Student News

Join SALDF For Lunch!

Join SALDF for Lunch on Monday, April 13th! SALDF will be grilling veggie burgers and hot dogs in the Law School Lobby starting at 12pm. Meals include a veggie burger or hot dog, chips, drink and dessert! We know you need your strength to study for finals, so join us for lunch! Veggie Burger Meal  - $3, Veggie Hot Dog Meal - $2. We will also be selling Puppy Palooza 2009 t-shirts for $10! They're so cute we just know you'll want one!

Everybody Loves a Bake Sale!

Members and friends of Lambda Law Caucus are having a bake sale on Wednesday, April 15 to benefit the Class of 2009 gift funding a scholarship in memory of Andrew Young.  The sale will go from 10am until 2pm in the lobby, or until the goods are gone.  Come share sugary buttery deliciousness for a good cause. 

Join SALDF For Lunch!!

Join SALDF for Lunch on Monday, April 13th! SALDF will be grilling veggie burgers and hot dogs in the Law School Lobby starting at 12pm. Meals include a veggie burger or hot dog, chips, drink and dessert! We know you need your strength to study for finals, so join us for lunch! Veggie Burger Meal  - $3, Veggie Hot Dog Meal - $2. We will also be selling Puppy Palooza 2009 t-shirts for $10! They're so cute we just know you'll want one! 

Dogs (And Their People) Go Wild For Puppy Palooza!

Puppy Palooza 2009, presented by the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, was a success on Sunday, April 5th. Dogs and the people they brought along with them were able to enjoy games, food, door prizes, information and fun! We were able to raise both awareness and money for the Animal Care Society, Alley Cat Advocates and SALDF. We would like to thank everyone who attended and donated! We would also like to thank the SALDF members who made the event a success! We can't wait to see you at Puppy Palooza 2010!





SALDF Thanks All Those Who Made A Difference at the Animal Care Society!!


The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund would like to thank all those who participated in Community Service Day at the Animal Care Society. All those in attendance worked hard, had fun, and made a difference for the animals at the shelter. We appreciate all your help!! 







Journal of Animal & Environmental Law Applications Available

Applications for the Journal of Animal & Environmental Law are available in the basement by the student mailboxes or on TWEN under the course "Journal of Animal and Environmental Law."  The JAEL's main criteria for membership are excellent writing skills, strong interest, and good academic standing.  Therefore, candidates for membership will be evaluated on the quality of a submitted writing sample and a statement of interest. Positions are available for students who will be 2L's, 3L's, and 4L's during the 2009-2010 academic year.  We encourage both day and evening students to apply. While 1L's are asked to submit either the First Year Open Memo or Brief, 2L's and 3L's may submit a more recent document as a writing sample. Instructions for submission are provided on the applications. The deadline for hard copy applications is May 1st at 3pm while the deadline for applications submitted via TWEN is May 2nd at 11pm. We can't wait to read your application!

Law Clinic Open House and Reception

Central High School Moot Court Team Members The UofL Law Clinic Open House and Reception showcases the UofL Law Clinic, an initiative that enables the law school to refocus legal education as a primarily (or even exclusively) classroom-based endeavor into an active, hands-on enterprise of learning by doing.


We'd like to thank all the members of the Louisville legal community, alumni, faculty, staff and students who shared in this celebration.

