Student Bar Association News
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Barristers’ Ball tickets will be on sale beginning Wednesday, March 30th. The Student Bar Association will be sponsoring a Panera Bread Breakfast in the Mosaic Lobby from 9-11am. Tickets will be on sale at the table or through your SBA Class Representatives for $20 each.
All students who purchase tickets during the first week of sales (Wednesday, March 30th- Friday, April 1st) will be entered into a raffle for a variety of prizes including 2 iPod shuffles and various Louisville gear. The raffle winners will be announced on Monday, April 4th in the Student Organizations Bulletin.
Students are encouraged to bring a guest and can purchase up to 1 additional guest ticket for $20. Purchase of a guest ticket however does equate to an additional chance in the raffle. Tickets will be available for pre-sale up to Thursday, April 7th in either the Lobby or through a Student Representative. Tickets will also be on sale at the door the night of the event for $30 each.
Barristers’ Ball will be held Friday, April 8th from 8pm-Midnight at the Historic Henry Clay in Downtown Louisville. Beverages and Hor D’oeuvres will be provided. Proper dress for the evening is Cocktail attire. Entrance into the event will require the physical ticket and a valid form of identification.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact your SBA Class Representative, Social Chair Molly MacCaskey, or Public Relations Chair, Chris Robert. Additional information can be found on the facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=203282416366743
As Spring Break comes to a close, LAUGH, don't cry!
Come to the Comedy Caravan on Saturday 3/19 and enjoy comedian Tim Kidd at the 8pm show (doors open at 7pm).
A portion of ticket sales is being donated to the WHAS Crusade for Children, so get a group together and join the fun.
Tickets are $20 in advance.
For tickets, contact Roz Cordini
On Wednesday, March 2, in room 275 at 12 p.m. the SBA is hosting a Financial Guidance and Planning Program. The purpose of the program is to increase financial literacy amongst our students. We will have four panelists speak about the importance of saving and investing money; how to pay off student loans; and how to start up your own practice. Our panelists will be Ashley Roberts from Republic Bank, Brian Walter from Northwestern Mutual; Marcus Folmar from Edward Jones; and Mike Abboud from the University Financial Aid Office. I encourage everyone to come to this event. Food will be provided.
This past weekend (February 18-20), the Law School hosted the Region 7 National Trial Competition at the Jefferson County Judicial Center. Fifteen law schools and thirty teams from Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan participated. Seventy-one law school students competed. The following four law students represented the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law: Paul Chumbley, Brandon Edwards, Courtney Phelps, and Aaron Price.
Thirty-seven Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas served as volunteer judges, including Rodney Acker, the chair of the ACTL's National Trial Competition Committee. The Commonwealth was represented with Fellows from Paducah, Bowling Green, Henderson, Owensboro, Somerset, Lexington, and Louisville. Judges from Kentucky state and federal courts also participated.
All four UofL law students competed in three preliminary rounds and presented both the prosecution and defense sides of a criminal case. Both teams received excellent feedback from the judges. After Rounds 1 and 2, team members Courtney Phelps and Aaron Price were the number one ranked trial team, having won both preliminary rounds and every judge’s ballot, and having the highest point differential. During Round 3, Courtney and Aaron were power matched against the second ranked trial team from the University of Akron School of Law. Courtney and Aaron defeated Akron 3-0 to advance to the semifinals. Of the eight trial teams that advanced, Courtney and Aaron were again ranked number one based on wins, ballots, and point differential.
In the semifinal round, Courtney and Aaron defeated Chase Law School and earned a spot in the finals. The competition was exceptionally close in the final round on Sunday afternoon. Courtney and Aaron competed against the University of Kentucky and lost by a narrow margin: 96 to 95; 91 to 90; and 94to 93. Every judge on the panel commented that as the runner-up team, Courtney and Aaron would have been worthy champions as well. Congratulations should be extended to Courtney and Aaron for their hard work and extraordinary trial advocacy.
