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Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, P.C. seeking 2014 Summer Law Clerk

Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, P.C. (Louisville, KY) is seeking a 2014 Summer Law Clerk.  If interested, apply on Symplicity.  Deadline is May 1, 2014. 

Labor & Employment Moot Court Team Makes Elite 8!

Breaking new ground, students Jamie Hafley (3L), Kaitlyn Jones (3L), and Cindy Federico (3L) advanced to the coveted Quarter-Finals last weekend in the Robert F. Wagner Labor & Employment Moot Court Competition at New York Law School in New York, NY. The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law has participated in the competition for thirty years, but no team had ever reached the Elite 8. After three preliminary rounds, the team advanced to the Sweet 16 as a 10 seed. They then knocked the 7 seed out of the competition, and were re-seeded as the 4 seed before falling in the Elite 8.

This year's fact pattern involved collective action and class action claims brought by a group of unpaid summer interns for back pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The judge commended Jamie Hafley for his presence, conversational tone, skillful rebuttals, and an ability to explain complicated procedural issues with ease. They repeatedly praised Kaitlyn Jones for her impressive knowledge and argumentative use of all the relevant facts, citations to controlling authority, relaxed demeanor, and persuasive argumentation. They complimented Cindy Federico for her poise under pressure, conversational style, and knowledge of procedural rules essential to her argument.

The team worked incredibly hard in preparation for and during the competition. Their impressive performance is a testament to their superior written and oral advocacy skills, and to UofL's law school.

Try Out for the Arbitration Team!

Are you interested in getting great experience with a moot court team? What about the arbitration competition? The arbitration team competes in the regional competition in November and possibly national finals in January. See more:

If you are interested in competing on the four member team, please fill out the attached form and submit it and a copy of your resume to Lily Chan ( and Greg Mayes ( or leave them in the marked folder on the Moot Court Board Office door. Please also sign up for an interview time on the sign-up sheet on the Moot Court Board door. Be sure to submit your materials and sign up for an interview by Friday, March 28th.

During your interview, you will be asked to give a ten minute closing argument on behalf of Silver Farms from the case of last year's competition, which is also attached to this announcement.

If you have any questions, please contact Dale Hardy (

Try Out for the National Moot Court Team!

Are you ready to represent the law school in the National Moot Court Competition? Last semester, Professor Marcosson took 2 teams, a total of 4 competitors, to Richmond, Virginia to compete against top law schools across the nation. One of our teams had the second-place brief and proceeded to the semi-final round!

Try outs will take place Thursday, April 10th, and Friday, April 11th. To have a chance to represent the school in the fall, please sign up on the sheet posted on the Moot Court Board Office door.

Submit a brief as your writing sample (it can be your BLS brief or a previous competition's brief). You must submit these materials to Professor Marcosson by Thursday, April 3rd. For the actual try-out, be prepared to perform a 15 minute oral argument based on your brief.

Please direct any questions related to the competition or the try outs to Professor Marcosson (

Congratulations to the 2014 First Year Oral Advocacy Competition Finalists!

Join Moot Court Board in congratulating the 2014 First Year Oral Advocacy Competition Finalists!

Carolyn Allen

Aaron Williams

The competition continues today, Friday, March 28th, in the Allen Courtroom at 4:00 p.m. Judges for today's final round include:

Kentucky Court of Appeals Judge Irv Maze

Jefferson Circuit Court Judge A.C. McKay Chauvin

Brandeis School of Law Professor Samuel A. Marcosson

This round is open to the public and the entire law school community is encouraged to attend! 

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.

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 TODAY! Please stop by the bookstore (and check your guns at the door) to reserve your shirt.

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:

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.

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!