson and Arnett. Please review the hiring information and requirements for each employer to see if you are eligible to apply.

Employers will continue to be added to Session 1 through July 18th so continue to monitor Symplicity for updates.  Bidding for Session 2 OCI begins on August 1st.  More information will be released as the date nears.

Contact Dean Hajek at laurel.hajek@louisville.edu, Ms. Reh at dkreh@louisville.edu or Ms. Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu if you have questions about fall recruiting or would like assistance with editing your application materials.

Don’t forget to add your summer experience to your resume and update all pertinent information.  If you drafted anything for an employer, now is a good time to see if they will allow you to use it as a writing sample.  Check with your supervising attorney to see if information needs to be redacted.

Fall 2014 Hiring Season - Session 1 On Campus Interviews (OCI) bidding opens Friday, July 18th

 SESSION 1

Student bidding:                  July 18-July 27
Employer selections:           July 28-August 1
Interviewing dates:              August 7-August 22


Since students may begin applying for OCI employers on July 18th, now is the time to start preparing if you plan to participate in fall on campus recruiting.  Keep in mind that the application period remains open from July 18th - 27th and employers will begin interviewing at the law school on August 7th.  

 
To look at Session 1 employers on Symplicity, log onto the system and click the OCI tab on the top of the home page.  Select "Fall 2014 – Session 1" and scroll down until you see a list of employers, then Review.  The list of employers for interviewing in Session 1 includes: Dinsmore & Shohl; Wyatt Tarrant & Combs; Stites & Harbison; Golden and Walters; Reminger Co., LPA; Stoll Keenon Ogden; Dressman Benzinger LaVelle PSC; Bingham Greenebaum Doll; Frost Brown Todd; and Phillips Parker Orberson and Arnett. Please review the hiring information and requirements for each employer to see if you are eligible to apply.

Employers will continue to be added to Session 1 through July 18th so continue to monitor Symplicity for updates.  Bidding for Session 2 OCI begins on August 1st.  More information will be released as the date nears.

Contact Dean Hajek at laurel.hajek@louisville.edu, Ms. Reh at dkreh@louisville.edu or Ms. Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu if you have questions about fall recruiting or would like assistance with editing your application materials.

Don’t forget to add your summer experience to your resume and update all pertinent information.  If you drafted anything for an employer, now is a good time to see if they will allow you to use it as a writing sample.  Check with your supervising attorney to see if information needs to be redacted.

Attorney General’s Office, Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit Needs Student Assistance

The Attorney General's Office - Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit needs a student to research case law and other resource material for the state's Elder Abuse Prevention Manual which will be provided to law enforcement agencies, County Attorney's, Commonwealth Attorney's, and service providers. The manual focuses on recognizing elder abuse and prosecuting elder abuse cases. The research can be done from home.

Hours worked will count toward the public service requirement. If you are interested in this project, please contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu for more information.

Courtyards Preparation and Planting: Alumni, Students, Staff, and Faculty Help Needed with Law School

The Law School needs the help of as many alumni, students, staff, and faculty as possible to prepare the Law School courtyards for transformation to beautiful native landscaped spaces and functional gathering/community spaces.  We need LOTS of people to help with preparing the land and soils, transporting plants and flowers (several pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans are ideal), and planting.  We have estimated that this community-building project will take more than 100 person-hours of work.  The days and times for work on the courtyards are:

Prep Work (this is important work – we need plenty of people willing to lend a hand):
   Thursday, June 26: morning, afternoon, and evening
   Friday, June 27: morning
   Saturday, June 28: morning and afternoon
   Sunday, June 29: afternoon and evening

Transporting Plants (part of a caravan – need lots of trucks, vans, SUVs, etc.):
Either Monday, July 7 or Tuesday, July 8 (timing depends on who is available and when the nurseries are open)

Planting:
   Wednesday, July 9: morning, afternoon, and evening
   Thursday, July 10: morning, afternoon, and evening
   Friday, July 11: morning
   Saturday, July 12: morning and afternoon

If you can help at all, please contact Professor Tony Arnold at tony.arnold@louisville.edu or Jen Ewa at jennifer.ewa@gmail.com or (708) 307-4123.  The project is supervised by Jen and Professor Arnold in order to achieve a landscaping plan that was developed by all Law School constituencies in a participatory process and has been funded through the generosity of the Charles Hebel family.  This is a community-wide project that will make the Law School a better place.  Thank you for your help, as we work together to make this project a reality!

University of Louisville Law Review Rankings Soar

The University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to report the findings of Washington & Lee's latest submissions and rankings.

At the close of this survey period, which included volumes 50 and 51, the law review's rankings among all domestic ranked journals were as follows:

  • Overall Ranking: 241/987 (top 24.4%)
  • Impact: 255/987 (top 25.8%)
  • Citations in Journal Articles: 211/987 (top 21.4%) Currency Factor: 167/987 (top 16.9%) Citation of Articles in Cases: 290/897 (top 29.4%)
  • Cost: 191/987 (top 19.4%)
At the close of the previous survey period, which included volume 49 (2011-2012), the law review's rankings were as follows:
  • Overall Ranking: 318/967 (top 33%)
  • Impact: 400/967 (top 41.4%)
  • Citations in Journal Articles: 234/992 (top 23.6%)
  • Currency Factor: 402/976 (top 41.2%)
  • Citation of Articles in Cases: 334/992 (top 33.6%)
  • Cost: 191/820 (top 23.3%)

Since volumes 50 and 51 were published, the University of Louisville Law Review has improved its rankings in every single category. See the attached document for explanation of categories.

This 38% improvement in the publication's impact factor would not have been possible without the strong efforts of the recent editorial boards. The effect of wise decisions and changes are sometimes not really felt until long after the decision-makers have moved on. Congratulations and thanks to Mike Swansburg (Volume 48), Tommy Sturgeon (Volume 49) and Elisabeth Fitzpatrick (Volume 50) and their Boards! ~Eddie O'Brien, Volume 51 Editor in Chief

In related news, the University of Louisville Law Review was selected to host the 61st annual National Conference of Law Reviews in 2015.  

Attorney General’s Office, Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit Needs Student Assistance

The Attorney General's Office - Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit needs a student to research case law and other resource material for the state's Elder Abuse Prevention Manual which will be provided to law enforcement agencies, County Attorney's, Commonwealth Attorney's, and service providers. The manual focuses on recognizing elder abuse and prosecuting elder abuse cases.

Hours worked will count toward the public service requirement.  If you are interested in this project, please contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu for more information. 

Employee Spotlight: Bailey Schrupp

Next up is rising "Fightin' 3L" Bailey Schrupp. She's the President of the Environmental Law & Land Use Society and Notes Editor of the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law . In addition to working in the law library, Bailey's got a busy summer ahead serving as the Donan Energy Law Fellow and volunteering as a Coordinator for the Jefferson County Teen Court Program. 

What’s your hometown?

Radcliff, Kentucky

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree and what was your major?

Campbellsville University, Political Science major and History minor 

What led you to law school and what do you plan to do with your law degree?

I either want to go on to get my masters of Library Science and become a law librarian or I want to get my LLM in Environmental Law and then work for the State or Federal Goverment doing environmental work.

What do you enjoy about working in the law library?

The books! I am history nerd so any time I get to shelve older treatises downstairs I end up reading them.

What’s your favorite book?

It would be impossible to pick one, but my favorites are The Harry Potter series, The Great Gatsby, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. I also liked , "I am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai. 

Do you have a favorite quote?

"Why, sometimes I've believed six impossible things before breakfast". ~Alice in Wonderland

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would that be?

If we are talking historical figures I would say JFK or Jackie Kennedy. If not then it would have to be Reese Witherspoon or Emma Watson. 

Do you have any pets?

I have a toy poodle named Choco and two cats, Kelsey and Leonardo Da Vinci (we call him Leo though).
 

 

 

 

Rising 3L Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal

Michael Hasty's article, "Still Searching for Kennedy's Significant Nexus," was published in the Spring issue of the Michigan Environmental Law Journal (Vol. 32, No. 3, Spring 2014, Issue 95, pages 11-21). His article addresses the implications of Justice Kennedy's “man-in-the-middle” opinion in the 4-1-4 Rapanos case concerning federal regulatory jurisdiction over various types of wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Rapanos and Justice Kennedy's concurrence are regarded as among the most important developments in environmental law, water resources management, and federalism in the U.S. during the past two decades.  
 
Mr. Hasty is a part-time law student and works as a Regulatory Specialist implementing Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the District office located in Louisville. He tells how the Army Corps of Engineers and lower courts have applied Justice Kennedy’s “significant nexus” test in deciding what qualifies as a “water of the United States.” Mr. Hasty also provides some early analysis of the Corps’ and EPA’s proposed rule defining “waters of the United States,” published in the Federal Register on April 21, 2014, as a response to Chief Justice Roberts’s invitation to do so.

Tri-State Diversity Recruiting Program - Saturday, August 16, 2014

If you are interested in attending the Tri-State Diversity Recruiting Program sponsored by Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP in Louisville, KY, please review the attached flyer with the list of past participating employers.  A student registration form is also attached and the registration deadline is Tuesday, August 5, 2014.  This is an opportunity for diversity students to interview with many different employers at the Galt House in Louisville, KY.

Rising 2L and 3L students are eligible to register.  If you have questions, please contact Debra Reh at:  dkreh@louisville.edu