Student News


On Thursday, September 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in a room TBA, local immigration attorney and alum, Becca O'Neill, will hold a training here at the law school to train students to go on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail to conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to detainees. Detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. The next visit will be on Friday, September 21. Trained students will conduct individual in-take interviews of each detainee. Students whose schedules do not allow them to visit the jail on Fridays can still take the training. All students are welcome. Once you have been trained you can attend a Friday visit when you are available. Attached are some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail along with a more detailed description of the project. More stories can also be found at:

Each month, the trainings will be conducted the third Thursday of the month, with jail visits on the third Friday of the month after the training. Students interested in attending the training on September 20, should email Becca O'Neill directly by MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10. Her email is  Additionally, please let Ms. O'Neill know in your e-mail whether you plan to attend the Friday visit after the training. A list of students must be submitted to the jail ten days before the visit. Also, please let Ms. O'Neill know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.

If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit on September 21, please e-mail Becca O'Neill by MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, so she can add your name to the list.

Students will receive public service credit for the training and site visits. Students will also be able to count their travel time to and from the Boone County Jail. Interested students should see Jina Scinta to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit. You can also e-mail her at

U.S. Internal Revenue Service - Office of Chief Counsel

Second- and third-year students,

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel is collecting information through Symplicity.  There are openings in the summer legal program and the honors program. 

If you are interested in applying, select Fall 2012 - Session 2.  The deadline to apply is Friday, September 14th.

Sign-Up for the Pirtle Washer Oral Advocacy Competition

If you are a 2L or 3L interested in oral advocacy, the Moot Court Board encourages you to sign up for the Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy competition. The competition will be held at the Hall of Justice on October 13 and the final rounds will be held in the Allen Courtroom on October 20. This competition is in it's 41st year at the Brandeis School of Law and past champions include Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson and Judge Ann Bailey Smith. Winners are rewarded with a $1000 prize, second place will receive $500, and third and fourth places will receive $250 each. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the Moot Court Board office door from Sept. 4-Sept. 13 at noon. An interest session will be held on Sept. 11 at 12:30 in room 177 or you can email VP of Internal Competitions Courtney Pawley at with any questions.

Session 1 On Campus Interview Signups

Session 1 On Campus Interview employers have made their selections.  To see if you were selected, log in to Symplicity, click "OCI" and select "Session 1".  Under "Invitations", if it says "Accept Preselect", click on that and you will be able to sign up for an interview time.  If you have questions, please contact Debra Reh. 

Fall 2012 Hiring Season

The Fall 2012 Hiring Season is close at hand.  Prepare by brushing up on Interview skills and practicing responses.  Research the firm/organization and be ready to ask questions when given the opportunity.  Anticipate tough questions and have answers for them.  If interested in setting up a mock interview, contact Dean Urbach or Debra Reh.

Examples of commonly asked interview questions (on the Professional Development website)

• Why haven't you gained any legal experience if you are interested in practicing law?
• What qualities do you possess which lead you to believe you will make a good lawyer?
• What Supreme Court decision during the last year seems to you the most significant?
• What do you consider to be your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?

Large and Medium-Sized Firms
• What in particular about our firm interests you?
• Are there any other reasons that led you to choose us?
• Which of your experiences might help you to fit with our firm?
• Do you think you have the qualities that would enable you to become a partner?

Small Offices
• Do you have any ties to this community?
• Do you consider yourself an easy person to get along with? Explain.
• How much responsibility will you be prepared to assume right from the start? Explain.

Government Employers
• Why are you interested in this government agency?
• What experience have you had which you think might equip you for this job?
• Do you have a career plan?
• What training have you had in administrative law?

Legal Services and Public Interest Groups
• How committed are you to working with this population?
• What do you see as the rewards of working in this area of the law?
• What are your plans for your legal career?

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Christine Shannon, the winner of a UofL Law orientation t-shirt and UofL Law insulated lunch bag.  Stop by Dean Ballard's office today (Sept 4) by 4:00 p.m. to claim your prizes. 

Satisfying the Writing Requirement through a Seminar - Session Today

At noon today (Tuesday, Sept 4), Professor Kurt Metzmeier will present a not-to-be-missed session geared toward upper-division students that aims to demystify the writing requirement as well as provide practical information on some of the best sources for generating ideas for topics, ways to organize your research paper, and common pitfalls to avoid. The session will be held in Room LL75 from 12:00-12:50.

You can definitely get a head start on your seminar paper and lower your stress level by attending this informative program.

International Law Society Meeting

The International Law Society will be holding their 1st meeting of the school year today at 12pm in room LL71. They will be discussing events and plans for the semester and will hold the election for a vacant officer position. If you have any questions, please contact Jacob Sims ( or Tommy Clines ( Food will be provided.

How to Get Anything You Want Out of Life

What do you want in life? Money? Fame? Love? Marriage? Success? A job? What would you do if I told you that it can be yours? Perception is reality. We can be our own worst enemies because most of us choose to cage ourselves in our own realities. Your mind has unlimited potential. You can harness its power and utilize it to get anything you want. Come listen to Larry Forman speak on our own personal mental boxes and learn how to escape them and the vicious loop of negative emotion. You will learn how to set goals and achieve anything the mind can conceive. Remember that no goal is too extreme, and no objective is out of reach. See you there, my friends. Sponsored by Hillel.


The meeting will be held on Thursday September 20 at Noon in room 175. Bring your own lunch.

Orientation Week Boasts Successful Community Service Day



This year, approximately 111 first year law students volunteered for a service project (79% participation).  We also had 6 faculty, 5 staff members, and 8 upper-division law students volunteer (see lists, below).  Students completed projects for the following 12 area organizations:

  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore
  • Olmsted Parks Conservancy
  • Masonic Homes
  • Family Scholar House
  • Dare to Care Food Bank
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Catholic Charities
  • Hosparus of Louisville
  • New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Operation Brightside

Faculty Participation
Professor Rothstein – Masonic Homes
Professor Abrams – Family Scholar House
Professor Bean – Family Scholar House
Dean Duncan – Ronald McDonald House
Professor Levinson – Hosparus
Virginia Mattingly – New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter
Staff Participation
Angela Beverly – Habitat ReStore
Becky Wimberg – Dare to Care Food Bank
Kimberly Ballard – Hosparus
Nakia Strickland – Hosparus
Becky Wenning – Operation Brightside
Upper-Division Student Participation
Jacob Giesecke
Dorrie Rush
Derek Miles
Dani Smith
Erica Wood
Brandon Johnson
Brian Strunk
Jamie Hafley