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TODAY - Kentucky Innocence Project Information Session

All rising 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to an informative information session on Feb. 25, 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

German Professors Juliane Stephan and Eva Wagner Visit Law School

Please join the International Law Society and the Federalist Society in hosting two German law professors on Thursday, March 6, at 1 p.m. in LL80. While visiting the U.S.,  Professors Stephan and Wagner have offered to give a presentation to all UofL Law School faculty, staff and students, and we of course have graciously accepted.

The presentation will focus on civil rights considered "fundamental" in Germany and how those rights compare and contrast to what we consider to be fundamental rights in America. Once the presentation is over, there will be time for questions concerning the information in the presentation and general questions on the practice of law in Germany. Please consider joining us if you have ever thought of pursuing any form of international law, have any interest in constitutional law, or would just like to see how lawyers practice law in a legal system different from our own.

Please email Isaac Fain if you are positive you can attend the event so the organizers can obtain a preliminary head count. Thank you.

Congratulations to Professor Sweeny

Congratulations to Professor JoAnne Sweeny on the birth of her son, Redmond George French on February 21! 

He weighs 7 pounds & 9 ounces. Both he and his mother are doing well.

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.


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!