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Law Clinic Info Session Today - Thursday March 27!

The Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic is a student run firm supervised by Professor Shelley Santry, the Clinic Director.  Student attorneys are responsible for handling all aspects of the cases. This includes interviewing the client, prepping the client for the hearing, gathering evidence, participating in hearings as a student attorney, and closing the case.  The Law Clinic gives students real court room experience with real clients.

This Thursday, March 27, Professor Santry will discuss the opportunities that exist during the summer and fall semesters for students to work with clients who are victims of domestic violence in Jefferson Family Court or clients who have forcible detainer (eviction) cases before Jefferson District Court. 

Professor Santry will also provide information regarding her Domestic Violence course that will be offered during the summer and the CASE fellowship with the Brandeis School of Law.  The Case fellowship is a paid fellowship that that involves representing low income domestic violence victims in custody cases in Jefferson Family Court.  The experience you will gain from practicing law and representing clients in court will set you apart from your classmates no matter what area of law you want to practice when you graduate.  Don't let these opportunities pass you by!

The program will begin at 11:50 in Room 175.  Lunch will be provided from The Cafe.  Please bring your own drink.

Kentucky Innocence Project Externship for 2014-2015

In this externship, students learn investigative skills and knowledge relating to post-conviction relief, and use the information in the field performing supervised work in cases under investigation by the Kentucky Innocence Project.  Working in teams, students investigate and explore potential arguments that might support a claim for wrongful conviction. Students review court proceedings leading to conviction, and other information found in a variety of places, e.g., defense attorney files, prosecution records, the crime scene, or the recollections of attorneys and judges who worked on the case or witnesses with information about the case.  Includes participation in a mock crime scene investigation, and opportunities to learn from DNA experts, medical examiners, and crime lab personnel.

Open to students who have completed the 1L curriculum.  Earn four credits for work during the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters. 

Students interested in participating should submit an application and an unofficial copy of their law school transcript to Professor Karen Jordan by the priority due date of March 31, 2014.  The application and more information are accessible at the TWEN course titled “Kentucky Innocence Project INFORMATION,” and outside room 216. 

Final Info Session on Thursday: Law Clinic, Domestic Violence Course, and CASE Fellowship

The Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic is a student run firm supervised by Professor Shelley Santry, the Clinic Director.  Student attorneys are responsible for handling all aspects of the cases. This includes interviewing the client, prepping the client for the hearing, gathering evidence, participating in hearings as a student attorney, and closing the case.  The Law Clinic gives students real court room experience with real clients.

This Thursday, March 27, Professor Santry will discuss the opportunities that exist during the summer and fall semesters for students to work with clients who are victims of domestic violence in Jefferson Family Court or clients who have forcible detainer (eviction) cases before Jefferson District Court.  Professor Santry will also provide information regarding her Domestic Violence course that will be offered during the summer and the CASE fellowship with the Brandeis School of Law.  The Case fellowship is a paid fellowship that that involves representing low income domestic violence victims in custody cases in Jefferson Family Court. 

The experience you will gain from practicing law and representing clients in court will set you apart from your classmates no matter what area of law you want to practice when you graduate.  Don't let these opportunities pass you by! 

The program will begin at 11:50 in Room 175.  Lunch will be provided from The Cafe.

2014 Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy

Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy
The University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
"The Public Trust Doctrine: Our Inherent and Inalienable Property Right"
Professor Mary Christina Wood, Philip H. Knight Professor of Law
Faculty Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center
University of Oregon
Thursday, April 10, 2014
6:00 p.m.
Room 275, Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville
Reception Immediately Following Outside Room 275
Open to the public (no RSVP needed).

Mary Christina Wood is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law and Faculty Director for the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at the University of Oregon. Professor Wood’s primary scholarly and teaching interests focus on natural resources law, climate change, property law, native law, and the environment. Her innovative sovereign trust approach to global climate policy is reshaping how we think about the environment and has been the foundation of atmospheric trust litigation brought on behalf of children nationwide and worldwide. Her most recent landmark work on the subject is Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy is one of several law and policy initiatives in land use and environmental responsibility at the University of Louisville, and is supported by the Herbert Boehl Fund, the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund, and the Center for Land Use & Environmental Responsibility.

2014 Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy: Urban Energy

The University of Illinois at Chicago in the UIC Energy Initiative would like to invite students to apply to the annual Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy workshop to be held August 6 to 20 in Chicago.  All applicants accepted into the program receive lodging support for the duration of the two-week program, and some meals will be provided on weekdays. Many will receive partial support for travel costs.
 
They are now accepting applications and will continue to do so until July 1.  Applicants will need to submit an online application form, their resume, and three recommendation letters for consideration. All this information can be found at their website http://sise.phy.uic.edu.

Final Information Session on Thursday - Law Clinic and Domestic Violence Summer Course

The Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic is a student run firm supervised by Professor Shelley Santry, the Clinic Director.  Student attorneys are responsible for handling all aspects of the cases. This includes interviewing the client, prepping the client for the hearing, gathering evidence, participating in hearings as a student attorney, and closing the case.  The Law Clinic gives students real court room experience with real clients.

