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Student Ambassadors for Orientation - Don't Forget to Apply!

We are still accepting applications for Student Ambassador positions for orientation, and we need YOUR help!  If you are interested, please complete the attached application and submit it by June 15.  Student Ambassadors must be available for a mandatory training session on Monday, August 9, and must be free on the first day of orientation - Tuesday, August 10.  If you have any questions, please contact Kimberly Ballard or Brandon Hamilton.

Updates to fall 2010 Class and Exam schedule are posted to Students Records, "Class Schedules"

The fall 2010 schedule has morphed in small but important ways.

NOTE: The changes will not be reflected in the Registrar’s postings until later this week. You will not be able to add classes until the Registrar’s office updates its postings.

Two documents are posted to the Student Records, "Class Schedule" site:

     1. A pdf copy of the entire registration packet, updated to 5/18/2010.  

     2. An Excel workbook showing changes made to the Class Schedule and the Exam Schedule. The changes are described at the top of each worksheet and the changes are highlighted in red in the body of the schedule.
 Both of the above attachments are also posted to the TWEN site created for discussion of the fall 2010 class schedule.  You can download both schedules from the TWEN site.

We have added one new section of Criminal Procedure: Constitutional Issues which will be taught by Professor Abramson.
 Several classes have been moved to larger rooms and their cap raised to accommodate wait lists and new students

Four courses have been cancelled:
a. Trademark (Cross)
b. Elder Law (Leibson and Faller)
c. Corporate Tax (Lewis)
d. Trial Practice (Schroering) – there is space available in Trial Practice (Bouldin).
 

Openings are available in many class.

Openings are available in externships including Immigration Law (Trucios-Haynes), Ky. Innocence Project (Jordan), Legal Aid (Jordan), Criminal Justice (Jordan), Tax (Blackburn), and Tech Transfer (Cross).

Summer Library Hours

During the summer, May 15 to August 15, the law library will generally be open from 8 AM - 9 PM Monday thru Thursday, 8 AM - 6 PM Friday, 9 AM - 6 PM Saturday and 1 PM - 9 PM Sunday. Please refer to our Library Hours for exceptions.

Law Student Leads Way at Commencement

When University of Louisville graduates marched into Freedom Hall May 8 for commencement ceremonies, they followed students carrying colorful banners with each school or college name.

The banners are a handy way for family and friends to separate groups and find their graduate in the crowd. They also are a way to honor students who have been leaders in other ways: banner bearers are each school or college’s “outstanding graduate” for 2010. Each has a high record of scholarship, leadership and service.

Barry Dunn represented the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Dunn served as president of the Moot Court Board, a post of honor that also requires a lot of work. As president, he completed a project to review moot court competitions, evaluate them for the work required and credit hours awarded and draft a plan that equitably allocates credit hours to student competitors. The project normally would be one for a faculty curriculum committee. Dunn also served as the “notes” editor for the University of Louisville Law Review. 

Full Story: "Outstanding students lead way at commencement" (UofL Today,  May 7, 2010)

13th Annual Estate Planning Institute

The Thirteenth Annual Estate Planning Institute will be held May 28 at the University Club and Alumni Center.

Program topics include:

  • New Partnership Long Term Care Update and Medicaid 2010 Update
  • Developments in Professional Responsibility
  • Little Known and Unexpected Income Tax Issues Arising in Everyday Estate Planning Situations
  • Contested Issues in Kentucky
  • Current Wealth Transfer Tax Problems

The Institute will provide 7.0 hours of CLE credit from the Kentucky (approved) and Indiana Bar Associations (pending approval).

 

 

KBA Annual Student Writing Competition

The June 1 deadline for entering the Kentucky Bar Association's Annual Student Writing Competition is fast approaching! The KBA invites and encourages students currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky College of Law, the University of Louisville School of Law, and Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law to enter this competition which offers Kentucky legal scholars the opportunity to earn recognition and a cash award. First, second, and third place awards will be given. The first place prize is $1,000 and possible publication in the Bench & Bar; second place is $300 and third place is $200. Students may enter their previously unpublished articles.  Articles entered should be of interest to Kentucky practitioners and follow the suggested guidelines and requirements found in the “General Format” section of the Bench & Bar Editorial Guidelines.  Submit entries with contact information by mail to: Communications Department, Kentucky Bar Association, 514 West Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601-1812. Questions related to the contest can be directed to Barbara Thomas at bthomas@kybar.org or by phone, 502-564-3795, ext. 224.

Wayne Williams' Art Exhibit

Artist Wayne Williams has generously loaned many of the colorful paintings on exhibit in the Reading Room and elsewhere in the Law Library. Mr. Williams is a retired art instructor at St. Xavier High School.
 

20 Minutes about the Kentucky Women's Book Festival

On May 15, women writers and readers from around Kentucky will gather at the University of Louisville's Ekstrom Library for the Kentucky Women's Book Festival to talk books, poems, short stories and other types of writing.

The festival, now in its fourth year, is a unique opportunity for writers and readers to meet face to face and talk about their craft. Speakers at this year's festival include Affrilachian author Crystal Wilkinson and Sarah Gorham, president of Sarabande Books. Sessions are free to attend, but lunch is $16 and requires advance reservations. Register by calling 502-852-8976.

UofL Today caught up with Women’s Center director Mary Karen Powers, one of the event’s organizers, to talk about the festival.

Read the full story: "20 Minutes about the Kentucky Women's Book Festival" by Brandy Warren (UofL Today, April 21, 2010)

BLSA Convocation

The 9th Annual BLSA Convocation will be held on Friday, May 7th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Allen Courtroom.  All BLSA members, friends and family, alumni, and the entire Brandeis Law School community are invited to attend!

Moot Court Teams Meet National Success

A moot court team from the UofL Brandeis School of Law recently won a national championship in the New York University Immigration Law Competition, placing first out of 16 teams from around the country.

Law students Duffy Trager and Rachel Carmona argued for the team, which had to take on a case involving recidivism in immigration law. Maria Mourad worked on the brief and preparation for oral arguments.

"We really put ourselves through the paces before we got there," said Trager of the team's intense preparation for the event.
Carmona agreed that the secret to their success was practice, practice and more practice. "The more practice you can get, the better your chances-and we practiced all the time," said Carmona, who credited the team's coach, professor Enid Trucios-Haynes, and facilitator Jamie Izlar for preparing them.

UofL teams placed second in the International Commercial Arbitration competition at Loyola University and the Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Competition. A UofL team also submitted the national second-place brief in the Saul Lefkowitz National Trademark Competition.

The university also had semi-finalist teams in the American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition, the National Animal Law competition and the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Competition (Intellectual Property Law) and quarter finalists in the National Health Law Moot Court Competition and the Florida Bar Association National Tax Law Competition.

The law school had 18 moot court teams this year that included 50 to 60 students-all second-year law students or higher. Faculty members as well as local attorneys coach and facilitate the teams.
 

Full Story: "National Champs: Moot court team continues strong tradition" by Kevin Hyde (UofL Today, April 29, 2010)