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[Orientation] A Letter from Your Student Bar Association concerning Community Service Day

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

 

Dear Colleague:

 

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.


Sincerely,

 

/s/
Victor Revill
Student Bar Association President

 

/s/
Rachel Carmona
Student Bar Association Vice President


Purchasing a Laptop

The University's technology store, iTech Xpress, and the Brandeis School of Law have teamed up to offer recommended laptop configurations from Apple and Dell. Louisville Law students are not required to own a computer, but it is strongly recommended.  For more information and to purchase one of our recommended systems online, click here.

[Orientation] Orientation Information

 

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

 

Orientation Calendar

 

Journal of Animal & Environmental Law Application Deadline Today

The Journal of Animal & Environmental Law is once again taking applications. Applications are available 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 applications is June 16th at 11pm. Please contact Rexéna Napier at r0napi01@louisville.edu or Algeria Ford at arford01@louisville.edu with any questions. We can't wait to read your application!  

Graduates Celebrate Completion of Program

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

Class of 2009

 

Journal of Animal & Environmental Law Applications Available

The Journal of Animal & Environmental Law is once again taking applications. Applications are available 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 applications is June 16th at 11pm. We can't wait to read your application!        

Journal of Animal & Environmental Law Applications Available

The Journal of Animal & Environmental Law is once again taking applications. Applications are available 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 applications is June 16th at 11pm. We can't wait to read your application!    

Journal of Animal & Environmental Law Applicant Information Needed

The Journal of Animal & Environmental Law received 2 applications without information sheets. We are unable to contact the applicants. If you applied to the Journal and have not received an e-mail about your application, please contact Rexéna Napier at r0napi01@louisville.edu with your name and last 4 digits of your student ID number. We will be unable to contact you until we receive this information. Thanks! 

Kimberly Ballard joins UofL Law as director of academic support

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.

New Law Student Laptop Deals from Apple and Dell

The School of Law's IT department and University IT have partnered to offer law students laptop computer deals from Apple and Dell.  The Apple Macbook, which features a 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, an Apple SuperDrive recordable DVD drive, and Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard), sells for $1,590.  The Dell Latitude E5500 includes a 15.4" display, a 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, a recordable DVD drive, and Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic (Service Pack 1), and is priced at $1,039.

Check the new Brandeis School of Law page on UofL IT's Web site for more information and to purchase.