Student News

Orientation Week Boasts Successful Community Service Day

Hosparus

 

This year, approximately 111 first year law students volunteered for a service project (79% participation).  We also had 6 faculty, 5 staff members, and 8 upper-division law students volunteer (see lists, below).  Students completed projects for the following 12 area organizations:
 

  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore
  • Olmsted Parks Conservancy
  • Masonic Homes
  • Family Scholar House
  • Dare to Care Food Bank
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Catholic Charities
  • Hosparus of Louisville
  • New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Operation Brightside

 
Faculty Participation
Professor Rothstein – Masonic Homes
Professor Abrams – Family Scholar House
Professor Bean – Family Scholar House
Dean Duncan – Ronald McDonald House
Professor Levinson – Hosparus
Virginia Mattingly – New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter
 
Staff Participation
Angela Beverly – Habitat ReStore
Becky Wimberg – Dare to Care Food Bank
Kimberly Ballard – Hosparus
Nakia Strickland – Hosparus
Becky Wenning – Operation Brightside
 
Upper-Division Student Participation
Jacob Giesecke
Dorrie Rush
Derek Miles
Dani Smith
Erica Wood
Brandon Johnson
Brian Strunk
Jamie Hafley

  

 

    

 

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Eddie Harlan, the winner of a $10 Burger King gift card, plus yesterday's unclaimed prize - a UofL Law orientation t-shirt.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (August 31) to claim your prizes.  And remember, continue to read the Daily Docket!

Students: Deans' Townhall Meeting on Sept 4

The deans of the law school will be hosting a townhall meeting on September 4. The meeting will be in Room 275 from 1:00-2:00. This is your time to have any questions you have answered. All students are invited and encouraged to attend. Those students interested in asking the deans of the law school any questions should draft and send your questions to be addressed by 5:00 p.m. on August 31. This will allow enough time for the deans to get answers to your questions.

Deans' Townhall Meeting

The deans of the law school will be hosting a townhall meeting on September 4. The meeting will be in Room 275 from 1:00-2:00. This is your time to have any questions you have answered. All students are invited and encouraged to attend. Those students interested in asking the deans of the law school any questions should draft and send your questions to be addressed by 5:00 p.m. on August 31. This will allow enough time for the deans to get answers to your questions.

Satisfying the Writing Requirement in a Seminar - Program on Tuesday, Sept 4

On Tuesday, September 4, Professor Kurt Metzmeier will present a not-to-be-missed session geared toward upper-division students that aims to demystify the writing requirement as well as provide practical information on some of the best sources for generating ideas for topics, ways to organize your research paper, and common pitfalls to avoid. The session will be held in Room LL75 from 12:00-12:50.

You can definitely get a head start on your seminar paper and lower your stress level by attending this informative program.

Fall Hiring Season - Session 2 On Campus Interview "Bidding"

Bidding for Session 2 employers of the on campus interview portion of the Fall Hiring Season begins today.  Currently, there are two employers interested in second-year students and one employer interested in third-year students.  The deadline is Sunday, September 9th.

If you need assistance with your Symplicity account, please contact Debra Reh.

Are You Interested in Public Interest Law?

If you’re interested in public interest law, mark your calendar for the Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair on Friday, October 26 & Saturday, October 27, 2012 in Washington, D.C.  The largest public interest career fair in the country, the EJW Conference gives law students from across the country the opportunity to interview with non-profit and government agencies, network with other public interest-minded law students and attorneys, and attend advising and skill-building workshops.  The registration deadline for submitting resumes is Thursday, September 13.

The Office of Professional Development will host an information session on the EJW Conference on Thursday, September 6 at Noon in room 171 to provide more details, including the opportunity to talk to U of L students who have previously attended the conference. 

ABA Student Staff Writer Position

The ABA's Criminal Justice Section has just started a new committee: the Young Lawyers Committee.  One of the Young Lawyers Committee's new initiatives is to publish a quarterly newsletter targeted toward law students and lawyers in their first five years of practice.

Each issue will include a quarterly review of criminal opinions issued by the various federal circuits.  The goal is to publish a "case summary" for each opinion, organized by circuit.

The Young Lawyers Committee of the ABA's Criminal Justice section is seeking several volunteer law students to serve as "Staff Writers" for this project.  Students will be responsible for monitoring the opinions issued by the particular circuit(s) to which they will be assigned.  For each opinion that impacts  criminal law, the writer will prepare a summary of the relevant facts and the holding of the case.  Summaries should be approximately one paragraph long, with reasonable leeway for more complicated opinions.

A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision is attached.  Applicants should review the case and prepare a case summary as described above.  The summary should then be e-mailed to Michael Dean at mddeanlaw@gmail.com no later than October 15, 2012.  Applicants who have been selected will be contacted shortly thereafter. 

 

Legal advocate for Children, Gail Robinson, dies at age 61

To the Law School Community:
 
The Brandeis School of Law is deeply saddened by the passing away of Gail Robinson. Ms. Robinson was a 1976 graduate of our law school. Ms. Robinson was a long time employee of the Department of Public Advocacy and will be remembered for her numerous contributions but especially for her work with Kentucky’s juvenile law. Ms. Robinson was a tireless advocate for Kentucky’s youth and mentored many attorneys who represented children. Please be sure to read the article in the Courier Journal today that chronicles the many important cases she tried including a case involving the youngest death row inmate in the United States. In fact, many of her cases involved the death penalty. 
 
The Brandeis School of Law is committed to training thoughtful, civic-minded lawyers who play active roles in their communities. Since 1990, all students at the Law School have been required to complete at least thirty hours of public service through the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program. Although Ms. Robinson graduated before this requirement, she dedicated her life to 1) addressing the needs of persons of limited means; 2) securing and protecting civil rights and liberties; and 3) improving the law. The law school is very proud of Ms. Robinson for her unwavering commitment to using her law degree to improve the lives of others. We are grateful for her example of how to lead a life devoted to public service.  She will be missed by many people, and the law school community joins those who mourn the loss of this friend and colleague.
 
Susan Duncan
Interim Dean

New Policy for Posting Flyers for Student Organizations!

In order to have one centralized location to view upcoming student organization-sponsored events for the week and to clear the law school's walls and steps from clutter, we're introducing a new policy for posting Recognized Student Organization (RSO) events. 

Flyers for all RSO and SBA events must be posted on the new cork-board in the Mosaic Lobby.  The board is labeled, "This Week's Events" and will be dedicated to the law school's weekly RSO and SBA events.  Please ensure enough room is left for every RSO having events during the week to add a flyer. For those events that are more than a week away, please continue to post updates and reminders in the Student Orgs daily email.

We think this new policy will be a win-win for everyone.  Students will now have a quick reminder when they walk into the building about events for the week.  Student organizations will save time, money, and energy not having to post 15 flyers around the law building.  The building itself will look less cluttered.  Faculty and staff will not have to remove old flyers.  And, paper will be saved!  We ask for your cooperation with the new policy.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jacob Giesecke, SBA President, or Dean Ballard.