Student News

First Year Oral Advocacy Competition

The Preliminary round of the First Year Oral Advocacy Competition was a great success! Over 40 first year students competed throughout the day and received glowing remarks from their peers. Congratulations to Mia Walters, Kaitlyn Jones, Billy Hopkins, Sean Dennis, Lacey Gullett, Chadler Hardin, Jon Hollan and Lindsey Howard as they advance to the Quarter Final Round on Wednesday in the Allen Courtroom.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Find Extra Time and Commit to Your Studying

There are 13 study days remaining before final exams begin.  Now is not the time to procrastinate, to make excuses, or to give less than 100%.  If you use good time management skills and plan what you are going to accomplish each day, you will be more productive and you will hold yourself accountable.  Here are some tips for finding time:

  • Realize that you control your time.  With intentional behavior, you can take control of the remainder of the semester rather than feeling as though it is a roller coaster ride. Make time for what really matters.
  • Work for progress in every course.  If you focus on one course to the detriment of the other courses, it creates a cycle of catch-up and stress.  Space out work on a major assignment over the days available and continue with daily work in all other courses.
  • Use small pockets of time for small tasks.  Even 15 minutes can be used effectively!  Small amounts of time are useful for memory drills with flashcards or through rule recitation out loud.  Twenty minutes can be used to review class notes and begin to condense the material for an outline.  Thirty minutes can be used for a few multiple-choice practice questions or to review a sub-topic for a course. 
  • Capture wasted time and consolidate it.  Students often waste up to an hour at a time chatting with friends, playing computer games, answering unimportant e-mails, watching television, and more.  Look for time that can be used more productively.  If several wasted blocks of time during a day can be re-captured and consolidated into a longer block, a great deal can be accomplished.
  • Use windfall time well.  It is not unusual in a day to benefit from unexpected blocks of time that could be used.  A professor cancels class.  A study group meets for less time than expected.  An appointment with a professor is shorter than scheduled.  Rather than consider the time as free time, use it for a study task.
  • Realize the power of salvaged blocks of time.  If you capture just 30 minutes of study time a day, that is 3.5 extra hours per week.  An hour per day adds up to 7 hours per week.  Time suddenly is there that seemed to be unavailable.
  • Break down exam review into sub-topics.  You may not be able to find time to review the entire topic of easements intensely, but you can likely find time to review its first element intensely.  By avoiding the "all or nothing mentality" in exam review, progress is made in smaller increments.  It still gets the job done!
  • Evaluate your priorities and use of time three times a day.  Every morning look at your tasks for the day and evaluate the most effective and efficient ways to accomplish everything.  Schedule when you will get things done during the day.  Do the same thing at lunch time and make any necessary changes.  Repeat the exercise at dinner time.
  • Cut out the non-essentials in life.  Save shopping for shoes for that August wedding until after exams.  Stock up on non-perishable food staples now rather than shop for them every week.  Run errands now and get them over with to allow concentrating on studies for the rest of the semester.
  • Boost your brain power in the time you have.  Sleep at least 7 hours a night.  Eat nutritional meals.  Your brain cells will be able to do the academic heavy lifting in less time if you do these simple things.

So, take a deep breath.  Take control of your time.  And good luck with the remainder of the semester.  Adapated from a post by Amy Jarmon, Texas Tech Univ. School of Law.

Congratulations to the Newly Elected Federalist Society Officers!

Congratulations to the new Federalist Society officers!
President: Kyle Winham
Vice President, External Affairs: Rebekah Gray
Vice President, Internal Affairs: Cassie Restrepo
Secretary/Treasurer: Michael Atkinson
Social Chair: Michael Tyrikos

$1,500 Kaplan Certificate Available for Auction


The Student Bar Foundation has a $1,500 Kaplan Certificate available through private online auction. This credit is good towards a Kaplan course in any state. If interested, please email Sarah Potter with your email address. She will provide you access to the online auction. The deadline to email Sarah is Friday, April 13th, at 10:00am. This is great opportunity. Don’t miss out! Sarah Potter's email:


Public Service Opportunity Available

A non-profit organization has contacted the Public Service Office seeking a student to assist them in establishing 501(c)(3) status. If you are interested in helping this organization, please contact Jina Scinta at The first person contacting Ms. Scinta will be signed up for the project. The organization is willing to wait until after finals to get started.

Diversity Forum Film Screening Tuesday, April 10

Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth : A Film Screening

April 10, 2012, Noon – 1:30pm
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law, room 275

Sponsored by the Brandeis School of Law Diversity Committee, Latin American and Latino Studies (College of Arts & Sciences), Hispanic Latino Coalition of Louisville, UofL DREAMERs Chapter

The film, Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth, illuminates some of the insurmountable struggles that undocumented children and their families face living in the United States. An estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school every year in the United States with little or no opportunity for higher education or ever garnering gainful employment. The DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors)addresses the situation of students who came to the U.S. with their parents as young children and who were constitutionally guaranteed a free elementary and secondary education, only to graduate from high school and become unlawfully present when they turn 18 years old.

Free, light lunch available at 11:30am.

Open to all.

Labor & Employment Law Society Elections

Labor & Employment Law Society will be holding elections in their meeting on Wednesday, April 11 from 12-1 PM in room 71/79.  Anyone interested in running for a position should attend.

Who is teaching In House Counsel?

Adjunct Professor Steve Lyverse will teach a new course offering for Fall 2012 : In-House Counsel Legal Practice. 

Lyverse's early career was with an international accounting firm, then shifted to senior industry finance positions.  A sale of his domestic employer gave Lyverse opportunity to create the first in-house legal function for a European conglomerate. A further acquisition  offered the experience to join a large global law department.

In 2001, Lyverse was hired by Hillerich & Bradsby Co. to create their first In House Law Department.  As a result, Lyverse has 22 years of diverse legal practice in a variety of business environments.

Who is teaching Real Estate Transactions?

Professors:  Celeste Hammond and Virginia Harding

Professor Celeste Hammond is best known for teaching a transactional approach to commercial real estate law.  She has published two casebooks looking at commercial real estate law from that perspective.  Commercial Leasing: A Transactional Primer, 2nd ed (Hammond with Bogart) will be the text for the course.  Professor Hammond practiced law for eight years before joining the faculty at John Marshall Law School.  She has been a visitor at Loyola University Law School where she taught this course several years ago.  Professor Hammond is committed to teaching law in the context of practice, especially with an emphasis on transactional skills training.  Thus, she brings Virginia Harding with her as a team teacher.   Professor Hammond is active in real estate bar associations and has been elected as a fellow to American College of Real Estate Lawyers and to Counselors of Real Estate (CRE).   Both Professor Hammond and Ms. Harding have taught on-line aspects of their courses.  They are enthusiastic about teaching at Louisville using this new technology.  Her bio can be found at   She encourages prospective students to contact her at to discuss the course.

Virginia M. Harding
Practicing Attorney – Gould & Ratner LLP, Chicago

Virginia Harding is a real estate attorney whose clients have developed office parks and master planned communities.  She has been involved with all aspects of client projects starting with land acquisition and concluding when the properties are sold or leased.  She has worked on real estate transactions throughout the country.  As an adjunct professor she has taught an Advanced JD Property course and a Drafting and Negotiations Workshop.  She has also team taught with Professor Hammond using the casebook and materials that will be used for the Real Estate Transactions Course.  She brings the insights and experiences of a practicing attorney into the classroom.  Her complete bio can be found at
Course description:  In the fall,  Real Estate Transactions will focus on the commercial lease transaction.  Leasing is one of the skills that all attorneys need to develop because clients either own properties that they wish to lease or clients are seeking to lease space or a building for their own use.  While everyone learns about landlord tenant law as part of their Property course, the only form of lease that law students and young attorneys are most likely to have seen is an apartment lease.  Every practicing attorney remembers the first time they were asked to review a lease for a client.  First the instrument was long and almost every clause seemed to be complicated and confusing.  What was important and what not?  This course will make use of a form office lease developed by attorneys from the American Bar Association, Leasing committee.   The course will give students an opportunity to examine an office lease in detail.  It will provide insights as to what is important to the landlord and what is important to the tenant, what business motivations support the goals of the parties to the lease.  Students will develop a number of critical skills:  the art of interviewing and asking clients questions; drafting lease provisions and modifying lease clauses to reflect the terms of the deal.  This course will be taught using a variety of distance learning techniques - video teleconferencing, materials and lectures posted on Blackboard, e-mails and conference calls.  Students will complete some assignments individually and will complete others as group projects.  In addition to written assignments, students will also do a lease negotiation.  There will be a final take-home project rather than a final exam. 

Brandeis Inn of Court Student Nominations

Student Nominations for the Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court are now being accepted.

The Inn's purose is to promote professional skills and values, with a special emphasis upon ethical and responsible advocacy in state and federal courts.  Each Inn consists of distinguished members of the bench and bar, as well as a limited number of carefully selected students.

If you will be a third-year law student in the fall and would like Dean Chen to nominate you for student membership in the Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court during the 2012-2013 academic year, please send an email to Ms. Wimberg ( by Friday, April 13.  Selection is based upon your demonstrated interest in advocacy and your student leadership or academic record.

The Brandeis Inn hosts an orientation reception for new members. Thereafter, the Inn will meet six times during the academic year on Tuesday evenings. At each meeting, members of the Inn will participate in an educational program and enjoy a meal together.  Information regarding meeting dates for the 2012/2013 academic year will be circulated to nominees.