Student News

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. 

Free Flu Shots for Law Students, Faculty, and Staff

Campus Health Services will be here at the Law School to give flu shots on Thursday, October 6, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Please remember to bring your University id card.

Academic Success Tip - Proofread and Follow Instructions

If you are working on writing assignment, one of the easiest and most important things to remember is to follow your professor's instructions and to proofread your work.  Should your paper be single-spaced or double-spaced?  What are the margin requirements?  What font is recommended?  Where are you supposed to write your exam number?  In what format are you supposed to submit your writing assignment, and when?  Whatever the instructions may be, do not overlook them.  You do not want to lose points over careless mistakes.

Similarly, take time to carefully proofread and revise your legal writing. 

  • When your document is almost finished, print a hard copy and put it aside for at least 24 hours to gain some perspective.  Then read your paper, looking for errors you may have missed.
  • For a fresh perspective, read the document aloud and check for errors.
  • As you read the document, consider that a sentence or paragraph should be clear on the first reading.  Revise any passages that do not meet that standard.
  • Check your citations against your original sources for accuracy.
  • Check your overall formatting.  Did you follow your professor's instructions?  Check your overall organization.

These tips were adapted from Professor Judith Fischer's Course Supplement for Basic Legal Skills 2011-12.

Alternatives to Practicing Law - Tuesday, September 27th at 12:15 p.m. in room 175

Please join the Young Lawyers Section of the Kentucky Bar Association in partnership with Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky for Alternatives to Practicing Law.  The program will begin at 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 27th in room 175.

This will be a discussion on possible alternative careers for lawyers.  Panelists will discuss their career paths, which include both non-traditional legal jobs and non-legal jobs, and how to create and implement an alternative career job search plan.

Panelists include Ashley Blacketer, Founding Partner of Barrister Capital Group, LLC, a Louisville-based provider of Litigation Funding Services); Brandon Coan, Policy Analyst for the Mayor of Louisville; Karen Eberle, Administrator with Sullivan University’s Paralegal Program; Jennifer Frazier, State Law Librarian; Stephanie Renner, Senior Vice President, Head of Compliance and Administration for American Founders Bank; and Susan Reale, Westlaw.

Food will be served outside of room 175.

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.


For additional details, please visit

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.