Academics News

Rand Paul to Speak

The Benjamin Rush Society, a student group at the Medical School has invited Senator Rand Paul to speak at Kornhauser Auditorium next week August 22 from 12:00-1:00.  He will be speaking on Healthcare Economics and Patient Care and answering audience questions after his speech. 

Fall 2013 Externship Opportunity – For Academic Credit

In-House Counsel - Passport Health Plan Externship:

Prerequisites: 1L curriculum & 40 credit hours.
Three credit hours (12 hours per week at placement site).  Pass/Fail.

Places one student in the Louisville offices of Passport Health Plan.  Passport is a not-for-profit licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) operating a managed care program for the provision of Medicaid services in Louisville and surrounding counties.  The extern will work with the Legal Services Team in Passport’s Compliance Department, and have opportunities to gain knowledge and experience relating to federal and state regulations, and contract law. 

The regulatory work pertains to Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse investigations and, as to this work, the Passport Legal Services Team works with the Program Integrity Staff of the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services; the Office of the Inspector General; and the Office of the Attorney General.  Many contract issues also regularly arise due to Passport Health Plan’s many contractual relationships with health care providers. 

The student will work out of the Passport Health Plan offices at 5100 Commerce Crossings Drive in Louisville, and be supervised by a senior member of the Legal Services Team at Passport.  If interested, contact Professor Karen Jordan (

New Director of Academic Success Services

Please welcome Laura B. Grubbs, the new Director of Academic Success Services!

Ms. Grubbs is a 2007 magna cum laude graduate of the Brandeis School of Law. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies and a minor in business administration from the University of Evansville.

As a law student, Ms. Grubbs participated in the Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) before starting her first year at the Law School. She was the recipient of the Clark Boardman Callaghan Best Brief Award, competed in the National Moot Court Competition, served as an Articles Editor of the law review and was published in the Brandeis Law Journal.

Ms. Grubbs joined the Law School in 2013, after having served as a labor and employment associate in the law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP. In her practice, Ms. Grubbs represented clients in state and federal courts and administrative agencies and provided advice and counsel on personnel policies and procedures, investigations and compliance with laws and regulations governing employees. Ms. Grubbs is a skilled problem-solver with a strong background in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration and informal negotiation.

In her spare time, Ms. Grubbs enjoys traveling, hiking and spending time with her English Springer Spaniels. (She has rescued several). She loves engaging in in-depth conversations and exploring new ideas for creative writing projects. Ms. Grubbs is committed to lifelong learning and investing her time doing the things that make her truly happy.

2013 KLEO Scholars

Info for Prof. Arnold's classes

Students in Professor Arnold's Environmental Law class and also students in Professor Arnold's Land and Ecosystem Conservation Seminar: Neither of Professor Arnold's Fall 2013 classes have assigned books that must be purchased.  Assigned readings will be accessible on the course Blackboard site or through links in the syllabus, both of which will be available approximately 1-2 weeks before the start of classes.  Do not purchase a casebook for either of Professor Arnold's classes.

Partners for Justice Society Scholarship Grant Awarded

Secretary-Treasurer, Tasha Scott (right) presented a scholarship check from the Kentucky Bar Foundation to Dean Susan Duncan at the Fellows and Partners for Justice Society luncheon during the KBA Convention on June 20th.  

Apply to be an Orientation Ambassador!

Students:  We need your help during orientation!  If you are interested in serving as an orientation ambassador during the week of August 12, or speaking on a student panel, please complete the short application and submit it to Dean Ballard by July 8!  Questions?  Contact Dean Ballard at 852-8956.  Thank you!

Spring 2013 Class Ranks are Available from Student Records

Spring 2013 Class Ranks are Available from Student Records
Law students may request their class rank (1) in person; or (2) by sending an email to Ms. Barbara Thompson using their email address.  Class ranks will not be given over the phone.  If you wish to obtain your class rank in person, please stop by Ms. Thompson's office - 217.  If you wish to request your class rank via email, please send your request to  Do not send an email using a personal email address.  You must use your email address.

Students Encouraged to Meet Academic Success Candidates on Tuesday and Wednesday

On Tuesday June 4 and Wednesday June 5, three candidates for the position of Academic Success Director will be interviewing at the law school. 

The hiring committee would greatly appreciate student feedback.  Students are encouraged to meet the three candidates at the times below and to send feedback to Professor Kathy Bean, Chair.  The candidates will be in the Cox Lounge.

  • Tuesday June 4:  10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (Jude Wolford) and 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Lori Goodwin-Hollowell)
  • Wednesday June 5:  10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. (Laura Grubbs)


Summer 2013 Graduates

Monday, June 12, 2013, is the last day to apply for a summer 2013 degree.  

 Go to ULink to apply for your degree.