Student News

Externship Opportunites 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 Attorney's Office in Louisville, the Office of 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.


Course Evaluations

Dear Students:

If you completed your course evaluations thank you!  Institutional Research, however, informs us that the law school response rate remains low for many courses. As a result, I am asking you personally to please provide confidential feedback on your experience in all of your courses.  This feedback is extremely helpful for faculty members to improve their courses and make the learning experience better for our law students.  In addition, it helps chart the course for curricular reform.  Without concrete data it is difficult for the administration to implement changes that will make our graduates better prepared to practice law.  

Thank you for your collaboration, it is truly appreciated.

Susan Duncan, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs


The Asian Pacific American Law Student Association is having a Louisville Law mug sale this week! Mugs are $9 each, or 3 for $24. Please bring cash or check to the law school lobby at the following time to purchase your mugs.

  • Monday, Nov 7th, 2011:        11:40 a.m -1:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Nov 8th, 2011:        10:15 am - 1:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Nov 9th, 2011:    2:15 a.m. - 3:50 p.m
  • Thursday, Nov 10th, 2011:     10:15 a.m  - 1:00 p.m

Academic Success Tip - Use a Calendar

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

Once you decide your priorities, plot out on a calendar which tasks you will complete each day.  Be realistic.  Mark down the actual hours you will spend on each task.  Consider the following possibilities:

  • Listen to CD’s in the airport, on the plane, or while driving.
  • Review outlines while in the airport or on the plane.
  • Photocopy the pages you need to read for classes rather than lugging all of your books with you.
  • Ask a family member or friend to quiz you with flashcards while you are at home.
  • Get up earlier or go to bed later than family so that you can carve out time to study.
  • Negotiate time to study when family/friends are doing other activities that do not need to include you.
  • Schedule time with family and friends so that you know when you can study and they know when they will see you.
  • Consider whether you can study in a different location than home in order to get time, space, and quiet for studying.
  • Plan to take Thanksgiving Day off if possible.  If you have too much to do, at least take a portion of the day off and have fun.
  • Use the template calendar attached.

Current List of Attorney Vacancies at the U.S. Department of Justice

See attachment.

2012 Spring Semester Internships in Congressman Geoff Davis' District Office

Applications for 2012 Spring Semester Internships in Congressman Geoff Davis' District Office are now being accepted.  In the district, these internships are part-time (1-2 days; 8-10 hours a week)While academic credit may be obtained, many students do the internships strictly for the educational experience.  Over the past seven years, more than one hundred students have interned in the Ft. Mitchell, Ashland and LaGrange offices.  Applicants must be enrolled in college or graduate school.

Preference will be given to individuals who submit their applications prior to November 15th.  For additional information, please contact the Ft. Mitchell office at (859)426-0080.

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