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ABA Facebook Sweepstakes

Please see the following information from the ABA regarding a sweepstakes opportunity:


Enter for a chance to win up to $10,000 in the ABA Facebook Sweepstakes at!  The American Bar Association will put a dime in the grand prize jackpot for every law student attending an ABA-accredited school who Likes ABA for Law Students on Facebook and submits an entry from.  You will also have a chance to win these weekly prizes: Two $1,250 travel packages from Hertz and Six $500 gift certificates for bar review course from BARBRI.  Enter today for all weekly prizes.  The sweepstakes ends at 11:59pm Pacific Time on October 31, 2011.  


MCB's meeting is TODAY, Thursday, October 20th in Room 175 @ 12:10.

Members: All MCB members except Pirtle-Washer competitors must attend.

1Ls: If you are interested in serving as a bailiff this Saturday, please attend the meeting.  If you are interested in being a bailiff, but cannot attend this meeting, email Eric Johnson at

MCB Happenings

Sign Up Deadlines for Moot Court Competitions

1. Sports Law - TODAY, Thursday, October 20th @ 5pm.

2. Tax Law - Friday, October 21st.

3. Patent Law - Friday, October 21st (submission date extended).

4. Labor & Employment Law - Monday, October 24th (submission date extended).

5. Energy and Sustainablity Law - Tuesday, November 1st.

For further information, please visit

Academic Success Tip - Beware of Bad Advice

This week’s tips focus on bad advice that is often given out by well-intentioned students.  Critique these pieces of advice carefully and consider the alternatives.
Bad Advice:  You don’t have to study as hard for an open-book exam because you can look up anything that you want.

Why this advice is bad advice:

  • You will have very little time to look up anything during the exam.  Open-book exams are traps for the naïve.
  • If you are only generally familiar with the material, you will not have in-depth knowledge to spot all of the issues and to support your arguments.


  • Treat an open-book exam with the same reverence as a closed-book exam.
  • Study the material so well that you “own it” rather than being generally familiar with it.  Then, you will not need to look up much.
  • If it is a code/rule course, you want to have a solid memory for at least a “condensed” version of a code section or rule because you will not have time to look up and read every code section or rule during the exam.
  • If a code/rule book is allowed, make sure you have extensive practice in using that source so you are efficient in its use if you must look something up.
  • Know exactly what the professor will allow you to bring to the exam and any restrictions on writing in books, etc.  Then, plan how to use those resources most efficiently and effectively and only when necessary.
  • Make good and creative use of tabs for code/rule books if allowed by the professor.

1Ls: Interested in Helping Moot Court Board with Pirtle-Washer?

This year's Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition, the law school's premier internal oral advocacy competition, will begin this Saturday, October 22nd at 9 a.m. at the Jefferson County Hall of Justice. The competition is only open for 2L, 3L, and 4L students, but 1Ls can still help as bailiffs.

Serving as a bailiff at Pirtle-Washer is a great way to gain exposure to oral arguments, which you will have to do in the spring for BLS, and is also a great way to meet local attorneys. If you are interested in serving as a bailiff this Saturday, please attend a Moot Court Board meeting this Thursday, October 20th at 12:10 pm in Room 175.

If you are interested in being a bailiff, but cannot attend Thursday's meeting, email Eric Johnson at

Welcome Reception for Howard Fineman (2011 Brandeis School of Law Alumni Fellow)

Students, faculty, and staff are all welcome to a meet and greet sponsored by the SBA to welcome back Mr. Howard Fineman.  The reception will be held on Thursday, October 27 from 1:45pm - 2:30pm in the Cox Lounge.  Light desserts will be served.  This is a great opportunity to meet one of our most distinguished graduates who is being named this year's Alumni Fellow.


Mr. Fineman is currently the Editorial Director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group and also reports and writes on politics for the Huffington Post main site.  He also serves as a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, where he regularly appears on shows such as "Hardball with Chris Matthews", the "Rachel Maddow Show", and many others.  Prior to October of 2010, Mr. Fineman was a reporter, columnist, and editor for Newsweek.  In addition, he has written a book The Thirteen American Arguments", which was a national best seller in 2008. 


Please join us in welcoming back Mr. Fineman!  Email Kristie Wetterer with any questions.

Sign-Ups for Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition

*Submission Date Extended*

If you are a 2L, 3L, or 4L and would like to represent UofL in the Wagner Labor Law Moot Court Competition, now is the time to apply. The competition will be held in New York City in March 2012. Please email the following information to Professor Levinson ( while cc'ing Brittany Hampton ( on Monday, October 24th at noon:

1. Resume
2. Completed Labor Law Info Sheet (see below)
3. A one-page statement of interest including any past experience in labor and employment law

For tryouts, be prepared to argue both sides of Thompson v. North American Stainless found at

Professor Levinson or Professor Render will conduct tryouts the week of October 31st. Signups for tryout times will be available on the Moot Court Board Office door on October 24th.

If you have any questions, please email Brittany Hampton.

MCB Congrats!

Congratulations to Nathan Batey and Sarah Christianson for making the Animal Law Moot Court team! Thank you to everyone who tried out this year!

Lawlapalooza 2011 Commercial

Lawlapalooza 2011: I Rocked the Law, the Louisville legal community's band battle to benefit the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Memorial Fund, is Thursday, October 27 at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., first band starts at 7:00.

Owsley Brown and UofL Brandeis School of Law

The Louisville community noted with sadness the passing of Owsley Brown on September 26, 2011.  Much has been written about the many ways in which his life affected our community.  This impact ranged from his support of the arts, environmental issues, culture of the state, corporate citizenship, and historic preservation.

Owsley Brown’s civic engagement touched the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law as well.  Five years ago, on November 13, 2006, the law school celebrated the 150th birthday of Louis D. Brandeis, for whom our law school is named.  Owsley and Christy Brown were major underwriters and supporters of the occasion, which included the publication of Brandeis at 150: The Louisville Perspective.  They also hosted a dinner for speakers, conference planners, and Brandeis family members at their beautiful home, which had once been owned by Louis Brandeis’s brother, Alfred.  Justice Brandeis’s descendants (3 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren) were there along with many local descendants of his brother, including Charles Tachau (L’48), Jean Tachau Haas, and David Tachau.

Owsley and Christy Brown again supported a Brandeis celebration event at the law school in May 2009, at the unveiling of Rob Shetterly’s portrait of Justice Brandeis.  Their underwriting funded both the event itself and the reproductions of the portrait that were made for display at the law school and at Central High School’s Law and Government Magnet classroom.  The law school’s reproduction is prominently displayed in the student commons area.

The Louis D. Brandeis School of Law community like so many others, expresses our gratitude for Owsley Brown’s interest in Justice Brandeis, and we share our sadness that Owsley Brown is no longer with us.