Student News

Louisville Law T-Shirts for Sale

The SBA is selling Louisville Law t-shirts on Thursday, August 18 from 11:30am-1:30pm in the lobby.  The t-shirts are available in red, black, and gray and are $15 each.  They are American Apparrel brand and are available in men's and women's style.  The payment and order form is due by Friday, August 19.  If you are unable to purchase a shirt in the lobby on Thursday, but would like to purchase one, please email Kristie Wetterer at to make arrangements.  Please see the attachment for the t-shirt design.  

Welcome Professor Sweeny

JoAnne Sweeny comes to Louisville from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law where she was a Westerfield Fellow and taught legal research and writing as well as a seminar in comparative constitutional law. She also recently completed her PhD in law at Queen Mary, University of London. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Criminology from the University of California at Irvine. After graduating Order of the Coif from the University of Southern California Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Ferdinand F. Fernandez at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Sweeny then practiced as an employment litigator at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP before venturing further into academia. While at Queen Mary, Professor Sweeny taught British constitutional law and legal writing skills to first year law students.

Professor Sweeny's research interests are wide-ranging but focus mainly on the problem of how law cannot keep up with technology or changing historical circumstances. Her current scholarly pursuits include international constitutional law, criminal law and legal history. Professor Sweeny is currently researching criminal law issues such potential constitutional challenges to the prosecution of teenagers under child pornography laws because they have "sexted" each other nude or erotic photos of themselves. Her most recent publication, "The United Kingdom's Human Rights Act: Using its Past to Predict its Future" is a comparative constitutional law piece that uses legal history techniques and social science theories such as Rational Choice Theory and Social Movement Theory to analyze the factors that led to the creation of the Human Rights Act in the UK and may also lead to its repeal in the near future. Her past articles have focused on emerging wage and hour problems that result from the practical problems of modern working situations, as well as the civil procedure issues inherent in the imposition of appellate sanctions for frivolous appeals.

Professor Sweeny begins teaching classes in the Fall 2011 semester.

Orientation Community Service Is a Success!

On August 12, 117 first-year law students participated in the community service day component of orientation. That equates to 90% participation!  They were joined by 8 upper-division law students, 6 staff members, and 8 faculty members.

The volunteers lent a helping hand at 10 non-profit organizations, including  Catholic Charities, Dare to Care Food Bank, Family Scholar House, Habitat for Humanity, Hosparus of Louisville, Masonic Homes, New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter, Operation Brightside, Ronald McDonald House, and St. Vincent de Paul.

Fall Semester Library Hours

Beginning Monday, August 15, the law library returns to its regular schedule. Ekstrom returns to its regular schedule on Monday, August 22.


1L Daily Prize Drawing

Our Daily Docket winner today is Mia Walters, who must come to Dean Ballard's office today, Tuesday, August 16, before 5:00 p.m., to claim her UofL Law polo shirt.  Congratulations Ms. Walters!

Academic Success Tip - Start Your Day Early and On Time

The work day typically begins between 8:00 and 9:00 AM and so should your study day.  A good rule of thumb is to spend three hours studying (outside of class) for every hour of class time.  This translates into 45 hours per week studying pre-class and post-class (30 to 38 hours if you are in the part-time program).  Considering the number of hours you will spend studying, it may not be possible to get everything done in the evening, even if you are a "night owl."  Night time studying may have worked in college  because you rarely spent 40 to 50 hours preparing for classes.  So, try to start your study day early and work during the daylight hours.

Last day to add a class or change to an audit

Friday, August 19, is the last day to add a class or change to an audit.  Be sure to check the academic calendar for refund dates.

Fall Semester Printing Allocation

Each currently enrolled student has been allocated 500 pages of printing credit for the Fall 2011 semester.  Please check your printing balance (on campus only; ULink user name and password required) to ensure that you received your allocation.  If your available balance is less than 500 pages, please e-mail Dean Becker.  Please include your ULink user name in the e-mail.

Student Writing Competition :: Entries due August 15, 2011

A student writing competition is being organized in conjunction with the annual symposium convened by the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri School of Law. This year’s symposium is entitled “Border Skirmishes: The Intersection Between Litigation and International Commercial Arbitration”.

The competition is sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) North American Branch and offers a $300 prize to the competition winner. The winner may also have his or her winning submission published in the Journal of Dispute Resolution along with other symposium papers.

Please visit the Border Skirmishes web site for additional information about the competition.

SBA Orientation Social - Friday, August 12

The SBA is hosting an Orientation Social on Friday, August 12 from 8:30pm - 11:30pm at Molly Malone's on Baxter Avenue.  All law students, faculty, and staff are invited and are welcome to bring a guest.  There will be food and drinks provided. Please join the SBA in welcoming the incoming 1Ls!  We look forward to seeing you there.