Student News

National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition Tryouts

Any interested 2L or 3L may submit materials for consideration to participate in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, held February 21-23, 2013 at Pace University in White Plains, NY. The team is coached by Professor FitzGerald and Attorney Randy Strobo.


To be considered for this year's team, please send an email to Caitlin Baird at containing the following items in pdf format:

1. Writing Sample (brief, memo, etc.)

2. Statement of Interest (1 page maximum)


The deadline for submission is Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm. The coaches will review the sumbissions and notify the students selected on Saturday, October 13, 2012.


Only one team of two or three members is allowed in the competition from each school.


Direct any questions to Caitlin Baird at

Immigration Moot Court Board Team Now Accepting Applications

The Moot Court Board is now accepting applications for the Immigration Moot Court Competition which will be held this coming spring. Interested applicants must submit a Statement of Interest, a Writing Sample, and a Resume. Applicants may place their materials in a folder outside the Moot Court Office's door. Applications are due by October 11, 2012. For any questions regarding the application process, please contact Joshua F. Waldrop at

University of Louisville Law School Picnic This Weekend - FOOD SPONSORED BY BARBRI

Come have fun and reconnect with friends, faculty, staff and students at UofL's 1st Annual Fall Picnic (sponsored by the SBA). Grilled burgers, hot dogs, vegetarian options, and drinks are provided. There will be cornhole, horse shoes, and croquet. Please bring all your friends and family members! The food for this event was kindly donated by Barbri.


When:     Saturday, October 6, 2012

Time:      12:00 - 4:00

Where:    Grawemeyer Park, Belknap Campus (across the oval from the Law School)

Rain Location: Law School Interior 

Parking:   South Oval Parking Lot (Next to the Natural Sciences Building)

Cost:       Suggestion Donations $10 Adults; $5 Children and Students


Any questions? Please contact  Erica Wood or Jacob Giesecke.

Arizona v. The United States: What Happened and What Difference Will it Make?

We all know that the Supreme Court ruled on Arizona's controversial immigration law SB 1070 this June, but what did the opinion really mean? 

Join ACS and Brandeis School of Law's Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes, a nationally recognized scholar in immigration law, to discuss the Supreme Court's ruling and to make sense of what it all means. Speaking points will include:

  • How does the ruling fit the Court's jurisprudence regarding the role of states and municipalities enforcing federal immigration law? 
  • Was the Court's finding three of the four provisions pre-empted while leaving the most controversial provision intact a victory or a loss for immigrants' rights?
  • How will the Court's decision effect future as-applied challenges to the law?

Thursday, October 4, 12:00, Room 175. Free Qdoba!

Attention RSOs: New Printing Requirements for all UofL schools and departments regarding promotional item printing

Please be aware that if you are coordinating the printing of any merchandise or promotional items (things like mugs, cups, t-shirts, calendars, window stickers, hats or keychains) the printer you select must be UofL IT Print Services or an approved vendor for the university. A list of approved, licensed vendors is attached.

The athletics department owns and manages all UofL branding and is tightly regulating who may print UofL-branded materials (so that they don't abuse our logos, create bootleg stuff, etc). The only downside is that your vendor of choice must be on their list. A 'short list' of approved companies here in town is attached. A longer list is available that I will share when I receive it from Athletics.

Diversity Forum Photo Gallery

Pictured from left: Susan Duncan, Law School Dean; Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Louisville Metro Department of Health Director and Chair of the Violence Reduction Task Force; Ben Richmond, President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League; Judge Brian Edwards, Jefferson Circuit Court, Division 11; Christopher 2X, local community activist; and Charles Booker, 2011 Brandeis School of Law graduate and legislative aide to Councilman David Tandy.

Click on the image above to view more photos from the Diversity Forum Series, "The Mayor's Violence Reduction Task Force", on October 2, 2012. Part two of this series will be presented on November 20.

Student Life Information Session - Externship Opportunities

All upper-division students are invited to an information session Tuesday, October 9, at noon, to learn about externship opportunities this spring.  Each academic year, several opportunities exist for skills-based externship experiences.  By participating in an externship, you can satisfy the professional skills graduation requirement, earn academic credit, and gain invaluable work experience that will set you apart from your fellow classmates. 

If you are thinking about participating in an externship, please join us on Tuesday to hear from faculty supervisors, Professors Blackburn and Jordan, and students.  The information session will be at noon in Room 175.  This is your opportunity to get answers to your questions before the November registration period.

Information will be provided relating to the following externships: Tax, Judicial, Legal Aid, and the Jefferson County offices of the Commonwealth Attorney, the Public Defender, and the County Attorney

Pizza will be provided to attendees. (*Note:  Information regarding the Immigration Externship, the Law Clinic, and the Entrepreneurship Clinic will be provided at the October 23 Information Session.)

Professor Mark Rothstein Featured on NPR's "Morning Edition"

Mark Rothstein, Brandeis School of Law Professor and Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine, participated in a discussion of low-cost human genome sequencing on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. The discussion centered around ethical dilemmas that may come up if low-cost genetic tests are made available.

Americans Who Tell the Truth :: Visions of Justice and Compassion

The Muhammad Ali Center, in downtown Louisville, is featuring a new exhibit, Americans Who Tell the Truth, from September 1- November 11, 2012. This exhibit, created by artist Robert Shetterly, is dedicated to the belief that a profound sense of citizenship is the best defense of our social, economic, and environmental rights. Portraits and quotes of 40 exemplary American citizens, including Louis Brandeis, are meant to encourage viewers to act peacefully for the common good of their communities and the world.

The artist unveiled his Brandeis portrait at Brandeis School of Law in 2009.

A Reminder About Reserving Rooms

Students:  If you are planning an event or a meeting at the Law School and need to reserve a room or space (including the Mosaic Lobby), please submit a request in advance using the Room Reservation Form online at  Note - You must be logged into the law school Web site to access the room reservation form!

Before submitting a request for a room, please check to make sure the room you are requesting is available.  Look at the Law School’s event calendar ( to see what other events are scheduled AND review the Law School’s room calendar (the link is right below the event calendar) to confirm there are no class conflicts or other programs scheduled in the same room.   

If you have questions or need help, please stop by Dean Ballard's office in Room 216.