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TODAY! Deadline to Submit Resumes and Writing Samples for ACLU Project

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 by TODAY at 3:00 p.m. 


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 by Jimmie 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 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


Trademark Law Competition Signups

Trademark Law Competition Moot Court Sign Ups


Any interest 2L, 3L, or 4L may sing up now for the Trademark Law Competition held February 7, 2014 in Atlanta.  The team’s coaches are Professor John Cross and attorney Jack Wheat from Stites & Harbinson.


To sign up, please send an email to Professor Cross at containing a brief (1-2 page) essay describing the purpose or purposes of trademark law.  There is no need to discuss the federal registration system.  


No prior Trademark or IP experience is necessary.  However, if you do have some experience, please include it in your essay.


The deadline for submission is October 6, 2014.


Direct any questions to Annale Renneker, at

National Mock Trial Team Tryouts

Attention 2L’s and 3L’s!!!!


National Mock Trial Team tryouts will be held on Tuesday, September 30th beginning at 5:00pm.  The application process will consist of submitting a resume and a 5-10 minute opening or closing argument performed before the coaches.  To sign up, please write your name on the sign-up sheet posted on the Moot Court Board office door and place your resume in the designated folder also on the door.  See the attachment below for the materials needed to prepare your opening or closing argument.  The deadline to apply is Saturday, September 27th.  The schedule for tryouts will be announced via email to the applicants on Sunday, September 28th and will be placed on the Moot Court Board Office door.  


If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please contact either Madison Shoffner ( or Carolyn Allen (



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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 

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 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 or assistant Professor Lebron at

Client Counseling Team Try Outs



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 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

Government Honors & Internship Handbook Updates

The following government programs have deadlines coming up in the next few weeks.  Details of these programs are provided in the 2014-15 Government Honors & Internship Handbook, located at  For the user name and password to log onto the Handbook, email Ms. Scinta at and provide her with the following:  your name, class year, and UofL email address.

2Ls for SUMMER 2015


•Environmental Protection Agency – R7 Summer Legal Intern Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Federal Reserve Board – Summer Law Clerk Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Health & Human Services – Office of Counsel to the Inspector General Legal Clerkship & Externship Programs (Unpaid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Homeland Security – Office of General Counsel Law Student Summer Volunteer Program (Unpaid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Consumer Financial Protection Bureau – Summer Pathways Internship Program (Paid, Deadline Early Oct.)
•Securities & Exchange Commission – Student Honors Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/13/14)
•Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Office of General Counsel 2015 Summer Intern Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/15/14)
•Department of State – Student Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/17/14)
•Transportation Security Administration – Office of Chief Counsel Summer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/17/14

State & Local Government

•Boise, ID Office of the City Attorney – Legal Intern-Extern Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Alabama Office of the Attorney General – Summer Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/01/13)
•Texas Attorney General – Law Clerk Program (Unpaid, Deadline 10/15/14)

3Ls – Post Graduation


•Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation – 2015 Legal Division Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Nuclear Regulatory Commission – Atomic Safety * Licensing Board Panel Judicial Law Clerk Program (Paid, Deadline 09/30/14)
•Congressional Research – American Law Division CRS Law Recruit Program (Paid, Deadline 10/01/14 Expression of interest email)
•Nuclear Regulatory Commission – Office of General Counsel Honor Law Graduate Program (Paid, Deadline 10/01/14)
• Department of Energy – Office of General Counsel Honors Attorney Program (Paid, Deadline 10/10/14)
•Department of Labor – Office of the Solicitor Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 10/10/14)
•Army Corps of Engineers – Chief Counsel’s Civilian Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 10/15/14)
•Copyright Office – Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program (Paid, Deadline 10/15/14)
•National Labor Relations Board – Board, General Counsel HQ & Regional Offices Honors Attorney Programs (Paid, Deadline 10/15/14)
•Office of Personnel Management – Presidential Management Fellows Program (Paid, Deadline 10/15/14)

State & Local Government

•New York County District Attorney’s Office – Assistant District Attorney Program (Paid, Deadline 10/01/14)
•Oregon Department of Justice – Honors Attorney Program (Paid, Deadline 10/07/14)
•California Department of Justice – 2016-18 California Attorney General’s Honors Program & 2015-16 Earl Warren Solicitor General Fellowship (Paid, Deadline 10/08/14)

Recreational Reading in the Washer Lounge

Is your brain turning to mush from thinking too much about torts and contracts? Are your eyes begging for a break from casebooks and course outlines? If so, then check out the reading collection in the Washer Lounge. The collection of best sellers, novels, humor essays and graphic novels are waiting for your perusal. The collection is on the honor system. Just sign the card in the back of the book and then return the book whenever you are done with it. It's that simple! Go there now--your eyes and brain will thank you for it.

Exam4 Practice Test Deadline for Legal Research Final and Contracts I Mid-Term, Hall Is Tonight!

The deadline to submit an Exam4 practice test to qualify to take the Fall 2014 Legal Research final exam and/or Professor Hall's Contracts I mid-term (ungraded) on computer is TONIGHT, Friday, September 26, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. EDT.