Student News

Mardi Gras Party - Tomorrow!

The food will be Cajun
The music will flow
Come wearing your beads –
It’s Mardi Gras don’t ya know!

Please join us!  Mosaic Lobby, Tuesday February 21, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Re-Examine Your Study Habits

We are half-way through the spring 2012 semester.  At this juncture, it is important that you take a few moments to seriously evaluate your academic situation so you can prepare to end strong.  Some of you will be able to pat yourselves on the back knowing that you have done, and will continue to do, everything that is necessary to stay on top of your classes and to understand the material.  For others, this is an opportunity to identify bad habits and to correct those habits.  Ask yourself the following questions to assess your likelihood of success, and use these questions as a guide to make positive changes during the second half of the semester:

  1. Have you kept up with the assigned reading in your classes?  Do you get your reading done in advance, or do you scramble on the day of class to finish your reading?
  2. Have you consistently briefed the cases you read in preparation for class? 
  3. Do you always read and take notes on the introductory material in your casebooks, and the notes that may follow the cases?
  4. Do you take good class notes?  Do you listen carefully to the dialog that occurs between your professor and your classmates, or do you find yourself checking your email, or checking your facebook page, or zoning out?  
  5. Do you consistently review your class notes within 24 hours so that you can fill in gaps and organize the material, and note any questions that you might have?
  6. Have you visited each of your professors during office hours at least once this semester to clarify questions you have?
  7. Have you started outlines for each of your courses?  Have you reviewed your outlines regularly throughout the semester?
  8. Have you taken advantage of every opportunity to practice your exam writing and to get feedback to improve your writing?  If you are a first-year law student, have you regulary attended Structured Study Groups; have you completed the recommended Introductory Problems in your Civil Procedure casebook; have you completed the Principal Problems in your Property casebook; have you utilized the Academic Fellow office hours; have you utilized your professor's office hours; have you taken advantage of your professors' offers to review your typewritten answers to certain problems? 
  9. Have you begun the memorization process – learning the rules and elements, learning the steps of analysis, and drilling regularly throughout the semester?
  10. Have you stayed organized this semester?  Do you keep a binder for each class, subdivided with tabs for your case briefs, class notes, handouts, and your class outline? 

If you answered “yes” to these questions, you are on your way to having a successful semester.  If you answered “no” to many of these questions, you need to refocus and make positive changes during the second half of the semester to increase your likelihood of success.

1L Brief Binding Fundraiser for Central Partnership Program

The sign-up sheet for the brief binding fundraiser is now available at the Law Resource Center. 1L students may sign up and get the coverstock for the brief covers for the next two weeks. Briefs will be bound on the following dates and times:

March 2 from 8a-6p

March 3 from 9a-6p

March 4 3p-7p

Total cost is $10.60 to be paid at the time the briefs are bound. All proceeds fund the Central Partnership Program.

Contact Courtney Pawley at with any questions.  

WLC T-Shirt Sales

New Spring shirt orders will be taken in the lobby today from 11:15-1:00.

Gray and black t-shirts (in medium and large) are also available for purchase on a first come first serve basis. 

 Cost: $12 with part of the proceeds going to charity.


T-Shirt sales will continue through Feb. 24. 

Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson to Speak at Graduation

I am pleased that Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson has accepted our invitation to address the class of 2012 at this spring's commencement ceremony. Very truly yours, Jim Chen

Student of the Month Award

The Student Bar Association is proud to announce that the recipient of the Student of the Month Award for January 2012 is Amanda Warford!

Amanda is a published member and the Senior Articles Editor of the University of Louisville Law Review, Volume 50. Throughout her time in law school, she has been a participant in the Street Law Partnership with Central High School, a research assistant for Professor Judith Fischer, and a member of many student organizations. Amanda is a recipient of the Bench & Bar Fund Scholarship, as well as of the Marian Kincaid Warns & Carl Warns, Jr. Scholarship. Last summer, she participated in a panel for the 28th Annual Carl A. Warns, Jr. Labor & Employment Law Institute entitled "Objection! Evidentiary Issues in Employment Litigation." Her legal experience includes working as a legal intern for Thomas M. Jones, an attorney in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, and as a law clerk for Bishop & Associates, P.S.C. She has also worked as a summer associate for Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP. After graduation, Amanda will be clerking for Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr. in Owensboro, Kentucky. She will then return to Louisville, where she has accepted a position with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP.


The Student Bar Association congratulates Amanda for her accomplishments and contributions to the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

Mardi Gras Party for Students, Faculty, and Staff on Tuesday!

The food will be Cajun
The music will flow
Come wearing your beads –
It’s Mardi Gras don’t ya know!

Please join us!  Mosaic Lobby, Tuesday February 21, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Journals Info Session - TODAY

Interested in Journals at the Brandeis School of Law?  Learn how to get involved and participate in journal activities and membership.  Come to an information session today at 12:10 p.m., in Room 175.  Representives from the University of Louisville Law Review, the Journal of Law and Education, and the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law, will provide information on journal opportunities and benefits. 

Papa John's pizza will be served.

Kentucky Attorney General's Office seeking Summer 2012 Unpaid Interns

The Kentucky Office of the Attorney General is accepting applications for unpaid law student internships for the summer of 2012.  Internships are available in the following divisions and offices:  Office of Rate Intervention (utility cases), Civil Litigation, Administrative Hearings, Opinions, Consumer Protection, Victim’s Advocacy, Prosecutors Advisory Council, Criminal Appeals, and Special Prosecutions.

Work stations for all divisions and offices are in Frankfort, Kentucky.  Interested law students should submit resumes to Sean Riley, Civil Director, by e-mail at on or before February 24th.  We cannot guarantee assignment to a particular division or office, but the students should indicate at least two divisions of interest.

Congratulations to our BarBri Silent Auction Winners!!

Congratulations to the winners of the BarBri Silent Auction.  Brandi Melvin and Nancy Vinsel will each receive a $1,500 certificate good towards the BarBri Bar Review Course.  The proceeds of the silent auction will be used to fund the BarBri Fellowship at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy for the summer of 2012.  We especially want to thank BarBri for their generous donation of these certificates.  Without them, this fellowship would not be possible.