Academics News

Spring 2014 Exam Schedule Posted; Class Schedule Revised

A draft final exam schedule for the Spring 2014 semester has been posted here.  A revised version of the Spring 2014 course schedule, with more adjunct courses filled in and other details supplied, has been posted here.  I am trying to have schedules as up to date as possible before the end of the Fall drop-add period, but you should also periodically check the schedules to make sure you have the most up to date version possible  (check the date on the top of each page).

Labor & Employment Law Seminar Prerequisites

The Labor and Employment Law Seminar listed for Spring 2014 is an Advanced Labor and Employment Law Seminar which requires a prerequisite of Labor Law or Employment Law, or the equivalent.  If you wish to take the basic course, you should take them this semester (Fall 2013).  Employment Law will not be offered again until the 2013-2014 academic school year.  Labor Law will probably not be offered again until the 2014-2015 academic school year.

Brandeis Academic Fellows Set to Guide the First Year Students

After a day of training and team-building, the 2013-2014 Brandeis Academic Fellows are ready to help our First Year Law Students through the rigors of being a 1L.


The Academic Fellows for this year are:

Neil Aboulhosn          Jessica Hazelwood
Andrea Aikin              Eric Proctor
Alexa Cox                  Sarah Reddick
Leah Gravius             Adrienne Stonecypher
Chris Groeschen       Jessica Wikett


The Academic Fellow Coordinators this year are:

Caitlin Baird  Mia Walters   


In conjunction with the Academic Success Office, each of these outstanding upper division students is prepared to plan and lead a small Structured Study Group of first year students, in which the necessary skills for law school success will be emphasized and practiced in a fun, interactive way. In addition, the Academic Fellows will hold weekly office hours and act as general peer mentors for the first year students. Click here for the Academic Fellows' photos and office hours. This program is a wonderful resource for our 1L's!


The first Structured Study Groups will be held on Friday, 8/30. The Fellows will begin holding their office hours the following week. First Year Students should be receiving an email next week from their Academic Fellow, introducing himself or herself and telling them where their SSG will meet. All SSG's meet on Fridays from 11:50-12:50.

Draft Spring 2014 Course Schedule posted

The current version of the Spring 2014 course schedule has been posted to the law school website here.  There are a few adjunct-taught courses still to be confirmed, but I am posting this version in order that students can see the anticipated Spring schedule before the Fall drop-add period closes.

Moot Court Try-Outs

Try-outs for the National Moot Court Team will be held Thursday and Friday, August 29-30.  Sign-up sheet & details on the Moot Court Board door, or see Professor Marcosson in Room 254.

Reminders: Registration and Course Load Rules

  1. For students graduating in May 2014, your cumulative grade point average after the Fall 2013 semester is used for the commencement program and honor cords. Questions?  Please see Barbara Thompson in Student Records.
  2. Unless explicitly authorized by the Assistant Dean for Student Life, no full-time student is permitted to register for more than 16 credit hours per semester and no part-time student is permitted to register for more than 12 credit hours per semester.  With permission, a full-time student may register for a maximum of 18 credit hours and a part-time student may register for a maximum of 13 credit hours.  “Credit hours” includes all classes the student takes at the University of Louisville, regardless of whether the credit will be applied toward the student’s degree. Skills competitions and journal credit also count as hours in this calculation.
  3. Students may take no more than two seminars in any semester.
  4. Students may apply no more than four (4) credit hours of independent studies toward graduation.
  5. The last day to add a class is Friday, August 23.

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