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Patent/IP Law Moot Court Sign Ups

Patent/IP Law Moot Court Sign Ups

 

Any interested 2L, 3L, or 4L may sign up now for the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial IP/Patent Law Moot Court Competition, held sometime in late March or early April.  The exact date and location should be available mid-October.  The school can send up to two teams with two competitors each to the competition.  The teams' coaches are Kevin Duncan and Jeffrey Haeberlin.  Team practices will begin in January.  This competition does require a written brief, but it should not interfere with finals.  The brief will not be due until sometime in January, giving students time over Christmas break to complete it.

 

To sign up, either send a copy of your resume to Professor Cross at john.cross@louisville.edu, or drop off a copy of your resume in person to his office in Room 248.  Students with scientific or technical backgrounds are preferred but not required.  The deadline for submitting your resume is Monday, September 29th at 5:00 PM.  

 

If students have any questions about the competition, please email David Cutt at ddcutt01@louisville.edu.  

Pirtle-Washer Competition Results

Congratulations to everyone that competed in the Pirtle-Washer Competition.  The judges were very impressed.  A very big congratulations to the competitors below who are moving on to the Semi-Final round.  The Semi-Final and Final rounds will be on Friday September 26, at 3:00 pm in the Allen Court Room.  All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.  

 

 

   1. Ben Shepard

   2. Aaron Riggs

   3. Daniel Reed

   4. Emily Devouno

 

 

  The Quarter-Finalists were:

     1. Christine Shannon (Tied)

     2. Tyler Peavler (Tied)

     3. Ben Shepard

     4. Daniel Reed

     5. Emily Devouno

     6.  Aaron Riggs

     7. Issac Fain

     8.  Kevin Boswell

 

    Sana Abhari would like to thank the scoring team, and Dean Nowka for their help and guidance.  Also, thank you to all the attorney who participated as judges and volunteered their time on Saturday.  A special thanks to the entire Moot Court team and the wonderful facilitators Megan Diffenderfer, Whitney Graham, and Laura Tapp.

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Promoting 1L Mentoring Program

Attorneys Sara Abner and Rebecca Ragland from Frost Brown Todd will be in the Mosaic Lobby Thursday, October 2, from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. on behalf of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to speak with diverse 1L students about LCLD's 1L mentoring program. LCLD is an organization of over 60 corporate General Counsels and 120 law firm managing partners, formed in 2009 to make concrete, measureable advances in diversity in the legal profession.

LCLD member firms and companies in Louisville have identified a number of volunteer attorneys who would like to partner with diverse 1L students at Brandeis and serve as mentors. LCLD defines diversity under its program broadly to include students who are from racial and ethnic minorities; women; lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered; and persons with disabilities. LCLD stresses that the organization is very inclusive as to diversity and encourages 1L students with diverse socio, economic, or educational backgrounds to consider participating in the mentorship program.  

LCLD will be kicking off the 1L mentoring program soon and will be sharing more information about the program with interested students in the lobby. 1L students who may be interested in this mentoring program are encouraged to stop by the Mosaic Lobby and speak with Ms. Abner or Ms. Ragland starting at 11:30 a.m. on October 2.

Learn from National Expert About Loan Repayment Options & How to Decrease Your Student Debt

Speaker: Isaac Bowers, Equal Justice Works (Washington D.C.)
Date: Tuesday, September 30, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Room 275
Lunch Provided

Interested in finding a way to drastically decrease your student debt? Do you know the various loan forgiveness and repayment options available for your student loans? What are the differences between the Income Based Repayment (IBR) and Pay As You Earn (PAYE) repayment plans? Any student with loans will need to make importance choices that will impact your financial future, some of which need to be made the second semester of your 3L year. 

The law school is bringing Isaac Bowers, the national expert on law school debt, from Washington D.C. to speak with students and explain your options and eligibility for the different plans in detail. There are no other resources on campus to provide you detailed counseling on repayment plan options. All students who have taken out loans to attend law school, particularly 3Ls graduating this year who will need to choose a repayment plan, are strongly encouraged to attend.

Did you know . . .

• For students interested in a long-term career in public service/government: Your qualifying federal loans can be forgiven after 10 years of employment if you choose the correct repayment plan thanks to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. You can save substantially on your loan repayments which can be a financial lifeline and allow you more career options.

• For students interested in the private sector: You may be eligible for reduced monthly payments on your loans when you graduate under IBR or PAYE if you select the correct plan. So, which plan should you choose based on your family size and income? In addition, your remaining loans may be forgiven after 20-25 years based on which plan you choose so which one is the right choice for you and will allow you the best savings?

You won't want to miss this program. Questions may be sent to Dean Hajek at laurel.hajek@louisville.edu.

 

ACLU Needs Student's Assistance

The ACLU has a project that needs the assistance of a law student. It would involve conducting an investigation (using one or more Open Records Act requests) to obtain relevant documents from one or more public entities, and then drafting a research memo on the constitutionality (under the Fourth Amendment) of the policies they expect to uncover. Necessary requirements would include the successful completion of ConLaw I, solid analytical skills, and excellent writing ability. It is anticipated that this project would take 20-25 hours and would count the public service requirement.

