Student News

Law & War—An International Humanitarian Law Workshop

The American Red Cross is pleased to invite you to attend Law & War: An International Humanitarian Law Workshop at Vanderbilt University Law School on November 8th and 9th.  This workshop is a two day intensive introduction to international humanitarian law (IHL) for law students, graduate students, and attorneys.  During this training, participants will receive instruction from leading humanitarian law practitioners and explore the law in practice through a series of case studies.  Participants will learn about the historical development of the law, conflict classification, restrictions on means and methods of warfare, protections for vulnerable persons during armed conflict, enforcement of IHL and much more.

The workshop and all course materials are provided to accepted students at no cost. Registration is currently open and applications must be submitted by Friday, October 17th.  Applications can be found at online at This workshop is a fabulous opportunity for those interested in learning more about, or pursuing a career in international humanitarian law.

Interested students may contact Kimberly Huey for additional information at

Women's Law Caucus Jail Tour

Just a reminder that you must RSVP for the Women's Law Caucus speaker and jail tour no later than Sunday the 5th of October so that we can insure we have sufficient food ordered and the jail has sufficient staff to conduct the tour.  The event will start at Legal Aid downtown at 5pm with the tour to begin at 6:30.   Legal Aid is on Muhammad Ali between 4th and 5th street. Public parking is available on the street or at the corner of 5th and Muhammad Ali.  If you would like to carpool we will be meeting in front of the law school at 4:30 to drive down.  Please note that in your RSVP so we can coordinate sufficient vehicles.

Dinner will be Fazoli's and our wonderful speaker Laura Landenwich will be discussing local jail conditions and the strip search cases in which she has been involved.

You do not have to be a woman or a member of the Women's Law Caucus to attend this event.  If you have any interest in criminal law and/or prisoner's rights you don't want to miss this event.  Please RSVP ASAP to 

Research Assistant Sought

Professor Nicholson is seeking a research assistant in the area of executive compensation, fiduciary obligations, and corporate culture.  If you are interested, send a letter of interest and resume to Professor Nicholson

Pirtle-Washer Competition Semi-Final and Final Results!

Congratulations to Ben Shepard, the 2014 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Champion, Aaron Riggs, the 2014 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Runner-up, and Emily Devuono and Daniel Reed, the 2014 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Semi-Finalists.  The judges were extremely impressed with the oral advocacy skills of all the competitors.  Appellant, Ben Shepard, and Appellee, Aaron Riggs advanced from the semi-final rounds to compete in the final round.  The judges commended them both for an excellent performance.  

Trademark Law Competition Signups

rademark 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

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 

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

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 (,  502-852-6384.)