Student News

Annual BLSA Convocation

The annual BLSA Convocation is set for 5:30pm on May 9, 2014 in the Allen Courtroom, followed by a reception in the Cox Lounge. The purpose of the BLSA Convocation is to recognize and celebrate the matriculation of the members of BLSA. The BLSA Convocation is open to the public, as well as all members of the student body. Many students, faculty, and members of the Kentucky legal community will be in attendance. This is a special event for the law school, the student body, and the entire community as we celebrate diversity in the legal field and the matriculation of minority students through the law school.

Reminder about Upcoming Scholarship Deadlines

Joseph and Shannon Hamilton Bar Review Scholarship - Deadline March 31

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships - Deadline March 31

Marian Kincaid Warns & Carl A. Warns Jr. Scholarship - Deadline March 31

Mae Elizabeth Kaufman and Theresa Coffman Scholarship - Deadline April 30

American Association for Justice 2014 Law Student Scholarships - Deadline May 1

Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student Award - Deadline May 1

KBA Annual Writing Competition - Deadline June 1

Frost Brown Todd IP Diversity Scholarship - Deadline July 1

Joseph L. and Shannon A. Hamilton Law School Bar Review Scholarship - Applications due March 31

The Joseph L. and Shannon A. Hamilton Law School Bar Review Fund will be used to make financial awards to students for whom payment of expenses related to Kentucky Bar Exam Review courses and related course materials would otherwise result in financial hardship.

Interested students must be currently enrolled (in good standing) or recent graduates of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.  A recent graduate is defined for this purpose as someone who completed law school within one year of the bar exam review course for which support is being sought.  Qualified students will be of high moral character, demonstrate excellent writing and analytical skills, and show a commitment to serious preparation for the Kentucky Bar Exam.  A candidate’s grades will be taken into account as one factor, but not the primary factor for consideration.  A successful candidate for an award must show that he or she cannot otherwise afford to pay for a Bar Exam Review Course and/or the Bar Exam review materials.

To be considered for a scholarship, you must submit the completed application and required documents to Dean Ballard by March 31.

For more information, and to access the application, click HERE


SBA Election Timetable

Students interested in running for an SBA position for the 2014-2015 school year, please note the upcoming timetable regarding the elections:

  • Meetings/sign-ups will be week following spring break. March 17-21. Sign-ups will close at noon on March 21st.
  • Formal campaigning will begin March 24th at 8am.
  • Elections will begin March 26th at 8am, and close March 28th at 9am.
  • Unofficial results will be posted March 28th at noon.
  • Official results will be posted April 2nd at noon.

Candidates must attend an Interest Session in the SBA Office (Office 245). Interest Sessions will be Monday 3/17 and Wednesday 3/19 at 4:15pm and Tuesday 3/18 and Thursday 3/20 at 5:35. Please contact Christy Ferko for any questions, For a full listing and description of all the positions available, please consult the SBA Constitution found here.

5 Days Left to Order Graduation Apparel and Complete Questionnaire

All May 2014, August 2014, and December 2014 graduates planning to participate in the Law School's convocation on May 10, must complete the 2014 Graduates' Information Questionnaire on the Law School's website, which is used to generate the program for the Law School convocation.  (Note: you must be logged in.)  The deadline is March 31. 

March 31 is also the deadline to order graduation apparel.  As of March 26, the following law students are confirmed for ordering apparel:  Ashby, Atkinson, Baer, Baird, Ballard, Birkhold, Boyd, Bridgeman, Brown, Buchanan, Callan, Cecil, Compton, Craddock, Croft, Dry, Eckman, Ewa, Fenwick, Ford, Genova, George, Glasper, Hardin, Hardy, Hardy, Harris, Hartsell, Henry, Holbrook, Hollis, Hoover, Hopkins, Howard, Hunter, Johnson, Justis, Kennady, Levy, Marcum, Marcus, Matthews, McGee, McKee, Mouser, Nelson, Nicholson, Nutter, Page, Painter, Perkins, Potter, Remington, Resch, Richard, Richardson, Smith, Stubblefield, Thurman, Tyrikos, Walters, Whitt, Wood.

Graduates must place orders for graduation apparel through Herff Jones at  Search for Louisville, select University of Louisville, then select Brandeis Law.  You will see a disclaimer that reads:  "We are now taking orders for the ceremony to take place on: Saturday May 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM.  If this is not your ceremony date and time then we are not currently taking orders for your ceremony. Please check back at a later date."  Do not be alarmed.  This is correct.  The University Commencement is at 10:00 a.m. on May 10; the Law School Convocation is at 5:00 p.m. on May 10.  Even if you are only participating in the Law School Convocation at 5:00 p.m. on May 10, you must still order your apparel through Herff Jones.

How To Vote in SBA Elections

Voting on TWEN:

1. Add Course

2. You will add 2 Courses:

A. General Officer ballot

B. Your “Rising Class”-2L or 3L/4L

NOTE: The class ballots are password protected and are only to be voted in by the applicable class members. Rising 2Ls your password is 2016, Rising 3L/4Ls your password is 2015. Graduating 3Ls may only vote on the General Officer ballot. Voting in an inappropriate class ballot will result in a breach of student conduct claim.

3. Select Customized Polling at the left of the course overview

4. Vote!

Attention 3L's - Graduation Event Survey

A survey has been created by the Student Bar Association in order to get student feedback in order to plan events for graduation week for outgoing 3Ls. The survey can be found at and the Student Bar Association would appreciate any input from the 3L class.

Have a Hand in the Strategic Plan


The Law School has been developing its strategic plan to help guide the University and the Law School in its decision making to strengthen our trajectory as a school. The committee charged with creating this plan has gathered input from students, faculty, and staff along the way to create the attached final draft. Your input on the final draft is needed!


On April 1 and April 8, Dani Smith, Aaron Marcus, and B.J. Hardy will be able to suggest changes and speak to provisions that should remain, regardless of faculty dislike. On April 15 at the Faculty Meeting, Dani and BJ, as voting members at the Faculty Meeting, will vote on the approval of the plan as a whole.


Send any or all of us your suggestions, concerns, and/or thoughts; our contact information is below.


Dani Smith: SBA President, Voting member at faculty meeting, member of strategic planning committee -

Aaron Marcus: Member of strategic planning committee -

B.J. Hardy: Voting member at faculty meeting -

2014 Med/Mal Mixer - Tonight!

The 2014 Med/Mal Mixer will be held Thursday, March 27, at Diorio's on Baxter Avenue! There will be drink specials and lots of TVs for quality college basketball viewing. Please check Facebook and the Docket next week for more details. See you there!

Look Fresh for the Spring - SBA Still Accepting T-shirt orders

What better way to show off the pythons you've been working on all spring than in a new Brandeis T-Shirt! The SBA will continue to take t-shirt orders through next Friday, March 28! Please stop by the bookstore (and check your guns at the door) to reserve your shirt.