Street Law, Inc. is a national non-profit organization that provides practical, participatory education about law, democracy, and human rights. Street Law began in 1972, when a small group of Georgetown University Law Center students developed an experimental curriculum to teach high school students in Washington DC about the practical aspects of the law and the legal system. The program evolved and today a Street Law textbook and curriculum is used throughout the country.
On 9/11, Joe Gutmann, a prosecutor in Louisville, decided to make a difference in a new way. He left the prosecutor’s office to teach at Central High School in Louisville. In 2005, he was asked to serve as the coordinator of Central’s Law and Government Magnet program, and he began using the Street Law materials for the sophomore magnet students. In 2007, law students from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law began assisting in teaching the curriculum at Central under Joe Gutmann’s supervision. Building on the partnership begun in 2001 between Central and the Brandeis School of Law, law students were approved to receive public service credit for their Street Law work. Each year about 15 to 25 law students are involved in the program (in addition to many others who teach law magnet courses for juniors and seniors).
Each year, Street Law honors a teacher at its Annual Awards Dinner. Nominees must “educate students in an exceptional manner” and “use Street Law materials.” Joe Gutmann meets both criteria, and he is being recognized in Washington DC on April 28, 2010 as the Street Law Educator of the Year.
One of his nomination letters noted that
his dedication and commitment goes above and beyond to ensure that students are guided and that they learn. He gives them “tough love.” He makes sure they have the opportunity to attend special events. He works on giving them the tools to succeed. He is a tireless advocate for his students. The Central students who are in his class and the law students who teach in the Law Magnet think highly of Joe. The admiration and affection and respect … students have for Joe…doesn’t stop when they graduate. [R]eturning students …still come to him for help and advice (and to share good news about how college is going).
This award recognizes that exceptional teaching and commitment. Joe is always quick to acknowledge the various partnerships that make the Central High School’s Law and Government Magnet Program and his work successful. These include the partnership with the Brandeis School of Law, the long standing Summer Internship Program sponsored by the Louisville Bar Association, the University of Louisville University Community Signature Partnership support through UofL’s Office of Community Engagement (including the Seven Habits of Highly Successful Teens program), and the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky.
As a way to beat the winter doldrums, the faculty and staff at the law school hosted two Mardi Gras celebrations for out students. Serving lemonade, nachos, and king cake, the parties took place at 11:30 a.m. and at 5:00 p.m. on tuesday, February 16. Music from Professor Longhair played while faculty and staff served up fun and refreshments. Having found the baby in the king cake, Barbara Thompson was crowned the afternoon queen. Barbara was on hand that evening as well, when she and James Fischer led a parade for the second party.
Thanks to all who shared in the fun!
Surprise to see the party.
Students enjoy some nachos while the music plays.
Students settle in near the king cake.
While Dean Urbach leads a congo line.
Barbara Thompson: Our benevolentMardi Gras queen.
Students ejoyed the festivities.
Our Sports Law Moot Court Team, consisting of Jennifer Ward and Whitney True, competed this past week in New Orleans in the 16th Annual Mardi Gras Sports Law Moot Court competition hosted by Tulane School of Law. There were 40 teams in the competition and many fierce competitors. Although the team faced severe weather conditions and nearly missed the competition, the team conquered adversity and faired well in their efforts in the 2010 Sports Law Moot Court Competition.
The team was narrowly defeated by the UConn team in Round 1 and lost another coin toss to LSU in Round 2. Both rounds were very close. The team prevailed in Round 3 and defeated the team from Albany by a significant margin -- but despite their fairly large point differential from Round 3, the team was unable to advance.
Professor Moorman, the team's coach, was very pleased with the team's preparation and how well Jennifer and Whitney adjusted their arguments and oratory presentation as the competition progressed. Both Jennifer Ward and Whitney True received positive remarks for their oral arguments and advocacy. Most impressively, the team remained consistent despite nearly missing the competition all together. Congratulations to our 2010 Sports Law Moot Court Team!
Trager, Maria Mourad, and coach Professor Trucios-Haynes much success as they travel to New York City and represent the law school at the fifth annual Immigration Law Moot Court Competition. The competition will take place on Friday, February the 19th through Sunday, February the 21st at NYU School of Law. Good luck Team! ¡Buena suerte! Maikaʻi Pomaikaʻi! In bocca al lupo! Boa sorte! Bahati njema! Noroc! haeng un! gokoūn o inorimasu!
The American Constitution Society welcomes all papers furthering and promoting a progressive vision of the Constitution, law, and public policy. Entrants are encouraged to view this topic broadly, and we welcome submissions on a variety of substantive areas. Examples of possible topics include:
- access to the courts
- civil liberties
- consumer rights
- criminal justice
- disability rights
- freedom of speech
- GLBT rights
- human rights
- labor law
- voting and the political process
- protection of health, safety, and the environment
- racial equality
- separation of powers and federalism
- women's reproductive rights and reproductive freedom
The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 19, 2010.
The Moot Court Board is proud to announce that the Animal Law Moot Court team, comprised of Lauren Bean and Rexéna Napier, was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Animal Law Competition at Harvard Law School last weekend. After making it to the final four and competing in a "virtually undecidable" round, Lauren and Rexéna were defeated by eventual champion Florida Coastal.
Lauren was commended for her poise and organization, while Rexéna received praise for her complete grasp of the material and ability to respond to questions succintly.
Ebert Haegele also traveled to Harvard and competed in the Closing Argument Competition.
Ebert was given high praises about his convincing tone and professionalism in the courtroom, which he showcased despite his being ill. Congratulations to all on a job well done and much appreciation to all who assisted in their preparation!
The team was coached by Professor John Cross. The team wishes to thank Professors Ariana Levinson and Sam Marcosson, Adjunct Professor Thomas FitzGerald, the Honorable Patricia FitzGerald of the Jefferson County Family Court, and fellow students, Algeria Ford and Duffy Trager for their assistance in preparing for the competition.
On February 11, Nancy Vinsel and Alex Davis presented Professor Leibson with a check for $1040 in exchange for his coveted golf hat signed by PGA Champion, Byron Nelson. The money that they and their classmates in Leibson's Section 1 Torts class raised will go towards student scholarships.
The Moot Court Board would like to wish the Law School's National Mock Trial Team good luck during their regional competition this weekend at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. The team is comprised of Brian Bennett, Algeria Ford, Aaron Price, Andrew Henson, and Erin Bravo.
The team would like to thank the following students for serving as witnesses during their practices: Heend Sheth, Robert May, Sarah Clay, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick, Amanda Prager, Chris Lamb, Kristina Wetterer, Catherine Barnes, Vince Kline, Eric Johnson, Timothy Chon, Brad Corbin, Amber Gratz, Lize Goykhberg, Claire Rogers, Sarah Potter, Haylee Ralston, and Todd Garland. The coaches are Rob Riley and Kimberly Ballard.