Student News

Public Service Opportunity: Improve the lives of at-risk children with disabilities

Volunteers are needed to work on a project to develop a Kentucky-specific consumer legal information handbook targeted for grandparents and other relatives raising children with disabilities. Understanding legal options and legal rights is essential for parents raising children with disabilities. Without this information many caregivers are unable to understand the options that are available to help them help the children develop their abilities and live happy and healthy lives. The handbook will include information on programs that provide financial support, health care, personal care, supportive services and education to families raising children with disabilities.

Volunteers will be assigned specific topics to research. The topics will be broken down using questions frequently asked by parents of children with disabilities, and the volunteers will be asked to develop answers and resource materials to address those questions. Volunteers will need to conduct research on the assigned topic including field research such as visits to programs and experts to gather information and materials. There is no fixed time or location for the work on this project, deadlines will be negotiated as assignments are accepted. All work with be supervised by David Godfrey, an attorney with nearly 9 years of experience in elder law. An editorial board of experts will be available for consultation. The editorial board will review all work from this project and provide feedback. The finished handbook will be widely distributed across Kentucky and will likely be used to train caregivers, attorneys and other advocates in this important area of the law.

Project completion is planned for this summer.

For more information contact;

David Godfrey,Managing Attorney
Access to Justice Foundation
Lexington, KY
859-255-9913 ext 12

Law School Hosts Open Forum with Justice Stephen Breyer

On May 6, 2008, the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law hosted a Kentucky Authors Forum conversation with United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Justice Breyer partook in a live interview with WFPL, followed by an open forum moderated by the law school's own Professor Sam Marcosson.

Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, took his seat in 1994. His book Active Liberty is based on the Tanner Lectures on Human Values that Justice Breyer delivered at Harvard University in 2004. In Active Liberty, Breyer argues that the Constitution's lasting brilliance is that its principles may adapt to cope with current situations.

Justice Breyer's WFPL Interview

The audience prepares for forum.

Members of the law school faculty.

Justice Breyer with Professor Macosson



Summer Classes--Last Day to Drop with 100% Tuition Reduction

The last day to withdraw from summer classes with 100% tuition reduction is Friday, May 16.

The last day to add a summer class is Friday May 16. 


Here's the plan for distributing information  related to Career Services over the summer.  On the law school's website ( click on Career Services and just read the front page for notices to students. 

Of course, if the Docket does actually get distributed during the summer when anything new is added, then we'll use that system also.  In either case, you'll have to take steps to receive the information, whether by regularly checking our website or by actually opening the Docket.

Have a wonderful summer, y'all, and don't forget that we will be here in the office if you find you would like our assistance.

Students Offer Services to Community Organizations

As a member of the larger Louisville community, the University of Louisville places a high priority on using its resources to strengthen and transform the local community. Participating in public service projects is common for UofL students, but some students took their involvement a step further this semester by organizing group days and, in some cases, embracing often-overlooked causes.

UofL’s Brandeis School of Law coordinated its first community service day April 5. The idea came about when students voiced interest in a school-wide community service project during the school’s strategic planning process last year.

Read the complete story by Todd Wetzel.

Booksigning with Law School Alumnus

Howard Fineman (class of 1980), Newsweek columnist and MSNBC political analyst will discuss his new book The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates that Inspire and Define our Country at Carmichael's Bookstore on Thursday, May 15th at 7 PM.

Attention Graduates

Friday, May 9, the law school will host its Senior Honors Program at 5 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom, followed by a graduation reception in the Student Commons from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Please rsvp to Simone Beach or 502-852-6366 no later than Monday, May 5.

Congratulations to all of you for making it through the program. We hope to see youat the party.

Public Service Opportunity: Pro Se Divorce Clinic

Legal Aid has scheduled the next Pro Se Divorce Clinic for Friday, May 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Legal Aid Offices.  Two students are needed for this clinic.  If you have taken the divorce clinic training and are available for this clinic, please e-mail Jina Scinta at

Students will be signed up on a first-come, first-served basis.

Important Planning for August 2008

Topic: On-Campus Interviewing in Fall semester 2008.

The firms are asking us to start on-campus-interviewing early this coming fall semester.  To be specific, Stites & Harbison is our first OCI and they are coming on Friday, September 5th.  THEREFORE, resumes and other items they request will need to be turned into career services no later than Tuesday, August 19th. 

What does that mean for you? The 19th is only the second day of school; so needless to say, people will have to have updated their resumes while still on summer vacation.

Your Career Services staff are here throughout the summer.  Monday through Friday from 9:00 - 4:30.  We recommend that you call for an appointment because, with such a small staff and vacations and everything, it is unlikely but possible that the office will occasionally be unmanned.

Contact Jerie at 852-6096 or Debra at 852-6368.

Journal of Law and Education extends deadline to April 25

The Journal of Law and Education has extended the deadline for completed application to April 25. Applications for the 2008-2009 Journal of Law and Education are available now in the Student Mailroom. Being a member of the JLE offers an opportunity to become published in a well-known journal. Further, you can expand your network while gaining valuable writing experience, impressive resume credentials, and writing samples for prospective employers.

The JLE operates under the belief that grades are not as important as excellent writing skills, dependability and strong interest, so any student who plans on attending classes through Spring 2009 is encouraged to apply. We are accepting over 30 candidates, so our acceptance rate is very high. Moreover, you can be a member of both journals at Brandeis.

The application packet simply contains a personal information sheet and a small sample case for which you will write an abstract. Applications are due on Friday, April 25. If you have any questions, contact Kevin J. Graves at Thank you and good luck.