Student News

"How I Spent My Summer Vacation: The Rule of Law in Iraq" - Ilya Shapiro

February 19, 2009, 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Room 175
Sponsored by: Federalist Society
Registration Cost: Free Pizza!!
Ilya Shapiro is a senior fellow in constitutional studies at the Cato Institute and editor-in-chief of the Cato Supreme Court Review. Before joining Cato, he was Special Assistant/Advisor to the Multi-National Force-Iraq on rule of law issues and practiced international, political, commercial, and antitrust litigation at Patton Boggs LLP and Cleary Gottlieb LLP. Shapiro has contributed to a variety of academic, popular, and professional publications, including the L.A. Times, Washington Times, Weekly Standard, Roll Call, National Review Online, and from 2004 to 2007 wrote the "Dispatches from Purple America" column for TCS Daily.com. He also regularly provides commentary on a host of legal and political issues for various TV and radio outlets, including Fox News, CBS, WGN, Voice of America, and American Public Media's "Marketplace." He is also an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School and lectures regularly on behalf of the Federalist Society, The Fund for American Studies, and other educational and professional groups. Before entering private practice, Shapiro clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, while living in Mississippi and traveling around the Deep South. He holds an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School (where he became a Tony Patiño Fellow). Shapiro is a native speaker of English and Russian, is fluent in Spanish and French, and is proficient in Italian and Portuguese.

TYLA/ACOT Regional Trial Competition

The 2008-2009 TYLA/ACOT  Regional Trial Competition is  this weekend, hosted by Michigan State University.  The  U of L/Brandeis School of Law is sending two teams.The team members are  Erin Blake, Matt Stauble and Chris Hoerter, Sam Lee  The team is coached by  Rob Riley and Kimberly Ballard.

New Databases

The University Libraries has subscribed to two new databases, which replace the print journals. Both are provided by EBSCOhost.

Race Relations Abstracts
Includes records covering essential areas related to race relations, including ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.

Urban Studies Abstracts
Includes records covering essential areas related to urban studies: urban affairs, community development, urban history, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.

 

First Year Oral Argument Practice Rounds. Moot Court Membrs--We Need Judges.

Attention Moot Court Members and First Year students:

A sign up sheet has been placed on the door of the moot court board office for practice rounds to the First Year Oral Argument.  All moot court members are asked to sign up as soon as possible to serve as practice round judges.

*First year students are NOT to sign up for practice rounds at this time.  

ATTENTION WOMENS LAW CAUCUS MEMBERS

The Women's Law Caucus is proud to announce a new mentoring partnership with the Women Lawyer's Association.  Each interested WLC member will have the opportunity to have an attorney in the community as a mentor.  The mentoring program is brand new, so the details will be forthcoming.  However, if you are interested, please let us know ASAP because we need to submit a list to the WLA this week!

We need the following information:

*name

*phone number

 *email address

*area of practice you are interested in (can be general, such as civil, criminal, litigation, transactional, etc.)

 

Email this (or put it in my mailbox) to: Jenna Glasscock Johnston.

 

Thanks,

 

Jenna Glasscock Johnston, President, Women's Law Caucus

 

 

Animal Law Moot Court Results

The Animal Law Moot Court Competition was held at Harvard University this past weekend. The University of Louisville sent two moot court teams: Lauren Bean/Rexena Napier and Sarah Haegele/Melissa McHendrix. Additionally, Ebert Haegele competed in the closing argument competition. All competitors performed very well and impressed the judges. Final scores are not out yet, but unofficially both moot court teams went 1-1 against top teams such as Duquesne, Berkeley (Winner of Best Brief), and New Mexico.

Out of 16 teams, only four make the semi-finals and unfortunately neither UofL team advanced among such tough competition. The judges were quite impressed with UofL's preparation. Lauren Bean was complimented on her controlled demeanor and steady pace while delivering her argument. The judges were very complimentary of the policy behind Rexena Napier's argument and her quick responses to their questions. Sarah Haegele impressed the judges with her poise and ability to remain relaxed under intense pressure. The judges complimented Melissa McHendrix on her ability to withstand difficult questioning while choosing her battles wisely and refocusing the judges on her core argument.

