Student News

Paid Fellowships with the Law School

Last year, in a partnership with the Legal Aid Society and the Center for Women and Families, the Law Clinic received a grant from the US Department of Justice to represent domestic violence victims in custody cases.  As part of the grant, law students receive paid fellowships to do the work in court under the supervision of an attorney. 

Students who have completed a 4-credit course in the Law Clinic have said that gaining experience in the courtroom was the most valuable part of their law school career.  Rather than receiving course credit, students who participate in this fellowship work in the Clinic on a part-time basis and are paid.

Want to learn more?

Professor Shelley Santry and Attorney Bethanni Forbush-Moss will hold an information session on the CASE fellowship with the Brandeis School of Law.  This paid fellowship will run from May 2011 to May 2012 and involves representing domestic violence victims in custody cases in Jefferson Family Court.  All law students who have completed 60 hours are eligible to apply.  A limited license to practice law is required, and the forms are available in the Associate Dean's office. 

Your experience practicing law and representing clients in court will set you far apart from your classmates no matter what type of law you want to practice when you graduate.  Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

Come hear all about it tomorrow, April 19, in room 171 at noon.

Congrats to Recipients of 2011 Student Bar Foundation Fellowships

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2011 Student Bar Foundation Fellowships. There were a record number of outstanding applications this year. Everyone who made a substantial contribution to the success of the SBF Charity Auction received a fellowship as well as applicants demonstrating financial need, a commitment to public service and a connection to the mission of the SBF. The 2011 fellowship recipients will focus their summer service on (1) delivering legal services to the poor and indigent, (2) promoting law-related education; and (3) improving the judiciary, the legal profession, and citizen access to the legal system.

Students receiving fellowships will be working at a number of law-related public interest jobs this summer including judicial internships, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, the KY Department of Public Advocacy, the Legal Aid Society of Louisville, and Kentucky Refugee Ministries. These students will spend their summers working in Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Because the SBF is a student-run organization, we need students who are dedicated to our mission to help us solicit donations for the SBF auction next year. Please e-mail for information about getting involved and helping the SBF continue to support Brandeis School of Law students dedicated to public interest work.

Special thanks to Professor Abramson, the Student Bar Foundation Advisor, and to Dean Urbach and Vickie Tencer for their valuable assistance.

National Moot Court Team Members

Congratualtions to the members of the 2011 National Moot Court Team!


    Samantha Constantine

    Paige Hamby

    Stephanie Carr

    Brittany Hampton


Prof. Marcosson said he had a very difficult decision to make between all of the highly qualified candidates.  Please join the Moot Court Board in congratulating those selected, and thank you to all who tried out.

Final Exam4 Practice Exam Confirmations

A final, cumulative batch of Spring 2011 Exam4 practice exam confirmation e-mail messages was sent at approximately 11:21 AM EDT on Tuesday, April 19, to 370 students who had submitted a valid practice test during the practice test period, Monday, April 4-Monday, April 18.

If you submitted an Exam4 practice test during that period and did not receive a confirmation e-mail, you likely did something wrong -- probably identifying yourself by something other than your UofL user name (e.g., eapres01). However, if you did not receive a confirmation and believe you should have, please contact Jim Becker immediately.

Weekly Academic Success Tip - Organizing Your Exam Answers

When it comes to law school exams, all students struggle to organize their writing.  Even students who are quite proficient at responding to the hypotheticals posed in their classes can struggle and even freeze when confronted with a multi-issue, multi-party question on an examination.  Experienced lawyers rarely encounter this problem because organizing their answers has become second nature.  So, how do you accelerate your time table and handle the organization of legal issues like a seasoned pro?  The answer is easier than you may realize because, in the end, there are only a few things to keep in mind.  See attached.

Hooding Professors Part 2

Graduating students, the following professors received the most votes on our TWEN poll last week:

1. Prof. Abramson

2. Prof. Leibson 

3. Prof. Powell

4. Prof. Milligan 

5. Profs. Laura Rothstein & Giesel (tie)

Starting today on TWEN, you will be able to vote for the three professors out of this group that will hood you at graduation.  If you participated in the voting last week, then you do not have to add the "Hooding Professors" course again.  Just follow the same steps to vote that you followed last week.  If you did not add the course last week and would like to participate in the voting, then go to TWEN and add the course "Hooding Professors."  After that, click on customized polling, which will be located on the left side of the screen. From there you can select three professors. Then click "finish poll" which is on the top right of the screen.  Voting will end at 5 p.m. Friday, April 22.  If you have any further questions, please contact Daniel Cameron (

New Federalist Society Officers

Congratulations to the new officers of the Federalist Society:

President: April Wimberg

V.P. of Internal Affairs: Brandon Johnson

V.P. of External Affairs: Rebekah Gray

Secretary: Jonathan Raymon

Treasurer: Ryan Driskell

Class Representatives: Luke Markushewski and Kyle Winham

President Emeritus: Vince Kline 

Study Aids - Academic Success Resource Library

Students:  Have you checked out study aids from the Academic Success Resource Library that you are no longer using?  If so, please return them this week.  Several students are eager to review study aids in preparation for finals.  Check what you have and return what you no longer need to Room 212.

Summer 2011 offering of Women & the Law Canceled

The Summer 2011 offering of Women & the Law regrettably has been canceled due to insufficient enrollment.  If you need assistance identifying a substitute course, please contact Dean Arnold, Dean Bean, or Ms. Ballard.

2011-2012 SBA Election Results

Please see the updated SBA Official Election Results at the following link: