Student Life News

Information Session This Wednesday - Summer IP Program in Croatia, plus IP, Entertainment, and Sports Law Offerings

On March 19, guest speaker Professor Adam Candeub from Michigan State will be visiting UofL to discuss Michigan State University's summer IP program in Croatia.  The program takes place in Croatia (both Rijeka and Dubrovnik) from mid-July through the first week of August (a little more than 3 weeks).

In addition, Professors Cross and Smith will discuss curricular offerings for Intellectual Property, Entertainment, and Sports Law.  During the open forum, Cross and Smith will advise students about the field of intellectual property law.  A wide range of topics will be covered from sports law and privacy to publicity and entertainment law. 

All students are invited to attend.  Enjoy pizza and breadsticks from Papa John’s.  Please bring your own drink.

Date, time, and location:  Wednesday, March 19, at noon in Room 175.

Mark Your Calendar - Information Session on All Summer and Fall Externship Opportunities - Tuesday, March 18

Externships allow students to earn academic credit while developing lawyering skills under the direct supervision of a licensed and practicing attorney.  For the Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 semesters, students can choose from more than 18 different externship placements.

All students are invited to an information session Tuesday, March 18, at noon, in Room 175, to learn about all the different externship opportunities.  Faculty supervisors Professors Blackburn, Cross, Jordan, and Trucios-Haynes will discuss how to apply for an externship; the selection process; what each externship is like; how many credit hours you can earn from participation; and much more. 

We'll have sandwiches from The Cafe for students who are able to attend. 

In-House Counsel Externships for Summer and Fall 2014 - Priority Application Deadline March 21

Students in these externships will develop lawyering skills working under the supervision of attorneys providing legal services within various business organizations.  For summer and fall 2014, opportunities exist at General Electric, Passport Health Plan, and Beam, Inc.   Additional information about these placements is accessible at the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”

Open to students who have completed the 1L curriculum and at least 40 credit hours.  Students can earn two or three credits.

For all in-house counsel externships, students must submit a resume, a completed externship pre-registration form, and an unofficial copy of their law school transcript to Professor Karen Jordan by the priority due date of March 21, 2014.  Externship pre-registration forms are accessible from the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION,” and outside room 216.

Learn more at the Externship Information Session on Tuesday, March 18.

Kentucky Innocence Project Externship - Priority Application Deadline March 31

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. 

2014 American Association for Justice Law Student Scholarships

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) is proud to announce its 2014 Law Student Scholarship cycle has begun. AAJ has four scholarships available for qualified law students.

The Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarship: AAJ's Minority Caucus awards up to six $1,000 scholarships to African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, and Biracial Law Student Members who are entering their first, second, or third year of law school.  

The Trial Advocacy Scholarship is open to all AAJ Law Student Members who are entering their second and third year of law school. This $3,000 scholarship is awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates the following: commitment to AAJ and its mission; a desire to represent victims; interest and skill in trial advocacy; and financial need.   

The Leesfield Scholarship is sponsored by AAJ and AAJ member Ira Leesfield. This scholarship awards $2,500 to a Law Student Member to subsidize attendance at AAJ’s Annual Convention. Available to first- and second-year AAJ Law Student Members.  

The Mike Eidson Scholarship awards $5,000 annually to a female student entering her third year of law school (the student can be enrolled in a three-year day program or four-year night program) who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a trial lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.

All scholarship applications are due May 1, 2014.

With the exception of the Mike Eidson Scholarship, applicants must be AAJ Law Students Members to qualify for the scholarships. Law Students can join AAJ at the rate of $15 for one year. Student membership applications can be found here.

Frost Brown Todd IP Diversity Scholarship

Frost Brown Todd, LLC has established the FBT Intellectual Property Diversity Scholarship Fund to support and encourage diversity in patent law.  First and second year law students with technical backgrounds are eligible to apply for a scholarship to provide financial assistance with books for a year or bar review/application fees.  Applicants must submit a statement of interest not to exceed 1,000 words explaining why they desire a career in patent law.  The application deadline is July 1.  See Application Form.

Full Tuition Scholarship Opportunity - Deadline April 30

The Mae Elizabeth Kaufman and Theresa Coffman Scholarship fund is accepting applications for tuition scholarships for students who are enrolled full-time and pursuing a J.D. degree.  Applicants must be residents of Louisville.  Recipient will be under a moral obligation to assist disadvantaged and deprived persons in his/her community.  No scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who has obtained any other scholarship for the same degree program.

The application deadline is April 30, 2014.  The application and criteria are available here.  

EBS Law School Accepting Nominations for Fall Term

Students interested in studying abroad this fall at EBS Law School in Wiesbaden, Germany should contact Dean Ballard to begin the nomination process.  The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2014.

The fall semester begins on September 22 and runs through December 12.  The language of instruction is English and the program focus is Transnational Commercial Law.  Participants will benefit from the expertise of both the law and the economics faculty of the EBS Universität.  See the brochure for the full curriculum.

In addition to the lectures and workshops, EBS offers site visits to places of interest such as e.g. the European Court of Justice and several social activities like get-togethers with German law students and sightseeing.

Scholarship Opportunity

Mae Elizabeth Kaufman and Theresa Coffman Scholarships are available to pay tuition for students who are enrolled full-time and pursuing a J.D. degree.  Applicants must be residents of Louisville.  Recipient will be under a moral obligation to assist disadvantaged and deprived persons in his/her community.  No scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who has obtained any other scholarship for the same degree program.

The application deadline is April 30, 2014.  Applications are available from Dean Ballard, Office 216.

Brandeis Law School Team Wins Chicago Regional Transactional Competition

UofL Louis D. Brandeis School of Law’s Transactional LawMeet team has won the Chicago Regional Round of the 2014 competition.  Team members Kiera Hollis (3L) and Michael McGee (3L) were coached by Professor Lisa Nicholson.  This victory came in just the second year of the Law School’s participation in this competition.  Unlike the typical law school moot court competition that focuses on litigation skills, the Transactional LawMeet Competition is designed to allow students who have an interest in corporate law-related matters to match skills and wits in drafting and negotiating transactional documents.

During the course of the two-month Regional Competition, team members were tasked with drafting a Supplemental Indemnification Agreement (as well as providing a subsequent mark-up of opposing counsel's proposed Agreement) in connection with third-party intellectual property claims that arose on the eve of their client's execution of a Stock Purchase Agreement.  The law students also participated in two separate hours-long conference calls with their client to ensure that the resulting proposed document would meet the client's objectives.  The Regional Competition concluded on February 28, 2014, when the team met in Chicago, IL for two rounds of face-to-face negotiations against assigned teams of opposing counsels -- one from the University of Kansas -- where they successfully scored a 1st place ranking for their efforts in representing their client, NSPC.

As a result, Kiera Hollis and Michael McGee will be participating in the National Rounds in New York, NY on April 4-5, 2014.  This is truly a spectacular feat in light of the fact that only 14 of the 84 participating teams advanced to the next round.  The National Rounds will be hosted by the law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

The UofL team also would like to extend congratulations to the University of Kansas team for advancing to the National Rounds as well.  See you in New York!