Student News

Public Service Opportunity with the Council on Developmental Disabilities

The Council on Developmental Disabilities is in need of a student to do legal research & analysis to promote the establishment of an Adult Abuse Registry that would mirror the Child Abuse Registry. This Registry would house the names of individuals that have substantiated administrative records (via Cabinet for Health Services/CPS) of abuse, neglect or exploitation of an adult with a disability. The legislation (which passed the House & failed in the Senate) would prohibit employment of said individuals for the purposes of delivering direct care to an adult with a disability in many settings (nursing homes, group homes, adult day programs, etc.). Currently, they are advocating for an Executive Order to establish a VOLUNTARY program.

The records of substantiated abuse would be held in a database which employers could (on a voluntary basis) check before hiring a prospective employee. There have been lots of Due Process questions and concerns. At the crux, these Due Process issues need to be explored and explained in the context of the Registry. A strategic plan, based on the legal justifications discovered, will be developed to convince the Executive Branch that an Executive Order would not violate Due Process rights.

If this is a project that would be of interest to you, please contact Jina Scinta at The first student to contact me will be signed up.

Law School Mentoring Options

On Friday, August 24 from 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in Room 175, the Office of Professional Development will be hosting an information session on mentoring options. The panel will consist of representatives from BLSA and the Women's Law Caucus. A representative from the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity will discuss their Individual Mentoring Program. Dean Urbach will also be discussing the Jet Mentoring program. All students are invited. We hope to see you there.

Mandatory Student Organizations Meeting on Thursday

The annual mandatory meeting for all law school student organizations, including law journals,  will be held this Thursday, August 23, in Room 175, from noon to 1:00.  We will go over policies and procedures. Each student group must send at least one officer to the meeting. The representatives are responsible for communicating information discussed at the meeting with other members of the group.  Lunch will be provided.  Questions?  Contact Dean Ballard at

Office of Professional Development

Welcome & Welcome Back!

The Office of Professional Development extends a warm welcome to all returning students and entering first-year students!  We did a lot of exciting work over the summer including meeting with prospective employers to discuss opportunities for U of L law students, simplifying the procedures for meeting your Public Service Requirement, and re-vamping our web-site. 

If you are a returning student, please stop by and tell us what YOU did over the summer.  If you are new, please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself.  We’re looking forward to working with you all during the upcoming year!

Four Tips for Returning Students

With the beginning of the new school year on the horizon, here are a few things returning students can do now to prepare for the job search in the coming year:

1.  Update your resume with your most recent summer experience.  Do this now while your duties and accomplishments are still fresh in your mind.

2.  If you would like to use some of the work you’ve produced as a writing sample, obtain your employer’s permission. 

3.  Ask your supervisor if he or she will serve as a reference for future employers.

4.  Activate your Symplicity account if you have not done so already. Please go to: and enter your Student ID (Username) and Password. If you don’t have a Password, click on “Forgot Password”.  To change your password, click on the Password/Preferences tab in the Profile menu and enter the password you received.  "Bidding" (uploading documents) for Session 1 of the on campus interview portion of the Fall Hiring Season is now open and ends on Sunday, August 26th.

OPD Fellows

Drum roll please.  Introducing the Office of Professional Development Fellows.  They are Andrew Beckman, Jimmie Guilfoyle, Paige Hamby, Jamie Jackson and Eddie O’Brien.  These five students are your liaisons to our office.  If you want to discuss career ideas with them or ask questions, contact one or all of them.  Stay tuned for more information.

SBA Fall Store Hours

Your Student Bar Association is pleased to announce the fall hours of the SBA Store. The store will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM, beginning on August 28 until finals season. Inquiries should be directed to Erica Wood.

SBA Decedent's Ball Ticket Raffle EXTENDED!

This week, Erica Wood will continue selling raffle tickets for Decedent's Ball Tickets. Erica will be set up in the Mosiac Lobby from 1:00 PM - 2:00PM on Tuesday and Thursday of this week (August 21 and 23). If you have questions, please feel free to contact Erica Wood via email.

SBA Announces 2012-2013 Meeting Schedule

The Student Bar Association is pleased to announce the 2012-2013 academic year meeting schedule. The schedule is available for download either attached here or on the Events and Current News page for the Student Bar Association.

Room Changes for Fall 2012

Please make note of the following room changes:


Professor Milligan - Jurisprudence  will now meet in LL71        

Professor Milligan - Criminal Law  Section 1  will now meet in 175

Professor Powell - Prof. Responsibility will now meet in LL75

Professor Powell - Constitutional Law will now meet in LL75

Professor Fischer - BLS Section 21 will now meet in LL71

Professor Abramson - Civil Procedure will now meet in 275

Professor Weaver - Criminal Procedure: Constitutional Issues will now meet in 275


Trademark Law Enrollment Opportunity

Were you interested in taking Trademark Law in the Fall, but could not enroll because you had not taken the prerequisite course in Intellectual Property Law?  Professor Lars Smith is willing to consider waiving the IP prerequisite for students wanting to take Trademark Law this semester. 

Trademark Law is a three hour course which meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:00 in Room LL71.  For more information about the course, see Professor Smith.  If you have difficulty registering for the course, please see Ms. Thompson in the Student Records Office.  If you have any other questions, please see Deans Ballard or Hall.

Honoring Owsley Brown Frazier

The Brandeis School of Law joins others at the University of Louisville and in our city in remembering with sadness Owsley Brown Frazier.  Mr. Frazier was a 1960 graduate of our law school, and in 2002 he was honored as the Brandeis School of Law Alumni Fellow.  This honor is bestowed by the faculty each year recognizing contributions to the school, the profession, and the community.  He had retired from the vice chairmanship of Brown-Forman Corp. in 2000 but remained connected to the company.   He was a life member of the UofL Board of Overseers and involved in many other ways with the university.  He had been recognized many times for his philanthrophy and community involvement.
When he was presented with the Alumni Fellow award, it was noted that he was an example of how an individual can use a legal background in another field such as business and how that reflected our interdisciplinary philosophy of legal education.  In accepting the award, he visited the law school and spoke with groups of students and faculty and shared his perspectives.
We are grateful for his generosity and his example.  He will be missed by everyone, and certainly within the law school community.