Student News

KY Women's Book Festival Connects Authors and Readers

Kentucky women writers and their readers will gather at the University of Louisville’s Ekstrom Library later this month to discuss the nuts and bolts of writing and publishing.

The Kentucky Women’s Book Festival, now in its fifth year, will be held May 21. University Libraries and the Women’s Center present the festival.

“It’s really an extension of the university’s community-wide focus on literacy, and the fact that the festival is free and open to the public gives everyone the chance to attend,” said Robin Harris, KWBF co-chair and a UofL law librarian.

Here are some highlights from this year’s event:

  • Alanna Nash, journalist and biographer, will give the opening talk. Nash’s latest book, “Baby, Let’s Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him,” is the first book to focus solely on the singer’s complex relationships with women. Her other books have been about Jessica Savitch, Dolly Parton and Col. Tom Parker, Elvis’ manager. Nash also has written for national entertainment and news publications. She lives in Louisville.
  • Tania James, author and film maker, will present the keynote talk at lunch. James’ debut novel, “Atlas of Unknowns,” is about sisterhood and deals with the pressures of cultural experiences played out in family life. The novel was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. James grew up in Louisville and lives in Washington, D.C.
  • Sena Jeter Naslund, author of “Abundance, a Novel of Marie Antoinette,” “Ahab’s Wife,” “Four Spirits” and “Adam & Eve,” will present the closing talk. Naslund is UofL’s writer-in-residence and program director of Spalding University’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. She also lives in Louisville.

Besides these talks, the schedule includes workshops on such topics as writing plays and blogs and getting published. There also will be opportunities for book signing and informal networking.

The festival opens at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The lunch session is the only one that requires registration and has a charge. Registration for it is required by Tuesday, May 17, and can be made by calling the UofL Women’s Center at 502-852-8976. The cost is $16. Students who register for the conference will receive a complimentary box lunch.

Festival sponsors are the UofL Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality, the UofL Commission on the Status of Women, Women Who Write and Class Act federal credit union.

Law librarians, Robin Harris and Virginia Mattingly are members of the KWBF planning committee.

Reprinted with permision from UofL Today (May 3, 2011).


Thursday, May 19 is the last day to receive 100% refund.  If you registered for a summer class and decided not to attend, you must with draw from your class or you will be charged tuition for that class.

Please check the attached academic schedul for other refund dates.


Thursday, May 19 is the last day to add a summer class.  If you have questions, please contact Dean Bean or Barbara Thompson.

JAEL Application Deadline Extended

Due to technical difficulties with TWEN online submissions, the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law Editorial Board has extended its deadline for applications. If interested, please email the following to Brittany McKenna by Thursday, May 19th at 11pm: Applicant Information Sheet, JAEL Application, Writing Sample. 


Fall 2011 Written Advocacy Class Canceled

Written Advocacy Seminar (Prof. Jones) in Fall 2011 regrettably has been canceled due to insufficient enrollment.  If you need assistance with your course registration, please see Ms. Barbara Thompson, and if you need advice about your schedule, please see Dean Arnold, Dean Bean, or Ms. Ballard.

Law School Active in Community Engagement

The Office of Community Engagement's 2005-2010 Progress Report contained a couple of noteworthy articles that pertain to the law school's involvement in its community.

Law School Delivers Justice and Service (page 14)

The Brandeis School of Law is an outstanding example of how UofL’s academic units support the area. Its long history of community engagement includes several public service initiatives, supported by the school’s Samuel L. Greenbaum Public Service Program, in which law students serve at wills clinics, family law clinics and Latino law clinics, volunteer at community centers, in income tax assistance programs and more. The UofL Law Clinic in downtown Louisville is also having a major impact on the community. The clinic is staffed by third-year law students and provides free legal assistance under the supervision of clinic director Shelley Santry, a UofL law professor and former prosecutor in the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office. Since opening its doors in spring 2009, the clinic has handled more than 100 cases, from Emergency Protective Order hearings to divorces and evictions. “There simply is no better way to learn the law than handling real cases and representing real clients,” says law school dean Jim Chen.

C is for Central High School (page 20)

The university also reaches out to area youth through its longest-running school-based partnership, the Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program. UofL law students teach law courses at the high school under the direction of Central teacher Joe Gutmann, who is also a UofL alumnus. Each year about 15 to 25 UofL students participate. Along with teaching assistance, UofL provides mentoring, tutoring and education programs by faculty and members of the legal community.  


Notice about traffic and parking changes beginning May 17

Beginning Monday, May 16, UofL will start an intensive renovation project on The Oval in front of Grawemeyer Hall.  This project will necessitate significant changes to traffic patterns and to parking in this area. 

Beginning May 17, The Oval will become a two-way street, and signs will be posted to direct traffic to the Natural Sciences and Law lots. Traffic patterns will change several times before the project's expected completion on Aug. 15.

Reminder: Law Review Applications Due Wednesday

Just a reminder: Applications for membership on the 2011-2012 University of Louisville Law Review are due by Wednesday, May 11th by 9 pm outside the Law Review office, room 238. Applications are available in the Student Resource Center.

Law Review members fulfill their writing requirement through successful completion of their student note and, beginning next year, first year members will receive 2 hours of academic credit for their membership.  All are encouraged to apply. If you have questions, you can contact Elisabeth Fitzpatrick or JD Theiss.

National Law Students Workers' Rights Conference - October 14-15, 2011 in Silver Spring, MD

What:             NATIONAL LAW STUDENTS WORKERS' RIGHTS                         CONFERENCE

When:           October 14 & 15, 2011 - SAVE THE DATE!

Where:          National Labor College, Silver Spring, MD

Keynote:      Elizabeth Shuler, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO

Deadline:     August 25 if you ask The Peggy Browning Fund            to pay for airfare. 

                       September 29 for all others.

Registration will open in July.

Brochure:    Conference brochures and registration forms will be available in July.

More Info:    Watch our website for more details in the coming months –

Students, if you are interested in attending, please let Professor Levinson - or Debra Reh - know.  You will be added to a list and provided with information about the conference as we receive it.   

Last Chance to Apply for New Research Fellowship

The Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville seeks a second- or third-year law student to conduct an analysis/comparison of existing local court rules related to family matters across the state.  The local rules in some jurisdictions are available online; others must be obtained from the local courts.  The analysis will compare rules in each section of practice (DNA, custody/visitation, domestic violence, etc.) with each other and with new unified family court rules of procedure and practice that have been submitted to the Supreme Court of Kentucky for approval. 

Funding for 400 hours at $10/hour, to be completed by 3/31/12, has been approved.  Similar funding may be available the subsequent year to do a similar analysis of new local rules which jurisdictions will revise to conform to the new unified family court rules.

To apply:  Send a resume, transcript and writing sample to Professor Shelley Santry by Wednesday, May 11