Student News

Legal Training for Dependency, Neglect and Abuse Cases (Guardian ad Litem Training Program)

Brandeis School of Law is pleased to announce the following course offering from the Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts.

Since 1999, the AOC has been preparing attorneys to provide legal representation to dependent, neglected and abused children throughout Kentucky. Once again they are offering Legal Training for Dependency, Neglect and Abuse Cases (formerly the Guardian ad Litem Training Program).

The goal of this program is to produce highly qualified guardians ad litem by offering training sessions, providing educational materials and serving as a comprehensive resource. The curriculum gives guardians ad litem an overview of Kentucky statutory and case law while also meeting the federal requirements set forth in CAPTA (Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act) and ASFA (Adoption and Safe Families Act).

The basic program offers 6.25 credit hours of continuing legal education, which includes 1 credit hour of ethics. The advanced program offers 5.75 credit hours of continuing legal education, which includes 1 credit hour of ethics. The AOC has applied for continuing education units from the Kentucky Board of Social Work. The course will be offered at 3 locations in Kentucky.


April 19, 2012

Advanced Curriculum

Laurel County Judicial Center

London, Ky.


May 10, 2012

Advanced Curriculum

Hopkins County Judicial Center

Madisonville, Ky.


June 8, 2012

Basic Curriculum

Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport

Louisville, Ky.

Registration is $25 per person.

Please download the registration form.

You may complete and mail in the form, with payment, to the Administrative Office of the Courts address listed on page 1 of the registration form.



For additional information please contact:

Legal Training Department

Family and Juvenile Services Administrative Office of the Courts

800-928-2350, x50510

Fax 502-573-1412

Law and Economic Growth Series: Regulating Wall Street - The Impact on Main Street

Today!  Occupy Wall Street.  Regulate Wall Street.  Are We Destroying Main Street?  Please come join our discussion and some Penn Station at noon in room 275.  Our guests include prominent venture capitalist, David Jones, Jr., a highly ranked securities attorney, Michael Hawthorne from Bingham Greenebaum Doll, and scholar, Professor Henderson from the University of Chicago Law.

Mardi Gras in the Mosaic Lobby: Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans & Rice, and King Cake

Tuesday, February 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  It’s Carnival Time and the law school is hosting a Mardi Gras party for the whole school.  We’ll have beads and music and a great (free) lunch for all – students, faculty, and staff.  Feast on Cajun Fixings from Joe’s OK Bayou.  See you there!

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Are You (really) Being Efficient?

Time is a precious commodity in law school.  Some law students look for shortcuts; however, shortcuts are not the answer.  Instead, you want to use your time more efficiently and effectively.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Learn the material as you read it rather than highlight it to learn later.  Ask questions while you read.  Make margin notes as you read.  Brief the case or make additional notes to emphasize the main points and big picture of the topic after you finish reading.  If you only do cursory "survival" reading, you will have to re-read for learning later which means double work.
  • Review what you have read before class.   By reviewing, you reinforce your learning.  You will be able to follow in class better.  You will recognize what is important for note taking rather than taking down everything the professor says.  You will be able to respond to questions more easily.  Your confidence level about the material will increase.
  • Be more efficient and effective in taking class notes.  Listen carefully in class.  Take down the main points. Use consistent symbols and abbreviations in your notes.  Before you leave the classroom, commit to summarizing the key points and include this short summary at the end of your notes. 
  • Review your class notes right after class, or at least within 24 hours.  Fill in gaps.  Organize the notes if needed.  Note any questions that you have.  If you wait to review your notes until you are outlining, you will have less recall of the material.
  • Regularly review material.   We forget 80% of what we learn in 2 weeks if we do not review.  Regular review of your outlines will mean less cramming at the end of the semester.  You save time ultimately by not re-learning.   You gain deeper understanding.  You have less stress at exam time.
  • Look for the big picture at the end of each sub-topic and topic.  Do not wait until pre-exam studying to pull the course together.  Synthesize the cases that you have read on a sub-topic: how are they different and similar.  Determine the main points that you need to cull from cases for the sub-topic or topic.  Analyze how the sub-topics or topics are inter-related.  If visuals help you learn, incorporate a flowchart or table or other graphic into your outline to show the steps of analysis and/or inter-relationships. 
  • Ask the professors questions as soon as you can.  Do not store up questions.  The sooner you get your questions answered, the greater your comprehension of current material.  New topics often build on understanding of prior topics.  Unanswered questions merely lead to more confusion and less learning.

