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ABA Law Student Division National Awards Nominations

Now Available Online – National Award Nomination Forms
The Law Student Division presents national awards to ABA-approved law schools, their students and student organizations. Awards include Diversity, Public Interest, Student Bar Associations, Student Bar Association Presidents, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Membership and Activity, and Law School News Publications. Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2008.

 

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Book Signing with UofL Law School Grad

On Thursday, January 10th at 7 PM, avid woodsman and practicing attorney, Andre Bergeron, will participate in a reading and book signing for his new book, The Devil's Ridge. Bergeron uses the mythic quality of the North American great ape, Sasquatch, or Bigfoot, to craft a gripping page-turner that taps into our primal fears and basic instincts. Reminiscent of stories told around the campfire, The Devil's Ridge will make you wonder what is lurking in the shadows, just beyond the fire's light.

Andre Bergeron earned his Master's degree in English and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville. He practices law in Louisville. The Devil's Ridge is his first novel.

Where: Carmichael's Bookstore
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
502-896-6950

 

 

NAPABA: Emerging Immigration Issues in Employment Discrimination: Sex Trafficking to Sweatshops

Emerging Immigration Issues in Employment Discrimination: Sex Trafficking to Sweatshops

 

Description:

The panel discussed emerging immigration issues in the content of employment discrimination, including human and sex trafficking within the nation and regional scope. An attorney from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission discussed the Commission’s past and current efforts to combat human trafficking. The panel also provided a legal a legal update on case law regarding immigration rights under the employment discrimination laws.

 

An additional power point presentation of the panel will be posted shortly. Thanks for your patience.

 

Moderator:

Connie Liem of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Panelist: 

Angela Morrison of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunities Commission

Leicia Saucedo of Law University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 

 

Source: NAPABA 2007 Convention Panel

NAPALSA: Judicial Perspectives: Opportunities in Clerkships, Externships, and other Judicary Work

NAPALSA: Judicial Perspectives: Opportunities in Clerkships, Externships, and other Judicary Work

 

Description:

This panel, comprised of judges and clerks, provided a unique angle on applying for a judiciary career. The speakers for this panel are all deeply involved in public interest work through their roles as judges and other important judiciary positions. The judges explained what the day to day activites of clerks were for Municipal and Criminal Courts.

 

If anyone is interested in obtaining a clerkship in Los Angeles County, please contact Lily at lkchan03@louisville.edu for information distributed at the panel.

Moderator:

Julie Oh of Southeast Regional Director, NAPALSA

Speakers:

will be updated soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: NAPABA 2007 Convention Panel

NAPALSA: Affirmative Action and Diversity in Law School Admissions

NAPALSA: Affirmative Action and Diversity in Law School Admissions

 

 

Description:

It was a lively discussion between law professors, activists, and attorneys about diversity and access to education in higher education. The panel discussed the changing landscape of admissions in higher education and the effects of legislation like Michigan’s Civil Rights Initiative of California’s 209 on students of color. They covered what other states are following or objecting to the colorblind movement.

Moderator:

Steven Nguyen of Southwest Regional Director, NAPALSA

Speakers:

Angelo Ancheta of Santa Clara University School of Law

Karin Wang of Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC)

Khin Mai Aung of Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF)

Craig L. Jackson of Thurgood Marshall School of Law

 

 

Source: NAPABA 2007 Convention Panel

After Virginia Tech: Preventing Backlash Against Asian Americans, Handling Public Relations and Media Crises, and Protecting Civ

After Virginia Tech: Preventing Backlash Against Asian Americans, Handling Public Relations and Media Crises, and Protecting Civil Liberties

 

Description:

On April 16, 2007, Korean American student Cho Seung –Hul went on shooting rampage on the Virginia Tech campus, killing 33 people, and wounding many more before killing himself. The tragic incident received national as well as international media coverage, and has sparked real concerns about potential backlash towards the Korean, Korean American and broader Asian American communities. The panel addressed whether as lawyers and community leaders are prepared to respond to public relations and media crises in effective and timely manner, both to ensure that the right message is conveyed when the limelight is focused on the Asian American community, and to protect civil liberties and prevent violent backlash against innocent Americans. They discussed the changes since the death of Vincent Chin 25 years ago. The panel also covered what we have learned from the tragedy, and shared their experience surrounding Virginia Tech.

