Student Life News

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.

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

13 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 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.

Upcoming Information Sessions Next Week

Attention current 1Ls and 2Ls:

Two important information sessions will be offered next week on Monday and Wednesday.  The first information session will focus on Journals and the second information session will focus on the Kentucky Innocence Project.  As you begin to think about how you want to design your schedule for the 2014-15 academic year and beyond, I think you'll find these information sessions invaluable.  If you take advantage of these sessions and learn about the different opportunities available to you to enrich your law school experience, you can decide what your top priorities are and plan accordingly.


February 24 – Student Life Info Session: Law Journals, Rm 275
On Monday, February 24, in Room 275, at 11:50, join the editors of the Law School’s three journals (JAEL, JLE, and University of Louisville Law Review) for an informative program regarding the opportunity for journal membership during your second or third year of law school.  Panelists will discuss the benefits of journal membership, the application process and timeline, selection criteria, membership responsibilities, satisfying the writing requirement, earning academic credit, and much more. This is your only opportunity to hear from all three journals in one setting and get your questions answered.  We'll have pizza and breadsticks for attendees.

February 26 – KY Innocence Project Externship Information Session, Rm 175
All rising 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to an informative information session on Wednesday, February 26, 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.

Linda Smith, the Supervising Attorney for KIP, will discuss the Kentucky Innocence Project and how you can participate during the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.  This externship is available to rising 2Ls and 3Ls.  The Cafe will cater lunch for attendees.  Please bring your own drink.

 

Are You Still Reading the Docket?

Law students are charged with knowledge of all information distributed by the Daily Docket.  Don't miss important announcements regarding mandatory programs, upcoming events, scholarship opportunities, writing competitions, professional development opportunities, speaker visits, and more. 

Congratulations to Scott Poynter and Emily Meyer, winners of the random, spring Daily Docket drawing.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (February 14) before noon to claim your prizes.

Are You Still Reading the Docket?

Law students are charged with knowledge of all information distributed by the Daily Docket.  Don't miss important announcements regarding mandatory programs, upcoming events, scholarship opportunities, writing competitions, professional development opportunities, speaker visits, and more. 

Congratulations to Megan McDonald and Dana Payne, winners of the random, spring Daily Docket drawing.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (February 13) before 4:00 p.m. to claim your prizes.

$5,000 Scholarship Opportunity for Rising 3L

AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund's 2014 Mike Eidson Scholarship

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it.  The Scholarship, traditionally given in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.

The application deadline is May 1, 2014, and the Scholarship will be awarded at the AAJ Annual Convention, which will take place this year in July in Baltimore.  For more information, see application

Student Life Information Sessions - Spring 2014 Schedule

Attention current 1Ls and 2Ls:

Soon it will be time to start thinking about how you want to design your schedule for Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and beyond.  To help you plan, the Student Life Office is hosting a series of information sessions in February, March, and April designed to provide information regarding several opportunities you have to enrich your legal education.

The information sessions will cover Law Journals, Externships, Clinics, Skills Certificates, Moot Court Board, and much more.  Take advantage of these sessions and be prepared for course registration this April.  Mark the dates on your calendar now.  The information sessions offered this spring are posted below.

  • February 17 - Planning for Environmental & Real Estate Classes & Careers (sponsored by ELLUS and featuring Professor Tony Arnold)
  • February 24 – Law Journals (JAEL, JLE, and University of Louisville Law Review)
  • February 26 – KY Innocence Project Externship
  • March 6 – Litigation and Transactional Skills Certificates
  • March 18 – Summer and Fall Externship Opportunities
  • March 19 – Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Sports Law Offerings
  • March 20 – Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • March 25 – Moot Court Board and Skills Competitions
  • March 27 – Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic
  • April 1 – Dual Degree Programs

Most information sessions will be offered during the lunch hour.  For times and locations, check the Law School Calendar.  For questions, see Dean Ballard.

2014 KBA ANNUAL STUDENT WRITING COMPETITION

The KBA invites and encourages students currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky College of Law, the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, and the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law to enter the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition.  This competition offers these Kentucky legal scholars the opportunity to earn recognition and a cash award. First ($1,000); second ($300), and third place ($200) prizes may be awarded. Entries must be received by June 1, 2014. The first place prize also includes possible publication in the Bench & Bar.

Students may enter their previously unpublished articles. Articles entered should be of interest to Kentucky practitioners and follow the suggested guidelines and requirements found in the “General Format” section of the Bench & Bar Editorial Guidelines at www.kybar.org/103. For inquiries concerning the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition, contact Shannon H. Roberts at sroberts@kybar.org or call (502) 564-3795 ext. 224. Submit entries with contact information to Shannon H. Roberts, Communications Department, Kentucky Bar Association, 514 W. Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601-1812.

UofL Law students have won the KBA Writing Competition for the past two years!  In 2012, Leah Rupp Smith won the KBA Writing Award with her entry titled "Standing Your Ground: The Happy Medium Buried in Kentucky's Common Law."   In 2013, Justin Brown won the KBA Writing Award with his entry “Wage Theft in the Food Service Industry: How Can Kentucky Fix it?”

Let's continue the tradition for 2014!