Student Life News
Left to right: Arbitrators Dr. Prof. Christian Schwartz (Netherlands), Prof. Janet Walker (Canada) and Ziva Filipic (Slovenia), University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law teammates Marshall Casey, Rebecca Simms, UNAM teammates Luis Paz and Angelica Huacuja
The Willem Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot involved 233 teams representing 59 countries and 1,500 students. Fifty-three United States law schools were represented, although the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law team was the only team representing Kentucky. There were more than 600 arbitrators from around the world – drawn from law firms and law school faculties – comprised the three-person panels that heard more than 1,000 arbitrations.
The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law team was represented by Marshall Casey and Rebecca Simms. The team acquitted itself extremely well in the first four rounds, receiving very positive comments from the Arbitrators, and actually competed against three teams that went on to the finals.
In the first round the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law team went against the top team of three representing the University of Paris, the Sorbonne; in round two they went against the National Autonomous University of Mexico which could be described as the “Harvard of Mexico,” the number one school in the country; they faced Charles University, Czech Republic, in round three, and, finally, the University of Munich, an extremely strong school and one of 24 German (second only to the United States) teams. As noted, Paris, UNAM and Munich went on to the finals.
Although the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law team did not make the final round of 64 they moved very successfully through the first four rounds, learned a great deal and represented Brandeis in a very important aspect of the gathering, international networking. It seemed that many participants – from both civil law and common law countries were aware of Louis Brandeis. There were also opportunities to view the art and history of Vienna. In this the team was aided by alumna, Kristina Huddleston,`97.
Keith Sealing, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
|Dean Chen opens the program.||Moderator, Christopher McDavid introduces the panel.|
|Bryan Gatewood||Chris Hartman||Reverend Vernon S. Broyles, III|
|The panelists engage in a discussion while a clip of an interview with Chris Hartman on “Kentucky Tonight” appears on the screen.|
|Nancy Baker and Miriam Schusler-Williams serve lunch.||Diversity Committee Members|
Most interviews will be held with Professor Levinson and Josh Speirs, one of the returning team members. Lily Chan, the other team member, may also join the interviews. Please be prepared to discuss 1) why you are interested in arbitration, 2) what courses you will be taking Fall semester, and 3) what other obligations you must devote time to.
We will be interviewing through finals. Please sign up for a slot on the sheet posted outside room 285 (Professor Levinson’s office). If the times do not work for you, please contact Professor Levinson to schedule another time to meet.
Participation is, of course, contingent on law school funding decisions.
Volunteers pose outside the law school prior to departing for their service projects.
Scroll down for more photographs.
Nearly fifty volunteers gathered at the law school on a beautiful spring day to donate their time to three worthy causes. Among the participants were Harlan Scholars, alums, students, staff, faculty and their friends & families. Several of them had volunteered last year as well.
Many thanks to the following people for making the 2nd Annual Louisville Law Community Service Day such a success!
Rexéna Napier (Student Animal Legal Defense Fund) – Animal Care Society
Jenna Johnston (Women’s Law Caucus) – Family Scholar House
Adam Watson (Enivronmental Law & Land Use Society) – Olmsted Parks Conservancy
PLANNING PARTICIPANTS & FACILITATORS
Students: Lauren Bean, Brian Bennett, Matt Birkhoffer, Kevin Graves, Jamie Izlar, Jenna Johnston, Melissa McHendrix, Rexéna Napier, Brian Pollock, Victor Revill, Luke Vance, and Adam Watson
Faculty & Staff: Nancy Baker, Jodi Duce, Ariana Levinson, Debra Reh, Jina Scinta, Keith Sealing, Virginia Smith, Barbara Thompson, and Kathy Urbach
Sierra Ashby, Lauren Bean, Justin Brewer, Daniel Jay Cameron, Scott Campbell & Beth Nahinsky, Ashley Crabtree, Bridget Coraz, Matthew Dutcher, Brian Fayman, Kevin & Lindsay Graves, Bartley Hagerman, Nick Hart, Ebert Haegele, Jamie Izlar, Guion Johnstone, Jenna Johnston, Jared Kelly, Courtney King, Forrest Kuhn, Arianna Levinson, Ashley Morden, Christopher McDavid, Melissa McHendrix, Rexéna Napier, Marilyn Osborn, Kaitlyn Patrick, Emily Peeler, Brian Pollock, Katie Reisz, Victor Revill, Laura Rothstein, Ben Silver, Virginia Smith, Victoria Steinbach, Nicole Tarrence, Vickie Tencer, Paige Thompson, Katherine Toms, Adam & Jenn Watson, Rebecca Weis, Becky Wimberg, and Boris Yelin
The Law School ● Law Library ● LexisNexis ● Westlaw ● Kathy Bean ● Scott Campbell ● Robin Harris ● Ariana Levinson ● Christopher McDavid ● Kurt Metzmeier ● Jerome Neukirch ● Laura Rothstein ● Virginia Smith ● Anonymous Donors
|Volunteers work with the Olmsted Parks Convervancy to clean up debris from the winter ice storm in Iroquois Park.|
|Project Coordinator, Jenna Johnston||Family Scholar House Volunteers|
|Volunteers assemble gift bags for the Family Scholar House.|
|Project Coordinator, Rexéna Napier (center)
||Animal Care Society Volunteers
|Friendships blossom at the Animal Care Society.|
|Volunteers assist at the Animal Care Society.|
More photos are publicly viewable at our Facebook group. Search for "University of Louisville Law School Annual Community Service Day Project".
