Student News

Represent, for the Unrepresented.

You could spend the summer of 2015 as the next Ellen B. Ewing Fellow, assisting the under-represented in practice areas like family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. How can you support this great cause now? Come out to Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Phoenix Hill Tavern.

Tickets for Lawlapalooza, are on sale now in the Law Resource Center (Room 272), $10 each, and this year's show will feature three bands representing the Brandeis School of Law: The Grateful Decedents, with 3Ls Mina Khalil and Greg Daly; The Perpetual Motions, with 3L Emily DeVuono; and defending champs, The Subconscionables, with 2L Megan Conroy, Prof. Tim Hall and Asst. Dean Jim Becker.

This year’s theme, “A Bran Deis Night,” commemorates 50 years of Beatlemania, with every band performing Beatles favorites. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the first of eight bands, featuring local attorneys and law students, performs at 6:30.

This annual event brings the Louisville legal community together for a great cause, great music and a lot of fun. Hope to see you there!

First Year Students! Lawlapalooza Wants You!!

Lawlapalooza is a battle of the bands which raises money for the Ellen B. Ewing Fellowship. This fellowship allows a student to work at Legal Aid during the summer and provides a stipend to the fellow based on the money raised from this event.

The Lawlapalooza committee is looking for a first year student who would be interested in being an MC for the evening with other law students and doing live tweets throughout the evening. Lawlapalooza is scheduled for Thursday, October 16, at Phoenix Hill Tavern.

Interested students can contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Promoting 1L Mentoring Program

Attorneys, Sara Abner and Rebecca Ragland from Frost Brown Todd, will be in the Mosaic Lobby Thursday, October 2, from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. on behalf of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to speak with diverse 1L students about LCLD's 1L mentoring program. LCLD is an organization of over 60 corporate General Counsels and 120 law firm managing partners, formed in 2009 to make concrete, measureable advances in diversity in the legal profession.

LCLD member firms and companies in Louisville have identified a number of volunteer attorneys who would like to partner with diverse 1L students at Brandeis and serve as mentors. LCLD defines diversity under its program broadly to include students who are from racial and ethnic minorities; women; lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered; and persons with disabilities. LCLD stresses that the organization is very inclusive as to diversity and encourages 1L students with diverse socio, economic, or educational backgrounds to consider participating in the mentorship program.  

LCLD will be kicking off the 1L mentoring program soon and will be sharing more information about the program with interested students in the lobby. 1L students who may be interested in this mentoring program are encouraged to stop by the Mosaic Lobby and speak with Ms. Abner or Ms. Ragland starting at 11:30 a.m. on October 2.

ACLU Needs Student's Assistance

The ACLU has a project that needs the assistance of a law student. It would involve conducting an investigation (using one or more Open Records Act requests) to obtain relevant documents from one or more public entities, and then drafting a research memo on the constitutionality (under the Fourth Amendment) of the policies they expect to uncover. Necessary requirements would include the successful completion of ConLaw I, solid analytical skills, and excellent writing ability. It is anticipated that this project would take 20-25 hours and would count the public service requirement.

Interested students should send a resume and writing sample to Jina Scinta jina.scinta@louisville.edu by Monday, September 29.

Learn from National Expert About Loan Repayment Options & How to Decrease Your Student Debt

Speaker: Isaac Bowers, Equal Justice Works (Washington D.C.)
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 275
Lunch Provided

Interested in finding a way to drastically decrease your student debt? Do you know the various loan forgiveness and repayment options available for your student loans? What are the differences between the Income Based Repayment (IBR) and Pay As You Earn (PAYE) repayment plans? Any student with loans will need to make importance choices that will impact your financial future, some of which need to be made the second semester of your 3L year.

The law school is bringing Isaac Bowers, the national expert on law school debt, from Washington D.C. to speak with students and explain your options and eligibility for the different plans in detail. There are no other resources on campus to provide you detailed counseling on repayment plan options. All students who have taken out loans to attend law school, particularly 3Ls graduating this year who will need to choose a repayment plan, are strongly encouraged to attend.

Did you know . . .

• For students interested in a long-term career in public service/government: Your qualifying federal loans can be forgiven after 10 years of employment if you choose the correct repayment plan thanks to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. You can save substantially on your loan repayments which can be a financial lifeline and allow you more career options.

