Student Bar Association News
Given the connections between the law school (career services, public
service, externships, and the UPCOMING clinic) and Louisville's Legal Aid Society, please find below information about the current budget crisis affecting Kentucky's civil legal aid programs.
2-27-08 Courier-Journal article: http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008802271077
According ot the Justice Cabinet Secretary’s Office, it is now clear that the Governor’s budget (HB 406) does not include a dedicated appropriation for Kentucky’s civil legal aid programs. Since 1996, the civil legal aid programs have received $1.5 million annually to support the work they do. Of this appropriation, Louisville's Legal Aid Society receives approximately $250,000 to serve clients in our region.
Funding needs to be restored for 2008-09. Supports of Legal Aid need to contact their elected members and urge them to fund Kentucky’s civil legal aid programs at $1.5 million annually. Phone calls or letters are the preferred method of contact. Emails are not effective at this point in the session given the sheer volume legislators are receiving.
Attached is a list of the Jefferson County Delegation members. The Jefferson County Delegation needs to hear from their constituents that this issue needs their attention.
For Faxes: Take the attached sample letter, paraphrase and add your own personal language. Please use letterhead that references your personal address within the elected official’s district. If you do not live in Jefferson County but know a supporter of Legal Aid who would be willing to contact their Jefferson County representative, please ask them to do so. The fax number is 502-564-6543.
For Phone Calls: The toll-free number to talk to OR leave a message for a legislator is 1-800-372-7181. The process is simple: Ask to speak to a House member. If he or she is unavailable, ask to leave a message. The message is:
Please restore funding for civil legal aid to $1.5 million in HB 406.
The law school's 2008 Spring Elections for the Student Bar Association (SBA), American Bar Association (ABA), and Honor Council will take place on March 26 & 27. Below is the timetable for election activities.
NOTE: All candidates must attend one (1) of the candidate interest meetings OR obtain permission from the Election Committte to attend a make-up meeting with the SBA President to be eligible to run for office.
More information, including elections rules, will be posted on March 3 by 8 AM.
Monday, March 3 Election Packet Available & Sign-up Sheets for Offices
8:00 AM in SBA Office, Room 180
Monday, March 17 First Candidate Interest Meetings
12:00-12:15 PM & 5:45-6:00 PM, SBA Office, Room 180
Tuesday, March 18 Second Candidate Interest Meeting
5:15-5:30 PM & 5:45-6:00 PM, SBA Office, Room 180
Wednesday, March 19 Third & FINAL Candidate Interest Meeting
12:00-12:15 & 5:45-6:00 PM, SBA Office, Room 180
Wednesday, March 19 Statement of Candidacy Forms DUE – 10:00 PM
Thursday, March 20 Formal Campaigning Begins – 8:00 AM
Wednesday, March 26 & Thursday, March 27 ** ELECTION DATES **
Wednesday, April 2 Voting in Run-off Election ** TENTATIVE **
This is a significant amount of money from SGA, especially in light of continued University-wide budget cuts and that this funding amounts to more than the budget SBA receives from SGA each academic year. A special thank you is also owed to Dean Chen for personally funding the tutoring program out of his own salary for the first part of this semester. Another special thank you is also owed to Rebecca O'Neil of Lambda, Bee Dean of the Federalist Society, and Chad Graham of Phi Alpha Delta for their assistance in obtaining funds.
More information will follow regarding starting dates for research assistants from the law school. Questions: please contact Rebecca Ellingsworth at email@example.com.
The student mailboxes will be unavailable on Tuesday, Feb. 12. New carpet is being installed. The mailboxes will be moved back into the student mailroom as soon as the installation is complete..
The 2007-2008 Barrister's Ball will be held at the Clifton Center, which is located just off of Frankfort Avenue (corner of Clifton and Payne), from 8PM - 12AM on Friday, April 4th.
Ticket information will be available soon.