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The Women's Law Caucus is proud to announce a new mentoring partnership with the Women Lawyer's Association.  Each interested WLC member will have the opportunity to have an attorney in the community as a mentor.  The mentoring program is brand new, so the details will be forthcoming.  However, if you are interested, please let us know ASAP because we need to submit a list to the WLA this week!

We need the following information:


*phone number

 *email address

*area of practice you are interested in (can be general, such as civil, criminal, litigation, transactional, etc.)


Email this (or put it in my mailbox) to: Jenna Glasscock Johnston.




Jenna Glasscock Johnston, President, Women's Law Caucus



Animal Law Moot Court Results

The Animal Law Moot Court Competition was held at Harvard University this past weekend. The University of Louisville sent two moot court teams: Lauren Bean/Rexena Napier and Sarah Haegele/Melissa McHendrix. Additionally, Ebert Haegele competed in the closing argument competition. All competitors performed very well and impressed the judges. Final scores are not out yet, but unofficially both moot court teams went 1-1 against top teams such as Duquesne, Berkeley (Winner of Best Brief), and New Mexico.

Out of 16 teams, only four make the semi-finals and unfortunately neither UofL team advanced among such tough competition. The judges were quite impressed with UofL's preparation. Lauren Bean was complimented on her controlled demeanor and steady pace while delivering her argument. The judges were very complimentary of the policy behind Rexena Napier's argument and her quick responses to their questions. Sarah Haegele impressed the judges with her poise and ability to remain relaxed under intense pressure. The judges complimented Melissa McHendrix on her ability to withstand difficult questioning while choosing her battles wisely and refocusing the judges on her core argument.

"Daddy, they shot the dogs," uttered Ebert Haegele dramatically to begin his closing argument about two family pets that were shot. He did this in front of six jury members from the Harvard Law Community. Ebert impressed them with his level of preparation and all thought his argument was very logical. They also loved his visual aids (they looked like a million bucks). In a battle where mere points separated the competitors, Ebert was not able to advance to the finals. Overall, the University of Louisville was very well represented by this group of competitors who garnered the respect of many in the animal law community over the weekend.

Be sure to congratulate these fine competitors for their tremendous effort and preparation. Special thanks to Professors Marcosson, Liebson, and Cross for their help in the team's preparation.


Student Kudos

Everyone should know about the extraordinary service of two of our students, Barry Dunn and Johnna Spicer and a recent graduate, Justin Fowles. Barry, Johnna and Justin organized and implemented a two-day mock interview program for our 1L students. 

The first day, led by Johnna, was held at the law school and involved 2Ls and 3Ls interviewing our 1Ls. This was the first professional interview for many of our first year students and excellent practice for the second day of the mock interview program.   The second day, led by Barry and Justin, involved the LBA Young Lawyers interviewing our 1Ls at the offices of Frost Brown Todd.

One of our 1Ls, Teresa Kenyon, told me that she had an actual interview the following Monday and having interviewed  the previous Friday and Saturday contributed to the success of the real interview a day later.

According to Holly Hudelson, another 1L participant, it can sometimes be hard to talk about yourself.  "The more you do it, however,  the more comfortable you become."  Holly's last professional interview was three years ago.

~Kathy Urbach, Assistant Dean Career Services and Public Service 
The program was excellent.  I was one who was unsure about BigLaw because I didn't know what to expect about the environment.  And, although our event Saturday didn't give a real glimpse into the world of BigLaw, it certainly inspired me nonetheless.  The attorneys I interviewed with were awesome and they gave me excellent feedback that I could implement immediately and benefit from.  I've already written them both thank you letters and let them know that I hope they will continue to support this SBA effort because it had such an impact on me and really to every fellow classmate that I have spoken with about it.  I believe the experience both with the students on Friday and the attorneys on Saturday will prove to make a huge difference in my interview skills when it counts.  I feel much more confident after these rounds of mock interviews and I would certainly recommend the experience to all future 1L's.  You guys did an awesome job!  Thanks again.

Best, Kimberley Gant, 1L

Law Review Symposium

The 2d Annual University of Louisville Law Review Symposium will be held at the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, February 20, 2009. 

