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2013 National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition Tryouts!

Interested in criminal law? If so, 2L, 3L, or 4L students are encouraged to sign-up for the 2013 Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition. This competition will be held on March 23, 2013 at SUNY Buffalo Law School in Buffalo, New York. Competing in this event is an excellent opportunity to meet other law students interested in criminal law, as well as attorneys currently practicing in the field. The team is coached by local attorneys Ted Shouse and Annie O'Connell.

To sign up, please email a resume and a writing sample to Brian O'Connor at bjacksonoconnor@gmail.com. A team will be chosen based on these two items and a brief oral argument. The deadline to apply for this competition is November 12th.

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact Brian O'Connor.

TODAY! Hot Coffee Screening and Q&A with Director Susan Saladoff

Join the Brandeis School of Law's Law Students for Justice (Student Chapter of the Kentucky Justice Association) for a very special Public Screening of the Award Winning Legal Documentary Hot Coffee on Tuesday, October 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Room 275 of the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.  A Q & A session with Hot Coffee Director Susan Saladoff will immediately follow the screening.

 

For more information about this showing, please contact Law Students for Justice President Ashley Haile at ashleynhaile@gmail.com.

 

Background information:  Everyone has heard of the infamous McDonald’s coffee lawsuit.  It is often cited as an example of the problems in our legal system, but is it a fair assessment?  The award winning film Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque grandmother who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring the media frenzy that ensued.  The film, which was directed by attorney Susan Saladoff, also analyzes and discusses the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system.   The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2011, and later aired on HBO on June 27, 2011 as a part of HBO films documentary summer series.

Second Reminder: Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is Fri., Oct. 26

This is the second reminder that the Exam4 practice test deadline for Fall 2012 final exams, including Professional Responsibility, is 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 26, 2012. To submit any Exam4 file, practice test or otherwise, you must be on campus and connected to ulsecure.

To submit a valid practice test, you must identify yourself using your ULink user name (e.g., lhowas01) and choose "F12 Practice exam" on the Course menu. The Legal Research version of Exam4 and all other previous versions have expired, so you must download and install and test the current version.

After the practice test submission deadline, students who have submitted a valid practice test will receive a confirmation e-mail. In the meantime, however, you may check whether your practice test was received using ExamTracker 4000. At least once each week day, the IT staff will update the ExamTracker, moving invalid submissions to a folder labeled "Wrong." Typical reasons why submissions may be invalid include:

  • Student identified him or herself with something unidentifiable, such as numerals or "test."
  • Student chose something other than "F12 Practice exam" on the Course menu, such as a real class.

If you see your submission on the "Wrong" list on ExamTracker, you must submit a valid practice test.

For more information, see Exam4 Essentials for Fall 2012.

Meet Kentucky Public Advocate Ed Monahan and Discuss Why the Right to Counsel Still Matters

Ed Monahan Public Advocate This is 40th year of Kentcky's DPA and the 50th anniversary of Gideon is approaching. Join ACS and Kentucky's Public Advocate Ed Monahan to discuss the constitutional right to counsel and why it remains important. Ed Monahan is Kentucky Public Advocate of the Department of Public Advocacy, Kentucky's statewide public defender program representing 161,000 clients in Kentucky's 120 counties at trial and post-trial. He is Chair of the American Council of Chief Defenders, the nation's chief defenders. Monahan was co-counsel in Gall v. Parker, 231 F.3d 265 (6th Cir. 2000) and Kordenbrock v. Scroggy, 919 F.2d 1091 (6th Cir. 1990) both decisions found the death sentences unconstitutional. Monahan was also counsel in Binion v. Commonwealth, 891 S.W.2d 383 (Ky. 1995) (constitutional right to mental health expert). Today, October 23, 12:00. Room 175. Lunch will be served from Zaytun

2013 Criminal Law Moot Court Team Tryout

Interested in criminal law?  If so, 2L, 3L, or 4L students are encouraged to sign-up for the 2013 Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition.  This competition will be held on March 23, 2013 at SUNY Buffalo Law School in Buffalo, New York.  Competing in this event is an excellent opportunity to meet other law students interested in criminal law, as well as attorneys currently practicing in the field.  The team is coached by local attorneys Ted Shouse and Annie O'Connell.

