Student News

Reminder - Deadline for Greenebaum Public Service Summer Fellowships May 12

If you are planning to apply for a $3,000 Greenebaum Public Service Summer Fellowship, the deadline is Monday, May 12.  Please turn in your application to Jina Scinta in Room 180.  You may e-mail your application to Ms. Scinta, but paper applications are preferred.  If Ms. Scinta is not in the office when dropping off your application, you can leave it with Dean Hajek or in the tray on Ms. Scinta's office door.

Student Bands Wanted for Lawlapalooza

The 2014 Lawlapalooza Committee is gearing up for another successful year of this fun event. Lawlapalooza 2014 will take place on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Phoenix Hill Tavern on Baxter Avenue. We are looking for students who have a band or play in a band to participate in this year's event.

If you have a band and would like to participate in Lawlapalooza this year, please contact Jim Becker at j.becker@louisville.edu.

Fellow Position Available for Central High School Partnership – Deadline May 8

A law student is needed to assist Professor Laura Rothstein with the Central High School Partnership and activities to enhance and fine tune the current program. Some assignments will be based on the skills and experiences of the individual in the position. The fellow must be someone currently or previously teaching in the program.

The time requirement will be a total of 50 hours spread through both semesters -- (schedule will be flexible and will not require work during the exam period). The Fellow will be compensated at a rate of $8.50/hour, in the form of tuition reduction.

Please see the attached application and description for more details on the position. Applications are due to Jina Scinta by Thursday, May 8.

2014-2015 Moot Court Board Applications Now Available!

Moot Court Board is excited to announce that the 2014-2015 Moot Court Board Application is now available! As a member of Moot Court Board (MCB) you will facilitate a Moot Court Team, organize and administer the Pirtle-Washer Competition, and the First Year Oral Arguments.

Attached you will find the application. Please be sure to read it thoroughly and hand in all paper work by May 12th.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email Christine Shannon (C0Shan04@louisville.edu), Kevin Boswell (kevin.boswell@louisville.edu), Laura Edelen (edelen.laura@gmail.com), Sana Abhari (sana.abhari@gmail.com), or Jennifer Weihmuller (jenniferweihmuller@gmail.com).

Student Bands Wanted for Lawlapalooza

The 2014 Lawlapalooza Committee is gearing up for another successful year of this fun event.  Lawlapalooza 2014 will take place on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Phoenix Hill Tavern on Baxter Avenue.  We are looking for students who have a band or play in a band to participate in this year's event.

If you have a band and would like to participate in Lawlapalooza this year, please contact Jim Becker at j.becker@louisville.edu

Fellow Position Available for Central High School Partnership – Deadline May 8

A law student is needed to assist Professor Laura Rothstein with the Central High School Partnership and activities to enhance and fine tune the current program. Some assignments will be based on the skills and experiences of the individual in the position. The fellow must be someone currently or previously teaching in the program.

The time requirement will be a total of 50 hours spread through both semesters -- (schedule will be flexible and will not require work during the exam period). The Fellow will be compensated at a rate of $8.50/hour, in the form of tuition reduction.

Please see the attached application and description for more details on the position. Applications are due to Jina Scinta by Thursday, May 8.

Student Lockers Must Be Emptied by May 12

Lockers for Academic Year 2013-14 must be emptied by May 12.  After May 12, locker contents will be emptied and will be deemed property of the Law School.

Please return your locks to Maggie Bratcher, Room 208, from 10am – 2pm.  Questions?  Contact Maggie Bratcher.

Employee Spotlight: Michael Atkinson

Welcome to the first installment of the law library's Employee Spotlight series, which we're sure will become as wildly popular as Stephen Colbert's Better Know a District.

First up is "Fightin' 3L" Michael Atkinson who has been a student worker since his second semester of law school. While serving as the SBA's Historian and earning Top Grades in three classes, he also managed to perform 365 hours of public service, which earned him the  Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Award and solidified his super hero law student status.

What’s your hometown?

Jeffersonville, Indiana

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree and what was your major?
Indiana University Southeast, and I majored in Political Science and International Studies.

