Student News


On September 20, Andy Long gave a guest lecture in the College of Business to economics professor Jose Fernadez's "Law and Economics" course.  Andy discussed the use of property rights in environmental regulation, focusing on the cap and trade program for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides (the Acid Rain Program) established under the Clean Air Act.

Virginia Smith was a co-presenter of "University of Louisville Libraries Digital Collections: Connecting Communities and Collections," a program at the Kentucky Library Association's annual meeting, September 19-22, 2007.

Bob Stenger conducted three classes in the School of Medicine's Introduction to Clinical Medicine course for second-year medical students on September 4, 11& 13.  They discussed medical cases which raised issues of bioethical and professionalism; the students made presentations which the other students and I critiqued.
In addition, Bob participated on a panel ["Development and Changes in Values and Ethics in Today's Society"] as part of the LBA's Leadership Academy: Ethics, Justice and Values, at Bellarmine University on September 21.

The Kentucky Law Blog has reprinted Jim Jones' review of Elyn Saks' book, The Center Cannot Hold:  My Journey Through Madness.



The October SBA Student of the Month is ROBYN LURDING. Robyn was nominated by numerous students. She successfully organized a meet and greet for students interested in small firms and remains dedicated to her Wednesday bake day. Be sure to congratulate Robyn if you see her. She will be presented with some gifts from the SBA and holds the title until the end of the month.

Congratulations Robyn!!

Email any nominations to

VOTE WED & THURS -- T-Shirt Design for Decedent's Ball

Students will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite Decedent's Ball t-shirt design on Wednesday and Thursday of this week -- October 3 and 4.  Either stop by the SBA office or the Decedent's Ball table to vote.

USB Distribution

Every returning second-, third- and fourth-year student is entitled to receive ONE (1) 64 MB Louisville Law USB drive. First-years and Fall 2007 visiting and transfer students received theirs at Orientation. Beginning Monday, October 1, you may pick up your USB drive at the Law Library Circulation Desk anytime the library is open. You must show your Cardinal Card in order to receive the drive. What's the catch? Read the Computer Exam Procedures page. Even if you don't plan to take your exams on computer, you may still pick up a USB drive.

Pirtle-Washer Semi-finalists

The Moot Court Board is pleased to announce that the semi-finalists for the 2007 Pirtle-Washer Moot Court Competition are Jeff Nicoson, Joe Stennis, Caroline Pieroni, and John Purlee. The semi-final and final rounds of Pirtle-Washer will be held on Friday, October 5 in the Allen Courtroom, with the semi-final arguments at 9 and 10:30 AM and the final argument at 2 PM. A reception will follow the final argument in the Cox Lounge. All are invited to attend Friday's events.

Our Semi-finalists

Jeff Nicoson is a Louisville native who graduated with a B.S. in Enviromental Biology from Taylor University in 2000 and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Ball State University for 2003. Prior to coming to the law school, Nicoson worked in Nashville as a Land Planner designing mixed-use subdivisions and commercial properties. He competed on last year's National Health Law Moot Court competition and is on this year's National Moot Court team. Nicoson plans to pursue a career in trial litigation and appellate advocacy.

John Purlee is a second-year law student at the University of Louisville School of Law. Originally from Bedford, Indiana, he graduated from Franklin College of Indiana in 2006, where he majored in Political Science. Purlee is a law clerk at Don Smith Law Offices.

Caroline Lynch Pieroni received her undergraduate degree in journalism at Western Kentucky University in 2002. While at Western, she was named the Associated Press Collegiate Reporter of the Year (2001), won a Gold Circle award for news writing (2001), and also won First Place for Spot News in the national Hearst Journalism Awards Competition. Pieroni spent three years writing business stories at The Courier-Journal before entering law school. She is currently a second-year law school student and a member of the Louisville Law Review.

Joe Stennis, Jr. was born and raised in Louisville and is a graduate of Louisville Male High School. Stennis obtained my undergraduate degree in Accounting and an MBA from the University of Louisville. Prior to starting law school, he worked in the banking industry as a banking center manger, small business development officer, and investment sales representative. He was selected articles editor for the Journal of Law & Education; completed a summer judicial law clerkship with the Honorable Chief Justice Joseph E. Lambert of the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The Pirtle-Washer Moot Court Competition would not be possible without the support of alumni and the legal community. This year, the following Kentucky judges have agreed to support this program and hear arguments.

Judges for the Semi-Final Round

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Moyer
Judge Moyer earned his juris doctor from the University of Virginia in 1974. He took the bench in 1996.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David Stosberg
Judge Stosberg, a 1973 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, was sworn in on June 30, 1989.

Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Tom Wine Judge ‘80
Judge Wine was born in Louisville. He graduated from the University of Louisville with a bachelor's degree in 1977 and a juris doctor in 1980. He was appointed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in August 2006 to serve Division 1 of the 4th Appellate District, which consists of Jefferson County. He was subsequently elected to the Court of Appeals in November 2006.

