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B90's Compete in National Softball Tournament

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The University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law is proud to send its first Law School intramural softball team to the University of Virginia’s Law School Softball Tournament. The team departs for the tournament on Friday morning, April 1. The tournament is hosted every spring by the North Grounds Softball League (NGSL) on UVA’s grounds.  Each year, over 115 softball teams from over 50 different law schools participate. The NGSL donates the majority of its proceeds from the Invitational to a local charity, Children Youth and Family Services of Charlottesville. NGSL also contributes substantial amounts of money to UVA Law's Public Interest Law Association every year. 

The Bottom 90 group was started by Gulam Kuli-Zade, Sean Reed, Danny Schoenbaechler, and Greg Thompson early in their 2L year. "One day we were talking about the ridiculousnessof the arbitrary stress that law school and law students deal with. Our group started originally just on the common ground we all shared of sports. We all played intramurals beginning in our 1L year together, and have remained teammates throughout. That bond has lead to what will be lifelong friendships for over a dozen of us, and our teamwork mentality has helped us get over the ‘hard curve, cut throat, every man for himself’ mentality that most law students seemed to have." The group as a whole has always been more than willing to share outlines, study guides, and has become a study group in and of itself. They are always there for one another whenever one of B90s needs anything, be it help explaining a legal concept, or something outside of law school entirely.

Essentially, the group strives to be like regular people, and less like the typical law student, and they take pride in being down to earth in that regard. "This has helped us through law school in countless ways - just having people that you can relate to, and people that are in the same boat that care about your success as much as you care about their success. There is no selfishness involved." Says Thompson.
 
When questioned about jobs, Thompson responded, "B90 isn't exactly doing a whole lot of on campus interviews. I think we all got summer jobs, and most of us have jobs already lined up simply because we are all down to earth, good, and honest people. The genuine nature of all of our people shines through in so much as a short conversation, so I would chalk up the job market success to a less stressed, less type a, less pushy in networking,attitude." The group has not only beaten UK's law school in basketball, they also recently won the entire U of L intramural championship in basketball, and will be traveling to the NGSL Invitational (National Law School Softball Tournament) in Charlottesville, VA on April 1.

"B90 is a reminder that regardless of your GPA in law school, the average student at Brandeis School of Law is a hardworking, decorated, skilled teammate that you can depend on to always have your back." ~Alex White

"A law school fails anytime a student chooses not to help a classmate, in an effort to achieve a better grade for themselves." ~Danny Schoenbachler

"I think the really special thing about B90 is how it is a group of guys who found eachother and truly exemplify the collegial and collaborative nature the legal profession should strive to have.  All members work very hard toward their goals in the practice of law, and the law school to the best of theirabilities.  This includes going above and beyond just academics. Members of B90 bring a well rounded perspective to the school, as most participate heavily in sports, student organizations, work, community service,and social opportunities." ~Ryan Goode
"Anyone who shares our outlook on law school and life is welcome, even if their grades are in the top ten percent! There is always room for genuinely kind and sincere people who want togo through law school with a support network, good friends, and future allies in the practice of law." ~Sean Reed
"B90 is about aspiring to be a well rounded attorney. Your experiences outside the classroom should dictate the way you approach the law, not just the books you read." ~Fernando Valdizan


This year’s U of L Law School softball team members include: Phil Lawson, Sean Reed, Greg Thompson, Ryan Goode, Zach Springer, Kyle Samons, Tyler Korus, Gulam Kuli-Zade, Danny Schoenbachler, Jared Wilkie, Chris Ballentine, Fernando Valdizan, Ryan Polczynski, Peyton Sands, and Kevin Rich. 

Team sponsors include Louisville Slugger, Papa John’s International, Bob Hook Chevrolet, The Clarkson Group, Shively Sporting Goods, Kroger and Westlaw.   Support was also provided by donors Steve Lyverse (’83), Harry Rothgerber (‘74), Gregory Thompson (’11) Angie McDonald-Hackett, and Wendy Helterbran.  It is not too late to support the team!  

Immigration Debate - Graeter's Ice Cream!!! - Wednesday at 3:45

Mr. Ilya Shapiro from the Cato Institute and Becca O'Neill, a local immigration attorney, will engage in a debate about immigration policy. Topics will include:

  • SB 1070 - Is it constitutional? Is it good policy?
  • What to do with people already here illegally?
  • What to do about future skilled and unskilled immigrants?
  • Are temporary work permits for unskilled workers good policy?

We will be serving Graeter's Ice Cream, so come with an empty stomach and an open mind!

 

Time: 3:45 PM

Date: Wednesday, April 6th

Place: Room 175

1L Spring Break Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the following students for their exceptional performance on the Spring Break Challenge!

Overall Champion and winner of the iPod Touch - Liam Felsen

Professor Nowka's Section

First place - Liam Felsen

Second place - Brittany Hampton

Third place - Brian Strunk

Professor Giesel's Section

First place - Dana Eberle-Peay

Second place - Yuan Lin

Third place - Caroline Ramsey and Eddie O'Brien

Please stop by my office to pick up your prizes.  Thank you to all the students who participated!  The competition was very close this year.

