Student News

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.



Two Remaining Information Sessions Next Week!

We've talked about study abroad opportunities, externship opportunities, and the new Certificates of Accomplishment in Transactional and Litigation Skills.  The final two information sessions this semester (before registration) will focus on clinic opportunities and fellowship opportunities.

On Tuesday, October 23, at noon, in Room 275, information will be provided relating to the law clinic, the entrpreneurship clinic, and the immigration externship.  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. 

On Thursday, October 25, at noon, in Room 175, Dr. Pat Condon with the University's National and International Scholarship Office, will provide information regarding Fulbright, Boren, FLAS, and Critical Language Scholarship and Fellowship opportunities.  All students are invited to attend.

Pizza will be served.

Brandeis School of Law Participates in Louisville AIDSWalk

Brandeis School of Law was proud to be represented by a team of faculty, students, friends and family at the 2012 Louisville AIDSWalk on Sunday, October 15. The team raised over $700 to be used to fund AIDS services in the Louisville community. Among those walking with the team were faculty members Jamie Abrams and Sam Marcosson, and students Kevin Boswell, Arelene Grullon, Jess Homer, Christopher Jenkins, and Benjamin Siegel.


Don't Miss a Screening of Hot Coffee on Tuesday!

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.

National Trial Competition - Tryouts Next Week

Participate in one of the best trial advocacy competitions in the nation.  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 Moot Court Board has approved funding to send up to two teams to compete in the Regional Competition.  This year’s Regional Problem will be released November 16.  It will be a criminal problem. 

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.” The opening or closing should not last longer than 12 minutes.  Please also bring two copies of your resume.

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

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

Fresh Start Fridays - Free Massages for Students Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is Friday!  If you are feeling stressed, stop by the Washer Lounge and treat yourself to a free massage from Advanced Massage Therapeutics from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

First Reminder: Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is Fri., Oct. 26

This is the first reminder that the Exam4 practice test deadline for Fall 2012 final exams, including Professional Responsibility, is 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, October 26, 2012. To submit any Exam4 file, practice test or otherwise, you must be on campus and connected to ulsecure.

To submit a valid practice test, you must identify yourself using your ULink user name (e.g., lhowas01) and choose "F12 Practice exam" on the Course menu. The Legal Research version of Exam4 and all other previous versions have expired, so you must download and install and test the current version.

After the practice test submission deadline, students who have submitted a valid practice test will receive a confirmation e-mail. In the meantime, however, you may check whether your practice test was received using ExamTracker 4000. At least once each week day, the IT staff will update the ExamTracker, moving invalid submissions to a folder labeled "Wrong." Typical reasons why submissions may be invalid include:

  • Student identified him or herself with something unidentifiable, such as numerals or "test."
  • Student chose something other than "F12 Practice exam" on the Course menu, such as a real class.

If you see your submission on the "Wrong" list on ExamTracker, you must submit a valid practice test.

For more information, see Exam4 Essentials for Fall 2012.