Student News

National Arbitration Competition Results

Professor Ariana Levinson provided the following report on the regional competition of the Third Annual National Arbitration Competition that took place at NKU's Chase College of Law in Highland Heights, KY on November 14-16, 2008.

“I would like to congratulate the arbitration competition team on their great performance at the ABA arbitration competition this past weekend.  It was the first time each member of the team had competed, yet they managed to secure an arbitrator judge’s vote in each of the two rounds.  Their evaluation forms include many positive comments.  Here are some highlights.  Lily Chan and Josh Speirs prepared a “well organized” opening statement and summation.  They made “good use of evidence” and gave a “well done professional and ethical presentation.”  Mike McIntire’s direct examination included “good chronological organization of questions and proof,” and on cross he did well by showing “possible bias.”  His partner, Colleen Goodman, gave a “superior” opening with “great organization” and a “good timeline” that was “great on remedies.”  All participants were repeatedly congratulated on how well-prepared their witnesses were.  I have every expectation that next year Lily and Josh will make use of their experience to advance the team to the semi-finals.”

Antivirus 2009 Alert

In recent weeks, a significant number of students, and some staff, have acquired Antivirus 2009, a malware app that purports to be anti-spyware software.  Antivirus 2009 originates from Web sites that users visit, which warn the user he/she has no antispyware protection and prompt him/her to install Antivirus 2009.

If you suspect your computer is infected, faculty and staff should contact Joe Leitsch (852-2560, joe.leitsch@louisville.edu), and students should see John Shelman in room 119.  Infections are indicated by a red circle with an "X" in it in the system tray, lower right corner of the Windows Desktop.

The IT staff recommend avoiding malware infections by installing and keeping up to date the University's distribution of of Symantec Endpoint Protection (formerly Symantec Antivirus), which is available for free download from iTechXpress.

As a general rule, any Web site or browser pop-up that warns that you do not have antivirus and/or antispyware protection and then prompts you to install an application to protect your computer is lying.  Lying, lying, lying.

The Loving Decision

Click  below for a link to Anna Qundlen's article, "The Loving Decision."

 

Loving v. Virginia looked at Virginia's antimiscegenation law (which made it a felony for a man and woman of different races to marry,) ultimately ruling that it was unconstitutional under the equal-protection clause. Now, the American LGBTQ community waits for a landmark case validating their right to form family relationships.

 

Snippet below, with link.

       

        "I think the day will come when the lesbian and gay community will have its own Loving v. Virginia,"

        says David Buckel, the Marriage Project director for Lambda Legal.

 

        Yes, and then the past will seem as preposterous and mean-spirited as the events leading up to the  

        Loving decision do today.

 

http://www.newsweek.com/id/169157/page/2

ACTA National Trial Competition Results

Congratulations to Erin Blake, Chris Hoerter, Samuel Lee, and Matthew Stauble for making the ACTA National Trial Competition teams! They will be representing UofL's Brandeis School of Law at the regional competition in February at Michigan State University. Thank you to all who expressed interest in the competition and those who tried out!

Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Sign Ups

Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up now for the Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition, held March 5-8 in New York City. The team's coach is Professor James Zanewicz from the University's Office of Technology Transfer.

To sign up, send an e-mail to Professor Zanewicz's assistant at sandra.foster@louisville.edu containing the following items in pdf format:

  1. Resume
  2. Statement of interest (1 page maximum)
  3. Writing sample (brief, memo, etc.)

The deadline for submission of these items is Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 5:00. Professor Zanewicz will review the submissions and, if necessary, conduct interviews the following week to select team members.

Currently, only one team of two members is allowed in the competition from each school.

Direct any questions to Barry Dunn or Bryant Smith.

 

Congratulations Jamie Izlar

Jamie Izlar Jamie Izlar, 1L, was honored at the Sixth Annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Awards Luncheon on November 13, 2008.

Ms. Izlar received the Dr. M. Celeste Professional Development Award, which is given to UofL graduate students for travel or other professional development needs who best demonstrate how well their intended use of the award supports the mission of the Women’s Center and Dr. Nichols’ legacy. Jamie intends to use the award next summer to conduct research that will facilitate community engagement in the Dominican Republic.

The award is named in honor of M. Celeste Nichols, student, scholar, mentor, and professor. She was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from UofL’s English Department. Dr. Nichols taught African American literature and basic writing at UofL, Kentucky State University, and at Bellarmine University. 

Photo Gallery: Brandeis Birthday Bash

Justice Louis D. Brandeis's 152nd Birthday
November 13, 2008

Professors Metzmeier, Rothstein, and Campbell Bas-relief of Adolph Brandeis
Professors Metzmeier, Rothstein, and Campbell
Bas-relief image of Aldoph Brandeis, Louis's father
Professor Scott Campbell Students
Professor Scott Campbell awards the winners with Animal Crackers, a favorite of Justice Brandeis. Students engaged in a pop quiz about the life of Justice Brandeis.
Other People's Money Wreath
Professor Kurt Metzmeier displaying an illustration from a Harper's Weekly article that made up "Other People's Money". Wreath placed at the grave markers of Louis D. Brandeis and his wife, Alice Goldmark.

TAKING OBJECTIVE EXAMS

Join me on Tuesday, November 18 from 5-6 p.m. in Room 060 for some tips on taking True-False and Multiple Choice exams.  Hope to see you there!

MENS VARSITY LAW BASKETBALL TEAM TAKES UNDEFEATED ROUTE TO THE TITLE

Lead by Seth Sklare, the mens basketball team consisting of 2L and 3L's go undefeated in this year's graduate school intramural league.  In a hard fought championship game, numbers won out against the soon be dentist.  Good job guys

 

Richard went 3-4 8 points... just saying

Law Library Launches Its Digital Collection

The Law Library, in conjunction with University of Louisville Libraries, is pleased to announce the launch of the first phase of its digital collection, which draws on the library’s varied collections.

The first titles of the Law Library Collection to be made available are William Littell's Statute Law of Kentucky, which compiles all the legal enactments relating to Kentucky from its beginning as a district of Virginia to 1819, and Report of the Debates and Proceedings of the Convention for the Revision of the Constitution of the State of Kentucky (1849), a rare transcript of the debates of the convention that drafted Kentucky's third constitution.

Other upcoming collections will reproduce the original plates of H. Levin's Lawyers and Lawmakers of Kentucky (1897), and will digitize the early class composites of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, starting with prints from the 1890s. In the future, the Law Library digital collection will dip into the institution's archival collections, reproducing scrapbooks kept by Malvina Harlan that document the life and times of Justice John Marshall Harlan.

See the press release for the full story.