Congratulations to Ben Basil, winner of the 2009 First-Year Oral Advocacy Competition!
Appellant, Ben Basil, and Appellee, Courtney Phelps, advanced from the semi-final rounds to compete in the final round. They were both commended by the judges for an exceptional performance.
|Ben Basil||Courtney Phelps|
|Ben Basil and Courtney Phelps (seated)||Members of the audience|
|The Honorable Chief Judge Danny J. Boggs, Judge Ann O'Malley Shake, and Judge McKay Chauvin presided over the final round of arguments.|
Congratulations to Courtney Phelps, Blake Nolan, Ben Basil and Whitney True for making it to the Final Four 1L Moot Court Competition.
This is the lineup:
Courtney Phelps v. Blake Nolan
Ben Basil v. Whitney True
For details about the final round and the celebration planned following it, please click on this link: http://www.law.louisville.edu/node/3073
Due to the hard and enterprising work of Algeria Ford and Barry Dunn, a brand new event has been added to the law school calendar:
The 1L Oral Argument Competition.
More than two dozen 1Ls have volunteered to participate in the competition. The final round, slated for 3:00 p.m. this Friday, will be argued in the Allen Courtroom before the following panel of jurists: Chief Judge Danny Boggs, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Judge McKay Chauvin, Jefferson County Circuit Court; Judge Ann Shake, Jefferson County Circuit Court
The presence of students, faculty and staff will be greatly welcomed. A brief reception featuring our guests and 1L finalists will follow immediately in the Cox Lounge.
Below is the moot court bracketing from the quarterfinals (today) through the final round on Friday.
We'd also like to recognize all the 1Ls who participated in the competition:
- Ben Basil
- Brian Bennett
- Matthew Birkhofer
- Nathan Chittick
- Jacob Davis
- Sean Donaldson
- Michael Gray
- Nicole Kersting
- Phil Lawson
- Eric Lowe
- Michael McKay
- Blake Nolan
- Marilyn Osborn
- Courtney Phelps
- Aaron Price
- Katie Reisz
- Jared Sawyer
- Daniel Schoenbaechler
- Beth Schroeder
- Zachary Springer
- Tommy Sturgeon
- Samantha Thomas
- Whitney True
- Jenny White
The American Constitution Society, a new organization at the Law School, is hosting its first Speaking Event on April 8 at noon, in room 175. Attorney Gregory Belzley is a Pro Bono Attorney with Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. He will be speaking on "Civil Rights of the Incarcerated."
We will also be holding executive board elections on April 14th for the fall term. To stand for elections for the ACS executive board, you must join the national chapter. Membership can be obtained at www.acslaw.org/join. Elections will be held in room 80 from 5-6 PM.
ACS is a progressive-minded national legal organization. As a charter
member of the national organization, the American Constitution Society
at Brandeis School of Law seeks to promote the mission of the American
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) promotes the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law. These abiding principles are reflected in the vision of the Constitution’s framers and the wisdom of forward-looking leaders who have shaped our law throughout American history. As a result of their efforts, the Constitution has retained its authority and relevance for each new generation.
The American Constitution Society embraces the progress our nation has made toward full embodiment of the Constitution’s core values. ACS believes that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. We are revitalizing and transforming legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislatures and the media, and we are building a diverse and dynamic network of progressives committed to justice. Through these efforts, ACS will ensure that the institutions of American law reflect the highest values of our nation and serve the needs of its people.
James S. Fisher
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law