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Ameliorization - U.S. Military

The repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell will take effect September 20th.  The Office of Professional Development's plan was to host all military recruiters after that date, but one of the branches was unable to change the date of their Information Session this week, due to prior scheduling and restrictions with airfair.  The Brandeis School of Law will ameliorate as usual on Thursday, September 8th, when the U.S. Navy JAG visits and conducts their Information Session.


All On-Campus Interviewers are requested to read and agree to a non-discriminationpolicy.  This non-discrimination policy is for military recruiters. In order to conduct job interviews in the law school or to obtain assistance from the Career Services Office, prospective employers must sign a statement of nondiscrimination based on race, color, religion, nationality, gender, disability or sexual orientation.  Federal laws relating to military service preclude representatives of the Armed Forces from signing the nondiscrimination statement in its entirety.  Congress also has enacted a statute, known as the Solomon Amendment, requiring that federal funding  -- including several categories of student loans  -- be terminated at any educational institution that refuses access to military recruiters.  Therefore, the law school grants access to military recruiters who sign the nondiscrimination statement to the extent consistent with federal law.The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity institution.  Pursuant to regulations of the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools and the National Association for Law Placement, the School of Law is committed to providing our students and alumni/ae with the opportunity to obtain employment without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, nationality, gender, age, disability or sexual orientation.  Our facilities and resources are available only to prospective employers who adhere to this policy.

EMPLOYER'S STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING:  I/We are in full compliance with the Brandeis School of Law's non-discrimination policy.

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1L Daily Docket Winner

Our Daily Docket winner today is Cody Remington, who must come to Dean Ballard's office today before 5:00 p.m., to claim his UofL Law orientation T-shirt, UofL Law decal, and bookmark.  Congratulations Mr. Remington!

Academic Success Tip - 11 Weeks Remain

Wow!  You have already completed three weeks in the fall semester.  At this point, it is a good idea to begin visiting your professors during office hours (if you have not already done so) to get clarification on any gaps in your notes or your outlines.  Before deadlines loom, it is also a good time to review your monthly calendar to plan your big projects.  Try to accomplish these two tasks this week:

  • Make a list of questions to ask your professors.  Plan when you will go see your professors this week to get their assistance.  It is easier for a professor to get you on the right path if you ask questions early and often.
  • Use a monthly calendar to write down all deadlines for papers, projects, mid-terms, practice exams, and assignments.  Plan over the next month when you will work on specific tasks for those longer-range deadlines.

Yoga begins tomorrow!

Don't forget that free yoga classes begin on Wednesday, September 7th, from 11:50 to 12:50.   All interested students, staff, and faculty are welcome, regardless of experience level.  Mats are provided.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Iman Jackson who is the winner of a UofL Law orientation t-shirt, plus a UofL Law lunch bag filled with UofL Law items.  Stop by Dean Ballard's office today before 3:30 p.m. to claim your prizes.

Academic Success Tip - Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage (Recap)

Tip 1:  If you are still getting settled in to your home, try to finish all of those tasks by the end of the weekend.  Starting Tuesday morning you want to make law school your priority.

Tip 2:  Create a study schedule and stick to it.

Tip 3:  Tackle your most onerous study task as early as possible this weekend.  

Tip 4:  Begin the process of outlining.  Make it your goal to start one outline this weekend.  See Torts example, attached below.

Tip 5:  Catch up on your sleep.  Remember to get no less than 7 hours of sleep per night every week.  If your body is sleep-deprived from the last two weeks, now is the time to re-charge.  Then, make sure you get proper sleep hours for the remainder of the semester.

Student Competitors for ABA Negotiation Competition

If you are interested in representing the Law School on a team in the ABA Negotiation Competition, please send an email to Professor Tony Arnold,, with the following information, no later than noon on Monday, September 12:


1)      Your name and year in school (e.g., 2L, 3L)  [Note: 1Ls cannot compete];

2)      Why you are interested;

3)      Any background you have in negotiation (including whether you have taken or are taking the Negotiation class);

4)      Your general schedule availability for practices in the evenings and on weekends; and

5)      Your contact information (i.e., email address, cell phone, etc.) so that we can get ahold of you easily and quickly.


The regional competition will be held November 12-13 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Participants will need to be current members in good standing of the American Bar Association and its Law Student Division (as a competitor in this competition, the school will pay for this for you, if you are not already a member), and have a valid passport, as this will involve international travel.  This year’s competition will involve negotiating on issues related to real property. 


The co-coaches are Professor Mary Jo Gleason and Professor Tony Arnold.  Depending on the number of students expressing interest, there may or may not be a tryout.  Practices will occur in evenings and on weekends, usually at least twice per week.  Last year, we had a team advance to the national competition, and a few years ago, we had a team that won the national competition.  Let’s continue our record of success in this competition!  If you have any questions, please contact Professor Arnold.

Law Student Rescues Baby Raccoon

Beth Robinson, a second-year law student, rescued a six-week old orphaned raccoon found yesterday behind the Law School.  Dean Ballard took the baby raccoon to Woodland Wildlife Rehabilitation in Radcliffe, Kentucky.  The rehab specialist suspected that the baby’s mother had been injured because the baby raccoon was starved and dehydrated.  She also suspects that there may be two or three other orphaned raccoons from the same nest.  If you see a baby raccoon near the Law School, please contact Dean Ballard.  See photos attached below.

1L Daily Docket Winners

Congratulations to Benjamin Hardy and Adam Hicks, who have their choice of yesterday's prize package or a UofL Law polo shirt.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today before 4:00 p.m. to claim the prize of your choice. 

Academic Success Tip - Using a Long Weekend to Your Advantage

Begin the process of outlining one of your courses.  Research shows that you will understand and remember material better if you do your own work to learn a course.  The process of outlining requires you to wrestle with the topics and sub-topics so that you really know them instead of knowing them generally.  Making your own outlines helps you to have long-term retention of the material rather than merely short-term regurgitation of material for an exam. Use this weekend as your starting point for outlining.  For great tips on outlining, review the article "Creating a Course Outline" posted at  You are also invited to attend the outlining workshop today at 1:00 p.m. in Room 275.