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Animal Rights Law Information Session - Thursday, Sept. 13, Noon - room 175

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.   (See attached bios of speakers.)

One Week Left to Sign-Up for Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trail Team!

Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up now for the Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Competition, held November 9-11 in Highland Heights, KY. The team’s coach is Thomas Stevens, a recent graduate and former Pirtle-Washer Champion and Heend Sheth, a domestic violence prosecutor in the County Attorney's Office.

To sign up, put your name on the sign-up sheet on the Moot Court Board Office door, room 183 by Monday, September 17. 

For the tryout, prepare a two to three minute opening statement for either side, based on the fact pattern that will be emailed to you after signing up on the Moot Court Board Office door.

We will be taking two teams of four people each. Direct any questions to Annie Nutter at or Kristen Birkhold at

Education Law and Policy Society Interest Meeting - Wednesday Sept 12

Education Law and Policy Society Interest Meeting

Wednesday Sept 12

12:35 - 12:55 in Room LL80

Elections will be held for the following positions: VP of Service/Philanthropy, Treasurer, and Public Relations.  If you are interested in a position, please email Cassie Restrepo (  Baked Goods will be served!

First Brandeis "Brief" Break on Sept 20!

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 for this great opportunity.

Legal Profession Curriculum - Mandatory 3L Program on Candor

Attention students graduating in December 2012, May 2013, or August 2013:
On Tuesday, November 13, at 12:15 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, including Ms. Elizabeth Feamster, Director and General Counsel, Ms. Mary Riddell, Deputy Director, Mr. Eric Ison, Chair of the Board of Bar Examiners, and Mr. Grant Helman, Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take the bar. 

ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5). 

The program will also include information about application deadlines to sit for the Kentucky Bar Exam, the application process, and the format of the exam.  The program will conclude by 1:30 p.m.

Your attendance at the November 13 program is a requirement for graduation.  Please mark your calendar now.  If you anticipate a work conflict, please make arrangements now to ensure your attendance at the mandatory program.

Introducing GPS for Law Students

Introducing GPS for Law Students

Many of you may feel lost or are not sure where your final destination will be.  The Office of Professional Development is here to guide you and get you headed in the right direction.  You may be asking yourself, “What tool do I need to achieve this?”    Never fear; with GPS, you can chart your course and navigate your way to a successful career.

Geography – Where do you want to work after graduation?  If the answer is in Louisville, focus on Louisville and establish a plan for obtaining volunteer or paid work your first summer.  Build on your experience and work for another local employer the following summer.

Practice Area – What type of work do you want to do?  Examples include all areas of law, policy analysis, risk assessment, legal editing, development (fundraising), teaching, ethics advising, lobbying and more.

Setting – What kind of organization or workplace do you want to be in?  Examples include a law firm, a non-profit, the government at every level, a publishing company, a hospital, a school, a business and more.

Diversity Forum: The Mayor’s Violence Reduction Task Force

Mark Your Calendar for the First Diversity Forum this Semester:

Tuesday, October 2
Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Room 275, Brandeis School of Law 
In response to a series of shootings in West Louisville during May 2012, Mayor Greg Fischer appointed a 37-member Violence Reduction Task Force, which met first in mid-June. The group continues to work on its final report, which goes to Mayor Fischer on Monday, October 1.
On Tuesday, October 2 at noon in Room 275, the law school will host the first of two diversity forums on the violence in West Louisville. This one will feature five speakers: 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; local community activist Christopher 2X; and 2011 Brandeis School of Law graduate Charles Booker, legislative aide to Councilman David Tandy.
Sixty students from Central High School will be our guests for this event.
A free, light lunch from Expressions of You Catering will be available, beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research
Black Law Students Association
Brandeis School of Law Diversity Committee
Office of Community Engagement Signature Partnership Initiative
Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity and International Affairs
This program is free and open to all.

SBA T-Shirt Design Contest Details

Looking for more options in your law school wardrobe? Get creative and design the UofL Law shirt you've always wanted! The SBA is proudly sponsoring a contest to create a new Brandeis School of Law School T-shirt and inviting all current students to submit a design. Entries must be received by September 18 at 5:00 p.m. EST.  Designs will be posted online and voting will run from September 25 through September 27 at 5:00 p.m. EST. The winning design will be produced and available for purchase from the SBA. Please see attachments for additional details, official rules, and the timeline for the competition.  The winner will be announced in the Daily Docket and on the SBA Facebook page.


Pirtle-Washer Interest Session Announcement

Any student interested in competing in the Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition on October 13 is encouraged to come to the interest session in room 177 on Tuesday, September 11 from 12:30-1:00.

Important Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition Announcement!

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 noon. Please email VP of Internal Competitions Courtney Pawley at with any questions.