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.”
|Dean Chen opens the program.||Moderator, Christopher McDavid introduces the panel.|
|Bryan Gatewood||Chris Hartman||Reverend Vernon S. Broyles, III|
|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-Williams serve lunch.||Diversity Committee Members|
Update: Message from Professor Santry about registration (April 14, 2009)
Spots are still available in the Law Clinic for Fall 2009. If you missed last week's information session about the clinic, you may watch the video here.
Professor Shelley Santry is the new permanent director of the law clinic. She has 16 years legal experience in the Louisville legal community, as an attorney with Legal Aid, and most recently as an assistant county attorney.
The clinic is located downtown at 416 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. Students enrolled in the clinic will work on housing and some limited domestic violence cases referred to the clinic by Legal Aid. Students that participate will be representing these clients as the primary attorney dealing with the matter, and so this is a great opporunity to get some hands on experience with real clients.
The clinic will consist of a weekly classroom meeting, plus clinic office hours.
The clinic class will be limited to eight students, and registration is only allowed by permission of the director, Shelley Santry. You can only take the clinic if you have completed 60 credit hours by the time you enroll in the clinic (i.e., credits to be earned next fall will not count). This is a requirement of the Kentucky Bar.
Here's how you apply:
Submit the following 3 documents to Professor Lars Smith by 5:00 pm, Wednesday, April 15 (his office is Room 286):
- Statement of Intent of why you wish to participate in the clinic (maximum 1 page, single spaced).
- Copy of your resume.
- Copy of your transcript.
Final decisions will be made by the end of the semester. In the meantime, students are advised to make alternative scheduling plans in case their request to enroll in the clinic is not approved.
Some things to keep in mind:
- Housing court cases are heard during the morning, usually between 9 and 10:30 am. Therefore you should not schedule all of your other classes before noon. While we may be able to occasionaly arrange your case load to fit around your schedule to some degree, having extensive morning obligations will not work.
- Students will have the opportunity to work with Prof. Santry on family court emergency protective order hearings on several Mondays during the semester. The hearings are usually scheduled some time between 8:30 and 2:30 on Mondays, so students should be prepared to have a 3 hour block of time available during this period. NOTE: You will only be expected to do this a few times, not every Monday.
- There will be a classroom component which will meet everyweek at the law school.
- You will have to sign up for offices hours which will require you to be present in the clinic offices downtown.
- The first few weeks of school the classroom component will run more than the allotted time in order to teach you about the basics of working on a housing case or EPOs. Once we know everyone's schedule, Professor Santry will work with everyone to arrange the time for this program.
- You will have to sit in on housing court before the semester begins.
Professor Santry will provide more detail about these items as we get closer to the beginning of the semester.
Please contact Professor Lars Smith with any questions you may have. If he cannot answer them, he will pass your question along to Professor Santry.
Volunteers pose outside the law school prior to departing for their service projects.
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Nearly fifty volunteers gathered at the law school on a beautiful spring day to donate their time to three worthy causes. Among the participants were Harlan Scholars, alums, students, staff, faculty and their friends & families. Several of them had volunteered last year as well.
Many thanks to the following people for making the 2nd Annual Louisville Law Community Service Day such a success!