"Daddy, they shot the dogs," uttered Ebert Haegele dramatically to begin his closing argument about two family pets that were shot. He did this in front of six jury members from the Harvard Law Community. Ebert impressed them with his level of preparation and all thought his argument was very logical. They also loved his visual aids (they looked like a million bucks). In a battle where mere points separated the competitors, Ebert was not able to advance to the finals. Overall, the University of Louisville was very well represented by this group of competitors who garnered the respect of many in the animal law community over the weekend.

Be sure to congratulate these fine competitors for their tremendous effort and preparation. Special thanks to Professors Marcosson, Liebson, and Cross for their help in the team's preparation.

 

Student Kudos

Everyone should know about the extraordinary service of two of our students, Barry Dunn and Johnna Spicer and a recent graduate, Justin Fowles. Barry, Johnna and Justin organized and implemented a two-day mock interview program for our 1L students. 

The first day, led by Johnna, was held at the law school and involved 2Ls and 3Ls interviewing our 1Ls. This was the first professional interview for many of our first year students and excellent practice for the second day of the mock interview program.   The second day, led by Barry and Justin, involved the LBA Young Lawyers interviewing our 1Ls at the offices of Frost Brown Todd.

One of our 1Ls, Teresa Kenyon, told me that she had an actual interview the following Monday and having interviewed  the previous Friday and Saturday contributed to the success of the real interview a day later.

According to Holly Hudelson, another 1L participant, it can sometimes be hard to talk about yourself.  "The more you do it, however,  the more comfortable you become."  Holly's last professional interview was three years ago.

~Kathy Urbach, Assistant Dean Career Services and Public Service 
The program was excellent.  I was one who was unsure about BigLaw because I didn't know what to expect about the environment.  And, although our event Saturday didn't give a real glimpse into the world of BigLaw, it certainly inspired me nonetheless.  The attorneys I interviewed with were awesome and they gave me excellent feedback that I could implement immediately and benefit from.  I've already written them both thank you letters and let them know that I hope they will continue to support this SBA effort because it had such an impact on me and really to every fellow classmate that I have spoken with about it.  I believe the experience both with the students on Friday and the attorneys on Saturday will prove to make a huge difference in my interview skills when it counts.  I feel much more confident after these rounds of mock interviews and I would certainly recommend the experience to all future 1L's.  You guys did an awesome job!  Thanks again.

Best, Kimberley Gant, 1L

Law Review Symposium

The 2d Annual University of Louisville Law Review Symposium will be held at the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, February 20, 2009. 

This year's topic is "First Amendment Issues in Emerging Technology" and will feature key note speaker, Dean David Partlett from Emory University School of Law. 

Other guests include: Dean Blake Morant--Wake Forest University School of Law, Prof. Paul Secunda--Marquette University School of Law, Eric Segall--Georgia State University College of Law, Dean James M. Chen--University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Prof. Deborah Lipstadt--Emory University, Dr. Prof. Udo Fink--Johannes Gutenburg University (Mainz, Germany), Prof. Arnold Loewy--Texas Tech University School of Law, Prof. Russell L. Weaver--University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Prof. Ellen Podgor--Stetson University School of Law, and Ilya Shapiro--Cato Institute.

Topics covered will include:
      "Advances in Speech Technology and the Implications for Society"
      "The Shifting Nature of Speech Technology"
      "Regulating 'Hate Speech' & Holocaust Denial"
      "Regulating Other Potentially Harmful Speech"

General Admission (includes lunch) is $25. Admission with 6 hours CLE credit is $125.

The registration table will open at 8:00am for materials pick-up and check-in.  Attendees may also register online at: http://www.alumniconnections.com/olc/pub/ULS/eventcal/eventcal.cgi

For more information, please contact Christopher McDavid at ctmcda01@louisville.edu or Heather Stone at hlston01@louisville.edu.

Photo Gallery

A DISCUSSION - MARRIAGE, THE CONSTITUTION AND THE MODERN AGE

February 9, 2009, 11:50am – 12:50pm
Room 175
Sponsored by: Federalist Society
Registration Cost: Free Lunch (and not just pizza!)
Prof. John Baker of Louisiana State University Law School and Prof. Sam Marcosson of the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law will discuss and take questions about the Constitutional implications regarding same-sex marriage.  This is an open event and all are welcome.

Winterscape

Law Library Exterior
This beautiful photo of the back side of the law library was taken by Professor Judith Fischer
during the winter storm of January 2009. Jouett Hall appears in the reflection.