Student News

MCB Congrats!

Congratulations to Amber Gratz, Denise Hall, and Leah Smith for representing the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in the Wagner Labor and Employment Law Moot Court competition in New York City last weekend. The team advanced to the octo-final rounds, coming in fifth of 46 teams after three preliminary rounds. This is the second time in 36 years a Brandeis team has advanced in this competition, and the members all received positive feedback on their command of the record and passion for their clients. A special thank you to all the faculty, staff, and local practitioners who helped make the team's competition a great success.

New Externship with the Department of Public Advocacy

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a public defender externship with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy in Summer and Fall 2012. Externs will be placed in either the appeals division, in the office in Frankfort, or the trial division, in the offices in LaGrange or Shepherdsville. The externship requires a student limited practice license. Externs in the appeals unit may be involved in reviewing trial records, identifying issues for appeal, researching and writing briefs, and attending oral arguments. Externs in the trial unit may be involved in performing preliminary hearings, probation revocations, and juvenile trials and bench trials in district court. If you are interested, please contact Professor Jordan as soon as possible. Interviews with a DPA representative may be scheduled for Tuesday April 3, 2012.

Panel Will Speak on Careers in Property

Four distinguished local attorneys who practice in the property law area will be panelists on careers in property on Friday, March 30 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room 275. Pizza will be provided. The attorneys will discuss what it is like to practice in an array of real estate and property areas involving real estate transactions ranging from complex projects, such as Fourth Street Live and Liberty Green, to neighborhood and historic preservation issues to traditional transactions involving residential and commercial real estate. The attorneys are Fred Joseph (Stites & Harbison, a transactional lawyer focusing all aspects of real estate law including complex real estate transactions), Stephen Porter (known for his work on neighborhood preservation), Sharon Hardy (Weber & Rose, whose practice includes complex commercial real estate transactions), and Anne Scholtz (Borders & Borders, PLC, whose work focuses on real estate closings and other property law issues, estate planning and probate matters, and business formations and transactions). The speakers will discuss not only their work, but how they chose the career path and how new lawyers can chart their course. A summary of the speakers' bios is attached.

Court of Appeals Hears Oral Arguments Thursday

Mark your calendar for this opportunity to observe two appellate oral arguments on Thursday, March 29, in the Allen Courtroom at the Law School.   The three judges that will be conducting the oral arguments are:  Judge Donna Dixon, Judge Laurance VanMeter, and Senior Judge Joseph Lambert.  Sr. Judge Lambert's staff attorney, Tim Buckley, will also be attending.  The oral argument times are 11:00 am and 11:45 am.  They are both 30 minute oral arguments and should conclude by approximately 12:15 pm. 

*Update: the second argument has been cancelled and the first has been rescheduled to begin at 11:45 AM.

A question and answer session with Judges Dixon, VanMeter, and Lambert will be held in Room 275, at 12:15 p.m.  All students are invited to attend.  Pizza will be served.

Bios for the judges can be accessed at  A description of the cases set for oral argument is attached.

Questions?  Please see Professor Rick Nowka.

Thank you for your support this year!

The Federalist Society put on ten events this year at the law school – bringing in prominent speakers from a variety of backgrounds to speak on legal issues.  Thank you for all those who attended our debates.  I would also like to send a big thank you to the Federalist Society officers, Rebekah Gray, Brandon Johnson, and Vince Kline, who were essential in making this another successful year for the organization.

The Federalist Society will be holding elections at 12:15 on April 9th in room 075.  If you are interested in a position or have questions, please reach out to April Wimberg (

In-House Counsel Panel hosted by the newly formed Business Law Society

The newly formed Business Law Society is holding it's inagural event this Monday, April 2nd, from 11:30 to 1:00pm. An impressive panel has been invited to discuss business law, the role of the corporate lawyer, what makes a business lawyer tick, what clients are looking for, how to get into this area of law, and so on.
• Matthew Hamel (Executive VP and General Counsel at Brown Forman)
• Raymond Burse (Vice President and General Counsel at GE)
• John Rippy (Senior VP at Republic Bank)
• Jeffry Gordon (General Counsel at Sun Tan City)
• Shawn Bailey (VP at Churchill Downs Incorporatated)

Lunch will be served, and prospective members will also receive information on becoming involved with the Business Law Society. The event's facebook page can be found here:

MCB Congrats!

The MCB congratulates Nicholas Lococo and Seth Breslin on their performance at the Mardi Gras Sports Law Invitational at Tulane Law School in New Orleans, LA.  While the team did not advance to the semifinals, it received positive feedback from judges and represented our school well in the competition.

Football Tickets Remain for Fall Season

There are 6 remaining Football Only tickets for next year's season.  Each law student is entitled to 2 tickets and they are available on a first come, first serve basis.  The price of each ticket is $72.  Email Kristie Wetterer ( if you would like any of the remaining tickets.

SBA Elections - Vote Today

SBA Election Polls are officially open.  Voting began this morning at 8:00 AM and will continue through tomorrow (Thursday, March 29th) at 5:00 PM.  To vote, log onto TWEN and you will be enrolled in a class entitled either "1L Students - SBA Voting", "2L Students - SBA Voting", or "3L/4L Students - SBA Voting".  Click on the link to that class, and then click on the "Customized Polling" link in the menu on the left.  There will then be a link to the ballot.  If you have any questions, please email Kristie Wetterer ( or Katie Bennett (  Thanks for voting and good luck to all of the candidates!


Candidates:  Be sure to turn in your expenditure form by Noon tomorrow (Thursday, March 29th) to Kristie Wetterer - either in person or in her mailbox.  

15th Annual Student Bar Foundation Charity Auction

The annual Student Bar Foundation Charity Auction is this Thursday, March 29th. This year’s Auction will be held in the Bluegrass Room at The Brown Hotel, beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the Silent Auction and 7:00 p.m. with the Live Auction. 


The Student Bar Foundation at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law is the only student-led and student-run organization that provides fellowships for law students who pursue low-paying or unpaid law-related public interest work. Proceeds from our Annual Charity Auction provide fellowships for these students to provide legal services to the poor or indigent, support public education, the judiciary, and citizens’ access to justice.

Past fellowships allowed students to work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, the Department of Public Advocacy, Legal Aid, KY Refugee Ministries, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Kentucky Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, the National Juvenile Justice Network, the Center for Women and Families, and international service-learning programs in Rwanda and Belize. Last year, the Annual Charity Auction raised $12,000 and provided ten fellowships for students to perform public interest work in Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.  

 We look forward to seeing you there!