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APALSA members,

I am creating a national online APALSA Student information directory. This will be a tool for APALSA members across the country to network and communicate with one another. If you would like to be included in the directory, email me your:

Name, School, Official APALSA Title (if applicable), email, phone number, address and a photo of yourself to

Rattanaphone Mekmaysy
APALSA President-- Brandeis

NAPABA / NAPALSA 2007: Vegas Convention

Poker Night


From left to right:  Viet Tran (President-APALSA UARK; NAPALSA Southwest Regional Director), Lily Chan (Vice-President- APALSA UofL), Jonathan Kwan (Secretary-APALSA UARK). 

From left to right: Darrel Woo (Senior Attorney at the California Department of Insurance; member of the Sacramento City Planning Commission; President of the Asian Bar Association of Sacramento) and Rattanaphone Mekmaysy (President- APALSA UofL).


Speech Given By Darrel Woo:

"The first annual NAPABA Texas Hold Em' Poker Tournament was held last
night, with 36 eager contestants. The net proceeds from this Tournament
go to the NAPABA Law Foundation Scholarship fund. For three hours the
three dozen fiercely battled, eliminating one after another, until there
were only three.

As their prize, all three receive free registration for next year's
NAPABA convention. The third place winner is David Chu, of the Minority
Corporate Counsel Association.

The second place winner is a law student herself, Rattanaphone Mekmaysy,
from the Brandeis School of Law. Truly one of tomorrow's future

And first place, with the attendant bragging rights and an engraved
David Yurman onyx and silver tournament bracelet is Frank Lin, of
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp.

Thank you to my tournament committee co-chair Gary Yoshimura and all of
the players, you are all winners to the NAPABA Law Foundation."



Louisville Law National Moot Court Teams Shine at Regional Competition

Two University of Louisville teams achieved success at the National Moot Court Regional Competition, November 16-17 in Richmond, Va. One team, made up of third-year students Robyn Lurding and Claire Parsons, and a second team with third-year Jeff Nicoson and second-year Steve Mattingly, both had undefeated records in the Friday preliminary rounds and advanced the Saturday quarter-finals. Along the way, they knocked off teams from UNC, George Mason, William & Mary, and Kentucky. Only six of the 20 teams made it through to the quarters, and U of L had two of them.

National Moot Court faculty advisor Professor Sam Marcosson shared his pride in the teams, "I could not have been any prouder of them; they were truly brilliant and they represented the school wonderfully. Congratulations to the two teams for their tremendous performances, both in the prelims and in two close quarter-finals against outstanding teams from Duke."

Leopard & Wireless

Students with Macs who have recently upgraded OS X from Tiger (10.4) to Leopard (10.5) are advised to update to 10.5.1, which Apple released last week.  From our initial testing, it appears that this update resolves the problem with connecting to the University's wireless network and makes the connection persistent.

To update, click the Apple icon, then "Check for Updates." 

19th Annual NAPABA Convention- Las Vegas, NV

Recently our president Rattanaphone and I were fortunate enough to attend the 19th National Asian Pacific Bar Association Convention in Las Vegas. This was a great opportunity for us to connect with APALSA chapters and practicing Asian-American attorneys throughout the Unites States. We have a small collection of magazine and handouts from the event, please let me know if you would like to view them.

Additional articles featuring NAPABA speakers and panels will posted be posted at a later date. If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact Lily Chan, APALSA - Vice President.


Louisville Law Negotiation Teams Finish Strong in ABA Competition

This last weekend, Nov. 10 and 11, 2007, Louisville Law's Negotiation Team competed in the ABA Regional Negotiation Team Competition held in Valparaiso, IN. The team of Adam Fuller and Elizabeth Powell finished sixth in the 20-team competition.

The team of Scott Powell and David Scott finished second and went on, with three other teams, to the final round. Scott and David then competed in the finals, finished second, and are alternates to the February ABA National Negotiation Team Competition in Los Angeles, California.

The coaches for the Negotiation Teams are Michelle Rudovich and Mary Jo Gleason. Gleason is the director of Louisville Law's Public Service Program. Rudovich works for the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney.

Are you from Eastern Kentucky...around Carter County?

For May 2008 or December 2007 graduates:

Do you want to have a smalll town solo practice in the not too distant future?  Robert L. Caummisar, a solo practitioner in Grayson, Kentucky, would like to interview you over this coming Christmas break.  His plan is to hire a recent or soon-to-be graduate as a clerk/paralegal with employment as an associate attorney upon bar exam passage.  Then, in 3 to 5 years, you would become a partner; and in 4 to 6 more years, Mr. Caummisar hopes to retire and have you take over his practice and equipped office.

Here's all his contact information: Robert L. Caummisar, Attorney at Law, 301 West Main Street, Grayson KY 41143-1299.  Phone: (606) 474-9522.  Fax: (606) 474-4422.


Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a lobbyist?  Two Louisville Law alums, Nathan Miller, class of 2002 (legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington DC) and Tim Corrigan, class of 2000 (managing partner for the Rotunda Group LLC, Government Relations for Business, based here in Louisville) will talk with you about this very interesting "alternative use" for your law degree.

Come to room #175 over the noon hour on Monday, November 19th, eat pizza and hear all about what it is like to be a lobbyist at the national, state and local levels.

Congratulations Kentucky Mock Trial Teams!!

Congratulations to UofL's Kentucky Mock Trial teams. Both teams advanced to the semi-final rounds, with the team of Dustin Thaker, Christopher Roby, Tonya Appleby, and Colleen Clemons winning the competition. UofL's other semi-finalist team consisted of Ben Weigel, Courtney Clark, Mac Adams, and Diana Kolze. The team was coached by Shelley Lemons.

Fall Food Drive

Phi Alpha Delta is sponsoring a Fall Food Drive to benefit local food shelves, e. g., Dare to Care. The drive has already begun and will last two weeks, from Monday, November 5th, to Monday, November 19th. They would like students, staff, and professors to bring non-perishable food items and deposit these items into collection bins, located in the main lobby of the law school. The food drive is affiliated with Kentucky Harvest, a charitable organization that distributes these items to area food programs.

Additionally, some professors are assisting in the Food Drive by permitting students who are called upon in class (between November 5th and November 19th) to be excused from answering in exchange for a donation of a food item.