Student News

Arbitration Moot Court Team

Are you interested in participating in an arbitration competition? The American Bar Association Law Student Division hosts one. The regionals will be held in November. The finals will be held January. More information is available at

If you are interested in competing on the four member team, please fill out the attached form and submit it, a statement of interest (no more than one page, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12, 1” margins) and a copy of your résumé to Professor Levinson ( You may also leave these materials in the marked folder on the Moot Court Board Office door. Please also sign up for an interview time on the sign-up sheet on the Moot Court Board Office door. Be sure to submit your materials and sign up for an interview by Friday, March 23. During your interview, you will be asked to give a closing statement (no longer than 10 minutes) on behalf of the Port Adair Sports Authority from the case file of last year’s competition, which is also attached to this announcement.

If you have any questions, please email Brad Johnson at

SBA Final Candidate Interest Meetings Today

Any students interested in running for an SBA position for next year's council must attend one of the candidate interest meetings today (Wednesday, March 21st) at 12:00pm or 5:00pm in the SBA office - Room 245.  If you are unable to attend one of the meetings but are still interested in running for a position, you must email Kristie Wetterer ( by 5:00pm today.  Please see the attached document for the Election Rules. 

Everything You Need to Know About Federal Judicial Clerkships!

Have you been thinking about applying for a federal judicial clerkship?  Do you want to know what a federal judicial clerkship is about?  If you are a 2L, you won't want to miss this information session.  On Thursday, March 22 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 175, the Office of Professional Development will be hosting an information session on everything you will need to know about how to apply for federal judcial clerkships on OSCAR, the documents required to upload with your application, and upcoming deadlines.  We will have a panel of past, present and future students who have received federal judicial clerkships.  They will provide valuable insight on their experiences through this process. Although this is geared toward 2L students, 1L students are certainly welcome to attend. 

If you have given any thought to applying for these clerkships, please be sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend. 

MCB Congrats!

Louisville recently performed well at the The Energy and Sustainability National Moot Court Competition. Louisville was represented by Lize Goykhberg, Jacob Giesecke, and Tyler Fleck who returned from Morgantown, WV as semi-finalists. After the 4 preliminary rounds, Louisville was the last team selected to advance to the Quarterfinals. Putting together a strong performance, Louisville advanced to the semi-finals to argue against the number 1 seed. This was Louisville's first year to compete in the competition. The University of Kentucky was last year's winner of the competition, but finished 5th this year, being edged out by Louisville.

MCB Good Luck!

On Wednesday, March 21, National Trial Team members Thomas Stevens (3L) and Samantha Constantine (2L) will travel to Austin, Texas to represent the Law School in the 37th Annual National Trial Competition hosted by the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Samantha and Thomas earned the invitation to compete at the National Competition after winning the Region 7 competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Samantha and Thomas will compete against law schools from 13 other regions across the country, including Yale Law School, St. John’s University School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Wake Forest University, Washington University, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and Loyola Law School.  Good luck at Nationals!

MCB Congrats!

Congratulations to Brandon K. Johnson and Eric Johnson who represented the University of Louisville this past weekend in the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Patent Law Moot Court Competition in Houston, TX. Although Brandon and Eric did not advance to the next round, they received a lot of positive feedback from the judges.  They were praised for having well-structured arguments, being prepared to answer difficult questions, and also handling adverse facts well, without having to concede main points. Additionally,  Brandon and Eric forced the other team to concede main points of their argument and the judges were impressed with the way the team addressed several points on rebuttal that were brought up by the judges during the other side's argument.  Congratulations again to Brandon and Eric for representing our school so well in Houston.

Thursday March 22 Registration Advising Program for 1L Students

The required 1L Registration Advising Program is scheduled for Thursday, March 22, at 12:30 in Room 275.  Professor Les Abramson; Dean Kimberly Ballard; and Dean Susan Duncan will tell you everything you need to know for creating a schedule of courses and registering!  The program begins promptly at 12:30; attendance will be taken.  Students should plan to eat lunch before the program begins.  See you there! 

Law School Democrats of America

Are you interested in starting a chapter of the Law School Democrats of America, the official law student arm of the Democratic National Committee (DNC)?  Currently, there are over 90 chapters at ABA-accredited law schools throughout the nation.  Having an active Democratic law student presence on your campus is critical so your student body can be informed about the events and programs that the Law School Democrats of America are working on.  A few of those events and programs including:

  • attending the annual Law Democrat Convention;
  • assisting the DNC on certain election research law projects for the Obama re-election campaign;
  • organizing voter protection efforts with the Obama campaign team for the upcoming re-election in November 2012;
  • invitations to closed networking events and campaign meetings with top Democratic attorneys and DNC staffers;
  • participating in our mentoring program with the Obama Lawyers Committee, which pairs a Democratic law student with a prominent Democratic attorney in the law student's desired practice area; and
  • invitations to the DNC Nominating Convention in Charlotte.

The 6th Circuit Chair of the Law School Democrats of America can also help in providing nationally known speakers for student events at the Law School.  If any students are interested in forming a chapter, please contact Jessica Doogan, the 2011-2012 6th Circuit Chair.  Ms. Doogan can provide a start-up kit and on-going support that will give the Democratic student leaders all the resources they need in getting the chapter off the ground.  Ms. Doogan’s contact information is 614-477-9979 <tel:614-477-9979>  or

SBA Elections - Candidacy Interest Meetings Today

SBA Elections for the SBA 2012-2013 will take place the week of March 26, 2012.  Please see the attached document regarding Election Rules and Procedures.  If you would like to run for a position, you must attend a Candidate Interest Meeting during the week of March 19, 2012.  The times for the meetings are in the attached document.  The following positions will be elected during the election: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Social Chair, Career Services Chair, Public Service Chair, Public Relations Chair, American Bar Association Law School Division Representative, Fundraising Chair, Technology Chair, two (2) University of Louisville Student Government Association Senators, two (2) Third Year Class Representatives, and two (2) Second Year Class Representatives.  Honor Council Elections are also included in the SBA Elections and the following positions will be elected: Five (5) Third Year Students and three (3) Second Year Students - the two (2) Third Year Students and the one (1) Second Year Representative with the least number of votes are elected as Alternates on the Honor Council.  Please see the attached document for further details on the election.

Financial Guidance Program Today

The Financial Guidance Program is today (Tuesday March 20th) from 12:00-1:00pm in Room 275.  Representatives from the UofL Financial Aid Office, Republic Bank, Northwestern Mutual, and McCauley, Nicolas & Company will be there to discuss loan repayment and financial planning while you are in law school and after graduation.  Jimmy Johns will be served!