Student Life News

Le Mardi Gras on Tuesday!

Laissez les bons temps rouler

(Let the good times roll!)

All law students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Mosaic Lobby on TUESDAY, March 4, for the 5th annual Mardi Gras Party!  We'll serve lunch catered by Joe's OK Bayou:  Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans & Rice, Vegetarian Gumbo, and we'll have a faux King Cake from Nord's Bakery.  The buffet will open at 11:45.  The Cake Walk game will begin at 12:20 in Room 175.  All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to play!  The winner will take home a real King Cake from Joe's OK Bayou.  Remember to wear your Mardi Gras colors!

Mardi Gras takes place 46 days before Easter. Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The most famous Mardi Gras celebration is held in New Orleans.  Mardi Gras is an annual celebration called le mardi gras (literally, "fat Tuesday") or le carnaval in French.  Mardi Gras has three official colors:  purple (justice), gold (power), and green (faith).

Countdown to Law School's 5th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration!

Five days and counting to Mardi Gras!  All law students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Mosaic Lobby on TUESDAY, March 4, for the 5th annual Mardi Gras Party!  We'll serve lunch catered by Joe's OK Bayou:  Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans & Rice, Vegetarian Gumbo, and we'll have a faux King Cake from Nord's Bakery.  The buffet will open at 11:45.  The Cake Walk game will begin at 12:20 in Room 175.  The winner will take home a real King Cake from Joe's OK Bayou.  Remember to wear your Mardi Gras colors!


The food will be Cajun
The music will flow
Come wearing your beads –
It’s Mardi Gras don’t ya know!

Please join us!
Mosaic Lobby, Tuesday March 4
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

TODAY - Kentucky Innocence Project Information Session

All rising 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to an informative information session on Feb. 25, at 11:50, regarding the Kentucky Innocence Project (KIP) Externship.  Students who participate in the KIP Externship learn about investigative techniques, witness interviewing skills, filing post-conviction motions, and evidence handling.  Students then go into the field in supervised teams of two or three students to serve the interests of their clients.  Students can earn four credit hours during the 2014-15 academic year.

Linda Smith, the Supervising Attorney for KIP, and Jimmer Dudley, the Investigator for KIP, will discuss the Kentucky Innocence Project and how you can participate.  This externship is available to rising 2Ls and 3Ls.  The Cafe will cater lunch for attendees while it lasts.  Please bring your own drink.  Room 175

German Professors Juliane Stephan and Eva Wagner Visit Law School

Please join the International Law Society and the Federalist Society in hosting two German law professors on Thursday, March 6, at 1 p.m. in LL80. While visiting the U.S.,  Professors Stephan and Wagner have offered to give a presentation to all UofL Law School faculty, staff and students, and we of course have graciously accepted.

The presentation will focus on civil rights considered "fundamental" in Germany and how those rights compare and contrast to what we consider to be fundamental rights in America. Once the presentation is over, there will be time for questions concerning the information in the presentation and general questions on the practice of law in Germany. Please consider joining us if you have ever thought of pursuing any form of international law, have any interest in constitutional law, or would just like to see how lawyers practice law in a legal system different from our own.

Please email Isaac Fain if you are positive you can attend the event so the organizers can obtain a preliminary head count. Thank you.

International Trademark Association Annual Meeting in Hong Kong

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is having its 136th Annual Meeting in Hong Kong from May 10-14.  The event will be a great experience for law students who are interested in IP or trademark law. The Association will host a Career Development Day on May 12, designed with programming and networking opportunities specifically for law students.

To help law students make their way to the Annual Meeting, INTA offers a scholarship program that provides a complimentary registration to the meeting and up to $500 travel reimbursement. Interested students should complete the application form and submit an essay for consideration.

Professors John Cross and Lars Smith will be attending the conference, as will a number of local intellectual property attorneys.  If you have any questions, please consult with Professor Cross.  He has researched options and provided the following helpful information:

1.  Airfare to Hong Kong that time of year starts at $1500 round trip.

2.  There is a nice hotel near the Convention Center for $135 a night, and that rate includes breakfast.

3.  No visa is required to visit Hong Kong (although a visa is required if you want to cross into mainland China).

 

Did You Miss the Journal Information Session Yesterday?

The Student Life Office held the second information session of the spring semester yesterday focusing on the Law School's three journals.  B.J. Hardy, Ben Shepard, Derek Miles, Cassie Blausey, and Professor Metzmeier spoke about each journal's membership responsibilities, application process, selection criteria, and more.  Handouts from the information session are available outside Dean Ballard's office.  You can also find Dean Ballard's handout online.

