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Intrastate Trial Team Tryouts

Try Out for the Intrastate Mock Trial Team!


Tryouts for this year’s Intrastate Trial Team will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom.  To tryout, you must place you name on the sign-up sheet located on the Moot Court Board Office door.  During the try-out, you will be expected to deliver an opening statement that is no longer than 5 minutes.  Your opening statement should be given for the side of the case of which you sign up (i.e., if you sign up under plaintiff column, you will give the plaintiff;s opening statement and vice versa), and should be based upon the case materials provided below.


Case Materials:


The Kentucky Intrastate Trial competition will go from Friday, November 6th until Sunday November 8th, in Lexington, Kentucky.  The 2014 team’s coaches are Chris Schaefer, and attorney at Stoll Keenon Ogden, and Lindsey Howard, a recent graduate and former “Outstanding Oral Advocate”of the 2013 competition.  If you are unable to attend try-outs because of a conflict, or you have another question pertaining to the team, please contact Chris ( and Lindsey ( to arrange an alternate time.  

Transactional LawMeet Competition 2015 Participants Sought

Transactional LawMeet Competition 

2015 Participants Sought

The 2015 Transactional LawMeet® is the premier "moot court" experience for students interested in a transactional practice. The competition is designed to give law students “hands-on experience” in developing and honing transactional lawyering skills at three distinct phases:  original drafting; document review and comment; and negotiation.  Though much of the work takes place during the first half of the spring semester, the competition begins on December 12, 2014, when the Case Statement is published and sent to all participating.  Specifically, each team must participate in the client conference calls to finalize their draft, before delivering the proposed agreement to the opponent (due February 6, 2015).  Thereafter, each team must undertake a document review and prepare a mark-up to each draft agreement submitted by the opposing teams they will encounter at the Regional Meet (due February 20, 2015).  Finally, all teams meet to negotiate the contours of the deal at the Regional Meet on February 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. 

Any student interested in participating in the 2015 Transactional LawMeet is invited to submit his or her statement of interest and general availability to Professor Nicholson at Your statement should reference: a) why you are interested in the Transactional LawMeet Competition Team; b) any experience you have had with drafting and negotiations (including any past or current classes, externships or other work experience); c) your time availability for team meetings and practices during the evenings and perhaps on weekends from mid-December through, at least, February 2015; d) your cell phone number and your email addresses. You may attach your resume if you would like but it is not necessary. 

The deadline for the statement of interest is 5:00 pm on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.  However, if you have limited drafting and negotiation experience (or if you simply would like to increase your selection chances), you may also submit a response to the “Exercise” – copies are available from the envelope that is thumbtacked to Room 262’s door.  Please return the completed Exercise no later than noon on Friday, September 26, 2014.  

Thank you for your interest!

Admissions Seeking 2014-2015 Academic Year Admissions Ambassadors

Admissions seeking 2014-2015 Academic Year Admissions Ambassadors

The Office of Admissions is looking for 1L's, 2L's, and 3L's to serve as Admissions Ambassadors for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The position is a volunteer position.  We are looking for students who are outgoing and willing to communicate and work with prospective and admitted students.  Admissions Ambassadors will serve as tour guides, communicate with prospective and admitted students by telephone and email, and occasionally represent the law school at both on and off-campus recruitment programs.   There will be an information session to learn more about the Admissions Ambassador program on Monday, September 22 from 12:15-1:15 pm in Room 175.  Pizza will be served (bring your own drink).  For questions or additional information, please contact Emily Meador at or Ryan Nafziger at or come by the Ambassador Coordinator Office, Room 105.


Did You Know?? - Office of Professional Development

The Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program maintains a list of judges in Jefferson County Circuit, District and Family Courts and surrounding counties who welcome our law students as judicial interns at any time during the year. These internships count toward the 30-hour public service requirement. First year students cannot sign up for an internship until the summer after your first year of law school. Most judges are flexible, but we require students to work at least six hours per week during the semester. Students interested in a judicial internship to receive public service credit should follow these simple steps:

1. Review the list of Judges who are pre-approved for internships in the Public Service Catalog, which can be found on the law school website at Remember you must be logged on to view it.

2. Review the Pro Bono Quick Facts on how to sign up for a placement.  Pro Bono Quick Facts can be found on the law school website at

3. Complete a Reservation Form and turn it in to Jina Scinta (Room 180) to sign up. The Reservation Form can be found on the law school website at or in Ms. Scinta's office.

Please direct any questions to Jina Scinta at


Negotiation Participants Sought!

Negotiation Competition Participants Sought


Students who are interested in participating in the ABA Law Student Division 2014-15 Negotiation Competition are invited to submit their expression of interest and availability to BOTH Professor Tony Arnold and Professor Mary Jo Gleason (the co-coaches of the teams) at and  It is very important that you send an email to BOTH Professors Arnold and Gleason.  Your Message should include: a) why you are interest in the Negotiation Competition Team; b) any experience you have had with negotiations (including any past or current classes or other experience); c) your time availability for practices in the evening and on weekends during September, October, and early November; d) your cell phone number and your email addresses.  You may attach a resume if you would like, but it is not necessary.  The deadline of expressions of interest is Noon on Thursday, September 18th.


