Student News

2nd Annual Kentucky Environmental Law CLE Seminar

The Second Annual Kentucky Environmental Law CLE Seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort.

Registration is FREE for law students this year.
A reception sponsored by the Environment, Energy & Resources Law Section will follow the seminar at the Kentucky Coffeetree Café. The Café is located a short walk from the History Center at 235 West Broadway in downtown Frankfort.
The seminar and reception are a great opportunity for students interested in environmental and natural resources law to learn about important issues and meet practicing attorneys. You may review the seminar agenda and registration form, and if you would like to attend please mark the appropriate box on the registration form.


The brochure is also available, here.

Questions may be directed to Jennifer Cave or Lori Alvey, or you may call 502-564-3795.

Grossman & Moore seeking 2L Sudent to work part-time during Spring semester

Grossman & Moore, a personal injury law firm, is seeking a second-year student to work 12-15 hours a week during the Spring semester.  Student should be in the top 1/3 of their class.  There is the potential for a student to work full-time over the summer.

If interested in applying, send cover letter, resume and writing sample to Ms. Donna Voyles, Grossman & Moore, PLLC, One Riverfront Plaza, 401 W. Main Street, Ste. 1810, Louisville, KY  40202 or e-mail:

Arbitration Moot Court Team

Are you interested in participating in an arbitration competition? The American Bar Association Law Student Division hosts one. The regionals will be held in November. The finals will be held January. More information is available at

If you are interested in competing on the four member team, please fill out the attached form and submit it, a statement of interest (no more than one page, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12, 1” margins) and a copy of your résumé to Professor Levinson ( You may also leave these materials in the marked folder on the Moot Court Board Office door. Please also sign up for an interview time on the sign-up sheet on the Moot Court Board Office door. Be sure to submit your materials and sign up for an interview by Friday, March 23. During your interview, you will be asked to give a closing statement (no longer than 10 minutes) on behalf of the Port Adair Sports Authority from the case file of last year’s competition, which is also attached to this announcement.

If you have any questions, please email Brad Johnson at

Kaplan Bar Review Courses to be Auctioned Off Starting March 19!!!

Starting on Monday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m., bidding will begin on three certificates to be used towards three individual Kaplan Bar Review courses. Certificates available for bids are as follows:

* A Kaplan MBE Final Review Course (Valued at $499 Until April 1)
*A Kaplan MBE Combination Course (Valued at $999 Until April 1)
*A Kaplan Complete Bar Review Certificate (Valued at $1500 Until April 1)

Bid sheets will be outside of the Office of Professional Development Offices in the Student Lobby area starting at 10:00 a.m. on March 19. Bidding will run until 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 22. The winning bidders of each certificate will be announced at 12:30 p.m. on March 22 in the Student Lobby area. Credit cards and checks will be accepted and payment is due by March 29, 2012. Proceeds of the silent auction will go to assist students who will be doing internships at governmental or non-profit agencies during the summer of 2012.

Be sure to mark your calendars for Monday, March 19 to start your bids. Good luck!!

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Think About Your Review Process in Preparation for Finals

Some of you have been studying for exams all semester (and during Spring Break) by staying on top of your course reading, adding to your outlines each week, and conscientiously learning new material while reviewing past material.  This ongoing process is the key to the highest grades because deeper understanding and long-term memory result.

As you study for exams, consider the four kinds of review that you should include in your study plans.  If you incorporate all four types, you are more likely to master your courses and garner better grades.

  1. Intense Learning.  First, you need to learn intensely each topic.  This type of study has deep understanding as its goal.  It may take several study sessions to reach this level of learning for a long topic that was covered over multiple class sessions.  Intense learning may need to include additional reading in study aids or time asking the professor questions in order to clear up all confusion and master the material.  In addition to learning this one part of the course, the student should consider how it relates to the course as a whole. 
  2. Fresh Review.  Second, you should strive to keep fresh everything in the course.  This type of study is focused on reading your outline cover to cover at least once a week.  It makes sure that the law student never gets so far away from a topic that it gets "foggy."  Students forget 80% of what they learn within two weeks if they do not review regularly.  After intensely learning a topic, it would be a shame to forget it.  Constant review reinforces long-term memory and provides for quicker recall when the material is needed.
  3. Memory Drills.  Third, you should spend time on basic memory drills.  This type of study helps a student remember the precise rule, the definition of an element, or the steps of analysis.  For most students, these drills will be done with homemade flashcards.  Some students will write out rules multiple times.  Other students will develop mnemonics.  Still others may have visual reminders.  The grunt work of memory can be tedious.  However, if you do not know the law well, you will not do well on the exam.
  4. Practice Questions.  Fourth, you must complete as many practice questions as possible.  This step has several advantages.  It monitors whether you really understand the law.  It tests whether you can apply the law to new fact scenarios.  It allows you to practice test-taking strategies.  And it monitors whether you need to repeat intense learning on a topic or sub-topic because errors on the questions indicate that it was obviously not learned to the level needed.

