Join SELS along with Entertainment Lawyer and Brandeis School of Law graduate T.D. Ruth Friday April 8th at 11:45 AM in Room 175. Mr. Ruth has an extensive background as a practicing lawyer in the music industry and will discuss strategies for breaking into the industry, obstacles associated with the field, and an overview of the day-to-day responsibilities associated with being an entertainment lawyer.
Mr. Ruth is currently Senior Counsel at Lassiter, Tidwell, Davis, Keller & Hogan in Nashville, TN. He has represented recording artists, songwriters, producers, independent record labels and publishers in all facets of the music industry. He most frequently represents the interests of producers in negotiations with recording artists, recording artists in negotiations with major record labels, and songwriters in negotiations with major publishers. On behalf of producer clients, he recently has negotiated with Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Lopez, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Kelly Clarkson, The Pussycat Dolls and Paul Oakenfold.
Due to the high profile of many of Lassiter Tidwell’s clients, T. D. also focuses a significant portion of his practice on trademarks as well as rights of publicity and privacy. He has successfully represented numerous clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office in pursuing trademark applications and overcoming office actions, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board in prosecuting and defending oppositions to registration and petitions to cancel, and has pursued many ICANN claims for the return of domain names.
Food and drinks will be provided!!!
We will also be holding elections immediately after the speaker. If you are interested in running for office please contact Christina Pachuta anytime before Friday!!
Wednesday, April 6 at 12:10 in 071
Last meeting of the year! Free Subway sandwiches and a local practitioner will speak. Everyone is welcome.
The team selection process for the Fall 2011 National Health Law Moot Court Competition will begin April 11th. One team of two or three students will be selected. Students who apply must be willing to make a substantial time commitment during the Fall of 2011.
Team members can earn up two credit hours for writing the brief and for participating in the Competition, and the experience may be used to fulfill the law school’s skills requirement.The Competition emphasizes health law, but the problem often involves constitutional, procedural and/or statutory interpretation issues. The Competition problem generally is available by mid-August, and the brief is due around the end of September. The Competition generally is scheduled for the first or second weekend in November, and is held at Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale Illinois. To apply, please submit an application packet to the Moot Court Board Office by April 15th at 12:00PM. Your packet must include an application form, a recent resume, a letter explaining why you are interested in being on the team, and a writing sample providing evidence of legal analysis and writing skills. Application forms are available electronically (please email Jennifer Monarch at firstname.lastname@example.org) and in print (see the Moot Court Board Office). Additionally, Professor Jordan will interview candidates either during or after the exam period. If you have any other questions, contact Jennifer Monarch at email@example.com
As you pick up your cap and gown at the Red Barn, enjoy a final cookout at the Red Barn, Wednesday, May 11 (12 p.m. - 2 p.m.). Come by the Graduation Picnic at the Red Barn for one more free hamburger, hot dog or veggie patty on Wednesday, May 11. Visit with fellow graduates and share your favorite stories about Red Barn events and other things you’ve done while being an UofL student. And make sure to pick up your cap and gown.
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Graduation Day at the Downs
It’s time to celebrate graduation in style with Graduation Day at the Downs, Thursday, May 12 (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.; Post Time 12:45 p.m.). Graduating students are invited to spend the day at Churchill Downs. Celebrate with fellow graduates enjoying the races with food and drinks in the great atmosphere of Churchill Downs. Reserved box seat tickets for graduates and guest are free. Each graduate will also receive $5 Downs dollars to be used for purchase of food and drinks. Tickets are limited, so reserve yours before April 29.
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7:15: Brittany Hampton v. Matt Doran
Congratulations to Jared Sawyer (3L) and Jennifer Siewertsen (2L) on advancing to the semi-Finals in the 2011 Herbert Wechsler Criminal Law Competition in Buffalo, NY this past weekend! Jared and Jennifer, coached by local attorneys Dave Harshaw and Ted Shouse, '99, were one of only 8 teams out of the 26 competing to advance to the quarter-finals. The team defeated Valparaiso University School of Law to move onto the Final Four but lost to the eventual Champion. The team was praised for their professionalism, organization and speaking style. Congratulations Jared and Jennifer!
The Central team was made up four outstanding seniors, all of whom made it to the tournament’s semi-final round. Besides Joshua and Mashayla, the other two semi-finalists representing Central were Hau Duc Le and Chania Coleman. The team was coached by Professor Sam Marcosson of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, and two law school students, Cennet Kocakulah Braun and Lena Nash Seward. They work with the students as one component of the School of Law’s partnership with Central’s Law and Government Magnet, and as part of the broader national Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project. The Moot Court Competition brings together students from various Marshall-Brennan programs sponsored by law schools around the country, giving high school students the opportunity to put into practice the lessons about the constitutional rights they have learned throughout the year, and argue an actual case involving students’ rights under the First Amendment.
"Joshua and Mashayla were tremendous. The judges couldn’t have been more impressed with their knowledge of the cases and the law, or with their poise in answering questions," Professor Marcosson said about their final round performance. "The coaches from other schools were just as complimentary."
The team was supported by the tireless commitment of the teacher of the Law and Government Magnet program at Central, Joe Gutmann, and Professor Laura Rothstein, who co-ordinates the law school’s partnership with the Magnet, and by Central’s principal, Dr. Dan Withers. In addition, they got vital help from a number of volunteer attorneys who participated in practice rounds, and made generous donations to help finance the trip to Philadelphia. Several members of the Women Lawyers Association also contributed to the trip costs. Emily Zahn, '08, of Dinsmore & Shohl, in particular, not only contributed herself but also coordinated significant fundraising efforts at her law firm.
More New Coverage:
- "Achievers: Joshua Puckett & Mashayla Hays - Central pair finish 1-2 in moot court" (The Courier-Journal, May 1, 2011)
- American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (reprinted May 2, 2011)
The following students won in our Barristers' Ball Raffle:
Come join us for our final lunch of the year. Mr. Mark Franklin, a local lawyer, will be coming to speak to us. Everyone is welcome.