Student Life News
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.
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).
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
All rising 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to an informative information session this Wednesday, 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
On Thursday, April 17 at 7 pm, the University will recognize the achievements made by its students, student organizations, and advisers. Dean Ballard encourages all law students and law student organizations to consider submitting a nomination for one or more of the awards. There are several different categories. Examples are listed below.
The applications are available through Org Sync on the Student Awards Portal at https://orgsync.com/60508/chapter and are listed under “Forms”. You must sign in as a member of the Student Awards Portal and be logged in to access the applications. If you are not a member of Org Sync you must create a profile. All applications must be submitted by 5:00p.m. on Saturday, March 1, 2014.
Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student Award
The outstanding student award recognizes a specific achievement such as the implementation of a unique program or event, the persevering against incredible odds, or a particular action to promote social change. Nominees are also evaluated on academic success. Minimum GPA required for eligibility is 3.7.
Organization of the Year 2013-14 (Recipient receives $500 towards 2014-2015 program)
The Outstanding Student Organization of the Year is given to a student organization or group that has demonstrated excellence and makes a lasting contribution to the university community. The Outstanding Student Organization of the Year is considered a role model for other organizations on campus. Nominees should demonstrate excellence in fulfillment of its organization purpose, membership involvement, organization development, leadership training and opportunity for members, shown active participation in UofL campus activities, and community service. Nominees must be a group or organization that has existed for two consecutive years at UofL. The organization must be in good standing with the University.
Outstanding New Organization 2013-14 (Recipient receives $500 towards 2014-2015 program)
This award recognizes a student group or organization that has existed for three years or less and has made a significant impact on campus. Nominees should demonstrate a high level of achievement in one or more areas, such as fulfillment of its organization's purpose, membership involvement, organization development, leadership training and opportunity for members, shown active participation in UofL campus activities, and community service.
Outstanding Program 2013-14
This award has been created to recognize an outstanding program coordinated by a student group or organization that has had a unique impact on the university community. Programs will be evaluated on supporting documentation and descriptions of the following programming areas: goals, program outcomes, planning and preparation, funding, publicity and promotion, overcoming obstacles, evaluation, program success, and campus support.
Collaboration Award 2013-14
This award recognizes the efforts of two or more groups or organizations that worked together on a specific program/event/project. The achievement should be a unique action that has not benefited the welfare of the organizations, fulfilled any national affiliation, or led to any monetary gain. The achievement should not have been related to a recruiting or competitive event. Programs will be evaluated on supporting documentation and descriptions of the following programming areas: goals, program outcomes, planning and preparation, funding, publicity and promotion, overcoming obstacles, evaluation, program success, and campus support.
Please see Dean Ballard if you have questions or need help submitting a nomination!
All law students in good standing are invited to participate in the Law School Admission Council's Writing Competition on best practices for recruitment and retention of students of color and students from other underrepresented groups in law schools.
All papers must be submitted no later than May 1, 2014. One winning paper will be selected from each of the three qualifying categories of eligible students (1L, 2L, 3L). Each winner will receive $5,000.
For more information on the topic, length and format, and evaluation criteria, see the Writing Competition Memo.
13 days and counting to Mardi Gras! All law students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Mosaic Lobby on TUESDAY, March 4 for the 5th annual Mardi Gras Party! We'll serve lunch catered by Joe's OK Bayou: Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans & Rice, Vegetarian Gumbo, and we'll have a faux King Cake from Nord's Bakery.
The food will be Cajun
The music will flow
Come wearing your beads –
It’s Mardi Gras don’t ya know!
Please join us!
Mosaic Lobby, Tuesday March 4
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Attention current 1Ls and 2Ls:
Two important information sessions will be offered next week on Monday and Wednesday. The first information session will focus on Journals and the second information session will focus on the Kentucky Innocence Project. As you begin to think about how you want to design your schedule for the 2014-15 academic year and beyond, I think you'll find these information sessions invaluable. If you take advantage of these sessions and learn about the different opportunities available to you to enrich your law school experience, you can decide what your top priorities are and plan accordingly.
February 24 – Student Life Info Session: Law Journals, Rm 275
On Monday, February 24, in Room 275, at 11:50, join the editors of the Law School’s three journals (JAEL, JLE, and University of Louisville Law Review) for an informative program regarding the opportunity for journal membership during your second or third year of law school. Panelists will discuss the benefits of journal membership, the application process and timeline, selection criteria, membership responsibilities, satisfying the writing requirement, earning academic credit, and much more. This is your only opportunity to hear from all three journals in one setting and get your questions answered. We'll have pizza and breadsticks for attendees.
February 26 – KY Innocence Project Externship Information Session, Rm 175
All rising 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to an informative information session on Wednesday, February 26, 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.
Linda Smith, the Supervising Attorney for KIP, will discuss the Kentucky Innocence Project and how you can participate during the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters. This externship is available to rising 2Ls and 3Ls. The Cafe will cater lunch for attendees. Please bring your own drink.
Law students are charged with knowledge of all information distributed by the Daily Docket. Don't miss important announcements regarding mandatory programs, upcoming events, scholarship opportunities, writing competitions, professional development opportunities, speaker visits, and more.
Congratulations to Scott Poynter and Emily Meyer, winners of the random, spring Daily Docket drawing. Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (February 14) before noon to claim your prizes.