Student News

Accommodations

The Office of Student Life at the School of Law works closely with the University's Disability Resource Center (DRC) to provide accommodations to law students. If you received accommodations last year and want those to continue, you need to contact DRC and Dean Ballard by September 1. At DRC, contact your prior advisor or Ms Cathy Patus, the Director. Ms Patus's email is clpatu01@louisville.edu; Dean Ballard's is kimberly.ballard@louisville.edu. An email to DRC with a copy to Dean Ballard is fine.
If you have not had accommodations previously, but wish to request them, please contact Cathy Patus and copy Dean Ballard on the email. Questions? Please review the UofL Law Handbook for Applicants and Students with Disabilities at http://www.law.louisville.edu/students/disabilities.  

Are you interested in Family Law? LBA Pro Se Divorce Training Has Been Scheduled

The Louisville Bar Association ("LBA") has scheduled a training session for students interested in participating in their pro se divorce clinics. The training will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, September 14, followed by a clinic at 10:00 a.m. The clinic dates for this semester are September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26, November 9 and December 14. All of these dates are on a Friday and the clinics are held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Hall of Justice downtown. If you are interested in family law, this would be wonderful opportunity. Students will receive public service credit for the training and participation in the clinics. Interested students should contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu to sign up for the training.

Shameless Plug for Federal Jurisdiction

 
Professor Cross would like to point out that there are plenty of open seats in the M-W-F Federal Jurisdiction class.  Contrary to what you might think from the name, the class is not an upper-level Civil Procedure class.  Instead, it is a class in Constitutional law; more particularly, the role of the federal courts in the US constitutional system.  As such, the course would be very useful to anyone considering a federal judicial clerkship, or those who plan on practicing regularly in the federal courts, as well as to those feeling claustrophobic in another course and wanting more elbow room.  Coverage includes abstention, political questions, eleventh amendment immunity for the states, and enforcement of the right to due process.  The only prerequisite is Civil Procedure.

Reminders: Registration and Course Load Rules

REMINDERS:

  1. For students graduating in May 2013, your cumulative grade point average after the Fall 2012 semester is used for the commencement program and honor cords. Questions?  Please see Barbara Thompson in Student Records.
  2. Unless explicitly authorized by the Assistant Dean for Student Life, no full-time student is permitted to register for more than 16 credit hours per semester and no part-time student is permitted to register for more than 12 credit hours per semester.  With permission, a full-time student may register for a maximum of 18 credit hours and a part-time student may register for a maximum of 13 credit hours.  “Credit hours” include all classes the student takes at the University of Louisville, regardless of whether the credit will be applied toward the student’s degree. Skills competitions and journal credit also count as hours in this calculation.
  3. Students may take no more than two seminars in any semester.
  4. Students may apply no more than four (4) credit hours of independent studies toward graduation.
  5. The last day to add a class is Friday, August 24.

1L Students: Consider Donating Your Flash Drive to Family Scholar House

Family Scholar House (FSH) is an organization that provides single parent families with the resources that they need to help break the cycle of poverty through education. This past Friday, some of our first-year law students volunteered at FSH, organizing items from a school supply drive based on the specific needs of the parents and their children. Though most of the needs have been met, it has come to our attention that flash drives are in high demand, as the families may not always have easy access to a computer or printer.

The students that volunteered for this service project remembered that they all received a free 1GB USB drive from LexisNexis during orientation. Many law students either already have a flash drive, or use internet services such as iCloud and DropBox.

If you would like to donate your flash drive to FSH, please drop it off in Dean Ballard's office this week.  Students who donate their flash drive on Tuesday, August 21, will receive a second raffle ticket for the 1L Daily Docket drawings.  Professor Kathy Bean will deliver all donated flash drives to FSH at the end of the week.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Greta Nunnally, the winner of a UofL School of Law red polo!  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (August 20), before 4:00 p.m., to claim your prize.  And remember, keep reading the Daily Docket!

Mentoring Options Panel

Mentoring Options Panel 
Friday, August 24 11:40-12:40 in RM 175
WLC, BLSA, and a representative from The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity will present information about different mentoring opportunities at the law school.

Reminders: Registration and Course Load Rules

REMINDERS:

  1. For students graduating in May 2013, your cumulative grade point average after the Fall 2012 semester is used for the commencement program and honor cords. Questions?  Please see Barbara Thompson in Student Records.
  2. Unless explicitly authorized by the Assistant Dean for Student Life, no full-time student is permitted to register for more than 16 credit hours per semester and no part-time student is permitted to register for more than 12 credit hours per semester.  With permission, a full-time student may register for a maximum of 18 credit hours and a part-time student may register for a maximum of 13 credit hours.  “Credit hours” includes all classes the student takes at the University of Louisville, regardless of whether the credit will be applied toward the student’s degree. Skills competitions and journal credit also count as hours in this calculation.
  3. Students may take no more than two seminars in any semester.
  4. Students may apply no more than four (4) credit hours of independent studies toward graduation.
  5. The last day to add a class is Friday, August 24.

Public Service Opportunity with the Council on Developmental Disabilities

The Council on Developmental Disabilities is in need of a student to do legal research & analysis to promote the establishment of an Adult Abuse Registry that would mirror the Child Abuse Registry. This Registry would house the names of individuals that have substantiated administrative records (via Cabinet for Health Services/CPS) of abuse, neglect or exploitation of an adult with a disability. The legislation (which passed the House & failed in the Senate) would prohibit employment of said individuals for the purposes of delivering direct care to an adult with a disability in many settings (nursing homes, group homes, adult day programs, etc.). Currently, they are advocating for an Executive Order to establish a VOLUNTARY program.

The records of substantiated abuse would be held in a database which employers could (on a voluntary basis) check before hiring a prospective employee. There have been lots of Due Process questions and concerns. At the crux, these Due Process issues need to be explored and explained in the context of the Registry. A strategic plan, based on the legal justifications discovered, will be developed to convince the Executive Branch that an Executive Order would not violate Due Process rights.

If this is a project that would be of interest to you, please contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu. The first student to contact me will be signed up.

Law School Mentoring Options

On Friday, August 24 from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in Room 175, the Office of Professional Development will be hosting an information session on mentoring options. The panel will consist of representatives from BLSA and the Women's Law Caucus. A representative from the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity will discuss their Individual Mentoring Program. Dean Urbach will also be discussing the Jet Mentoring program. All students are invited. We hope to see you there.