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2012 Brandeis School of Law Convocation

2012 Brandeis School of Law Convocation

The University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law 2012 convocation ceremony will be held

Saturday, May 12, 2012,
5:00 p.m.
The Brown Theatre (315 W. Broadway).

All May 2012, August 2012 and December 2012 graduates are welcome to participate in the ceremony. August 2011 and December 2011 graduates may also participate.  

If you are planning to attend the May 2012 School of Law Convocation, you must order your apparel by midnight, Saturday, March 31.

If you have any questions about ordering your graduation attire, please contact either Barbara Thompson or Rita Siegwald.

Graduation Apparel

Place your order for graduation apparel with Herff Jones.

The deadline to order your graduation apparel is Saturday, March 31, 2012 at midnight. You must know your school/college, the correct name of your degree and major, and all sizes to fit the robe. Style, colors and trim are determined by the University of Louisville according to standards for academic apparel. Your tassel color (and hood- if master or doctorate) is determined by the degree you will be awarded. A complete list of degree names and colors is provided from the left menu Degree Tassel and Hood Trim Color.

After submitting your order, you will receive a confirmation message with your order number. Your confirmation number is your proof of purchase, so please have the number available when picking up your apparel. The Red Barn distribution staff will have a complete list of orders.
You must use a valid debit or credit card to place your order for apparel.

J.D. Custom Rental (Tam, Gown, Tassel, and Hood) is $87.90 + tax

Here is additional information on apparel ordering.

Graduation Announcements

Brandeis School of Law has coordinated with the Balfour Company to create a customized law school graduation announcement. The University of Louisville's seal will be gold engraved on the front of the announcement with your name and degree printed inside (see sample text).  The price list is available on the Balfour web site. You may order your announcements by visiting the Balfour Web site and select Find Your School to see the available graduation announcement packages, or contacting Balfour at 800-BALFOUR (800-225-3687).

Law school graduation announcements are available only through Balfour. They cannot be ordered through the University of Louisville or the Brandeis School of Law. 

Guest Lodging for 2012 Law School Convocation

Brandeis School of Law has made arrangements with the Brown Hotel to supply hotel rooms for your guests staying in Louisville for Law School convocation. Rooms are $139 per night plus tax for deluxe guestrooms from May 11-13, 2012. Please refer to the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law when making reservations.  

Be sure to pass this information along to any family or friends you have visiting from out of town.

Congrats Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Team

Congratulations to Nathan Fort, Taylor Gerlach and Victoria O'Grady for representing the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in the Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Competition in New York City last weekend.  The team admirably represented the law school, and though they did not advance to the quarterfinals, the competition's judges complimented the team on their excellent preparation and thorough knowledge of the law relating to the competition's case.  A special thank you to all the faculty, staff, and local practitioners who helped make the team's competition a great success.

New Externship with the Department of Public Advocacy

Students will have the opportunity to participate in a public defender externship with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy in Summer and Fall 2012. Externs will be placed in either the appeals division, in the office in Frankfort, or the trial division, in the offices in LaGrange or Shepherdsville. The externship requires a student limited practice license. Externs in the appeals unit may be involved in reviewing trial records, identifying issues for appeal, researching and writing briefs, and attending oral arguments. Externs in the trial unit may be involved in performing preliminary hearings, probation revocations, and juvenile trials and bench trials in district court. If you are interested, please contact Professor Jordan as soon as possible. Interviews with a DPA representative may be scheduled for Tuesday April 3, 2012.

In-House Counsel Panel hosted by the newly formed Business Law Society

The newly formed Business Law Society is holding it's inagural event this Monday, April 2nd, from 11:30 to 1:00pm. An impressive panel has been invited to discuss business law, the role of the corporate lawyer, what makes a business lawyer tick, what clients are looking for, how to get into this area of law, and so on.
• Matthew Hamel (Executive VP and General Counsel at Brown Forman)
• Raymond Burse (Vice President and General Counsel at GE)
• John Rippy (Senior VP at Republic Bank)
• Jeffry Gordon (General Counsel at Sun Tan City)
• Shawn Bailey (VP at Churchill Downs Incorporatated)

Lunch will be served, and prospective members will also receive information on becoming involved with the Business Law Society. The event's facebook page can be found here:

Congrats National Trial Competition Team

Please join the MCB in congratulating Samantha Constantine and Thomas Stevens on their performance at the 37th Annual National Trial Competition in Austin, Texas, one of the most prestigious and competitive mock trial competitions in the nation.  Samantha and Thomas advanced to the National Competition after winning the regional competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 
During Round 1 of the National Trial Competition, Samantha and Thomas defeated Washington University School of Law.  During Round 2, the team faced Hofstra University School of Law, and lost the round by one point.  During the third round of the competition, Samantha and Thomas were power-matched against Loyola University School of Law, the 2010 champion.  The winner of Round 3 would advance to the quarterfinals.  Unfortunately, the round was close and Loyola advanced. 
Although they did not win the national competition, Samantha and Thomas finished in the top 20 of more than 300 teams that competed.  We are so proud of their representation of the Law School at the competition.  Samantha and Thomas each devoted more than 150 hours inside and out the courtroom preparing for the regional and national competitions.  The team and coaches would also like to thank all the law students who volunteered to serve as witnesses during practices, sometimes staying until midnight. We appreciate your support!