Student Life Info Session: JOURNALS

Interested in Journals at the Brandeis School of Law?  Learn about the University of Louisville Law Review, the Journal of Law and Education, and the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law.  Learn how to get involved and participate in journal activities and membership.  Come to an information session on Thursday, Feb. 16, 12:10 p.m., Room 175.

Spring T-Shirt Sales

The Women's Law Caucus will have Spring colored t-shirts for sale in the lobby from Feb 13-24 during lunch hours. The colors include azalea, lime, orchid, and sky blue.

Cost: $12

They will be delivered prior to Spring Break. 


Part of the proceeds will go to the Ronald McDonald House, The Center for Women and Families, or the Central Partnership Program (buyer's choice). 


Please contact Courtney Pawley at if you would like an order form.

Today: Using MS Word to Create Appellate Briefs

Just a reminder that the Information Technology Department will present a training and information session today at 12:00 p.m. in Room 275 on using Microsoft Word's built-in tools for creating and formatting appellate briefs. Using Word styles and reference features, one can automatically generate tables of contents and authorities.

This session is optional and intended primarily for 1Ls, but all students, especially those on moot court teams, are welcome. This event will be your only opportunity to receive this information before BLS briefs are due.

As an added incentive, food and beverages will be provided.

Bar Bri Silent Auction Bidding Begins TODAY!

This is a reminder that the silent auction bidding for a Bar Bri Bar Review Course will begin at 10:00 a.m. TODAY. Two certificates valued at $1,500 each will be auctioned. Each certificate is good toward the tuition of any of the Bar Bri Bar Review courses in every state. Bidding ends at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15. The winner will be announced at the Bar Bri table after the bidding ends on February 15.

Bid sheets will be located in the Office of Professional Development Library (Room 186). Credit cards and checks will be accepted. Payment will be due within 2 weeks of the auction's close.  Good luck!


American Association for Justice Meeting Today

Did you enjoy Torts class? Are you interested in learning more about being a trial attorney? The newly formed University of Louisville student chapter of the American Association for Justice is holding its first meeting at noon Monday, Feb. 13, in Room 175. Free pizza and drinks will be served. Louisville trial lawyer Hans G. Poppe will be guest speaker, and representatives from the AAJ and the Kentucky Justice Association will be on hand to explain the professional and networking benefits of these two powerful organizations. Free copies of Trial Lawyer magazine to first 25 students. Free T-shirt to anyone who joins AAJ or KJA at the meeting. Want to learn more? Contact 3L Alex Davis at </> , or 2L Ashley Haile at </> .

Education Law and Policy Society - First Meeting

Are you interested in Education Law & Policy? Join the Education Law and Policy Society, a newly forming RSO! An informational meeting will be on Tuesday, February 14th at 12:00pm in room 175.

The mission of the Education Law and Policy Society (“Ed Law”) is to strengthen University of Louisville – Brandeis School of Law students’ commitment to achieving educational equity in public education by providing: 1) resources for coursework, advocacy, research, and careers related to education and the law; 2) forums for discussing all educational issues including the achievement gap, the cycle of poverty, racial/ethnic/gender equality, higher education, and relevant reform measures with legal practitioners, professors, and colleagues; and 3) volunteer opportunities that directly impact students in underserved areas.

Contact Cassie Restrepo at if you cannot attend but would like more information on joining this new group.