Student News

1L Moot Court Competition Final Four

Congratulations to Courtney Phelps, Blake Nolan, Ben Basil and Whitney True for making it to the Final Four 1L Moot Court Competition.

This is the lineup:

Courtney Phelps  v.  Blake Nolan
Ben Basil  v.  Whitney True 

For details about the final round and the celebration planned following it, please click on this link:

Moot Court Board Information Session for Potential 2009-2010 Members

The Moot Court Board is holding an information session regarding applying for membership for the 2009-2010 school year this Friday, April 3, 2009 directly following the 1L Lawyering Skills Class at 10:30 am in Room 275. Please attend this meeting if you are interested in becoming a Moot Court Board Member because we will be addressing important information.  We look forward to seeing you there.

In addition to the Moot Court Board Informational Meeting at 10:30 am on Friday, April 3 we will also be holding one at 2:20 on Friday, April 3 in Room 075. If you are interested applying to be on the Board for next year please attend one of these meetings. We look forward to seeing you there.  

Road Closures for Mini/Full Marathon on April 25

The following streets will be closed, or traffic will be disrupted, on the listed streets from midnight, Friday, April 24 to approximately 6PM, Saturday, April 25. There could be disruption to traffic on peripheral streets to those listed, because of the fluid nature of this event.

The law library will be open from 8 AM to 6 PM that Saturday.

Many thanks to Jim Bland for providing this report.

The route is described below:


Southern Parkway from 3rd Street (by Oakdale Ave) to New Cut (into the park).

Kenwood from New Cut to Seneca Trail.

3rd Street from Seneca Trail to W. Kenwood Way.

W. Kenwood Way from 3rd Street to BurkleyAve.

Burkley Ave from S. 5th Street to Southern Parkway.

Oakdale from Southern Parkway into S. 4th (into Gate #3 of Churchill Downs)

Central Ave from Rodman to 4th Street.


4th Street from Central to Breckinridge Street.

Breckinridge from 7th to Barret Ave.


Barret Ave from Breckinridge to Castlewood Ave.

Baxter from Castlewood to Tyler Park (near the other end of Castlewood)

Tyler Park from Baxter to Eastern Parkway.

Eastern Parkway from Tyler Park to Scenic Loop (inside Cherokee Park)

Lexington from Ledge to Grinstead Drive.

Grinstead from Lexington to Cherokee Road.

Cherokee Road from Grinstead to Broadway.


Baxter Ave from Broadway to Jefferson Street.

Chestnut from Jefferson to Main.

Main from Chestnut to Campbell Street.

Campbell from Main to Washington.

Washington from Campbell to Clay Street.

Clay from Washington to E. Witherspoon.

E. Witherspoon from Clay to River Road.

River Road from E. Witherspoon to Preston & Witherspoon.

Witherspoon from Preston to Floyd.

Floyd from Witherspoon to Main.

Main from Floyd to 2nd Street.

2nd Street from Main to Chestnut Street.

Chestnut from 2nd to 7th Street.

7th from Breckinridge to Market Street.

Market from 7th to 2nd.

JLE Interest Meeting

The Journal of Law and Education will be holding an interest meeting for potential candidates on Wednesday April 8th from 12-1pm in room 075. Please come with any questions you may have.



Extended Library Hours

The law library will open earlier and close later during the exam period, April 21 to May 1. However, it will be closed Derby Weekend (May 2-3) and the following weekend (May 9-10) for graduation.

Please refer to our Library Hours for details.


1L Moot Court Competition Bracket

Due to the hard and enterprising work of Algeria Ford and Barry Dunn, a brand new event has been added to the law school calendar:  The 1L Oral Argument Competition.  

More than two dozen 1Ls have volunteered to participate in the competition. The final round, slated for 3:00 p.m. this Friday, will be argued in the Allen Courtroom before the following panel of jurists: Chief Judge Danny Boggs, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; Judge McKay Chauvin, Jefferson County Circuit Court; Judge Ann Shake, Jefferson County Circuit Court

The presence of students, faculty and staff will be greatly welcomed. A brief reception featuring our guests and 1L finalists will follow immediately in the Cox Lounge.   