This year's topic is "First Amendment Issues in Emerging Technology" and will feature key note speaker, Dean David Partlett from Emory University School of Law. 

Other guests include: Dean Blake Morant--Wake Forest University School of Law, Prof. Paul Secunda--Marquette University School of Law, Eric Segall--Georgia State University College of Law, Dean James M. Chen--University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Prof. Deborah Lipstadt--Emory University, Dr. Prof. Udo Fink--Johannes Gutenburg University (Mainz, Germany), Prof. Arnold Loewy--Texas Tech University School of Law, Prof. Russell L. Weaver--University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Prof. Ellen Podgor--Stetson University School of Law, and Ilya Shapiro--Cato Institute.

Topics covered will include:
      "Advances in Speech Technology and the Implications for Society"
      "The Shifting Nature of Speech Technology"
      "Regulating 'Hate Speech' & Holocaust Denial"
      "Regulating Other Potentially Harmful Speech"

General Admission (includes lunch) is $25. Admission with 6 hours CLE credit is $125.

The registration table will open at 8:00am for materials pick-up and check-in.  Attendees may also register online at:

For more information, please contact Christopher McDavid at or Heather Stone at

Photo Gallery


February 9, 2009, 11:50am – 12:50pm
Room 175
Sponsored by: Federalist Society
Registration Cost: Free Lunch (and not just pizza!)
Prof. John Baker of Louisiana State University Law School and Prof. Sam Marcosson of the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law will discuss and take questions about the Constitutional implications regarding same-sex marriage.  This is an open event and all are welcome.


Law Library Exterior
This beautiful photo of the back side of the law library was taken by Professor Judith Fischer
during the winter storm of January 2009. Jouett Hall appears in the reflection.

Congratulations Jessica

Former library student worker, Jessica Milling ('09), gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday, February 1. 

Prior to her delivery, Jessica served as the law school's Faculty Research Assistant Program (FRAP) representative. Under the supervision of Professor Hilyerd, she played an integral part in formatting and verifying the citations for inclusion in the forthcoming catalog of faculty scholarship. Ben Silver has since filled that position.

Decedents Canceled Tonight

Professor Lewis' Decedents' Estates class is canceled tonight, Monday, February 2.


February 4, 2009, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Room 175
Sponsored by: Federalist Society
Registration Cost: Free Lunch!!

After serving with the U.S State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as Director of the Office of Legislative Statecraft for one year, Manuel Miranda serves again as chairman of the Third Branch Conference, a coalition of over 100 grass-top leaders nationwide engaged on judicial matters.  Mr. Miranda is also the founder and president of The Iraq Society, an association of men and women who served in Iraq or who support the mission of peace, prosperity, and liberty for the people between the two rivers. 


Mr. Miranda served previously as Counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, leading 51 Republican staffs on judicial confirmations, and as.Senior Nominations Counsel to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.  Mr. Miranda is credited by as the architect of the Republican “nuclear option,” and the Washington Post and others credit him as the first to lead opposition to President Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers.  


In February 2006, Mr. Miranda was awarded the Ronald Reagan Award by the American Conservative Union for his leadership on judicial nominations.  The Ronald Reagan Award is considered the highest award of the conservative movement.   He has been a Visiting Legal Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Senior Counsel at the Family Research Council, and a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, publishing 35 articles on judicial nominations. 

 Mr. Miranda is a frequent lecturer at law schools and events on “The Obama Presidency and the Fight for the Courts;” “Politics and Policy: Building for a Coherent Immigration Reform;” “America’s Rule of Law Impact in Iraq and Afghanistan;” and “The Truth About Iraq.”  

Manny was born in Cuba and raised in Spain and New York City.  He received degrees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law.  At Georgetown, he was the Circumnavigators’ Foundation Fellow for 1981 and at Hastings he was the Charles Rummel Scholar. 

 Between 1987 and 1998, Mr. Miranda practiced law with leading international firms in New York and Washington, D.C., most recently White & Case.

Classes Canceled; Offices Closed

Classes are canceled and offices will be closed, Friday, January 30, 2009. The law school will reopen on Monday, February 2.

For more information, see the Weather Policy