Student News

Last Day to 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 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 8pm. Please email VP of Internal Competitions Courtney Pawley at with any questions.

Animal Rights Panel

Are you a pet owner? Do you love anmials? Are you passionate about Animal Rights? Come to today's panel on Animal Rights!

When: Today, September 13th From 12:00-1:00

Where: Room 175

What: VEGAN TACO BAR provided.  

ELPS and Office of Professional Development: Careers in Education Law

You are Invited to Attend a program sponsored by ELPS and the Office of Professional Development:  Careers in Education Law

When: Wednesday Sept 19, 12:00 - 1:00, Room 175

Featuring the General Counsel for the Kentucky Department of Education, the Director of the LRC - Office of Education Accountability, and the General Counsel for the Educational Professional Standards Board.

Pizza Lunch provided.

Congratulations to ELPS's New Officers!

From the Education Law and Policy Society, congratulations to our new officers:

  • Vice President of Service: Hannah Hoover
  • Treasurer: Kathryn Cross
  • Public Relations: Tiffany Donnelly

Public Land & Resources Writing Competition

Sponsor: University of Montana School of Law's Public Land & Resources Law Review and the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

General criteria: The Competition is open to students currently enrolled in law school.  Any relevant article, case comment, note, or essay may be submitted, including writing submitted for academic credit. 

Subject matter: Entries should demonstrate original thought on a question of legal and/or policy significance relating to the symposium topic of the role of public lands and oceans in America's energy future.

Deadline: January 14, 2013

Amount of award: The winning entry will be published in the symposium edition of the Public Land & Resources Law Review in summer of 2013.  The winning submissions will receive a $1,000, $500, and $250 cash prize. 

Submission information: See the information sheet.

Free Massages for Law Students on Fridays

To provide students a little stress relief and relaxation at the end of the week, a massage therapist from Advanced Massage Therapeutics will be offering free, 10- to 15-minute chair massages to law students every Friday this semester from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Washer Lounge.  Fresh Start Fridays is an ongoing series focused on promoting the overall health and wellness of law students.  Look for Yoga to be added in the spring.  Treat yourself this Friday and every Friday as you end your week and re-organize for the following week.

Although no appointment is needed, students may stop by the Washer Lounge to sign-up for a time in advance.  The sign-up sheet is posted on the door. 

Starts this Friday, September 14!

Character and Fitness Updates

Students:  Your law school application asked six questions in the Character and Fitness section.  The directions provide that "[t]hese questions are continuing in nature; if any answer becomes inaccurate or incomplete due to subsequent events, please file a written amendment with the ... Associate Dean for Student Life."

You thus need to file an amendment if anything has changed since you applied to law school.  Please come and see Dean Ballard if you need to file an amendment.  The questions are pasted below; if the answer to any of the questions is "yes," you must explain.    

  1. Have you ever been arrested, charged or cited for any law violation? (Include all felonies, misdemeanors and juvenile offenses, even if the record was later expunged. Parking and minor traffic violations may be excluded, but any alcohol or drug-related offense must be included.)
  2. Have you ever been a plaintiff or defendant in a legal proceeding?
  3. Have you ever been discharged, disciplined or asked to resign from a job?
  4. Have you ever received less than an honorable discharge from the armed forces?
  5. Have you ever been accused of violating an honor code or code of conduct at an academic institution or place of employment?
  6. Have you ever been dismissed, suspended, or otherwise disciplined by any college, graduate school or professional school?

Fall Schedule for Student Life Information Sessions - Study Abroad on Sept 20

Before too long, it will be time to start thinking about how you want to design your schedule for spring 2013 and perhaps summer 2013.  To help you plan, the Student Life Office is sponsoring a series of information sessions this fall designed to provide information regarding several opportunities you have as a law student to enrich your legal education.

The information sessions will cover study abroad opportunities, externships, the Law Clinic, the Entrepreneurship Clinic, and Fulbright, Boren, FLAS, and Critical Language Scholarship opportunities.  Take advantage of these sessions and be prepared for course registration this November.  Mark the dates on your calendar now.  The information sessions that will be offered this fall are posted below.  All programs begin at noon.

  • September 20 – Study Abroad
  • October 9 – Externships
  • October 23 - Law Clinic and Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • October 25 – Fulbright, Boren, FLAS, and other Scholarship Opportunities

The first session is next Thursday.  Come learn about study abroad opportunities available to you as a law student on September 20.  Did you know that you may take up to thirty (30) hours at an ABA-approved program of foreign law study? 

Ms. Virginia Hosono from UofL’s International Center will address logistics.  Dean Ballard will explain the criteria to participate in a study abroad program.  Jacob Sims, President of the International Law Society, will speak about law students’ experiences abroad.  The session will begin at 12:00 p.m. in Room 177.  Pizza will be provided to attendees.

First Brandeis "Brief" Break next Thursday!

You need a break, and we've got one:  The Brandeis "Brief" Break!

Take a few minutes next week on Thursday, September 20, to join us for a brief respite.  Put the books down, come to the Cox Faculty Lounge (second floor, up by the administrative offices).  Grab a cupcake and coffee and some conversation.  It's scheduled for 4:00 - 4:40 p.m. so come when you get out of class at 3:50, 4:00, or 4:25, or come before you go to class at 4:35.

During the first Brandeis "Brief" Break this semester, you can meet and network with several transactional law attorneys who practice in Louisville, in addition to mingling with faculty, staff, and your fellow classmates.  Mark your calendar.

Are You Passionate About Animal Rights?

You don't have to be an Animal Rights attorney to help animals. Animal issues come up in the everyday practice of Law, from Criminal Law to Family Law. On Thursday, September 13th at 12 pm in Room 175, please join Josh Schneider, an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney, and Laurel Doheny, a partner in a firm handling Family Law cases, as they speak about their experiences with animal issues. The panel will be moderated by Rexéna Napier, a 2010 graduate. Lunch will be provided. Bios of the speakers is attached.