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The Law School’s Business Law Society Announces its First Legal Memo Contest

The Business Law Society at the University of Louisville-Brandeis School of Law is pleased to announce its first Memo Writing Contest.  Due to the generous sponsorship of a local law office in Louisville (Richard Breen Law Offices, owned by a Brandeis alumnus, Richard Breen), participants in the contest are capable of winning up to $2,000 in prize money for composing a comprehensive memorandum of law on a real case, for a real client, dealing with real legal issues. The runner-up will win $1,000. The deadline to enter a memo is March 15, 2014

Those interested in participating must first become a Business Law Society member (if you are not one already) and read and agree to the contest rules (found on TWEN under “BLS Legal Memo Contest”). You may become a member by paying $10 to Jessica Wilkett, the Business Law Society President. A copy of the memo issues and a statement of facts are also located on the TWEN site. If you have any questions about the contest, please contact Jessica Wilkett at jgwilkett@gmail.com.

This contest is one of many efforts made by the Business Law Society to expose students to the real-world practice of law and to help them secure employment upon graduation. In the past, the Business Law Society has organized career panels and hosted guest speakers to highlight the different career paths available within “business law.” The Memo Writing Contest in particular was designed to encourage networking among current law students and graduates, and to provide another opportunity for students to showcase their legal writing and research skills. The contest is also a great chance to prove to a (potentially) future employer that the law school produces top-notch students equipped with essential legal skills. Current students should seize this opportunity to display their skills to colleagues, the law school, and the community.

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Congratulations to Megan McDonald and Dana Payne, winners of the random, spring Daily Docket drawing.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (February 13) before 4:00 p.m. to claim your prizes.

Student Printing Issue

As of this weekend several students have reported being unable to print from their laptops due to an "unable to connect" error from Paper Cut. If you are experiencing this problem please email ullawit@louisville.edu and indicate which version of Mac or Windows that you have (7, 8, 8.1, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mt. Lion, Mavericks). We are currently troubleshooting this issue with no ETA for repair and consequently all notifications of errors will aid us in the troubleshooting process. In the meantime please use the computer labs for printing as they are currently working. 

 

3L Law Student Sets Example for Adult Learners

Lisa Matthews, a third-year student preparing to graduate this May, is included in an article about adult learners in this month’s Kentucky Life Magazine. At 55, Lisa is setting an example for adults who return to college to complete their undergraduate degrees.  After receiving her degree from the University of Louisville, Lisa went on to apply for law school and is now a few months from earning her Juris Doctor degree. You can read more about Lisa in the article “Graduating in Overtime.”

2L Ashley Mouser, Lawlapalooza Recognized in Latest UofL Magazine

2L Ashley Mouser, the Brandeis School of Law's 2013 Ellen B. Ewing Fellow, and Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, which benefits the Ewing Foundation and funds fellowships like Ashley's, were recognized in the Winter/Spring 2014 edition of University of Louisville Magazine, published by the UofL Alumni Association.

Lawlapoolaza and its student emcees were also mentioned in the February 2014 issue of the ABA’s Student Lawyer magazine, p. 36. Request a copy at the law library’s front desk.

$5,000 Scholarship Opportunity for Rising 3L

AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund's 2014 Mike Eidson Scholarship

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it.  The Scholarship, traditionally given in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense 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.

The application deadline is May 1, 2014, and the Scholarship will be awarded at the AAJ Annual Convention, which will take place this year in July in Baltimore.  For more information, see application

UofL law school to unveil photos from Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 visit

After years of digging through photographic archives, the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law is ready to unveil photos taken nearly 50 years ago when Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in the school’s Allen Court Room.

“We found photos that we didn’t even know existed,” said Robin Harris, who chairs the law school’s diversity committee and is a professor of legal bibliography. “Two of the photos show Mrs. King and another shows a close up of Dr. King—which is fairly rare.”

A dozen photos will be shown at a free, public event Feb. 28. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. and is part of the law school’s Graduates of Color reunion and celebration of Black History Month.

Law school Dean Susan Duncan said the photos of King standing at a podium in the courtroom gave her chills.

“It’s gratifying to know that King spoke here,” said Duncan. “Because—even 50 years ago—this university was a trailblazer in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness.”

Harris said the project was a collaborative effort between the law school and UofL Archives and Special Collections. Five of the photos will be permanently displayed in the courtroom’s entrance along with a bronze plaque that commemorates King’s visit.

King spoke at the school March 30, 1967, after law student Steve Porter invited him. Porter—now a graduate of the law school—will speak at the February event along with fellow UofL alumnus Andrew Williams and recently retired law professor David Leibson. Porter and Leibson were in the courtroom during King’s visit and Williams was one of dozens of students who squeezed around the courtroom’s windows hoping to glimpse the civil rights leader.

All three will share their thoughts and memories about King’s visit during the event.

Marian Kincaid Warns & Carl A. Warns, Jr. Scholarship

The Community Foundation of Louisville is seeking qualified applicants for the Marian Kincaid Warns & Carl A. Warns Jr. Scholarship Fund for the 2014-2015 academic year. The fund was established to provide grants to help defray the law school expenses of students currently enrolled at the Brandeis School of Law.

Starting this year, all scholarship applications must only be completed and submitted online.  The submission deadline is March 31.  Visit http://www.cflouisville.org/connect/scholarships to create an account.  Then log in to search for the Marian Kincaid Warns & Carl A. Warns Jr. Scholarship and complete the application.

Eligibility: (i) Must be currently enrolled at the Brandeis School of Law and have completed at least one year of full-time coursework; (ii) Cumulative 3.0 GPA in all courses pertaining to labor and employment law; (iii) Financial need; (iv) Preference given to applicants who (1) demonstrate an intention to pursue a career in labor or employment law, or (2) despite a physical disability is pursuing a career in law.

Fall 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 louisville.edu 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 barbara.thompson@louisville.edu.  Do not send an email using a personal email address.  You must use your louisville.edu email address.

Professor Weaver Speaks in Paris on Transparency & Human Rights