Student News

National Moot Court Team Selected

Congratulations to Samantha Constantine, Paige Hamby, Drew Eckman, & Chad Hardin, who have been selected as the Brandeis team to compete in this year's National Moot Court Competition! Please wish these students the best of luck as they prepare to represent our school in Richmond this November. Thank you to all of the outstanding applicants who took part in the try-outs.

Writing Competition Announcements

30th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition sponsored by the Planning & Law Division of the American Planning Association.

The deadline for submission of entries is June 7, 2013. The Competition is open to law students and graduate planning students writing on a question of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law or environmental law.

The winning entry will be awarded a prize of $2,500 and will be submitted for publication in The Urban Lawyer, the law journal of the American Bar Association's Section of State & Local Government Law.  In addition to the first prize, the Competition will offer a second place prize of $500 and a third prize of $250.  Up to two additional submissions may be awarded Honorable Mention.  For more information visit, http://www.law.asu.edu/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=epuHJYqwa-4%3D&tabid=937.

Is Homicide Ever Justified or Murder at the Opera Essay Contest sponsored by Kentucky Opera and Daniels Associates, Attorneys at Law.  The law student division winner will receive a $500 prize to be awarded on stage during the pre-curtain speech at the September 28 performance of TOSCA.  Deadline for submission:  5:00 p.m. on September 17.  To review the facts of the case for the essay, please read the essay contest rules.  Copies are also availabe outside Dean Ballard's office (Room 216).

Please visit the Student Life page for a list of other external writing competitions open to law students, at http://www.law.louisville.edu/node/7044.

Negotiation Competition in Michigan - Expressions of Interest Due 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 tony.arnold@louisville.edu and MaryJoGleason@kycourts.net.  It is very important that you send an email message to both Professors Arnold and Gleason, who are the co-coaches of the teams. 

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!

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN IMMIGRATION LAW?

On Thursday, September 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in a room TBA, local immigration attorney and alum, Becca O'Neill, will hold a training here at the law school to train students to go on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail to conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to detainees. Detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. The next visit will be on Friday, September 21. Trained students will conduct individual in-take interviews of each detainee. Students whose schedules do not allow them to visit the jail on Fridays can still take the training. All students are welcome. Once you have been trained you can attend a Friday visit when you are available. Attached are some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail along with a more detailed description of the project. More stories can also be found at: http://www.immigrantjustice.org/tags/these-lives-matter.

Each month, the trainings will be conducted the third Thursday of the month, with jail visits on the third Friday of the month after the training. Students interested in attending the training on September 20, should email Becca O'Neill directly by MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10. Her email is boneill@oneillimmigrationlaw.com.  Additionally, please let Ms. O'Neill know in your e-mail whether you plan to attend the Friday visit after the training. A list of students must be submitted to the jail ten days before the visit. Also, please let Ms. O'Neill know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.

If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit on September 21, please e-mail Becca O'Neill by MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, so she can add your name to the list.

Students will receive public service credit for the training and site visits. Students will also be able to count their travel time to and from the Boone County Jail. Interested students should see Jina Scinta to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit. You can also e-mail her at jina.scinta@louisville.edu.

U.S. Internal Revenue Service - Office of Chief Counsel

Second- and third-year students,

The IRS Office of Chief Counsel is collecting information through Symplicity.  There are openings in the summer legal program and the honors program. 

If you are interested in applying, select Fall 2012 - Session 2.  The deadline to apply is Friday, September 14th.

Sign-Up for the Pirtle Washer Oral Advocacy Competition

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 it's 41st year at the Brandeis School of Law and past champions include Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson and Judge Ann Bailey Smith. Winners are rewarded with a $1000 prize, second place will receive $500, and third and fourth places will receive $250 each. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the Moot Court Board office door from Sept. 4-Sept. 13 at noon. An interest session will be held on Sept. 11 at 12:30 in room 177 or you can email VP of Internal Competitions Courtney Pawley at crpawl01@louisville.edu with any questions.

Session 1 On Campus Interview Signups

Session 1 On Campus Interview employers have made their selections.  To see if you were selected, log in to Symplicity, click "OCI" and select "Session 1".  Under "Invitations", if it says "Accept Preselect", click on that and you will be able to sign up for an interview time.  If you have questions, please contact Debra Reh. 

Fall 2012 Hiring Season

The Fall 2012 Hiring Season is close at hand.  Prepare by brushing up on Interview skills and practicing responses.  Research the firm/organization and be ready to ask questions when given the opportunity.  Anticipate tough questions and have answers for them.  If interested in setting up a mock interview, contact Dean Urbach or Debra Reh.

Examples of commonly asked interview questions (on the Professional Development website)

General
• Why haven't you gained any legal experience if you are interested in practicing law?
• What qualities do you possess which lead you to believe you will make a good lawyer?
• What Supreme Court decision during the last year seems to you the most significant?
• What do you consider to be your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?

Large and Medium-Sized Firms
• What in particular about our firm interests you?
• Are there any other reasons that led you to choose us?
• Which of your experiences might help you to fit with our firm?
• Do you think you have the qualities that would enable you to become a partner?

Small Offices
• Do you have any ties to this community?
• Do you consider yourself an easy person to get along with? Explain.
• How much responsibility will you be prepared to assume right from the start? Explain.

Government Employers
• Why are you interested in this government agency?
• What experience have you had which you think might equip you for this job?
• Do you have a career plan?
• What training have you had in administrative law?

Legal Services and Public Interest Groups
• How committed are you to working with this population?
• What do you see as the rewards of working in this area of the law?
• What are your plans for your legal career?

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Christine Shannon, the winner of a UofL Law orientation t-shirt and UofL Law insulated lunch bag.  Stop by Dean Ballard's office today (Sept 4) by 4:00 p.m. to claim your prizes. 

Satisfying the Writing Requirement through a Seminar - Session Today

At noon today (Tuesday, Sept 4), Professor Kurt Metzmeier will present a not-to-be-missed session geared toward upper-division students that aims to demystify the writing requirement as well as provide practical information on some of the best sources for generating ideas for topics, ways to organize your research paper, and common pitfalls to avoid. The session will be held in Room LL75 from 12:00-12:50.

You can definitely get a head start on your seminar paper and lower your stress level by attending this informative program.