Student News

New Public Service Opportunity - Doctors & Lawyers for Kids

The Public Service Program has approved a new placement, Doctors & Lawyers for Kids.  This organization trains doctors to take social/legal histories to identify legal issues that effect the health and well-being of their patients. They then provide in-house free legal services to indigent pediatric patients and their families.  The goal is to identify problems before they reach a crisis and practice preventive law along with preventive medicine.   A complete description is attached.

Students will assist the staff attorney in client input, training, case preparation, research, and coordination with volunteer counsel.  Students can work remotely from home. 

They can use four students at the moment.  Interested students can contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu.  The first four students will be signed up for the project and provided the contact information.

Networking and Federal Job Search Skills - Room Change - 171, Monday, June 18th

Due to a problem with the technical resources in room 175, today's session featuring Jack Bobo with the U.S. Department of State,will be in room 171 at 12:30 p.m.

Mr. Bobo will discuss networking and federal job search skills.

 

Come Hear a Speaker from the U.S. Department of State on Monday, June 18 at 12:30 in 175

Come join us for a lunch break on Monday, June 18 at noon in room 175 to hear an exciting speaker, Jack A. Bobo, JD, MS, who serves as Senior Advisor for Biotechnology in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  Mr. Bobo also serves as the Chief of the Department's Biotechnology and Textile Trade Policy Division.

Mr. Bobo works on trade policy, food security, climate change, and development issues related to agricultural science and technology, including agricultural biotechnology.  He has global responsibilities and travels frequently to Asia, Africa and Europe.

Mr. Bobo is responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade policy related to new technologies and working with foreign governments to address regulatory barriers to U.S. agricultural exports. He also works closely with officials from developing countries to support the development of biosafety legislation and facilitate technology transfer to increase agricultural productivity, improve food security and respond to climate change through mitigation and adaptation.

Mr. Bobo will be speaking about opportunities with the Federal Government and the application process in addition to other topics.

Pizza will be served.  Please RSVP to Debra Reh at dkreh@louisville.edu by noon on Friday if you plan to attend.

Come Hear a Speaker from the U.S. Department of State on Monday, June 18 at 12:30 in 175

 

Come join us for a lunch break on Monday, June 18 at noon in room 175 to hear an exciting speaker, Jack A. Bobo, JD, MS, who serve as Senior Advisor for Biotechnology in the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.  Mr. Bobo also serves as the Chief of the Department's Biotechnology and Textile Trade Policy Division.

Mr. Bobo works on trade policy, food security, climate change, and development issues related to agricultural science and technology, including agricultural biotechnology.  He has global responsibilities and travels frequently to Asia, Africa and Europe.

Mr. Bobo is responsible for developing and implementing U.S. trade policy related to new technologies and working with foreign governments to address regulatory barriers to U.S. agricultural exports. He also works closely with officials from developing countries to support the development of biosafety legislation and facilitate technology transfer to increase agricultural productivity, improve food security and respond to climate change through mitigation and adaptation.

Mr. Bobo will be speaking about opportunities with the Federal Government and the application process in addition to other topics.

Pizza will be served.  Please RSVP to Debra Reh at dkreh@louisville.edu by noon on Friday if you plan to attend.

UofL Law Professors Publish Kentucky Legal Research

UofL Law Library professors William A. Hilyerd, Kurt X. Metzmeier and David J. Ensign proudly announce the forthcoming release of their new book,  Kentucky Legal Research.
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From the publisher: Kentucky Legal Research has been written to help beginning legal researchers develop an understanding of basic skills and techniques for finding Kentucky and federal law, and to provide experienced researchers with a convenient, comprehensive reference guide to Kentucky legal resources.

Kentucky Legal Research can be used as a textbook for teaching both first-year and advanced legal research courses, and in paralegal instruction. It is written in clear language with a process-oriented approach designed to make complex procedures accessible to readers. The first chapter discusses the research process and the rudiments of legal analysis. Following chapters discuss the state constitution, researching judicial opinions in law reporters, statutory research, finding the legislative history of statutes, and administrative law. The book concludes with chapters on court rules, updating with citators, secondary sources, and online legal research. There is an appendix that briefly discusses legal citation under Kentucky rules and customs, the Bluebook, and the ALWD manual.

