Student News

Spring 2013 Registration: Bioethics

Professor Mark Rothstein asked that the following be circulated to the student body regarding the Bioethics seminar being offered in the Spring 2013 semester:

Bioethics considers numerous interesting and contentious issues -- and law plays an important part in virtually all of them. This seminar, which satisfies the seminar, writing, and perspectives requirements, will address the following issues: research ethics, physician-patient relations, informed consent, health privacy, genetics, reproductive health, pediatrics, infectious diseases, public health ethics, emerging biomedical technologies, end-of-life issues, health disparities, and health care reform. There are no prerequisites for the seminar.


For Spring 2013, readings will deal with a variety of contemporary issues in bioethics, including:

1)      The threats to informational health privacy of electronic health records
2)      The medical and ethical appropriateness of genetic testing in research and clinical settings, including newborn  screening and
3)      Access to health care and eliminating health disparities in light of the Affordable Care Act, regardless of its fate in 2013.

Students will have an opportunity to explore a range of dynamic and emerging issues in their papers. 

Faculty Showcase Series - Next Wednesday 11-7 at 5:30PM

Faculty Showcase Series 
Professor Cedric Merlin Powell
Critiquing Neutrality: Critical Perspectives on Schools, the First Amendment, and Affirmative Action in a Post-Racial World


Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
5:30 - 7:00

University of Louisville
Brandeis School of Law
Room 275

Light Food Provided

Open to the Public

Sponsored by your SBA, University of Louisville Law Review, and ELPS

Fresh Start Fridays - Free Massages Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is Friday!  Are you feeling stressed?  Are you working on your memo for BLS?  Do you need to reduce some anxiety before taking the Professional Responsibility exam?  Then stop by the Washer Lounge on Friday and treat yourself to a free massage from Advanced Massage Therapeutics from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

1Ls Needed as Mock Jurors for Trial Practice Workshop

Date:    Friday, November 16th
Time:   2:45 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Location:   Allen Courtroom

3L students will be attempting Voir Dire for the first time as part of the Trial Practice Workshop.  There are two cases involved:  a civil case (slip and fall in a Kroger parking lot); and a criminal case (attempted rape and assault). 

This is a unique opportunity for you to:
1) Learn more about what it's like to be a trial attorney;
2) See what the Trial Practice Workshop course is like;
3) Experience Voir Dire; and
4) Have some fun!

No experience required.  All “mock jurors” will be numbered similar to what occurs in a real courtroom, and made-up answers are welcome! 

Please RSVP to Professor Melanie Schneider at mel.c.sch@gmail.com.

TODAY! Student Bar Foundation Meeting

Please join the Student Bar Foundation for a meeting TODAY Thursday, November 1 at noon in room 171. There will be sundaes and snacks! We are looking to recruit new members (PARTICULARLY 1LS!), and will be giving an introduction to SBF and at-large membership in general, handing out forms, and annoucing the date and location of our Spring auction!
We really need new members so if you are looking to be involved in a low-maintenance group for a great cause then please come!
Contact Kaitlyn Jones with any questions, or if you are interested and cannot attend at knjone02@louisville.edu

LBA Legal Opportunity Scholarship

The LBA Legal Opportunity Scholarship will award $1,000 of financial assistance to a scholarship recipient attending the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.  To be eligible, an applicant must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. The applicant must be a member of a group that is under-represented in the legal profession.
  2. The applicant must be a second- or third-year student at the University of Louisville School of Law.
  3. At the time of submission, the applicant must have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  4. The applicant must be a citizen or permanent resident of the USA.

The deadline for submission of applications is January 22, 2013.  The application is attached.

Part-time Position with Office of Attorney General

The Attorney General's Office is seeking a part-time clerk to compile and maintain a Motion Bank for the Commonwealth's Attorneys relative to capital case litigation.  The position is funded by a U.S. Department of Justice grant through FFY 2014.  This year-round position will require approximately 15 hours per week with flexible scheduling.
Qualifications should include:  strong research skills, Constitutional Criminal Law would be helpful, attention to detail, previous background in criminal law would be helpful 
Please submit your resume and cover letter by e-mail to Debra Reh in the Office of Professional Development by 4:00 p.m. on November 8th.  Cover letter should be addressed to:  Nyla Small, Paralegal; Grant Training Coordinator, Office of the Attorney General, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Frankfort, KY  40601.

Professor Abramson Wins SBA Pumpkin Wars

Congratulations to Professor Abramson, winner of the SBA Pumpkin War. Professor Abramson narrowly edged out Professor Levinson by 31 cents, for a total of $37.31.

All funds collected benefit events and programs sponsored by SBA.

A big thank you to all of those who contributed, all of the professors who volunteered to participate, and especially Professor Abramson for being such a good sport.

Faculty Showcase Series - Next Wednesday 11-7 at 5:30PM

Faculty Showcase Series 
Professor Cedric Merlin Powell
Critiquing Neutrality: Critical Perspectives on Schools, the First Amendment, and Affirmative Action in a Post-Racial World


Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
5:30 - 7:00

University of Louisville
Brandeis School of Law
Room 275

Dinner Provided

Open to the Public

Sponsored by your SBA, University of Louisville Law Review, and ELPS

Several Externship Opportunities Are Still Available

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.