Student News

Public Service Info Session - Ky. School Mock Trial Competition, National Immigration Justice Center and Teen Court

The Public Service Program will be hosting it's next information session on Tuesday, January 17, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 175.

Billy Stover from the Ky. High School Mock Trial Competition, Becca O'Neill ('09) from the National Immigration Justice Center and Amanda Baker ('11) from the Teen Court project will be on hand to discuss public service opportunities available. 

All students are encouraged to attend.  If you are third year student still needing to complete your public service requirement, remember the deadline for May graduates is March 26. 

Free pizza will be served.  See you there!

Additional VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Training Will Be Available

There are still spots available for students who are interested in taking the VITA training on January 21 here at the law school.  If you are interested in taking this training, please see Jina Scinta to obtain the necessary paperwork by no later than Wednesday, January 18 . 

Several students have indicated that they would like to take the VITA training, but are unable to attend the training on January 21.  Nedra Young from VITA has suggested an alternative to students who wish to participate, but can't attend the January 21 training.  VITA training will be made available to our students during the week of February 6 at Davidson Hall here on campus.  Students who wish to take the training will need to make arrangements with the trainer directly.  The trainer's contact information will be made available to the students who sign up.  Students can take the training at their convenience.  The training will last for a couple of hours a day for approximately three days.  VITA will then have a clinic at Davidson Hall where students can participate after they have been trained.  Clinics will also be scheduled at various locations, dates and times throughout the city through April 15.

If you are a third year student who still needs to sign up for their public service requirement, this would be good opportunity for you.

Please contact Jina Scinta at if you are interested in this project.  Please indicate whether you are interested in the January 21 training or the training at Davidson Hall.


Duplex Printing Is Coming

In an effort to get on board with the University’s sustainability efforts, and in response to requests from students, the IT Department has purchased and installed duplexers, which enable two-sided printing, on all student network printers (first floor lab, basement lab and laptop). Beginning Monday, January 16th, 2012, the default settings on those printers will change from one-sided to two-sided printing. Students will still be able to print documents one-sided if they wish or must, but they will have to choose that option deliberately.  Instructions for doing so have been posted in both labs.

For course work, extracurricular teams or other activities for which students must submit writings, please now be aware of this change in student printing. For the time being, this change will not affect printing at the UofL Law Clinic, for faculty research assistants, or in student organization offices.

ELLUS Meeting

ELLUS is having its first meeting of 2012 on Tuesday, January 17 at 1:00 in Rm 177, we hope to see you there!

KY Bar Exam Program Tomorrow

The regular filing deadline to sit for the July 2012 KY Bar Exam is February 1.  Before you mail your application, be sure to attend the KY Bar Exam program tomorrow Thursday, January 12, at 12:15 p.m. 

Guest speakers, Eric Ison, Chair of the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, will discuss the following important information:

  • Most common mistakes students make on their bar applications;
  • Most common student questions the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions receives
  • Statistics for bar passage;
  • How to prepare for the essay component of the Kentucky Bar Exam – what subjects are covered; how questions are drafted; how the bar examiners grade answers; and
  • The Do's and Don'ts when answering essay questions on the Kentucky Bar Exam.

Both speakers will also be available to answer specific questions you may have about the application or the exam.  The program will begin at 12:15, in Room 275.  Lunch will be provided.

IMMEDIATE NEED for a 2L Law Clerk this semester

The Oldfather Law Firm has an immediate need for a second-year law clerk to work 15-20 hours a week on an upcoming trial.  Work will be full-time during the summer.

Qualifications include having a 3.0 or above GPA.  If interested, submit a cover letter and resume by NOON on January 12th to: 

Address for cover letter is:  Oldfather Law Firm, 1330 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY  40208.  Student information will be forwarded to firm and selections will be made by January 13th.  Interviews will take place at the law school on Tuesday, January 17th.

Office of Professional Development Networking and Interview Skills Information Session - TODAY

Don't forget that the Office of Professional Development information session on networking and interview skills is TODAY from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m., in Room 175.  A panel of students will divulge their tips to help you network more efficiently and give advice to help you interview more effectively.

Although this is for all students, this would be of particular interest to first year students who plan to participate in mock interviews on January 21. This will be an informative session and we hope you will join us. Free pizza will be served.

Bullitt County Public Defender's Office Seeking Law Clerk

The Bullitt County Public Defender's Office needs a law clerk.  The position is unpaid, but will offer excellent experience.  Hours are flexible and will be 10-15 hours a week.  The office is in Shepherdsville which is about 30 minutes from Louisville.  A second- or third-year student is preferred.

If you are interested, please forward a resume to Ms. Jennifer Wittmeyer, Directing Attorney at:


UofL Law Review Publishes Its Golden Anniversary Issue

Congratulations to the University of Louisville Law Review Editors and Members for publishing Volume 50, Issue 2! After working tirelessly through the Summer and Fall Semester, the Law Review has published the Winter 2011 issue. 2011-2012 marks the flagship journal's Golden Anniversary and to celebrate this milestone, the journal covers have been embossed with gold lettering.
Issue 2 features three Articles and three Notes. The Articles were written by Monica Teixeira de Sousa, Associate Professor of Law at New England Law| Boston; James J. Woodruff II, Associate Professor of Lawyering Process at the Florida Coastal School of Law; and, Eric B. Easton, Professor of Law at the University of Baltimore School of Law. The Notes were written by Law Review Members Lani Burt, Natalie Montell, and Amanda Warford."
Copies of Issue 2 are now available on reserve in the Law Library and are also available on Westlaw and Lexis Nexis. The journal is cited as 50 U. Louisville L. Rev. 201.

"A Hidden Madness"

Professor Jones recently published the memoir “A Hidden Madness.” It tells the story of a successful academic who has long struggled, mostly in silence due to fear of stigma, with severe mental illness. He has spoken more than 50 times about “Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment” to groups including university nursing, law, medical and social work students, and won an award for his mental health advocacy efforts.