Student News

Congratulations Jeffrey Benedict!

Jeffrey Benedict, a first year law student, is one of three University of Louisville students & alums to receive a Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institutes for 2009. Sponsored by the United States Department of State, the CLS program was launched in 2006 to offer intensive overseas study in critical need foreign languages.  Since the initiation of this program, the University of Louisville has received 8 Critical Language Scholarships. 

Jeffrey will use his CLS to study beginning Turkish.  As a former George Mitchell Scholar, Benedict earned an M.A. from the National University of Ireland Maynooth in Musicology with first class honours.  Benedict graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2007 where he received numerous awards for his research on the practice of espionage by musicians throughout European history.  Benedict is currently a ROTC 2nd Lieutenant with a guaranteed place in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) upon completion of law school. 

JAEL Information Sessions

The Journal of Animal & Environmental Law will hold information sessions on Monday, March 30th in Room 175 and 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!


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

SALDF Invites You To Puppy Palooza!!

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund presents Puppy Palooza! Join us on April 5th between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Patterson Park & Jefferson County Traditional Middle School, 1418 Morton Ave., Louisville, KY.

Puppy Palooza provides fun activities and games for people and dogs! Free Admission! Featuring: a best trick contest at 3:30 p.m., a fenced in dog area for off leash fun, informational tables from local businesses and animal organizations including the Kentucky Humane Society and the Animal Care Society, free t-shirt giveaways and prizes, and a silent auction from 2-3pm with items including: $200 Barkstown gift certificate for grooming & boarding, restaurant gift certificates, pet clothing and MORE!

A portion of proceeds will benefit the Animal Care Society.



The new Journal of Animal and Environmental Law is seeking papers from students in the animal and environmental law areas. The student notes selected for publication will appear in the Journal's inaugural issue. There are two ways for students to submit their papers:


1) Email them directly to Molly Mattingly at 

2) Submit through TWEN by logging into TWEN, adding the course "Journal of Animal and Environmental Law", and submitting to the assignment drop box.


Those notes selected for publication will be notified shortly after the deadline and must be available to edit their papers as needed.

To be ensured of full consideration, papers MUST be submitted no later than May 15, 2009.


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.”