Student Bar Association News

Purchasing Barristers Ball Tickets

On Monday, March 31 from 11:30-2:30 and on Thursday, April 3 from 11:45-3:30 students may purchase Barristers Ball Tickets from Izzy Moore in the lobby! $20 for one and $30 for two! Tickets will be $25 at the door so get yours in the lobby! If you can't make it to the lobby, contact your SBA Representative to purchase tickets before Friday, April 4!

SGA Supreme Court

Congrats to Algeria Ford for being nominated to the Student Government Association Supreme Court.  Pending confirmation, Algeria will begin serving his term next year as the law school's representative.

3L/4L Pictures Ready to View

3L/4L senior pictures can now be viewed at your pleasure. Please visit our Website at: www.starlightphotopic.com, click on VIEW & ORDER, then click on THE EVENT YOU WISH TO VIEW UOFL LAW SCHOOL 2008, and enter the event PASSWORD: lawschool

Photographs may be ordered on our secure site. Please remember to copy and send this message to friend and family!!!

SGA Supreme Court Nominations

The Student Government Association is currently accepting nominations for SGA Supreme Court.  If you wish to be nominated, please contact SBA President Justin Fowles via e-mail at jsfowl03@louisville.edu by Monday, March 24.

Barristers Ball Tickets Now On Sale

Barrister's Ball tickets are now on sale! The event is on April 4 from 8-12 at the Clifton Center. Tickets are $30 for two and $20 for one. Tickets will cost $25 at the door so contact your SBA Representative today!

Scheduling Forum

All students who are interested in providing input into the 2008-2009 schedule may meet with Dean Hall on Friday, March 21 from 12:15-1:15 in Room 060 or Monday, March 24 from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in Room 175.  Bring a sack lunch/dinner and your concerns!  If you are unable to make either of these meetings, please feel free to e-mail your SBA Representative with your concerns and have them pass them along as soon as possible.

Governor's Budget Cuts: Impact to Louisville's Legal Aid Society

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.

Order Caps and Gown

All graduation caps and gowns must be purchased by midnight on March 31, 2008. Go to http://www1.herffjones.com/college/graduation/index.cfm. Scroll down to the University of Louisville and then two pages later click the "order the cap and gown" link at the bottom of the screen.  Cost is $39.15.

Interested in Student Government? Spring 2008 law school election information available 3/3

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. 


 

Election Timetable

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 **

$15,000: Research Assistants and Tutors are now Fully Funded!

Thanks to Student Bar Association (SBA) President Justin Fowles and UL Student Government Association (SGA) Law Senators Rebecca Ellingsworth and Charles George for their hard work in securing funding for ALL of the law school's research assistant and tutoring positions for the Spring 2008 semester from the SGA. Funding had previously been cut due to the budget constraints, but our representatives were able to secure a total of $15,000 for both programs last night.

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 raelli04@louisville.edu.