Candidates for Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District of the US House of Representatives visited the law school this week. Congressman John Yarmuth spoke on October 20th at the request of the Jewish Law Students Association. Former Congresswoman Anne Northup spoke the following day at the request of the student Federalist Society. Both candidates entertained questions from students, staff, and faculty after their presentations.
|Aaron Uslan and John Yarmuth||Shem Beard, Anne Northup, and Bee Dean-Northup|
Room 275 (Tentative)
Registration Cost: Free
If you are a 2L, 3L, or 4L and interested in developing your trial skills while simultaneously earning school credit and strengthening your resume, then this competition is for you.
The regional competition is February 20-22, 2009, at Michigan State University. The final competition is March 25-28, 2009, in San Antonio, Texas.
For tryouts, you will need to submit your resume and present a 10-15 minute opening statement or closing argument using a past competition problem - State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb. Students can access all of the materials for the case using the following link: http://www.tyla.org/advocacy_ntc_archive.html.
*In order to give students time to look over the problem before committing to tryout, sign-up sheets will not be posted until Wednesday, October 22, on the Moot Court Board room door.
Please direct any questions to Brian Fayman via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Algeria Ford, winner of the 2008 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition!
Appellant, Jason Schwalm, and Appellee, Algeria Ford, advanced from the first semifinal rounds to compete in the final round. The judges commended them both for an excellent performance.
|Jason Schwalm and Samuel Lee||Jarrad Roby and Algeria Ford|
|Final Round of Arguments|
The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund would like to congratulate Mimi and Mason for being the most spirited pets! We would also like to thank Jane and President James Ramsey for submitting a photo of these very spirited dogs! Congratulations!
The semifinal and final rounds will be held on Friday, October 17th in the Allen Courtroom. All are welcome.
Here’s the schedule:
9 AM, Semifinal Round
- Appellant: Jason Schwalm
- Appellee: Samuel Lee
10:30 AM, Semifinal Round
- Appellant: Jarrad Roby
- Appellee: Algeria Ford
Algeria Ford is a second year student who ultimately intends to practice patent law. He studied Biology and Chemistry as an undergraduate and holds a Masters degree in Biotechnology. He serves on the Journal of Law and Education, is a member of BLSA and will be representing the University as a member of the 2009 National Environmental Moot Court team. He credits his accomplishments to his wonderful wife and to his friends.
Samuel B. Lee, a third year law student, was born and raised in Owensboro, KY. He attended the University of Kentucky where he earned a degree in Finance as well as a minor in Economics. After graduation, Mr. Lee plans to practice in Lexington.
Jarrad Roby, a third year student, hails from Bloomfield, KY and attended Bellarmine University where he studied Business Administration and Economics. While at Bellarmine, Jarrad competed on its prestigious Mock Trial team earning All-American Attorney honors. Jarrad also helped to lead the Brandeis School of Law to a championship in last years Intrastate Moot Court competition. He is currently working for General Electric and clerked for the Governor's General Counsel last summer in Frankfort. He will attempt to participate on this year's Trademark Moot Court team as well and is looking forward to competing in the Spring.
Jason Schwalm is a third year student and Louisville native. His undergraduate degree is in literature from the University of Louisville.
Each semifinal round will be judged by the following three judge panel:
- Judge Michael Caperton - Kentucky Court of Appeals
- Judge Denise Clayton - Kentucky Court of Appeals
- Judge Thomas B. Wine - Kentucky Court of Appeals
The winners of each of these rounds will continue to the final round at 1 PM. This round will be judged by the following four judge panel:
Over $450 was raised at this year's Chili Cook-off, an event designed to celebrate the start of the 2008 UofL Cares Charitable Giving Campaign. The charities include Kosair Charities, Community Health Charities, United Way, Fund for the Arts, University of Louisville, and the WHAS Crusade for Children.
Kudos to Jim Becker for providing the winning dish, Melinda Becker's Deer Chili (aka "Aunt Sarah's Moose Chili").
Many thanks to everyone who either purchased a ticket, provided a tasty sweet or savory dish, and/or helped with the set up and clean up. It would not have been such a success with out you.
The IT department welcomes John Shelman, a Computer Information Systems major in the College of Business, who joined us Friday, October 10. John will replace Josh Edlin as the primary student computing support person. Josh remains with us and will take over network maintenance from Mike Valentine, who accepted a full-time position with Smoothstone IP Communications last month.
John will share room 119 with Joe Leitsch, and John's schedule this semester is as follows:
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law Room 175
Sponsored by: Federalist Society
Registration Cost: Free Food!
Over 200 people turned out for Lawlapalooza, the Louisville law community's 4th annual battle of the bands, at Phoenix Hill Tavern on October 2, 2008. More than $6400 was raised for the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which provides summer fellowships for Louisville law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Ewing Fellows, Marque Carey (2007 recipient) and Jacqueline Hersh (2008 recipient) were both present to show their support.
WFPK's Laura Shine opened the ceremonies and by the end of the night The Frank Galvin Experience was crowned as the crowd favorite. Its members include attorneys from Seiller Waterman PLLC and Bahe Cook Cantley & Jones PLLC law firms. Highlights also included a tribute to the best of the 80's by Jim Becker and Professors Lars Smith & Tim Hall of Elvis Cardozo and the Attractive Nuisances, along with rock n' roll classics performed by second-year law students Forrest Kuhn and Andrew Henson of Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
Jim Becker was quoted in the October 2008 edition of The National Jurist, "Even if we're all competitors, we still root for each other, too. Louisville's a big small town, and we haven't yet lost the sense of being neighbors, especially in the legal community, and especially among the even smaller subculture of people who are both attorneys and musicians." Tim Hall commented in "Guitars & Gavels" (The Louisville Cardinal, October 7, 2008), "We didn't win, but we had a lot of fun. It's always good to be outspent because you know you're raising more money." Andrew Henson added, "It is a networking opportunity too."
A jubilent crowd of judges, attorneys, students, and friends of the local legal community appeared to have a good time dancing, singing along to their favorite tunes, and even igniting their lighters as a show of support. For a recap of the night's events, watch the videos and visit the Lawlapalooza 2008 image gallery.