Student Life News

Mandatory Bar Program on Candor

Attention students graduating in December 2010, May 2011, or August 2011: 

On Tuesday, November 9, at 1:00 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, including Mr. Grant Helman, Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take the bar. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5). 

Your attendance at the November 9 program is a requirement for graduation.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to attend.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the November 9 program, you must notify Dean Bean so that alternative arrangements can be made. 

Graduating students planning to take the KY Bar Exam in July 2011, or February 2012, will receive a handout during the November 9 program providing instructions on completing the Kentucky Bar Application.  A separate program focusing on the Kentucky Bar Exam will be offered on January 11, 2011, at 12:15 p.m.  All graduating students taking the KY Bar Exam are strongly encouraged to attend this program.

Intrastate Mock Trial Team Try-outs

The Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Competition is an annual event between Chase Law School, UK College of Law, and Brandeis School of Law. Each school hosts the competition every third year, and this year it's our turn. With winning comes bragging rights for the next year, but participation provides so much more. Mock Trial involves preparing openings, closings, directs, crosses - in other words, it's an actual trial (not like the 1L oral arguments). This is one of the few opportunities you will have as a student to really practice and integrate the skills necessary to conduct a trial. Not only will your participation in this competition give you an edge over your competition in today*s competitive job market, you will receive academic credit AND you will learn the Rules of Evidence backwards and forwards. We invite all 2Ls and 3Ls interested in building vital skills to participate.


1) Dates for the competition: Nov. 13th & 14th (the weekend after the MPRE);

2) Students must either be enrolled in or have already taken evidence;

3) Tryouts will be during the day, from 12-2 PM on September 10, 15 and 17 and also from 9-11 AM on September 16.  Sign-up lists are posted on the MCB door.

4) Email Heend Sheth a resume with "Mock Trial" in the subject line and prepare a three to six minute opening statement based on the attached Mock Trial problem to deliver at your tryout. The try out problem is long (44 pages); PLEASE don't create an in depth opening. Just read the statement of facts (1 page) and 1 or 2 witness depositions (a few pages each) and create a "light" opening.

5) Practices will take place twice a week (one during the day on a weekday and another on the weekend) at the law school.

 

 

Law School Softball Team Opens Tournament with Two Big Wins

The law school softball team - the Bottom 90% - posted two impressive wins this week, each by a score of 15-0. Phil Lawson pitched two complete games, the second a no-hitter. Slugger Chris Ballantine crushed an inside-the-park grand slam. Team captain Gulam Zade stated that this team is poised for a big run in the tournament, and could win it all. You can catch future Bottom 90% games at the Byrne Street field.

Thank you Law Students!

The School of Law received a thank you note this week from the Masonic Home, one of our locations for community service during the 1L Orientation. 

Dama Maynard wrote: 

"Thank you so much for coming to Masonic Home of Louisville and assisting our residents with scrapbooking.  They really enjoyed spending time with each of you.  They treasure moments with our greater community.  Good luck to each of you and thanks again."

IOA Seeks Entries for Second Annual Student Writing Competition

The International Ombudsman Association is again sponsoring a contest to reward scholarship relevant to Organizational Ombuds. In the second IOA-sponsored writing competition, graduate and law students are invited to submit articles on the issue of how organizational ombudsmen can avoid being deemed as agents for notice.

The author of the winning article will receive a cash prize of $2,500 and an invitation to the IOA Annual Conference in April 2011 in Portland, OR to receive the award. IOA will provide registration, airfare and lodging for the conference. The winning article may also be published in the Journal of IOA. Submissions are due November 19, 2010.

More information:

 

Photo Gallery: Student Orientation

Law Student Appointed to Council for Postsecondary Education

Governor Steve Beshear has appointed Aaron Price, 3L, to serve on the Council for Postsecondary Education, following his nomination by SGA President Sana Abhari. Student body presidents made four nominations to fill a vacant post; two of those went to Beshear for consideration. This appointment will allow Price to present a student voice on the many issues the CPE board handles. Price received his bachelor's degree from UofL and is enrolled in the Brandeis School of Law.

Full Story: Student Aaron Price appointed to Council for Postsecondary Education  (UofL Today, August 5, 2010)

 

Cambrian Law Review Is Soliciting Abstracts

The Cambrian Law Review at Aberystwyth University in the UK is publishing a 2012 Special Edition on Cultural Rights including but not limited to such keywords as cultural property, cultural heritage, indigenous peoples/rights and minority rights.

If interested, a 250 word abstract and paper title should be sent to Miss Shea Esterling by August 9, 2010 and the final paper of 6-8,000 words would need to be submitted no later than May 3, 2011. Notification of acceptance will be no later than October 1, 2010.

Law Student Receives Prestigious National Security Scholarship

Five University of Louisville students and an alumnus recently earned national security related scholarships. Most of the winners will travel to other countries as part of the scholarship award.

Jeffrey Benedict, now a second-year law student and 2008 Mitchell scholar, is one of two students that received National Security Education Program David L. Boren scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year. Participants must complete a national security-related service requirement for the Boren Fellowship.

Since 2005, 10 UofL students or graduates have received Boren scholarships. The scholarship funds between three months and two years of study in a country of national security interest for students studying languages and subjects of particular national security relevance. Benedict is studying intensive intermediate-level Turkish and regionally-focused law classes while completing his fellowship in Istanbul this summer.

Benedict earned a Master of Arts degree from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth in Musicology with First-Class Honors. He graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2007, where he received many awards for his research on the practice of espionage by musicians throughout European history. Benedict is a First Lieutenant in the Army Reserves and looks forward to being placed in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps upon completion of law school. He will return to school on August 24.

Source: Six students receive prestigious national security scholarships (May 14th, 2009)

KBA Annual Student Writing Competition

The Kentucky Bar Association invites and encourages students currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky College of Law, the University of Louisville School of Law, and Northern Kentucky University 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, second, and third place awards will be given.  
  • 1st place $1,000 (and possible publication in Kentucky Bench & Bar)
  • 2nd place $300
  • 3rd place $200
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.

Entries must be received no later than June 1, 2010.