Student News

Decedents' Ball 2010!!!

On behalf of the Student Bar Association, I hope that you will attend Decedents' Ball 2010.  The party will be at O'Shea's downtown and starts at 7:30 p.m. and will officially end at 11 p.m., but I suspect that people will have a great time and will want to stay out longer than that.  Tickets will be sold from noon until 2 p.m. today and tomorrow in the lobby area of the law school.  Remember, there are no physical tickets.  When you pay your $15 to an SBA representative he/she will put your name on a list and you will be good to go!  Hope to see you there!

Academic Success Tip - Find Time for Exam Prep

Tip #4:  Allow time for three types of outline review.   Making the world’s greatest outline is counter-productive if there is no time to learn and review it.  One type of review is intense studying to learn the material in your outline initially (several topics or sub-topics each study period).  The second type of review is regular reading through the outline from cover to cover to reinforce material that you have already learned and anticipate material that you will learn (at least once a week).  The third type of review is additional careful studying of areas that still confuse you or are hard to remember (as often as needed to “conquer” the topic).

TODAY: Free QDoba in Room 075 at 12:00

Natural Moral Law: Does it exist? If so, so what?

Please join us and Professor J. Budziszewski, University of Texas, for lunch and a thought-provoking presentation from 12:00-1:00, downstairs in room 075.  This event will not conflict with the Academic Success Workshop.

Congratulations to This Year's Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Team Members

Congratulations to Ben Basil, Heather Sidwell and Kristen Staley for being chosen to represent our school as this year's Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Team!  The team will compete in the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition in New York City in the spring.

The Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Moot Court Team Selects members!

Congratulations to Marilyn Osborne, Whitney True, Chris Arnold and Richard Williams for making the Trademark Moot Court team!

Law School Sustainability Committee

The Law School is starting a Sustainability Committee of students, faculty, and staff to develop ways to make the Law School environment and practices more environmentally sustainable.  Sustainability is a focus of major efforts on campus, and this Committee will have Law School-focused activities and also will work with University-wide sustainability efforts.  If you are interested in participating, please let either Dean Arnold, (Room 213), or Dean Bean, (Room 216) know of your interest.  The Committee will form and start planning activities in early January, after the Spring semester begins.

Kaplan PMBR Table Day

Kaplan PMBR table will be on TUESDAY, November 2nd, from 10 AM-6 PM. Stop by for PIZZA at Noon!!!
1/2Ls lock-in your Kaplan PMBR tuition rates with a discounted deposit of $25—only available at the table!
3Ls lock-in your rates with a $150 deposit—only available at the table!
Taking November MPRE? Enroll for our FREE, online MPRE Course—no deposit on file is required. It is available NOW at!
Pick-up your free MPRE book at the table on TUESDAY. It is also available as a PDF on your student account—get started today.
1Ls utilize our FREE Civil Procedure Qbank at
Prices INCREASE after November 12th! Questions? Contact Jenn Murzyn at or Leslye Swigert at

National Trial Competition Tryouts

Tryouts for the National Trial Competition will begin today at 5:00 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom. 

Academic Success Tip - Find Time for Exam Prep

Tip #3:  Become aware of when you lose focus.  Determine why you are losing concentration.  Then, determine whether you can correct the situation.  Do you need to make your reading more active by asking questions as you read?  Do you need to move to a quieter place?  Do you need to write a reminder note so that you stop worrying about forgetting something?  Are you hungry and need a quick snack?    If you cannot re-capture your focus, then take a short break and come back once you are refreshed.

36th Annual National Trial Competition Tryouts

Tryouts:  October 27 and 28
(Sign-up outside the Moot Court Board Office)

Participate in one of the best trial advocacy competitions in the nation.  Students selected to compete on the National Trial Team will be more prepared for the courtroom than most second- and third-year associates in litigation firms.  Learn from experienced trial attorneys and polish your trial advocacy skills – objections; opening statements; closing arguments; direct examinations, cross examinations; impeachment; introducing exhibits; refreshing recollection; thinking on your feet; prepping “real” witnesses.  Don’t miss this opportunity.  

This year, for the first time ever, the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law will host one of the 14 Regional Competitions across the country.  The top two winners in each Region will compete in the National Competition in Houston, Texas, April 6-10, 2011.

The School will select two teams (consisting of two or three student attorneys) to compete in the Regional Competition, hosted in Louisville, on February 18-20, 2011.  This year’s Regional Problem will be released November 15.  It will be a criminal problem.  Teams will be selected and notified before Spring Registration begins.

To tryout, prepare and deliver an opening statement or a closing argument based on a past NTC problem – State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb.  The Grubb problem can be accessed on the NTC website under “Past Problem Archive.” The opening or closing should not last longer than 12 minutes.  Please also bring one copy of your resume.

Because the competition is in February, the majority of practices will be held in January and February (twice per week).  A few practices may be scheduled in November and December.  

Students will receive two credit hours for participating in the competition.  Questions?  Contact Kimberly Ballard, or Jared Sawyer, 3L (Room 212).