Student News

Mandatory Bar Program on Financial Responsibility

On Tuesday, February 7, at 12:15 p.m, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, with a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students.

The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar.  One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility. 

Judge Gary Payne, Character and Fitness Committee member, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession.  Judge Payne will discuss how financial debt can evidence a lack of responsibility and further, how debt can lead to financial pressures and interfere with a lawyer’s duties to his or her clients. 

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).

Attendance at the February 7 program is required for all 2Ls.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.  If you have an absolute conflict that will prohibit you from attending the February 7 program, you must notify Dean Cross,, and provide documentation concerning your conflict. 

Student Life Info Session: Journals

Interested in Journals at the Brandeis School of Law?  Learn about the University of Louisville Law Review, the Journal of Law and Education, and the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law.  Learn how to get involved and participate in journal activities and membership.  Come to an information session on Thursday, Feb. 16, 12:10 p.m., Room 175.

KY Bar Exam Filing Deadline

The regular filing deadline to sit for the July 2012 Kentucky Bar Exam is February 1, 2012.  Postmarks are accepted. 

If you still need to take the MPRE, the next test date is March 17, 2012.  The regular application deadline is January 31; the late application deadline is February 16.

Last Day to Apply for Degree

Graduating Law Students:  February 2 is the last day to apply for a MAY 2012 degree. All May 2012 graduates must complete the application for degree on ULink, regardless of whether you intend to participate in commencement.  In addition to applying for a degree, you should check your unofficial transcript on ULink and complete a degree check form at

Seeking Second-Year Law Clerk

Simms & Reed is seeking a law clerk to work 20 hours a week for local office.  Hours are flexible and student can work evenings (attorney is in office) and/or weekends.  Student should be a second-year student.  Mr. Simms is a 2007 graduate of Brandeis.

If interested, please e-mail resume to: or fax resume to:  (502)618-4952 

How to Get A State Clerkship or Staff Attorney Position!

Have you ever wondered how people get their state clerkship or staff attorney positions?  You won't want to miss the next Office of Professional Development information session on Wednesday, February 8, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 175. 

We will have three of our alums available to speak to you about how they got their jobs and where and how you can find them, as well.  Mary Jo Gleason (Class of '96), Kathi Jones (Class of '97) and Jacqueline Hersh (Class of '09) will talk about their experiences as staff attorneys or clerks and will provide helpful hints on how they became aware of their positions and how and where you can learn of such positions.

Pizza and drinks will be served while they last.  See you there!

Originalism and the Constitution

Come join us for lunch on Thursday for what promises to be a feast for both brain and belly as we dine on the palubum of professors and Panera during this scholarly debate on the judicial philosophy of Originalism.


On the third Thursday of each month, local immigration attorney and alum, Becca O'Neill,  holds a training here at the law school to train students to go on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail to conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to detainees.  Detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. The visits are on the Friday after the training.  Trained students will conduct individual in-take interviews of each detainee.  Students whose schedules do not allow them to visit the jail on Fridays can still take the training.  All students are welcome. Once you have been trained you can attend a Friday visit when you are available.

The next training will be Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m. here at the law school in Room 060.  A visit to the Boone County Jail be Friday, February 17. Students interested in attending the training, should email Becca O'Neill directly by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6. Her email is  Please let Ms. O'Neill know in your e-mail whether you plan to attend the Friday visit after the training.  A list of students must be submitted to the jail ten days before the visit.  Also, please let Ms. O'Neill know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.

If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit on February 17, please e-mail Becca O'Neill by MONDAY, FEBRUARY 6, so she can add your name to the list.

Please see the attached information about this project, but please disregard the dates contained therein.

Students will receive public service credit for the training and site visits.  Students will also be able to count their travel time to and from the Boone County Jail.  Interested students should see Jina Scinta to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit. You can also e-mail her at

Social Media/Marketing Advanced Degree Intern at GE

GE is looking for a Social Media/Marketing Advanced Degree Intern. This position is ideal for candidates seeking a dual JD/MBA degree, students with a business/marketing background, or for law students seeking non-legal post-graduation employment in a business or corporate setting.

Responsibilities include: Website traffic analysis, SEO maximization, social media tracking, database/list management, and minor content creation.

There is negligible legal work involved in this internship, so it is not recommended for students seeking practical legal experience such as legal research, memo/brief writing, or courtroom experience.

Competitive applications will emphasize multiple social media platform awareness, data analysis ability, and working familiarity with Excel. This internship is a paid year-long position of 40 hours per week in the summer and 20 hours per week during the semester, so ideally 2Ls should apply.

A full job description and the link to apply is:

GE is looking to fill this position immediately, so the application link will only be live until Feb. 9th.

Dean Chen on ABC News

ABC News Wickard v. Filburn

UofL Law Dean, Jim Chen, was recently interviewed by ABC News about the role that the 1942 case called Wickard v. Filburn will play in the health care law.


Read the whole article at ABC News.


Photo provided by Mary Lou Spurgeon.