Student News

$15,000: Research Assistants and Tutors are now Fully Funded!

Thanks to Student Bar Association (SBA) President Justin Fowles and UL Student Government Association (SGA) Law Senators Rebecca Ellingsworth and Charles George for their hard work in securing funding for ALL of the law school's research assistant and tutoring positions for the Spring 2008 semester from the SGA. Funding had previously been cut due to the budget constraints, but our representatives were able to secure a total of $15,000 for both programs last night.

This is a significant amount of money from SGA, especially in light of continued University-wide budget cuts and that this funding amounts to more than the budget SBA receives from SGA each academic year. A special thank you is also owed to Dean Chen for personally funding the tutoring program out of his own salary for the first part of this semester.  Another special thank you is also owed to Rebecca O'Neil of Lambda, Bee Dean of the Federalist Society, and Chad Graham of Phi Alpha Delta for their assistance in obtaining funds.

More information will follow regarding starting dates for research assistants from the law school. Questions: please contact Rebecca Ellingsworth at raelli04@louisville.edu.

Jorge Cham Comedy

Want to take a fun break from studying?  Comedian Jorge Cham will be doing a lecture/book signing this Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. in Strickler Hall (in the Middleton Auditorium).  Strickler Hall is located to the left of Eckstrom Library.  Mr. Cham writes comics about graduate and professional school life.   The red parking lots will be open at that time for anyone with a parking pass.  Free pizza and wings will be served starting at 5:30.  His comics can be found at www.phdcomics.com.  This event is put on by the Graduate Student Council.

Samuel L. Greenebaum Award: Achievement in Legal Writing

This award is presented to the law student who demonstrates the highest degree of excellence and achievement in legal writing. Any written work, whether brief, article or memorandum, prepared during the preceding academic year shall be eligible for consideration. The award consists of a certificate, a cash award in the amount of $300, and recognition at the Awards program. 

Please provide legal writing submission to Rita Siegwald in Room 204 by Tuesday, March 18.

Brandeis Writing Award

The purpose of the Brandeis Writing Award is to promote Justice Brandeis' use of inter-disciplinary materials by recognizing high quality interdisciplinary writing among students at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

The $100 award will be announced at the Senior Awards program, Friday, May 9, and be awarded to the senior who has produced the best interdisciplinary writing. This includes, but is not limited to, papers, law review articles (including notes and comments), briefs, and papers written specifically for this competition. No more than one prize shall be given each year. If it is necessary to give more than one award, because of collaboration or a tie, the prize shall be divided equally between or among the winners. If no work is worthy of the award, then no award shall be given.

Nomination is permitted by students, faculty, and others.

The deadline for submission of work is Tuesday, March 18. Please submit it to Rita Siegwald in Room 204.

American Inns of Court Competition

The Warren E. Burger Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that "promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession," the core mission of the American Inns of Court. The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars and other authors to participate in the competition by submitting an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 25,000 words on a topic of their choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism. 

The deadline for submission is June 15, 2008.

For details about the award, please visit the American Inns of Court's Warren E. Burger page.

For information or questions, please contact Cindy Dennis, American Inns of Court Awards & Scholarship Coordinator, at 800-233-3590 ext. 104 or cdennis@innsofcourt.org

Interested in Atlanta or elsewhere in the Southeast?

The Spring Southeast Legal Hiring Conference job fair packets are on the table right in front of the Career Services Offices.  Tonight is the "drop dead" deadline for turning your resumes in!  Do it now:

Pick up the packet today; 

Select the places to which you'd like to apply;

And turn your resumes and your selection sheet in to room #182.  We'll take it from there.

Remember what the ads for the lottery tell us.  You have to pay, to play.  And somebody's gonna win; might as well be you.  So, if you want to live in the Southeast, give this a try!

Moot Court Board Members

All MCB members need to stop by the MCB office this week to stuff envelopes for the first year oral arguments.  Those students who stuff the most envelopes will be first choice to be student judges at the event this year.  Please stop by and help out.

 

Thanks.  Wade

Public Service Opportunity--Access to Justice Project

Help at risk elderly clients and contribute to a handbook that will be used by seniors and service providers across the state.

The Access to Justice Foundation and the Kentucky Bar Association Elder Law Committee are updating and re-writing a consumer handbook titled, "Laws and Programs for Older Kentuckians." The 4th edition of this book was published in 2001 by the Kentucky Bar Association.  For the 5th edition we need volunteers to do field research, edit, and write text. 

Topics available to work on include chapters on:
    Housing access for seniors
    Legal issues in medical care
    Selected issues in paying for medical care
    Elder abuse and domestic violence in later life
    Programs and resources for seniors

To help provide services to at risk seniors and to help the volunteers develop first hand understanding of the topic they are writing about volunteers will need to spend a day or more doing field work. This will involve working with elderly clients and service providers under the supervision of the project attorney for at least one day. Once this is completed the students will do additional research, write and edit a chapter or section for the book. Outlines and similar texts will be available as guides. Authors will be acknowledged in the final published text.

The Students will need to commit to one day in Lexington to complete the field work. The field work needs to be scheduled during normal business hours. Spring break would be a good opportunity to complete this part of the project. The rest of the research, writing and editing can be done at your convenience.  The minimum number of hours would be 5-10, the total number of hours is flexible and dependent on how much of the project you are willing to take on.  Up to 5 students are needed for this project.

The project will also need a final editor, but the text will likely not be available for editing until mid to late summer. Contact DavidGodfrey (see below) if you have experience editing text and are interested in this project.

Before signing up for this project, please contact: David Godfrey, managing attorney, Access to Justice Foundation 859-255-9913 ext 12 or dgodfrey@mis.net  to commit to a date for the field work and to determine the section you are interested in working on.

American Judges Association Essay Contest

The American Judges Association is sponsoring an essay contest on the topic, "Search and Seizure Arising From Motor Vehicle Stops," with prizes of $3,000, $1,500 and $1,000. The deadline for submission is June 2, 2008, and the length is 10-25 pages.

For more information go to the organization's website: http://aja.ncsc.dni.us/index.html and select  the link "Essay Contest."

What's Happening with Rooms 115, 117 and 119?

Over the last several days room 115 (the Academic Support office and 1L study aids library) and 119 (student mailboxes and other communications) have gotten new rugs and 117 (upper class study aids library and study area) was closed because it was used to store confidential materials from 115. We were lucky that the University was able to provide us with these badly needed new rugs for free despite the budget crunch. Rooms 117 and 119 are now back in operation and set up as they were prior to the disruption. Room 115 still needs to have the computer and phone hooked up and will have a new look when it opens.

I am also in the process of sorting through the various 1L study aids and eliminating obsolete ones. (Many thanks to the faculty, students and alums who have contributed to the collection over the years!) For example, I am taking the audio cassette sets off the shelves as I don't believe anyone can use them anymore. I will resume office hours in 115 next Monday, but, as always, my door is almost always open to room 216 and I can address matters involving Academic Support or Student Affairs from either venue. I apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

-Dean Sealing