Student News

JLE Applications available in Basement

JLE Applications are now available in the basement by student mailboxes.

Announcing the Journal of Animal & Environmental Law!

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law is proud to announce its newest Law Review, the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law (JAEL). JAEL is a natural extension of the increased interest and support of both Animal and Environmental Law at the Louis D.Brandeis School of Law. The new Journal will be a peer and student reviewed publication that will cater to academics and practitioners in these two growing fields of law. As such, JAEL will be an essential resource for judges, lawyers, teachers, and school administrators in Kentucky,across the country and around the world. 


JAEL is proud to announce its founding Editorial Board:


Editors in Chief: Rexéna Napier & AlgeriaFord

Executive Editor: Brian Pollock

Symposium Editors: Noelle Rao & Ebert Haegele

Senior Articles Editor: Kelly Crouse

Senior Notes Editor: Molly Mattingly

Articles Editors: Lauren Bean, Justin Brewer, Victoria Steinbach, Benjamin Silver

Notes Editors: Forrest Kuhn, Kristin Bourland, Adam Watson

Managing Editor: Melissa McHendrix


Informational meetings will be held next week for anyone interested in joining this bold new Journal. 

Edwin Perry Fellows Make Spring Break Count

This year's Edwin H. Perry Fellowship recipients, Christopher Ballantine, Gayla Cissell, Claire Rogers, Abigail Fargen, Andrew Henson, Maria Teresa dela Cruz, Jacob Davis, and Catherine Head, spent spring break in mediation training at Just Solutions, Inc. As a mediation training and services group, Just Solutions exists to create, facilitate, and teach collaborative processes for managing conflict and building community.  

The free training is made possible through an endowment established by local attorney, Edwin H. Perry.

Our students will now be able to participate in mediations referred from the Jefferson County Family Court in conjunction with the Family Law Pro Bono Mediation Project. 

Below are some photos of our students during a training session.

 Instructors at Just Solutions

 Chris, Gayla, Abigail and Mary


 Jacob and Claire 


 Andrew and Maria


Vegan Outreach - Presented by SALDF

Vegan Outreach will be on campus on Thursday, March 26th from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. in Room 175. Vegan Outreach is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing animal suffering by promoting informed, ethical eating. Discussion topics will include veganism and why it is important. Bring your lunch, we'll provide dessert and Red Bull while supplies last! 

Andrew Young Memorial Run/Walk

In memory of Andrew Young, several 3Ls have organized a group walk/run around the loop in front of the law school on Sunday March 29 at 12:00 PM.   We will take a group photo at noon and then walk/run around the loop for half an hour. Pets, spouses, and significant others are also welcome. It is unfortunate that many could not go to Andrew's visitation or funeral, so we will send photos to his family to show our sympathy and support.  All faculty, students, staff, and administrators are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Wagner Moot Court Competition

Drew Haile and Luke Vance competed in the Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court competition last week.  They had little time to prepare several arguments that they had not expected to make.  Despite that set-back, their performance rapidly improved over three rounds.  By the final round, they performed quite well, receiving the following feedback from the justices.  Chief Justice Cerruti stated that they “did very well” with a “challenging argument” where every fact presents a “slippery slope.”  He complimented Luke’s deferential attitude and good eye contact.  He stated that Drew was “forceful, confident, and responsive to questions.”  Justice Cunningham agreed that both Drew and Luke had a “good tone” and complimented the way Luke scanned the bench when speaking, stating that “everyone should do that.”  Justice Eskter stated that Drew “addressed hypotheticals very effectively” demonstrating that he was able to “remove” himself from the “facts of the case.”  In sum, Justice Eskter concluded that Drew and Luke, as well as their opponents, were “all four more than qualified.”

Sad News

The Law School is very saddened to report that Andrew Franklin Young, a third-year student, died March 19, 2009. The entire Law School community extends its deepest sympathies to Mr. Young's family.

Visitation for Mr. Young took place Sunday, March 22, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Morgan's Funeral Home, 301 West Washington Street, Princeton, KY 42445, 270-365-5595. The funeral will take place Monday, March 23, at 1 p.m. CDT at Morgan's Funeral Home.

The Law School will observe a minute of silence at noon on Monday in memory of Mr. Young.

New Printers!

We've installed two new printers in the Law Library: one in the first floor lab and one for laptop users.  Each new printer is an HP LaserJet 9050 -- candy apple red, with chrome fins and flame decals.  Laptop users who wish to use the new laptop printer must stop by room 119 and see John Shelman.  John will cheerfully install the driver for the new printer and get you connected.  Students will not be able to use the new laptop printer until Cheerful John has installed the driver for it.

The Journal of Law and Education Congratulates it's 2009-2010 Editorial Board

The 2009-2010 Editorial Board members are::

Editor-in-Chief- Algeria Ford
Chalk Talk (Notes) Editor- Noelle Rao

Chalk Talk (Notes) Editor- Chelsea Catiglioni

Administrative Editor (Articles) - Bradley Palmer
Administrative Editor (Cases) - Gayla Cissell
Articles Editor – Adrienne Henderson
Constitutional Law Editor - Duffy Trager
Torts Editor – Jennifer Ward
Disability & Harassment Editor - Rebekah Cotton
Employment Editor – Andrew Henson
Student Loans & Litigation Editor – Brian Fayman

Kudos for JLE Members

Congratulations to Bradley R. Palmer and Darren Mayberry for being chosen for publication in the JLE's April 2009 issue.  Bradley's exceptional note is titled "Uncle Sam, Tuition Costs, and the Changing Economy: Tax Incentives for Education Expenses and How to Improve Them."  Darren's excellent note is titled "The F-1/H-1B Visa Contradiction: Uncle Sam Wants Your Tuition, But Not Your Expertise Or Your Tax Dollars."

The Journal of Law and Education would also like to congratulate Algeria Ford on being chosen as the JLE's 2009-2010 Editor-in-chief.


~Kevin J. Graves, Editor-in-Chief
Journal of Law and Education (2008-2009)