Rexéna Napier (Student Animal Legal Defense Fund) – Animal Care Society
Jenna Johnston (Women’s Law Caucus) – Family Scholar House
Adam Watson (Enivronmental Law & Land Use Society) – Olmsted Parks Conservancy
PLANNING PARTICIPANTS & FACILITATORS
Students: Lauren Bean, Brian Bennett, Matt Birkhoffer, Kevin Graves, Jamie Izlar, Jenna Johnston, Melissa McHendrix, Rexéna Napier, Brian Pollock, Victor Revill, Luke Vance, and Adam Watson
Faculty & Staff: Nancy Baker, Jodi Duce, Ariana Levinson, Debra Reh, Jina Scinta, Keith Sealing, Virginia Smith, Barbara Thompson, and Kathy Urbach
Sierra Ashby, Lauren Bean, Justin Brewer, Daniel Jay Cameron, Scott Campbell & Beth Nahinsky, Ashley Crabtree, Bridget Coraz, Matthew Dutcher, Brian Fayman, Kevin & Lindsay Graves, Bartley Hagerman, Nick Hart, Ebert Haegele, Jamie Izlar, Guion Johnstone, Jenna Johnston, Jared Kelly, Courtney King, Forrest Kuhn, Arianna Levinson, Ashley Morden, Christopher McDavid, Melissa McHendrix, Rexéna Napier, Marilyn Osborn, Kaitlyn Patrick, Emily Peeler, Brian Pollock, Katie Reisz, Victor Revill, Laura Rothstein, Ben Silver, Virginia Smith, Victoria Steinbach, Nicole Tarrence, Vickie Tencer, Paige Thompson, Katherine Toms, Adam & Jenn Watson, Rebecca Weis, Becky Wimberg, and Boris Yelin
The Law School ● Law Library ● LexisNexis ● Westlaw ● Kathy Bean ● Scott Campbell ● Robin Harris ● Ariana Levinson ● Christopher McDavid ● Kurt Metzmeier ● Jerome Neukirch ● Laura Rothstein ● Virginia Smith ● Anonymous Donors
|Volunteers work with the Olmsted Parks Convervancy to clean up debris from the winter ice storm in Iroquois Park.|
|Project Coordinator, Jenna Johnston||Family Scholar House Volunteers|
|Volunteers assemble gift bags for the Family Scholar House.|
|Project Coordinator, Rexéna Napier (center)
||Animal Care Society Volunteers
|Friendships blossom at the Animal Care Society.|
|Volunteers assist at the Animal Care Society.|
More photos are publicly viewable at our Facebook group. Search for "University of Louisville Law School Annual Community Service Day Project".
WLC is proud to announce the winners of our raffle. Each student donated items to help with Community Service Day.
Bridget Coraz - tickets to the Ali Center
Lily Chan - Village 8 Movie passes
Guion Johnstone - Texas Roadhouse gift certificate
Lauren Bean - Village 8 Movie passes
Megan Renwick - Baxter Ave. movie passes
Jamie Izlar - Kroger gift card
Thanks to all others who donated to help make our project a success!!
Exam4 is now available for Spring 2009 final exams. For system requirements and to download the software and instructions, see Exam4 Download & Installation. Also, be sure to read the Computer Exam Procedures.
The deadline to submit a practice test is 11:59 PM, Friday, April 17. To submit your practice test electronically, you must be on campus and connected to the University's wireless network. Only students who timely submit a practice test may receive Exam4 support during finals. Please use your UofL user name (e.g., eapres01) to identify yourself in the ExamID field. "1234" does not distinguish you from the other 11 "1234"s.
You must install a new version of Exam4 for Spring 2009 finals. Previous versions have expired and will no longer run.
Congratulations to the following members whose notes were chosen for publication:
Thomas Patteson- Shedding Their Rights at the Schoolhouse Gate: Morse v. Frederick and the Student's Right to Free Speech.
Duffy Trager- New Tricks for Old Dogs: The Tinker Standard Applied to Cyber-Bullying.
Algeria Ford- School Liability: Holding Middle Schools Liable for Cyber-Bullying Despite Their Implementation of Internet Usage Contracts.
Congratulations to Ben Basil, winner of the 2009 First-Year Oral Advocacy Competition!
Appellant, Ben Basil, and Appellee, Courtney Phelps, advanced from the semi-final rounds to compete in the final round. They were both commended by the judges for an exceptional performance.
|Ben Basil||Courtney Phelps|
|Ben Basil and Courtney Phelps (seated)||Members of the audience|
|The Honorable Chief Judge Danny J. Boggs, Judge Ann O'Malley Shake, and Judge McKay Chauvin presided over the final round of arguments.|
All students, including current 1Ls, are invited to try out. Students interested in trying out for the team must sign up for a time to present their oral argument on Wednesday, April 8, Thursday, April 9, or Friday, April 10. The oral argument counts for 50% of your tryout score. The sign up sheet is located on the Moot Court Board door. The deadline for signing up is 4:00 on Monday, April 6.
Students must also submit a brief (can be, but does not have to be, your BLS brief) to Professor Marcosson in his office by 4:00 on April 6. The brief will count for 50% of your tryout score.
Questions may be addressed to Professor Marcosson or Steve Mattingly, Brian Stempien, Duffy Trager, or Barry Dunn, or the members of last year's team.