You are invited to attend a lecture by The University of Kansas School of Law professor Andrew Torrance. Professor Torrance will be presenting his paper entitled "Patents and Regress in the Useful Arts" on Thursday, October 9, at 12:00 p.m. in the Cox Lounge. Lunch will be provided.
Professor Torrance developed a computer "patent game" that tests the effectiveness of the patent system on innovation, and his paper addresses the results. In addition to presenting his paper, Professor Torrance will demonstrate the patent game and allow audience members to play the game.
Professor Torrance is a graduate of Harvard Law School with a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University and a B.S. from Queen's University. Upon graduating from Harvard, Professor Torrance practiced biotechnology patent law at Fish and Richardson LLC, the world's largest intellectual property law firm. Before accepting a position at Kansas, he served as inhouse Patent Counsel at Inverness Medical Innovations, a biotechnology company headquartered in Boston, and he also taught "Biodiversity: Science, Policy, and Law" at Harvard. He conducts research in intellectual property, patent law, biotechnology, bioethics, environmental law, biodiversity, and conservation, and has presented his research worldwide. His research has also appeared in multiple journals including the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, the Kansas Law Review, and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. The paper that he will be presenting this week has been accepted for publication by the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review.
A wine and cheese reception will be held at Waterfront Park Place on Thursday evening in honor of Professor Torrance. Please contact Mari-Elise Gates at email@example.com if you are interested in attending.
Thanks to all who attended and/or contributed to making Lawlapalooza 2008 a great success. We don't have dollar totals computed yet, but last night's event may have set a new record. The winning bands were The Frank Galvin Experience (first place), 100% Legal (second place), and the law school's own Elvis Cardozo and the Attractive Nuisances (third place).
Many thanks, also, to all the students who attended. We had a great turnout. As an aside, if you're looking for a cheap, humorous Halloween costume idea, Dean Becker has a gently used pair of parachute pants for sale.
Lawlapalooza 2008, the Louisville law community's 4th annual battle of the bands, is tonight at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the first band begins at 6:30.
The Faculty Resource Center, in room 272, still has plenty of student tickets available -- just five bucks each, limit of two per student -- but they will only be available there until 12 noon today. After that, students must purchase tickets at the door (same price, same limit) and present a valid student ID card. General admission tickets are $25 at the door.
Lawlapalooza benefits the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which provides summer fellowships for Louisville Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestive violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.
Come on out for fun, fellowship and great music -- and have a laugh at Professor Smith and Deans Hall and Becker.
The Academic Support workshop on outlining and flowcharting will be presented on Wednesday, October 1 from 1-2 p.m. and Tuesday, October 7, from 5-6 p.m. Both sessions are in Room 060.
The Moot Court Board has tenatively finalized the list of external competitions that the law school will participate in during the 2008-2009 year. The list is provided here to inform all 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students of the remaining opportunities to tryout and compete in a competition. This list does not include any competitions for which the teams have already been selected. If you have interest in a competition that is not included on the list please contact the VP for External Competitions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Competition Location Comp Dates
Animal Rights Harvard 6-8 Feb 09
ABA Negotiation (regional) Ohio State 8-9 Nov 08
Client Counseling (regional) Toronto 7-8 Feb 09
Entertainment Law Cardozo (NYC) 5-8 Mar 09
Environmental Law Pace Law School 19-21 Feb 09
Immigration NYU 19-22 Feb 09
Labor Law NY Law School 11-15 Mar 09
National Security Law G Washington Univ 21-22 Feb 09
National Trial (regional) Michigan State 20-22 Feb 09
Securities Fordham 3-5 Apr 09
Tax St. Pete Beach 4-8 Feb 09
Trademark (regional) Chicago 7-Feb-09
The Minority Law Students Dinner, hosted by Judge Denise Clayton, has been rescheduled and will be held Friday, November 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Please RSVP by emailing Christie Floyd at email@example.com. Directions will follow.