Student News

2013 National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition Tryouts!

Interested in criminal law?  If so, 2L, 3L, or 4L students are encouraged to sign-up for the 2013 Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition.  This competition will be held on March 23, 2013 at SUNY Buffalo Law School in Buffalo, New York.  Competing in this event is an excellent opportunity to meet other law students interested in criminal law, as well as attorneys currently practicing in the field.  The team is coached by local attorneys Ted Shouse and Annie O'Connell.

To sign up, please email a resume and a writing sample to Brian O'Connor at bjacksonoconnor@gmail.com by November 6, 2012.  A team will be chosen based on these two items and a brief oral argument.  Tryouts for this competition will take place in mid-November.

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact Brian O'Connor.

National Mock Trial Team - Tryouts on October 22

Participate in one of the best trial advocacy competitions in the nation.  Learn from experienced trial attorneys and polish your trial advocacy skills – objections; opening statements; closing arguments; direct examinations, cross examinations; impeachment; introducing exhibits; refreshing recollection; thinking on your feet; prepping “real” witnesses. 

In February, the UofL team will travel to Arkansas to compete at regionals.  The top two teams from each Region will compete in the National Competition in San Antonio, Texas, on April 3-6, 2013. Last year, UofL advanced to the National Competition.

The School will select two teams to compete in the Regional Competition.  This year’s Regional Problem will be released November 16.  It will be a criminal problem.  Teams will be selected and notified before Spring Registration begins.

To tryout, prepare and deliver an opening statement or a closing argument based on a past NTC problem – State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb.  The Grubb problem can be accessed on the NTC website under “Past Problem Archive.”   http://www.tyla.org/tyla/index.cfm/resources/law-students1/trial-advocacy-programs/national-trial-competition/ The opening or closing should not last longer than 12 minutes.  Please also bring two copies of your resume.

Because the competition is in February, the majority of practices will be held in January and February.  A few practices will be scheduled in November and December. 

Students will receive two credit hours for participating in the competition.  Questions?  Contact Erica Wood or Mia Walters.

Tryouts:  October 22
(Sign-up outside the Moot Court Board Office!)

Congratulations to the Trademark Moot Court Team Members!

The following students have been accepted to participate in the  trademark moot court competition:

Dana Michelle Eberle-Peay
Sean P. O'Tormey
Ronald H. Morton
Kathleen Richard
Ross Thompson

Please joing the Moot Court Board in congratulating the students selected for the team and best wishes for the upcoming competition!

Congratulations to Pirtle-Washer Semi-Finalists

Congratulations to Pirtle-Washer Semi-Finalists Paige Hamby, Pete Lay, Samantha Constantine, and Stephanie Carr.

Each of the competitors received excellent reviews from the attorney judges for their oral advocacy skills during the preliminary rounds on Saturday October 13. On Saturday, October 20, the competitors will advance to the semi-final rounds of the competition held in the Allen Courtroom of the law school.

At 9:00 a.m. Paige Hamby v. Pete Lay

At 10:30 a.m. Samantha Constantine v. Stephanie Carr

The final round will begin at 1:00 p.m.

All students and faculty are encouraged to attend.

SBA Announces 2012 Pumpkin War!

Want to see your favorite professor teach class in a costume on Halloween?? Stuff their pumpkin with coins, cash, whichever you have! The professor with the most money in their pumpkin by Oct. 26 will dress up and teach classes on Halloween!

Questions? Contact Erica Wood

Phi Alpha Delta luncheon

This is a quick invitation for you to come tomorrow Tuesday from 12:15 pm to 1:00 in room LL80 for a quick lunch with PAD.

PAD is the largest law fraternity in the world with over 198 chapters all over the US.  Our law school chapters organize social, academic, networking and community service events.  This is a great organization to get involved with.  We will have a quick conversation about all the great things we do!

If you are looking for a leadership role, come to this meeting and let it be known.

Lunch will be served!  And EVERYONE is welcome so tell your friends.

U.S. Air Force JAG Information Session - Wednesday, October 17th at Noon in room 171

Major Patrick Hartman from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, will be conducting a PowerPoint Information Session on Wednesday, October 17th at Noon in room 171.  Major Hartman will also meet individually with interested students.  If you are interested in meeting with Major Hartman, please forward your resume to Debra Reh.  

Internships with the Office of Insured Housing of HUD in Washington, DC

The Office of Insured Housing - Single Family Mortgage Division, is accepting applications for internship positions in Washington, DC.  Positions are available during the school year (Spring 2013, Fall 2013) or Summer 2013.  If interested, please go to Symplicity and upload the requested documents.  The collection deadline is Friday, October 19th. 

Law Professor Mark Rothstein quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Brandeis School of Law Professor Mark Rothstein was quoted in Paul Basken's article Genetics Research May Slow Without Privacy Protections, Federal Plan Warns on The Chronicle of Higher Education.

In the article, which discusses privacy issues that are coming to light as advancements in genetic tesing capabilities are being realized, Professor Rothstein questions moving too quickly to make genetic testing available without attending to concerns such consistency in testing labs and lack of training for testing professionals.

Upcoming Information Session: Learn How to Earn a Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills or Transactional Skills

October 18, 12:00, Room 175

For students interested in further developing skills and distinguishing themselves in the job market, the Law School will offer a “Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills” and a “Certificate of Accomplishment in Transactional Skills” to be awarded as an honor upon graduation.  The award of a Certificate is intended to demonstrate to potential employers that the student possesses additional training in lawyering skills and values associated with litigation practice or transactional practice. 

On Thursday, October 18, Professor Tim Hall, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will describe both certificate programs and discuss:

• Eligibility for Participation
• Requirements for Award of a Certificate
• Program curriculum

This is your chance to learn about an opportunity to develop further distinction at the JD level, and to receive recognition for successful completion of a course of study and advanced training in preparation for professional practice.  All law students are invited to attend.