Congratulations must also be extended to the 286 volunteers (law students, faculty, staff, court administrators, sheriffs, lawyers, and judges) who made this competition a great success. Many coaches and judges commented that the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law hosted the best organized regional competition that they can remember. One of the Fellows wrote: “From the standpoint of the judges, there was not a single hitch in the proceedings. Everything happened as it was supposed to, when it wassupposed to. We didn't want for as much as a bottle of water. . . . You have set a new standard for efficiency and hospitality. Congratulations.”
The NTC Committee responsible for planning the competition was composed of the following students and administrators: Kimberly Ballard, Brian Bennett, Roz Cordini, Todd Garland, Phil Lawson, Marilyn Osborn, and Becky Wenning. Brian Bennett had the difficult task of securing volunteers to fill 204 witness positions over the course of the three-day tournament. Roz Cordini worked to secure donated items for competitors and judges (including engraved Louisville Slugger bats and Maker’s Mark bourbon bottles), and to manage volunteer greeters and floor attendants each day of the competition. Todd Garland was in charge of scoring, and tabulated scores for over 300 judge’s ballots during the course of the weekend. Phil Lawson served as the judge liaison and assisted the 72 attorneys and judges who volunteered during the competition weekend. Marilyn Osborn was responsible for securing volunteers for 51 bailiff positions and for overseeing law students on the NTC Committee. Becky Wenning coordinated all of the catering and logistics at the Judicial Center, planned the competitor’s reception at the Marriott Hotel, and was the primary liaison with the staff at the Judicial Center, including the Chief Court Administrator. Without their support, this competition would not have been a success.
In addition to the Committee’s support, thanks are extended to the following law students who volunteered their time to serve as witnesses and bailiffs, and to work behind the scenes: Bryan Abell, Jennifer Adams-Emerson, David Ames, Chris Arnold, Waleed Bahouth, Carly Baize, Ben Basil, Jeff Benedict, Matt Birkhoffer, Lani Burt, Daniel Cameron, Michael Cannon, Stephanie Carr, Candise Caylao, Nathan Chittick, Sarah Clay, Megan Cleveland, Jackie Clowers, Sam Constantine, Nicole Crump, Steven Crumbly, Steve Damron, Brittany Deskins, Joe Dunman, Aaron Dyke, Whitney Englert, Jen Ewa, Andrea Fagan, Cynthia Federico, Liam Felsen, Ryan Fenwick, Elisabeth Fitzpatrick, Tyler Fleck, Jacob Ford, Nathan Fort, Brad Hall, Denise Hall, Paige Hamby, Brittany Hampton, Josh Hartsell, Holly Hudelson, Jamie Jackson, Lu Jessee, Brad Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Eric Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Megan Keane, Cassie Kennedy, Clay Kennedy, Teresa Kenyon, Nick Laughlin, Pete Lay, Amelia Leonard, Jennie Lynch, Alice Lyon, Luke Markushewski, Courtney McGrew, Jennifer Monarch, Luschka Montijo, Iara Montoro, Ross Neuhauser, Blake Nolan, Victoria O’Grady, Patrick Owens, Sarah Potter, Kaitlyn Potzick, Amanda Prager, Marlow Riedling, Whitney Roth, Dorrie Rush, Jared Sawyer, Will Seidelman, Jen Siewertsen, Julie Simonson, Leah Smith, Thomas Stevens, Tommy Sturgeon, Terrance Sullivan, Barney Sutley, Andrew Swafford, Willis Taylor, Whitney True, Alex White, Jared Wilkie, Kyle Winham, Amanda Warford, and Kristie Wetterer.
Thanks are also extended to the following law faculty and staff for participating as witnesses: Tony Arnold, Linda Barris, Jessica Campbell, Debra Reh, Kathy Urbach, and Becky Wimberg.
Other local groups that were involved to serve as witnesses include students fromthe Youth Performing Arts School at Manual High School, Pre-Law Students at Bellarmine University, University of Louisville undergraduate students, and Brandeis School of Law admitted students.
Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to Courtney Phelps, Paul Chumbley, Brandon Edwards and Aaron Price for representing the Law School so well in this competition.