Student News

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

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

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 by Monday, September 29.

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

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

Two New Part-time Law Clerk Positions on Symplicity

Are you checking Symplicity for opportunities to gain experience as a law clerk?  Two new positions have been posted.

Log into Symplicity and select Jobs & resume collections, then Brandeis Job Bank.


National Mock Trial Team Tryouts

Attention 2L’s and 3L’s!!!!


Notional 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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