Student News

Don't forget: Hot Coffee Screening and Q&A on Tuesday, October 23!

Join the Brandeis School of Law's Law Students for Justice (Student Chapter of the Kentucky Justice Association) for a very special Public Screening of the Award Winning Legal Documentary Hot Coffee on Tuesday, October 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Room 275 of the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.  A Q & A session with Hot Coffee Director Susan Saladoff will immediately follow the screening.


For more information about this showing, please contact Law Students for Justice President Ashley Haile at


Background information:  Everyone has heard of the infamous McDonald’s coffee lawsuit.  It is often cited as an example of the problems in our legal system, but is it a fair assessment?  The award winning film Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque grandmother who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring the media frenzy that ensued.  The film, which was directed by attorney Susan Saladoff, also analyzes and discusses the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system.   The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2011, and later aired on HBO on June 27, 2011 as a part of HBO films documentary summer series.

Information Session on Tuesday: Law Clinic and Entrepreneurship Clinic

On Tuesday, October 23, at noon, in Room 275, information will be provided regarding two clinic opportunities for third year law students:  the Entrepreneurship Clinic and the Law Clinic.  Professor Shelley Santry, Director of the Law Clinic, and Adjunct Professor Mike Slaven, Director of the Entrepreneurship Clinic, will be on hand to answer your questions and to tell you more about each clinic opportunity. 

All students all invited to attend.  Even if you will not have completed 60 hours by the spring semester, this is your opportunity to learn about the requirements to participate in a clinic so you can plan in advance and make sure you have enough credit hours and required courses.

Professor Trucios-Haynes will also briefly discuss the Immigration Externship and how to apply.  Pizza will be provided to attendees.


MCB Environmental Law Team Selected

The following students have been selected to compete in the Pace University National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition:

Michael Gray
Ella Neely
Erica Rice

Please join the Moot Court Board in congratulating these students and wishing them the best of luck in the competition!

Pirtle-Washer Congratulations!

Congratulations to Stephanie Carr, the 2012 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Champion, Pete Lay, the 2012 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Runner-up, and Samantha Constantine and Paige Hamby, 2012 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Semi-Finalists. The judges were extremely impressed with the oral advocacy skills of all the competitors.

Why Does the Right to Counsel Matter?

Ed Monahan Public Advocate This is 40th year of Kentcky's DPA and the 50th anniversary of Gideon is approaching. Join ACS and Kentucky's Public Advocate Ed Monahan to discuss the constitutional right to counsel and why it remains important. Ed Monahan is Kentucky Public Advocate of the Department of Public Advocacy, Kentucky's statewide public defender program representing 161,000 clients in Kentucky's 120 counties at trial and post-trial. He is Chair of the American Council of Chief Defenders, the nation's chief defenders. Monahan was co-counsel in Gall v. Parker, 231 F.3d 265 (6th Cir. 2000) and Kordenbrock v. Scroggy, 919 F.2d 1091 (6th Cir. 1990) (en banc) both decisions found the death sentences unconstitutional. Monahan was counsel in Binion v. Commonwealth, 891 S.W.2d 383 (Ky. 1995) (constitutional right to mental health expert). This Tuesday, October 23, 12:00. Room 175. Lunch will be served from Zaytun

It's Time for Another Brandeis "Brief" Break!

We are now in the 10th week of classes!  It's time to enjoy another break.

Please join your classmates and faculty and staff members at the next Brandeis "Brief" Break this Thursday, October 25, at 4:00 p.m. in the Cox Faculty Lounge.  Put down your books, take a breather, and enjoy some pumpkin pie and conversation.

Jack Wheat, a member and former Co-Chair (2000-2012) of the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group at Stites & Harbison, will be our guest and looks forward to meeting with students at the event.  Mr. Wheat is a graduate of the Law School and also coaches the Trademark Law Moot Court team.  Please be sure to introduce yourself on Thursday.

See you there!

Decedent's Ball Tickets On Sale All Week

Your SBA will continue selling Decedent's Ball tickets all this week. Stop by the table in the Mosiac Lobby from 12pm - 1pm any day this week to pick up your tickets. 

The cost is $15 per ticket. Your SBA accepts Cash, Personal Checks, and all major Credit/Debit Cards.


Exam 4 - Exam submission problem

Some students have reported a problem when attempting to complete their practice exam for Exam 4 while using Macs running Lion, version 10.7.x  The problem is that the exam does not submit and the network does not reconnect at all until the computer is restarted.  We have informed Extegrity of this problem but still require more information to assist them with troubleshooting.  If you experience this problem please inform the IT department at or by stopping by my office, room 119, and report your Operating System version.

There are more common reasons for not being able to successfully submit an exam; please make sure you are on campus and connected to ulsecure, not ulopen, before you start Exam 4 and give Exam 4 a minute or two to reconnect to ulsecure after the exam is ended. If you still cannot submit please contact the Law IT department.

Labor and Employment Law Writing Competition

The ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers are pleased to announce their 2012-2013 writing competition. This competition is open to articles written while the author is a student at an accredited law school. Entries may address any aspect of public or private sector labor and/or employment law relevant to the American labor and employment bar. Articles may address U.S. law, international law of relevance to U.S. labor and employment attorneys, or how a legal topic is treated in states across the country, but papers limited to the law of a single state will not be considered. Students are encouraged to discuss a public policy issue, practical implications of a leading case or doctrine, a statute or the need for statutory modification, or a common law doctrine.

The following prizes may be awarded by the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers: First Place: $1500, Second Place: $1000, Third Place: $500. The first-place winning article will be published in the ABA Journal of Labor & Employment Law, and its author will be a guest at the annual CLE program of the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law and honored at the Annual Induction Dinner of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

To be considered, articles must be submitted by 6 p.m. EDST on May 15, 2013.  For for information, visit

Summer 2013 Anticipated Course Offerings

 In the past, students have asked us to let them know, in advance of registration for Spring courses, the law school's plans for summer term course offerings.   At this point, the law school anticipates offering at least the following courses during the Summer term of 2013:


Federal Income Taxation of Individuals (formerly Basic Tax) - Core - 4 hours

Women and the Law (Sem) - Perspective - Writing - 2 hours

International Law - Perspective - offered online - 3 hours

Externships - Skills - variable hours

            Legal Aid


            Commonwealth Atty

            County Atty

            Dept of Public Advocacy

            Medical Research - Contracting and Reg. Affairs



Further details about the Summer 2013 term, including a specific schedule, will be made available in the Spring.  In general, summer classes are scheduled in the early morning or in the evening, in order to accommodate student work schedules as much as possible.  While it is possible that additions may be made to the list of courses above, we will make best efforts not to cancel any of these courses (other than for lack of enrollment).  The Summer 2013 academic calendar is available at


If you have any questions about the Summer 2013 schedule, please contact Associate Dean Hall.