Interested students should send a resume and writing sample to Jina Scinta jina.scinta@louisville.edu by Monday, September 29.

Presidential Management Fellowship Information Session - TODAY, Wednesday, September 24th at Noon in Room 177

Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF) with the Federal Government

From Oct. 1-15, 3Ls may apply to the Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF), a two-year leadership development program designed to create leaders in the federal government.  Each year the federal government takes approximately 600 fellows from graduate programs, including law schools, and places the fellows in federal agencies in D.C. and around the country. In the past, Brandeis graduates have secured positions through the PMF program with agencies such as Housing and Urban Development, the Division of Drug Information at FDA and the U.S. Office of Management & Budget. 

The Office of Professional Development has invited Jayci Roney, a 2011 graduate, to speak with interested 3Ls about the PMF Program, the application process, and her experiences TODAY, Wednesday, September 24th at 12:00 p.m. in room 177.  Ms. Roney completed the Presidential Management Fellows Program and currently works for the U.S. Immigration & Citizenship Services for the Department of Homeland Security in Louisville. 

To learn more about the PMF Program, go to:  www.pmf.gov and review the “Become a PMF”.

Deadline to apply for the PMF Program:  October 15th for both application and on-line assessment

Webcasts to provide more information:
1. Applicant Information Session, Tuesday, September 30th from 3:00-4:30 pm
2. Question and Answer Session, Wednesday, October 8th from 1:30-3:30 pm

To sign up for Webcasts, go to:  https://opm.adobeconnect.com/pmfapplicantchat
Select “Enter as a Guest”.  Please note the audio from the webcasts will be provided through your computer/device audio output.

The Dean's Newsletter - Fall 2014

Read the quick version. 

Federalist Society hosts "Should Judges Secure Unenumerated Rights? From Lochner to Lawrence" with Dr. Roger Pilon

On Wednesday, September 24, the Federalist Society will host Dr. Roger Pilon, Vice President for Legal Affairs and Director of the Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute. Dr. Pilon will speak on the the following topic: "Should Judges Secure Unenumerated Rights? From Lochner to Lawrence". The program will begin at 12:45 P.M. in Room 175. The Federalist Society will provide food.

Dr. Pilon is the founder and director of Cato's Center for Consitutional Studies, which has become an important force in the national debate over constitutional interpretation and judicial philosophy. He is the publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review and is an adjunct professor of government at Georgetown University through The Fund for American Studies. Prior to joining Cato, Pilon held five senior posts in the Reagan administration, including at State and Justice, and was a National Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. In 1989 the Bicentennial Commission presented him with its Benjamin Franklin Award for excellence in writing on the U.S. Constitution. Pilon lectures and debates at universities and law schools across the country and testifies often before Congress. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Legal Times, National Law Journal, Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, Stanford Law & Policy Review, and elsewhere. He has appeared on ABC's Nightline, CBS's 60 Minutes II, Fox News Channel, NPR, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and other media. Pilon holds a B.A. from Columbia University, an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from the George Washington University School of Law.

Women's Law Caucus Dinner and Jail Tour

Attention all students! The Women's Law Caucus Jail Tour and Dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 8th at 5:00pm. We will carpool to Legal Aid downtown and hear from guest speaker Laura Landenwich, the attorney working on the case involving a woman who was arrested and stripped naked in a Floyd County jail. Dinner will be served while Ms. Landenwich shares about conditions for women in jails. Afterwards, we will walk over to Metro Corrections for a tour of the jail at 6:30pm. This will be a spectacular event that you will not want to miss! 

To ensure that we have enough food, we ask that all students planning to attend please RSVP to Shannon Huffer, shannon.huffer@louisville.edu, by SUNDAY, OCTOBER 5TH. 

We hope to see you there! 

Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Promoting 1L Mentoring Program

Attorneys Sara Abner and Rebecca Ragland from Frost Brown Todd will be in the Mosaic Lobby Thursday, October 2, from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. on behalf of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) to speak with diverse 1L students about LCLD's 1L mentoring program. LCLD is an organization of over 60 corporate General Counsels and 120 law firm managing partners, formed in 2009 to make concrete, measureable advances in diversity in the legal profession.

LCLD member firms and companies in Louisville have identified a number of volunteer attorneys who would like to partner with diverse 1L students at Brandeis and serve as mentors. LCLD defines diversity under its program broadly to include students who are from racial and ethnic minorities; women; lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered; and persons with disabilities. LCLD stresses that the organization is very inclusive as to diversity and encourages 1L students with diverse socio, economic, or educational backgrounds to consider participating in the mentorship program.  

LCLD will be kicking off the 1L mentoring program soon and will be sharing more information about the program with interested students in the lobby. 1L students who may be interested in this mentoring program are encouraged to stop by the Mosaic Lobby and speak with Ms. Abner or Ms. Ragland starting at 11:30 a.m. on October 2.