Student News

Are You Interested in Public Interest Law?

If you’re interested in public interest law, mark your calendar for the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair on Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27, 2012 in Washington, D.C.  The largest public interest career fair in the country, the EJW Conference gives law students from across the country the opportunity to interview with non-profit and government agencies, network with other public interest-minded law students and attorneys, and attend advising and skill-building workshops.  The registration deadline for submitting resumes is Thursday, September 13.

The Office of Professional Development will host an information session on the EJW Conference on Thursday, September 6 at Noon in room 171 to provide more details, including the opportunity to talk to U of L students who have previously attended the conference. 

ABA Student Staff Writer Position

The ABA's Criminal Justice Section has just started a new committee: the Young Lawyers Committee.  One of the Young Lawyers Committee's new initiatives is to publish a quarterly newsletter targeted toward law students and lawyers in their first five years of practice.

Each issue will include a quarterly review of criminal opinions issued by the various federal circuits.  The goal is to publish a "case summary" for each opinion, organized by circuit.

The Young Lawyers Committee of the ABA's Criminal Justice section is seeking several volunteer law students to serve as "Staff Writers" for this project.  Students will be responsible for monitoring the opinions issued by the particular circuit(s) to which they will be assigned.  For each opinion that impacts  criminal law, the writer will prepare a summary of the relevant facts and the holding of the case.  Summaries should be approximately one paragraph long, with reasonable leeway for more complicated opinions.

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision is attached.  Applicants should review the case and prepare a case summary as described above.  The summary should then be e-mailed to Michael Dean at mddeanlaw@gmail.com no later than October 15, 2012.  Applicants who have been selected will be contacted shortly thereafter. 

 

Legal advocate for Children, Gail Robinson, dies at age 61

To the Law School Community:
 
The Brandeis School of Law is deeply saddened by the passing away of Gail Robinson. Ms. Robinson was a 1976 graduate of our law school. Ms. Robinson was a long time employee of the Department of Public Advocacy and will be remembered for her numerous contributions but especially for her work with Kentucky’s juvenile law. Ms. Robinson was a tireless advocate for Kentucky’s youth and mentored many attorneys who represented children. Please be sure to read the article in the Courier Journal today that chronicles the many important cases she tried including a case involving the youngest death row inmate in the United States. In fact, many of her cases involved the death penalty. 
 
The Brandeis School of Law is committed to training thoughtful, civic-minded lawyers who play active roles in their communities. Since 1990, all students at the Law School have been required to complete at least thirty hours of public service through the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program. Although Ms. Robinson graduated before this requirement, she dedicated her life to 1) addressing the needs of persons of limited means; 2) securing and protecting civil rights and liberties; and 3) improving the law. The law school is very proud of Ms. Robinson for her unwavering commitment to using her law degree to improve the lives of others. We are grateful for her example of how to lead a life devoted to public service.  She will be missed by many people, and the law school community joins those who mourn the loss of this friend and colleague.
 
Susan Duncan
Interim Dean

New Policy for Posting Flyers for Student Organizations!

In order to have one centralized location to view upcoming student organization-sponsored events for the week and to clear the law school's walls and steps from clutter, we're introducing a new policy for posting Recognized Student Organization (RSO) events. 

Flyers for all RSO and SBA events must be posted on the new cork-board in the Mosaic Lobby.  The board is labeled, "This Week's Events" and will be dedicated to the law school's weekly RSO and SBA events.  Please ensure enough room is left for every RSO having events during the week to add a flyer. For those events that are more than a week away, please continue to post updates and reminders in the Student Orgs daily email.

We think this new policy will be a win-win for everyone.  Students will now have a quick reminder when they walk into the building about events for the week.  Student organizations will save time, money, and energy not having to post 15 flyers around the law building.  The building itself will look less cluttered.  Faculty and staff will not have to remove old flyers.  And, paper will be saved!  We ask for your cooperation with the new policy.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jacob Giesecke, SBA President, or Dean Ballard. 

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Taylor Eigelbach, the winner of a UofL Law School Orientation t-shirt!  Stop by Dean Ballard's office today (August 30), before 4:00 p.m. to claim your prize.  And remember, keep reading the Daily Docket!

Negotiation Competition Participants Sought

Students who are interested in participating in the ABA Law Student Division 2012-13 Negotiation Competition are invited to submit their expression of interest and availability to BOTH Professors Arnold and Gleason at tom.arnold@louisville.edu and MaryJoGleason@kycourts.net. It is very important that you send an email to both Professors Arnold and Gleason, who are the co-coaches of the teams. Your message should include: a) why you are interested 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 evenings 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 for expressions of interest is Noon on Friday, September 7. We will take 2 teams to the Region 6 competition in Lansing, Michigan on November 10 and 11. The selected participants must be available to travel to Lansing November 9-12, be available for practices (2-3 hours each) at least twice per week from October 1 to November 9, 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 students with negotiation experience, as this competition develops and requires advance negotiation skills. If you have questions about what participation in the competition is like, you might want to contact 3Ls Jill Smith and Carli Clowers, who competed last year. Thank you for your interest! 

Students: Notice of Changes to Student Handbook

During the August 28, 2012 faculty meeting, the faculty approved changes to the following sections of the Student Handbook: 
• Public Service Requirement
• Academic Regulations, General Rules
• Period of Retention and Review of Examination Materials
• Repeating a Failed Course
• Externship and Clinic Rules
• Bad Weather Schedule
• Honor Code
• Examinations on Computer

The changes approved by the faculty are summarized here.  To the extent possible, new language appears in bold type.  Please review the provisions carefully.  If you have questions, please contact Kimberly Ballard, Assistant Dean for Student Life.  The updated Student Handbook will be posted on the Law School's website soon.

All students are charged with knowledge of the contents of the Student Handbook and are responsible for complying with all of its requirements, rules, and regulations.

Students: Notice of Changes to Student Handbook

During the August 28, 2012 faculty meeting, the faculty approved changes to the following sections of the Student Handbook: 
• Public Service Requirement
• Academic Regulations, General Rules
• Period of Retention and Review of Examination Materials
• Repeating a Failed Course
• Externship and Clinic Rules
• Bad Weather Schedule
• Honor Code
• Examinations on Computer

The changes approved by the faculty are summarized here.  To the extent possible, new language appears in bold type.  Please review the provisions carefully.  If you have questions, please contact Kimberly Ballard, Assistant Dean for Student Life.  The updated Student Handbook will be posted on the Law School's website soon.

All students are charged with knowledge of the contents of the Student Handbook and are responsible for complying with all of its requirements, rules, and regulations.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Jessica Sapp, the winner of Brandeis at 150, a Sesquicentennial Publication of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (August 29) before 4:00 p.m. to claim your prize.  And remember, continue to read the Daily Docket every day!

Ramble by the River

If you are a walker/runner, you won't want to miss the Ramble by the River sponsored by the Louisville Bar Association.  The walk/run will take place on Saturday, September 8 at Thurman Hutchins Park on the river.  A brochure containing the registration form and future details is attached.  Proceeds will benefit Doctors & Lawyers for Kids.