Student News

Attention 3L's - Graduation Event Survey

A survey has been created by the Student Bar Association in order to get student feedback in order to plan events for graduation week for outgoing 3Ls. The survey can be found at the Student Bar Association would appreciate any input from the 3L class.

Graduate Day at the Downs

The SBA will be hosting an on-campus brunch at 10am on Thursday May 8th, for graduating 3Ls and a guest. Racing begins at Churchill Downs at 12:45pm. There is no charge for either event. Complementary tickets for Day at the Downs may be reserved here:


Have a Hand in the Strategic Plan


The Law School has been developing its strategic plan to help guide the University and the Law School in its decision making to strengthen our trajectory as a school. The committee charged with creating this plan has gathered input from students, faculty, and staff along the way to create the attached final draft. Your input on the final draft is needed!


On April 1 and April 8, Dani Smith, Aaron Marcus, and B.J. Hardy will be able to suggest changes and speak to provisions that should remain, regardless of faculty dislike. On April 15 at the Faculty Meeting, Dani and BJ, as voting members at the Faculty Meeting, will vote on the approval of the plan as a whole.


Send any or all of us your suggestions, concerns, and/or thoughts; our contact information is below.


Dani Smith: SBA President, Voting member at faculty meeting, member of strategic planning committee -

Aaron Marcus: Member of strategic planning committee -

B.J. Hardy: Voting member at faculty meeting -

To view the current plan and Professor Warren's take on it, please visit:

Fellow Position Available for Central High School Partnership

A law student is needed to assist Professor Laura Rothstein with the Central High School Partnership and activities to enhance and fine tune the current program. Some assignments will be based on the skills and experiences of the individual in the position. 

The time requirement will be a total of 50 hours spread through both semesters -- (schedule will be flexible and will not require work during the exam period). The Fellow will be compensated at a rate of $8.50/hour, in the form of tuition reduction.

Please see the attached application and description for more details on the position. Applications are due to Jina Scinta by Thursday, May 8.


This public service opportunity is ideal for students and local community volunteers interested in immigration law. Professor Trucios-Haynes leads a team of volunteers on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail where immigration detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. Trained students, with the supervision of Prof. Trucios-Haynes, conducts "Know Your Rights" presentations to approximately 200+ detainees during each visit, and conducts individual in-take interviews of each detainee.

On Thursday, May 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 171, Prof. Trucios-Haynes will hold 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. The next jail visit will be on Friday, May 2.

Students interested in attending the training on May 1 and/or going on the jail visit on May 2, should email Prof. Trucios-Haynes directly by no later than Monday, April 21. Her email is When notifying Prof. Trucios-Haynes, please let her know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.
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. A more detailed description of this project is attached, along with some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail. More stories can also be found at:

If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit on May 2, please e-mail Prof. Trucios-Haynes by April 21, as well, so she can add your name to the list.
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

TODAY! How To Be A Good Summer Law Clerk

TODAY, from 12:00 [noon] to 1:00 p.m., in Room 175, the Office of Professional Development will be hosting an information session focused on preparing students who will be working for a law firm, government agency, non-profit organization, or judge this summer. A panel consisting of attorneys and law students will share their advice on how to impress your boss this summer, what to expect in terms of assignments, how to manage your assignments, and how to prepare for serving as a law clerk. The panelists are:

Robert Croft, Jr. - Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl
Greg Mayes, Jr. - Attorney, Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett PLC
Philip Heleringer (2L) - Law Clerk last summer with Stoll Keenan Ogden
Lindsay Howard (2L) - Judicial Intern[ship] last summer with the Honorable John G. Heyburn, Federal District Court

First year students are encouraged to attend. This is information you need to know to be successful this summer! Lunch will be provided from Sol Aztecas.

Annual BLSA Convocation

The annual BLSA Convocation is set for 5:30pm on May 9, 2014 in the Allen Courtroom, followed by a reception in the Cox Lounge. The purpose of the BLSA Convocation is to recognize and celebrate the matriculation of the members of BLSA. The BLSA Convocation is open to the public, as well as all members of the student body. Many students , faculty, and members of the Kentucky legal community will be in attendance. This is a special event for the law school, the student body, and the entire community as we celebrate diversity in the legal field and the matriculation of minority students through the law school.

Congratulations to the New Moot Court Board Executive Board Members!

Join the Moot Court Board in congratulating its newest Executive Board members!

President - Christine Shannon

Vice President of External Affairs - Laura Edelen

Vice President of Administration - Kevin Boswell

Vice President of Internal Affairs - Sana Abhari

Vice President of Public Relations - Jennifer Weihmuller

Thank you to all who interviewed for the positions. The current MCB Executive Board was incredibly impressed by the caliber of the candidates and the enthusiasm each of them expressed. The Moot Court Board should be proud of the quality of its members.

Meet Ivan and Josey at Paws for the Law!

Ivan is a 2 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who loves animals of all species. He really enjoys his Therapy Dog activities, especially children's reading programs and working with developmentally disabled adults, where he is exceptionally talented at curling up with a good book and offering licks of encouragement.

Josey has been a certified therapy dog for 8 months.  She spent a week last summer at a camp with teens from the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky.  She loves to go play with the kids at Home of the Innocents.  She also has visited senior citizens at their special homes.  
Meet Ivan and Josey at Paws for the Law on Wednesday, April 16th

Brandeis Inn of Court Student Nominations

The dean can nominate 12 students for pupil membership in the Louis D. Brandeis chapter of the American Inns of Court.  Stated briefly, the Inn's purpose is to promote professional skills and values, with a special emphasis upon ethical and responsible advocacy in state and federal courts.  Each Inn consists of distinguished members of the bench and bar, as well as a limited number of carefully selected students in their final year of law school. 

Student members are required to attend all meetings, which are held monthly on Tuesday evenings.  If you would like to submit your name for possible nomination, please submit a letter of interest to Becky Wimberg at by Monday, April 21.