Student News

Brandeis School of Law Recognized at the UofL's 4th Annual Community Engagement Awards

The Community Engagement Awards event honors a student, a faculty member, and a community partner for outstanding community engagement.

The Community Partner Award was presented to Wayside Christian Mission, which is the area's largest homeless shelter.  The awards program noted that 
"Through the creative reasoning of some of the university's most innovative educators, individuals and families in the care of Wayside are benefitting from a number of programs designed to help the city's most vulnerable residents become productive, self-supporting citizens living drug and alcohol free lives."

The partnership is an interdisciplinary program in which 20 UofL faculty and staff and over 200 students participated this past year.  The units involved included the Brandeis School of Law, the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, Kent School of Social Work, School of Nursing, University Libraries, VP of Student Affairs, and VP of Information Technology.

Source: "Community engagement awards recognize UofL service efforts near, afar" (UofL Today, October 15, 2012)


SAVE THE DATE

Please join us as we say goodbye to Assistant Dean Kathy Urbach on Thursday, November 1st at 3:30 pm in the Cox Lounge. 

KY Legislative Research Commission seeking 2L Candidates for 2013-2014 Graduate Fellows Program

Each fellow will be assigned to work with a legislative committee and will be trained in the basic tasks of drafting bills, conducting public policy research, and providing support for legislative committee meetings.  A senior LRC staff person will be assigned to supervise and mentor each fellow and will complete any evaluation forms required by the fellow's university.

Graduate Fellows will work at the Legislative Research Commission in Frankfort a total of approximately 1,000 hours as follows:

May 13, 2013 through mid-August - 37.5 hours per week, for a total of at least 500 hours

Mid-August through about April 15, 2014 - approximately 20 hours per week, for a total of approximately 500 hours, which will include a session of the General Assembly

Thanksgiving through January 6, 2014 - fellows are excused from LRC responsibilities to concentrate on end-of-semester coursework

LRC Graduate Fellows receive a stipend of $13.50 per hour

Interested candidates should apply by sending a resume with expected date of graduation, cover letter explaining career interests and goals, and one research-oriented writing sample for which you were the sole author to:  Roy Collins, Assistant Director for H.R., LRC Graduate Fellows Program, State Capitol, Room 300, 700 Capitol Ave., Frankfort, KY  40601  roy.collins@lrc.ky.gov by January 15, 2013.  The program will begin May 13, 2013.

Direct questions to:  Teresa Arnold, Deputy Director for Research, (502)564-8100, ext. 367 or teresa.arnold@lrc.ky.gov

Securities Law Moot Court Tryouts

Any interested 2L or 3L who would like to compete in the Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition should email Michael Tyrikos at Michael.tyrikos@louisville.edu by Wednesday, October 17th. Students who express interest will receive a copy of the problem for the tryouts to take place in late October. Please see the attached flyer for more information and feel free to contact Michael.tyrikos@louisville.edu with any questions.

Trandafir International Business Writing Competition

The Trandafir International Business Writing Competition is sponsored by the journal of Transnational Law and Contemporary Problems (TLCP) at the University of Iowa College of Law.  The competition is open to all students and submissions are due on March 1, 2013.  The winner will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and publication.   

For more details about this competition, please consult the website at: 
http://www.uiowa.edu/~tlcp/trandafir_competition.html.

Upcoming Information Session: Learn How to Earn a Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills or Transactional Skills

October 18, 12:00, Room 175

For students interested in further developing skills and distinguishing themselves in the job market, the Law School will offer a “Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills” and a “Certificate of Accomplishment in Transactional Skills” to be awarded as an honor upon graduation.  The award of a Certificate is intended to demonstrate to potential employers that the student possesses additional training in lawyering skills and values associated with litigation practice or transactional practice. 

On Thursday, October 18, Professor Tim Hall, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will describe both certificate programs and discuss:

• Eligibility for Participation
• Requirements for Award of a Certificate
• Program curriculum

This is your chance to learn about an opportunity to develop further distinction at the JD level, and to receive recognition for successful completion of a course of study and advanced training in preparation for professional practice.  All law students are invited to attend.

Upcoming Information Session: Learn How to Earn a Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills or Transactional Skills

October 18, 12:00, Room 175

For students interested in further developing skills and distinguishing themselves in the job market, the Law School will offer a “Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills” and a “Certificate of Accomplishment in Transactional Skills” to be awarded as an honor upon graduation.  The award of a Certificate is intended to demonstrate to potential employers that the student possesses additional training in lawyering skills and values associated with litigation practice or transactional practice. 

On Thursday, October 18, Professor Tim Hall, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will describe both certificate programs and discuss:

• Eligibility for Participation
• Requirements for Award of a Certificate
• Program curriculum

This is your chance to learn about an opportunity to develop further distinction at the JD level, and to receive recognition for successful completion of a course of study and advanced training in preparation for professional practice.  All law students are invited to attend.

Exam4 for Fall 2012 Finals Now Available

Exam4 for Fall 2012 final exams is now available to download and install. Students wishing to use their computers for finals must complete and submit a practice test (choose "F12 Practice exam" during start-up) using this version of Exam4 (all previous versions have expired) no later than 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 26, 2012. To submit any Exam4 exam, practice or otherwise, you must be on campus and connected to ulsecure.

After the practice test submission deadline, students who have properly and timely submitted a practice test will receive a confirmation e-mail. Therefore, it is imperative to identify yourself on the practice test using your ULink user name (not your student ID number, not your last name, not "1234," etc.) so that we may e-mail you. In the meantime, however, you may check whether your practice test was received using ExamTracker 4000.

All students, particularly 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls, are advised that policies and procedures governing exams on computer were recently revised in the latest version of the Student Handbook. Students are strongly urged to read the complete policy as each is charged with notice and knowledge of it.

For more information, see Exam4 Essentials for Fall 2012.

Do Felon Voter Disenfranchisement Laws Weaken Our Democracy?

 

Felony disenfranchisement takes away the ability to vote for more than five million Americans. While the majority of states prohibit currently-incarcerated felons and those on probation from voting, most states remove restrictions on the ability of felons to vote after they have completed serving their sentence.  

In 2011, however, executive action by the governors of Iowa and Illinois effectively reinstituted permanent disenfranchisement policies, joining Virginia and Kentucky in permanently disenfranchising felons. What rationale supports requiring felons to “earn” the right the vote after having completed their sentences? What links does felony enfranchisement have with efforts to combat recidivism? Is there significance in the disproportionate impact felony disenfranchisement laws have on the African American community?

Join ACS, BLSA, and Professor Cedric Powell this Tuesday, October 16, at noon, to discuss these issues and how they laws impact Kentucky and democracy as a whole.  Free pizza from Papalinos. 

Public Service

The Office of Professional Development provides students with the opportunity to gain legal experience through the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program.  This is the first step in your legal career and a building block for legal experience.  Not only will you meet a requirement in order to graduate, but you will be able to apply knowledge and skills in a legal setting under the supervision of a licensed attorney.

Public Service is an opportunity to give back to the community and a characteristic that we strongly encourage continuing throughout your legal career.  Performing public service hours not only develops skills working with real clients and real legal issues, but also creates thoughtful, civic-minded lawyers who play an active role in their community.