Student News

Bad Weather: Law School Closed Today, 2/21

Classes are canceled and offices are closed for February 21 beginning at 10 a.m. due to an approaching ice storm. See www.louisville.edu for details.

More Moot Court Success!

Congratulations to Ashley Duncan and Brittany Drucker who received Best Brief for Appellant at the 2008 National Animal Advocacy Competitions, held at Harvard on February 15-17, 2008. Duncan and Drucker's brief made a facial challenge to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and an as-applied challenge, arguing that defendant's actions were protected by the first amendment and not within the scope of the Act.

Professor Jennifer Hall acted as the team's advisor.

For more information about the competition, please visit the National Center for Animal Law's website.

To read the winning brief, please click here.

Interested in Student Government? Spring 2008 law school election information available 3/3

The law school's 2008 Spring Elections for the Student Bar Association (SBA), American Bar Association (ABA), and Honor Council will take place on March 26 & 27. Below is the timetable for election activities.

 

NOTE:  All candidates must attend one (1) of the candidate interest meetings OR obtain permission from the Election Committte to attend a make-up meeting with the SBA President to be eligible to run for office. 

 

More information, including elections rules, will be posted on March 3 by 8 AM. 


 

Election Timetable

Monday, March 3 Election Packet Available & Sign-up Sheets for Offices

                                                8:00 AM in SBA Office, Room 180

Monday, March 17 First Candidate Interest Meetings

12:00-12:15 PM & 5:45-6:00 PM, SBA Office, Room 180


Tuesday, March 18 Second Candidate Interest Meeting

5:15-5:30 PM & 5:45-6:00 PM, SBA Office, Room 180


Wednesday, March 19 Third & FINAL Candidate Interest Meeting

12:00-12:15 & 5:45-6:00 PM, SBA Office, Room 180


Wednesday, March 19 Statement of Candidacy Forms DUE – 10:00 PM

 

Thursday, March 20 Formal Campaigning Begins – 8:00 AM

 

Wednesday, March 26 & Thursday, March 27 ** ELECTION DATES **

 

Wednesday, April 2 Voting in Run-off Election ** TENTATIVE **

$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