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Patent Law Cancellation

Professor Copeland's Patent Law class is cancelled Wednesday, February 26.

There's a New Face at the Law School

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Meet Camilo Ortiz.  Camilo joined Brandeis School of Law as an Admissions Counselor in January 2014. He received his B.A. in Liberal Studies from University of California, Riverside and his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.   His primary duty is recruitment, with an emphasis on underrepresented groups and pipeline programs.

Stop by the Admissions Office and introduce yourself. 

International Trademark Association Annual Meeting in Hong Kong

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is having its 136th Annual Meeting in Hong Kong from May 10-14.  The event will be a great experience for law students who are interested in IP or trademark law. The Association will host a Career Development Day on May 12, designed with programming and networking opportunities specifically for law students.

To help law students make their way to the Annual Meeting, INTA offers a scholarship program that provides a complimentary registration to the meeting and up to $500 travel reimbursement. Interested students should complete the application form and submit an essay for consideration.

Professors John Cross and Lars Smith will be attending the conference, as will a number of local intellectual property attorneys.  If you have any questions, please consult with Professor Cross.  He has researched options and provided the following helpful information:

1.  Airfare to Hong Kong that time of year starts at $1500 round trip.

2.  There is a nice hotel near the Convention Center for $135 a night, and that rate includes breakfast.

3.  No visa is required to visit Hong Kong (although a visa is required if you want to cross into mainland China).

 

Professor Powell to Receive Trailblazer Award Today

Celebrate Black History Month with the LBA.  Today at 4 p.m., as we celebrate Black History Month, Professor Cedric Merllin Powell will receive the 2014 Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr. Trailblazer Award.

Dr. Tracy K’Meyer, chair of the Department of History at the University of Louisville, will recount the long and multifaceted struggle for school desegregation in Louisville. Dr. K'Meyer is the author of From Brown to Meredith: The Long Struggle for School Desegregation in Louisville, Kentucky.

A reception to honor Professor Powell will begin at 5 p.m. following the program.

LAST DAY TO WITHDRAW FROM A CLASS

The last day to withdraw from a spring class is Friday, March 7, 2014.  Since the University does repairs to the system on Fridays, we recommend that if you are planning to withdraw from a class, please do so by 10:00 p.m., Friday, March 7.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Assistant Dean Ballard or Barbara Thompson in Student Records.

Did You Miss the Journal Information Session Yesterday?

The Student Life Office held the second information session of the spring semester yesterday focusing on the Law School's three journals.  B.J. Hardy, Ben Shepard, Derek Miles, Cassie Blausey, and Professor Metzmeier spoke about each journal's membership responsibilities, application process, selection criteria, and more.  Handouts from the information session are available outside Dean Ballard's office.  You can also find Dean Ballard's handout online.

Mark your calendar now for the remaining Spring 2014 Information Sessions:

• 2/26  Kentucky Innocence Project Externship
• 3/6    Skills Certificate Programs                              
• 3/18  Summer and Fall Externships        
• 3/20  Entrepreneurship Clinic
• 3/24  1L Registration Advising Session (mandatory)
• 3/25  Moot Court Board and Competitions
• 3/27  Law Clinic
• 4/1    Dual Degree Programs

IT Staff Assisting with KY Bar Exam

The IT staff will be out of the office from about 3:00 p.m. Monday, February 24, through the entire day Tuesday, February 25, 2014, to assist with computer administration of the Kentucky Bar Exam in Lexington.

Since February 2008, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions has used Extegrity's Exam4 for the Kentucky and Multistate Essay Exams.

 

Good luck to our graduates taking the Bar Exam!

Kentucky Innocence Project Information Session

All rising 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to an informative information session this Wednesday, at 11:50, regarding the Kentucky Innocence Project (KIP) Externship.  Students who participate in the KIP Externship learn about investigative techniques, witness interviewing skills, filing post-conviction motions, and evidence handling.  Students then go into the field in supervised teams of two or three students to serve the interests of their clients.  Students can earn four credit hours during the 2014-15 academic year.

Linda Smith, the Supervising Attorney for KIP, and Jimmer Dudley, the Investigator for KIP, will discuss the Kentucky Innocence Project and how you can participate.  This externship is available to rising 2Ls and 3Ls.  The Cafe will cater lunch for attendees while it lasts.  Please bring your own drink.  Room 175

Information Session on Wednesday: Kentucky Innocence Project Externship

All rising 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to an informative information session on February 26, at 11:50, regarding the Kentucky Innocence Project (KIP) Externship.  Students who participate in the KIP Externship learn about investigative techniques, witness interviewing skills, filing post-conviction motions, and evidence handling.  Students then go into the field in supervised teams of two or three students to serve the interests of their clients.

Linda Smith, the Supervising Attorney for KIP, and Jimmer Dudley, the Investigator for KIP, will discuss the Kentucky Innocence Project and how you can participate during the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters.  This externship is available to rising 2Ls and 3Ls.  The Cafe will cater lunch for attendees while it lasts.  Please bring your own drink.  Room 175

 

University Student Awards - Application Deadline March 1

On Thursday, April 17 at 7 pm, the University will recognize the achievements made by its students, student organizations, and advisers.  Dean Ballard encourages all law students and law student organizations to consider submitting a nomination for one or more of the awards.  There are several different categories.  Examples are listed below. 

The applications are available through Org Sync on the Student Awards Portal at https://orgsync.com/60508/chapter and are listed under “Forms”.  You must sign in as a member of the Student Awards Portal and be logged in to access the applications.  If you are not a member of Org Sync you must create a profile.  All applications must be submitted by 5:00p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014.

 

Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student Award
The outstanding student award recognizes a specific achievement such as the implementation of a unique program or event, the persevering against incredible odds, or a particular action to promote social change.  Nominees are also evaluated on academic success.  Minimum GPA required for eligibility is 3.7.


Organization of the Year 2013-14 (Recipient receives $500 towards 2014-2015 program)

The Outstanding Student Organization of the Year is given to a student organization or group that has demonstrated excellence and makes a lasting contribution to the university community.  The Outstanding Student Organization of the Year is considered a role model for other organizations on campus.  Nominees should demonstrate excellence in fulfillment of its organization purpose, membership involvement, organization development, leadership training and opportunity for members, shown active participation in UofL campus activities, and community service.  Nominees must be a group or organization that has existed for two consecutive years at UofL.  The organization must be in good standing with the University.

Outstanding New Organization 2013-14 (Recipient receives $500 towards 2014-2015 program)

This award recognizes a student group or organization that has existed for three years or less and has made a significant impact on campus.  Nominees should demonstrate a high level of achievement in one or more areas, such as fulfillment of its organization's purpose, membership involvement, organization development, leadership training and opportunity for members, shown active participation in UofL campus activities, and community service.

Outstanding Program 2013-14
This award has been created to recognize an outstanding program coordinated by a student group or organization that has had a unique impact on the university community. Programs will be evaluated on supporting documentation and descriptions of the following programming areas: goals, program outcomes, planning and preparation, funding, publicity and promotion, overcoming obstacles, evaluation, program success, and campus support.


Collaboration Award 2013-14
This award recognizes the efforts of two or more groups or organizations that worked together on a specific program/event/project. The achievement should be a unique action that has not benefited the welfare of the organizations, fulfilled any national affiliation, or led to any monetary gain. The achievement should not have been related to a recruiting or competitive event. Programs will be evaluated on supporting documentation and descriptions of the following programming areas: goals, program outcomes, planning and preparation, funding, publicity and promotion, overcoming obstacles, evaluation, program success, and campus support.

Please see Dean Ballard if you have questions or need help submitting a nomination!