We will take 2 teams to the regional, which will be either October 31 to November 2 (Friday to Sunday) or November 7 to November 10 (Friday to Monday).  The dates and location for our region have not been set yet.  Please note that the MPRE is November 7 and could possibly conflict with our competition; if you apply to be on the team, you are agreeing to be available then.  The selected participants must be available to travel during either time period (we won’t know which one until we know to which region we will be assigned), by available for practices (2-3 hours each) at least twice per week from September 22 to November 7, and be ABA Law Student Division members in good standing no later than October 1.  If we receive more expression of interest than the 4 spots available on the teams, we will give preference to student with negotiation experience, as this competition develops and requires advanced negotiation skills.  If you have questions about what participation in the competition is like, you might want to contact 3L Jeff Hellman, who competed last year.  Thank you for you interest!

Richardson & Richardson - Deadline extended until tomorrow, Thursday, September 18th

Richardson & Richardson, P.S.C. will be interviewing on campus Thursday, September 25th.  They are seeking a second-year student for a part-time law clerk to begin work in October and continue through the academic year.  Position will be ongoing through Summer 2015 and the following academic year.  For more details and how to apply, log into Symplicity, click OCI and Session:  Richardson & Richardson.  The deadline to apply has been extended until Thursday, September 18th at 5:00 p.m. 

Attorney Needs Student Volunteers to Assist with Murder Trial

A local attorney has been appointed by the public defender to defend a 19 year old man who was charged with murder and attemped murder when he was 17.  He is looking for one 2L and one 3L to assist him on trial prep.  Most of the work can be done remotely and the schedule is flexible. 

Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at  Students will be assigned on a first come basis. 

Mandatory Exam4 Training for 1Ls Is Today at 1:00 PM

In preparation for the Legal Research final exam, Saturday, October 4, the IT staff will conduct a mandatory policy and training session for 1Ls on using Exam4 today, Wednesday, September 17, from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in room 275. Again, this session is required for all first-year students. Students are not required but are encouraged to bring their laptops.

This event was originally scheduled, and announced, for Thursday, Sept. 25, but due to a conflicting event, it was rescheduled several weeks ago.

Staying Safe On Campus and Utilizing the Police Escort Service

We have all received the emails and heard the news of the seriousness of crime that is happening on and around our campus.  Safety is a top priority for every student to develop and broaden their educational bounds.  Due to the nature of being a law student, we all find ourselves staying late at the law school to read and/or study for our classes.  Sometimes these study sessions can take you into the wee hours of the night.  As such, you may find yourself walking home or back to your car in the dark.  While walking with a buddy is plus, you might find yourself alone.  
The SBA urges you not to take the risk of walking alone.  UofL Campus Police provides a FREE service where they "are able to escort anyone on campus up to four blocks off campus."  To request an escort, please call 852-6111.  If you would like to stay up-to-date on the crimes reported around campus, head on over to:

Government Honors & Internship Handbook Updates

The following government programs have deadlines coming up in the next few weeks.  Details of these programs are provided in the 2014-15 Government Honors & Internship Handbook, located at  For the user name and password to log onto the Handbook, email Ms. Reh at and provide her with the following:  your name, class year, and UofL email address.

2Ls for SUMMER 2015


•Environmental Protection Agency – R7 Summer Legal Intern Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Federal Reserve Board – Summer Law Clerk Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Health & Human Services – Office of Counsel to the Inspector General Legal Clerkship & Externship Programs (Unpaid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Homeland Security – Office of General Counsel Law Student Summer Volunteer Program (Unpaid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Summer Pathways Internship Program (Paid, Deadline Early Oct.)

State & Local Government

•City of Philadelphia – District Attorney’s Office Summer Legal Internships (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 09/20/14)
•Colorado Public Defender – Summer Legal Internship Program (Paid & Unpaid, Deadline 09/26/14)
•Boise, ID Office of the City Attorney – Legal Intern-Extern Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Alabama Office of the Attorney General – Summer Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/01/13)

3Ls – Post Graduation


•Comptroller of the Currency – Law Department Chief Counsel’s Employment Program (Paid, Deadline 09/19/14)
•Federal Communications Commission – Office of General Counsel 2015 Attorney Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 09/28/14)
•Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation – 2015 Legal Division Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Nuclear Regulatory Commission – Atomic Safety * Licensing Board Panel Judicial Law Clerk Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Congressional Research – American Law Division CRS Law Recruit Program (Paid, Deadline 10/01/14 Expression of interest email)

State & Local Government

•City of Philadelphia – District Attorney’s Office Third Year Law Student New Attorney Hiring Program (Paid, Deadline 09/20/14)
•New York County District Attorney’s Office – Assistant District Attorney Program (Paid, Deadline 10/01/14)