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First Year Oral Arguments Competition Champion

First Year Oral Arguments Competition Champion

The Moot Court Board would like to congratulate the winner of the First Year Oral Argument Competition, Kelly Reeves!

Ms. Reeves showed great skill in emerging from a pool of 1L's in the preliminaries and winning three knockout rounds, the last over Peter Lovett, who also performed extraordinarily.

Friday's Final bench included Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Lisabeth Abramson, U.S. Court of Appeals Sixth Circuit Judge John Rogers, U.S. District Court Judge David Hale, and Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Irv Maze.

The judges commented about the prowess of both competitors, as they have throughout the Competition.

Congratulations to all who competed and helped to make the Competition a success!


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. Reh at and provide her with the following:  your name, class year, and UofL email address.

1Ls for SUMMER 2015

State and Local Government

•Florida Attorney General - Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/14/15)
•New Jersey Attorney General - Division of Law Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/15/15)
•Texas Office of the Governor - Texas Governor's Fellowship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/15/15)

2Ls for SUMMER 2015

State and Local Government

•Florida Attorney General - Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/14/15)
•New Jersey Attorney General - Division of Criminal Justice Law Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/15/15)
•New Jersey Attorney General - Division of Law Volunteer Internship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/15/15)
•Texas Office of the Governor - Texas Governor's Fellowship Program (Unpaid, Deadline 04/15/15)

Internships Available in Office of the Governor

The Office of the Governor is currently accepting applications for internships in the Governor's Frankfort Capitol Offices. All internships are unpaid. Interns will be involved in a variety of tasks and responsibilities will vary. However, interns must be self-motivated, professional in attitude and appearance, strong communicators, proficient in computer skills and research, willing to take on new and different tasks, diligent, and dependable.

Please log on to Symplicity for more details and how to apply. Students who receive one of these internships may apply for funding through the Greenebaum Public Interest Fellowship.

Volunteer Summer Internship Available

A volunteer summer internship position is available for the 12th Judicial Circuit (Oldham, Henry & Trimble Counties--Judicial Offices are located in LaGrange, Oldham County). This is an unpaid internship which requires legal research, drafting and includes courtroom observation. This position is eligible for funding through the Greenebaum Public Service Fellowships. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 10. Please see log onto Symplicity for more information and how to apply.

Fellow Position Available for Central High School Partnership

A law student is needed to assist Professor Laura Rothstein with the Central High School Partnership and activities to enhance and fine tune the current program. Some assignments will be based on the skills and experiences of the individual in the position.

The time requirement will be a total of 50 hours spread through both semesters -- (schedule will be flexible and will not require work during the exam period). The Fellow will be compensated at a rate of $9.00/hour, in the form of tuition reduction.

Please see the attached application and description for more details on the position. Applications are due to Jina Scinta by Wednesday, April 15.

Greenebaum Summer Fellowships for Students with Unpaid Public Service Jobs

Applications are now being accepted from 1Ls and 2Ls for the Greenebaum Summer Fellowships. The Greenebaum Summer Fellowships will provide summer grants to Brandeis students working in unpaid public service jobs this summer. Students must find their own placements for the summer and cannot apply for the fellowship until they secure a placement. Students interested in the fellowship cannot receive a salary for their work or externship credit.

The application for the fellowship is available on Symplicity in the Documents Library located under the Resources Tab. The fellowship awards will be granted on a rolling basis between March and the end of the school year to allow interested students time to find a public service position and apply. Students need only apply once and their application will considered for each of the fellowship awards. Positions with nonprofits, government agencies and judges will be eligible for the Greenebaum Fellowship. These fellowships are geared to allow students to pursue opportunities throughout the country. The committee will continue to accept applications for Greenebaum Fellowships until May 1. Contact Jina Scinta in the Office of Professional Development ( after you have reviewed the application if you have questions.

$5000 Johnston Real Estate Law Summer Fellowship

Applications are now being accepted from 1Ls and 2Ls for the R. Harvey Johnston, III Real Estate Law Summer Fellowship which will support a Brandeis student who works this summer in the field of real estate law. The amount of the fellowship is $5,000. Candidates who apply for the fellowship must find their own placement for the summer with a sponsoring organization. A sponsoring organization can be any organization engaged in a significant amount of legal work concerning real estate. It can be a law firm (including a solo practitioner), a government agency, a nonprofit organization, a title company, a financial institution, or any other organization in which an attorney would be supervising the student's work.

The application for the Johnston Fellowship is located in Symplicity's Document Library under the Resources Tab. If you have any questions about the application process or finding a sponsoring organization, please contact Dean Hajek at The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 9 and your application must be submitted to Debra Reh at in the Office of Professional Development via email by 4:00 p.m. to be considered.

Diversity Committee concluding inequality series with gender bias discussion

The Diversity Committee’s three-part series on inequality will conclude April 7 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Cox Lounge with a program titled, “From the Classroom to the Boardroom: A Discussion about Gender Bias.”

The series was created to encourage discourse around the intersection of race, gender and equality in America.

Tuesday’s event will feature speakers including Chris Hartman and Attica Scott, as well as Professor Anibal Rosario Lebron, a gender scholar. The program will focus on understanding and identifying examples of explicit and implicit bias on the basis of sex, gender and sexual orientation. It will also uncover and challenge attendees’ biases and feature discussion on how to actively identify solutions and action steps.

Professor Jamie Abrams said these types of discussions are needed to help our students become savvier in identifying bias and challenging it.

"Strong lawyers need to identify bias and challenge it to advocate for their clients. While a family court wouldn't automatically give custody to mom as it once did, might a court inject gender bias in how it considers the parenting of an attorney father working long hours compared to an attorney mother working long hours?  Might a court inject bias in how it restricts visitation when one parent is dating a person of the same sex compared to a person of the opposite sex? Might juries see injuries to male physical laborers differently than they see injuries to women administrative or clerical workers?  Gender bias is all around us and it impacts the study of law and the professional world our students will enter. It impacts classrooms, boardrooms and courtrooms,” she said.

This event is being co-sponsored by the Women’s Law Caucus and Lambda Law.
Lunch from Cafe Fraiche will be served.  

This series kicked off in January with a discussion on race inequality titled, “The Road Beyond Michael Brown’s Ferguson and Eric Garner’s Staten Island.”

A second program in the series was held in March on economic inequality titled, “Our Country, Appalachia, and the Never-Ending Path to Poverty."

Photo provided by Wikimedia.

Adjunct Professor Bios

The attached file contains brief bios of the adjunct professors teaching at Brandeis in fall 2015. The bios may be helpful as you choose your courses for fall.

Academic Credit for Summer Judicial Externships

Students in good academic standing and who have completed the 1L curriculum may earn academic credit for a summer judicial externship.  Judicial Externships provide students with many opportunities not available in a classroom: observing lawyers, judges, and other members of the justice system at work; developing research and writing skills, and applying doctrine learned in law school; assessing the skills and styles of attorneys and judges; analyzing the effectiveness of the legal system; and networking and developing as a member of the legal profession.  To earn two
credit hours, students must devote 104 hours to externship field work (generally 16 hours per week for 6.5 weeks).  The time is spent observing courtroom proceedings, discussing issues with the supervising judge or court personnel, or worrking on research and writing projects.  Students may arrange an externship with any judge.  For more information, contact Professor Karen Jordan at