Student Life News

ABA Client Counseling Competition

An ABA client counseling team informational meeting will be held Tuesday, November 11 at 12:15 in the Washer Lounge.  It should last approximately 20-30 minutes.

The ABA Client Counseling Competition simulates a law office consultation in which you, acting as a team of two attorneys, are presented with a typical client matter.  The topic this year is Negligence and Other Tort Claims.   

The initial tryouts are on November 21, from 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.  Tryout as a team (individuals will not be paired).  The chosen team will not practice until after fall semester exams.

Sign up sheet will be on the Moot Court Board office door Tuesday, Nov.11 through Thursday, Nov. 20.

The ABA competition is in February, and all participants will receive 1 credit hour.

See Andrew Palmer or Professor Abramson with questions.

FEELING STRESSED?

Everyone knows law school is a stressful life experience, but that is particularly true at this point in the semester, when crunch time hits and there just don't seem to be enough hours in the day to get everything done.  Add to that financial concerns or family stressors and suddenly life can feel pretty overwhelming. 

 Lawyers, and law students, often see themselves as immune from the types of pressures that cause others distress; there is sometimes an "I can do it myself" attitude that prevents us from seeking help when we most need it.  There may be concerns about having to report mental health treatment of any kind to a Character and Fitness committee in the near future.

As everyone knows though, you can't get help with a problem until you acknowledge you need help.  If you are feeling like the stresses of life and school are too much, please stop by my office in Room 212.  I can help you work out a study plan for the rest of the semester and I also have both campus and community resource information available-- everything from mental health counseling, to substance abuse classes, to domestic violence resources.  I will be happy to point you in the direction you need to find the best help for you.

Remember, you are not alone in feeling stressed; it's how you handle it that matters.

 

LAST WEEK TO RSVP FOR MINORITY LAW STUDENT DINNER

Friday is the deadline to RSVP for the Minority Law Student Dinner which will be held Friday, November 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the home of Judge Denise Clayton.  Please email me if you would like to attend and let me know how many will be in your party.

ACS 2009 National Student Writing Competition

The American Constitution Society proudly announces its fifth annual National Student Writing Competition. This annual event for law students is an opportunity to recognize legal scholarship that enhances the understanding and reputation of progressive legal theories.

Any full-time or part-time law student currently enrolled in a J.D. program at a US law school is eligible to participate.

The author of the top submission will receive $3000 and be eligible for publication in the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law.

The authors of the two runner-up submissions will each receive $1000.

The submission deadline is Friday, February 20, 2009

Please see the attached flyer for details.

Community Building through Community Engagement

Students in the Central High School Partnership program, with the assistance of Professor Tony Arnold and UofL law students, presented a report on the revitalization of the Parkland Neighborhood to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville. The report, which includes ideas and information about the community’s conditions, is the result of a year long program that educated the students in land use, environmental justice, and public health equity. The program was supported by a grant from the Louisville Metro Center for Health Equity.

 

Central High School Students

 

 Source: Engaged Learning Providing Service in West Louisville Community, 2 SIGNATURE PARTNERSHIP 3 (October 2008).

Louis Jackson Memorial National Law Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law

The Jackson Lewis law firm announces its sponsorship of the Louis Jackson Memorial National Law Student Writing Competition in Employment and Labor Law. Chicago-Kent College of Law will administer the competition.  As in the past, entries will be blind judged by a panel of five labor/employment law professors.  Neither Jackson Lewis not Chicago-Kent will have any say in judging.
 
The first place award in $3,000 (structured as a scholarship so the recipient will not have to pay icome tax).
 
There are two second place awards of $1,000 each.
 
Winning entries will be posted on the competition website.
 
Entries must be received by Tuesday, January 20, 2009.
 
Please see the attached competition announcement. 

 

ACTA National Trial Competition

ACTA National Trial Competition Tryouts will take place on Thursday, November 13, 2008, from 4:00pm - 7:00pm in the Allen Courtroom.

If you are a 2L, 3L, or 4L and interested in developing your trial skills while simultaneously earning school credit and strengthening your resume, then this competition is for you.

For tryouts, you will need to submit your resume and present a 10-15 minute opening statement or closing argument using a past competition problem - State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb.  Students can access all of the materials for the case using the following link:  http://www.tyla.org/advocacy_ntc_archive.html.

Sign-up sheets will be posted from Wednesday, October 22, to Friday, October 31, on the Moot Court Board room door.  Please direct any questions to Brian Fayman.

Congressional Candidates Visit Law School

Candidates for Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District of the US House of Representatives visited the law school this week. Congressman John Yarmuth spoke on October 20th at the request of the Jewish Law Students Association. Former Congresswoman Anne Northup spoke the following day at the request of the student Federalist Society. Both candidates entertained questions from students, staff, and faculty after their presentations.

 

Aaron Uslan and John Yarmuth Shem Beard, Anne Northup, Bee Dean
Aaron Uslan and John Yarmuth Shem Beard, Anne Northup, and Bee Dean-Northup

ANNE NORTHUP

October 21, 2008, 12:05pm – 1:00pm
Room 275 (Tentative)
Registration Cost: Free
Anne Northup, candidate for Congress, will be speaking at the University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law.  Attendance is free and all are welcome.  This event is sponsored by the Federalist Society in an effort to promote an informed student body through balanced representation on campus.

Ford Wins Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition

Algeria Ford
Congratulations to Algeria Ford, winner of the 2008 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition!

 

 

Appellant, Jason Schwalm, and Appellee, Algeria Ford, advanced from the first semifinal rounds to compete in the final round. The judges commended them both for an excellent performance.

Jason Schwalm and Samuel Lee
Jarrad Roby and Algeria Ford
Jason Schwalm and Samuel Lee Jarrad Roby and Algeria Ford
Final Round of Arguments
Final Round of Arguments