 

BarbrI Table Day

Thursday, March 31st, will be the last day you can enroll for BARBRI’s nationally renowned course before the payment deadline.  If you plan on taking any bar exam and haven’t picked a review course yet, this is your chance!!  BARBRI offers the most comprehensive review course for EVERY jurisdiction in the nation, not just bits and pieces of each exam or certain states.   So stop by the BARBRI table and enroll!

 

Top Five Reasons to Choose BARBRI:

1.       Lectures Offered Across the Nation and at UoL this Summer!!! – our in-classroom lectures are offered live (select locations) and on video at law schools and in cities across the nation! No other course has as many options for you to choose from so whether you are headed to New York, Miami, Houston, L.A. or anywhere in between, we have you covered!

2.       Unlimited, On-Demand Lectures Online – BARBRI offers you the convenience of accessing lectures 24/7 online, attending in-classroom lectures and/or accessing lectures via the BARBRI Mobile Program for the iPhone, iTouch or iPad.

3.       Comprehensive MBE Preparation and StudySmart Software – BARBRI offers its students 5 (yes, that’s FIVE!!) MBE workshops along with diagnostic software to track your progress on the MBE. No other course offers this comprehensive MBE review, which will save you $$$$!!  

4.       Exclusive Paced Program – BARBRI’s exclusive Paced Program gives you day-by-day schedule that will guide you from the first day of bar review to the last day of the bar exam. This experience-based guidance is one-of-a-kind and offered only by BARBRI.

5.       Free Repeat Guarantee - We stand behind our course and approach to help you pass the bar exam. If you fail ANY bar exam, you receive a free repeat of that course. There are no conditions, unlike our competitors that attach certain unreasonable conditions.  

Over the past 40 years, we’ve helped over one million students achieve their dream of becoming a lawyer.   This summer we look forward to helping you.

ILS Business Practitioners' Symposium

Today at 12:10 in LL 75: Come hear the stories of three of Louisville's most successful international business practitioners. Enjoy free pizza as you listen to their stories and advice for young lawyers seeking to enter this area of the law.

Compete in the Health Law Moot Court Competition

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 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.  

Application information will be available April 4th.  

If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Monarch at jennifer.monarch@gmail.com.

Kudos for JLE Members

Congratulations to Kate Barnes, Reed Troutman, and Cathy Barnes whose notes were chosen for publication in the JLE's April 2011 issue. Although the majority of states have a clause in their constitution establishing a free system of public schools, judicial interpretations of this clause varies across states.

Kate’s notes discusses the range of judicial interpretations and concludes that a broad interpretation, supplying educational materials and supplies without fees, is the only interpretation that meets the objective to provide all children equal access to education. Her note is entitled "‘Free’ Education: The Inclusion of Educational Materials and Supplies as Part of the Right to Free Education."

Reed’s note describes the recent advancement in school food law with the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in December 2010. Barriers to its implementation are discussed. The note concludes in support of subsidy elimination as a way to further improve the nutritional choices available to school children. His note is entitled "Health Food Advocacy and the National School Lunch Program.”

Cathy’s note describes the potential impact of the Race to the Top program which was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. With education policy historically being a state and local matter, the Race to the Top program, the largest competitive education grant program in U.S. history which makes funding contingent upon adoption of national standards, is viewed as coercive. It is suggested that other measures which place school funding decisions with parents will be more effective than federal programs in reforming schools. Her note is entitled "‘Race to the Top’ Only Benefits Big Government."

Law Review Applications Available

Applications for membership on the 2011-12 University of Louisville Law Review are now available in the resource center. Any student interested in earning academic credit, fulfilling their writing requirement, and building their resume is strongly encouraged to apply.

Members of the Law Review’s editorial board for next year will be in the mosaic lobby on Thursday (Mar. 31) from 11:30 to 1:00 to answer any questions about the application and selection process and to distribute applications. Any interested person who stops by to pick up an application will also be given a dessert-type treat.

Applications are due May 11th by 9 pm outside the Law Review office (rm. 238). If you have any questions about the application or selection process, please contract Elisabeth Fitzpatrick or JD Theiss.

Court of Appeals Hears Amish Case at the Law School

On March 24, Kentucky's Court of Appeals heard Jacob Gingerich v. Commonwealth of Kentucky in the law school's Allen Courtroom. The appeal from district court convictions is for failing to display a slow moving vehicles emblem on horse drawn buggies. The Amish appellants claim KRS 189.820 impermissibly burdens their religious freedoms.

Brian A. Smith, 1L, covered the First District Court trial for The Mayfield Messenger. His photographs were also published in The Courier-Journal.

Related news:
"Amish residents argue against using 'slow moving' sign on buggies" (WHAS11, March 24)

Judicial Nominations: A Judge's Perspective and Reflections