Below is the moot court bracketing from the quarterfinals (today) through the final round on Friday.

We'd also like to recognize all the 1Ls who participated in the competition:


  • Ben Basil
  • Brian Bennett
  • Matthew Birkhofer
  • Nathan Chittick
  • Jacob Davis
  • Sean Donaldson
  • Michael Gray
  • Nicole Kersting
  • Phil Lawson
  • Eric Lowe
  • Michael McKay
  • Blake Nolan
  • Marilyn Osborn
  • Courtney Phelps
  • Aaron Price
  • Katie Reisz
  • Jared Sawyer
  • Daniel Schoenbaechler
  • Beth Schroeder
  • Zachary Springer
  • Tommy Sturgeon
  • Samantha Thomas
  • Whitney True
  • Jenny White

Introducing the American Constitution Society

The American Constitution Society, a new organization at the Law School, is hosting its first Speaking Event on April 8 at noon, in room 175.  Attorney Gregory Belzley is a Pro Bono Attorney with Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.  He will be speaking on "Civil Rights of the Incarcerated."

We will also be holding executive board elections on April 14th for the fall term.  To stand for elections for the ACS executive board, you must join the national chapter. Membership can be obtained at  Elections will be held in room 80 from 5-6 PM. 

ACS is a progressive-minded national legal organization.  As a charter member of the national organization, the American Constitution Society at Brandeis School of Law seeks to promote the mission of the American Constitution Society:

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) promotes the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law.  These abiding principles are reflected in the vision of the Constitution’s framers and the wisdom of forward-looking leaders who have shaped our law throughout American history.  As a result of their efforts, the Constitution has retained its authority and relevance for each new generation.

The American Constitution Society embraces the progress our nation has made toward full embodiment of the Constitution’s core values. ACS believes that law can and should be a force for improving the lives of all people. We are revitalizing and transforming legal and policy debates in classrooms, courtrooms, legislatures and the media, and we are building a diverse and dynamic network of progressives committed to justice. Through these efforts, ACS will ensure that the institutions of American law reflect the highest values of our nation and serve the needs of its people.

James S. Fisher
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law

1L Oral Argument Competition: Quarter Final Round

The Moot Court Board would like to thank all of the students who competed in the Law School's first ever 1L Oral Argument Competition. Every competitor was extremely qualified and the scores reflected the immense preparation by each of you.

With that said, the following competitors have made it to the quarter final round:

  • Courtney Phelps
  • Marilyn Osborn
  • Jared Sawyer
  • Blake Nolan
  • Ben Basil
  • Eric Lowe
  • WhitneyTrue
  • Tommy Sturgeon

The competitors will be arguing on Wednesday as follows:





 3:00 Courtney Phelps  Marilyn Osborn  Allen Courtroom
 4:00 Jared Sawyer  Blake Nolan Allen Courtroom
 5:15 Ben Basil  Eric Lowe Allen Courtroom
 6:00  Whitney True Tommy Sturgeon Allen Courtroom

The Board would also like to thank all of the judges, students, and professors who helped make this competition possible today.

JAEL Information Session - Free Pizza!

The Journal of Animal & Environmental Law will hold an information session on Tuesday, March 31st in Room 075 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. for anyone interested in joining the JAEL for 2009 -2010. We are very excited about the upcoming year and cannot wait to tell you all about it! Free Pizza will be provided while supplies last! Applications are available downstairs by the student mailboxes or on TWEN under the course "Journal of Animal and Environmental Law."

If you are interested but unable to attend the meeting,  please feel free to e-mail Rexéna Napier at or Algeria Ford at with any questions. 

MCB: Mandatory Meeting, 4/1/09 at 12:10pm

The Moot Court Board will have a mandatory meeting at 12:10pm in Room 071 on Wednesday, April 1.  Several issues will be addressed during this meeting:

1) We will finalize/summarize this year
2) We will hold an election for the one contested position: Internal VP (Pirtle Washer)
3) We will let the new board begin outlining its plan for the future.