Student News

Attention May Graduates: Hooding Professors/Staff

The SBA has received several emails from students who would like staff (in addition to professors) to be eligible to hood students at graduation. As such, we are starting the poll over again on TWEN. If you have already voted, please vote again. If you have not voted, you're getting a second chance. You can vote for 3 professors. The first round of voting will end at noon on Wednesday. Go to TWEN and add the course "Hooding Professors Poll" and then click on "Customized Polling" to vote. Please email Katie Bennett ( if you have any questions or problems with the poll. 

Reminder: Exam4 for Spring '12 now available; practice test deadline Friday, 4/13

This is a reminder that Exam4 for Spring 2012 final exams is now available, and that the practice test deadline is 11:59 PM EDT, Friday, April 13, 2012. Students wishing to use their computers for finals must complete and submit a practice test using the newest version of Exam4 (all previous versions have expired) by the deadline.

To submit any Exam4 exam, practice or otherwise, you must be on campus and connected to ulsecure. If you've already submitted a practice test and want to see if it was received, check the Exam Tracker 4000. If your practice test is not listed under "S12 Practice exam," it was either not received at all or is wrong, most likely because you did not identify yourself with your ULink user name.

For more information, click here.

Student Bar Foundation Fellowship Applications Now Available!

Applications for the Student Bar Foundation Fellowships are now available below and at the Student Bar Foundation student organization website,, and are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 16, 2012.

The Student Bar Foundation is the charitable giving arm of the Student Bar Association at the Brandeis School of Law. This student-run organization helps raise and distribute funds for student fellowships or travel stipends for law-related public service work with a focus on:

  • Delivery of legal services to the poor and indigent
  • Law related public education
  • Improvement of the judiciary, the legal profession, and citizen access to the justice system

To qualify for a Student Bar Foundation fellowship, a student must have secured a position or developed a project, in which they will engage for at least 10 weeks and for no fewer than 35 hours per week. As the fellowship application indicates, the project must also satisfy the mission of the Student Bar Foundation. Three copies of the completed application packets are due by 5:00 p.m. on April 16, 2012, to the student mailbox of Sarah Clay, addressed to the Student Bar Foundation. Please see the application document for additional information on the fellowship qualifications and requirements

Brandeis Inn of Court - Student Nominations

Student Nominations for the Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court are now being accepted.

The Inn's purose is to promote professional skills and values, with a special emphasis upon ethical and responsible advocacy in state and federal courts.  Each Inn consists of distinguished members of the bench and bar, as well as a limited number of carefully selected students.

If you would like Dean Chen to nominate you for student membership in the Louis D. Brandeis American Inn of Court during the 2012-2013 academic year, please send an email to Ms. Wimberg ( by Friday, April 13.  Selection is based upon your demonstrated interest in advocacy and your student leadership or academic record.  

The Brandeis Inn hosts an orientation reception for new members.  Thereafter, the Inn will meet six times during the academic year on Tuesday evenings.  At each meeting, members of the Inn will participate in an educational program and enjoy a meal together.   Information regarding meeting dates for the 2012/2013 academic year will be circulated to nominees.

Who is Teaching Law Practice Management?

Stuart Adams teaches Law Practice Management. He served as legal counsel for public sector economic development agencies and has been in private practice for over 35 years, assisting entrepreneurs on business start-ups and business management issues. He is a founding equity member and served on the executive committee of a multi-disciplinary technology and business management consulting company, as president of the Entrepreneur Society, co-founder of the Bluegrass Inventors Guild, board of directors of The Venture Club of Louisville, and boards of several technology groups. He volunteers as a certified Mentor for SCORE, a United States Small Business Administration resource partner.

SBA Vacant Positions

There are a few vacant positions on the SBA for the 2012-2013 school year.  The following positions are vacant:

- Technology Chair

- 2 Student Government Association Representatives

- 1 3L Representative

- 3 3L Honor Council positions (1 elected, 2 alternates)

If you are interested in filling any of these positions, please email Jacob Giesecke ( by Friday, April 13th at 5:00pm.  If interested, you will be required to attend the SBA meeting on Tuesday, April 17th at 9:00pm in Room 175.  You will be given an opportunity to speak to the SBA for 3-5 minutes about your qualifications for the positions and why you would like the position.  If you have any questions, please email Jacob Giesecke at the above email address.  

Moot Court Client Counselling Victory

Braindeis School of Law and the Moot Court Board would like to congratulate this year’s members of the Client Counseling Teams—Sarah Potter, Brittany McKenna, Matthew Kinney, and Kevin Pride—for their stellar performance at the regional competition held at NKU Chase School of Law. Matthew Kinney and Kevin Pride advanced to the semi-finals with a number 1 seed, but as luck would have it, lost in a head-to-head round to Sarah Potter and Brittany McKenna, who advanced to the finals. Despite a controversial final round, Potter and McKenna emerged as the Region 6 champions. Good luck to Sarah and Brittany as they head to Durham, North Carolina for the National Finals on March 16-17.

University Budget Forum with President Ramsey

A University budget forum is scheduled for Thursday, April 19th, at 1:00 p.m.  All students are encouraged to join President James R. Ramsey in a discussion about the University of Louisville budget. Your questions and feedback are welcomed. The "Budget Forum with President Ramsey" will be held in the Student Activities Center’s Floyd Theater.

Student of the Month: Greg Mayes

Congratulations to Greg Mayes for being named Student of the Month by the SBA for the month of February.  Greg has served as an Academic Fellow and is also a Brandeis Scholar.  He is the current Notes Editor for the Journal of Law and Education and participated in the mentoring program with Central High School.  Greg is currenlly empled as a law clerk with LG&E and KU Energy.  Congrats, Greg!

DART Career Fair Thursday Night

Careers in Community Organizing for Social Justice Available to UofL students and alums!

The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center will be on the UofL campus on Thursday, April 5 at 6pm in Career Development Center (Houchens Bldg, Lower Level) to discuss careers in the field of community organizing with students interested in empowering their communities and working for social change.

Please RSVP by contacting Hannah Wittmer at or calling 785.506.8915 with your name, phone #, email address and year in school.

DART is now accepting applications for the 2012 DART Organizers Institute, the paid, four-month field school for people interested in launching a career in community organizing. Participants will undergo a combined classroom and field training covering such topics as:


* Entering a community

* Identifying and training local leaders

* Strategic planning and issue cutting

* Relationship and community building

* Direct Action on community issues

* Fundraising


The DART Center has built coalitions throughout the country that have won important victories on a broad set of justice issues including:


* Education reform in low-performing public schools

* Job Training

* Drugs and Violence

* Criminal Recidivism

* Living Wage

* Neighborhood Revitalization

* Predatory Lending

* Affordable Housing, etc.


The DART Organizers Institute combines a classroom orientation with on the ground infield training at a local grassroots organization and in-field training site.  Organizers are provided with a cost of living stipend and travel. After successful completion of the program, DART will place graduates into permanent full-time salaried positions earning $32,500/year + benefits.


The DART Organizers Institute will begin July 9, 2012.  Training locations and permanent placements sites include cities in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia and Florida.


To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to visit or contact Hannah Wittmer at or (785) 506-8915.