Student News

Sad News

The Law School is very saddened to report that Andrew Franklin Young, a third-year student, died March 19, 2009. The entire Law School community extends its deepest sympathies to Mr. Young's family.

Visitation for Mr. Young took place Sunday, March 22, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Morgan's Funeral Home, 301 West Washington Street, Princeton, KY 42445, 270-365-5595. The funeral will take place Monday, March 23, at 1 p.m. CDT at Morgan's Funeral Home.

The Law School will observe a minute of silence at noon on Monday in memory of Mr. Young.

New Printers!

We've installed two new printers in the Law Library: one in the first floor lab and one for laptop users.  Each new printer is an HP LaserJet 9050 -- candy apple red, with chrome fins and flame decals.  Laptop users who wish to use the new laptop printer must stop by room 119 and see John Shelman.  John will cheerfully install the driver for the new printer and get you connected.  Students will not be able to use the new laptop printer until Cheerful John has installed the driver for it.

The Journal of Law and Education Congratulates it's 2009-2010 Editorial Board

The 2009-2010 Editorial Board members are::

Editor-in-Chief- Algeria Ford
Chalk Talk (Notes) Editor- Noelle Rao

Chalk Talk (Notes) Editor- Chelsea Catiglioni

Administrative Editor (Articles) - Bradley Palmer
Administrative Editor (Cases) - Gayla Cissell
Articles Editor – Adrienne Henderson
Constitutional Law Editor - Duffy Trager
Torts Editor – Jennifer Ward
Disability & Harassment Editor - Rebekah Cotton
Employment Editor – Andrew Henson
Student Loans & Litigation Editor – Brian Fayman

Kudos for JLE Members

Congratulations to Bradley R. Palmer and Darren Mayberry for being chosen for publication in the JLE's April 2009 issue.  Bradley's exceptional note is titled "Uncle Sam, Tuition Costs, and the Changing Economy: Tax Incentives for Education Expenses and How to Improve Them."  Darren's excellent note is titled "The F-1/H-1B Visa Contradiction: Uncle Sam Wants Your Tuition, But Not Your Expertise Or Your Tax Dollars."

The Journal of Law and Education would also like to congratulate Algeria Ford on being chosen as the JLE's 2009-2010 Editor-in-chief.


~Kevin J. Graves, Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Law and Education (2008-2009)

Featured Book Release: "The Beats"

The Beats: A Graphic History book jacket

The Law Library's own Jerome Neukirch is a featured illustrator of the new book "The Beats: A Graphic History" (Harvey Pekar et al, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009). In its review of the book, Publishers Weekly writes that "Jerome Neukirch's art for the bio of proto-beat Slim Brundage [is] the artistic standout illustrations" of the book. The book will go on sale March 17 and is already available for pre-purchase on

Community Service Day Project Update

Three projects have been chosen for the 2nd Annual Community Service Day on April 4.

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund has organized a project at the Animal Care Society, Louisville's only no-kill animal shelter; the Women's Law Caucus has organized a project with the Family Scholar House; and members of the Environmental Law & Land Use Society have arranged a clean-up project with Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

We will also be collecting donated items for the Animal Care Society and the Kentucky Foster Care & Special Needs Adoption Program Recruitment and Certification program the week prior to the event.

Donations and monetary contributions are still needed for door prizes, food, and beverages for the kick-off party that morning. Please contact Virginia Smith if you'd like to help out.

Wagner Moot Court Competition: Cheer on Your Classmates

The Moot Court Board would like to wish Lucas Vance, Calvin Duncan and Michael Andrew Haile good luck as they compete in the Wagner Moot Court Competition at New York Law School this week.

Good Luck!!

SALDF Asks For Your Help!

