Student Life News

Louisville Law Review Students Attend Session on “Electronic Practice in Federal Court”

Saving trees, saving time, and saving money are some of the benefits of the recent electronic developments in federal courts. But with these benefits come challenges. Several members of the Louisville Law Review staff and board attended a pilot training session for law students hosted by Jeff Apperson, U.S. District Court Clerk for the Western District of Kentucky, on Saturday, March 22, 2008.

During the half-day session, students were given an overview of the electronic systems now in federal courts. The overview included information on electronic case management, public access to court electronic records, and an overview of the web site. Students visited one of the federal courtrooms and were able to see first hand the bells and whistles that are now accessible to the judge, the parties, and the jury. Concerns about privacy and ethics were discussed as part of the session.

The session was a trial run for assessing the best means of educating law students before they enter practice about electronic practice in federal courts. Although not everyone will practice in federal court, it is probable that state court systems will move to incorporate use of electronic practice. For that reason awareness and understanding of electronic practice is becoming increasingly essential. The training may become a model for other law schools throughout the country.

What Was Lost Has Been Found

Last week two full-size umbrellas were turned in to Lost & Found. Don't wait for the next monsoon!  Claim your umbrella now. 

In addition, a Criminal Procedure book and the supplement were found in room 080.

Securities Moot Court Team Reaches Semifinals

Congratulations to Logan Sims and Logan Snyder, who reached the semifinals and were awarded third place for their appellate brief as participants in the 2008 Kaufman Securities Moot Court Law Competition in New York during the second week of March. The team is coached by Professor Manning Warren.

Kentucky Court of Appeals Q&A--Lunch Available

The Kentucky Court of Appeals is holding oral arguments in the Allen Courtroom on on March 19, 2008, at 9:30, 10:15 and 11:00 a.m. Students are invited to attend the sessions.

Following oral arguments on March 19, the judges will hold a question and answer session open to law students. Lunch will be provided and students are encouraged to attend.

SBF Donates $5,000 to Law Clinic

SBF DonationOn March 6, 2008, the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law received $5,000 from the Student Bar Foundation for the school's new law clinic. This contribution will support the initial start-up of the clinic, scheduled for late 2008.

Emily Zahn, president of the Student Bar Foundation, explains the foundation's decision to support the clinic: "The new Law Clinic embodies The Student Bar Foundation's mission to deliver legal services to the indigent, support legal education, and improve the legal profession by providing citizen access to the justice system. We hope by supporting the clinic, we offer more opportunities for law students to be involved in public service in an ongoing and significant way."

The Law Clinic epitomizes the University of Louisville's commitment to preparing its graduates for instant and lasting impact in the workplace and the community at large. Dean Jim Chen remarks, "There simply is no better way to learn the law than handling real cases and representing real clients."

Stallings Professor of Law Lars S. Smith (pictured left) will act as director of the University of Louisville's law clinic during the 2008-09 school year. "Lars brings talent, experience, and vision to the University of Louisville Law Clinic. Throughout his academic career, he has maintained solid footing in the world of law practice. His experience in business and intellectual property law makes him uniquely well suited to supervise clinical operations that advance community development and assist lower-income individuals, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations," explains Dean Chen.

In addition to this generous student donation, the clinic has received grants from Kentucky Iolta and the Louisville Bar Foundation.

Law Review Announces Editorial Board for Volume 47

The University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to announce the Editorial Board for Volume 47:

Editor in Chief: Megan Renwick
Senior Articles Editor: Jennifer Weinhold
Senior Notes Editor: Steve Mattingly
Symposium and Alumni Relations Editor: Christopher McDavid
Articles Editors: Julia McGuffey, Mark Melvin, Megan Randolph
Notes Editors: Sarah Mikowski, Megan Reese, Andrew Young
Managing Editor: Mary Hulefeld
Executive Editor: Blake Chambers
Associate Editors-Articles: Caroline Pieroni, Jason Schwalm, Heather Stone
Associate Editors-Notes: Nicole Comi, Amy Jay, Emily Lamb

Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest

The ABA Section of Family Law is pleased to present its Howard C. Schwab Memorial Essay Contest. This contest is held annually to encourage interest in the field of family law. Not only does the contest encourage innovative thought in family law, but it also provides an opportunity for recognition and publication in the scholarly journal Family Law Quarterly.

Applicants may submit an essay on any aspect of Family Law and entrants are encouraged to write on subjects of national interest. However, if the law in one state reflects a significant development or trend, that too could be an appropriate subject for an entry. With the vast scope of family law, the possibilities are endless.

The breadth of originality and analysis of past winners is a great testament to the quality of our nation's law schools and educators. Past topics of winning essays include transsexuals and the legal determination of sex, same-sex marriages, federal responsibility for indigent elderly, interpretation of Islamic marriage contracts, the Indian Child Welfare Act, polygamy and marital counseling laws. We look forward to an outstanding pool of entries this year as we continue to marvel at the outstanding thought produced by future attorneys.

Additional information about the Schwab Memorial Essay Contest can be found at www.abanet.org/family/lawstudents/schwab.shtml. I hope you will share this with interested faculty and encourage students to participate. The deadline for entries is May 15, 2008.

If you have any questions regarding the essay contest, please contact Carrie Asalon of the Section of Family Law at 312-988-5145 or e-mail asalonc@staff.abanet.org.

NAELA Seeks Student Papers

Any student who is working on a paper or law review article on the intersection of law and aging, elder or disability planning should consider submitting it to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  NAELA will select eight student articles from around the country to publish in the fall 2008 NAELA Student Journal.  The author of the best paper will be given a $1,500 cash prize and will be honored at the fall NAELA Institute (with $1,000 travel stipend).  Second and third place will receive $1,000 and $500.  Deadline: May 1.  See Dean Sealing if you are interested. 

Law School Negotiations Team Recognized on UofL Website

UofL's negotiations team's national win has been recognized by the university. To view the story, click here: http://php.louisville.edu/news/news.php?news=1111.

Partners in Professionalism: Surviving the First Six Months

The final mentoring program of the 2007-08 year will be held Tuesday March 4, 2008, at the law school. The program, "What You Need to Know to Make the Transition From Law School to Practice and to Survive the First Six Months," will begin at Noon and last until 2:00 p.m. This includes time for one-on-one conversations with the students.

This is a tremendous opportunity for students to meet with seasoned attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals who can help guide them into an effective legal career. Topics to discuss include:

Preparing for the Bar
Assessing Job Options
Entering the Profession
And More.....

The panel will be moderated by Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson
Panelists include Jim Herr, Stephanie Burke, Brian Edwards, Pete Karem and Jennifer Moore.