Student News

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.

EPA Conference : Dustin Wallen

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Conference on Sustainable Redevelopment in the Ohio Valley was both educational and enjoyable. The conference, which was held here in Louisville, presented an array of information on a variety of topics. These included ideas about planning for sustainable redevelopment, the benefits of this type of development on public health and the environment, and tools that can be used by communities to aid with these kinds of projects. Additionally, many case studies of successful sustainable redevelopment projects were presented, showing how these ideas can be used in real-life settings.

There were several sessions of the conference that I found particularly interesting. First is Professor Tony Arnold’s discussion of the barriers that must be overcome to make sustainable development successful. Professor Arnold spoke of how the issues of politics, psychology, and justice can impact communities’ endeavors in sustainable development. He also highlighted strategies that could overcome these barriers.

Another interesting session involved case studies of successful sustainable redevelopment projects in urban areas. One of the projects discussed was a building being renovated here in Louisville by the owners of Gallery NuLu. The building, on East Market Street, is one of the first in Louisville to be certified “green” by the U.S. Green Building Council. It was interesting to see many sustainable building ideas actually being implemented, including the use of recycled construction materials, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, and plumbing that conserves water.

Finally, the charrette that was completed on the final day of the conference was a fun experience. Attendees were broken into groups of around ten to discuss sustainable redevelopment ideas for real-world development projects. The groups included people from a wide variety of career fields, which enhanced the experience. It was interesting to be involved in a discussion with people that had such diverse backgrounds, from civil engineering to biology.

Attending the Sustainable Redevelopment Conference was a wonderful experience. I was impressed with both the content of the sessions, as well as the diverse crowd that was in attendance. The information I learned about sustainable development will be invaluable to me in the future, as I strive for a career in urban planning and development.

As an aside, included in the conference packet is a copy of a few of the presentations, journal articles, and fact sheets that were discussed. If anyone is interested in seeing a copy of one or several of these, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to forward them to you.

EPA Conference : Eric Burnette

EPA conference

At the EPA's recent Sustainable Redevelopment conference, I saw three presentations, each dealing with very different issues.

Perhaps the most surprising and memorable was by a water flow engineer on the topic of "fluvial morphology."  Despite the erudite name, the concept is actually pretty straightforward:  water shapes the earth.  This is an issue that has gotten greater recognition and importance as we have seen how fluvial morphology can impact areas like the Mississippi River Delta and Hurricane Katrina (the Army Corps of Engineers has essentially turned the river into a fire hose and obliterated the natural sediment land/wetlands formation that may have weakened the storm).

Now that "fluvial morphology" is in my vocabulary, I see it everywhere in Louisville.  When it rains, where does our water go?  It runs off of buildings, into streets, down trenches, and into storm drains.  Most storm drains funnel water into a few select repositories--the Ohio River and Beargrass Creek, for example.  The result is that when it rains, these water channels quickly swell way beyond their average capacity, while most of the time they're left low.  Bad water flow planning causes predictable flooding, erosion, and a host of other problems. 

Solutions include green roofs (roof gardens that absorb the water) and water channeled into smaller places (such as vegetation beds) scattered throughout an area. 

The presenter pointed out that even if a developer is not interested in water quality, they may very well be interested in water flow.  Without the right awareness, it's an easy area to overlook.  But it may be as important to building a sustainable world as many of the more well-known environmental issues.

It was a presentation worth seeing. 

Eric Burnette

Diversity Program on Reproductive Freedom

The Diversity Committee at the Brandeis School of Law presents:

Reproductive Freedom 
Tuesday, November 13 
Cox Lounge (2d floor, law school)

Guest Speakers:
Mimi Liu, Attorney, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Washington, D.C.
Fran Ellers, Louisville Writer and Editor
Dona Wells, Interim Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky

Moderator: Randy Strobo, Diversity Committee

Please join us as we hear from three experts on the topic of reproductive freedom:  a Planned Parenthood attorney; the author of an upcoming book on the history of reproductive freedom in Kentucky; and, a local activist who is now serving as Interim Executive Director of the ACLU of Kentucky. A question-and-answer session will follow the speakers' presentations.

Co-sponsored by: The Women's Law Caucus, Women's & Gender Studies (U of L College of Arts & Sciences), Planned Parenthood of Louisville, and The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Robin Harris at 852-6083

1L Career Services Orientation on Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Reminder that Debra and I look forward to seeing every first-year on Wednesday according to the following schedule:


Section #1 from 10:25 - 11:30 in room #175. Pizza will be available following the session.


Section #2 from 11:45 - 12:50 in room #175. Pizza will be available at the beginning of the session.


Section #12 from 7:15 - 8:15 in room #080. Granola bars and trail mix will be available to stave off your hunger.

Help is on the way: Educational Loan Repayment Assistance

The recently passed "College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007," while a work in progress with many details to be finalized, is very well explained by the Fordham Law Financial Aid Office.  With their permission, we have placed a hot link to that site at Student Life (in the column on the right hand side of our home page.)  Then click on Financing Your Education.


We also have some hard copies of the soon-to-be-published Law Review article that is mentioned at the end of the explanation.  Stop by Dean Torbeck's office if you would like one.