Student News

Student Bar Foundation Meeting (Open to 1Ls!)

If you are interested in being an at-large member of the Student Bar Foundation, please attend the meeting, TODAY - Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 12:00pm in room 171Membership is open to 1Ls! Dessert will be provided. If you are interested but cannot attend, please email Carly Harvey at We hope to see you there! 

The Student Bar Foundation is a charitable student-run organization that helps raise funds for student fellowships in law-related public service work. Each spring, we host a charity auction which raises money through a silent and live auction for our annual fellowships. This year’s Auction will be held March 29, 2012 at the Louisville Slugger Museum. 


There are benefits to being an at-large member! While SBF fellowships are open to all Brandeis students, priority is given to at-large members of the Student Bar Foundation. Past fellowships allowed students to work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse, the Department of Public Advocacy, Legal Aid, KY Refugee Ministries, the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the Kentucky Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, the National Juvenile Justice Network, the Center for Women and Families, and international service-learning programs in Rwanda and Belize. 

Slots Still Available for Public Service Week-Long Projects

This morning, the Office of Professional Development held its annual lottery for students to sign up to do their public service the week of December 12.  There are some slots still available and we are opening them up to all students.  Attached is a list of the projects that have slots available.  If you would like to sign up for one of these slots, please notify Jina Scinta by noon Thursday, November 10 at  Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Academic Success Tip - Create a Task List

This week’s tips focus on how you can use your time efficiently and effectively for studying during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Create a task list for each exam course or paper/project.  Determine which tasks are your priorities to complete over your break period.  Weigh the following factors:

  • Are there projects/papers/presentations that will be due before the end of the semester?
  • Are your outlines up-to-date for all of your exam courses?
  • Are certain courses extremely difficult for you and need additional review time?
  • Are you aware that you are behind in certain courses or portions of courses?
  • Do you need to make tables, flowcharts, or other graphics if you are a visual learner?
  • Are there certain supplemental materials that you want to read and study to clarify certain topics?
  • Have you had a chance to do practice questions for your exam courses?
  • Do you need to spend more time on memorization of the law?
  • Will you be meeting with a study group during the break period?

2011 Brandeis School of Law Alumni Awards

The 2011 Brandeis School of Law Alumni Awards were given out on Wednesday, October 26, 2011, during a reception dinner at the Brown Hotel in Louisville. Read more about this years winners.

Download a copy of the program from this years awards.

To view photos of the evening be sure to visit our Flickr page.

This year's award winners:

Creighton Mershon, Sr.

Lawrence Grauman Award

Donald Vish

Distinguished Alumnus Award

John Tate

Distinguished Alumnus Award

Nancy Niederman

Distinguished Alumna Award

Mary Jo Gleason

Distinguished Alumna Award

Tori Murden McClure

Distinguished Alumna Award

Karen Paulin

Recent Alumna Award

Lowry Watkins, Jr.

Dean’s Service Award

Linda Sorenson Ewald

Excellence in Teaching Award

Howard Fineman

2010 University of Louisville Alumni Fellow

Externship Opportunities for Spring 2012 - Professor Jordan

Each semester, several opportunities exist for skills-based externship experiences.  In spring 2012, student externs will be placed with the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office in Louisville, the Office of the Jefferson County Attorney, the Louisville Metro Public Defender's Office, the Legal Aid Society, Jefferson County Circuit and Family Court judges, and the U of L Offices of Industry Contracts and Clinical Research Services.  Information about requirements and enrollment deadlines is available on the TWEN course titled Externship INFORMATION Spring 2012.  You may also contact Professor Jordan for information.

Public Service Program Information Session - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy

The Office of Professional Development will be hosting an information session for all students TODAY from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Room 075.  Representatives from the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance ("VITA") program and the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy will be speaking to our students about public service opportunities available at their placements.

The VITA program is an income tax assistance program where law students assist low income individuals with their tax returns during tax season. Students will receive training in January and then participate in tax clinics at various locations around the city helping lower income individuals with their taxes. This is a great opportunity for any student who still needs to fulfill their public service requirement.

Pizza and drinks will be provided. See you there!

MCB Congrats!

Congratulations to the 2012 team for the Thirty-Seventh Annual Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition.  The team representing the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law includes Nathan Fort, Taylor Gerlach, and Victoria O'Grady.  Thank you to everyone who tried out for the team and best wishes for the competitors in March!

MCB Good Luck!

Please wish Natalie Humphrey, Brad Johnson, Brittany McKenna, and Natalie Smith good luck as they travel to Northern Kentucky this weekend, along with coach Professor Levinson, to compete in the Regional Competition of the ABA's Arbitration Competition.

Registration Forms are Due Wednesday

Registration forms, including a new Employment Certification card, must be returned to the Student Records Office (Room 217) by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 9. 

A Pre-Registration Permission Form must be completed by: 

  • Students wanting to take non-law school classes;
  • Dual degree students;
  • Full-time students wanting to register for more than 16 hours, and part-time students wanting to register for more than 12 hours;
  • Students wanting to register for an Independent Study; and
  • Students requesting to change divisions.

Please read the attached Registration Instructions before you register for your spring classes.  The spring 2011 schedule is posted at

If you have any questions concerning registration, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records.

Academic Success Tip - Strategy for Studying over Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday is around the corner.  What does that break period mean for you?  This week’s tips will focus on how you can use your time efficiently and effectively for studying during the holiday. 

Be realistic about your holiday plans.  It is common to tell yourself that you will study at least ten times more than you actually can or will do.  Lay out a study plan that will be achievable rather than unrealistic.  Think about your travel mode, your travel time, your family expectations, your priorities for studying, and your need for balance.  Sit down with your calendar now and plan your study strategy.