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2013 Hartrick Scholar Writing Competition

Sponsor: Institute for Energy Law

General criteria: Students enrolled in law school as of December 2012 and seeking a Juris Doctor degree are eligible.  The general subject for this year's competition is any topic related to energy development.  This includes, for example, topics concerning oil and gas law, alternative energy resources, energy resolution, and environmental regulation of the energy industries.  The article can be any work prepared by the student while enrolled in law school and can include prior works prepared for law journal or a law school course.

Deadline: January 15, 2013

Amount of award: The Hartrick Scholar(s) selected by the Judging Committee will receive a $2,500 cash award at the Institute of Energy Law's 64th Annual Oil and Gas Law Conference in Houston, Texas.  Selection also includes the cost of travel to attend the conference.

Submission information:  Visit

Spring 2013 Hiring Season

If you are interested in participating in Spring 2013 On Campus Interviews, Public Service fellowships or applying to firms or organizations, you will need to have a current resume.  Friday, January 11th is the date students can start "bidding" (applying to participating employers) on Symplicity.  Public Service fellowship applications will be available on January 7th.

Please contact Assistant Dean for Professional Development, Laurel Hajek, or Career Services Coordinator, Debra Reh, if you would like to schedule a meeting to  review your resume and/or cover letter.  You may e-mail your documents for review as well.

Free Massages Today (Thursday) for Law Students

Your Student Bar Association and Student Life Office have teamed up to provide complimentary massages in the Washer Lounge on the following days:

THURSDAY, Dec. 6:  10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

TUESDAY, Dec. 11:  4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Two massage therapists will be available each day.  You may sign up for an appointment in advance, but walk-ins are perfectly fine too.  Enjoy a massage before an exam, after an exam, or just take a quick break from studying while at the law school.



Exam Policy Regarding Bluebooks

All students must use the same type of bluebook.  (See description below.)  These bluebooks will be sold in the Law Resource Center (LRC) (Room 272) for fifty cents each.  If the LRC is closed, the Dean on Duty will have a few bluebooks available for sale. 

In classes where exam books are used, all exams must be taken in a 16-page 8 1/4" x 10 7/8" "Official Law School Bluebook" for hand-written exams.  Students writing their exam shall not tear out or otherwise remove any pages from their exam book.

Exam policies are posted on the law school website at  Please read the exam policies carefully.

Montpellier Graduate Program

If you have an interest in corporate law, coupled with an interest in studying in France, please contact Professor Weaver (  There is a French graduate program that is taught mostly in English (however, you will need to speak some French).  It’s a one year program, and the cost is relatively low.  During the year, it is possible to earn a French master’s degree, and to earn 12 hours towards your UL law degree.

Mark Rothstein Weighs in on Genome Sequencing in Newborns

Limited genome sequencing is being done currently on newborns, but doctors could screen for more genetic conditions and could screen even before birth. But parents could be confronted with confusing or ambiguous data about their baby's health.

Brandeis School of Law Professor Mark Rothstein shares his insight into sequencing a newborn's genome with Rob Stein on National Public Radio in his report, "Genome Sequencing For Babies Brings Knowledge And Conflicts".

Climate Control in Classrooms During Exams

We have started our exam season at the same time as Louisville is experiencing something of a December heatwave.  As a result, our classrooms are warmer than some may anticipate.  Unfortunately, because of the nature of the University's heating and cooling system, we have little control over the temperatures in the classrooms in circumstances such as this.  Jon-Paul Moody, our Unit Business Manager, has been in contact with the University, and we are doing what we can to ameliorate the classroom temperatures.  In addition, the weather is predicted to cool as the week progresses.  Nonetheless, Students taking exams should be aware of the possibility that the exam rooms will be warm.

Government Honors & Internship Handbook Updates

If you are interested in receiving updates for the Government Honors & Internship Handbook, please contact Debra Reh so that you can be added to the distribution list of interested students.


Student behind effort to mark historic significance of Brandeis home

Even before he was a student at the University of Louisville, freshman Andrew Segal championed a champion of UofL.

His efforts paid off Dec. 2 when the historical marker he made possible was unveiled at the boyhood home of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis — the namesake for UofL’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

Segal, a Harlan Scholar pursuing an undergraduate degree in political science, said he found out about the Brandeis home while on a 2010 Kesher Kentucky Jewish Louisville tour. Tour guide Allan Steinberg lamented that the building did not have some kind of marker. Before the tour was over, Segal told Steinberg that he would champion an effort to get a historical marker for the home.

His work spanned three years and included navigating the historical marker approval process with various state agencies, raising $2,300 to pay for the marker and rallying community support. Segal, a sophomore at duPont Manual when he started the project, said his mother, Joanne Weeter, and Steinberg helped him immensely.
UofL law professor Laura Rothstein, who attended the unveiling ceremony, said that it’s gratifying to see a student take an interest in Brandeis’ contributions.

“Brandeis helped lay the foundation for many of the civil liberties we enjoy today,” Rothstein said. “So it’s not just important that we remember him because he was a native of Louisville, but also because he helped shaped the social policies of our nation.”

Justice Brandeis was a graduate of Harvard Law School and served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939. He died in 1941 and his remains are in the portico of UofL’s law school.

It’s rewarding to “finally honor one of the greatest Louisvillians and people I have ever had the pleasure to study,” Segal said.

“I hope that the historical highway marker will motivate people to look up more information on Brandeis so they can learn about all of his good works, just like I did,” he said.


by Cindy Hess, communications and marketing

Final Reminder: Holiday Reception This Friday!

*RSVP by 12/4* 

Your SBA would like to extend an invitation to take a break during finals and attend the Law Holiday ReceptionDetails can be found here. If you plan on attending, please RSVP.

When: 12/7/12 5-7PM

Where: Mosiac Lobby and the New Hebel Courtroom

Cost: Free to Attend, Cash Bar.