University of Louisville Law Clinic students, from left: Dustin Thacker, Becca O'Neill, Chad Reid, Christopher McDavid, Caroline Pieroni, Amy Jay. Photo credit: Robert Pieroni
Professor Lars Smith, Dean Jim Chen and the incoming Clinic Director Shelley Santry enjoy the reception.
Becca O'Neill and her classmates present gifts to their instructors Stewart Pope, Legal Aid Advocacy Director, and Lars Smith, University of Louisville Professor and Samuel J. Stallings Chair in Law.
Guests enjoy the conversation and live music, compliments of Middleton Reutlinger and Stites & Harbison.
Law Clinic Reception Guests Law students, Cheri Jones and Simone Beach
Wine, beer, and soft drinks were provided by Middleton Reutlinger and Stites & Harbison. Bourbon tasting provided by Woodford Reserve.
Hors d'oeuvres provided by Carrabba's Italian Grill. Vickie Tencer (Unit Business Manager), Kathy Urbach (Assistant Dean for Career Services and Public Service) and Jina Scinta (Program Assistant)
Professor Susan Duncan, Justice Elisabeth Hughes Abramson, Judge Paula Sherlock, Professor Laura Rothstein, and Maria Fernandez, '89
Third year student and Law Clinic member Caroline Pieroni and family, from left: Jennifer Lynch Nickel, Mark Nickel, David Lynch, Julia Lynch, Caroline Lynch Pieroni, Robert Pieroni
Law student, Amy Jay
University of Louisville Law Students

Central Partnership Moot Court Competition

Central High School Moot Court Team Members Four students from Central High School competed at the inaugural Marshall-Brennan National Civil Liberties Moot Court Competition in Philadelphia on March 21-22.  Kimberly Albritton, Jack Chen, Osiah Graham, and Sasha Richmond represented their school, the Law & Government Magnet, and the University of Louisville’s Central High Partnership and achieved incredible success in the tournament.
Osiah Graham, a senior at Central who plans to attend the University of Louisville as a Harlan Scholar in the fall, reached the semi-final round of the competition, which meant he was among the 16 most outstanding competitors in the entire nation.  His classmates Kim Albritton and Sasha Richmond both advanced to the quarter-finals, making the Central students by far the most successful team at the entire tournament.  Teams came from all over the country, representing Marshall-Brennan programs from Washington, D.C., to Phoenix, and from Boston to Baton Rouge.  No other contingent came close to doing what Central did by having three-quarters of its students reach the quarter-final round.
The team was coached by Brandeis School of Law students Colleen Clemons (who accompanied the team to Philadelphia), Amy Jay, Jason Schwalm, and Heather Stone.  All are third-year students who have taught at Central in the Marshall-Brennan program this year, working with the Law & Government program’s long-time teacher, Joe Gutmann.  Colleen was joined in Philadelphia by law school professor and Marshall-Brennan faculty supervisor Sam Marcosson, who also helped coach the students as they prepared for the competition.
“Their performances were terrific,” Marcosson said.  “They proved that our Central students can compete with the very best students from around the country, and excel on the academic side just as they have on the football field and basketball court this year.  They worked hard to prepare, and impressed the judges with their knowledge of the law, the facts of the cases, and ability to deal with tough questions.”

Photo Gallery: From Prop 8 to SB 68

Diversity Forum Series: From Prop 8 to SB 68: Legislative Attacks on LGBT Families - April 7, 2009

Dean Jim Chen Christopher McDavid
Dean Chen opens the program. Moderator, Christopher McDavid introduces the panel.
Bryan Gatewood  Chris Hartman  Rev. Vernon Broyles 
Bryan Gatewood Chris Hartman Reverend Vernon S. Broyles, III
Panelists Panelists
The panelists engage in a discussion while a clip of an interview with Chris Hartman on “Kentucky Tonight” appears on the screen.
Nancy Baker and Miriam Schusler serve lunch Diversity Committee Members
Nancy Baker and Miriam Schusler-Williams serve lunch. Diversity Committee Members

Inaugural ACS Event

Sean Donaldson, Gregory Belzley, James Fisher

On April 8, attorney Gregory Belzley presented "Civil Rights of the Incarcerated." This first event of the University's recently formed, American Constitution Society chapter, was well attended.  

Pictured at left:  Sean Donaldson, ACS Program Director, Gregory Belzley, and James Ficher, ACS President

*Click on each of the photos for a larger image.

Introduction Discussion Founding Members
Sean Donaldson introduces Mr. Belzley. Mr. Belzley takes questions from the audience. Mr. Belzley meets with the founding members of the law school's ACS chapter.