To sign up, please email a resume and a writing sample to Brian O'Connor at bjacksonoconnor@gmail.com by November 6, 2012.  A team will be chosen based on these two items and a brief oral argument.  Tryouts for this competition will take place in mid-November.

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact Brian O'Connor.

Still Time To Tryout For The Tax Moot Court Team!

Florida Bar Tax Moot Court Competition from February 7-9th 2013 in sunny, warm Clearwater, Florida! There will be both an oral argument and written competition. 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls interested in trying out should submit their resume, a statement of interest, and a writing sample to the MCB office by this Friday, October 26th. There will be a folder on the door. Tryouts will the week of November 5th. Please direct any questions to Katie Potzick at kepotz01@louisville.edu.

First-year Mandatory Meeting with Office of Professional Development - Tuesday, October 30 at Noon in room 275

The second mandatory meeting for first-year students and the Office of Professional Development is Resumes, Cover Letters and Interview Skills on Tuesday, October 30 at Noon in room 275.  Pizza and drinks will be served.

 

Immediate Need for Second-year Law Clerk at Ricketts Law Offices

Ricketts Law Offices has an immediate need for a second-year, part-time law clerk.  If interested, please forward a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Mr. Charles Ricketts at:  cricketts@rickettslawoffices.com

 

 

Writing Competition Open to Law Students: 12th Annual Environmental Law Essay Contest

Sponsor: Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan

General criteria: The Competition is open to all law students.  Essays must be original and not previously published.  They may have been submitted for course credit or for law review, but not as part of paid employment.  Any environmental law topic of current interest to Michigan practitioners.

Deadline: June 30, 2013

Amount of award: $2,000 for first place; $1,000 for second place; and $500 for third place.  Winning essays will be published in the Michigan Environmental Law Journal.

Submission information:  See flyer.

Passing the Baton – Barbara Lewis and Linda Ewald Recognized for Commitment to Law School and Legal Profession

On September 6, 2012, the Brandeis School of Law faculty and staff members paid tribute to professors Barbara Lewis and Linda Ewald and celebrated their extraordinary service and connection to the law school. Typical of their humble personalities, they specifically asked that the reception at the University Club be limited only to faculty and staff, although a few others who heard about it through the grapevine showed up. They also asked that no one roast or toast them.  That was honored for the most part.  

Please contact Becky Wimberg if you would like to share letters and notes about these amazing women.

 

If you add up the total number of years each has been connected to the University of Louisville and the Brandeis School of Law (counting years as students – both received their undergraduate and law degrees from UofL), they have an amazing total of 80 years of loyalty!  And that service is not just demonstrated in quantity (number of years), but quality (what they did).  Both Dean Lewis and Professor Ewald, along with former Dean Donald L. Burnett Jr., in 1996 undertook to prepare the Sesquicentennial History of the law school – “An Aim High and A Vision Broad.” Linda Ewald also played a major role in preparing two other history projects – “50 Year Journey:  Struggle, Progress and Inclusion” in conjunction with the Graduates of Color reunion in 2001 and the women’s history project, which is reflected in Women’s History Classroom, which was dedicated in 2003.

 

Barbara Buchanan Lewis, retired in 2007, but she still regularly teaches courses for her alma mater.  As a law student in an era with few females, she not only broke ground for others who came after her, but in 1961, she served as a staff member on the first volume of the Journal of Family Law, the predecessor of our Louisville Law Journal. Her career in legal education began at the University of Oklahoma after work with the U.S. Corps of Engineers and other practice experience.  She served on that faculty from 1975 to 1982 (as dean from 1981-1982), returning home to Louisville as dean of the University of Louisville School of Law in 1982, serving in that position until 1990, after which she remained on the faculty teaching in the areas of estate and gift tax and estate planning, and more recently in the area of family law.  

