Student News

Originalism and the Constitution

Come join us for lunch on Thursday for what promises to be a feast for both brain and belly as we dine on the palubum of professors and Panera during this scholarly debate on the judicial philosophy of Originalism.


On the third Thursday of each month, local immigration attorney and alum, Becca O'Neill,  holds 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.  Detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. The visits are on the Friday after the training.  Trained students will conduct individual in-take interviews of each detainee.  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.

The next training will be Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m. here at the law school in Room 060.  A visit to the Boone County Jail be Friday, February 17. Students interested in attending the training, should email Becca O'Neill directly by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6. Her email is  Please let Ms. O'Neill know in your e-mail whether you plan to attend the Friday visit after the training.  A list of students must be submitted to the jail ten days before the visit.  Also, please let Ms. O'Neill 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 February 17, please e-mail Becca O'Neill by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, so she can add your name to the list.

Please see the attached information about this project, but please disregard the dates contained therein.

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

Social Media/Marketing Advanced Degree Intern at GE

GE is looking for a Social Media/Marketing Advanced Degree Intern. This position is ideal for candidates seeking a dual JD/MBA degree, students with a business/marketing background, or for law students seeking non-legal post-graduation employment in a business or corporate setting.

Responsibilities include: Website traffic analysis, SEO maximization, social media tracking, database/list management, and minor content creation.

There is negligible legal work involved in this internship, so it is not recommended for students seeking practical legal experience such as legal research, memo/brief writing, or courtroom experience.

Competitive applications will emphasize multiple social media platform awareness, data analysis ability, and working familiarity with Excel. This internship is a paid year-long position of 40 hours per week in the summer and 20 hours per week during the semester, so ideally 2Ls should apply.

A full job description and the link to apply is:

GE is looking to fill this position immediately, so the application link will only be live until Feb. 9th.

Dean Chen on ABC News

ABC News Wickard v. Filburn

UofL Law Dean, Jim Chen, was recently interviewed by ABC News about the role that the 1942 case called Wickard v. Filburn will play in the health care law.


Read the whole article at ABC News.


Photo provided by Mary Lou Spurgeon. 

Opportunities in Frankfort - Tuesday, January 31st, Noon in room 175

Speakers will be Sarah Coker, Deputy Bar Counsel for the Kentucky Bar Association; Jennifer Frazier, Kentucky State Law Librarian; Neeka Parks with the Kentucky Parole Board; and May 2012 graduate, Nancy Vinsel, who worked at the Public Service Commission during the summer after her first year.

Find out how these individuals found their positions and what resources they used to get them.

The event will begin at Noon on Tuesday, January 31st in room 175 and continue until 1:30 p.m.  Pizza and drinks will be served outside of 175 before Noon.

New Classroom Laptop Printer Now Available

In response to requests from students made at town hall meetings and in other fora during Spring 2011, the UofL Law IT Department has purchased and deployed a second laptop printer for students. It is located in the classroom wing basement next to the student mailboxes outside Room LL75.  The printer is now available for use, and Christie Ballenger, our User Support Manager, will be available outside LL75 at the following times this week to install the printer on students' laptops:

  • Tuesday, January 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Other dates/times will be announced if and as needed. Like the Law Library lab laptop printer, the new classroom printer is configured to default to duplex printing.

Attention 2L students (those graduating in December 2012, May 2013, or August 2013)

On Tuesday, February 7, at 12:15 p.m, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, with a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students. The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar.  One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility. 

Judge Gary Payne, Character and Fitness Committee member, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession.  Judge Payne will discuss how financial debt can evidence a lack of responsibility and further, how debt can lead to financial pressures and interfere with a lawyer’s duties to his or her clients. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).

Attendance at the February 7 program is required for all 2Ls.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the February 7 program, you must notify Dean Cross,, and provide documentation concerning your conflict. 

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Have YOU Started Your Outlines Yet?

When created correctly, an outline will become your primary, and possibly only, study aid for exams.  While law students create outlines to have an aid from which to study, it is through the process of creating an outline that you actually learn the law.  Because outlining is a process that continues throughout the semester, you need to begin at some point during the first month of classes.  Why?  If you wait to work on your outlines until the end of the semester, it is unlikely that you will have enough time to complete them prior to exams. Listen to your professors and to your colleagues that performed well last semester - start your outlines now!  Here are some tips to keep in mind as you work on your outlines for each course.

  • View your outline as your master document for studying.  Your notes and briefs go “on the shelf” once you have outlined a section.  Your casebook is no longer your focus for completed sections.
  • Make sure your outline takes a “top down” approach.  The outline should encompass the overview of the course rather than “everything said or read” during the semester.  Main essentials include:  rules, definitions of elements, hypos of when the rule/element is met and not met, policy arguments that can be used, and/or reasoning that courts use. 
  • Cases are usually mere vehicles for information unless they are “big” cases.  Cases generally convey the main essentials that you need for your outline and are not the focus. 
  • Condense before you outline.  If you include “everything said or read” in your outline, you will need to condense in stages to get to the main essentials that you actually need for the exam.  If you condense before you outline a section, you will save time later.
  • Use visuals when appropriate.  If you learn visually, then avoid a thousand words by using a diagram, table, flowchart, or other visual presentation for the same information. 
  • Review your outline regularly.  You want to be learning your outline as well as writing it.  The world’s best outline will not help you if you do not have time to learn it before the exam.
  • Condense your outline to one piece of paper as a checklist.  A checklist includes only the topics and sub-topics.  Use acronyms tied to funny stories to help you remember the checklist.  Write the checklist on scrap paper once the exam begins.  For an open-book exam, the checklist should start your outline.
  • If you read and prepare for your classes one or two days in advance, your Thursdays and Fridays should be open to work on your outlines – no excuses!

Mayor's Office Guest Speaker - Today

Today, Ted Smith, Director of Economic Development from Mayor Fischer's office, is coming for a discussion/Q&A on Law and business development, innovation, entrepreneurship, and more. All law students and faculty are welcome. (We may have some guests from the MBA school as well).  Come to Room 075 from 1 to 2:15pm.  Pizza and drinks will be served. 

Opportunities in Frankfort Information Session - Tuesday, January 31st in room 175

Speakers will be Shane Benson with the Kentucky Public Service Commission; Sarah Coker, Deputy Bar Counsel for the Kentucky Bar Association; Jennifer Frazier, Kentucky State Law Librarian; Neeka Parks with the Kentucky Parole Board; and Leigh Ann Thacker of Southern Strategy Group.

Find out how these law graduates found their positions and the career path they followed to get there.

The event will begin at Noon on Tuesday, January 31st in room 175 and continue until 1:30 p.m.  Pizza and drinks will be served outside of 175 before Noon.