Student News

First Year Oral Advocacy Competition Quarterfinals

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the Opening Round of the First Year Oral Advocacy Competition on Monday, April 4.  The Moot Court judges were impressed with the high quality of arguments throughout the day, which made selecting the top eight competitors a challenge. 
 
Congratulations to the following individuals who will advance on to the quarterfinals on Wednesday, April 6 at the times listed below: 
 
5:00:  Dana Eberle-Peay v. Samantha Constantine
5:45:  Paige Hamby v. Steve Damron
6:30:  Jamie Jackson v. Jacob Ford
7:15:  Brittany Hampton v. Matt Doran
 
Please come out and support your classmates.  The quarters will be judged by local practicing attorneys.

Wechsler Moot Court Team Advances to Semi-Finals

Congratulations to Jared Sawyer (3L) and Jennifer Siewertsen (2L) on advancing to the semi-Finals in the 2011 Herbert Wechsler Criminal Law Competition in Buffalo, NY this past weekend! Jared and Jennifer, coached by local attorneys Dave Harshaw and Ted Shouse, '99, were one of only 8 teams out of the 26 competing to advance to the quarter-finals. The team defeated Valparaiso University School of Law to move onto the Final Four but lost to the eventual Champion. The team was praised for their professionalism, organization and speaking style. Congratulations Jared and Jennifer!

Central High School Moot Court Team Wins National Competition

Joshua Puckett, a senior in the Law and Government Magnet at Central High School, won the National Championship at the Marshall-Brennan National Moot Court Competition held in Philadelphia April 2-3.  His teammate and classmate, Mashayla Hays, was the runner-up.  This the first time in the history of the tournament that one school had two of the four finalists, much less finishing as the two most outstanding speakers in the entire competition.

The Central team was made up four outstanding seniors, all of whom made it to the tournament’s semi-final round.  Besides Joshua and Mashayla, the other two semi-finalists representing Central were Hau Duc Le and Chania Coleman.  The team was coached by Professor Sam Marcosson of the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville, and two law school students, Cennet Kocakulah Braun and Lena Nash Seward.  They work with the students as one component of the School of Law’s partnership with Central’s Law and Government Magnet, and as part of the broader national Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.  The Moot Court Competition brings together students from various Marshall-Brennan programs sponsored by law schools around the country, giving high school students the opportunity to put into practice the lessons about the constitutional rights they have learned throughout the year, and argue an actual case involving students’ rights under the First Amendment.

"Joshua and Mashayla were tremendous. The judges couldn’t have been more impressed with their knowledge of the cases and the law, or with their poise in answering questions," Professor Marcosson said about their final round performance.  "The coaches from other schools were just as complimentary."


The team was supported by the tireless commitment of the teacher of the Law and Government Magnet program at Central, Joe Gutmann, and Professor Laura Rothstein, who co-ordinates the law school’s partnership with the Magnet, and by  Central’s principal, Dr. Dan Withers. In addition, they got vital help from a number of volunteer attorneys who participated in practice rounds, and made generous donations to help finance the trip to Philadelphia. Several members of the Women Lawyers Association also contributed to the trip costs.   Emily Zahn, '08, of Dinsmore & Shohl, in particular, not only contributed herself but also coordinated significant fundraising efforts at her law firm.  

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Barristers' Ball Raffle

The following students won in our Barristers' Ball Raffle:

1. iPod shuffle - Leah Hart
2. iPod shuffle - Brad Hall
3. iTunes $15 gift card - Sam Constantine
4. iTunes $15 gift card - Sarah Potter
5. UofL cooler - Josh Wong
6. UofL fitted hat and bottle koozie - Ryan Wood
7. UofL t-shirt and can koozie - David Erhart
 
Congratulations and please contact Stephanie Loper (stephanie.loper@yahoo.com) to collect your prize.

  

Christian Law Society Lunch

Come join us for our final lunch of the year. Mr. Mark Franklin, a local lawyer, will be coming to speak to us. Everyone is welcome.

Registration Forms are Due on April 6

All summer and fall advising forms, Pre-Registration Permissions forms, and employment cards are due in the Student Records Office by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6.  Registration Instructions are posted at http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/registration-forms.

Barristers' Ball Info

Do not forget that Barristers' Ball is this Friday, April 8 at the Henry Clay building downtown from 8 p.m. until 12 p.m.  We are anticipating a huge turnout so make sure to get your tickets soon!  Tickets can be purchased from SBA Class Representatives for $20 each, Tuesday through Thursday.  On Friday, tickets will cost $30.  I hope to see you there!  

Does your organization need MONEY?

Time is running out to apply for Club Programming Committee (CPC) Funds for Summer and Fall 2011 events!  The deadline is April 7th at 3:00 p.m
 
CPC monies are intended to afford recognized student organizations the opportunity to contribute to the quality of campus life by sponsoring special events and programs that may not be possible without this financial assistance.  The CPC guidelines and application are available at the following web address: 
 
If you have any questions about submitting an application, contact Stephanie Loper at stephanie.loper@yahoo.com.

Restorative Justice: A Better Method for Healing the Harm

Immigration Debate Wednesday

Time: 3:45pm – 4:45pm, Wednesday, 4/6
Place: Room 175

Mr. Ilya Shapiro from the Cato Institute and Becca O'Neill, a local immigration attorney, will engage in a debate about immigration policy. Professor Luke Milligan will moderate the debate. 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!