Student Life News
Everyone knows law school is a stressful life experience, but that is particularly true at this point in the semester, when crunch time hits and there just don't seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done. Add to that financial concerns or family stressors and suddenly life can feel pretty overwhelming.
Lawyers, and law students, often see themselves as immune from the types of pressures that cause others distress; there is sometimes an "I can do it myself" attitude that prevents us from seeking help when we most need it. There may be concerns about having to report mental health treatment of any kind to a Character and Fitness committee in the near future.
As everyone knows though, you can't get help with a problem until you acknowledge you need help. If you are feeling like the stresses of life and school are too much, please stop by my office in Room 212. I can help you work out a study plan for the rest of the semester and I also have both campus and community resource information available-- everything from mental health counseling, to substance abuse classes, to domestic violence resources. I will be happy to point you in the direction you need to find the best help for you.
Remember, you are not alone in feeling stressed; it's how you handle it that matters.
Friday is the deadline to RSVP for the Minority Law Student Dinner which will be held Friday, November 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the home of Judge Denise Clayton. Please email me if you would like to attend and let me know how many will be in your party.
The American Constitution Society proudly announces its fifth annual National Student Writing Competition. This annual event for law students is an opportunity to recognize legal scholarship that enhances the understanding and reputation of progressive legal theories.
Any full-time or part-time law student currently enrolled in a J.D. program at a US law school is eligible to participate.
The author of the top submission will receive $3000 and be eligible for publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.
The authors of the two runner-up submissions will each receive $1000.
The submission deadline is Friday, February 20, 2009.
Please see the attached flyer for details.
Students in the Central High School Partnership program, with the assistance of Professor Tony Arnold and UofL law students, presented a report on the revitalization of the Parkland Neighborhood to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville. The report, which includes ideas and information about the community’s conditions, is the result of a year long program that educated the students in land use, environmental justice, and public health equity. The program was supported by a grant from the Louisville Metro Center for Health Equity.
The Jackson Lewis law firm announces its sponsorship of the Louis Jackson Memorial National Law Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law. Chicago-Kent College of Law will administer the competition. As in the past, entries will be blind judged by a panel of five labor/employment law professors. Neither Jackson Lewis not Chicago-Kent will have any say in judging.
The first place award in $3,000 (structured as a scholarship so the recipient will not have to pay icome tax).
There are two second place awards of $1,000 each.
Winning entries will be posted on the competition website.
Entries must be received by Tuesday, January 20, 2009.
Please see the attached competition announcement.
If you are a 2L, 3L, or 4L and interested in developing your trial skills while simultaneously earning school credit and strengthening your resume, then this competition is for you.
For tryouts, you will need to submit your resume and present a 10-15 minute opening statement or closing argument using a past competition problem - State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb. Students can access all of the materials for the case using the following link: http://www.tyla.org/advocacy_ntc_archive.html.
Sign-up sheets will be posted from Wednesday, October 22, to Friday, October 31, on the Moot Court Board room door. Please direct any questions to Brian Fayman.
Candidates for Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District of the US House of Representatives visited the law school this week. Congressman John Yarmuth spoke on October 20th at the request of the Jewish Law Students Association. Former Congresswoman Anne Northup spoke the following day at the request of the student Federalist Society. Both candidates entertained questions from students, staff, and faculty after their presentations.
|Aaron Uslan and John Yarmuth||Shem Beard, Anne Northup, and Bee Dean-Northup|
Room 275 (Tentative)
Registration Cost: Free
Congratulations to Algeria Ford, winner of the 2008 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition!
Appellant, Jason Schwalm, and Appellee, Algeria Ford, advanced from the first semifinal rounds to compete in the final round. The judges commended them both for an excellent performance.
|Jason Schwalm and Samuel Lee||Jarrad Roby and Algeria Ford|
|Final Round of Arguments|
The semifinal and final rounds will be held on Friday, October 17th in the Allen Courtroom. All are welcome.
Here’s the schedule:
9 AM, Semifinal Round
- Appellant: Jason Schwalm
- Appellee: Samuel Lee
10:30 AM, Semifinal Round
- Appellant: Jarrad Roby
- Appellee: Algeria Ford
Algeria Ford is a second year student who ultimately intends to practice patent law. He studied Biology and Chemistry as an undergraduate and holds a Masters degree in Biotechnology. He serves on the Journal of Law and Education, is a member of BLSA and will be representing the University as a member of the 2009 National Environmental Moot Court team. He credits his accomplishments to his wonderful wife and to his friends.
Samuel B. Lee, a third year law student, was born and raised in Owensboro, KY. He attended the University of Kentucky where he earned a degree in Finance as well as a minor in Economics. After graduation, Mr. Lee plans to practice in Lexington.
Jarrad Roby, a third year student, hails from Bloomfield, KY and attended Bellarmine University where he studied Business Administration and Economics. While at Bellarmine, Jarrad competed on its prestigious Mock Trial team earning All-American Attorney honors. Jarrad also helped to lead the Brandeis School of Law to a championship in last years Intrastate Moot Court competition. He is currently working for General Electric and clerked for the Governor's General Counsel last summer in Frankfort. He will attempt to participate on this year's Trademark Moot Court team as well and is looking forward to competing in the Spring.
Jason Schwalm is a third year student and Louisville native. His undergraduate degree is in literature from the University of Louisville.
Each semifinal round will be judged by the following three judge panel:
- Judge Michael Caperton - Kentucky Court of Appeals
- Judge Denise Clayton - Kentucky Court of Appeals
- Judge Thomas B. Wine - Kentucky Court of Appeals
The winners of each of these rounds will continue to the final round at 1 PM. This round will be judged by the following four judge panel: