Student Bar Association News

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:

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 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

Jorge Cham Comedy

Want to take a fun break from studying?  Comedian Jorge Cham will be doing a lecture/book signing this Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. in Strickler Hall (in the Middleton Auditorium).  Strickler Hall is located to the left of Eckstrom Library.  Mr. Cham writes comics about graduate and professional school life.   The red parking lots will be open at that time for anyone with a parking pass.  Free pizza and wings will be served starting at 5:30.  His comics can be found at  This event is put on by the Graduate Student Council.

Student Mailboxes

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..


Barrister's Ball ** SAVE THE DATE -- 4/4/08 **

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.

SBA Bookstore Sale!

This week only- Get a free Decedents Ball T-shirt with every purchase of $15 dollars or more!* Come to the SBA Bookstore, located in room 073, on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30. Locker keys are now available so stop by and pick one up!


*Locker key deposit of $25 does not qualify towards the $15 limit.

Adult Learner Award

If you know of an outstanding adult student or faculty/staff member who has helped adult students, please take one minute of your time to nominate them for this outstanding award. Many times these individuals are overlooked, but this is your chance to change that. All nominations must be in by February 29th, 2008. To nominate someone go to:

Campus Wide Career Fair

Students, freshman year through senior year, graduate students and alumni in all majors are encouraged to attend to learn more about employers hiring for part-time, co-op or internship and full-time professional opportunities.

University Wide Career Fair (All Majors Welcome), February 28th, 2008, 11:00an – 3:00pm, Brown and Williamson Club
Engineering Career Fair (Engineering Focused - All Majors Welcome), February 29th, 2008, 11:00am-3:00pm, Kersey Hall
Engineering Expo, March 1st, 2008, 8-5pm, Kersey Hall


To learn more about these events go to: