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MCB Reminders

Pirtle-Washer Competition à To sign up, sign sheet outside the Moot Court Board or email Eric Johnson at


Animal Law Moot Court à To sign up, email Paige Hamby at, and include a resume, writing sample, and a statement of interest in the email (maximum 1 page). The deadline for expressing your interest is Wednesday, September 28, 2011.


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Seeking Applicants for Intrastate Mock Trial

All interested 2Ls, 3Ls and 4Ls are encouraged to apply to participate in this year’s Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Competition, an annual trial advocacy competition among Kentucky’s three law schools: U of L, UK and Northern Kentucky University. Brandeis will send two teams, each comprised of four law students, to compete at this year’s competition, hosted by the University of Kentucky in Lexington on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 2011.


This year’s team will be coached by Sandra Moon, a 2011 Brandeis graduate, and Heend Sheth, Assistant Jefferson County Attorney at Jefferson County Attorney’s Office. Professor JoAnn Sweeny will serve as the team’s faculty advisor.


All students interested in applying should contact Eddie O’Brien, the competition’s Moot Court Board facilitator, at and provide a copy of your resume and a writing sample (preferably your first-year appellate brief or a substantial equivalent).


The deadline to apply is Friday, September 30, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.


The materials for this year’s problem can be found here:  (ignore the introductory material). For tryouts, applicants will prepare a brief 2-3 minute opening statement. Tryouts are scheduled for the week of October 3. An exact date and time will be forthcoming.

KY Legislative Research Commission seeking 2L Candidates for 2012-2013 Graduate Fellows Program

Each fellow will be assigned to work with a legislative committee and will be trained in the basic tasks of drafting bills, conducting public policy research, and providing support for legislative committee meetings.  A senior LRC staff person will be assigned to supervise and mentor each fellow and will complete any evaluation forms required by the fellow's university.

Graduate Fellows will work at the Legislative Research Commission in Frankfort a total of approximately 1,000 hours as follows:

May 14 through mid-August - 37.5 hours per week, for a total of at least 500 hours

Mid-August through about April 15 - approximately 20 hours per week, for a total of approximately 500 hours, which will include a session of the General Assembly

Thanksgiving through January 2 - fellows are excused from LRC responsibilities to concentrate on end-of-semester coursework

LRC Graduate Fellows receive a stipend of $13.50 per hour

Interested candidates should apply by sending a resume, cover letter explaining career interests and goals, and one research-oriented writing sample to:  Roy Collins, Assistant Director for H.R., LRC Graduate Fellows Program, State Capitol, Room 300, 700 Capitol Ave., Frankfort, KY  40601 by January 17, 2012.  The program will begin May 14, 2012.

Direct questions to:  Teresa Arnold, Deputy Director for Research, (502)564-8100, ext. 367 or


Government Honors & Internship Handbook Updates

Here are the most current updates for the Government Honors & Internship Handbook.  The website for the handbook is:  The User ID is:  snicker  and the Password is:  doodle

Academic Success Tip - Course Outlines

You are in your seventh week of classes now.  This week's tips are based on student questions that have been asked recently. 

What if I am behind on my course outlines?

  • For each course, calculate how many weeks behind you are on outlining the material. 
  • Start with the course that is most caught up and finish that outline first.  Then work on the next outline that has the fewest weeks to catch up and so forth.
  • If you are equally behind in several outlines, start with the course that you think you can do most quickly. 
  • If you have not started any outlines, decide which outline will be the easiest to do and complete it first.  Next easiest and so forth.
  • Block off time in your schedule to work on each outline over several days rather than expect to find 8 or 10 hours straight for outlining.
  • Set goals for when each outline will be current.  Try to have all outlines completed within 10 days – the earlier the better.
  • You will need to sacrifice weekend “fun” time to get on top of your outlining so that you only have to add new material each week.

SBA 1L Elections

Voting for the Student Bar Association 1L Elections will take place from noon to 1:00 p.m., Monday, September 26th through Thursday, September 29th, in the law school lobby. Only 1Ls may vote and each 1L may only vote once. 1Ls need to present a photo ID at the voting table to ensure voting accuracy. 

WestlawNext Training

Westlaw Representatives will host a WestlawNext training session from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28th in Room 175. All students and faculty are invited to attend.

Exam4 Information for Fall 2011

Important information about using Exam4 to take Fall 2011 exams is now available online and in print. This information includes software support changes, hardware and operating system requirements, instructions for downloading and installing Exam4, policy and procedures, and dates and deadlines for all exams.

1Ls are reminded they must attend an Exam4 information and training session Thursday, September 29, at 1:00 p.m. in Room 275. Bring your laptop!

A printed flyer, "Exam4 Essentials for Fall 2011," is available in the IT hallway, so pick one up today!

Lawlapalooza Karaoke Performer du Jour: Professor Tracey Roberts

Lawlapalooza Karaoke Performer du Jour: Professor Sam Marcosson