Student News

Attention Students: Externship Information Panel

Please join the externship supervisors from Legal Aid, the Public Defender's Office and the County Attorney's office to learn about externship opportunities on  Thursday, April 10th from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in Room 060.

Public Service Announcement: Legal Aid Pro Se Divorce Clinic April 18

Legal Aid has scheduled a Pro Se Divorce Clinic for Friday, April 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 at Legal Aid, 416 Muhammad Ali Blvd.  They would like to staff this clinic with 2 students.  If anyone who has been trained is interested in participating in this clinic, please e-mail Jina Scinta at  The first two students to e-mail will be selected.  The necessary forms will be e-mailed at a later date.

Public Service Opportunity with the Department of Public Advocacy

The Department of Public Advocacy - Post Trials Division is in need of 1 to 2 students to assist them to help determine the current timeframes for completion of criminal appeals in Kentucky.

They need to obtain the following information about criminal cases decided during the period from July 1 2005 to the present, by fiscal year:
1. Which court rendered the decision?
2. Was it a DPA appointed case?
3. Notice of appeal filed by prosecution or defendant?
4. Is it a direct appeal from a judgment, or a post conviction action?
5. Appeal as of right, or discretionary review?
6. How many days from notice of appeal to certification of record?
7. How many days from certification of record to brief for appellant?
8. How many days from brief for appellant to brief for appellee?
9. How many days from brief for appellee to reply brief? (note, if none filed, then the result should be 15 days)
10. How many days from reply brief to decision?

In order to get this information, they are in need of someone to review all minutes from both the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court for the specified period, and then print out the "step sheets" (i.e., a printout of the court's docket, available online) for each of those cases. The research could likely happen from your home or campus library and could likely be completed by one student.

If additional hours are needed or another student requires hours, the next step would be to enter the information in a spreadsheet of our design.

The interested student(s) would be required to report to the Post Trial Division Director, Tim Arnold, and his Internal Policy Analyst, Jennifer Withrow. Participants would be subject to DPA's confidentiality policy in reference to their work on this project.

To sign up with the Public Service Program, please e-mail Jina Scinta at Reservations will be given on a first come-first served basis. Reservation Forms will be e-mailed to the student(s) who respond first.

Application Information for Prospective 2008-2009 University of Louisville Law Review Members

Application materials are available either in the Law Review office (Room 240) or on the Law Review website.

Application Materials


Health Law Moot Court Tryouts

The 2008 Health Law Moot Court Competition will be held on November 7-8, 2008 at the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, IL. Students interested in participating on our team must submit a cover letter and writing sample to Associate Dean Hall by April 18, 2008. Your writing sample can be your BLS brief or a brief or research paper prepared in another context. Writing samples may be submitted by email to, or in person to Dean Hall in Room 203 or Rita Siegwald in Room 204. Team members will earn academic credit for participation - all returning students are eligible for the team. If you have any questions, see Associate Dean Hall or email him at For information about last year's competition, see the health law moot court website.


Students should note that the weekend of this competition is the same as the scheduled Fall administration of the MPRE and Professional Responsibility final exams. I have brought this to the attention of the moot court organizers, but they are unable to change the dates of the competition. Students interested in this competition should plan their Fall courseload accordingly.



National Moot Court Team Tryouts

Try-outs for the 2008-09 National Moot Court Team will be held on Thursday and Friday, April 17th and 18th. To compete, you must submit a brief to Professor Marcosson by Friday, April 11th, and be prepared to perform an oral argument of that brief on either the 17th or the 18th (a sign-up sheet with times will be posted on Prof. Marcosson's office door, Room 254). All returning students are eligible for the team -- you will be eligible for two hours of academic credit and have a great time representing the law school at the regional competition in Richmond, VA., next fall (and -- we hope -- the national finals in New York in January 2009). If you have any questions, see Prof. Marcosson or e-mail him at

SBF accepting applications for the Exec Board

All members are encouraged to apply to the Executive Board of the Student Bar Foundation.  Thanks to those of you who made it to our meeting today. 

Andrea Vetter will succeed to the Chair position next year.  The positions that are open for next year are as follows:

1) Vice Chair- must be a second year next fall- the position will succeed to Chair in your third year. 

2) Auction/Fundraising Chair

3) Publicity Chair

4) Secretary

To apply, please submit a resume and short statement of your interest in SBF and why you would be a great officer.  Statements should be no more than one page.

Applications are due April 15th.  Please submit your resume and statement of interest to Emily Zahn by email at  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the same email address or contact any of the officers to discuss their current positions.  Thanks!

Judicial Clerkships Information Session Reminder

In the Cox Lounge on Thursday, April 3rd at 3:45 p.m.  See you there and bring your questions!

Student Registration

All materials needed for summer and fall 2008 registration are now available on the table outside the Registrar's office, room 206. You should obtain all necessary signatures and turn all forms in by Monday, April 7. See Dean Sealing if you have any questions.

Full instructions are available for download below.

Judicial Clerkships--Information Session This Week

This Thursday, April 3rd beginning at 3:45 in the Cox Lounge, meet with Justice Martin Johnstone and Dean Jim Chen to discuss everything you want to know about clerking at all the various levels of the federal and state courts. You've got questions; we've got answers.  Join us!