Student News

Public Service Fellowship Applications for Summer 2012 Now Available!

The Public Service fellowship applications for Summer 2012 are now available. You may download information about the fellowships that will be awarded and the amount of each fellowship.
Descriptions of each fellowship are also located on the bulletin board outside of Room 180 and in the Office of Professional Development Library, Room 186.


Applications are available in the Office of Professional Development Library behind the door in envelopes labeling each application. Applications are also available in Room 180 and online on the Professional Development page of the law school website.

The deadline for each fellowship is Thursday, February 9, 2012. Please be sure to read the qualifications for each fellowship carefully and take note of the additional documents requested. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Scinta.

Witnesses Needed for the National Trial Team

The National Trial team is in need of witnesses to help with practices immediately after the break. This is a great opportunity for 1Ls and 2Ls interested in trying out next year to get acquainted with the team, and a great way to learn more about Mock Trial while supporting the team. There is minimal time commitment. The dates needed are listed below.

Jan. 18: 7:00pm
Jan. 22: 1:00pm
Jan. 25: 7:00pm
Jan. 29: 1:00pm 
Feb. 1: 7:00pm
Feb. 5: 1:00pm
Feb. 8: 7:00pm

The team needs four witnesses each practice, so we need your help. Please contact Carly Harvey at if you are willing to be a witness or have any questions.

Government Honors & Internship Handbook Updates

Here are the most current updates for the Government Honors & Internship Handbook.  The website for the handbook is:  The User ID is:  snicker  and the Password is:  doodle

IMMEDIATE NEED for a 2L Law Clerk this semester

The Oldfather Law Firm has an immediate need for a second-year law clerk to work 15-20 hours a week on an upcoming trial.  Work will be full-time during the summer.

Qualifications include having a 3.0 or above GPA.

If interested, submit a cover letter and resume by NOON on January 12th to:  Address for cover letter is:  Oldfather Law Firm, 1330 S. Third Street, Louisville, KY  40208.

Student information will be forwarded to firm and selections will be made by January 13th.  Interviews will take place at the law school on Tuesday, January 17th.    

Last day to add a class or change to an audit

Tuesday, January 10 is the last day to add a class or change to an audit.

Study Aids - New Year, New Classes

Jump start your studying this semester.  Study aids are available for the following subjects:  Conflict of Laws; Criminal Procedure; Trial Practice; Constitutional Law; Business Organizations; Evidence; Domestic Relations; Secured Transactions; Tax; Decedents Estates; Negotiation; Administrative Law; Bankruptcy Law (supplements); Envrionmental Law; Intellectual Property, and all first-year classes including Criminal Law.  Stop by Dean Ballard's office to peruse the selection.

Bar Exam Deadline and January 12 Bar Program

The regular filing deadline to sit for the July 2012 KY Bar Exam is February 1.  Before you mail your application, be sure to attend the KY Bar Exam program on Thursday, January 12, at 12:15 p.m. 

Guest speakers, Eric Ison, Chair of the Kentucky Board of Bar Examiners, and Bonnie Kittinger, Director and General Counsel of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, will discuss the following important information:

  • Most common mistakes students make on their bar applications;
  • Most common student questions the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions receives
  • Statistics for bar passage;
  • How to prepare for the essay component of the Kentucky Bar Exam – what subjects are covered; how questions are drafted; how the bar examiners grade answers; and
  • The Do's and Don'ts when answering essay questions on the Kentucky Bar Exam.

Both speakers will also be available to answer specific questions you may have about the application or the exam.  The program will begin at 12:15, in Room 275.  Lunch will be provided.

A Reminder from the Office of Professional Development

Now that the Spring semester has just begun, the Office of Professional Development wants to remind everyone to be sure to check out the Events calendar on the bulletin board next to the elevators.  There have been some changes and additions recently. 

 Also, remember that public service fellowship applications will be available on Monday, January 9.  Location of the applications and information will be in the Daily Docket on Monday.

Thomas T. Johnson, Jr., judge who ruled the Holocaust was fact, dies

Thomas T Johnson, Jr.Thomas T. Johnson, Jr., '49, a Louisville native and graduate of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, passed away on December 28, 2011 in Los Angeles.

Johnson is best known for his ruling, issued in 1981, that the Holocaust was "a fact and not reasonably subject to dispute," in a case brought by an Auschwitz survivor against a Holocaust-denying group.

Johnson was born on Feb. 26, 1923 in Louisville, Ky. and earned degrees in engineering and law (1949) from the University of Louisville before going to work for the U.S. Justice Department.

For more information, read his Los Angeles Times obituary.


Photo courtesy of the Johnson family

Mock Interview Opportunity for 1L's

The SBA and the Office of Professional Development will be providing an opportunity for 1Ls to participate in a mock interview. The interviews will be held on Saturday, January 21, from 9:00am - 1:00pm at the offices of Frost Brown Todd and will be conducted by practicing attorneys. There will also be a follow-up breakfast on Tuesday, February 7th from 8:30am - 10:00am at BBC downtown. The attorneys will also be at this breakfast. These opportunites are a great opportunity to work on your interview skills, have your resume reviewed, and meet local attorneys. An SBA representative will be visiting your classes next week to provide more details and have you sign up! You will be required to attend both events if you sign up.?? Save the Dates!