Student News

MCB Good Luck!

On Wednesday, March 21, National Trial Team members Thomas Stevens (3L) and Samantha Constantine (2L) will travel to Austin, Texas to represent the Law School in the 37th Annual National Trial Competition hosted by the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Samantha and Thomas earned the invitation to compete at the National Competition after winning the Region 7 competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Samantha and Thomas will compete against law schools from 13 other regions across the country, including Yale Law School, St. John’s University School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Wake Forest University, Washington University, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and Loyola Law School.  Good luck at Nationals!

MCB Congrats!

Congratulations to Brandon K. Johnson and Eric Johnson who represented the University of Louisville this past weekend in the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Patent Law Moot Court Competition in Houston, TX. Although Brandon and Eric did not advance to the next round, they received a lot of positive feedback from the judges.  They were praised for having well-structured arguments, being prepared to answer difficult questions, and also handling adverse facts well, without having to concede main points. Additionally,  Brandon and Eric forced the other team to concede main points of their argument and the judges were impressed with the way the team addressed several points on rebuttal that were brought up by the judges during the other side's argument.  Congratulations again to Brandon and Eric for representing our school so well in Houston.

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! 

Law School Democrats of America

Are you interested in starting a chapter of the Law School Democrats of America, the official law student arm of the Democratic National Committee (DNC)?  Currently, there are over 90 chapters at ABA-accredited law schools throughout the nation.  Having an active Democratic law student presence on your campus is critical so your student body can be informed about the events and programs that the Law School Democrats of America are working on.  A few of those events and programs including:

  • attending the annual Law Democrat Convention;
  • assisting the DNC on certain election research law projects for the Obama re-election campaign;
  • organizing voter protection efforts with the Obama campaign team for the upcoming re-election in November 2012;
  • invitations to closed networking events and campaign meetings with top Democratic attorneys and DNC staffers;
  • participating in our mentoring program with the Obama Lawyers Committee, which pairs a Democratic law student with a prominent Democratic attorney in the law student's desired practice area; and
  • invitations to the DNC Nominating Convention in Charlotte.

The 6th Circuit Chair of the Law School Democrats of America can also help in providing nationally known speakers for student events at the Law School.  If any students are interested in forming a chapter, please contact Jessica Doogan, the 2011-2012 6th Circuit Chair.  Ms. Doogan can provide a start-up kit and on-going support that will give the Democratic student leaders all the resources they need in getting the chapter off the ground.  Ms. Doogan’s contact information is 614-477-9979 <tel:614-477-9979>  or

SBA Elections - Candidacy Interest Meetings Today

SBA Elections for the SBA 2012-2013 will take place the week of March 26, 2012.  Please see the attached document regarding Election Rules and Procedures.  If you would like to run for a position, you must attend a Candidate Interest Meeting during the week of March 19, 2012.  The times for the meetings are in the attached document.  The following positions will be elected during the election: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Chair, Career Services Chair, Public Service Chair, Public Relations Chair, American Bar Association Law School Division Representative, Fundraising Chair, Technology Chair, two (2) University of Louisville Student Government Association Senators, two (2) Third Year Class Representatives, and two (2) Second Year Class Representatives.  Honor Council Elections are also included in the SBA Elections and the following positions will be elected: Five (5) Third Year Students and three (3) Second Year Students - the two (2) Third Year Students and the one (1) Second Year Representative with the least number of votes are elected as Alternates on the Honor Council.  Please see the attached document for further details on the election.

Financial Guidance Program Today

The Financial Guidance Program is today (Tuesday March 20th) from 12:00-1:00pm in Room 275.  Representatives from the UofL Financial Aid Office, Republic Bank, Northwestern Mutual, and McCauley, Nicolas & Company will be there to discuss loan repayment and financial planning while you are in law school and after graduation.  Jimmy Johns will be served!

Please RSVP for Honors Reception (you know who you are ...)

Thanks to the many of you who have RSVPed concerning the Honors Reception.  For those who have not yet responded, please let Becky Wenning ( know whether you are coming (and the name of any quests) at your earliest convenience ... but no later than this Wednesday, March 21st.  We need to know who is attending for a number of reasons. One of the more important reasons is that in order to save time, we do not read the names of those who are not in attendance.

If you do not RSVP by the 21st, we'll assume you are not coming ... and your name will not be read aloud at the program.

Thanks in advance!

Bidding Has Begun for Kaplan Bar Review Courses!!

On Monday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m., bidding began 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. 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.

Place your bids TODAY!  Good luck!!

U.S. News Best Law School Rankings Top 100



University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law moves up in the rankings; From 99 to 89 in the Top 100 Law Schools Rankings according to U.S. News & World Report.




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.