Student News

Important Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition Announcement!

If you are a 2L or 3L interested in oral advocacy, the Moot Court Board encourages you to sign up for the Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy competition. The competition will be held at the Hall of Justice on October 13 and the final rounds will be held in the Allen Courtroom on October 20. This competition is in its 41st year at the Brandeis School of Law and past champions include Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson and Judge Ann Bailey Smith. The winner will receive $1000, runner-up will receive $500, and third and fourth place finishers will receive $250 each. This competition does not require competitors to write a brief OR perform any outside research. All materials will be provided to competitors. The sign-up sheet is posted on the Moot Court Board office door until Sept. 13 at noon. Please email VP of Internal Competitions Courtney Pawley at with any questions.

School of Law Alumni Phone-A-Thon

The SBA is seeking volunteers for the upcoming University-wide Phone-a-thon. During the week of September 17, the Phone-a-thon will be exclusively contacting law school alumni for the annual giving campaign. Alumni giving supports our law school in numerous ways and is an integral part of our law school's success and academic reputation. This is a great way to network and let alumni know we appreciate their support!


Volunteers are needed for the following nights and times.  There will be a required 30-minute training session prior to making calls in order to familiarize volunteers with the phone software and calling script. Calling times are flexible so if you are not able to commit to the whole time period please don't let that discourage you from helping out. Any of your time that you can give is appreciated! Please contact Jessica Williamson ( for more information or to sign up.


Phone-a-thon Times (September 17 - 23)


Monday:                     5:45 - 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday:                    5:45 - 9:30 p.m.

Wednesday:              5:45 - 9:30 p.m.

Thursday:                   5:45 - 9:30 p.m.

Friday:                        1:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Sunday:                      4:45 - 8:30 p.m.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to JonVieve Hill, the winner of a prize pack including a $10 Starbucks gift card, a UofL Law orientation t-shirt, and a red insulated UofL Law School lunch bag.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (Sept 7) before 4:00 p.m. to claim your prizes.

The daily prize drawings are now finished.  But, now and then, just to make sure you keep checking the Docket, we'll draw for a prize recipient and post it in the Docket.  So keep reading -- for prize notices now and then and for other important daily news!

1L Oath

The 1L signed School of Law Oath has been framed and hung.  Check it out -- it's right outside Dean Ballard's office.  Photo

Negotiation Competition - Expressions of Interest Due Today (Sept 7)!

Students who are interested in participating in the ABA Law Student Division 2012-13 Negotiation Competition are invited to submit their expression of interest and availability to BOTH Professors Arnold and Gleason at and   

Your message should include: a) why you are interested in the Negotation Competition Team; b) any experience you have had with negotiations (including any past or current classes or other experience); c) your time availability for practices in the evenings and on weekends during September, October, and early November; d) your cell phone number and your email addresses.  You may attach a resume if you would like, but it's not necessary. 

The deadline for expressions of interest is Noon on Friday, September 7.  We will take 2 teams to the Region 6 competition in Lansing, Michigan on November 10 and 11.  The selected participants must be available to travel to Lansing November 9-12, be available for practices (2-3 hours each) at least twice per week from October 1 to November 9, and be ABA Law Student Division members in good standing no later than October 1.  If we receive more expressions of interest than the 4 spots available on the teams, we will give preference to students with negotiation experience, as this competition develops and requires advanced negotiation skills. 

If you have questions about what participation in the competition is like, you might want to contact 3Ls Jill Smith and Carli Clowers, who competed last year.  Thank you for your interest!

SBA Announces the 2012 T-Shirt Design Contest


Do you have an idea for the next Brandeis School of Law T-shirt design? The Student Bar Association is sponsoring a contest in which students may submit a law school related design. The design will be screened onto shirts and made available for sale to the entire law school. The designs will be compiled by the SBA, and students will vote for their favorite design. The winning design will be put into production and available for purchase through the Student Bar Association. The SBA is encouraging anyone in the law school community to submit a design. The contest rules and details will be released next week, and submissions will be due on or before Tuesday September 18th.


Congratulations to KBA Writing Competition Winner Leah Rupp Smith

Leah Rupp Smith, Brandeis School of Law 3L, recently won the Kentucky Bar Association Writing Competition with her submission titled "Standing Your Ground: The Happy Medium Buried in Kentucky's Common Law." Her submission focused on Kentucky's Stand Your Ground statutes enacted in 2006 as compared to the similar law in Florida, which recently has been in the national spotlight following the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Kentucky common law, later codified in the state's pre-2006 Penal Code, already provided that a "Kentuckian never runs." Gibson v. Commonwealth, 34 S.W.2d 936 (Ky. 1931). The analysis centers on whether this standard strikes a more appropriate balance between requiring a defendant using self-defense to prove he or she had no means of safe retreat (the Model Penal Code approach) and providing presumptions in the law favoring a defendant using self-defense (Kentucky's--and Florida's--current approach in the Stand Your Ground statutes).

Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Tryout Information

Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up now for the Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Competition, held November 9-11 in Highland Heights, KY. The team’s coach is Thomas Stevens, a recent graduate and former Pirtle-Washer Champion and Heend Sheth, a domestic violence prosecutor in the County Attorney's Office.

To sign up, put your name on the sign-up sheet on the Moot Court Board Office door, room 183 by Monday, September 17. 

For the tryout, prepare a two to three minute opening statement for either side, based on the fact pattern that will be emailed to you after signing up on the Moot Court Board Office door.

We will be taking two teams of four people each. Direct any questions to Annie Nutter at or Kristen Birkhold at

Legal Profession Curriculum - Mandatory 3L Program on Candor

Attention students graduating in December 2012, May 2013, or August 2013:
On Tuesday, November 13, at 12:15 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, including Ms. Elizabeth Feamster, Director and General Counsel, Ms. Mary Riddell, Deputy Director, Mr. Eric Ison, Chair of the Board of Bar Examiners, and Mr. Grant Helman, Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take the bar. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5). 

The program will also include information about application deadlines to sit for the Kentucky Bar Exam, the application process, and the format of the exam.  The program will conclude by 1:30 p.m.

Your attendance at the November 13 program is a requirement for graduation.  Please mark your calendar now.  If you anticipate a work conflict, please make arrangements now to ensure your attendance at the mandatory program.

Fall Hiring Season - Weber & Rose seeking Law Clerk

Weber & Rose is seeking a 2L or 3L law clerk to work during the academic year and summer.  If you are interested in applying, go to and click on Jobs & Resume Collection.