Professional Development News
The following 20 first-year students successfully submitted an Exam4 practice test by 5:00 PM EDT, Monday, September 28, and their names were drawn at random to receive a free ticket, compliments of Professor Kurt "Wolfman" Metzmeier, to Lawlapalooza, Thursday, October 1, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern:
- Batey, Nathan
- Climer, Jeremy
- Donahue, Natalie
- Englert, Whitney
- Esser, Brian
- Fort, Nathan
- Garland, Todd
- Humphrey, Natalie
- Kahn, Melanie
- Leeper, Natalie
- Lewis, Mookie
- Murray, George
- Pickett, Melinda
- Potter, Sarah
- Simonson, Julie
- Smith, Natalie
- Spalding, John
- Theiss, James
- Turner, Chad
- Vinsel, Nancy
The tickets will be placed in your mailboxes this afternoon (Tuesday, September 29). Congratulations to all, and many thanks to Professor Metzmeier!
Tickets for Lawlapalooza 2009, the Louisville legal community's annual Battle of the Bands, are on sale now in the Law Resource Center, room 272. Student tickets are $5 each, and general admission tickets are $20, both in advance and day of show.
Lawlapalooza benefits the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund, which provides summer fellowships for Brandeis School of Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.
This year's event will be held Thursday, October 1, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and the first band takes the stage at 6:30 PM. The bands competing this year include:
- Living Proof
- The Velvetkings
- The Golden Rockets
- Assault With a Deadly Weapon
- 100% Legal
- The Ben Fultz Five
The law school sponsored four Central High School Law and Government magnet students to attend the Summer Law Institute from June 15-20, an annual program for high school students interested in the law and legal profession. Tia Coleman, co-valedictorian of her graduating class, was among them. Ms. Coleman won the Justice McAnulty Essay contest for seniors and was also the overall winner. She plans to attend UofL in the fall.
The program, which is sponsored by the LBA, Brandeis School of Law, and Bellarmine University, provides students an opportunity to meet and interact with local attorneys, judges, and law professors. During the week-long camp, they learned the fundamentals of trial procedure, discussed important legal and social issues, and studied how the law affects their lives. They also participated in workshops, took trips to the Jefferson County Judicial Center and Bellarmine, and prepared and presented a mock trial.
Photo provided by Cynthia M. Robinson, LBA Public Service Director | (from left to right): Jazmine Hudson, Jasmine Thornton, Tia Coleman, A'shia Blake
On May 6, 2009, students, staff, faculty, and community members gathered at the Ali Center to recognize students and members of Central High School's Law and Government Magnet Partnership with the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Please refer to the attached program for more details.
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The UofL Law Clinic Open House and Reception showcases the UofL Law Clinic, an initiative that enables the law school to refocus legal education as a primarily (or even exclusively) classroom-based endeavor into an active, hands-on enterprise of learning by doing.
We'd like to thank all the members of the Louisville legal community, alumni, faculty, staff and students who shared in this celebration.
|University of Louisville Law Clinic students, from left: Dustin Thacker, Becca O'Neill, Chad Reid, Christopher McDavid, Caroline Pieroni, Amy Jay. Photo credit: Robert Pieroni|
|Professor Lars Smith, Dean Jim Chen and the incoming Clinic Director Shelley Santry enjoy the reception.|
|Becca O'Neill and her classmates present gifts to their instructors Stewart Pope, Legal Aid Advocacy Director, and Lars Smith, University of Louisville Professor and Samuel J. Stallings Chair in Law.|
|Guests enjoy the conversation and live music, compliments of Middleton Reutlinger and Stites & Harbison.|
|Law Clinic Reception Guests||Law students, Cheri Jones and Simone Beach|
|Wine, beer, and soft drinks were provided by Middleton Reutlinger and Stites & Harbison.||Bourbon tasting provided by Woodford Reserve.|
|Hors d'oeuvres provided by Carrabba's Italian Grill.||Vickie Tencer (Unit Business Manager), Kathy Urbach (Assistant Dean for Career Services and Public Service) and Jina Scinta (Program Assistant)
|Professor Susan Duncan, Justice Elisabeth Hughes Abramson, Judge Paula Sherlock, Professor Laura Rothstein, and Maria Fernandez, '89||Third year student and Law Clinic member Caroline Pieroni and family, from left: Jennifer Lynch Nickel, Mark Nickel, David Lynch, Julia Lynch, Caroline Lynch Pieroni, Robert Pieroni|
|Law student, Amy Jay||
University of Louisville Law Students
Osiah Graham, a senior at Central who plans to attend the University of Louisville as a Harlan Scholar in the fall, reached the semi-final round of the competition, which meant he was among the 16 most outstanding competitors in the entire nation. His classmates Kim Albritton and Sasha Richmond both advanced to the quarter-finals, making the Central students by far the most successful team at the entire tournament. Teams came from all over the country, representing Marshall-Brennan programs from Washington, D.C., to Phoenix, and from Boston to Baton Rouge. No other contingent came close to doing what Central did by having three-quarters of its students reach the quarter-final round.
The team was coached by Brandeis School of Law students Colleen Clemons (who accompanied the team to Philadelphia), Amy Jay, Jason Schwalm, and Heather Stone. All are third-year students who have taught at Central in the Marshall-Brennan program this year, working with the Law & Government program’s long-time teacher, Joe Gutmann. Colleen was joined in Philadelphia by law school professor and Marshall-Brennan faculty supervisor Sam Marcosson, who also helped coach the students as they prepared for the competition.
