Student News

A Note Regarding the Posting of Scholarship Funds

The Admissions Office is currently adjusting all Potential Awards to the appropriate Scholarship funds.  If you have any questions, please stop by the Admissions Office.

 

Environmental Practice (999-16)

If you are considering registering for FitzGerald's Environmental Practice course (999-16), please note that there is no textbook required.  The professor will provide instruction on course material on first day of class.

Yoga is Back at UofL Law School!

Start the New Year off right by joining your fellow law students in stress-reducing, energizing and FREE yoga classes this semester! The classes will be held in the Washer Lounge and begin on Wednesday, January 9, from 12-12:45. In January, yoga will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays (please note--no class on Jan. 14). Depending upon demand, a Thursday session may be offered in February.

Before the workload and stress of the semester begin to wear you down,establish a healthy habit for your mind and your body by joining the yoga class. You don't need to bring anything to participate--we have mats available and a certified instructor to lead us. All you need is an open mind! 

Welcome Back Law Students!

We hope you had a restful break.  The spring semester is only 14 weeks long, and is packed with informative programs and fun events.  Be sure to check the Law School's calendar for dates and times of upcoming programs.  http://www.law.louisville.edu/event  Remember - there are some mandatory programs for first- and second-year students, so you will want to note those on your calendar. 

We are delighted to offer yoga classes at the law school again this semester.  Start the New Year off right by joining your fellow law students in stress-reducing, energizing and FREE yoga!  The classes will be held in the Washer Lounge and begin on Wednesday, January 9, at noon.  The classes will be 45 minutes, giving you plenty of time to take a break before your next class.  We provide the mats ... all you need is comfortable clothing (a t-shirt and sweats or shorts).

Several Information Sessions will be offered again this semester for students interested in learning more about study abroad opportunities; the Law School's three journals; the Moot Court Board and opportunities to tryout for extramural advocacy competitions; the Kentucky Innocence Project Externship; Dual Degree Programs; and summer 2013 and fall 2013 externship and clinic opportunities.  The first information session on January 24 will focus on study abroad opportunities with the Law School's exchange partner institutions.  More details will be provided as the date approaches.

We will have a "Welcome Back" treat for students in the Mosaic Lobby today.  Please enjoy some coffee and snacks from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  We wish you a successful semester!

Immigration Law Externship - Placement Available

There is still a placement available for a new participant in the Immigration Law Externship with Kentucky Refugee Ministries.  As an extern, you would be supervised by two experienced immigration attorneys who are alums of the law school: Becca O'Neill and Emi Ramirez.  If you are interested in learning more about immigration law and the diverse immigrant community in Louisville, please contact Professor Trucios-Haynes, ethaynes@louisville.edu.

Placement Available for Immigration Law Externship

There is still a placement available for a new participant in the Immigration Law Externship with Kentucky Refugee Ministries.  As an extern, you would be supervised by two experienced immigration attorneys who are alums of the law school: Becca O'Neill and Emi Ramirez.  If you are interested in learning more about immigration law and the diverse immigrant community in Louisville, please contact Professor Trucios-Haynes, ethaynes@louisville.edu.

 

Spring 2013 Hiring Season

The Spring 2013 Hiring Season will begin soon.  Be ready to apply for Session 1 On Campus Interviews through Symplicity on Friday, January 11th.  You will also be able to apply for Public Service Fellowships and download the applications on Symplicity as well.

Reminder of LBA Pro Se Divorce Clinic Training

Are you interested in family law? Are you not sure, but would like to find out? Here's the perfect opportunity for you.

The LBA will be holding a training session for students interested in participating in their pro se divorce clinics. The training will be begin at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 11, 2013 followed by a clinic at 10:00 a.m. downtown at the Judicial Center (first floor in the room behind the west bank of elevators). Subsequent clinics will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Judicial Center on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. A schedule of the clinics during the Spring semester is attached.  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 by Tuesday, January 8.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN IMMIGRATION LAW? STUDENTS ARE NEEDED FOR NATIONAL IMMIGRANT JUSTICE CENTER “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” PRESENTATION

This public service opportunity is ideal for students and local community volunteers interested in immigration law. Professor Trucios-Haynes and a recent alum & local immigration attorney, Becca O'Neill, lead teams of volunteers on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail where immigration detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. Trained students, with the supervision of Prof. Trucios-Haynes and Becca O'Neill, conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to approximately 200+ detainees during each visit, and conduct individual in-take interviews of each detainee.

On Thursday, January 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 177, Prof. Trucios-Haynes will hold a training here at the law school to train students to go on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail to conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to detainees. The next jail visit will be on Friday, January 18. Students interested in attending the training on January 17 and/or going on the jail visit on January 18, should email Becca O'Neill directly by Monday, January 7. A list of students must be submitted to the jail ten days before the visit. Her email is boneill@oneillimmigrationlaw.com.

Students whose schedules do not allow them to visit the jail on Fridays can still take the training. All students are welcome. Once you have been trained you can attend a Friday visit when you are available. A more detailed description of this project is attached, along with some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail. More stories can also be found at: http://www.immigrantjustice.org/tags/these-lives-matter.

All future trainings will be conducted the third Thursday of the month, with jail visits on the third Friday of the month after the training. When notifying Ms. O'Neill, please let her know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.

If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit on January 18, please e-mail Becca O'Neill by Monday, January 7, as well, so she can add your name to the list.

Students will receive public service credit for the training and site visits. Students will also be able to count their travel time to and from the Boone County Jail. Interested students should see Jina Scinta to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit. You can also e-mail her at jina.scinta@louisville.edu. Students can also contact Prof. Trucios-Haynes at ethaynes@louisville.edu
with any questions.

Law School Receives $1 Million for Clinic

The University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law has received a bequest of about $1 million to permanently endow a student-run law clinic.

The gift is believed to be the largest in the school’s history.

The clinic matches law students with impoverished clients who need legal representation and advice. Since its inception in 2009, the clinic has handled more than 500 cases and works closely with the Legal Aid Society, which is housed in the same building.

Sue Ellen Ackerson of Louisville and her family made the gift to honor Robert Ackerson, her late husband, who founded Ackerson and Yann law firm. The clinic is being renamed The Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic.

“This gift is truly powerful because it helps some of the most underserved people in our community,” said UofL President James Ramsey. “We are grateful to the Ackersons for ensuring that the law clinic will be funded well into the future.”

Ackerson is a 1955 UofL College of Business graduate. Her husband, a 1958 law school graduate, died in 2008.

“We wanted to do something to help both the law school and the community as well as show both Bob’s and my appreciation for all the university has meant to our family,” she said. “The clinic was a perfect fit.”

Source: "Brandeis School of Law receives $1 million for clinic" (UofL Today, December 21)