July 12, 2009
Your Student Bar Association (SBA) President, Victor Revill, and the SBA Vice President who is the liaison for orientation, Rachel Carmona, have written a letter to you about the Community Service Day for Orientation 2009 (see below). They are right that we hope your Community Service Day will be the most rewarding segment of the week.
Soon we'll be posting the service opportunities available and asking that you indicate your first three choices. We'll provide information about each project: the specific time; the organization and where it's located; whether the location is on the bus line; what the activity is; and how many students will be assigned to the activity. All but one of the service activities will take place on Friday, August 14 (Habitat had to be scheduled for Saturday, August 15). We'll give you your assignment during orientation, along with any other needed information.
Rachel and other student leaders have put together a great list of projects and we'll try to put you with one of the projects you request. And in addition to your classmates, some of the upper-level students, faculty members, and staff members will be participating.
Finally, another member of our student family is planning, on behalf of your class, a service project that can involve all of you. Her letter will be posted soon, but the project will be to collect cleaning supplies for the Family Scholar House, http://www.projectwomen.org/. We'll ask each of you to bring an item or two to orientation, and then one of our projects will be to assemble baskets to take to the Family Scholar House. Watch for details!
Kathleen S. Bean
Professor of Law
Associate Dean, Student Life
FROM THE OFFICE OF THE
STUDENT BAR ASSOCIATION
July 10, 2009
University of Louisville
Brandeis School of Law
2301 South 3rd Street
Louisville, KY 40292
You are about to embark on a fruitful journey. During your tenure at Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, you will learn about your rights and how to protect them. You will learn about service, but, most importantly, you will learn how to become a better servant to others.
Justice Louis D. Brandeis once said, "If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable." In making the law respectable, we must serve others, so that they may see our example and make similar choices. We are hopeful that this principle will be an element of the foundation of your practice.
On Friday, August 14, 2009, we will have "Community Service Day" during your Orientation as a "1L" at the law school. We hope that it will be the most rewarding segment of the week. You have the opportunity to choose which community service event you would like to be involved in. We ask that you start off your legal career by joining your fellow classmates in a day of service.
Congratulations on being accepted into our prestigious law school and we look forward to fellowshipping with you when you arrive.
Student Bar Association President
Student Bar Association Vice President
Dear First Year Students:
Right now the School of Law staff members are busy planning your orientation program, which will take place on August 11, 12, 13 and 14.
Tuesday, August 11, will include a welcome program in the morning to which friends and family are invited. Later in the day, you'll get your campus picture IDs, attend a law school IT training session, get a tour of the campus and law building, get your locker keys, and do other nuts and bolts sorts of things.
On Wednesday, August 12, you will attend several information sessions designed to prepare you for academic success in your first year of law school.
Thursday, August 13, will include a class on Contracts (your assignments will be sent in advance) and an opportunity to meet your professors.
And Friday, August 14, is your opportunity to participate in Orientation 2009 Community Service Day. Your Student Bar Association officers have planned a number of service events and we hope you'll all choose to participate. The community of Louisville will benefit from these projects but you'll benefit too, in two ways: you'll feel good about your volunteer work and you'll get to know your workmates, i.e., your classmates and upper-level students, along with some faculty and staff members. We'll have everything from litter pick-up in the park to serving meals at a shelter to painting walls at an animal rescue center to assembling care baskets for the Louisville Scholar house, a residential complex that offers affordable housing, education and child care for single-parents.
And there's more. So check back here for details and we'll keep you posted as plans progress.
Kathleen S. Bean
Professor of Law
Associate Dean, Student Life
On Saturday, May 9, members of the law school's Class of 2009 were awarded their Juris Doctor degrees at a ceremony that was held at the Brown Theater in Louisville, KY. Senator Mitch McConnell delivered the convocation address.
On the previous evening, Friday, May 8, members of the law school's graduating class came together with family and friends to be recognized for their work in law school and to celebrate the completion of this phase in their education.
The law school has a rich history of both academic excellence and service to the community. Our graduates exemplify these characteristics. We are proud to honor them at the close of their education.
Programs & Photo Galleries
- 2009 Graduation Ceremony
- Black Law Students Association Convocation
- Graduation Reception
- Graduates' Awards Program
The Law School is delighted to announce that Kimberly K. Ballard will return to her alma mater as director of academic support. Kimberly will design and implement an academic support program to help students develop the skills necessary for success in law school, on the bar exam, and in practice. She will begin work on June 1.
Kimberly graduated magna cum laude from the Law School in 2004. She also holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Louisville. She joins the Law School after having served as an associate in the law firm of Stites & Harbison. As a member of that firm's torts and insurance service group, Kimberly has represented product manufacturers in mass tort litigation and physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation. She has regularly served as a judge for oral advocacy competitions at the Law School. In addition, she coaches the University of Louisville's mock trial team, which won the regional competition in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2006.