Student Life News

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

Pirtle-Washer 2008 Semifinalists

The Moot Court Board is pleased to announce that the semi-finalists for the 2008 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition are Algeria Ford, Samuel Lee, Jarrad Roby, and Jason Schwalm.


The semifinal and final rounds will be held on Friday, October 17th in the Allen Courtroom. All are welcome.

Here’s the schedule:

9 AM, Semifinal Round

  • Appellant: Jason Schwalm
  • Appellee: Samuel Lee

10:30 AM, Semifinal Round
  • Appellant: Jarrad Roby
  • Appellee: Algeria Ford
Semifinalists
 

Algeria Ford is a second year student who ultimately intends to practice patent law. He studied Biology and Chemistry as an undergraduate and holds a Masters degree in Biotechnology. He serves on the Journal of Law and Education, is a member of BLSA and will be representing the University as a member of the 2009 National Environmental Moot Court team. He credits his accomplishments to his wonderful wife and to his friends.

Samuel B. Lee, a third year law student, was born and raised in Owensboro, KY.  He attended the University of Kentucky where he earned a degree in Finance as well as a minor in Economics. After graduation, Mr. Lee plans to practice in Lexington.

Jarrad Roby, a third year student, hails from Bloomfield, KY and attended Bellarmine University where he studied Business Administration and Economics.  While at Bellarmine, Jarrad competed on its prestigious Mock Trial team earning All-American Attorney honors. Jarrad also helped to lead the Brandeis School of Law to a championship in last years Intrastate Moot Court competition. He is currently working for General Electric and clerked for the Governor's General Counsel last summer in Frankfort. He will attempt to participate on this year's Trademark Moot Court team as well and is looking forward to competing in the Spring.

Jason Schwalm is a third year student and Louisville native. His undergraduate degree is in literature from the University of Louisville.

 

Presiding Judges


Each semifinal round will be judged by the following three judge panel:


The winners of each of these rounds will continue to the final round at 1 PM.  This round will be judged by the following four judge panel:

Spring 2009 Schedule Available

The most recent revisions to the Spring 2009 schedule and Course Notes have been uploaded to the website at the following link:

 

http://www.law.louisville.edu/academics/class-schedules/spring-2009

 

Printed copies of the schedule and related materials will be available once technical difficulties with our printers have been resolved. In the meantime, please use the above link to access the Spring 2009 schedule.

Judicial Candidates Visit Law School

Several dozen students, staff, and faculty from the law school attended the Brandeis Judicial Forum on October 7, 2008. The Student Bar Association sponsored this opportunity to meet candidates seeking positions in the District Court, Circuit Court, and the Kentucky Supreme Court.

While the law school makes no endorsements, we'd like to thank each of the following candidates for having taken time out of their busy schedules to attend.

Judicial Candidates

Pictured from left to right are the candidates and the position that they are seeking:


Also pictured: Sabine Kudmani (3L), SBA member

Environmental Law Moot Court Tryouts

If you are interested in trying out for the Environmental Law Moot Court team, please contact Izzy Moore (izzybrooke@gmail.com) or Kelly Oates (kjoate02@gwise.louisville.edu).  You will need to attach your resume and a writing sample (10 pages or less).  The deadline is October 5th.

Moot Court Competitions -- Still Time to Sign up

The Moot Court Board has tenatively finalized the list of external competitions that the law school will participate in during the 2008-2009 year. The list is provided here to inform all 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students of the remaining opportunities to tryout and compete in a competition. This list does not include any competitions for which the teams have already been selected. If you have interest in a competition that is not included on the list please contact the VP for External Competitions at phwats01@louisville.edu.

 

Competition                           Location                     Comp Dates

Animal Rights                          Harvard                        6-8 Feb 09

ABA Negotiation (regional)        Ohio State                   8-9 Nov 08

Client Counseling (regional)       Toronto                        7-8 Feb 09

Entertainment Law                    Cardozo (NYC)             5-8 Mar 09

Environmental Law                    Pace Law School         19-21 Feb 09

Immigration                              NYU                            19-22 Feb 09

Labor Law                                NY Law School             11-15 Mar 09

National Security Law               G Washington Univ        21-22 Feb 09

National Trial (regional)              Michigan State              20-22 Feb 09

Securities                                 Fordham                       3-5 Apr 09

Tax                                          St. Pete Beach             4-8 Feb 09

Trademark (regional)                  Chicago                       7-Feb-09

MINORITY LAW STUDENTS DINNER RESCHEDULED

The Minority Law Students Dinner, hosted by Judge Denise Clayton, has been rescheduled and will be held Friday, November 14 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Please RSVP by emailing Christie Floyd at christie.floyd@louisville.edu.  Directions will follow.