Student News

Kudos for JLE Members

Congratulations to Kate Barnes, Reed Troutman, and Cathy Barnes whose notes were chosen for publication in the JLE's April 2011 issue. Although the majority of states have a clause in their constitution establishing a free system of public schools, judicial interpretations of this clause varies across states.

Kate’s notes discusses the range of judicial interpretations and concludes that a broad interpretation, supplying educational materials and supplies without fees, is the only interpretation that meets the objective to provide all children equal access to education. Her note is entitled "‘Free’ Education: The Inclusion of Educational Materials and Supplies as Part of the Right to Free Education."

Reed’s note describes the recent advancement in school food law with the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in December 2010. Barriers to its implementation are discussed. The note concludes in support of subsidy elimination as a way to further improve the nutritional choices available to school children. His note is entitled "Health Food Advocacy and the National School Lunch Program.”

Cathy’s note describes the potential impact of the Race to the Top program which was created by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. With education policy historically being a state and local matter, the Race to the Top program, the largest competitive education grant program in U.S. history which makes funding contingent upon adoption of national standards, is viewed as coercive. It is suggested that other measures which place school funding decisions with parents will be more effective than federal programs in reforming schools. Her note is entitled "‘Race to the Top’ Only Benefits Big Government."

Law Review Applications Available

Applications for membership on the 2011-12 University of Louisville Law Review are now available in the resource center. Any student interested in earning academic credit, fulfilling their writing requirement, and building their resume is strongly encouraged to apply.

Members of the Law Review’s editorial board for next year will be in the mosaic lobby on Thursday (Mar. 31) from 11:30 to 1:00 to answer any questions about the application and selection process and to distribute applications. Any interested person who stops by to pick up an application will also be given a dessert-type treat.

Applications are due May 11th by 9 pm outside the Law Review office (rm. 238). If you have any questions about the application or selection process, please contract Elisabeth Fitzpatrick or JD Theiss.

Court of Appeals Hears Amish Case at the Law School

On March 24, Kentucky's Court of Appeals heard Jacob Gingerich v. Commonwealth of Kentucky in the law school's Allen Courtroom. The appeal from district court convictions is for failing to display a slow moving vehicles emblem on horse drawn buggies. The Amish appellants claim KRS 189.820 impermissibly burdens their religious freedoms.

Brian A. Smith, 1L, covered the First District Court trial for The Mayfield Messenger. His photographs were also published in The Courier-Journal.

Related news:
"Amish residents argue against using 'slow moving' sign on buggies" (WHAS11, March 24)

Judicial Nominations: A Judge's Perspective and Reflections

Journal of Law and Education Q & A Table

Are you interested in becoming a member of the Journal of Law and Education (JLE)?  While further developing your legal research and writing skills and contributing to the continued success of the journal, you can earn JLE membership status, earn academic credit, satisfy the law school’s writing requirement, write an excellent student note and be published, and increase your knowledge on current key issues in education law. Find out the details by stopping by the JLE’s informational table on Wednesday, March 30th in the Mosaic Lobby from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  Applications will be available during this time. 

Afterward, applications will be available by the student mailboxes.  Applications are due April 14th by 5:00 p.m.

Introduction to Lawyering Skills & Professionalism

If you are a 1L student and you are not registered for Introduction to Lawyering Skills & Professionalism, the class that meets on three consecutive Fridays beginning April 1, contact Ms. Barbara Thompson in Student Records immediately.

Barristers' Ball Info

Barristers’ Ball tickets will be on sale beginning Wednesday, March 30th.  The Student Bar Association will be sponsoring a Panera Bread Breakfast in the Mosaic Lobby from 9-11am. Tickets will be on sale at the table or through your SBA Class Representatives for $20 each.

All students who purchase tickets during the first week of sales (Wednesday, March 30th- Friday, April 1st) will be entered into a raffle for a variety of prizes including 2 iPod shuffles and various Louisville gear.  The raffle winners will be announced on Monday, April 4th in the Student Organizations Bulletin.

Students are encouraged to bring a guest and can purchase up to 1 additional guest ticket for $20. Purchase of a guest ticket however does equate to an additional chance in the raffle.  Tickets will be available for pre-sale up to Thursday, April 7th in either the Lobby or through a Student Representative.  Tickets will also be on sale at the door the night of the event for $30 each. 

Barristers’ Ball will be held Friday, April 8th from 8pm-Midnight at the Historic Henry Clay in Downtown Louisville.  Beverages and Hor D’oeuvres will be provided.  Proper dress for the evening is Cocktail attire.  Entrance into the event will require the physical ticket and a valid form of identification.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact your SBA Class Representative, Social Chair Molly MacCaskey, or Public Relations Chair, Chris Robert.  Additional information can be found on the facebook event page:

International Business Law Practitioners in Louisville Symposium

Come hear three successful international business law practitioners share their stories of how they built successful careers right here in Louisville, Wednesday at 12:10 in room 075. We will be joined by Prof. Robert Brown of Greenbaum, Doll and McDonald, Mr. Dennis Clare, and Mr. L. Srinivasan of CGN Business Performance Consulting. Come with questions. Pizza will be provided.

Congratulations to the Securities Moot Team

Professor Warren would like to extend his congratulations to the Securities Moot Court Team, Jennifer Monarch and Marlow Riedling, for their hard work and strong performance at this weekend's Securities Moot Court Competition.

Although the team did not advance to the final rounds, they competed very hard and impressed the judges in the preliminary rounds with their poise, strong oratory ability, and broad knowledge of the competition's complicated subject matter.  

The Brandeis School of Law is proud of Marlow and Jennifer!


Today: ILS Rice of the World Fundraiser Lunch

Buy from us in the lobby today! You can choose from three delicious, from-scratch rice dishes, plus a dessert and a drink, for $5. Please support the International Law Society.