Student News

Louisville Law Review Students Attend Session on “Electronic Practice in Federal Court”

Saving trees, saving time, and saving money are some of the benefits of the recent electronic developments in federal courts. But with these benefits come challenges. Several members of the Louisville Law Review staff and board attended a pilot training session for law students hosted by Jeff Apperson, U.S. District Court Clerk for the Western District of Kentucky, on Saturday, March 22, 2008.

During the half-day session, students were given an overview of the electronic systems now in federal courts. The overview included information on electronic case management, public access to court electronic records, and an overview of the web site. Students visited one of the federal courtrooms and were able to see first hand the bells and whistles that are now accessible to the judge, the parties, and the jury. Concerns about privacy and ethics were discussed as part of the session.

The session was a trial run for assessing the best means of educating law students before they enter practice about electronic practice in federal courts. Although not everyone will practice in federal court, it is probable that state court systems will move to incorporate use of electronic practice. For that reason awareness and understanding of electronic practice is becoming increasingly essential. The training may become a model for other law schools throughout the country.

What Was Lost Has Been Found

Last week two full-size umbrellas were turned in to Lost & Found. Don't wait for the next monsoon!  Claim your umbrella now. 

In addition, a Criminal Procedure book and the supplement were found in room 080.

Students Invited to Attend "Working in the Public Interest Conference" at UGA

The 3rd annual "Working In the Public Interest Conference" will take place at UGA Law on April 4 and 5, 2008. The conference is dedicated to bringing a creative forum for the discussion of practical approaches to lawyering that can best serve the poor. Pursuant to this mission, the organizers have planned a full day of panels, roundtable discussions, meals, and a career networking reception. The conference is free for students, and free student housing is provided.

Keynote Speakers

  • Stephen Wizner, Professor of Law, Yale Law School
  • Brenda Joy (B.J.) Bernstein, Attorney, The Bernstein Firm P.C.


  • **Race and the Criminal Justice System.
  • **Decriminalizing Mental Illness: The Rise of Mental Health Courts.
  • **Funding the Public Defender System: Who Should Foot the Bill?
  • Environmental Justice: Towards a Just Future
  • Immigration Policy Reform: Immigrant Integration and Civic Participation
  • Women's Rights: A New Era in Reproductive Justice?
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Youth in Out of Home Care
  • The Media: How it shapes Our View of the Law
  • Access to Justice: Civil Gideon Moot Court

**Indicates that the panel is part of the Criminal Justice Series

Lunch Round tables

  • Lunch with Carol Kolinchak, Jena 6 Legal Defense Team
  • Lunch with Jon Rapping, Southern Public Defender Training Center
  • Analyzing Recent Supreme Court Cases
  • Impact Litigation

Registration and list of panelist are available at

If you have questions or concerns, please email us at:

Click here to register for the conference:

Registration is completely free for students. Attorneys may obtain 8.25 CLEcredits for a nominal registration fee (see website for details).

Public Service Opportunity: Street Law Application Deadline

If you are interested in participating in next year's Street Law Program at Central High School, please complete a "Placement Reservation" form by Wednesday, March 26, at 3:30 p.m.  The forms are available in the Public Service Office, which is open, from 9 - 3:30 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  One can also access the form from the Public Service Section of the Intranet.  The forms can be emailed, delivered, or faxed to Ms. Scinta.  [Room 102,, (FAX 852-0862)]   This placement is open to sixteen students. Thus, if we have more than sixteen people sign up for the placement, we will conduct a lottery to determine those sixteen students.  Further, we will establish a waiting list.

Important information for all students who plan on participating in Street Law - you are required by State Law to have a criminal background check, and you must be able to attend a mandatory training session on August 23, 2008 (Saturday) at Central High School.  This training session will take at least six hours.  Anyone who has already signed up who no longer wishes to participate, please let Ms. Scinta know.

Student Bar Foundation Announcements

We are pleased to announce that this year's Charity Auction raised just over $9,000.  Thanks so much to all the faculty, staff and students for your generous contributions and support.

$5,000 of our funds will go towards the University of Louisville Law Clinic set to begin in Spring of 2009.  The Clinic is a program that matches well with the SBF mission.  It is designed to help students develop essential lawyering skills and to partner with other units and civic organizations to address some of the unmet legal needs of the metropolitan community.

We are also excited about our 2008 Summer Fellowship recipient, Aaron Uslan.  Aaron will complete a summer internship position at the Catholic Charities Office of Immigration Legal Service.  CCILS provides comprehensive immigration legal services to low-income immigrants in the Louisville Metro Area.  Thanks again to everyone for all of your help!


Attention Moot Court Board Members:

Moot Court Board Elections will be held Thursday, March 27th at noon in room 075.  Sign-ups are on the door of the MCB office.  This is a mandatory meeting for ALL Moot Court Board members.  For information about positions, pick up a copy of the MCB Constitution in the office.

Josh O'Bryan, President
Moot Court and Professional Skills Board

3L/4L Pictures Ready to View

3L/4L senior pictures can now be viewed at your pleasure. Please visit our Website at:, click on VIEW & ORDER, then click on THE EVENT YOU WISH TO VIEW UOFL LAW SCHOOL 2008, and enter the event PASSWORD: lawschool

Photographs may be ordered on our secure site. Please remember to copy and send this message to friend and family!!!

Moot Court Members - Important!!!

Attention Moot Court Board Members:

Moot Court Board Elections will be held Thursday, March 27th at noon in room 075.  Sign-ups are on the door of the MCB office.  This is a mandatory meeting for ALL Moot Court Board members.  For information about positions, pick up a copy of the MCB Constitution in the office.

Josh O'Bryan, President
Moot Court and Professional Skills Board

IT Seeks Bears

Beginning March 25 through April 4 Information Technology will be collecting plush bears in support of the Kosair Charities Bears on Patrol program. Bears on Patrol allows local law enforcement officers to comfort children when responding to emergency situations. For more information see

We have 3 delivery points:
1) Miller Information Technology Center room 109 reception area
2) iTech Xpress (in the lower level of Miller Information Technology Center across from Mitzie's)
3) HSC IT offices (in the basement of the dental school)

IT's goal is to rally faculty, staff, and students to donate 200 bears in 2 weeks through our delivery points. Thank you for comforting the children in our community during their times of need. If you have any questions contact IT Cardinal Care at

Harris Recognized for Work with the Women's Center

Public Services Librarian and Professor of Legal Bibliography Robin Harris was recognized in the March 2008 Today's Woman for her work at the University of Louisville's Women's Center. Harris' role in founding the Kentucky Women's Book Festival, one of the many programs made possible by the center. The mission of the Women's Center is to build alliances with campus and community groups in order to promote equality, increase women's self-reliance, and heighten the understanding of women's contributions to all societies

The Center is participating in the Champions4Her Walk, Run & Festival on June 21, 2008.