Student Life News
On 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.
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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 email@example.com.
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.
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
The panel will be moderated by Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson
Panelists include Jim Herr, Stephanie Burke, Brian Edwards, Pete Karem and Jennifer Moore.
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.)
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.
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.
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.