Student News

Meet KBA President Doug Myers TODAY

Doug Myers, KBA president, will meet with students and faculty today at 4 p.m. in the Cox Lounge.  We are honored that he is coming to our school to offer advice and tips on how to be involved in the bar. 

Please be sure to join us today to welcome him to our school.

1Ls Needed for Mock Voir Dire on Friday

Date:    Friday, November 16
Time:   2:45 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Location:   Allen Courtroom

3L students will be attempting Voir Dire for the first time as part of the Trial Practice Workshop.  There are two cases involved:  a civil case (slip and fall in a Kroger parking lot); and a criminal case (attempted rape and assault). 

This is a unique opportunity for you to:
1) Learn more about what it's like to be a trial attorney;
2) See what the Trial Practice class is like;
3) Experience Voir Dire; and
4) Have some fun!

No experience required.  All “mock jurors” will be numbered similar to what occurs in a real courtroom, and made-up answers are welcome! 

Outstanding Performance by Moot Court ABA Arbitration Team

Congratulations to Brandeis School of Law's American Bar Association Arbitration team. Their performance this weekend was truly outstanding. The team was first seed after the preliminary rounds and advanced through the semi-finals to become runner-up at the Chicago, Illinois regional competition (the winner was the Fordham University School of Law team).

The team thanks their coach, Professor Ariana Levinson, for her dedication and guidance. The team's facilitator, who did an amazing job in support of the team's success, was Courtney Pawley. Volunteers who also helped the team achieve their success are Phil Longmeyer, Brittany McKenna, Natalie Smith, Jessica Smith, Jason Vaughn, Phyllis Florman, Dennis Stilger, Steve Smith, Natalie Humphrey, Professor Ed Render, Hiram Ely, Jamie Izlar, Blaine Blood, Lily Chan, Jay Warren, Richard Hornung, and Tony Belak

Pictured left to right: facilitator, Courtney Pawley; team members: Darick Crumbly, Derek Miles, Emily Harris and Brad Johnson; and team coach, Professor Ariana Levinson.

 
Keep your fingers crossed that the Brandeis School of Law team will be invited to advance to the national competition.

ABA Client Counseling Team Members Selected

Congratulations to Dani Smith and Chelsea Painter who have been selected to represent the University of Louisville in February at the ABA Client Counseling Competition in Ann Arbor, MI.

Congratulations to the Kentucky Intra-State Mock Trial Team

Please join the Moot Court Board in congratulating the Intrastate Mock Trial Team on their superb performance in this past weekend’s Intrastate Mock Trial Competition.  UofL sent two teams to the competition, including: Joshua Waldrop, Shawn Spalding, Sierra Ashby, Sharon Wright, Stephanie Carr, Amy Dorsch, and Pete Lay.  Although not advancing to the final rounds, both teams were highly commended by the competition’s judges for their “exceptional speaking ability,” “preparedness,” and their mastery of the factual record and the Federal Rules of Evidence.  Additionally, multiple participants from UofL were nominated for best advocate honors.  Coaches Heend Sheth and Thomas Stevens couldn't be more proud of this year’s team and thank them for honorably representing the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law.

ACS/Professional Development Progressive Jobs Panel

Are you interested in learning how you can use your law degree as force to improve people's lives and meeting attorneys who are currently doing so? Join ACS and the Office of Professional Development on Thursday, November 15 from 5:15 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. in Room LL75 for a panel of attorneys including:

John Young - Senior Attorney for Legal Aid

Heidi Schissier - Legal Director for Protection and Advocacy

Ben Basil - Associate with Priddy, Cutler, Miller & Meade - Labor Law Firm

Amy Oliver - Attorney with Louisville Metro Public Defender's Office

Michael Tigue - Middelton Reutlinger and Director and Counsel for Coalition for the Homeless

The panel will discuss their jobs, how they use the law to help people, and answer any questions.

Pizza will be served.

 

ACS/Professional Development Progressive Jobs Panel

Please join the American Constitution Society and the office of Professional Development for a panel of attorneys from the community who are using the law as a force to improve people's lives. 

Each attorney will tell you about their job and how they got where they are now and answer any questions you might have. 

If you are interested in disability law, criminal defense, housing, labor law, or indigent consumer representation this panel is for you! This Thursday, 5:15 p.m., room LL75. Pizza will be served. 

 

October’s Mentor Jet Program Proves to be Another Success

Approximately forty University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law students attended the Mentor Jet Program on October 17th in the Cox Lounge. The National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) created the Mentor Jet Program in an effort for law students to connect with leaders in their community. Before the Mentor Jet portion of the program began, Bobby Simpson, current President of the Louisville Bar Association, and Mary Jo Gleason, past director of the law school’s public service program, participated in a panel discussion that was moderated by Professor Laura Rothstein. The panelists discussed what a mentor is, how to find one, and how to be a good mentee. During the Mentor Jet portion mentors were distributed among twelve tables, and in a speed dating-like setting, small groups of one to three students talked with each mentor in five to six minute increments.

Students were able to meet with twelve of the community’s most prominent legal representatives.

Among the panel members were:

  • Terrence Cody, Circuit Court Judge, Floyd County, Indiana
  • Christie Moore, Partner, Bingham, Greenebaum, & Doll
  • Dolly Berry, Family Court Judge, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • McKay Chauvin, Circuit Court Judge, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Bobby Simpson, Senior Counsel, Labor & Employment, GE, and President of the Louisville Bar Association
  • Gina Calvert, Circuit Court Judge, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Maria Fernandez, Partner, Fernandez & Haynes
  • Kristie Daughtery, Assistant Jefferson County Attorney
  • Mary Jo Gleason, Kentucky Court of Appeals Law Clerk
  • Scott Furkin, Executive Director, Louisville Bar Association
  • Harold Storment, Attorney
  • Linda Speed, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Southern Indiana


The Brandeis School of Law’s Mentor Jet Program is an unmatched experience for 1Ls, in particular, to meet and connect with prominent figures of law in our community in an effort to create long lasting relationships of guidance. A special thanks to law student Courtney Pawley and Associate Dean for Professional Development Kathy Urbach who helped make the event possible.

 

Article by Rachel Ainsworth, Communications Intern. 

Law Students Attend Equal Justice Conference and Career Fair

On October 26th and 27th, the Equal Justice Conference and Career Fair in Washington, D.C. brought together over 1,200 law students with an interest in public service. This year, seven students represented the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law at the conference in hopes to gain a larger understanding and insight to providing public service in the legal field. The students participated in mock and actual interviews, networking, and workshops with a large array of employers and professionals who engage in public service. Among the conference speakers was Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who provided an in-depth keynote session with Judge David Tatel of the U.S. District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

The goal of the Equal Justice Works Conference is to instill the notion that every American deserves the same quality of legal representation while helping to educate law students on how they can help ensure that this service is possible. Brandeis School of Law student Galen Joyce, who was a member of this year’s Equal Justice Conference, stated that “[equal justice] is a professional responsibility, and a moral one, to enable our fellow Americans by creating opportunities for equal access to justice.” Joyce attended the conference so that he could obtain the necessary knowledge to further his understanding of how to promote equal justice when he enters the legal field. According to the Brandeis School of Law’s conference attendee Emily Peeler, “equal representation [may provide] less of a gap in the judicial system between those who can and cannot afford top-notch attorneys.” Peeler’s experience at a non-profit law firm catalyzed her desire to advocate equal justice and her interest in attending the Equal Justice Conference.

The Equal Justice Conference allowed Brandeis School of Law students the opportunity to gain valuable exposure to nationally renowned legal representatives who strive for equal justice. Through this involvement, students left with a better understanding of how to pursue legal careers embodying public service and justice for all.

 

Article by Rachel Ainsworth, Communications Intern.

Congratulations to the Arbitration Team!

Please join the Moot Court Board in congratulating the Arbitration Team on their outstanding performance this weekend! The team won both preliminary rounds (defeated New York Law and St. Johns) and advanced to the semifinals as the #1 ranked/scoring team out of 10 teams. The team also won their semifinal round (defeated William & Mitchell) and advanced to the Regional Finals. They lost narrowly in the finals (to Fordham) and finished as Regional Runner-up. Congratulations Brad Johnson, Darick Crumbly, Derek Miles, Emily Harris, and Professor Levinson and thank you for representing the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law so well!