Panel Will Speak on Careers in Property

Four distinguished local attorneys who practice in the property law area will be panelists on careers in property on Friday, March 30 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Room 275. Pizza will be provided.  The attorneys will discuss what it is like to practice in an array of real estate and property areas involving real estate transactions ranging from complex projects, such as Fourth Street Live and Liberty Green, to neighborhood and historic preservation issues to traditional transactions involving residential and commercial real estate. The attorneys are Fred Joseph (Stites & Harbison, a transactional lawyer focusing all aspects of real estate law including complex real estate transactions), Stephen Porter (known for his work on neighborhood preservation), Sharon Hardy (Weber & Rose, whose practice includes complex commercial real estate transactions), and Anne Scholtz (Borders & Borders, PLC, whose work focuses on real estate closings and other property law issues, estate planning and probate matters, and business formations and transactions). The speakers will discuss not only their work, but how they chose the career path and how new lawyers can chart their course.  A summary of the speakers' bios is attached.

Brandeis "Brief" Break in the oval on Thursday

Start practicing your wrist flick for the Frisbee Toss in the oval! 

Enjoy some fun in the sun on Thursday with a friendly "frisbee toss" tournament (think balloon toss, but with frisbees).  You can pair up with a classmate, professor, or staff member.  The students on the winning team will receive a $25 Barnes & Noble Bookstore gift card and a $15 Subway gift card.  A student paired with a faculty or staff member will win double the prizes!  

Meet in the oval at 3:45!  UofL Law frisbees will be distributed to students who participate and students who cheer on classmates.  Ask your favorite professor or administrator to participate in the fun!  The following professors and administrators are looking for partners:  Ms. Ballenger, Dean Hamilton, Dean Urbach, Ms. Thompson, Professor Roberts, and Ms. Wimberg.  If you don't see a professor listed, ask them to be your partner!

You can sign up in the Mosaic Lobby.  There is no limit to the number of teams.  Anyone can play!

We'll also send off the UofL Law softball team (Louisville Law b90) to compete in the 29th annual University of Virginia National Law School Softball Invitational Tournament.  This will be the second team UofL Law has sent to represent the school.  The team departs on March 30 for the competition.

Come join us! 

Congrats Wagner Moot Court Team

Amber Gratz, Denise Hall, and Leah Smith came in 5th of 46 teams after three preliminary rounds at the 36th Annual Robert F. Wagner Labor and Employment Law Competition. They advanced to the Octo-final rounds, and law school folklore is that we have been attending this competition for 36 years and only once before advanced.

SBA Elections - Voting Process

The voting for the 2012-2013 SBA Elections will be conducted via TWEN.  Voting opens on Wednesday, March 28th at 8:00am and closes Thursday, March 29th at 5:00pm.  Each student will be added to the necessary class on TWEN.  All you will have to do is click on the class and then on the "Customized Polling" option on the left side of the page.  This will take you directly to the ballot.  If you have any problems voting or have any questions, please email the TWEN Administrators on the page: Katie Bennett ( or Kristie Wetterer (

Below is the Unofficial Ballot:

President: Jacob Giesecke

Vice President: Colten Biro and J. Brandon Johnson

Secretary: James Hafley and Ronald Morton

Treasurer: Paul Bradford

Social Chair: Christy Ferko and Josh Waldrop

Career Services Chari: Dani Smith

Public Service Chari: Tara Skaggs

Public Relations Chair: Greg Finch and Jessica Williamson

ABA Representative: Derek Miles

Fundraising Chair: Erica Wood

Technology Chair: No candidates

SGA Representatives (2): Shawn Spalding

Third Year Class Representatives (2): Erin Kimla

Second Year Class Representatives (2): Billy Avery and Gayle Johnson

Honor Council - Third Year Representatives (3 Elected, 2 Alternates): Paul Bradford and Shawn Spalding

Honor Council - Second Year Representatives (2 Elected, 1 Alternate): Billy Avery, Gayle Johnson, Kaitlyn Jones, Tara Skaggs, Jessica Williamson, and Erica Wood


Congrats National Client Counseling Competition Team

Please join the MCB in congratulating Sarah Potter and Brittany McKenna on their performance at the National Client Counseling Competition in Durham, NC.  As always, they represented the law school with tremendous poise and professionalism.  The duo was touted by one judge as being among the strongest competitors throughout the competition.  Although they did not win the national competition, Brittany and Sarah placed in the top twelve teams of the 137 that competed. Well done on an excellent year!