Mark your calendar now for the remaining Spring 2014 Information Sessions:

• 2/26  Kentucky Innocence Project Externship
• 3/6    Skills Certificate Programs                              
• 3/18  Summer and Fall Externships        
• 3/20  Entrepreneurship Clinic
• 3/24  1L Registration Advising Session (mandatory)
• 3/25  Moot Court Board and Competitions
• 3/27  Law Clinic
• 4/1    Dual Degree Programs

Kentucky Innocence Project Information Session

All rising 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to an informative information session this Wednesday, at 11:50, regarding the Kentucky Innocence Project (KIP) Externship.  Students who participate in the KIP Externship learn about investigative techniques, witness interviewing skills, filing post-conviction motions, and evidence handling.  Students then go into the field in supervised teams of two or three students to serve the interests of their clients.  Students can earn four credit hours during the 2014-15 academic year.

Linda Smith, the Supervising Attorney for KIP, and Jimmer Dudley, the Investigator for KIP, will discuss the Kentucky Innocence Project and how you can participate.  This externship is available to rising 2Ls and 3Ls.  The Cafe will cater lunch for attendees while it lasts.  Please bring your own drink.  Room 175

University Student Awards - Application Deadline March 1

On Thursday, April 17 at 7 pm, the University will recognize the achievements made by its students, student organizations, and advisers.  Dean Ballard encourages all law students and law student organizations to consider submitting a nomination for one or more of the awards.  There are several different categories.  Examples are listed below. 

The applications are available through Org Sync on the Student Awards Portal at https://orgsync.com/60508/chapter and are listed under “Forms”.  You must sign in as a member of the Student Awards Portal and be logged in to access the applications.  If you are not a member of Org Sync you must create a profile.  All applications must be submitted by 5:00p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

 

Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student Award
The outstanding student award recognizes a specific achievement such as the implementation of a unique program or event, the persevering against incredible odds, or a particular action to promote social change.  Nominees are also evaluated on academic success.  Minimum GPA required for eligibility is 3.7.


Organization of the Year 2013-14 (Recipient receives $500 towards 2014-2015 program)

The Outstanding Student Organization of the Year is given to a student organization or group that has demonstrated excellence and makes a lasting contribution to the university community.  The Outstanding Student Organization of the Year is considered a role model for other organizations on campus.  Nominees should demonstrate excellence in fulfillment of its organization purpose, membership involvement, organization development, leadership training and opportunity for members, shown active participation in UofL campus activities, and community service.  Nominees must be a group or organization that has existed for two consecutive years at UofL.  The organization must be in good standing with the University.

Outstanding New Organization 2013-14 (Recipient receives $500 towards 2014-2015 program)

This award recognizes a student group or organization that has existed for three years or less and has made a significant impact on campus.  Nominees should demonstrate a high level of achievement in one or more areas, such as fulfillment of its organization's purpose, membership involvement, organization development, leadership training and opportunity for members, shown active participation in UofL campus activities, and community service.

Outstanding Program 2013-14
This award has been created to recognize an outstanding program coordinated by a student group or organization that has had a unique impact on the university community. Programs will be evaluated on supporting documentation and descriptions of the following programming areas: goals, program outcomes, planning and preparation, funding, publicity and promotion, overcoming obstacles, evaluation, program success, and campus support.


Collaboration Award 2013-14
This award recognizes the efforts of two or more groups or organizations that worked together on a specific program/event/project. The achievement should be a unique action that has not benefited the welfare of the organizations, fulfilled any national affiliation, or led to any monetary gain. The achievement should not have been related to a recruiting or competitive event. Programs will be evaluated on supporting documentation and descriptions of the following programming areas: goals, program outcomes, planning and preparation, funding, publicity and promotion, overcoming obstacles, evaluation, program success, and campus support.

Please see Dean Ballard if you have questions or need help submitting a nomination!

Keep Reviewing the Writing Competitions Open to Law Students!

Would you like to earn CASH prizes for a paper you are currently writing or have already written?  Then don’t forget to check out the Student Writing Competitions page and submit your papers for a chance to receive CASH prizes and possible publication!  Essay topics include international business, women’s rights, Native American law or other indigenous groups, privacy and social media, labor and employment law, energy law, tax law, and much more. Cash prizes range from $250 to $5,000, and some prizes include a funded trip to receive the prize. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win some cash and to be recognized for your hard work!

$5,000 LSAC Writing Competition

All law students in good standing are invited to participate in the Law School Admission Council's Writing Competition on best practices for recruitment and retention of students of color and students from other underrepresented groups in law schools.

All papers must be submitted no later than May 1, 2014.  One winning paper will be selected from each of the three qualifying categories of eligible students (1L, 2L, 3L).  Each winner will receive $5,000.

For more information on the topic, length and format, and evaluation criteria, see the Writing Competition Memo.