Student News

DRI Diversity Scholarship Opportunity

Annually, Defense Research Institute (DRI) offers two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each to minority law students from ABA accredited law schools in order to promote the DRI Diversity Statement. Kentucky law school students are especially encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship applicants should be incoming second and third-year African American, Hispanic, Asian or Native American students. Incoming second and third-year female law students are also eligible, regardless of race or ethnicity. Incoming second and third-year law students who also come from backgrounds that would add to the cause of diversity, regardless of race or gender are eligible to apply.

The awarded applicants will best meet the following criteria:

· Demonstrated academic excellence
· Service to the profession
· Service to the community
· Service to the cause of diversity

To apply, please visit the DRI Website.

For more information please download the DRI Scholarship flyer.

The deadline for all applications is April 27, 2012.

Scholarship winners will be notified in advance and will be officially announced at the DRI Diversity for Success Seminar June 7-8, 2012 in Chicago.

Any questions regarding the scholarship should be directed to Megan O’Neill, DRI Marketing Analyst.

Current Attorney Vacancies at the U.S. Department of Justice

See attachment.

Student Life Info Session: Moot Court Board and Competitions

All students are invited to an information session Thursday, Feb. 23, to learn about the Moot Court Board and the opportunity to participate in extramural advocacy and skills competitions.  Brandeis students participate in internal School of Law competitions, in state-wide competitions, in national competitions, and in international competitions.  The Moot Court Board will provide information about how to become a member of the board or a member of one of its extramural advocacy and skills teams.  The session will be at 12:10 p.m. in Room 175. 

Mardi Gras Party - Tomorrow!

The food will be Cajun
The music will flow
Come wearing your beads –
It’s Mardi Gras don’t ya know!

Please join us!  Mosaic Lobby, Tuesday February 21, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Re-Examine Your Study Habits

We are half-way through the spring 2012 semester.  At this juncture, it is important that you take a few moments to seriously evaluate your academic situation so you can prepare to end strong.  Some of you will be able to pat yourselves on the back knowing that you have done, and will continue to do, everything that is necessary to stay on top of your classes and to understand the material.  For others, this is an opportunity to identify bad habits and to correct those habits.  Ask yourself the following questions to assess your likelihood of success, and use these questions as a guide to make positive changes during the second half of the semester:

  1. Have you kept up with the assigned reading in your classes?  Do you get your reading done in advance, or do you scramble on the day of class to finish your reading?
  2. Have you consistently briefed the cases you read in preparation for class? 
  3. Do you always read and take notes on the introductory material in your casebooks, and the notes that may follow the cases?
  4. Do you take good class notes?  Do you listen carefully to the dialog that occurs between your professor and your classmates, or do you find yourself checking your email, or checking your facebook page, or zoning out?  
  5. Do you consistently review your class notes within 24 hours so that you can fill in gaps and organize the material, and note any questions that you might have?
  6. Have you visited each of your professors during office hours at least once this semester to clarify questions you have?
  7. Have you started outlines for each of your courses?  Have you reviewed your outlines regularly throughout the semester?
  8. Have you taken advantage of every opportunity to practice your exam writing and to get feedback to improve your writing?  If you are a first-year law student, have you regulary attended Structured Study Groups; have you completed the recommended Introductory Problems in your Civil Procedure casebook; have you completed the Principal Problems in your Property casebook; have you utilized the Academic Fellow office hours; have you utilized your professor's office hours; have you taken advantage of your professors' offers to review your typewritten answers to certain problems? 
  9. Have you begun the memorization process – learning the rules and elements, learning the steps of analysis, and drilling regularly throughout the semester?
  10. Have you stayed organized this semester?  Do you keep a binder for each class, subdivided with tabs for your case briefs, class notes, handouts, and your class outline? 

If you answered “yes” to these questions, you are on your way to having a successful semester.  If you answered “no” to many of these questions, you need to refocus and make positive changes during the second half of the semester to increase your likelihood of success.

1L Brief Binding Fundraiser for Central Partnership Program

The sign-up sheet for the brief binding fundraiser is now available at the Law Resource Center. 1L students may sign up and get the coverstock for the brief covers for the next two weeks. Briefs will be bound on the following dates and times:

March 2 from 8a-6p

March 3 from 9a-6p

March 4 3p-7p

Total cost is $10.60 to be paid at the time the briefs are bound. All proceeds fund the Central Partnership Program.

Contact Courtney Pawley at with any questions.  

WLC T-Shirt Sales

New Spring shirt orders will be taken in the lobby today from 11:15-1:00.

Gray and black t-shirts (in medium and large) are also available for purchase on a first come first serve basis. 

 Cost: $12 with part of the proceeds going to charity.


T-Shirt sales will continue through Feb. 24. 

Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson to Speak at Graduation

I am pleased that Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson has accepted our invitation to address the class of 2012 at this spring's commencement ceremony. Very truly yours, Jim Chen

Student of the Month Award

The Student Bar Association is proud to announce that the recipient of the Student of the Month Award for January 2012 is Amanda Warford!

Amanda is a published member and the Senior Articles Editor of the University of Louisville Law Review, Volume 50. Throughout her time in law school, she has been a participant in the Street Law Partnership with Central High School, a research assistant for Professor Judith Fischer, and a member of many student organizations. Amanda is a recipient of the Bench & Bar Fund Scholarship, as well as of the Marian Kincaid Warns & Carl Warns, Jr. Scholarship. Last summer, she participated in a panel for the 28th Annual Carl A. Warns, Jr. Labor & Employment Law Institute entitled "Objection! Evidentiary Issues in Employment Litigation." Her legal experience includes working as a legal intern for Thomas M. Jones, an attorney in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, and as a law clerk for Bishop & Associates, P.S.C. She has also worked as a summer associate for Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP. After graduation, Amanda will be clerking for Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. in Owensboro, Kentucky. She will then return to Louisville, where she has accepted a position with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP.


The Student Bar Association congratulates Amanda for her accomplishments and contributions to the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

Mardi Gras Party for Students, Faculty, and Staff on Tuesday!

The food will be Cajun
The music will flow
Come wearing your beads –
It’s Mardi Gras don’t ya know!

Please join us!  Mosaic Lobby, Tuesday February 21, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.