Student News

ACTA National Trial Competition Tryouts

ACTA National Trial Competition Tryouts will take place on Thursday, November 13, 2008, from 4:00pm - 7:00pm in the Allen Courtroom.

If you are a 2L, 3L, or 4L and interested in developing your trial skills while simultaneously earning school credit and strengthening your resume, then this competition is for you.

The regional competition is February 20-22, 2009, at Michigan State University. The final competition is March 25-28, 2009, in San Antonio, Texas.

For tryouts, you will need to submit your resume and present a 10-15 minute opening statement or closing argument using a past competition problem - State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb.  Students can access all of the materials for the case using the following link:  http://www.tyla.org/advocacy_ntc_archive.html.

*In order to give students time to look over the problem before committing to tryout, sign-up sheets will not be posted until Wednesday, October 22, on the Moot Court Board room door.

Please direct any questions to Brian Fayman via email at blfaym01@louisville.edu.

Ford Wins Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition

Algeria Ford
Congratulations to Algeria Ford, winner of the 2008 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition!

 

 

Appellant, Jason Schwalm, and Appellee, Algeria Ford, advanced from the first semifinal rounds to compete in the final round. The judges commended them both for an excellent performance.

Jason Schwalm and Samuel Lee
Jarrad Roby and Algeria Ford
Jason Schwalm and Samuel Lee Jarrad Roby and Algeria Ford
Final Round of Arguments
Final Round of Arguments

SALDF Pet Photo Contest Winner!!

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund would like to congratulate Mimi and Mason for being the most spirited pets! We would also like to thank Jane and President James Ramsey for submitting a photo of these very spirited dogs! Congratulations!

 

 

Winner

Pirtle-Washer 2008 Semifinalists

The Moot Court Board is pleased to announce that the semi-finalists for the 2008 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition are Algeria Ford, Samuel Lee, Jarrad Roby, and Jason Schwalm.


The semifinal and final rounds will be held on Friday, October 17th in the Allen Courtroom. All are welcome.

Here’s the schedule:

9 AM, Semifinal Round

  • Appellant: Jason Schwalm
  • Appellee: Samuel Lee

10:30 AM, Semifinal Round
  • Appellant: Jarrad Roby
  • Appellee: Algeria Ford
Semifinalists
 

Algeria Ford is a second year student who ultimately intends to practice patent law. He studied Biology and Chemistry as an undergraduate and holds a Masters degree in Biotechnology. He serves on the Journal of Law and Education, is a member of BLSA and will be representing the University as a member of the 2009 National Environmental Moot Court team. He credits his accomplishments to his wonderful wife and to his friends.

Samuel B. Lee, a third year law student, was born and raised in Owensboro, KY.  He attended the University of Kentucky where he earned a degree in Finance as well as a minor in Economics. After graduation, Mr. Lee plans to practice in Lexington.

Jarrad Roby, a third year student, hails from Bloomfield, KY and attended Bellarmine University where he studied Business Administration and Economics.  While at Bellarmine, Jarrad competed on its prestigious Mock Trial team earning All-American Attorney honors. Jarrad also helped to lead the Brandeis School of Law to a championship in last years Intrastate Moot Court competition. He is currently working for General Electric and clerked for the Governor's General Counsel last summer in Frankfort. He will attempt to participate on this year's Trademark Moot Court team as well and is looking forward to competing in the Spring.

Jason Schwalm is a third year student and Louisville native. His undergraduate degree is in literature from the University of Louisville.

 

Presiding Judges


Each semifinal round will be judged by the following three judge panel:


The winners of each of these rounds will continue to the final round at 1 PM.  This round will be judged by the following four judge panel:

Chili Cook-Off Raises Big Bucks for UofL Cares

Over $450 was raised at this year's Chili Cook-off, an event designed to celebrate the start of the 2008 UofL Cares Charitable Giving Campaign. The charities include Kosair Charities, Community Health Charities, United Way, Fund for the Arts, University of Louisville, and the WHAS Crusade for Children.

Kudos to Jim Becker for providing the winning dish, Melinda Becker's Deer Chili (aka "Aunt Sarah's Moose Chili").

