Admissions News

KBA Criminal Law Reform - Third Annual Forum, November 7, Allen Courtroom

Moving Forward, Living Backward, or Just Standing Still? Theatre Production, Friday, Oct. 24, 7:00 p.m., Allen Courtroom

Admissions Seeking 2014-2015 Academic Year Admissions Ambassadors

Admissions seeking 2014-2015 Academic Year Admissions Ambassadors

The Office of Admissions is looking for 1L's, 2L's, and 3L's to serve as Admissions Ambassadors for the 2014-2015 academic year.  The position is a volunteer position.  We are looking for students who are outgoing and willing to communicate and work with prospective and admitted students.  Admissions Ambassadors will serve as tour guides, communicate with prospective and admitted students by telephone and email, and occasionally represent the law school at both on and off-campus recruitment programs.   There will be an information session to learn more about the Admissions Ambassador program on Monday, September 22 from 12:15-1:15 pm in Room 175.  Pizza will be served (bring your own drink).  For questions or additional information, please contact Emily Meador at or Ryan Nafziger at or come by the Ambassador Coordinator Office, Room 105.


2014-2015 Admissions Ambassador Coordinators

The Office of Admissions seeks two rising 2L or 3L students to serve as coordinators for the Admissions Ambassador program during the 2014-2015 academic year.  The Admissions Ambassador Coordinators assist the Office of Admissions by hosting prospective students and participating in recruitment and yield events at the law school.

The Admissions Ambassador Coordinators are paid positions.  They manage the on-campus visitation program by scheduling and leading tours, planning student panels for admissions events, and meeting with prospective students.  They also coordinate student ambassador participation in new student orientation.

To learn more about the position or to apply to be a coordinator, contact Henry Cantu, Assistant Dean for Admissions, at or Camilo Ortiz, Admissions Counselor, at

Deadline to apply for the Admissions Ambassador Coordinator positions is Friday, April 4, 2014.


Trustees Award

The Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville established The Trustees Award in 1989 to honor faculty who individually impact the future of our students.  (Note:  in the world you are but one person, but to one person you are the world.)  The award is intended to recognize faculty (full- or part-time; undergraduate, graduate, or professional; even groups of faculty) who have had, currently or in the past, an extraordinary impact on students.  The recipient will receive a $5,000 cash award and a commemorative plaque, which will be presented at University Commencement ceremonies in May, 2014. A plaque will also be placed in the Student Activities Center in honor of the recipient.  Members of the Board of Trustees provide the cash award through personal gifts to the University of Louisville Foundation, Inc.  The 2014 award will be announced prior to Commencement.  All faculty (with the exception of previous winners - Abramson and Arnold) are eligible to receive this award.  Nominations will be accepted from any member of the University community (faculty/students/staff/administrators/ Trustees) until March 18, 2014.

The nomination must consist of the Nomination Form and letters of support outlining the nominee’s qualifications and contributions to the University community. The award form can be downloaded at

Nominations should be submitted to The Trustees Award Committee, Board of Trustees, University of Louisville, 102 Grawemeyer Hall, Belknap Campus, Louisville, KY 40292.

There's a New Face at the Law School

Camilo M. Ortiz's picture

Meet Camilo Ortiz.  Camilo joined Brandeis School of Law as an Admissions Counselor in January 2014. He received his B.A. in Liberal Studies from University of California, Riverside and his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.   His primary duty is recruitment, with an emphasis on underrepresented groups and pipeline programs.

Stop by the Admissions Office and introduce yourself. 

Law School to co-host forum on HIV, criminal prosecutions

HIV criminalization refers to criminal statutes that apply only to people with HIV, and the sometimes heightened sentences people with the disease face in court. This is a topic of concern among public health organizations and HIV policy leaders.

In an effort to join the conversation, the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences and the Law School will host a free public forum at 5:30 on Oct. 2 at the Louisville Metro Department of Health and Wellness, 400 E. Gray St.

Kentucky Department for Public Health HIV/AIDS Program Branch Manager Karen Sams and Professor Sam Marcosson will provide the health and legal context of this multi-faceted issue. 


University of Louisville Law Review Selected to Host National Conference of Law Reviews in 2015

The University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to announce that it has been selected to host the 61st Annual National Conference of Law Reviews in March 2015. The conference allows law journal editors from throughout the nation to gather to exchange ideas and experiences about issues common to student-edited publications. Conference attendees also have the opportunity to hear from the foremost members of the legal community, meet with publishing and other service vendors, and socialize with a diverse group of law review editors from across the United States. Between 250 and 350 student editors attend the conference each year.

This announcement follows a successful week for the Law Review at this year's conference at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, where it was recognized for best practices and innovation in editing. The Law Review presented to an audience of approximately 80 representatives of journals from throughout the nation about steps taken this year to improve the efficiency of the editing process. Following the presentation, at least 25 journals expressed direct interest in at least partially modeling their editing procedures and organizational structure after the University of Louisville Law Review. The presentation will be published in this year's NCLR Best Practices Manual, which will be distributed to hundreds of law journals throughout the country.

This is a big win for the Law Review, the law school and the Louisville community. The Law Review is honored to be selected to host the conference and looks forward to welcoming editors from throughout the nation to Louisville in March 2015.

Louisville Ranks Among the Best Cities

Louisville residents have known for quite some time that Louisville is one of the best places to live.

Now 2 different organizations are recognizing Louisville's outstanding qualities.


Lonely Planet, the online travel guide, named Louisville its number 1 travel destination for 2013. They describe Louisville as "a lively, offbeat cultural mecca on the Ohio River" and cite its youthful population as one of its best assets.

Also recognizing Louisville's greatness is the Web site Under30CEO, which listed Louisville as their 2013 Number 3 best city for young entrepenurs. Of special note is the impact Louisville's universities have on the city's entrepeneurial potential. According to the Kauffman Foundation in 2011 Louisville outperformed the nation in being home to fast growth companies and was among the top states in the nation in terms of new start-up companies formed.


Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth Visits Brandeis Law

On Friday, February 22, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) and Professor Neil Kinkopf, of the Georgia State University College of Law, joined Brandeis School of Law students and attorneys from the community for a reasonable conversation about gun control. The event ran a full two hours and every seat was full.

Professor Kinkopf spoke first about the constitutionality of pending gun control legislation. His analysis provided a concise interpretation of the Second Amendment and D.C. v. Heller and predicted that the laws posed no danger of overstepping congressional powers.

Congressman Yarmuth gave insight into the details of the pending measures. He explained his support for laws implementing universal background checks and restrictions on ammunition magazine capacity. The Congressman's remarks were personal and genuine and set the floor for an open and civil discourse amongst the attendees.

After both speakers' remarks, the discussion shifted to questions representing varied perspectives on the topic from those in attendance.

The timing of the event was particularly momentous due to the national spotlight that has been focused on the Congressman regarding his remarks on gun control and the NRA. This program successfully fostered a respectful and productive dialogue on a very polarizing and controversial topic. The event was organized and sponsored by the UofL Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Student Chapter and the Kentucky Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society.


Yarmuth Discussion

Professor Kinkopf and Congressman Yarmuth are joined by Brandeis Law Professor Luke Milligan during questions and answers session at the event.