“Their performances were terrific,” Marcosson said. “They proved that our Central students can compete with the very best students from around the country, and excel on the academic side just as they have on the football field and basketball court this year. They worked hard to prepare, and impressed the judges with their knowledge of the law, the facts of the cases, and ability to deal with tough questions.”
Volunteers pose outside the law school prior to departing for their service projects.
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Nearly fifty volunteers gathered at the law school on a beautiful spring day to donate their time to three worthy causes. Among the participants were Harlan Scholars, alums, students, staff, faculty and their friends & families. Several of them had volunteered last year as well.
Many thanks to the following people for making the 2nd Annual Louisville Law Community Service Day such a success!
Rexéna Napier (Student Animal Legal Defense Fund) – Animal Care Society
Jenna Johnston (Women’s Law Caucus) – Family Scholar House
Adam Watson (Enivronmental Law & Land Use Society) – Olmsted Parks Conservancy
PLANNING PARTICIPANTS & FACILITATORS
Students: Lauren Bean, Brian Bennett, Matt Birkhoffer, Kevin Graves, Jamie Izlar, Jenna Johnston, Melissa McHendrix, Rexéna Napier, Brian Pollock, Victor Revill, Luke Vance, and Adam Watson
Faculty & Staff: Nancy Baker, Jodi Duce, Ariana Levinson, Debra Reh, Jina Scinta, Keith Sealing, Virginia Smith, Barbara Thompson, and Kathy Urbach
Sierra Ashby, Lauren Bean, Justin Brewer, Daniel Jay Cameron, Scott Campbell & Beth Nahinsky, Ashley Crabtree, Bridget Coraz, Matthew Dutcher, Brian Fayman, Kevin & Lindsay Graves, Bartley Hagerman, Nick Hart, Ebert Haegele, Jamie Izlar, Guion Johnstone, Jenna Johnston, Jared Kelly, Courtney King, Forrest Kuhn, Arianna Levinson, Ashley Morden, Christopher McDavid, Melissa McHendrix, Rexéna Napier, Marilyn Osborn, Kaitlyn Patrick, Emily Peeler, Brian Pollock, Katie Reisz, Victor Revill, Laura Rothstein, Ben Silver, Virginia Smith, Victoria Steinbach, Nicole Tarrence, Vickie Tencer, Paige Thompson, Katherine Toms, Adam & Jenn Watson, Rebecca Weis, Becky Wimberg, and Boris Yelin
The Law School ● Law Library ● LexisNexis ● Westlaw ● Kathy Bean ● Scott Campbell ● Robin Harris ● Ariana Levinson ● Christopher McDavid ● Kurt Metzmeier ● Jerome Neukirch ● Laura Rothstein ● Virginia Smith ● Anonymous Donors
|Volunteers work with the Olmsted Parks Convervancy to clean up debris from the winter ice storm in Iroquois Park.|
|Project Coordinator, Jenna Johnston||Family Scholar House Volunteers|
|Volunteers assemble gift bags for the Family Scholar House.|
|Project Coordinator, Rexéna Napier (center)
||Animal Care Society Volunteers
|Friendships blossom at the Animal Care Society.|
|Volunteers assist at the Animal Care Society.|
More photos are publicly viewable at our Facebook group. Search for "University of Louisville Law School Annual Community Service Day Project".
This is a final reminder that the 2nd Annual day of collective community service will take place on Saturday, April 4. All law students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate. Family and friends are also welcome.
We're now collecting donations for the Animal Care Society, Family Scholar House and Kentucky Foster Care & Special Needs Adoption Program. Please place your items in the bins in the Mosaic lobby. Don't forget to sign up there to register for a gift card.
Volunteers have three interesting and diverse projects to choose from again this year. The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund has made arrangements for an animal welfare project at the Animal Care Society, Louisville's only no-kill shelter; the Women's Law Caucus has arranged to create gift baskets for mothers at the Family Scholar House in preparation for their final exams; and the Environmental Law & Land Use Society has organized a clean-up project at Iroquois Park.
A fabulous array of door prizes will be awarded to volunteers who attend the kick-off party at 11 AM that morning.
For more details, see: 2009 Louisville Law Community Service Day.
This year's Edwin H. Perry Fellowship recipients, Christopher Ballantine, Gayla Cissell, Claire Rogers, Abigail Fargen, Andrew Henson, Maria Teresa dela Cruz, Jacob Davis, and Catherine Head, spent spring break in mediation training at Just Solutions, Inc. As a mediation training and services group, Just Solutions exists to create, facilitate, and teach collaborative processes for managing conflict and building community.
The free training is made possible through an endowment established by local attorney, Edwin H. Perry.
Our students will now be able to participate in mediations referred from the Jefferson County Family Court in conjunction with the Family Law Pro Bono Mediation Project.
Below are some photos of our students during a training session.
Instructors at Just Solutions
Chris, Gayla, Abigail and Mary
Jacob and Claire
Andrew and Maria
The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund has organized a project at the Animal Care Society, Louisville's only no-kill animal shelter; the Women's Law Caucus has organized a project with the Family Scholar House; and members of the Environmental Law & Land Use Society have arranged a clean-up project with Olmsted Parks Conservancy.
We will also be collecting donated items for the Animal Care Society and the Kentucky Foster Care & Special Needs Adoption Program Recruitment and Certification program the week prior to the event.
Donations and monetary contributions are still needed for door prizes, food, and beverages for the kick-off party that morning. Please contact Virginia Smith if you'd like to help out.