Student News


Congrats to Christopher Arnold, Sean O'Tormey, Richard Schabowsky, and Richard Williams for making the Trademark Moot Court Competition Team.  Thank you for making the time to represent Brandeis School of Law!

Academic Success Tip - The Importance of Briefing Every Case You Read

Case briefing is simply a formalized way of taking notes on your reading in preparation for class. Creating your own case briefs is important for several reasons:

1) You will be better prepared for class discussion;
2) You will develop the analytical skills that are crucial to success on exams;
3) You will crystallize your understanding of the case;
4) You will be able to review a groups of related cases easily and efficiently without having to rely on your memory of having to re-read cases;
5) You can use your briefs and class notes to create your course outlines.
Don't make the mistakes that many law students make during the fall semester - they brief only sporadically or stop briefing completely because they believe it is too time-consuming. Even worse, they resort to using canned briefs to save time or because they view these as "expert" sources. The task of case briefing is well worth the added time and effort, and it will actually save you time when it counts - when preparing for exams.

Pirtle-Washer Agreement to Compete

For students interested in participating in Pirtle-Washer, the Agreement to Compete and Waiver and Release forms are due by noon tomorrow, Tuesday, October 4, 2011. If you wish to participate in the Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition please fill out and return the forms to the Moot Court Board office or email Eric Johnson at

Lawlapalooza 2011: I Rocked the Law T-shirts on Sale Now!

Lawlapalooza 2011: I Rocked the Law t-shirts are now on sale, as are tickets, in the Law Resource Center (room 272).  Tickets and t-shirts are only 10 bucks each.  T-shirts are available in the following sizes: Men's, XL, L and M;  and (new this year!) Women's, M and S.

The Lawlapalooza planning committee will also be selling t-shirts and tickets in the Mosaic Lobby:

  • Tuesday, October 11 from 9—11 a.m.
  • Thursday, October 13 from 11 a.m.—1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 18 from 2—4 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 20 from 5—7 p.m.

The FIRST 100 STUDENTS who wear their Lawlapalooza 2011 t-shirt to the show get their first drink FREE (compliments of Westlaw)


Congratulations to Sarah Potter, Carli Ashe Clowers, Jackie Clowers, and Jillian Smith for making the team for ABA Negotiation Competition.  Good luck with preparations!

Sign-Ups for Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition

Interested in energy law and in sustainable energy production? If so, 2L, 3L, or 4L students are encouraged to sign-up for the 2012 National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition. This competition will take place March 15-17, 2012, at West Virginia University's College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia. Cash awards will be presented to the winning competitors, and it will be great opportunity to meet other law students interested in energy sustainability as well as industry professional and government regulators. The team is coached by Professor Tom FitzGerald and local environmental law attorney, Randy Strobo.

To sign up, please email a resume, a statement of interest (1 page), and a writing sample (maximum 25 pages) to Brian O'Connor at A team will be chosen based on these three items. The deadline to sign up for this competition is November 1, 2011.

If you have any questions about the competition, please contact Brian O'Connor.

Sign-Ups for Immigration Law Moot Court Competition

If you are a 2L, 3L, or 4L and would like to represent UofL in the NYU Immigration Law Moot Court Competition in New York City, February 24-26, 2012, now is the time to apply. Please submit the following information to the Moot Court Board office by noon on October 17:

1. Resume
2. Unofficial transcript
3. A writing sample
4. A statement of interest including any past experience in immigration law (past experience is not a requirement)

Coach Prof. Trucios-Haynes will conduct interviews the week of October 24.

UofL has been very successful in this competition. The 2010 team won the competition and the 2008 team had best brief and argued in the finals. Please direct any questions to Jennie Lynch,

Welcome, Christie Ballenger

Please welcome Christie Ballenger to the Brandeis School of Law.

Ms. Ballenger is the new User Support Manager in the Information Technology department, and starts today, Monday, October 3, 2011. She will spend her first day attending the university's new employee orientation. Her first day in the law school will be Tuesday, October 4.

Ms. Ballenger holds an associate’s degree, with high distinction, in computer information systems from Elizabethtown Community College and MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) and MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) certifications. Christie has worked in an academic setting since 1999, first as a help desk technician, then as a data coordinator, at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, where she has been responsible for maintenance of student records in PeopleSoft, among many other duties.

Since 2008, Christie has also worked for Best Buy’s Geek Squad, diagnosing hardware, software and network issues, and performing hardware and software upgrades and operating system installations for customers.

As user support manager, Ms. Ballenger will be responsible for providing support and training to faculty, staff and students in the use of desktop software and hardware in offices, classrooms, labs, and clinic. Very soon, she will begin meeting with administrative departments, faculty, staff and students to discuss and assess those groups' training and support needs and to begin developing appropriate responses, materials and programs. Also, the information technology department will begin hiring undergraduate work-study students to provide frontline support for student computing and expand availability to evenings and weekends.

Ms. Ballenger's office is room 119 in the information technology hallway. Her phone number is 502-852-2560, and her e-mail address is

First Exam4 Practice Test Deadline Is Wednesday

Students who wish to use their computers to take the exams listed below MUST submit an Exam4 practice test by 11:59 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011. You must be on campus and connected to ulsecure to submit a practice test.

  • Legal Research, all sections
  • Basic Income Tax mid-term, Roberts

Exam4 for all other Fall 2011 exams, including Prof. Hall's Torts I mid-term and Professional Responsibility, will be available Monday, Oct. 17. Students will have until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Friday, Oct. 28 to submit a practice test for all other Fall 2011 exams.

Complete information about Exam4 for Fall 2011 is available here.

Exam4 Training & Information PowerPoint Show

If you wish to review Dean Becker's Exam4 training and information PowerPoint show, it is posted here in two formats:

This presentation was made to 1Ls on Thursday, September 29, 2011, but upper-level students may also wish to review it to refresh themselves on using Exam4.