 

Moderation:

Debra Wong Yang of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Panelist:

Gie Kim of McKenzie & Kim, PLC

Dr. Larry Hajime Shinagawa of University of Maryland

Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr. of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Stewart Kwoh of Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California

 

 

 

 

Source: NAPABA 2007 Convention Panel

International Arbitration and Mediation: The Insider’s View

The Panelists

Robert Davison of JAMS (far right), Cedric Chao of Morrison & Forester LLP (middle), Yu Jianlong of China International Economic and Trade and the Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) (second to far right), Joseph Wu of USAsia Law, APC (far right).

 

Companies doing business abroad routinely insert a mandatory arbitration clause to resolve all disputes. But international arbitration is very different from U.S. litigation in most respect, e.g., discovery, presentation of evidence, the rules governing the tribunal’s deliberations. This panel explored the corporate client’s paramount concerns, the arbitrator’s view on effective and ineffective advocacy, the emergency of international mediation, and the outside lawyer’s tips on winning strategies.

 

Moderator: Cedric Chao of Morrison & Forester LLP

 

Panelists:

Yu Jianlong of China International Economic and Trade and the Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)

Robert Davidson of JAMS

Joseph Wu of USAsia Law, APC

 

Location:

Las Vegas, Nevada at the NAPABA/NAPALSA 2007 Conference


We have a booklet on successful resolutions in international arbitration. Email me if you would like to see the booklet, the panelists' biographies or their contact information.

 

Rattanaphone Mekmaysy

NAPALSA President

r0mekm01@louisville.edu

Kentucky Supreme Court Oral Arguments Live Online

Kentucky Supreme Court oral arguments are available online. The public can now view live feeds of the arguments. To watch the feeds, go to the Kentucky Supreme Court website, http://www.courts.ky.gov/courts/supreme/ and select the Oral Arguments Calendar from the right-hand menu.

The next scheduled oral arguments are December 12, 2007.

LAW-FIRMS HOSTING HOLIDAY PARTIES for FIRST-YEARS

On Thursday, January 3, 2008, two of our area's largest law firms are throwing holiday receptions for 1Ls!  See the invitations from Frost Brown Todd (with three parties thrown simultaneously in Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati from 4:30 to 6:30) and Graydon Head (in Cincinnati from 5:00 to 6:30) hanging on your mailroom wall, on our Career Services bulletin boards, and two-sided in your mailboxes for RSVP details. 

Make your plans now to attend and RSVP before you forget.  Outstanding networking opportunities -- you don't want to miss this chance.  And keep watching the Docket over the holidays for other invitations that could come in. 

Public Service Program Partners with LBA for Pro Se Devorice Clinics

The Public Service Program will be hosting a Lunch 'n' Learn on January 10, 2008, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. in Room 175. Judge Stephen George and attorney, Melanie Straw-Boone, will discuss the Louisville Bar Association (LBA) Pro Se Divorce Clinics. Come and hear about this exciting partnership between the LBA Pro Bono Consortium and Family Court to assist underserved pro se litigants in securing their divorces. All law students are invited to hear about the project and Family Court. Furthermore, the Public Service Program will be recruiting 2L, 3L and 4L law student volunteers for the clinics. (It is not necessary to attend the Lunch 'n' Learn to volunteer for the clinics. However, you must sign up in the public service office and attend the below-cited training.)

The clinics facilitate pro se parties seeking divorces to complete the paperwork required to initiate a divorce action. Students serve as intake coordinators. In addition to students, there are volunteer lawyers from the Bar at every clinics to supervise the students. The LBA Pro Bono Consortium sponsors Self-Help Divorce Clinics at the Jefferson Judicial Center (700 West Jefferson Street) on the second and fourth Fridays of the month from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The next training, which is required to volunteer at the clinic, will likely be held at 9:00 a.m. on January 25, 2008, immediately before that day's scheduled clinic. (We ask all students who sign up for this placement to volunteer for a minimum of six clinics during the semester.)