• For students interested in the private sector: You may be eligible for reduced monthly payments on your loans when you graduate under IBR or PAYE if you select the correct plan. So, which plan should you choose based on your family size and income? In addition, your remaining loans may be forgiven after 20-25 years based on which plan you choose so which one is the right choice for you and will allow you the best savings?

You won't want to miss this program. Questions may be sent to Dean Hajek at laurel.hajek@louisville.edu.

Reminder - LGBT, Gay Pride Marriage Equality, 12:00 p.m., Room 275 (Lunch and Presentation)

First Year Students! Lawlapalooza Wants You!!

Lawlapalooza is a battle of the bands which raises money for the Ellen B. Ewing Fellowship. This fellowship allows a student to work at Legal Aid during the summer and provides a stipend to the fellow based on the money raised from this event.

The Lawlapalooza committee is looking for a first year student who would be interested in being an MC for the evening with other law students.  We are also looking for a student who would post live tweets about the event throughout the evening. Lawlapalooza is scheduled for Thursday, October 16, at Phoenix Hill Tavern.

Interested students can contact Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Promoting 1L Mentoring Program

Attorneys, Sara Abner and Rebecca Ragland from Frost Brown Todd, will be in the Mosaic Lobby Thursday, October 2, from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. on behalf of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to speak with diverse 1L students about LCLD's 1L mentoring program. LCLD is an organization of over 60 corporate General Counsels and 120 law firm managing partners, formed in 2009 to make concrete, measureable advances in diversity in the legal profession.

LCLD member firms and companies in Louisville have identified a number of volunteer attorneys who would like to partner with diverse 1L students at Brandeis and serve as mentors. LCLD defines diversity under its program broadly to include students who are from racial and ethnic minorities; women; lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered; and persons with disabilities. LCLD stresses that the organization is very inclusive as to diversity and encourages 1L students with diverse socio, economic, or educational backgrounds to consider participating in the mentorship program.

LCLD will be kicking off the 1L mentoring program soon and will be sharing more information about the program with interested students in the lobby. 1L students who may be interested in this mentoring program are encouraged to stop by the Mosaic Lobby and speak with Ms. Abner or Ms. Ragland starting at 11:30 a.m. on October 2.

Learn from National Expert About Loan Repayment Options & How to Decrease Your Student Debt

Speaker: Isaac Bowers, Equal Justice Works (Washington D.C.)
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 275
Lunch Provided

Interested in finding a way to drastically decrease your student debt? Do you know the various loan forgiveness and repayment options available for your student loans? What are the differences between the Income Based Repayment (IBR) and Pay As You Earn (PAYE) repayment plans? Any student with loans will need to make importance choices that will impact your financial future, some of which need to be made the second semester of your 3L year. 

The law school is bringing Isaac Bowers, the national expert on law school debt, from Washington D.C. to speak with students and explain your options and eligibility for the different plans in detail. There are no other resources on campus to provide you detailed counseling on repayment plan options. All students who have taken out loans to attend law school, particularly 3Ls graduating this year who will need to choose a repayment plan, are strongly encouraged to attend.

Did you know . . .

• For students interested in a long-term career in public service/government: Your qualifying federal loans can be forgiven after 10 years of employment if you choose the correct repayment plan thanks to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. You can save substantially on your loan repayments which can be a financial lifeline and allow you more career options.

• For students interested in the private sector: You may be eligible for reduced monthly payments on your loans when you graduate under IBR or PAYE if you select the correct plan. So, which plan should you choose based on your family size and income? In addition, your remaining loans may be forgiven after 20-25 years based on which plan you choose so which one is the right choice for you and will allow you the best savings?

You won't want to miss this program. Questions may be sent to Dean Hajek at laurel.hajek@louisville.edu.

ACLU Needs Student's Assistance

The ACLU has a project that needs the assistance of a law student. It would involve conducting an investigation (using one or more Open Records Act requests) to obtain relevant documents from one or more public entities, and then drafting a research memo on the constitutionality (under the Fourth Amendment) of the policies they expect to uncover. Necessary requirements would include the successful completion of ConLaw I, solid analytical skills, and excellent writing ability. It is anticipated that this project would take 20-25 hours and would count the public service requirement.

Interested students should send a resume and writing sample to Jina Scinta jina.scinta@louisville.edu by Monday, September 29.