Student Life News

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.

Graduation Announcements Reminder

Attention May Graduates: You should have received in your mailbox a note and order form for graduation announcements in your mailbox earlier this week. If you are interested in purchasing graduation announcements, please complete the form and submit it with a check payable to UofL (or a Visa or Mastercard). If you submit the form to Rita Seigwald (Room 204) by March 7, you can avoid shipping and handling charges.

In addition, please remember that academic apparel must be ordered online by midnight, March 31, 2008. The complete apparel order form is available at www.louisville.edu/commencment. (A link to the Student Order Information is available on the left navigation bar.)

Bad Weather: Law School Closed Today, 2/21

Classes are canceled and offices are closed for February 21 beginning at 10 a.m. due to an approaching ice storm. See www.louisville.edu for details.

More Moot Court Success!

Congratulations to Ashley Duncan and Brittany Drucker who received Best Brief for Appellant at the 2008 National Animal Advocacy Competitions, held at Harvard on February 15-17, 2008. Duncan and Drucker's brief made a facial challenge to the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act and an as-applied challenge, arguing that defendant's actions were protected by the first amendment and not within the scope of the Act.

Professor Jennifer Hall acted as the team's advisor.

For more information about the competition, please visit the National Center for Animal Law's website.

To read the winning brief, please click here.

Samuel L. Greenebaum Award: Achievement in Legal Writing

This award is presented to the law student who demonstrates the highest degree of excellence and achievement in legal writing. Any written work, whether brief, article or memorandum, prepared during the preceding academic year shall be eligible for consideration. The award consists of a certificate, a cash award in the amount of $300, and recognition at the Awards program. 

Please provide legal writing submission to Rita Siegwald in Room 204 by Tuesday, March 18.

American Inns of Court Competition

The Warren E. Burger Writing Competition is designed to encourage outstanding scholarship that "promotes the ideals of excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism within the legal profession," the core mission of the American Inns of Court. The American Inns of Court invites judges, lawyers, professors, students, scholars and other authors to participate in the competition by submitting an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 25,000 words on a topic of their choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism. 

The deadline for submission is June 15, 2008.

For details about the award, please visit the American Inns of Court's Warren E. Burger page.

For information or questions, please contact Cindy Dennis, American Inns of Court Awards & Scholarship Coordinator, at 800-233-3590 ext. 104 or cdennis@innsofcourt.org

American Judges Association Essay Contest

The American Judges Association is sponsoring an essay contest on the topic, "Search and Seizure Arising From Motor Vehicle Stops," with prizes of $3,000, $1,500 and $1,000. The deadline for submission is June 2, 2008, and the length is 10-25 pages.

For more information go to the organization's website: http://aja.ncsc.dni.us/index.html and select  the link "Essay Contest."