Congratulations to Ben Basil, winner of the 2009 First-Year Oral Advocacy Competition!
Appellant, Ben Basil, and Appellee, Courtney Phelps, advanced from the semi-final rounds to compete in the final round. They were both commended by the judges for an exceptional performance.
|Ben Basil||Courtney Phelps|
|Ben Basil and Courtney Phelps (seated)||Members of the audience|
|The Honorable Chief Judge Danny J. Boggs, Judge Ann O'Malley Shake, and Judge McKay Chauvin presided over the final round of arguments.|
All students, including current 1Ls, are invited to try out. Students interested in trying out for the team must sign up for a time to present their oral argument on Wednesday, April 8, Thursday, April 9, or Friday, April 10. The oral argument counts for 50% of your tryout score. The sign up sheet is located on the Moot Court Board door. The deadline for signing up is 4:00 on Monday, April 6.
Students must also submit a brief (can be, but does not have to be, your BLS brief) to Professor Marcosson in his office by 4:00 on April 6. The brief will count for 50% of your tryout score.
Questions may be addressed to Professor Marcosson or Steve Mattingly, Brian Stempien, Duffy Trager, or Barry Dunn, or the members of last year's team.
University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law alumna and Louisville public figure Tori Murden McClure, '95, the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, will publish her memoir, A Pearl in the Storm, on April 7. Detailing her first and second attempts to row across the Atlantic, A Pearl in the Storm, focuses on Tori’s personal reflections on the achievements, along with the lessons she learned along the way. The memoir includes tales of Tori's time in Louisville, and has been hailed by actress Candace Bergen as one of “courage, adventure and personal discovery that will appeal to women - and men of all ages."
Tori Murden McClure will give a booktalk at the Public Library's downtown branch at 7 PM on April 7. Tickets are free and may be ordered online or by calling 574-1644. She's also the featured guest at Aprily's Kentucky Author Forum on April 14 at the Bomhard Theater in the Kentucky Center for the Arts. This event includes a book sale in the Main Lobby from 6-7 PM followed by a lecture and Q&A session from 7-8 PM and then a post reception and book signing in the Main Lobby 8-9 PM. Tickets are $15 and may be ordered online or by calling 584-7777.
"Unlike Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea, Tori Murden McClure's true story of a woman and the sea and a boat named American Pearl is one of victory. But her triumph is not merely over the elements. Tori finds the courage to cross the inner seas and discover not monsters but a land of promise and an expanded opportunity to love. If you want to be inspired, read this book. You won't stop till you've finished." -- Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife
Congratulations to Courtney Phelps, Blake Nolan, Ben Basil and Whitney True for making it to the Final Four 1L Moot Court Competition.
This is the lineup:
Courtney Phelps v. Blake Nolan
Ben Basil v. Whitney True
For details about the final round and the celebration planned following it, please click on this link: http://www.law.louisville.edu/node/3073
The Moot Court Board is holding an information session regarding applying for membership for the 2009-2010 school year this Friday, April 3, 2009 directly following the 1L Lawyering Skills Class at 10:30 am in Room 275. Please attend this meeting if you are interested in becoming a Moot Court Board Member because we will be addressing important information. We look forward to seeing you there.
In addition to the Moot Court Board Informational Meeting at 10:30 am on Friday, April 3 we will also be holding one at 2:20 on Friday, April 3 in Room 075. If you are interested applying to be on the Board for next year please attend one of these meetings. We look forward to seeing you there.
The law library will be open from 8 AM to 6 PM that Saturday.
Many thanks to Jim Bland for providing this report.
The route is described below:
Southern Parkway from 3rd Street (by Oakdale Ave) to New Cut (into the park).
Kenwood from New Cut to Seneca Trail.
3rd Street from Seneca Trail to W. Kenwood Way.
W. Kenwood Way from 3rd Street to BurkleyAve.
Burkley Ave from S. 5th Street to Southern Parkway.
Oakdale from Southern Parkway into S. 4th (into Gate #3 of Churchill Downs)
Central Ave from Rodman to 4th Street.
4th Street from Central to Breckinridge Street.
Breckinridge from 7th to Barret Ave.
Barret Ave from Breckinridge to Castlewood Ave.
Baxter from Castlewood to Tyler Park (near the other end of Castlewood)
Tyler Park from Baxter to Eastern Parkway.
Eastern Parkway from Tyler Park to Scenic Loop (inside Cherokee Park)
Lexington from Ledge to Grinstead Drive.
Grinstead from Lexington to Cherokee Road.
Cherokee Road from Grinstead to Broadway.
Baxter Ave from Broadway to Jefferson Street.
Chestnut from Jefferson to Main.
Main from Chestnut to Campbell Street.
Campbell from Main to Washington.
Washington from Campbell to Clay Street.
Clay from Washington to E. Witherspoon.
E. Witherspoon from Clay to River Road.
River Road from E. Witherspoon to Preston & Witherspoon.
Witherspoon from Preston to Floyd.
Floyd from Witherspoon to Main.
Main from Floyd to 2nd Street.
2nd Street from Main to Chestnut Street.
Chestnut from 2nd to 7th Street.
7th from Breckinridge to Market Street.
Market from 7th to 2nd.
The Journal of Law and Education will be holding an interest meeting for potential candidates on Wednesday April 8th from 12-1pm in room 075. Please come with any questions you may have.
The law library will open earlier and close later during the exam period, April 21 to May 1. However, it will be closed Derby Weekend (May 2-3) and the following weekend (May 9-10) for graduation.
Please refer to our Library Hours for details.
Due to the hard and enterprising work of Algeria Ford and Barry Dunn, a brand new event has been added to the law school calendar:
The 1L Oral Argument Competition.
More than two dozen 1Ls have volunteered to participate in the competition. The final round, slated for 3:00 p.m. this Friday, will be argued in the Allen Courtroom before the following panel of jurists: Chief Judge Danny Boggs, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Judge McKay Chauvin, Jefferson County Circuit Court; Judge Ann Shake, Jefferson County Circuit Court
The presence of students, faculty and staff will be greatly welcomed. A brief reception featuring our guests and 1L finalists will follow immediately in the Cox Lounge.
Below is the moot court bracketing from the quarterfinals (today) through the final round on Friday.
We'd also like to recognize all the 1Ls who participated in the competition:
- Ben Basil
- Brian Bennett
- Matthew Birkhofer
- Nathan Chittick
- Jacob Davis
- Sean Donaldson
- Michael Gray
- Nicole Kersting
- Phil Lawson
- Eric Lowe
- Michael McKay
- Blake Nolan
- Marilyn Osborn
- Courtney Phelps
- Aaron Price
- Katie Reisz
- Jared Sawyer
- Daniel Schoenbaechler
- Beth Schroeder
- Zachary Springer
- Tommy Sturgeon
- Samantha Thomas
- Whitney True
- Jenny White
The American Constitution Society, a new organization at the Law School, is hosting its first Speaking Event on April 8 at noon, in room 175. Attorney Gregory Belzley is a Pro Bono Attorney with Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. He will be speaking on "Civil Rights of the Incarcerated."
We will also be holding executive board elections on April 14th for the fall term. To stand for elections for the ACS executive board, you must join the national chapter. Membership can be obtained at www.acslaw.org/join. Elections will be held in room 80 from 5-6 PM.
ACS is a progressive-minded national legal organization. As a charter
member of the national organization, the American Constitution Society
at Brandeis School of Law seeks to promote the mission of the American
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) promotes the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law. These abiding principles are reflected in the vision of the Constitution’s framers and the wisdom of forward-looking leaders who have shaped our law throughout American history. As a result of their efforts, the Constitution has retained its authority and relevance for each new generation.
The American Constitution Society embraces the progress our nation has made toward full embodiment of the Constitution’s core values. ACS believes that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. We are revitalizing and transforming legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislatures and the media, and we are building a diverse and dynamic network of progressives committed to justice. Through these efforts, ACS will ensure that the institutions of American law reflect the highest values of our nation and serve the needs of its people.
James S. Fisher
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law