Law School Active in Community Engagement

The Office of Community Engagement's 2005-2010 Progress Report contained a couple of noteworthy articles that pertain to the law school's involvement in its community.

Law School Delivers Justice and Service (page 14)

The Brandeis School of Law is an outstanding example of how UofL’s academic units support the area. Its long history of community engagement includes several public service initiatives, supported by the school’s Samuel L. Greenbaum Public Service Program, in which law students serve at wills clinics, family law clinics and Latino law clinics, volunteer at community centers, in income tax assistance programs and more. The UofL Law Clinic in downtown Louisville is also having a major impact on the community. The clinic is staffed by third-year law students and provides free legal assistance under the supervision of clinic director Shelley Santry, a UofL law professor and former prosecutor in the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office. Since opening its doors in spring 2009, the clinic has handled more than 100 cases, from Emergency Protective Order hearings to divorces and evictions. “There simply is no better way to learn the law than handling real cases and representing real clients,” says law school dean Jim Chen.

C is for Central High School (page 20)

The university also reaches out to area youth through its longest-running school-based partnership, the Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program. UofL law students teach law courses at the high school under the direction of Central teacher Joe Gutmann, who is also a UofL alumnus. Each year about 15 to 25 UofL students participate. Along with teaching assistance, UofL provides mentoring, tutoring and education programs by faculty and members of the legal community.