Many thanks to everyone who either purchased a ticket, provided a tasty sweet or savory dish, and/or helped with the set up and clean up. It would not have been such a success with out you.

Melinda Becker's Bambi Chili

Welcome John Shelman

The IT department welcomes John Shelman, a Computer Information Systems major in the College of Business, who joined us Friday, October 10. John will replace Josh Edlin as the primary student computing support person.  Josh remains with us and will take over network maintenance from Mike Valentine, who accepted a full-time position with Smoothstone IP Communications last month.

John will share room 119 with Joe Leitsch, and John's schedule this semester is as follows:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00-9:00 AM
12:30-3:30 PM
8:00-10:30 AM
4:00-5:00 PM
8:00-9:00 AM
12:30-3:30 PM
8:00-10:30 AM
4:00-5:00 PM
12:30-4:30 PM

 

 

 

Welcome, John!

DC v. Heller - Do we really have the right to bear arms now?

October 15, 2008, 4:00pm – 5:00pm
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law Room 175
Sponsored by: Federalist Society
Registration Cost: Free Food!
Stephen Halbrook is the author of the new book The Founders' Second Amendment and the annual Firearms Law Deskbook. Located in Fairfax, Virginia, he is lead counsel in suits against the Chicagoland gun bans, the District of Columbia semiautomatic handgun ban, and New Orleans'Katrina-era gun confiscations. He filed an amici curiae brief on behalf of 55 Senators and 250 Representatives in DC v. Heller, which cited his book Freedmen, the 14th Amendment, & the Right to Bear Arms. Halbrook argued and won three Supreme Court cases on firearm law issues, including Castillo v. US, Printz v. US, and US v. TC Arms. He received a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Florida State University, taught at Howard University and George Mason University, and received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. His website is www.stephenhalbrook.com.

Lawlapalooza's a Success!

Over 200 people turned out for Lawlapalooza, the Louisville law community's 4th annual battle of the bands, at Phoenix Hill Tavern on October 2, 2008. More than $6400 was raised for the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which provides summer fellowships for Louisville law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Ewing Fellows, Marque Carey (2007 recipient) and Jacqueline Hersh (2008 recipient) were both present to show their support.

Lawlapalooza drum kit

WFPK's Laura Shine opened the ceremonies and by the end of the night The Frank Galvin Experience was crowned as the crowd favorite. Its members include attorneys from Seiller Waterman PLLC and Bahe Cook Cantley & Jones PLLC law firms. Highlights also included a tribute to the best of the 80's by Jim Becker and Professors Lars Smith & Tim Hall of Elvis Cardozo and the Attractive Nuisances, along with rock n' roll classics performed by second-year law students Forrest Kuhn and Andrew Henson of Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

 

Jim Becker was quoted in the October 2008 edition of The National Jurist, "Even if we're all competitors, we still root for each other, too. Louisville's a big small town, and we haven't yet lost the sense of being neighbors, especially in the legal community, and especially among the even smaller subculture of people who are both attorneys and musicians." Tim Hall commented in "Guitars & Gavels" (The Louisville Cardinal, October 7, 2008), "We didn't win, but we had a lot of fun. It's always good to be outspent because you know you're raising more money." Andrew Henson added, "It is a networking opportunity too."

A jubilent crowd of judges, attorneys, students, and friends of the local legal community appeared to have a good time dancing, singing along to their favorite tunes, and even igniting their lighters as a show of support. For a recap of the night's events, watch the videos and visit the Lawlapalooza 2008 image gallery.

Spring 2009 Schedule Available

The most recent revisions to the Spring 2009 schedule and Course Notes have been uploaded to the website at the following link:

 

http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/class-schedules/spring-2009

 

Printed copies of the schedule and related materials will be available once technical difficulties with our printers have been resolved. In the meantime, please use the above link to access the Spring 2009 schedule.

Labor Law Moot Court Sign Ups

The sign up for the Labor Law Moot Court Competition is posted on the Moot Court Board door (First Floor, past Debra Reh's office). If you are interested in being part of the Labor Law Moot Court Team, please stop by and sign up. The competition is in March. If you have questions about the competition, please contact Prof. Render.