Student News

Changes in the 2011-12 Course and Exam Schedules

There are a small handful of changes in the 2011-12 course and exam schedules that may affect your course selection and/or registration. 
 
First, Intellectual Property in Fall 2011 will now have a final exam scheduled for Tuesday, December 6, at 1:00 p.m.  The Fall 2011 Intellectual Property class will be taught by an adjunct professor (yet to be finalized), because Professor Cross will be the Associate Dean for Student Life next year. 
 
Second, the Spring 2012 Intellectual Property Licensing and Transfer class, which Professor Cross would have taught, has been removed from the schedule.  It is very likely that we will find an adjunct to teach it, but it may be on an entirely different day and/or at an entirely different time. 
 
Third, Professor Render's Fall 2011 Evidence classes will have a required casebook after all, despite what appeared in an earlier version of the Course Notes. 
 
Fourth, a few courses have changed section numbers (mostly all seminars), so please look at the April 1, 2011 version of the schedule before registering. 
 
Fifth, make-up exams have been added to the Fall 2011 exam schedule.
 
New 4/1/11 versions of the Fall 2011 course schedule, the Fall 2011 exam schedule, the Fall 2011 course notes, and the Spring 2012 course schedule are now available on the Law School website (Academics - Resources - Class Schedules).
 
If you have any questions, please email Dean Arnold, tony.arnold@louisville.edu.  He will be out of the office April 4, 5, 6, and 8, but will be checking email every evening and will be in the office on April 7.  Thank you.

Professional Development Property Panel

Four distinguished local attorneys who practice in the property law area will be panelists on careers in property -- focusing on land use and real estate transactions on Thursday, April 7, 5:30-7:00 in Room 275.  
The attorneys are Fred Joseph (Stites & Harbison, a transactional lawyer focusing all aspects of real estate law including complex real estate transactions), Stephen Porter (known for his work on neighborhood preservation), Sharon Hardy (Weber & Rose, whose practice includes complex commercial real estate transactions), and Steph Horne (Pitt & Frank, whose work focuses on the detailed nature of title examination, processing, and closing in residential real estate transactions).  Speakers will discuss not only their work, but how they chose the career path and how new lawyers can chart their course. More information about the speakers may be found on the event's calendar.
Pizza will be provided.

Congratulations to the 2011-2012 JLE Editorial Board!

The Journal of Law and Education is pleased to announce the 2011-2012 editorial board.  Congratulations to all!

Editor-in-Chief: Cathy Barnes

Notes Editor: David Erhart

Notes Editor: Greg Mayes

Supervising Editor (Articles): Amber Gratz

Supervising Editor (Cases): Nicole Maddox

Articles Editor: Reed Troutman

Constitutional Law Editor: Nancy Vinsel

Disability and Harassment Editor: Brandi Melvin

Employment Editor: Michael Brenyo

Student Loans and Litigation Editor: Sarah Potter

Torts Editor: Natalie Smith

Policy and Procedure Editor: Reed Troutman

Arbitration Moot Court Competition

Are you interested in participating in an arbitration competition?  The American Bar Association Law Student Division hosts one.  The regionals will be held in November.  The finals will be held January.  More information is available at online.
 
If you are interested in competing on the four member team, please fill out the attached candidacy form, and submit it, a statement of interest, and a copy of your resume to Professor Levinson in room 285. Or you may leave them in the marked folder on the Moot Court Board Office door.  Please also sign up for an interview time on the sign-up sheet on the Moot Court Board Office door. Be sure to submit your materials and sign up for an interview by Friday, April 1. During your interview, you will be asked to give a ten minute summation on behalf of Pearson from the case file of last year’s competition, which is also attached to this announcement.

If you have any questions, please email Elisabeth Fitzpatrick.

 

Trademark Team Takes National Championship!

Marilyn Osborn and Whitney True are the 2011 Lefkowitz Trademark National champions!  They received the award for best overall team out of 78 teams after competing at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on March 26th.  They were commended on their presence, poise, and command of the issues.  The team was coached by Jack Wheat, '79, of Stites and Harbison and will be recognized by the International Trademark Association this spring.   Please join the Moot Court Board in congratulating them!

Ms. Osborn also competed at the Trademark Moot Court Competition at Oxford Univeristy, England March 18-20. She was profiled in a feature at UofL Today, "Law students to compete at Oxford University" (March 29, 2011). 

Related news: "UofL students win national moot court contest" (Courier-journal.com, March 30, 2011)

Barbri Table Day - TODAY!

Today, 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.

Fulbright and You

Don't doubt! You really can win a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship (sponsored by the U.S. State Department). Spend a year, all expenses included, in any country in the world pursuing an LL.M, an M.A. or M.S., or another law-related academic project. You can learn a new language and network for globetrotting law positions. Please join us for free pizza and a distinguished panel to hear how you can make this happen.

Monday, April 4 at 12:10 in room 075.

FREE PIZZA

2011 -2012 Moot Court Board Selected

Congratulations to the 2011 - 2012 Moot Court Board:

President                                Sarah Potter

VP Administration                 Jenn Siewertsen

VP External Competitions    Thomas Stevens

VP Internal Competitions      Eric Johnson 

VP Public Relations               Stephanie Loper

 Please join the MCB in congratulating them as they transition into their new roles.

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