Judges for the Final Round

Supreme Court Justice Mary Noble
Justice Noble earned a bachelor's degree in 1971 and a master's degree in 1975 from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. She completed her juris doctor at the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1981. She was elected to the Supreme Court of Kentucky in November 2006 to serve the 5th Supreme Court District.

Supreme Court Justice Lisa Abramson ‘80
Justice Abramson earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Louisville, graduating in 1977 with highest honors. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1980 and was named the Outstanding Graduate of her law school class. She is a former winner of the Pirtle-Washer Competition.

Justice Abramson was sworn in as a justice for the Supreme Court of Kentucky on Sept. 10, 2007, after being appointed by Gov. Ernie Fletcher to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the late Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr. She will represent Jefferson County, which is the 4th Supreme Court District.

Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Martin McDonald ‘88
Judge McDonald is a 1988 graduate of the University of Louisville's School of Law. He was elected to Jefferson District Court in November 1993, where he remained until his election to Jefferson Circuit Court in 2003.




The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund is planning an upcoming fundraiser.  We will donate proceeds to Kentucky animal welfare organizations.  If you resemble your pet, you are the perfect participant.  Beginning tomorrow, we will accept pictures of law students, professors, and staff with their animal companions. Each entry is only $1! In just a few weeks, we will display these pictures and allow people to indicate which person most closely resembles his or her animal companion by dropping spare change into jars.  The winner will receive a Feeder's Supply Gift Card and various other animal related prizes.  All participants will get the satisfaction of knowing they helped their animal friends by raising funds for animals.

 To enter please place your $1 donation, picture, and name and contact number in an envelope.  Please place the envelope in Brittany Ducker's mailbox.  All submissions must be received by Friday, October 12th.


During the fundraiser, SALDF members will also be available to give you updates on the current state of animal law in the US and current initiatives in which the SALDF has become involved.  Unfortunately, KY ranks #50 in animal protection laws among US states.  We have the worst laws in America.  This is extremely embarassing and has to change.  Please participate in this fundraiser, and keep your ears open.  The SALDF is committed to informing our law school community about chances to help animals.

Student Bar Foundation Door Prize Winners

The Student Bar Foundation raised $230 last week during its Fall Fundraiser.  We thank Primo, the Seelbach, Dean Hall, Prof. Nowka and SBF officers for their generous donations to our door prizes.  We also thank everyone who stopped by to make a donation and learn a little more about the SBF. 

Our door prize winners are as follows:

Dinner for two at Primo: Scott Campbell

Brunch at the Seelbach: Colleen Clemons

First Year Study Aid Basket: Lauren Bean

Please contact Emily Zahn at to redeem your prizes.

Our next SBF meeting will be on October 22nd at noon. All are welcome.

Elect to read a banned book!

Banned Books Week will be celebrated in libraries around the country from September 29 through October 6, 2007.

Celebrating the Freedom to Read has been observed during the last week of September each year since 1982. This annual American Libraries Association (ALA) event reminds Americans not to take this precious democratic freedom for granted.

Join the ALA UK Student Chapter in Celebrating Banned Books Week
Thursday, October 4, 4:30-6:30 PM
McConnell Center -- 504A King Library South, inside the CAIT Lab

Read from and discuss your favorite banned books and hear how libraries and librarians address challenges to books in their collections. The event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–2000

Environmental Law Competition Update

 Professor Long is happy to accept writing samples (preferably a brief) for the Environmental Law Comeptition by email at through Saturday, Sept 29.  


Original Message:

Sign up now to participate in the Environmental Law Competition to be held at Pace Law School, White Plains, New York from Feb. 21-23, 2008. Brandeis is participating in this appellate style competition for the first time this year, so all students with an interest in environmental law should show their support. A sign up sheet is posted on the Moot Court Office door, room #183. A writing sample is required and must be submitted to room #262 by Thursday, September 27, 2007. More information is posted on flyers around school, the Moot Court Office, and Prof. Long's office, room #262.

Public Service Opportunity: Legal Researcher

Volunteer Job Announcement for a Legal Researcher to work with the Gulf Coast Civic Works Project Legal Researcher.  The Gulf Coast Civic Works Program (GCCWP) will select 10-15 legal researchers from law schools across the country to work with a group of Law Professors, Legal Practitioners, community organizations and government officials around labor issues in Gulf Coast Recovery.  

Legal Researcher will perform (remotely, no relocation necessary) a variety of duties related to legal proceedings, technical writing; acts as a liaison between community organizations, private attorneys, and State agencies/institutions.

For more information about this position, please see or email Mary Jo Gleason (  This position is ideal for Law Students seeking to enter Legislative Law, Government Relations/ Lobbying or pursuing an LLM or other advanced degree in Constitutional, Labor or International Law.  The requirements for the position are to be a 2L or 3L student currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school. Excellent academic credentials in Legislative, Constitutional and Administrative Law courses required. Experience in legislative support or government relations desired, but not necessary. Undergraduate background in History, English, Liberal Arts, International Studies, Economics and Political Science is preferred. Law Review, Moot Court, Top 10% of class ranking and past participation in the Student Hurricane Network or Matchmakers for Justice will receive preferential review.

This volunteer position meets the requirements for the public service program.