Student News

NAELA Seeks Student Papers

Any student who is working on a paper or law review article on the intersection of law and aging, elder or disability planning should consider submitting it to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  NAELA will select eight student articles from around the country to publish in the fall 2008 NAELA Student Journal.  The author of the best paper will be given a $1,500 cash prize and will be honored at the fall NAELA Institute (with $1,000 travel stipend).  Second and third place will receive $1,000 and $500.  Deadline: May 1.  See Dean Sealing if you are interested. 

Public Service Opportunity: Assist in Criminal Cases

The Public Service Program has been informed of an immediate need forof three students to assist a local attorney with three separate criminal cases in which defendants are charged with murder. The attorney has been court-appointed pursuant to the Public Defender's Assigned Counsel Plan.

The students would assist in investigation, legal research and general trial preparation on each of the three murder cases.  The cases are set for trial in July. Course prerequisites include criminal law, criminal procedure and constitutional law.  If you are interested in this placement, please e-mail Jina Scinta at or call at 852-5647. 

The first three students (with the appropriate course prerequisites) to respond will be signed up.

Moot Court Board Member Sign Ups

MCB Members, After spring break the first year students will need to practice their oral arguments for the First Year Oral Arguments on March 29.  ALL MCB members need to sign up for at least two practice times.  This is not optional.  The practice schedule will be posted at 7:30 Monday night on the MCB office door in the student lobby.  Sign up for a time before spring break.  There are times through out the week to sign up for so it should be relatively easy to find the right one for your personal schedule.  The quicker you sign up the more options you will have.  Thank You, Wade Yeoman

Student Bar Foundation Charity Auction

Join us for the Student Bar Foundation's Annual Charity Auction to be held on March 6, 2008 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Louisville Bar Association located at 600 W. Main in downtown Louisville. All are welcome.

See our fabulous auction items under the STUDENT BAR FOUNDATION CHARITY AUCTION 2008 page.

Law School Negotiations Team Recognized on UofL Website

UofL's negotiations team's national win has been recognized by the university. To view the story, click here:

Student Bar Foundation Charity Auction Items


We are pleased to present our auction items for 2008. 

Thanks to our generous donors!


1) Cardinals basketball autographed by the 2008 University of Louisville Basketball Team Members. A team on its way to great things.  VALUE: PRICELESS.  

2) PMBR 3-Day Intensive Seminar Course.   A gift certificate for a 3-day course.  Generously donated by PMBR.  Value: $475.

3) SURPRISE EVENT with Dean Chen!  Donated by Dean Chen.  Dean Chen will host 3 students or individuals for a surprise event.  VALUE: PRICELESS

4) One night stay and 18 holes of golf for two at Belterra.    Enjoy a complimentary one-night stay in a deluxe room at Belterra Resort and Spa for two persons.   A round of golf for a twosome on Belterra’s Tom Fazio Golf Course.  Subject to availability.  Some restrictions apply- no Saturday stays or golf outings.  Friday and Sunday stays and golf rounds are included.  Generously donated by Belterra Casino and Resort.  VALUE:$250.

5) PMBR 6-Day Intensive Seminar Course.  A gift certificate for a 6-day course- Generously donated by PMBR. Value:$799. 

6) FIVE days of tickets for six to Churchill Downs.Donated by Mr. Robert Kohn of Fernandez, Friedman, Grossman, & Kohn.  Excludes Derby Weekend.    This package includes an exuberant derby hat donated by Dean Jim Chen.

7) BAR/BRI full Kentucky Tuition.  A certificate towards A FULL BAR/BRI Bar Review Course in any of the following states: KY, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO ND, OH or SD.  Generously donated by BAR/BRI.  Excludes refundable book deposit and tax.  Expires in Feb 21, 2012.  value: $2500.   