For more information, or to order the book,
please visit the Carolina Academic Press.

Public Service Opportunity Available

The Office of Professional Development has been contacted by a non-profit organization who is seeking a student to assist them in establishing 501(c)(3) status. The hours worked would count toward the public service requirement. The student would be supervised by Prof. Blackburn. If you are interested in helping this organization, please contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu. The first person contacting Ms. Scinta will be signed up for the project. The organization would like to have this project completed by October 1.

Class Ranks are Available - Follow Instructions Below

Class ranks are now available.  You can receive your class rank in person by visiting the Student Records Office (Room 217), or by sending an email request to Ms. Barbara Thompson at barbara.thompson@louisville.edu, or by sending a written request.  You must use your louisville.edu address to request your class rank via email.

Resource Center Hours

The Resource Center will be open tomorrow, Friday, June 8, 8 am – Noon.

Next Friday, June 15, closed.

Thursday and Friday, June 21 and June 22, open 8 am – Noon.

Please note summer hours are currently 8 am - 4 pm.

Studying for the Bar Exam? Enjoy lunch and a movie on June 19

On June 19, at 12:30 (or as soon as the morning Barbri class ends), join your fellow graduates for lunch and a screening of the movie A Lawyer Walks Into a Bar.  This film highlights the trials and tribulations of trying to pass the State Bar of California exam and follows six law graduates struggling to prepare and actually pass the test with the lowest national pass rate.  The movie also features commentary by Alan Dershowitz, Nancy Grace, Robert Shapiro, and other notable lawyers.  It’s fun, witty, and real.  The movie is 92 minutes. 

Please feel free to invite your spouse or significant other to attend and watch the movie too.  It may help them understand what you are going through. 

So that we can have enough food, please RSVP to kimberly.ballard@louisville.edu if you can attend, and let Dean Ballard know if you will have any guests.  Please RSVP by Friday, June 15.

Congratulations on Finishing Your First Year: Now What?

In many ways, the first year of law school is the toughest year. Students are learning new material, presented in a new format, from an unfamiliar type of book.  Below is a list of thought questions for students who have finished their first year of law school.

1) Did I meet my own goals?

It's easy to go on autopilot during the 1L year. Getting through the day, the week, and the semester are important short-term goals. However, everyone comes to law school with certain long-term goals. The time after 1L exams, but before 2L classes begin, is the ideal time to evaluate your long-term goals. Law school is an expensive, life-altering commitment. Are you meeting your own goals?  If not, are these goals still in reach? What can you do to reach those goals next year?  Are those goals reasonable?  If your goals were reasonable and you did not reach them, should you be reworking your long-term plans?

2) What did I enjoy this year?

It's so easy to complain about what didn't go right. Almost no one does as well as they think they will or should do on exams. This is the time to consider what was enjoyable during the 1L year. Did you really enjoy a specific class?  What did you enjoy about the class (was it the professor, was it the material, or both?)  Are there upper-division classes in this area of law or with this professor?  What are the employment prospects in this area of law?  What type of clinical, externship, or volunteer experiences will I need if I want to work in this area of law?  If you really liked the professor, does the professor employ research assistants during the school year?  If what you really enjoyed was something outside the classroom, how are you going to nurture that part of your life next year?

3) What should I think about changing for next year?

This is the time to really evaluate your successes and your failures. Evaluating your actions is not the same as judging yourself.  Don't beat up on yourself if you did not reach all your goals; figure out how to change so you can reach those goals next year. Evaluate how close you came to your goals if you did not reach them, and think about what it will take to reach them next year. If you succeeded, break down what you can replicate for the future.

Adapted from a post by Rebecca Flanagan on the Law School Academic Support Blog.