Student News

Congratulations to the ABA Arbitration Team

As regional finalists in the Illinois Region ABA Arbitration Competition, Brad Johnson, Darick Crumbly, Derek Miles, and Emily Harris were one of only ten teams, out of sixty-two teams nationwide, to compete in the ABA National Arbitration Competition on January 25, 2013. They competed in front of nine arbitrators, and the written comments of one of those arbitrators best sums up their performance. He stated that the team, “did an excellent job on all aspects of [the] case.” Their coach, Professor Ariana Levinson, is most proud of the team’s professional and ethical presentation. The team was complemented repeatedly by the other team members, coaches, and judges on their professionalism and courtesy. The team would like to thank Mark Gray and Matt White of Gray and White Law and Grover Potts of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP for the financial support that made their trip possible.

Tori Murden McClure, '95 honored by Center for Women and Families

On February 13, 2013, The Center for Women and Families will honor five “Women of Distinction” at its 26th anniversary Celebration of Service & Survival.

One of this year's honorees is our own alumna, Tori Murden McClure, '95, president of Spalding University. She will be honored as a long-term role model for women and girls in Kentuckiana. Previously, she served as director of the Women’s Center of Volunteers of America, a residential center for homeless women. At Spalding, she supports scholarships for women who are underprivileged and marginalized.

Murden McClure was honored by Brandeis School of Law in 2011 as a Distinguished Alumna at the Annual Brandeis School of Law Alumni Awards Banquet.


Professor Shelley Santry, who was this year's recipient of the Mary K Bonsteel Tachau Award, received the same honor in from the Center for Women and Families in 2011.


For information or reservations for this years event, please call 502-581-7207.

Spring 2013 Exam Schedule

It has come to my attention that there are old versions of the Spring exam schedule circulating.  Specifically, there was a preliminary version of the exam schedule that contained the wrong dates for the exam period, and had exams overlapping with the end of classes.  Please be aware that the correct version of the exam schedule is dated Sept. 24 2012, and is posted on the law school website under Academics:Course Schedules, and posted outside the door of the Student Records office.  If anyone has older versions which do not reflect an exam period of 4/24 to 5/3/2013, please destroy those copies and replace them with an updated copy from the web site.  If older versions are turning up anywhere on the web site, please let me know ASAP so that I can remove them.

Yoga Class on Wednesday

Today's yoga class begins at noon in the Washer Lounge.  The class lasts 45 minutes.  The Law School's certified yoga instructor is wonderful.  The class is perfect for those who may be new to yoga and those who are experienced.  Everyone can benefit from the mood-, memory-, and concentration-boosting effects of yoga.  We hope to see you there! 


Brandeis "Brief" Break - Jan. 30 - Hot Chocolate Bar

All law students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Cox Lounge today for our first Brandeis "Brief" break of the spring semester -- take a break from yours computers and books and spread sheets and phones.  We’ll have a hot chocolate bar with a variety of toppings for you to create that perfect cup of hot cocoa - cayenne pepper, white chocolate chips, marshmallows, peppermints, whipped cream, and more! 

Please plan to join us anytime between 2:00 and 3:30.  The Cox Faculty Lounge is on the second floor of the law school. 

2L Legal Profession Curriculum - Feb. 5

Attention Second-Year Law Students (graduating in December 2013, May 2014, or August 2014):
On Tuesday, February 5, at 12:15 p.m., the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, with a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students on financial responsibility.

Judge Gary Payne, Character and Fitness Committee member, and Ms. Elizabeth Feamster, Director and General Counsel, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession.  

Your attendance at the February 5 program is a requirement for graduation.  If you anticipate a work conflict, please make arrangements now to ensure your attendance at the mandatory program.  A pizza lunch will be provided.  Please bring your own drink.

Jan. 31 Deadline to Apply for Law Degree

If you are planning to receive your J.D. degree in May, you must complete a degree application online. The last day to apply for a degree is January 31.  Please complete the appropriate form online through ULink, under "Student Services," then "Academic Resources," then "Degree Application."

Final Notice: Barbri to host Table Day & Silent Auction to raise money for UL fellowship

Barbri Table Day will be 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, in the Mosaic Lobby. Come by to sign-up and lock in your price for a bar review course that is tried and true!BARBRI is widely regarded as the de facto choice of law school students based on its extensive history in bar exam preparation and its superior word-of-mouth reputation driven by positive student outcomes. We serve students across all 50 states, in all jurisdictions, with a variety of products designed to best suit bar preparation needs and law school success.If you have questions before Wednesday about Barbri, please e-mail Leah Smith at

Also, Barbri will host a silent auction for two $1,000 gift certificates for the bar review course. Bidding will start at $500 for each certificate at 10 a.m. on Monday, January 28, and will end at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30 (Barbri Table Day). The bidding sheets will be located outside the Office of Professional Development Suite, and payment is due two weeks after bidding closes. The winners of the certificates will be announced at Table Day. All money raised through the silent auction will benefit the Department of Public Advocacy Barbri Fellowship, which will support a student over the summer in public service work.

Resource Center Hours Today, January 29th

The Resource Center will be temporarily closed today from 9:45am - 11:15am.

Sharing, With Sadness, the Passing of Lee Ann Webb, '97 Law Grad

It is with sadness that we share the news of the death of Brandeis School of Law alumna, Lee Ann Webb.

Webb, the wife of Frank Nussbaum, passed away on Wednesday, January 23,2013.


Born in Lexington March 14, 1969, Lee graduated from Henry Clay High in 1987 and attended Oberlin College. In 1990 she attended the School of International Training and spent a semester in Ecuador where she developed a deep appreciation for Latin American culture. She received BA's in Spanish and in Latin American Studies from UK and earned her JD from the U of L Law School, where she was Outstanding Woman Law Graduate in 1997.

Upon graduation, she clerked for KY Supreme Court Justice Janet Stumbo. She became an attorney at Stoll Keenon Ogden in Louisville in 2000. Fluent in Spanish, Lee performed pro bono work in both Spanish and English for refugees and recent immigrants and founded the Latino Legal Clinic of Louisville. She was on the Board of the National Society of Hispanic MBA's and on the board of the Hispanic Latino Coalition and of the Hispanic Latino Business Council. She was an early member of The Women's Network, Advocates for Democratic Principles. She was a participant in the Leadership Louisville-2012.  (Source: Courier-Journal)


You may read her obituary from the Courier-Journal