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Certificate of Accomplishment in Skills for Graduates

Students enrolled in the Law School may earn a Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills or Transactional Skills upon graduation.  The requirements for receiving a certificate are on the law school web page at the "Academics" link under "Juris Doctor Program."  If you are not enrolled in the Certificate Program but have satisfied the requirements for the Certificate and wish to be recognized at graduation, please submit a completed form to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs no later than Wednesday, April 20.  The form is on the same webpage as the skills requirements.  Contact Dean Nowka if you have questions.

2014 American Association for Justice Law Student Scholarships

The American Association for Justice (AAJ) is proud to announce its 2014 Law Student Scholarship cycle has begun. AAJ has four scholarships available for qualified law students.

The Richard D. Hailey Law Student Scholarship: AAJ's Minority Caucus awards up to six $1,000 scholarships to African American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, and Biracial Law Student Members who are entering their first, second, or third year of law school.  

The Trial Advocacy Scholarship is open to all AAJ Law Student Members who are entering their second and third year of law school. This $3,000 scholarship is awarded to the applicant who best demonstrates the following: commitment to AAJ and its mission; a desire to represent victims; interest and skill in trial advocacy; and financial need.   

The Leesfield Scholarship is sponsored by AAJ and AAJ member Ira Leesfield. This scholarship awards $2,500 to a Law Student Member to subsidize attendance at AAJ’s Annual Convention. Available to first- and second-year AAJ Law Student Members.  

The Mike Eidson Scholarship awards $5,000 annually to a female student entering her third year of law school (the student can be enrolled in a three-year day program or four-year night program) who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a trial lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.

All scholarship applications are due May 1, 2014.

With the exception of the Mike Eidson Scholarship, applicants must be AAJ Law Students Members to qualify for the scholarships. Law Students can join AAJ at the rate of $15 for one year. Student membership applications can be found here.

Professor Laura Rothstein Seeking Research Assistant for Summer Project

Professor Laura Rothstein is writing an article about property, torts, and disability discrimination related to architectural barrier access.  She will also be updating her treatise on Disability Law.  It is expected that the work will be no more than 50 hours for the summer.   If you are interested in working on these projects between May and August 1, please send an email of interest and a resume directly to Professor Rothstein (laura.rothstein@louisville.edu) by May 10 and send Barbara Thompson (barbara.thompson@louisville.edu) an email granting permission for her to see your student record.  Students need not have taken Disability Law.

Academic Success Resource Library Reminder

Now that finals are underway, please do not forget to return your study aids to the Academic Success Resource Library, Rm 212.  Also, donations of any study materials are always greatly appreciated!

 

Interested in becoming a Brandeis Academic Fellow?

The Brandeis Academic Fellow Applications are now available, and attached here!

Service as a Brandeis Academic Fellow is an academic honor, and an excellent talking point on your professional resume.  In addition, work as a Fellow is a great opportunity to help other law students while reducing your student loan amount.  As a Fellow, you will also have an opportunity to keep your knowledge of Contracts fresh in preparation for the Bar Exam.  In addition, you will likely develop a professional relationship with the Academic Success Program Director and the professor teaching your group’s Contracts class, building great referral sources for letters of recommendation, etc.  For further information, review the Brandeis Academic Fellow FAQs attached here.

Application packets must be turned in to Laura Grubbs, Academic Success Program Director, by May 31, 2014.  However, you may submit your application anytime after you have registered for classes for Fall 2014.  Applications are now being reviewed and potential candidates will be invited to interview on a rolling basis. 

If you have any questions, please contact Director Grubbs at laura.grubbs@louisville.edu or (502) 852-1477.

Lucy Helm, '82, General Counsel at Starbucks, Accepts Graduation Speaker Call

 

The Brandeis School of Law is pleased to welcome back Lucy Helm as the 2014 Graduation Speaker.  Ms. Helm has been a partner (employee) at Starbucks for more than 13 years. In May 2012 she was appointed executive vice president, general counsel and secretary after serving as interim general counsel. In her role, Ms. Helm leads the Global Law & Corporate Affairs department, including 190 legal and compliance partners (employees) in 14 offices around the world. She also serves as a member of Starbucks senior leadership team and supports the company’s Board of Directors. Ms. Helm is well known for her commitment to diversity and social justice and the National Law Journal recently named her one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsels. We are very proud of Ms. Helm!

Honors & Awards Photo Gallery

Honors & Awards Program

April 13, 2014 at the Brown & Williamson Club


2014 Honors & Awards Photo Gallery

2014 Honors & Awards Program

 

Dean Ballard has a few extra programs from the Awards Ceremony in her office if you would like to pick up a copy.  

Complimentary Massages for Law Students during Final Exams

The law school final exam period can be stressful.  To help ease some stress and anxiety, Dean Ballard has arranged for massage therapists to provide complimentary massages in the Washer Lounge on FIVE separate days during the exam period.   

Tuesday, April 22 10:00 – 1:00
Wednesday, April 23  11:00 – 6:00
Friday, April 25 10:00 – 2:00
Tuesday, April 29 10:00 – 2:00
Wednesday, April 30  10:00 – 2:00


Two massage therapists will be at the Law School on most days.  You may sign up for an appointment in advance, but walk-ins are perfectly fine too.  Enjoy a massage before an exam, after an exam, or just enjoy a break from studying while at the law school. 


GOOD LUCK ON YOUR EXAMS! 

In-House Counsel and Fort Knox Externships - Opportunities Still Available

Earn Academic Credit for In-House Counsel Externship

Externship opportunities at the Louisville office of Passport Health Plan remain available for Summer and Fall 2014.  Passport is a not-for-profit licensed health maintenance organization 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 contract law and contract negotiation, and health law related federal and state regulations.  Students can earn 2 or 3 credits.  Prerequisite: 40 credit hours, including first year curriculum.  Contact Professor Jordan for more information.

Earn Academic Credit for Externship with Fort Knox

Externship opportunities at Fort Knox remain available for Fall 2014.  Student externs can earn two credits working with the US Cadet Command Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA), an office that provides legal services across the Fort Knox installation.  The externship offers opportunities to develop research, litigation, and/or transactional legal skills, and to enhance legal knowledge across a broad range of areas: e.g., criminal law in federal courts, including civilian misdemeanor prosecution; civil litigation involving cases in courts throughout the region; and/or administrative law involving a range of substantive subject matter (e.g., government contracts, labor, ethics, environmental, or military personnel law).  Externs are supervised by staff judge advocates or civilian attorneys working in the OSJAs.  Requires eight (8) hours of field work per week during the fall semester.  Prerequisite: 40 credit hours, including first year curriculum.  Contact Professor Jordan for more information.

Best Wishes on Your Exams!

Brandeis Crypt

Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis and his wife Alice Goldmark are buried in front of the law school. A tradition has developed over the years of students placing coins and Animal Crackers over the Brandeis’ grave markers during the final exam period to ensure good luck.
Read more: "Inflation Affects A Brandeis Tradition" (Brandeis Harlan Watch)