Student News

Estate Planning Course Spring 2015

The Estate Planning course is likely to be offered in spring 2015.  Estate and Gift Tax, offered in fall 2014, is a prerequisite for the course.

Spring 2015 Schedule Update

An updated Spring 2015 tentative course schedule is posted on the Law School webpage. 

The SBA would like to Congratulate the Securities Moot Court Team

Brittney Crenshaw and Katie Ball competed in the Kaufman Securities Moot Court competition in New York City this past weekend. The team faced-off with Emory in round three and unfortunately did not advance to the Quarter Finals. They would like to thank everyone for their support,  particularly Professor Warren, Ms. Bratcher, Ms. Sullivan, and Lee Wilson for all their hard work.

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 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 -

To view the current plan and Professor Warren's take on it, please visit:

Consider Becoming an ABA Member

TO: 1L and 2L Students
SUBJECT: How the ABA Can Help You Become a Leader

The American Bar Association has helped shape the careers of many of the nation???s top attorneys including Paula Boggs, Vernon Jordan, and Theodore Olson, in addition to generations of law students. Learn more about their ABA experiences here.

Now is the time to start your own ABA story! Join today for a chance to win a trip to the ABA Annual Meeting in Boston or an iPad Mini*.

If you are already a member, share your ABA story.

ABA membership offers unparalleled resources for law students, including:

  • CareerAdvice LIVE!, a free monthly webinar with practical tips from experts
  • Free membership in 22 practice specialty groups to discover your career path
  • Free subscription to ABA Journal and Student Lawyer magazines?? and their mobile apps
  • Free career resources, including our online job board
  • Leadership opportunities on a local, regional and national level

Tell your ABA story or join today to start your own!

*See full contest rules here.

Registration for Summer & Fall Externships

Slots remain available for a number of externship experiences for summer and fall 2014.  Externships enhance your legal education by providing many opportunities not available in the classroom: opportunities to develop lawyering skills under the supervision of a licensed attorney serving as mentor and teacher, and to explore career options and make valuable contacts in the legal community.  Also, earning externship credit during the summer semester frees up time for, and provides experience that may help with, employment opportunities during the fall and spring semesters.  Don’t wait until your last semester of law school to take advantage of these valuable experiences.  Placements are available at the following sites:

Legal Aid Society
Children’s Law Center
Metro Gov’t (Office of the Mayor)
Cabinet for Health & Family Services, Administrative Hearing Div.
Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney
County Attorney’s Office
Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy
Fort Knox, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
US Attorney’s Office
Jefferson County Circuit and Family Courts

Detailed information about opportunities and prerequisites is available on the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”  You may also contact Professor Jordan for information, in office 287 or via email at  karen.jordan@louisville.eduPriority due date for pre-registration is Wednesday April 2nd.

2014-2015 Admissions Ambassador Coordinators

The Office of Admissions seeks two rising 2L or 3L students to serve as coordinators for the Admissions Ambassador program during the 2014-2015 academic year.  The Admissions Ambassador Coordinators assist the Office of Admissions by hosting prospective students and participating in recruitment and yield events at the law school.

The Admissions Ambassador Coordinators are paid positions.  They manage the on-campus visitation program by scheduling and leading tours, planning student panels for admissions events, and meeting with prospective students.  They also coordinate student ambassador participation in new student orientation.

To learn more about the position or to apply to be a coordinator, contact Henry Cantu, Assistant Dean for Admissions, at or Camilo Ortiz, Admissions Counselor, at

Deadline to apply for the Admissions Ambassador Coordinator positions is Friday, April 4, 2014.


Attention 1L's Who Participated in Mock Interviews - Attorney Happy Hour

The BLS and SBA Happy Hour has invited all attorneys that participated in Mock Interviews from January. Please make ever effort to attend as this may be a chance to catch up with your mock interviewers. Everyone else is equally encouraged to come and network. The happy hour is April 2nd, from 5-7pm at O'Shea's downtown. Look forward to seeing you there!

2014 First Year Oral Advocacy Competition Results

The winner of the 2014 First Year Oral Advocacy Competition is Aaron Williams, and the runner-up is Carolyn Allen. Congratulations to you both, and to all of the FYOAC competitors for your incredibly impressive performances this week!!