Student News

Quiet Study Areas

Students are reminded that they are not to engage in loud or disruptive behavior in the library.  With final exams approaching, more students are using the library as a quiet place to study. Please show courtesy to classmates by not talking above a normal conversational tone, or engaging in prolonged conversations. The tables in the reading room on the library's first floor are suitable for group study. Quieter study areas are located on the second floor and lower level. 

SBF Executive Board Applications

Applications for the SBF Executive Board are now available.  Even if you have not participated in SBF before, you are more than welcome to apply.  SBF is the only student-led and student-run organization that provides fellowships for law students who pursue low-paying or unpaid law-related public interest work.

In addition, SBF is looking to expand its mission this coming year by providing opportunities for students to participate in both legal and non-legal community outreach projects, as well as providing opportunities for students to learn more about careers in public service.

Applications are due via email to Emily DeVuono at by Saturday, April 26.  Please contact Emily with any questions.

Attention 3L's - Graduation Event Survey

A survey has been created by the Student Bar Association in order to get student feedback in order to plan events for graduation week for outgoing 3Ls. The survey can be found at the Student Bar Association would appreciate any input from the 3L class.

Graduate Day at the Downs

The SBA will be hosting an on-campus brunch at 10am on Thursday May 8th, for graduating 3Ls and a guest. Racing begins at Churchill Downs at 12:45pm. There is no charge for either event. Complementary tickets for Day at the Downs may be reserved here:

Have a Hand in the Strategic Plan


The Law School has been developing its strategic plan to help guide the University and the Law School in its decision making to strengthen our trajectory as a school. The committee charged with creating this plan has gathered input from students, faculty, and staff along the way to create the attached final draft. Your input on the final draft is needed!


On April 1 and April 8, Dani Smith, Aaron Marcus, and B.J. Hardy will be able to suggest changes and speak to provisions that should remain, regardless of faculty dislike. On April 15 at the Faculty Meeting, Dani and BJ, as voting members at the Faculty Meeting, will vote on the approval of the plan as a whole.


Send any or all of us your suggestions, concerns, and/or thoughts; our contact information is below.


Dani Smith: SBA President, Voting member at faculty meeting, member of strategic planning committee -

Aaron Marcus: Member of strategic planning committee -

B.J. Hardy: Voting member at faculty meeting -

To view the current plan and Professor Warren's take on it, please visit:

How To Be A Good Summer Law Clerk - Tomorrow, April 15th at Noon - Room 175

TOMORROW, April 15, from 12:00 [noon] to 1:00 p.m., in Room 175, the Office of Professional Development will be hosting an information session focused on preparing students who will be working for a law firm, government agency, non-profit organization, or judge this summer. A panel consisting of attorneys and law students will share their advice on how to impress your boss this summer, what to expect in terms of assignments, how to manage your assignments, and how to prepare for serving as a law clerk. The panelists are:

Robert Croft, Jr. - Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl
Greg Mayes, Jr. - Attorney, Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett PLC
Philip Heleringer (2L) - Law Clerk last summer with Stoll Keenan Ogden
Lindsay Howard (2L) - Judicial Intern[ship] last summer with the Honorable John G. Heyburn, Federal District Court

This is information you need to know to be successful this summer! Lunch will be provided.


This public service opportunity is ideal for students and local community volunteers interested in immigration law. Professor Trucios-Haynes leads a team of volunteers on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail where immigration detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. Trained students, with the supervision of Prof. Trucios-Haynes, conducts "Know Your Rights" presentations to approximately 200+ detainees during each visit, and conducts individual in-take interviews of each detainee.

On Thursday, May 1, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 171, Prof. Trucios-Haynes will hold a training here at the law school to train students to go on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail to conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to detainees. The next jail visit will be on Friday, May 2.

Students interested in attending the training on May 1 and/or going on the jail visit on May 2, should email Prof. Trucios-Haynes directly by no later than Monday, April 21. Her email is When notifying Prof. Trucios-Haynes, please let her know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.

Students whose schedules do not allow them to visit the jail on Fridays can still take the training. All students are welcome. Once you have been trained you can attend a Friday visit when you are available. A more detailed description of this project is attached, along with some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail. More stories can also be found at:

If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit on May 2, please e-mail Prof. Trucios-Haynes by April 21, as well, so she can add your name to the list.

Students will receive public service credit for the training and site visits. Students will also be able to count their travel time to and from the Boone County Jail. Interested students should see Jina Scinta to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit. You can also e-mail her at

National Moot Court Team Results

Congratulations to the members of the 2014 National Moot Court Team:


Ryan Nafziger

Aaron Riggs

Bradley Schmidt

Aaron Williams


Thank you to all of the qualified and talented students who tried out last week. It was a very tough decision, as all the applicants were outstanding! 

Meet Bella at Paws for the Law!

Bella is six year old Newfoundland.  She was rescued at age three.  Once she met her adopted Mom and Dad, she knew she was home forever.  Bella loves people of all ages.  She is a dual certified service dog and therapy dog.

Bella has over 250 volunteer hours.  She has represented Pawsibilities Unleashed at Heroes Night Out, Fort Knox, and EKU, as well as many other venues.
Bella spends the majority of her time at Noe Middle School doing Animal Assisted Therapy with 6th graders and providing de-stress relief for anyone who requests it.  She loves to see her red bandana and hear Mom say, "Ready to Work?"  Her eyes light up, her tail wags non-stop, and her body wiggles happily!
Meet Bella at Paws for the Law on Wednesday, April 16th!

Indiana Bar Association Diversity Job Fair - August 21 & 22, 2014 - Indianapolis, IN

Attention rising second-year students interested in participating in the Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair on Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22.  There is a registration information sheet attached.

Fall 2014, full-time 2L law students (graduating May 2016) or part-time 2L and 3L law students (graduating 2016/2017) are invited to participate in the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair.  Candidates who represent all aspects of diversity and who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm are invited to participate.

Student registration is now open.

Students can register for the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair via Symplicity's web site at  After you submit your registration, an automatically-generated password will be provided, which will enable you to use the system throughout the next few months. The student registration deadline is July 19, 2014. Only students who have registered, bid and obtain interviews can participate in Diversity Job Fair events.