Student News

May 2012 Graduates

If you are planning to graduate May 2012 and have not applied for your degree, please contact Barbara Thompson ( in Student Records (Rm. 217) immediately.

1L Brief Binding Fundraiser for Central Partnership Program

As a fundraiser for the Central Partnership Program, Central Fellow Courtney Pawley will be binding appellate briefs for 1Ls from March 2-4. There will be a sign-up sheet at the Resource Center beginning Monday February 20 if you would like to have all three briefs bound for the low cost of $10.60. When you sign-up on the sheet you will receive red or blue paper for the covers of your briefs.


BLS professors will have more details next week to give to interested students. 


Bar Bri Silent Auction Ends at 12:30 p.m. TODAY!

This is a reminder that the Bar Bri silent auction for two $1,500 certificates going towards the Bar Bri Bar Review Course will end TODAY at 12:30 p.m.  Bid sheets are posted in the student lobby area.  The winners will be announced at the Bar Bri table in the Mosaic Lobby as soon as they have been determined.  If you are not available to place your last minute bid, you can send a friend as a proxy.  Good luck!

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.  Papa John's pizza will be provided.

Tax Externship - Summer 2012

Tax Externship - Summer 2012

If you are interested in participating in the 2012 Summer Tax Externship, contact Professor Blackburn for detailed information.


All applications must be completed by 1 April 2012.

MCB Congrats!

This past weekend the Law School's American College of Trial Lawyers mock trial teams competed in Grand Rapids, Michigan in Region 7 of the ACTL National Trial Competition.  Two teams represented the Law School - Samantha Constantine and Thomas Stevens, and Paul Chumbley and Josh Porter

After competing in three preliminary rounds, Samantha and Thomas were one of four teams (out of 24) that advanced to the final rounds.  UL was paired against UK.  Both teams were undefeated.   Samantha and Thomas, who represented the plaintiff during the final trial, defeated UK, and were declared co-champions of the Region 7 ACTL National Trial Competition.  Samantha and Thomas will now represent the Law School and Region 7 in the 37th Annual National Trial Competition to be held in Austin, Texas, March 21-24, 2012.  Only two teams advance from each of the 14 regions across the country.

The teams and coaches want to thank all UofL law students who served as witnesses during practices.  Both trial teams put in countless hours to prepare for the competition.  Samantha and Thomas will now receive a new civil problem and will have one month to prepare both sides. 

The ACTL National Trial Team coaches, Kimberly Ballard and Rob Riley, congratulate Samantha and Thomas for advancing from one of the most competitive NTC regions in the country!

MCB Congrats!

Christopher Arnold, Lucas Markushewski, Sean O'Tormey, and Richard Williams delivered strong performances in the Lefkowitz Trademark Regional this weekend in Atlanta. Although they did not advance to the finals, the judges gave positive feedback, noting that they had "fantastic delivery" and were "strong advocates." Further, the team "took on a tough argument and stuck to it." The team worked very hard this semester with coach Jack Wheat, and we thank them for being such great representatives of UofL Law.

Paul Casi Law Office Seeking Law Clerk

Plaintiff's law firm, with their main focus on medical malpractice, personal injury and products liability, is seeking a highly competent, hard-working law student with a positive attitude willing to be a team player.  Duties are varied and include, but are not limited to, legal research, legal writing, some "running", etc.

Apply through Symplicity.

Class Ranks are Available - Follow Instructions Below

Class ranks are now available.  You can receive your class rank in person by visiting the Student Records Office (Room 217), OR by sending an email request to Barbara Thompson at, OR by sending a written request.  You must use your address to request your class rank via email.

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