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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)

Professor Cedric Merlin Powell Receives LBA Trailblazer Award

On February 25, Professor Cedric Merlin Powell, received the Louisville Bar Association’s annual Trailblazer Award, given each year during Black History Month at the Bar Association.  Previous recipients include the late Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. and numerous other distinguished lawyers, jurists, and public officials.  Professor Powell is the first member of the legal education community to be recognized by this award. Professor Powell’s remarks in receiving the award spoke of the essential principle of “empathy” in addressing issues of race.

I am deeply humbled and honored to receive this award.  Not only is it profound to me that I am receiving an award named after one of the Commonwealth’s greatest jurists, I also share this great honor with a group of distinguished members of the Louisville and Kentucky bars.  I am especially honored to be the first law professor to receive this great privilege. 

Read more of his remarks here.

 

In-House Counsel and Fort Knox Externships

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.

Library Student Workers Honored

Three of the law library's student workers were honored at the recent Honors and Awards Program. Kudos to Michael Atkinson (pictured left with Dean Duncan), Alex Russell (pictured second from right), and Bailey Schrupp!

  • Michael Atkinson, 3L: Top Grades During 2013 (Constitutional Law II, Copyright, Legal History), Brandeis Honor Society, Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Award (he performed 365 hours of public service at five different public service placements), University of Louisville Law Review (Member), Student Bar Association (Historian) and the Honor Council
  • Alex Russell, 2L: Edwin H. Perry Mediation Fellow, American Bar Association Negotiation Competition (Team Member), Journal of Law and Education (Member)
  • Bailey Schrupp, 2L: Journal of Animal and Environmental Law (Member), American Bar Association Arbitration Competition (Facilitator)