8) Golf Foursome at Valhalla.  Play Valhalla- the home of the 2008 Ryder Cup.  This golf package includes Tuesday through Friday before 11 or after 2pm and Saturdays, Sundays or holidays after 2pm.  Caddies and carts are not included.  Ryder Cup and Ryder Cup preparation restrictions apply.  Generously donated by Woodward Hobson and Fulton. VALUE- priceless

9) Cincinnati Reds Game – Four tickets to the June 13th game of the Boston Red Sox at Cincinnati Reds.    These tickets are no longer available.  The four tickets are located in the first 15 rows on the third base line behind the visiting team’s dugout.  Generously donated by Justin Vetter.  ValuE: $1500. 


Item 1: Wine Lover’s Basket Donated by: Gemelli Wine and Spirits 

Item 2: Arthur Murray Dance LessonsDonated by Arthur Murray Dance Studios. 

Item 3: Actor’s Theater for twoDonated by Fund for the Arts. 

Item 4: A Night on the TownDonated by The Jazz Factory and SBF 

Item 5: Dinner with Professor Cross Donated by Professor John Cross. 

Item 6: Basketball signed by Darrell GriffithDonated by Darrel Griffith. 

Item 7: A Soccer Party          Donated by Mockingbird Valley Soccer. 

Item 8: Knitter’s Dream Basket Donated by Knit Nook and Emily Wang Zahn. 

Item 9: Edenside GalleryDonated by Edenside Gallery. 

Item 10: Dinner Around the WorldDonated by Sahara, El Mundo, Irish Rover, PF Chang’s. 

Item 11: Bats Tickets for FourDonated by the Louisville Bats. 

Item 12: Handcrafted Ceramic Platter Donated by Pottery by Linda. 

Item 13:  two Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom Tickets        Donated by Six Flags. 

Item 14: Dance with GraceDonated by Dance with Grace. 

Item 15: Try Scuba!  Donated by Kentucky Diving Headquarters. 

Item 16: A Legal History of KentuckyDonated by Prof. Kurt X. Metzmeier.
Item 17: Family Membership to BernheimDonated by Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest. 

Item 18: A Much Needed MassageDonated by Luna Boutique. 

Item 19: Dinner with Prof. Warren at Jack Fry’sDonated by Prof. Manning Warren. 

Item 20: Books and CoffeeDonated by Carmichael’s Bookstore and Emily Wang Zahn. 

Item 21: Family Membership to the Ali CenterDonated by The Ali Center. 

Item 22: Dinner with Prof. LevinsonDonated by Professor Ariana Levinson. 

Item 23: Dinner at Artemesia and DancingDonated by Artemesia and Arthur Murray Dance Studios. 

Item 24: 5000 Westlaw PointsDonated by Westlaw. 

Item 25: Bats TicketsDonated by The Louisville Bats. 

Item 26: Dinner and  MovieDonated by Baxter Theaters and Bristol Bar & Grille. 

Item 27: Gourmet Gift Basket Donated by Tilford Dobbins Alexander Buckaway & Black. 

Item 28: Kentucky Practice: Civil Procedure Forms, Vol. 11, 12.Donated by Prof. Leslie W. Abramson. 

Item 29: Vincenzo’s: Dinner and DancingDonated by Frost Brown Todd. Dance lessons donated by Arthur Murray Dance Studios. 

Item 30: Speed Art Museum MembershipDonated by the Speed Art Museum. 

Item 31: Golf Accessory BasketDonated by Legal Aid Society of Louisville. 

Item 32: Arthur Murray Dance LessonsDonated by Arthur Murray Dance Studios. 

Item 33: Dinner and a Bats Game. Donated by Middleton Reutlinger. 

Item 34: $500 off Liposuction Treatment. Donated by Dr. Leigh Walsh. 

Item 35: The Perfect Lamp. Donated by Eyedia. 

Item 36: Luxury Spa Package. Donated by Emily Wang Zahn and Andrea Vetter. 

Item 37: Cookie of the Month Club.  Donated by Mary Jo Gleason. 

Item 38: Actor’s Theater Tickets for Two. Donated by Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. 

Item 39: Runner’s Basket. Donated by Fleet Feet and the Student Bar Foundation. 

Item 40: Metro Arts Center ClassesDonated by The Metro Arts Center.

Item 41: Two Golf LessonsDonated by Golf Galaxy. 

Item 42: A Necklace for Her

Donated by Elizabeth Haendiges.

