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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.

Graduation Announcements Reminder

Attention May Graduates: You should have received in your mailbox a note and order form for graduation announcements in your mailbox earlier this week. If you are interested in purchasing graduation announcements, please complete the form and submit it with a check payable to UofL (or a Visa or Mastercard). If you submit the form to Rita Seigwald (Room 204) by March 7, you can avoid shipping and handling charges.

In addition, please remember that academic apparel must be ordered online by midnight, March 31, 2008. The complete apparel order form is available at (A link to the Student Order Information is available on the left navigation bar.)

Order Caps and Gown

All graduation caps and gowns must be purchased by midnight on March 31, 2008. Go to Scroll down to the University of Louisville and then two pages later click the "order the cap and gown" link at the bottom of the screen.  Cost is $39.15.

Public Service Opportunity: Summer 2008 Job Corps

Gain legal experience while making a difference through the 2008 Summer Corps.

The Equal Justice Works Summer Corps program enages law students around the country who are expanding the delivery of legal services to those who need it most. Summer Corps is an AmeriCorps-funded program that in 2008 will provide 350 law students with the opportunity to earn a $1,000 education award voucher for dedicating their summer to a qualifying legal project at a nonprofit public interest organization. Summer Corps members provide critically needed legal assistance in low-income and underserved communities in the United States on a broad range of issue areas.

Apply online beginning Wednesday, March 19 at noon EST.
Application closes Wednesday, April 2 at 5 p.m. EST.

For more information and to apply, visit

Immigration Law Moot Court Team Wins Best Brief Award

Congratulations to the Immigration Law Moot Court Team: Claire Parsons and Brent Assef. The team won the Best Brief Award and were Finalists in the competition, after competition rounds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this past weekend.The Third Annual Immigration Law Moot Court Competition took place on February 21-24, 2008. Thirteen teams from around the country were a part of the competition in New York City.