According to Linda Ewald, “she had a reputation for being tough.  She expected students to be on time and well prepared – and she did not tolerate baseball caps in class.  Despite the heavy demands she placed on students, she cared deeply about their success.  She not only taught them about the substantive law, but also about the importance of professionalism.  She was a role model and a mentor.  The Student Bar Association created a special teaching award in her honor the year she retired and expressed their appreciation and respect for her in a tribute at graduation.”

Read more on page 16 of the Alumni Magazine

Her record includes a number of awards and recognition, including the UofL Outstanding Performance Award for Achievement in Affirmative Action, The Law Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award from Presentation Academy, the Kentucky Bar Association President’s Special Service Award, and the Law Alumni Fellow Award in 2010.  During her tenure as dean, she provided strong leadership in raising funds for faculty fellowship endowments to recognize and retain outstanding faculty members for their teaching, service, and scholarship.  She also initiated the Warns Labor and Employment Law Institute in 1983, a program that still provides an excellent full day CLE program balancing practical and academic presentations for attorneys in the region.  

As the first female dean of the law school (becoming dean when there were only five other law schools in the country with women deans), she paved the way for two other female deans, Laura Rothstein (2000-2005) and Susan Duncan (L’91, present interim dean).  University of Louisville is the only law school to have had three women serve as dean as an AALS Member law school.  Both of her successors have found her to be a great mentor to them in their work.

 

Linda Sorenson Ewald, retired in 2011, but has remained at the law school to complete a number of service projects.  A 1972 graduate of the law school, she began teaching in 1976 after receiving an LLM from New York University.  She served as Associate Dean from 1981-1984; 1991-2004.  Her leadership was significant in the creation of the Greenebaum Public Service Program in 1990 and the naming of the law school for Justice Louis D. Brandeis in 1997.  She also played a significant role in developing the plan to renovate the classroom wing and commons area, assisting in fund raising and in providing the primary expertise in ensuring that the classrooms were all beautiful as well as functional.

Read more on page 23 of the Faculty Scholarship Catalog

The courses taught by Linda Ewald have included professional ethics, civil procedure, and domestic relations.  Linda Ewald’s service has focused primarily on issues of professional ethics and she has long provided service as a member of the Kentucky Bar Foundation Board, the KBA Ethics 2000 Commission, the KBA Ethics Commission (serving as both vice-chair and chair over the years), and by speaking at numerous local, state, and national conferences about ethics issues.  Most recently she was tapped by the American Bar Association to study the death penalty in Kentucky and make recommendations about whether there are valid concerns about how it is being implemented.  

Like Barbara Lewis, she has been recognized at every level with awards for her work.  These include the law school’s Distinguished Alum award in 2000 and its Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011, the Kentucky Bar Association Justice Thomas Spain Continuing Legal Education Award, the University of Louisville Lifetime Faculty Service Award, the Jefferson County Women Lawyers’ Association Member of the Year Award, the LBA Judge Benjamin F. Shobe Civility and Professionalism Award, and the KBA President’s Special Service Award.

In 2003, on the occasion of her leaving the position of Associate Dean, where she had served for 17 years, then Dean Laura Rothstein noted, “I don’t know what I would have done without her service at this critical time.  She provided enormous time, talent and energy…and has left her mark on the law school and the university in many ways.”

In addition to their commitment to excellence and their loyalty to the law school and their humility in accepting kudos for their work, Barbara Lewis and Linda Ewald also have in common a strong devotion to the interests of students and staff members.  Both are excellent teachers.  Both played a significant role in ensuring that staff members had a staff lounge where they could relax and take a break.  They also have both focused substantial effort on ensuring diversity within the profession.  Dean Lewis did so through her service on the CLEO board of directors and a number of other national organizations and task forces focused on equal opportunities for women.  Professor Ewald has done so through her work on histories of these underrepresented groups and in many other ways.

The Brandeis School of Law is fortunate indeed, to have had these two amazing individuals as such a significant part of its community.  Not only have they been extraordinary in their work and service, they have also ensured through their mentoring and legacy that the baton has been passed and that others can build on the amazing foundation that they have laid.

- Laura Rothstein – 9/22/12