This Thursday, March 27, Professor Santry will discuss the opportunities that exist during the summer and fall semesters for students to work with clients who are victims of domestic violence in Jefferson Family Court or clients who have forcible detainer (eviction) cases before Jefferson District Court.  Professor Santry will also provide information regarding her Domestic Violence course that will be offered during the summer.  The program will begin at 11:50 in Room 175.  Lunch will be provided from The Cafe.

Moot Court Board Info Session Today!

All current 1Ls and 2Ls are encouraged to attend the MCB Information Session today (March 25) to hear from current officers of the MCB as they discuss the benefits of membership and how students can participate on one of the Law School's many extramural advocacy teams, earn academic credit, and satisfy the Skills requirement. Upper-division law students will also discuss their experiences as a moot court team member or team facilitator.  A coach from one of the law school's competition teams will also discuss how tryouts work, what a student competitor can expect during practices, and how teams prepare for competitions.

This is a great way for students to learn about what the Moot Court Board does and how students can be selected for membership and/or compete on a professional skills team! The program will be held on Tuesday, March 25 at 12:05 in Room 275.  We'll have a Fazoli's lunch for attendees.  Please bring your own drink.

Below is a sample of competitions that will be discussed.  Students selected to compete on these teams earn academic credit!

ABA Arbitration, KY Intrastate Mock Trial, National Moot Court, ABA Negotiation, ABA Client Counseling, Herbert L. Wechsler Criminal Law Moot Court, Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environmental Law, NYU Immigration Law, Robert F. Wagner Labor & Employment, ACTL National Mock Trial, American Intellectual Property Law Association Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial, Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Competition, National Tax Moot Court, International Trademark Association Saul Lefkowitz Memorial, and Transactional LawMeet.

Winter Bar Publications

The March 2014 issue of Louisville magazine features its annual "Top Lawyers" report. Several of the law school's graduates are listed among the honorees, beginning on page 60. Among those profiled include land use and zoning specialist Deborah A. Bilitski, '95 (page 61), criminal defense attorney Scott C. Cox, '85 (page 64), and social security and disability law attorney Alvin D. Wax, '71 (page 72). 2013 Alumni Fellow, Stephen Porter, is also profiled in "Counsel for Yesteryear" on page 55.

Here are some more highlights:

  • "What is your favorite courtroom movie?" (page 8)
  • "Thomson Smillie 1942-2014" by Keith L. Runyon, '82 (page 109)

Tax & Finance Law is the theme of the March 2014 Bar Briefs issue.

Here are some highlights:

  • "UofL Highlights the Importance of Tax and Finance Law" by Dean Susan Duncan (page 6)
  • "Historically High Estate Tax Exemption Shifts Attention Toward Income Taxes" by Nicholas A. Volk, '09 (page 7)
  • "Crisscross Law: Tax & Finance" by Sabine Kudmani Stovall, '09 (page 15)
  • "Requirements for Disinterment by Private Landowners" by Marlow P. Riedling, '11 (page 20)
  • "Members on the move" (page 23)

Civil rights and diversity are the theme of the February 2014 Bar Briefs issue.

Here are some highlights:

  • "Diversity Among Top Priorities at Brandeis" by Dean Susan Duncan (page 6)
  • "Bench & Bar Social" photo gallery (page 12)
  • "This Year's Honorees" (page 14)
  • "Crisscross Law" by Sabine Kudmani Stovall, '09 (page 21)
  • "Members on the move" (page 23)

Legal Issues for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community is the theme of the January 2014 issue of Bench & Bar. The law school's column mentions Professors Laura Rothstein, Jamie Abrams, Sam Marcosson and how they're exploring LGBT issues in their curriculum. Greg Justis, 3L, is also cited for his paper, "Defining Union: The Defense of Marriage Act, Tribal Sovereignty and Same-Sex Marriage".

Several Louisville alums are featured in "Who, What, When & Where" on page 43 and Thomas E. Schweitz's, '90, bio appears "In Memoriam" on page 52.

Each publication is available in the law library.

Law Student Welcomes Home Soldier Husband

JonVieve Hill, 2L, staged a surprise to honor her husband, Captain Charley Hill, who recently returned from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Watch his reaction and read all about it at Fox19.

Full Story: "Neighborhood helps welcome home a soldier" (March 9, 2014)

Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program to Dedicate New Courtroom/Classroom

The Law and Government Magnet program was established at Central High School in 1986.  Partnerships with the Louisville Bar Association (beginning in 1992) and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law (beginning in 2001) have built on the success of the program.  Students in the program now serve in summer internships facilitated by the LBA and are taught substantive law and writing skills related to law by law students from the Brandeis School of Law.  Central students have participated in national court competitions through the program and two students placed first and second nationally in 2011.  

In recognition of the success of the program, the Jefferson County Public School System has renovated the law and government magnet classroom to create a moot court space.  The new configuration will allow students to practice courtroom skills and to apply what they are learning in that setting.  The classroom will be dedicated on March 25, 2014, at 11:00 am at Central High School.  Superintendent Donna Hargens will cut the ribbon at the event.  Fred Moore is the first Central student to participate in the program developed by the Brandeis School of Law to receive a law degree.  He is now an attorney in the Public Defender’s Office and he will deliver remarks on this special occasion.  

Everyone who has been involved with the Central Partnership is encouraged to attend.