What led you to law school and what do you plan to do with your law degree?
At IUS I took a class in Constitutional Rights and Liberties, focusing primarily on the First Amendment. I very much enjoyed discussing constitutional issues, and so decided to go to law school to continue that discussion. After law school I plan work in a field relating to legal research and writing, and eventually pursuing a Master of Library Science degree, as I am interested in becoming a law librarian someday.

What do you enjoy about working in the law library?
The books, for one. Especially when I get to shelve the Supreme Court briefs in the attic with all the other historical volumes. At times I have to remind myself I'm supposed to be shelving the books and not reading them.

What’s your favorite book?
It's very hard to pick just one, but one of my favorites is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I particularly enjoyed his sense of wit and random hilarity. My other favorites include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, David Copperfield, The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen by Lloyd Alexander, and The Pushcart War by Jean F. Merrill.

Do you have a favorite quote?
"Everybody was a baby once, Arthur. Oh, sure, maybe not today, or even yesterday. But once. Babies, chum: tiny, dimpled, fleshy mirrors of our us-ness, that we parents hurl into the future, like leathery footballs of hope. And you've got to get a good spiral on that baby, or evil will make an interception!" ~The Tick.

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would that be?
Assuming we're referring to real people and not fictional, I would very much like to have a conversation with the aforementioned Douglas Adams and J.R.R. Tolkien. I would also invite Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean) , Patrick Stewart, and Jennifer Lawrence.   

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I have a *blog, hypotheticallywriting.wordpress.com, where I write stories featuring random characters (like the heroic superhero Captain Happily Married) dealing with events such as zombie penguin apocalypses. I've also written a short story and several novels, which I self-published through Amazon.

*Editor's Note: In addition to his fictional short-stories, Michael has also journaled about his Law School Adventures.

 

Law Review Student Note Publication

Congratulations to the following authors selected for publication in Volume 53 of the University of Louisville Law Review:

BEST NOTE:
Tara Adkins, Disarmed, Disenfranchised, and Disadvantaged: The Individualized Assessment Approach as an Alternative to Kentucky’s Felon Firearm Disability and Other Arbitrary Collateral Sanctions Against the Non-Violent Felon Class

HONORABLE MENTION:
Matthew Dawson, Perennial Cities: Applying Principles of Adaptive Law to Create a Sustainable and Resilient System of Urban Agriculture

Jenna Brady, The Affordable Care Act: Creating Headaches Instead of Healing Them

ALSO SELECTED FOR PUBLICATION:
Christopher Allen, FTC v. Actavis, Inc.: Antitrust Scrutiny of Reverse Payment Settlements in Pharmaceutical Patent Litigation

Ben Shepard, Forum Over Substance: Student Government Elections and First Amendment Problems

Andrea Aikin, Contradiction in Terms: Genetic Nondiscrimination and Long-Term Care Insurance

Emily DeVuono, Accommodating Religious Liberties of Military Personnel: The Religious Liberty Amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2014

David Cowley, Employees vs. Independent Contractors and Professional Wrestling: How the WWE is Taking a Folding-Chair to the Basic Tenets of Employment Law

Joshua Collins, On the Constitutional Sufficiency of the Modern Kentucky School System

SELECTED FOR ONLINE PUBLICATION:
Philip Heleringer, Maintaining Secrecy: Keeping Trade Secrets Secret in the Era of Cloud Computing

Alexa Cox, Taking Sides: Why Kentucky Must Allow Dating Couples to Obtain Civil Protective Orders

Mina Khalil, Concussion Litigation: Implications Surrounding the District Court’s Rejection of the Settlement Between the NFL and Former Players

Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair Registration Now Open - Deadline is May 21

Rising 2L and 3L Students,

If you are interested in participating in the 10th Annual Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair to be held on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in Atlanta, GA, please review the attachments.  The attachments consist of the Student & Graduate Instructions and Checklist, hotel information and a list of participating employers.

Review the employer list to determine if  you are eligible to apply for positions.  You will be responsible for the nonrefundable $30 registration fee.

Contact Ms. Reh or Dean Hajek if you have questions.