Student News

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.

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

Bar Exam Panel - Next Thursday

Upper division students:  Join several recent UofL Law graduates on Thursday, October 27, for a panel discussion regarding the Kentucky and Indiana bar exams – what to expect; the application process; bar review options; handling stress; preparing financially; and much more.  All panelists are eager to share their experiences with you in preparing for, taking, and successfully passing the bar exam.  Dean Ballard will also provide attendees with important information on deadlines and helpful information to complete the bar exam application. The session will begin at 12:10 p.m., in Room 275.  Lunch will be provided.

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:  When you have someone else’s outline for the course, you don’t need to make your own outline.

Why this advice is bad advice:

  • Having the outline of someone else who did well in a course does not mean that you will do well in the course.  You will only do well if you know the material in-depth and understand it and can apply it.  Having an outline from an anonymous source is even less positive because you do not know if the student who created it did well in the course.
  • An outline matches someone else’s learning styles and may not match how you learn material.  It also does not tell you how to apply the material to new fact scenarios – the very essence of law school exams.
  • Outlines of other students are shortcuts that avoid your having to process the information yourself.  Processing the information through your own outlines increases understanding and retention of material.
  • Outlines from prior years may not include changes in the law, changes in the professor’s approach to a subject, and changes in textbooks.  Unless you are carefully taking notes and outlining, you may miss important changes since the last time the professor taught the course.
  • When each member of a study group outlines one course and then gives her/his outline to the other study group members, the same type of problems can result.  Each study group member will know the course s/he outlined very well.  Each study group member will only have a partial understanding of the other courses.


  • If you have not already done so, begin NOW to process material and make your own outlines.  Use any outlines you have depended upon up to now only as comparisons.
  • Consider whether you can condense material before you put it in your own outlines so that you will not have to condense your outlines later.
  • Be efficient and effective in making your own outlines: do not include everything – include the important things that give you the bigger picture and inter-relationships.
  • Consider whether flowcharts and other visuals will be helpful for you as a way to condense the material and understand the “big picture” of the course.

Lawlapalooza 2011: Today's Featured Band

Skinny and Small: The Ultimate Government Cheese Tribute

Skinny and Small: The Ultimate Government Cheese Tribute brings the classic alt-Southern-Country-Punk Rock sounds of mid-1980s Bowling Green, Kentucky (“the Athens, GA of South-Central Kentucky”) to this year’s Lawlapalooza.

Riding a resurgence of interest in the Bowling Green sound among now-middle-aged, minivan-driving professionals looking to recreate the magic of legendary nightclubs such as Picasso’s and Tewligan’s, and the gritty punk glamour of CBGB’s, Skinny and Small has quickly developed a reputation as the hardest-working band on the Government Cheese tribute band circuit, taking top honors at festivals such as “Lost River on the Ohio River” and “Picasso’s at the Lapin Agile.”

Representing the UofL Brandeis School of Law, Skinny and Small unites brothers Viva Las Vegas on guitar, Reggie Las Vegas on vocals and Jaime Las Vegas on drums with guitarist (and sometimes law professor) Tim Hall and longtime family friend Donnie Bott on bass for a six-song, 100-decibel tribute to the best damn rock band you’ve never heard of.

MCB Happenings

Sign Up Deadlines for Moot Court Competitions

1. Securities Law - Wednesday, October 19th @ 5pm.

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

3. Tax Law - Friday, October 21st.

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

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

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

For further information, please visit

MCB Members: Upcoming Responsibilities

Thursday 10/20:  Information session in Room 175 at 12:10 p.m.  All MCB members except Pirtle-Washer competitors must attend.

Saturday 10/22:  Preliminary rounds located at the Hall of Justice during 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.  Those members competing in Pirtle-Washers may leave when done competing.  Responsibilities for the day will be discussed on 10/20.

Friday 10/28:  Competition rounds are at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  Attendance of MCB members is optional but encouraged for the competition.

Friday 10/28:  Light reception from 3-5 p.m.  Snacks will be served.  Attendance is exclusive to MCB members, Pirtle-Washer competitors, and judges.  MCB alumni reception from 5-7 p.m.  Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.  There will be a cash bar.

A Conversation with Congressman John Yarmuth

U.S. Representative John Yarmuth will be speaking in at University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Tuesday, October 18th, 6:00 - 7:00 pm in the Allen Courtroom.

Congressman Yarmuth represents Kentucky’s 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In his third term, Congressman Yarmuth was selected to the Committee on Budget, the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and the Committee on Ethics. He served as President of the Freshman Class, as Senior Whip, and was named Legislator of the Year by the Kentucky Reading Association, "Outstanding New Member of Congress" by the Committee for Education Funding, which is the largest non-partisan education organization in the nation, and "Best of Congress" by Working Mother Magazine and Corporate Voices for Working Families both in 2008 and 2010.

Though best known for his work in the media, Yarmuth’s diverse career, prior to entering the political arena, gave him a solid background in policy, business, higher education, and healthcare.

Yarmuth previously worked on Capitol Hill as Legislative Aide for Kentucky Senator Marlow Cook from 1971 to 1974, before moving back to Louisville, to publish Louisville Today Magazine.  He went on to work as Associate Vice President of University Relations at the University of Louisville and Vice President of a local healthcare firm.

In 1990, Yarmuth founded LEO Newsweekly, a free publication with approximately 150,000 monthly readers.  With Yarmuth as editor, LEO won nearly 100 Metro Louisville Journalism Awards, 16 of which were awarded to Yarmuth for his editorial and column writing. He owned the paper from 1990 to 2003, and continued writing his columns through 2005.

On television he debated local and national politics as co-host and commentator on WAVE 3’s "Yarmuth & Ziegler" in 2003 and “Hot Button” in 2004 and 2005.

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Congressman Yarmuth graduated from Atherton High School.  He went on to earn a degree in American Studies from Yale University.