Student News

Good Luck to the ABA Arbitration Team!

The Moot Court Board would like to wish the Arbitration Team good luck this weekend as they travel to Chicago to participate in the ABA Arbitration Competition. Brad Johnson, Darick Crumbly, Derek Miles, and Emily Harris will represent the school in the competition and Professor Levinson is the faculty coach. The team has worked very hard since being selected in the spring semester and we wish them success in the competition!

Entrepreneurship Clinic Applications Due Today (11/8)

You still have time to apply to participate in the Entrepreneurship Clinic for Spring 2013.  The Entrepreneurship Clinic is a structured educational experience in which law students represent students enrolled in the Entrepreneurship MBA program at the University of Louisville College of Business who are participating in internal, national or international business plan competitions. Clinic students will gain and apply practical lawyering skills in the field of business law. In addition, students may have the opportunity to travel with the teams (travel will be paid for by the Business School).

The clinic is three credit hours.  Students must apply by submitting a Statement of Interest to the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, explaining why he or she wishes to participate in the clinic (not to exceed 1 page), an unofficial transcript, and a resume. There is a classroom clinic component to the Entrepreneurship clinic. The class will meet from 12:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Deadline to Apply:  November 8

Change to Student Handbook (Writing Requirement) - Effective Fall 2013

At the October 2012 faculty meeting, the faculty approved the following change to the upper division writing requirement:

To meet the writing requirement, a paper must be at least 6,250 words in length, exclusive of footnotes or endnotes, and must be supported by footnotes, endnotes, or other appropriate citation of authority.  A paper submitted in a seminar, as well as one submitted for journal publication, must be typed.

The change to the upper division writing requirement will be effective beginning in the Fall 2013 semester.  To view the entire section pertaining to the upper division writing requirement, click here.

Change to Student Handbook (Writing Requirement) - Effective Fall 2013

At the October 2012 faculty meeting, the faculty approved the following change to the upper division writing requirement:

To meet the writing requirement, a paper must be at least 6,250 words in length, exclusive of footnotes or endnotes, and must be supported by footnotes, endnotes, or other appropriate citation of authority.  A paper submitted in a seminar, as well as one submitted for journal publication, must be typed.

The change to the upper division writing requirement will be effective beginning in the Fall 2013 semester.  To view the entire section pertaining to the upper division writing requirement, click here.

Contact Information for Student Panel - How to Get a Job This Summer

Thank you for the strong turnout at last week's panel discussion on How to Get a Job This Summer.  If you are interested in discussing the job market, job opportunities, resumes, cover letters, networking, interview techniques or anything else, please feel free to contact any of the Office of Professional Development Fellows at the e-mail addresses below:

Andrew Beckman: becandrew@gmail.com
Jimmie Guilfoyle: jfguilfoyle@me.com
Paige Hamby: paigemhamby@gmail.com
Jamie Jackson: jejack04@louisville.edu
Eddie O'Brien: emobri01@louisville.edu

These three student speakers are also willing to answer any questions you may have.

Caitlin Baird: bairdcm@gmail.com
Stephanie Carr: stephaniemcarr@aol.com
Kathleen Richard: khrich01@gmail.com

Office of Professional Development

First-year students, if you would like to schedule a meeting for resume and/or cover letter review or discusss your career path, please sign up for an appointment on Ms. Reh's door, room 184.  Second- and third-year students are welcome to sign up as well.

Professor Tammy Pettinato is available to meet with students on Friday, November 9th.  Please sign up for an appointment with Professor Pettinato in room 278 if you are not in her Basic Legal Skills class.  Laurel Hajek begins work the week of November 19th and will be available to meet with students.

Louis Jackson National Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

The writing competition in Employment and Labor Labor is open to all students who have completed or are currently taking courses in employment or labor law with papers discussing any topic relating to the law governing the workplace, such as employment law, labor law, employee benefits, or employment discrimination.

Only two submissions per law school are accepted.  Entries must be suitable for publication in a law review.  One top honors award of $3,000 and two $1,000 awards will be presented to the top three entries.

Papers must be submitted to Dean Ballard (Room 216) by Tuesday, January 8, 2013.  A committee will select the two strongest papers for submission by the January 22 competition deadline.  

Good Luck to the ABA Regional Negotiation Moot Court Team!

Please join the Moot Court Board in wishing the best of luck to Carli Clowers, Emily Peeler, Jill Smith, Patrick Markey and Cassie Kennedy, who will represent UofL's law school this weekend at the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition! We are very proud of the team already. Good Luck!

Opportunities Still Available for Spring Externships

Several opportunities still exist for skills-based externship experiences during the Spring 2013 semester, including externships with the Jefferson County Attorney, Public Defender, and Commonwealth Attorney; and with the Legal Aid Society.  Judicial externships are also available.  

For more information, please see the handout that was circulated at the Externship Information Session.  Please also visit Professor Jordan's TWEN page "Externship Information" for details and application instructions.

Spring 2013 Registration: Elder Law

Bernard Faller, who will be teaching Elder Law in the Spring 2013 term, asked that the following be circulated to students in advance of registration.

 

Elder Law is a practical course on dealing with older folks in the vastly empty field of elder care law in Kentucky.  Understanding how to work with older people will be relevant in almost all areas of law.  Aging baby boomers are the largest demographic in our society and will remain so for several decades.  Attorneys will interact with this huge group as clients, and as their children.

Some of the topics covered will be an overview of the field of elder law, legal documents for older folks, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Veteran's benefits, living arrangements, health care decision making, ethical issues, guardianship, trusts, probate, understanding insurance and financial documents, and how to interview prospective clients.  The last class will be the business of running a business.  Whether you become a business owner or an employee, you should understand how a firm generates business, good business practices and how an employer determines your value to the firm and thus, compensation.

Bernard Faller is the founder and managing partner of Kentucky ElderLaw, PLLC, Kentucky's largest pure elder law firm.  He will be assisted in some classes by Misty Clark Vantrease and Kelly Gannott.  All three were classmates in the Brandeis class of 2001.  Rhoda Faller, spouse, an attorney since 1978, will also assist in one class.

 

If you have further questions about the content of the course, a syllabus and course outline are available from the office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.