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Savannah Trial Advocacy Competition Tryouts!

Attention all 2L and 3L Students!

 

      Tryouts for the Savannah Trial Advocacy Competition will be held on October 7, 8, and 9, beginning at 6:00 pm.

      To tryout you must submit your resume into a manila envelope labeled Savannah Trial Team Competition, as well as place your name on the sign up sheet next to the time you would like to interview/tryout (both the envelope and sign up sheet will be displayed on the Moot Court Board Office door).  The deadline to submit your resume and choose a time to interview/tryout is October 6th at 3:00 pm. 

      This is a criminal law trial competition and it requires its competitors to be both the state and defense and all witnesses.  We would like all interested parties to arrive 15 minutes prior or 15 minutes after the time you choose to interview/tryout.  This is to ensure that all persons will have a witness to direct/cross examine during their interview/tryout time.  

     During the tryout you will be expected to deliver a two minute opening for either side, a three minute direct of any of the witnesses, a three minute cross of any of the witnesses, and a 3 minute closing for the same side you opened for.  

     This is the first year University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law has competed in this competition as it is invitation only.  This represents an excellent opportunity for any person who may be interested in litigation!

      There are four available slots for the team.

      The competition is hosted in Savannah Georgia and will Start on November 14 and 15, but the team will trace and arrive in Savannah on November 13.

 

Case material:  all interested parties need to contact Marilyn Shrewsbury at mlnels02@carmail.louisville.edu and she will send you the necessary case material in order to prepare for your tryout/interview.  

 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, such as an inability to attend tryouts due to a conflict please email Marilyn Shrewsbury at mlnels02@cardmail.louisville.edu or assistant Professor Lebron at arosario.lebron@louisville.edu.


Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Moot Court Team Tryouts!

Be apart of an award-winning moot court team and take a trip to the Big Apple!

 

Tryouts for this year’s Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Moot Court Team will be held October 14-16 beginning at 6 pm in the Allen Courtroom (Tuesday and Wednesday) or room LL60 (Thursday).  To tryout, you must place your name on the sign-up sheet located on the Moot Court Board Office door and submit an application.  Tryouts will consist of 10 minute abbreviated oral arguments related to the issues raised in Sweeney v. Pence, 2014 U.S. App. Lexis 16896 (7th Cir. Sept. 2, 2014).  Advocates can choose which side to argue, with appellants arguing the dissenting opinion and appellees arguing the majority opinion.  

 

Some of the benefits of being on this team include:

  • Learning the intricacies of a fun and fascinating are of law;
  • Finishing your commitment to the team in late March allowing ample time to devote to other classes and finals; and 
  • Networking with Louisville’s top-notch labor and employment attorneys.  
  • Carolyn Purcell, the facilitator for this team, can provide more information-including a handy instruction sheet to help you efficiently prepare for tryouts (we know you have a lot going on).  Her email is carolyn.purcell@louisville.edu 

client Counseling Team Try Outs

TRY OUT FOR THE CLIENT COUNSELING TEAM

 

Client Counseling Team try outs will be held Friday October 10, from 1-4pm in room 270!  To try out please sign up as a pair on the sign up sheet on the Moot Court Board Door.  All those interest must sign up by October 3rd.  Please send an email to Jlwein02@louisville.edu on or before this date.  The interest parties will receive information about the try outs in their student mail boxes.  Don’t miss an opportunity to hone your client service skills!  Please direct any questions to Jessie Weinmann at Jlwein02@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.

 

Tax Moot Court Team Tryouts

Tax Moot Court Team Tryouts

 

A national tax moot court competition is held every spring at an exotic location in Florida.  Our law school has competed for more than 25 years and our teams are frequently successful.  We are “in it to win it”, to use a haggard phrase.

 

Our team will have two member, selected by our three team coaches:  Professor Blackburn, and adjunct professor/alumni Mark Haun and Laurie McTighe.

 

The competition consists of a written  brief, followed by oral arguments before a mock appellate court, with real Tax judges and tax practitioners serving a the competition judges for both the brief writing and appellate arguments.  

 

You must have completed one tax course by the end of the 2014 fall semester, and be willing to spend a weekend in sunny Florida, when we still have snow on the ground in Louisville.  Tax focused students are encourages to tryout, but this is a trial competition and students interested in being litigators have been successful in the past and are also encouraged to tryout. 

 

Tryouts will begin as soon as we have students will to try out.  Tryouts will end, Friday October 10th!

 

If you are interested, please contact Professor Blackburn (tblackburn@louisville.edu,  502-852-6384.)

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

Speaker: Isaac Bowers, Equal Justice Works (Washington D.C.)
Date: TODAY  12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 275
Lunch Provided by Jimmy Johns

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 are eligible for reduced monthly payments on your loans when you graduate under IBR or PAYE if you select the correct plan (e.g. no more than 10-15% of your discretionary income). So, which plan should you choose based on your family size and income? In addition, your remaining loans can 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.

 

Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition Champion

Congratulatons to Ben Shepard, the 2014 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition Champion, Aaron Riggs, the 2014 runner-up, and Emily Devuono and Daniel Reed, the 2014 semi-finalists. The judges were extremely impressed with the oral advocay skills of the competitors. Appellant, Ben Shepard, and Appellee, Aaron Riggs, advanced from the semi-final rounds to compete in the championship round. The judges commended them both for their performances.

2015 AFL-CIO Law Student Union Summer

The AFL-CIO is pleased to announce that they will once again be offering Law Student Union Summer, an exciting program for law students that combines traditional legal research and analysis with front line activism. Attached, you will find a flyer, application form, and list of eligibility requirements. Please note that the deadline of October 17 for 2Ls is fast approaching. The deadline for 1Ls is January 16, 2015. More information can be found on Symplicity.

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.