Ideally, you should set aside blocks of study time to accomplish each of these reviews every week for every course.  The proportion of time for each course will depend on the amount of material covered, the difficulty of the course, and the type of exam.

Graduation Information - Apparel, Annoucements, Hotel

The University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law 2012 convocation ceremony will be held Saturday, May 12, at 5:00 p.m. at The Brown Theatre (315 W. Broadway).  All May 2012, August 2012, and December 2012 graduates are welcome to participate in the ceremony. August 2011 and December 2011 graduates may also participate. 


If you are planning to attend the School of Law Convocation at the The Brown Theatre, you must order your graduation apparel by midnight, Saturday, March 31, 2012

You must know your school/college, the correct name of your degree and major, and all sizes to fit the robe. Style, colors, and trim are determined by the University of Louisville according to standards for academic apparel. Your tassel color and hood is determined by the degree you will be awarded. 

After submitting your order, you will receive a thank you-confirmation page with your order number. Your confirmation number is your proof of purchase, so please have the number available when picking up your apparel. The Red Barn distribution staff will have a complete list of orders. You must have a valid debit or credit card to order your apparel.

JD - Custom Rental – Tam, Gown, Tassel, and Hood $87.90 + tax


The School of Law has coordinated with the Balfour Company to create a customized law school graduation announcement. The University of Louisville's seal will be gold engraved on the front of the announcement with your name and degree printed inside.  The price list is available on the Balfour web site. You may order your announcements by visiting the Balfour Web site and select Find Your School to see the available graduation announcement packages, or contacting Balfour at 800-BALFOUR (800-225-3687).

Law school graduation announcements are available only through Balfour. They cannot be ordered through the University of Louisville or the Brandeis School of Law.


The law school has made arrangements with the Brown Hotel for hotel rooms during graduation.  The rooms will be $139/night plus tax for deluxe guest rooms from May 11 -  May 13.  Parking is an additional $20 per night.  Please refer to the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law when making reservations.  Be sure to pass this information along to any family or friends you may have visiting from out of town.

Thursday, March 22 Registration Advising Program for 1L Students

The required 1L Registration Advising Program is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, at 12:30 in Room 275.  Professor Les Abramson; Dean Kimberly Ballard; and Dean Susan Duncan will tell you everything you need to know for creating a schedule of courses and registering.  The program begins promptly at 12:30; attendance will be taken.  Students should plan to eat lunch before the program begins.  See you there! 

Congressional Summer Internships for Congressman Geoff Davis, Fourth District of KY

What:  An unpaid internship in one of Congressman Geoff Davis’ District Offices in Kentucky for students who are interested in gaining hands-on experience in a Congressional office learning about issues that are important to Kentucky and the United States. 

When:  Internships are available for the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters.  Internships in the district require a minimum of eight hours per week.

Where:  District offices in Fort Mitchell, Ashland and La Grange.

Why:  The Congressional Internship Program is designed to provide students with a first-hand experience in the inner workings of a Congressional office that cannot be replicated in a classroom environment.  The program will provide eager and motivated students with a solid foundation upon which they can explore their career options.  Academic credit can be applied upon discussion with the Internship Coordinator and respective School Administrator.

How:  The completed application and coordinating materials should be submitted via email at or mailed to The Honorable Geoff Davis, Attn: Congressional Internship Coordinator, 300 Buttermilk Pike, Suite 101, Ft. Mitchell, KY 41017.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Summer Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by April 15th
Fall Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by July 15th
Spring Session – Preference will extended to those who submit applications by November 15th

Application is attached.

Setting Up Your Own Law Practice - Thursday, March 22 at 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Louisville Bar Association

If you are thinking of starting a solo practice, you won't want to miss this opportunity.  Topics covered will begin with the basics from making sure you have the appropriate business structure, to IOLTA rules and referral fees and much in between.  This is a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) at the LBA on Thursday, March 22nd at 11:00 a.m.  The LBA is located downtown at 600 W. Main Street, Suite 110.  Law students may attend at the discounted rate of only $12.00.  If you would like to have lunch, it is an extra $7, but you are welcome to bring your own.  Register today at:



Levinson Receives Corey Rosen Research Fellowship

Congratulations Professor Levinson

Ariana Levinson, assistant professor of law, has been selected to receive the Corey Rosen Research Fellowship from Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. The fellowship will be used for the study of employee ownership, profit sharing, and broad-based stock options in corporations and in society within the United States.

The period of the fellowship is July, 2012 to June, 2013.