Student News

Spring 2013 - Low Enrollment Courses

Pursuant to law school policy, ordinarily, a course or seminar which does not have an enrollment of at least five (5) students will not be offered.  As of Tuesday, November 27, the Spring 2013 Tax Policy seminar (LAW 999-10) has only four enrollees, and is in danger of being canceled due to lack of enrollment.  If you are interested in taking this seminar, please sign up for it as soon as possible so that we may make an informed decision about whether to offer the seminar.


If you are currently enrolled in this seminar, please maintain your enrollment so that we may accurately gauge the level of student demand.  A decision about whether to cancel the seminar will be made after consultation with the professor, and affected students will be notified personally via email.



Summer 2013 Volunteer Legal Internship & Externship Program

The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation (OIL) is recruiting for the summer 2013 Volunteer Legal Internship & Externship Program.  Please refer to the DOJ website for application details.  Select "DOJ Agencies" under "Summer 2013" on the left-hand side.  Click on OIL's current ad under the listed Volunteer Internship Opportunities.

The summer 2013 application submission begins December 17, 2012 and the deadline is January 13, 2013.

Please specify which semester you are applying for in a cover letter and submit that letter, resume, unofficial transcript, class ranking and a 5-10 page writing sample to Terri Leon-Benner in a single PDF document. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications, packets that do not conform to these instructions will not be considered.

OIL coordinates federal immigration litigation nationwide, and has both an Appellate and a District Court Section. OIL Appellate defends the administrative decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals, involving removal orders and denials of applications for relief before the Federal Courts of Appeals. Student Interns will be assigned to one of OIL’s litigation teams where they will:

·Draft appellate briefs in asylum and cancellation of removal cases and dispositive motions
· Write case summaries for weekly litigation reports

· Attend “First Cut” meetings

· Conduct legal research and prepare memoranda

Congratulations 2012 LBA Award Recipients

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law proudly salutes the 2012 Louisville Bar Association Award Recipients


Join us in congratulating these outstanding Louisville legal professionals.


Hon. Lisabeth Hughes Abramson (L'80)

Judge of the Year

This award is presented to a member of the bench who has shown judicial integrity and professionalism. A nominee for this award has contributed to the community by volunteering in civic organizations to help promote the image of the legal profession and has established a reputation for integrity, scholarship and professionalism.


Thomas M. Williams

Justice Martin E. Johnstone Special Recognition Award

This award is the highest recognition bestowed upon an LBA member for outstanding participation and partnership within the legal community. An individual deserving of this award has made a significant impact in the Louisville community through professional or volunteer efforts and exemplifies what it means to be a lawyer.


Hon. A. C. McKay Chauvin

Patrick W. Michael (L'87)

Distinguished Service Award

This award is given to an LBA member who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to advancing the practice of law or improving the image of the legal profession through exceptional volunteer efforts.


Margaret E. Keane (L'82)

Judge Benjamin F. Shobe Civility & Professionalism Award

Individuals receiving this award have consistently demonstrated adherence to the highest standards of civility, honesty and courtesy in their dealings with clients, opposing parties and counsel, the courts and the general public. They have shown sustained excellence through leadership in the profession.


University of Louisville Law Clinic, Shelley M. Santry, Director

Paul G. Tobin Pro Bono Service Award

This award recognizes the work of LBA members who have unselfishly given time to improve the quality of society through their legal work. Worthy nominees will be LBA members who helped deliver legal services to the disadvantaged through a pro bono program or cause. 


Tara W. Hagerty

Judge Richard A. Revell Family Law Practitioner Award

This award is presented to attorneys who have been in the forefront of new developments in the practice of family law. They have exhibited dedication to families and children through work both inside and outside the courtroom. Award recipients have made significant contributions to public service in the area of family law and have demonstrated innovation in the performance of their duties.


Cary Stemle

Gavel Award


Leadership Academy Steering Committee

Committee of the Year


Environmental Law Section

Young Lawyers Section

Section of the Year

Holiday Reception Reminder

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. 

Giles Sutherland Rich Patent Law Team Applications Due Next Week

The Moot Court Patent Team will be accepting applications until 5 PM Tuesday Dec. 4.

The team will accept two 2L/3L students to participate in The Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition. Regionals will be held in Chicago March 15, 2013. Participants are required to complete a brief and perform in oral arguments at the Regional Competition. Practices will begin after finals and will continue until the Regional Competition. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE PATENT LAW EXPERIENCE TO PARTICIPATE.

If you are interested please submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a writing sample by 5 PM Tuesday Dec. 4 by email to Jamie Hafley at Questions may also be submitted to this email address.

Brandeis "Brief" Break on Thursday - Coffee Bar and Massages

The final Brandeis "Brief" Break of the semester will be this Thursday, November 29, in the Mosaic Lobby.  Take a quick break from studying for final exams and enjoy a cup of hot coffee with an array of toppings - white chocolate chips, whipped cream, peppermints, and more.  The coffee bar will be open beginning at 2:30 p.m.  Plus, enjoy complimentary massages from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Washer Lounge. 

Nov. 29 Deadline for Make-Up Exam Request Forms

If you need to request a make-up exam, you must complete a "Request for a Make-Up Exam" form and submit it to Ms. Barbara Thompson in Student Records by 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 29Late request forms will not be accepted.

Forms are available in the Student Life hallway, and are also available on the law school website at

A student has an exam conflict and is entitled to a make-up exam in two instances:
1. a student has two exams scheduled to begin within 12 hours of one another; OR
2. a student has an exam at 6:00 p.m. or later on one day and another exam at 9:00 a.m. the following day. 

In all cases, students must obtain prior approval to take a make-up exam.

Welcome Dean Hajek!

The Office of Professional Development is pleased to welcome Dean Laurel Hajek as the new Assistant Dean for Professional Development.  Dean Hajek comes to us from John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

 If you have not met Dean Hajek, please stop by her office to welcome her.  She also has sign up sheets on her door for students who wish to make an appointment to see her. 

Dean Hajek is excited to meet our students, so please stop by.

ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Annual Law Student Writing Competition

Sponsor: TIPS Task Force on Outreach to Law Students

General criteria: The competition is open to any law school student in good academic standing who is a member of the ABA Law Student Division at the time of the deadline date for submission. Papers should address an essay on any part of the New Deal, a series of economic programs implemented in 1933-1936, passed by Congress during the first tem of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  The Section will interpret the scope of the subject broadly to ensure that the Competition affords the greatest degree of flexibility in writing on these subject areas.  Papers submitted for law school course credit or a law school publication are eligible.

Deadline: April 1, 2013

Amount of Award: First prize includes $1,500 cash, airfare, and hotel accommodations to the Section's Annual Meeting in San Francisco, and possible publication.  Second prize is $500.

Submission information: Visit

International Law Writing Competition

Albert S. Pergam and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP International Writing Competition

Sponsor:  International Section of the New York State Bar Association

General criteria: Law Students are invited to submit an article concerning ANY area of public or private international law or practice. 

Deadline: December 7, 2012

Amount of Award: $2,000 and publication

Submission information: