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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to commit to a date for the field work and to determine the section you are interested in working on.
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."
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.
USA Track & Field, in Indianapolis, has a variety of interesting volunteer summer internships. Deadline: March 15.
FCBA (The Federal Communication Bar Association Foundation) awards $5000 summer stipends to law students employed as unpaid summer interns in positions with the FCC and other government agencies or entities with a connection to the communications industry (for example: broadcasting, cable television, telephony, satellite, wireless and information technology.) Deadline: March 7.
Come by and get more information and applications in my office (#182.)
Each summer, Loyola University of Chicago sponsors a Patent Law Job Fair. Registration to participate opens February 20 and closes on March 14. Here are a few particulars. More information is available in my office...#182.
Student Eligibility to Participate:
Please note that ONLY law students returning to law school in the Fall of 2008 may participate in this program. Students beginning school in the fall of 2008, students graduating this year, or alumni are NOT eligible. This program is for summer associate and entry-level attorney positions for 2009. The only exception is for a law graduate studying for an LL.M. in Intellectual Property.
WHEN & WHERE INTERVIEWS TAKE PLACE:
Chicago Marriott Suites O'Hare (five minutes from Chicago O'Hare Airport)
6155 North River Road
Rosemont, Illinois 60018
Thursday, July 31, 2008 and Friday, August 1, 2008. You may have interviews on either or both days. Evening cocktail reception: Thursday, July 31st from 5:30-7:00
Patent Bar Exam Requirement
Virtually all employers want students who have taken or plan to take the patent bar exam (please note that not all computer science majors will qualify). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office annually publishes requirements for taking the patent bar exam. To learn more go to www.uspto.gov/web/offices/dcom/olia/oed/examregist.htm.
Classes and offices at the University of Louisville are on a delayed schedule starting at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008.
For the School of Law, the following schedule will be in effect:
9:00 classes begin at 10 and end at 10:40
10:25 classes begin at 10:50 and end at the usual time
Afternoon classes remain the same. If evening classes are canceled, this pertains only to classes that meet at 5 p.m. or later.
Jennifer Leibson's Mental Health Law class will not be held tonight, Tuesday, Feb. 12.
Congratulations to our Negotiations Team, which won the national competition held February 8-9 in Los Angeles, Calif. The team has been invited to attend the international competition in London, England, in July as the United States representative. This is the negotiation team's best result in school history.
The ABA Law Student Division's Negotiation Team Competition is designed to promote greater interest among law students in legal negotiation and provides a means for them to practice and improve their negotiating skills. The competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems.
The students who represented the law school at this competition are Scott Powell and David Scott, both 3Ls. Michelle Grant Rudovich and Mary Jo Gleason are the co-coaches.
David Scott (left) Scott Powell (right