Student Life News
Congratulations to the Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Competition team for winning the South region on Saturday! The team consists of Mari-Elise Gates, Marilyn Osborn, and Justin Capps and is coached by Adjunct Professor Jack Wheat. A team consisting of Jessica Richards and Marty Pohl also faired very well.
The region included teams from Duke, Emory, Alabama, Houston, and Vanderbilt among others. The win was Louisville Law's first ever trademark regional championship. The team swept all the awards at the competition, taking best brief and best oral advocacy team.
The team now advances to the national finals in Washington, D.C., on March 20. Arguments will take place at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
The University of Louisville was well represented in the pre-Moot International Commercial Arbitration competition at Loyola University on Saturday, February 27 with Elisabeth Luff receiving Runner Up for best oral argument. The team is composed of Elisabeth Luff and James Fischer, who received Runner Up for Top Team. The other team composed of Andrea Fagan and Chris Smith also received great scores, but were just out of medal competition. Two students will be selected to compete next month in Vienna. The team is coached by adjunct professor, Robert Brown.
The National Law Review (NLR) consolidates practice-oriented legal analysis from a variety of sources for easy access by lawyers, paralegals, law students, business executives, insurance professionals, accountants, compliance officers, human resource managers, and other professionals who wish to better understand specific legal issues relevant to their work.
The NLR Law Student Writing Competition offers law students the opportunity to submit articles for publication consideration on the NLR Web site. No entry fee is required. Applicants can submit an unlimited number of entries each month.
- Winning submissions will initially be published online in April, May, and June 2010.
- In each of these months, entries will be judged and the top two articles chosen will be featured in the NLR monthly magazine prominently displayed on the NLR home page. Up to 25 runner-up entries will also be posted in the NLR searchable database each month.
- Each winning article will be displayed accompanied by the student’s photo, biography, contact information, law school logo, and any copyright disclosure.
- All winning articles will remain in the NLR database for two years (subject to earlier removal upon request of the law school).
- In addition, the NLR sends links to targeted articles to specific professional groups via e-mail. The NLR also posts links to selected articles on the “Legal Issues” or “Research” sections of various professional organizations’ Web sites. (NLR, at its sole discretion, may distribute any winning entry in such a manner, but does not make any such guarantees nor does NLR represent that this is part of the prize package.)
The first submission deadline is March 25, 2010.
The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is sponsoring the Fifth Annual NAELA Elder Law Writing Competition - a writing competition designed to focus students on the legal issues affecting seniors or people with disabilities.
NAELA offers a $1,500 cash prize for the best article, and the winning author will be interviewed for a future issue of NAELA News, a publication that reaches all of NAELA's 4,000+ members. The cash prizes for second and third places are $1,000 and $500, respectively. The top eight authors will be published in the NAELA Student Journal in early winter 2011 and will receive a complimentary one-year membership in NAELA.
May 31 is the deadline. This opportunity is open to all part- and full-time JD candidates who have not yet graduated. See the attached announcement flyer and official entry form for details.
As a way to beat the winter doldrums, the faculty and staff at the law school hosted two Mardi Gras celebrations for out students. Serving lemonade, nachos, and king cake, the parties took place at 11:30 a.m. and at 5:00 p.m. on tuesday, February 16. Music from Professor Longhair played while faculty and staff served up fun and refreshments. Having found the baby in the king cake, Barbara Thompson was crowned the afternoon queen. Barbara was on hand that evening as well, when she and James Fischer led a parade for the second party.
Thanks to all who shared in the fun!
Surprise to see the party.
Students enjoy some nachos while the music plays.
Students settle in near the king cake.
While Dean Urbach leads a congo line.
Barbara Thompson: Our benevolentMardi Gras queen.
Students ejoyed the festivities.
On February 11, Nancy Vinsel and Alex Davis presented Professor Leibson with a check for $1040 in exchange for his coveted golf hat signed by PGA Champion, Byron Nelson. The money that they and their classmates in Leibson's Section 1 Torts class raised will go towards student scholarships.
We are having a bar night this Friday, Febrary 5th at the Tequila Factory to raise money for Haiti Earthquake Relief
WHAT: Haiti Earthquake Relief Fundraiser at The Tequila Factory
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 5th from 10:30 pm- 4 am
WHERE: Tequila Factory- located at 917 Baxter Avenue, in the same block as Molly Malones and other Baxter Ave/Bardstown Rd. Bars
There is a $5.00 cover, which goes directly to the Haiti Earthquake Relief efforts lead by the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund! Also...if you stop by the Tequila Factory for dinner from 8 - 10 PM, 10% of your bill will be donated to the fundraiser!
For information about the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund.
Please come join us for a night out on the town, whether you are just finishing block exams, rotations or just want to come out for a fun time that benefits a good cause!
For more information, please contact Meg Stewart.
The Tequila Factory will donate 10% of proceeds from dinner to this cause. Come out to celebrate the end of rotations/tests, or just come hang out while also supporting a great cause!
It's Carnival Time and everybody's going to have fun! Yep. We're having a Mardi Gras party, so mark your calendars now.
On Tuesday, February 16, at 11:40 a.m.-1:00 p.m., and again at 5:00-6:00, in the law school mosaic lobby, Mardi Gras comes to the Brandeis School of Law.
The menu is a Fat Tuesday sort of menu: nachos (tortilla chips, cheese sauce (in crock pots), salsa, and jalapenos) with a faux King Cake.
We'll have a great sound track to play. Lots of Professor Longhair.
OH, and BEADS!
Put on your masks, get out your best purple, green and gold costume, and bring your umbrellas. We'll be doing a line dance to Al "Carnival Time" Johnson. Oh yeah.
So SAVE THE DATE!!!
And if the mention of Prof. Longhair makes you want to party right now, here's his # 1 Mardi Gras song, Big Chief: http://www.mardigrasdigest.com/Media/Radio/Professor Longhair - Big Chief.mp3
Prize: Liberty Mutual Insurance Group created this competition to encourage and recognize legal scholarship in the area of property and casualty insurance law. The winning entrant will receive $5,000 and an offer of publication from the Boston College Law Review.
Eligibility: Authors should possess a J.D. degree or its overseas equivalent. Papers must concern the law related to property and casualty insurance, its regulation and corporate governance. The prize is not intended to advance scholarship in areas such as life, health, employment or employee benefits insurance law.
Judging: Each entry will be judged by a panel of professors and attorneys having particular expertise in the insurance law field, including the eventual holder of the Liberty Mutual Professorship at Boston College Law School. The panel will evaluate submissions on the basis of quality of analysis, originality, thoroughness of research, creativity, and clarity of thought and expression.
Format: Submissions should be no more than 25,000 words in length (the equivalent of 50 law review pages) including text and footnotes, and contain an abstract of roughly 350 words. The article should conform to the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (18th ed. 2005). Electronic submissions are preferred (in Word or PDF format, by direct email or through a distribution system such as ExpressO), but hard copies by mail are acceptable.
For electronic submissions (preferred):
For mailed submissions:
Boston College Law Review
Attn: Liberty Mutual Competition
885 Centre Street
Newton Centre, MA 02459
Deadline: Papers may be submitted throughout the year, but by no later than February 1, 2010. If an outstanding submission meets the foregoing conditions, the judges will announce a winning entry by March 1, 2010. (This timetable was purposefully chosen in order to allow authors not selected for the prize to submit their articles to other journals during the month of March.)
Presentation: The author of the selected paper will be invited to present it at a special program held at Boston College Law School, at which time a representative of Liberty Mutual will present the prize money.
Inquiries: Contact John Gordon by email or phone at 617-552-8557.