Student Life News

First-Year Law Student Attends Ms. JD Passion Forward Conference

On February 21 and 22, first-year student Shannon Huffer attended the Ms. JD Passion Forward Conference in Austin, Texas, held in conjunction with the Sixth Annual Conference on Women in Law.   Ms. JD was founded by a group of Stanford Law Students in 2006 with the goal of women helping women reach parity in the law and engage in a dialogue regarding gender issues.  Stats provided during the conference noted that although women graduate in roughly equal numbers from law school, they make-up only about 15% at the equity partner level.  Many passionate women who have succeeded at the highest levels actively support and endorse the Ms. JD group in an effort to change that number.
 
The two-day Passion Forward conference was part networking, part skills building, and part motivation.  Shannon was afforded an incredible opportunity to meet and network with judges; partners of firms in New York, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston and Kentucky; faculty from other universities; in-house counsel; associates working in some of the largest U.S. firms; and law students from all over the country.

“Overall it was an amazing conference that I would highly recommend attending whenever you get a chance.  It is a rare opportunity to have such free communication with so many highly successful individuals that are committed to seeing you succeed.”

Fundraiser Provides Three Central Law Magnet Students with Summer Law Institute Scholarships

Each spring, first year law students must prepare moot court briefs for the Legal Writing class.  As in previous years, a "brief-binding" fundraiser provides a brief binding service.  Kasey Fehler (Central Law Fellow) with assistance from the Law Resource Center (Iris Bratcher and Rita Siegwald)  coordinated the program, with proceeds going to the Central High School Law and Government Magnet Partnership fund. 

This year a total of 110 briefs were bound for 28 students. This resulted in a total of $422 raised (some students made donations as well).  The proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for three Central High School students to attend the Summer Law Institute.  Thanks to all who contributed, participated, and helped in any way.

Remaining Information Sessions in Preparation for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014 Registration

1Ls and 2Ls:

Registration for summer and fall classes is a month away.  So that you are fully prepared to plan your schedule for Summer 2014 and/or Fall 2014 and beyond, you should plan to attend the remaining information sessions to learn about the extracurricular opportunities available to you as an upper-division student and ways to enrich your legal education.

March 18 – Summer and Fall Externship Opportunities

March 19 – Intellectual Property, Entertainment, and Sports Law Offerings

March 20 – Entrepreneurship Clinic

March 25 – Moot Court Board and Skills Competitions

March 27 – Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic

All information sessions are offered during the lunch hour.  For times and locations, check the Law School Calendar. 

Mardi Gras Fun!

 

We hope you enjoyed the 5th annual Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday, March 4!  A special thank you to the following faculty, staff, and students who volunteered to help:  Professor Abramson, Dean Becker, Angela Beverly, Ross Bradley, Iris Bratcher, Maggie Bratcher, Scott Campbell, Laura Grubbs, Professor Hall, Wendy Helterbran, Jon-Paul Moody, Dean Nowka, Professor Rothstein, Jina Scinta, Rita Siegwald, Sissy, Janet Sullivan, Barbara Thompson, Becky Wimberg, law student Jenna Brady, and our student workers Sarah McCoy, Kea Middleton, and Sam Stanley.

Congratulations to Iris Bratcher for winning the King Cake during the cake walk contest.

    

 

Professor Trucios-Haynes to Speak at the Civil Rights CLE this Friday

The LBA's new Human Rights Section was formed with a focus on immigration, civil rights (race, LGBTQ, women), international law and human trafficking. Their second seminar on Civil Rights and the Federal Court 50 Years Later will be held this Friday, March 7. Professor Trucios-Haynes will guide attendees though the right to counsel in international law, specifically the Avena case, a recent SCOTUS decision.

Student registration is just $15. Call the LBA to register for the CLE (502) 583-5314 or visit the Louisville Bar Association.

 

Happy Mardi Gras!!!

All law students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Mosaic Lobby today 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 buffet will open at 11:45.  The Cake Walk game will begin around 12:20 in Room 175.  All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to play!  The winner will take home a real King Cake from Joe's OK Bayou.  Remember to wear your Mardi Gras beads!

Mardi Gras takes place 46 days before Easter. Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The most famous Mardi Gras celebration is held in New Orleans.  Mardi Gras is an annual celebration called le mardi gras (literally, "fat Tuesday") or le carnaval in French.  Mardi Gras has three official colors:  purple (justice), gold (power), and green (faith).

Enjoy a Mardi Gras Celebration on Tuesday!

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 buffet will open at 11:45.  The Cake Walk game will begin at 12:20 in Room 175.  All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to play!  The winner will take home a real King Cake from Joe's OK Bayou.  Remember to wear your Mardi Gras colors!

Mardi Gras takes place 46 days before Easter. Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The most famous Mardi Gras celebration is held in New Orleans.  Mardi Gras is an annual celebration called le mardi gras (literally, "fat Tuesday") or le carnaval in French.  Mardi Gras has three official colors:  purple (justice), gold (power), and green (faith).

Lost and Found Inventory - February 2014

Lost and Found items are located in the Law Resource Center (Room 272).

Skills Certificates Information Session on March 6

For students interested in further developing skills and distinguishing themselves in the job market, the Law School offers a “Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills” and a “Certificate of Accomplishment in Transactional Skills” to be awarded as an honor upon graduation.  The award of a Certificate is intended to demonstrate to potential employers that the student possesses additional training in lawyering skills and values associated with litigation practice or transactional practice. 

Professor Nowka, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will describe both certificate programs and discuss:

  • Eligibility for Participation
  • Requirements for Award of a Certificate
  • Program curriculum

This is your chance to learn about an opportunity to develop further distinction at the JD level, and to receive recognition for successful completion of a course of study and advanced training in preparation for professional practice.  All law students are invited to attend.

Thursday, March 6
11:50
Room 175

Le Mardi Gras on Tuesday!

Laissez les bons temps rouler

(Let the good times roll!)

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 buffet will open at 11:45.  The Cake Walk game will begin at 12:20 in Room 175.  All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to play!  The winner will take home a real King Cake from Joe's OK Bayou.  Remember to wear your Mardi Gras colors!

Mardi Gras takes place 46 days before Easter. Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The most famous Mardi Gras celebration is held in New Orleans.  Mardi Gras is an annual celebration called le mardi gras (literally, "fat Tuesday") or le carnaval in French.  Mardi Gras has three official colors:  purple (justice), gold (power), and green (faith).