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YPAL (Young Professionals Association of Louisville) is hosting a luncheon on March 5 at the Bristol Downtown.  It is the kick-off of our “Legal-Ease” series, sponsored by SKO.  The intent of the event is to have prominent attorneys have lunch with young attorneys in order to mentor and provide career advice.  At the first event, we are inviting four local judges—Judges Clayton, Stevens, Bisig, and Chauvin.  Law students are welcome to register. 

The link to the event is here:  If you are a member, you get a discounted registration price. 

Student Life Information Sessions - Spring 2014 Schedule

Attention current 1Ls and 2Ls:

Soon it will be time to start thinking about how you want to design your schedule for Summer 2014, Fall 2014, and beyond.  To help you plan, the Student Life Office is hosting a series of information sessions in February, March, and April designed to provide information regarding several opportunities you have to enrich your legal education.

The information sessions will cover Law Journals, Externships, Clinics, Skills Certificates, Moot Court Board, and much more.  Take advantage of these sessions and be prepared for course registration this April.  Mark the dates on your calendar now.  The information sessions offered this spring are posted below.

  • February 17 - Planning for Environmental & Real Estate Classes & Careers (sponsored by ELLUS and featuring Professor Tony Arnold)
  • February 24 – Law Journals (JAEL, JLE, and University of Louisville Law Review)
  • February 26 – KY Innocence Project Externship
  • March 6 – Litigation and Transactional Skills Certificates
  • March 18 – Summer and Fall Externship Opportunities
  • March 19 – Intellectual Property, Entertainment and Sports Law Offerings
  • March 20 – Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • March 25 – Moot Court Board and Skills Competitions
  • March 27 – Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic
  • April 1 – Dual Degree Programs

Most information sessions will be offered during the lunch hour.  For times and locations, check the Law School Calendar.  For questions, see Dean Ballard.


The KBA invites and encourages students currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky College of Law, the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, and the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law to enter the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition.  This competition offers these Kentucky legal scholars the opportunity to earn recognition and a cash award. First ($1,000); second ($300), and third place ($200) prizes may be awarded. Entries must be received by June 1, 2014. The first place prize also includes possible publication in the Bench & Bar.

Students may enter their previously unpublished articles. Articles entered should be of interest to Kentucky practitioners and follow the suggested guidelines and requirements found in the “General Format” section of the Bench & Bar Editorial Guidelines at For inquiries concerning the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition, contact Shannon H. Roberts at or call (502) 564-3795 ext. 224. Submit entries with contact information to Shannon H. Roberts, Communications Department, Kentucky Bar Association, 514 W. Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601-1812.

UofL Law students have won the KBA Writing Competition for the past two years!  In 2012, Leah Rupp Smith won the KBA Writing Award with her entry titled "Standing Your Ground: The Happy Medium Buried in Kentucky's Common Law."   In 2013, Justin Brown won the KBA Writing Award with his entry “Wage Theft in the Food Service Industry: How Can Kentucky Fix it?”

Let's continue the tradition for 2014!

Free Individual Therapy Offered as Part of Study

As posted in UofL Today:

Education Building
Feeling down, anxious, depressed, or just in a funk?  We will offer free therapy as part of a research study. The study involves an initial interview, completion of questionnaires and therapy sessions (typically up to 20 sessions). Therapy sessions are scheduled based on what is convenient to you. Interested in learning more? Contact Jesse Owen, PhD, 852-0632.

AAJ Seeking Student Articles

The Secretary of the AAJ (formerly ATLA's) Employment Rights section and co-newsletter editor is seeking articles that may be of interest to plaintiff attorneys in the employment rights or wage and hour realm.  Any students who have something that may fit the topic could be sent to:

Kevin M. Monsour, Attorney at Law
Bruce Law Group
Marion E. Taylor Bldg. 6th Floor
312 S. Fourth St.
Louisville, KY 40202

Enjoy the First Brandeis Brief Break on Thursday!

Oh the weather outside has been frightful,
But the study of law has been so delightful,
And since we've no place to go,
Let’s drink cocoa!  Let’s drink cocoa!  Let’s drink cocoa!

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the first
Brandeis Brief Break of the semester!

Mosaic Lobby
Thursday, February 6
3:30 – 4:30

We’ll have a hot chocolate bar with an assortment 
of toppings for you to create that perfect cup of hot cocoa.

Take a break from studying!

Lost and Found Inventory - January 2014

Please claim Lost and Found items in the Law Resource Center, Room 272.

SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Vol 8, No 1

The latest issue of our SSRN Research Paper series features publications from Professors Arnold, Jones, Milligan and Rothstein.

More information about the RPS:

2014 ABA Energy Law Student Writing Competition

This year’s topic is open-ended—any issue related to energy law.  Students may use any previously unpublished work, including papers they have submitted for classes.  The deadline is Friday, May 16.   

For details, visit

$10,000 DRI 2014 Law Student Diversity Scholarships

Each year, DRI awards two $10,000 scholarships to applicants who best meet the following criteria:

• Demonstrated academic excellence
• Service to the profession
• Service to the community
• Service to the cause of diversity

Applications are due by March 31.  For more information, and to access the application, visit HERE.