Student News

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 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, or by sending a written request.  You must use your 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 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.

JLE Applications

Still interested in being on a journal next year? It’s not too late to apply to the Journal of Law and Education!  

Please see the attached application for more information or visit the JLE student organizations webpage.

All application materials are due by Thursday, June 7th, at 5 p.m.  Contact Cassie Kennedy, Editor-in-Chief, with any questions.



Moot Court Board Incoming Members Selected!

The Executive Board of the University of Louisville Brandeis School Of Law Moot Court Board is proud to announce the new incoming members of the Moot Court Board for the 2012-2013 Academic Year:


Caitlin Baird

Hallye Bankson

Kristin Birkhold

Greg Finch

Larry Forman

Lacey Gullet

James Hafley

Lindsey Howard

Kaitlyn Jones

Damon McCormick

Michael McGee

Jessica Meyer

Jaime Nelson

Ann Nutter

Chelsea Painter

Cassie Restrepo

Karleen Shiner

Ross Thompson

Michael Tyrikos

Mia Walters

Nick Whitt

Erica Wood


 Congratulations to all the incoming members of the Moot Court Board on this prestigious honor.  We know your hard work will pay off through the continued success of the upcoming competitions sponsored and facilitated by the Moot Court Board.

New University of Louisville Law Review Members Selected

The Editorial Board of the University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to announce selection of the following students as First-Year Members for Volume 51:

Michael Atkinson
Kristin Birkhold
Justin Brown
Thomas Clines
Harlen Compton 
Nicholas Craddock 
Amy Dorsch 
Ryan Driskill
Kasey Fehler 
Lacey Gullett
James Hafley
John Hardesty
Benjamin Hardy 
Molly Hardy
Emily Harris 
Billy Hopkins 
Lindsey Howard 
Michael McGee
Laurie Beth McTighe
Amir Nahavandi 
Chelsea Painter
Robin David Rice
Karleen Shiner
Dani Smith
Christopher Thurman 
Nicholas Whitt 
Erica Wood 

Congratulations to these students on their accomplishment!

Central Magnet program and UofL Signature Partnership Celebrate Milestones

The partnership with the Central High School Law and Government Magnet program celebrated its tenth anniversary this year during Black History Month as a part of the LBA Annual Trailblazer Event.  The LBA also celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the Summer Law Internship program at the event. The Partnership continues to grow and succeed.  Each year approximately 30 law students and 20 faculty and staff members join with members of the legal community to provide a comprehensive array of academic programming, skills development, and special programs with the goal of building the pipeline to the legal profession and government involvement.

The program, an initiative with West Louisville, is one of the University of Louisville’s Signature Partnership programs.  The Signature Partnership Initiative also celebrated its five-year anniversary earlier this month.