AND MUCH, MUCH MORE. . . . We will have raffles for baskets donated by each class and roses for $20 which come with a gift certificate to a local establishment (generously donated by Prof. Laura Rothstein).   It is not too late to donate.  Make your donation now by emailing  THANKS!

Governor's Budget Cuts: Impact to Louisville's Legal Aid Society

Given the connections between the law school (career services, public service, externships, and the UPCOMING clinic) and Louisville's Legal Aid Society, please find below information about the current budget crisis affecting Kentucky's civil legal aid programs.

2-27-08 Courier-Journal article:

According ot the Justice Cabinet Secretary’s Office, it is now clear that the Governor’s budget (HB 406) does not include a dedicated appropriation for Kentucky’s civil legal aid programs. Since 1996, the civil legal aid programs have received $1.5 million annually to support the work they do. Of this appropriation, Louisville's Legal Aid Society receives approximately $250,000 to serve clients in our region.

Funding needs to be restored for 2008-09. Supports of Legal Aid need to contact their elected members and urge them to fund Kentucky’s civil legal aid programs at $1.5 million annually. Phone calls or letters are the preferred method of contact. Emails are not effective at this point in the session given the sheer volume legislators are receiving.

Attached is a list of the Jefferson County Delegation members. The Jefferson County Delegation needs to hear from their constituents that this issue needs their attention.

For Faxes: Take the attached sample letter, paraphrase and add your own personal language. Please use letterhead that references your personal address within the elected official’s district. If you do not live in Jefferson County but know a supporter of Legal Aid who would be willing to contact their Jefferson County representative, please ask them to do so. The fax number is 502-564-6543.

For Phone Calls: The toll-free number to talk to OR leave a message for a legislator is 1-800-372-7181. The process is simple: Ask to speak to a House member. If he or she is unavailable, ask to leave a message. The message is:
Please restore funding for civil legal aid to $1.5 million in HB 406.

Partners in Professionalism: Surviving the First Six Months

The final mentoring program of the 2007-08 year will be held Tuesday March 4, 2008, at the law school. The program, "What You Need to Know to Make the Transition From Law School to Practice and to Survive the First Six Months," will begin at Noon and last until 2:00 p.m. This includes time for one-on-one conversations with the students.

This is a tremendous opportunity for students to meet with seasoned attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals who can help guide them into an effective legal career. Topics to discuss include:

Preparing for the Bar
Assessing Job Options
Entering the Profession
And More.....

The panel will be moderated by Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson
Panelists include Jim Herr, Stephanie Burke, Brian Edwards, Pete Karem and Jennifer Moore.

McAnulty Tribute Offers Time to Remember, Time to Celebrate

On February 27, 2008, BLSa and the Unviversity of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law presented a Scholarly Tribute honoring Justice William McAnulty, Jr. The event, held at the Louisville Bar Association, provided members of the Louisville legal community with an opportunity to remember and celebrate the work of Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr.

The tribute opened with remarks by community leaders including Justice Lisabeth Abramson, Steve Trager, and Judge Ben Shobe. Following these comments, the winners of the Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr. Essay Contest at Central High School, sponsored by the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, were announced, and Dean Jim Chen shared information about the McAnulty Scholarship fund. The evening ended with the unveiling of a portrait of Justice McAnulty painted by UofL fine arts professor Mark Priest. The portrait will hang in the School of Law.

BLSA members welcoming attendees Justice Abramson with William McAnulty, III
Portrait of Justice William E. McAnulty


Student Bar Foundation Charity Auction

To all students,


The Student Bar Foundation is the charitable giving arm of the Student Bar Association.  This student run organization helps raise and distribute funds for student fellowships or travel stipends for law-related public service work.  

We raise funds each year through the generous donations of faculty, staff, students and the legal community.  Each spring, we host a charity auction which raises money through a silent and live auction for our annual grants.

Over the next few days your class representatives will be passing around donation envelopes for this year's auction on March 6. Any help towards our cause would be most appreciated!  To learn more you can check out our brochures currently located in Emily Zahn's mail file.  Thank you.