Student News

Duncan named Interim Dean of Law School

Susan DuncanSusan Duncan, associate dean of academic affairs and faculty development at the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, has been named interim dean of the school effective July 1.

Provost Shirley Willihnganz announced Duncan’s appointment after consulting with law school faculty and staff and discussions with President James Ramsey. Duncan will succeed the former dean, Jim Chen, who is expected to return to the law faculty after a year’s leave.

A member of the law school faculty since 1997, Duncan has been associate dean for a year and is a former chair of the Commission on the Status of Women. Her teaching and research interests are in lawyering skills, education law and restorative practices. Duncan's scholarship has focused primarily on issues surrounding children, including the need for anti-bullying laws and laws protecting children from online pornography.

Nationally, Duncan has served in leadership positions on several boards that focus on the development of new legal writing professors. She received the Louisville Bar Association 2010 Distinguished Service Award for chairing numerous LBA committees.

She earned her undergraduate degree at Miami University and her law degree from the Brandeis School of Law.

Duncan Named Interim Dean

Dear Colleagues and Students:
 
I am deeply honored and humbled to announce that the President and Provost have named me Interim Dean beginning July 1, 2012.  I am very optimistic about the future of our law school. Who could not be with such talented faculty members, staff, and students!!  I look forward to working as a team to keep improving the law school. 

Finally, I join the Provost in thanking Dean Chen for his service and many contributions to our school.

Thank you again!
 
Susan Duncan

Resource Center Hours June 21 and June 22

Please note the Resource Center, Room 272, will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday and Friday, June 21 and June 22.

I am working an event away from the law school but still available to answer emails and/or other requests.  My email is becky.wenning@louisville.edu.   

New Members from the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law Selected

The Editorial Board of the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law (JAEL) is pleased to announce the selection of the following students as new members for the 2012-2013 academic year:

Hannah Hoover

Caitlin Baird

Jaime Nelson

John Hollan

Derek Miles

Jesse Genova

Jennifer Ewa

Kathleen Richards

Sierra Ashby

Brandon Johnson

Tara Skaggs

Ella Neely

Greg Finch

Christy Ferko

Mia Walters

Kiera Hollis

 

Congratulations to these students on their accomplishment! We look forward to seeing great things from JAEL this coming year. 

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.
book cover
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.