SALDF asks you to make a donation to help neglected animals. Clean Slate Animal Rescue, a private "shelter" in Adair County, was recently closed and its owner charged with 295 counts of animal cruelty. More than 300 animals were seized, including dogs, cats, chickens, goats, pigs, donkeys and a horse. The animals housed at the facility were extremely neglected and suffered from malnourishment, respiratory problems, mange, skin infections, parasites and various other illnesses. Unfortunately, several animals were dead by the time officials reached them, and dozens more could not be helped and were euthanized. The Humane Society of the United States has transported many of these animals to the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society Shelter for treatment before being dispersed to shelters across the state for adoption. This massive rescue effort is in need of help. SALDF will be taking donations to help the shelters housing and treating these neglected animals. Donation bins will be in the Law School lobby all week for donated goods, and a table will be set up from 12 - 2 p.m on Tuesday, March 10th and Thursday, March 12th to collect cash donations. A list of items needed is included below. Thanks for all your help!

Items Needed: blankets,old towels, pet shampoo, paper towels, bleach, cedar shavings, and gloves.


For more information see:



March 11, 2009, 12:00pm – 12:50pm
Room 171
Sponsored by: Federalist Society
Registration Cost: FREE PIZZA!

Patrick M. Garry
Associate Professor of Law -
University of South Dakota School of Law
Director, Center for Empirical Legal Research

Patrick Garry has a J.D. and a Ph.D. in Constitutional History from the University of Minnesota.  Before joining the faculty at The University of South Dakota School of Law, Professor Garry was a partner and shareholder with the third largest law firm in Minneapolis. He was also a research scholar at the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center and a visiting scholar at Columbia University Law School, and he served as a legal advisor to the Silha Center for Media Law and Ethics at the University of Minnesota.

Patrick Garry is a contributor to The Oxford Companion to the United States Supreme Court, The Encyclopedia of the U.S. Supreme Court, The Oxford Companion to U.S. History, and The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment, and has published nine books.  His first book was included in the Distinguished Studies in American Legal and Constitutional History.  His subsequent books have been reviewed in such publications as the Harvard Law Review, The Times Literary Supplement, National Journal, Political Science Quarterly, Booklist and The New Yorker.  Professor Garry’s study of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes appears in Great Justices of the US Supreme Court.  His scholarly articles have been published in the Wake Forest Law Review, Florida Law Review, Alabama Law Review, BYU Law Review, Utah Law Review, University of Pittsburgh Law Review, SMU Law Review, Temple Law Review, Missouri Law Review, University of Miami Law Review, Kentucky Law Journal, Arizona State Law Journal, and Pepperdine Law Review, some of which have been reprinted in the First Amendment Law Handbook and by the Washington Legal Foundation.  Professor Garry has also written for such popular audience periodicals as the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune, Omaha World-Herald, Commonweal, Chicago Tribune, Cincinnati Post, Washington Times, Indianapolis News, Journal of Law and Politics, and Chicago Tribune Magazine. He has been interviewed by CBS News, MSNBC, San Diego Union Tribune, and numerous radio and television stations. 

Professor Garry has served as legal advisor to the Minnesota News Council and has been invited to guest teach at the University of Utah Law School, University of Missouri School of Law, and George Washington University Law School. He has also been invited on numerous occasions to testify before Congress on legal and constitutional law issues.  Over the past couple of years, Professor Garry has been a guest lecturer at more than 40 law schools and universities. While at the University of South Dakota, he has held joint appointments with the University of South Dakota School of Law and the College of Arts and Sciences.

In recognition of his scholarly research agenda, Garry was awarded a Research Catalyst Grant by the University of South Dakota, as well as a Research Excellence Grant.  He has received two different research grants from the Chiesman Foundation, which funds projects dedicated to "support studies of issues concerning the Constitution of the United States in particular and the legal systems in the United States in general."  He has also been awarded a Center for Teaching and Learning grant.  And he was recently awarded the President's Award for Research Excellence, the University's highest award for scholarly research accomplishments.

1L Appellate Oral Argument Competition

The Moot Court Board will be hosting its first 1L appellate oral argument competition. There will be four rounds to the competition: a preliminary quarter-final, semi-final, and championship round. There will also be a certificate and monetary award for both the first and second place competitors.

Possible competitors are encouraged to attend an informational meeting that will be held Monday, March 9, at noon (room to be announced).

A sign-up sheet will be on the moot court board door beginning March 11, and the deadline for signing up is Wednesday, March 25.

Contact Barry Dunn or Algeria Ford for more information prior to the meeting.