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Environmental Law Competition Update

 Professor Long is happy to accept writing samples (preferably a brief) for the Environmental Law Comeptition by email at through Saturday, Sept 29.  


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Sign up now to participate in the Environmental Law Competition to be held at Pace Law School, White Plains, New York from Feb. 21-23, 2008. Brandeis is participating in this appellate style competition for the first time this year, so all students with an interest in environmental law should show their support. A sign up sheet is posted on the Moot Court Office door, room #183. A writing sample is required and must be submitted to room #262 by Thursday, September 27, 2007. More information is posted on flyers around school, the Moot Court Office, and Prof. Long's office, room #262.

Public Service Opportunity: Legal Researcher

Volunteer Job Announcement for a Legal Researcher to work with the Gulf Coast Civic Works Project Legal Researcher.  The Gulf Coast Civic Works Program (GCCWP) will select 10-15 legal researchers from law schools across the country to work with a group of Law Professors, Legal Practitioners, community organizations and government officials around labor issues in Gulf Coast Recovery.  

Legal Researcher will perform (remotely, no relocation necessary) a variety of duties related to legal proceedings, technical writing; acts as a liaison between community organizations, private attorneys, and State agencies/institutions.

For more information about this position, please see or email Mary Jo Gleason (  This position is ideal for Law Students seeking to enter Legislative Law, Government Relations/ Lobbying or pursuing an LLM or other advanced degree in Constitutional, Labor or International Law.  The requirements for the position are to be a 2L or 3L student currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school. Excellent academic credentials in Legislative, Constitutional and Administrative Law courses required. Experience in legislative support or government relations desired, but not necessary. Undergraduate background in History, English, Liberal Arts, International Studies, Economics and Political Science is preferred. Law Review, Moot Court, Top 10% of class ranking and past participation in the Student Hurricane Network or Matchmakers for Justice will receive preferential review.

This volunteer position meets the requirements for the public service program.

Law Student Union Summer Internship

A ten-week summer internship for law students interested in getting hands on experience with legal representation of unions and grassroots organizing.  2Ls must apply by October 22.  1Ls must apply by January 28.  Information available at

Humane Society Fundraiser

We have one extra ticket to a Humane Society Fundraiser this Saturday in Lexington.  This is a great opportunity to network in the Animal Law community.  Further, Wayne Pacelle, President and CEO will be there talking, as well as Susan Monger who is in charge of the Rural Veterinarian Services.  Please contact Ashley Duncan for further information if you are interested in attending.  The ticket is first come first served.

Lambda Law Caucus Opposes JAG Discriminatory Policy

Representatives of two military branches of JAG, the legal arm of the U.S. military, will be present over the next two weeks recruiting Brandeis law students. As the military continues to discriminate in its hiring policies, the members of Lambda Law Caucus wish to reiterate our continuing opposition to JAG's presence on campus.

According to the bylaws of the Association of American Law Schools, under which this law school is presently certified, our school has an affirmative duty to provide students with equal opportunities to obtain employment without discrimination based upon several criteria, including sexual orientation. The Brandeis School of Law requires every employer recruiting law students on campus to sign the school’s nondiscrimination policy. However, the law school has been forced to make an exception and grant the military access to campus because the United States Congress under the Solomon Amendment threatens to withhold federal funding from the entire University if the law school does not comply.

We stand against the federal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy which prohibits otherwise qualified, willing and patriotic lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people from serving in the armed services if their sexual orientation is ever disclosed. We call upon the United States Congress to repeal both the disgraceful “Solomon Amendment” that forces law schools to abandon their nondiscrimination policies, and the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy that forces LGBT servicemembers to either sacrifice their personal integrity by serving their country in silence or forsake their hope for an honorable military career.

DUE FRIDAY -- SBA Halloween Design Contest Submissions

Interested in free Decedent's tickets? Submit a t-shirt design for Halloween to the SBA office by Friday, September 28th. During the week of October 1, the student body will vote for the best t-shirt design. The winner will get his/her design printed on the t-shirts AND two (2) free tickets to the Decedent's Ball.

Please submit your design for a white t-shirt with no more than three (3) colors for the design. Submission forms are available in the SBA office.

QUESTIONS: Contact Rebecca Simms at 502-807-2170 or

Kentucky Lawyers and Judges Share Experiences with Students

As a part of the Partners in Professionalism program sponsored by the University of Louisville School of Law and the Louis D. Brandeis American Inns of Court, a panel of two appellate court judges and two attorneys shared with interested law students what it means to be professional. The presentation, "Beyond the MPRE: What You Need to Know About Being a Professional in the Practice of Law," brought together students and members of the bar to discuss the realities of law practice and the need for civility, discretion, and respect in those who choose this career.

Partners in Professionalism will host three more programs throughout the school year:

  • October 23 - Avoiding the Money - How to Stay Out of Trouble
  • January 29 - What You Need to Know About Clients
  • March 4 - What You Need to Know to Make the Transition from Law School to Practice - Surviving the First Six Months

All Louisville Law students are invited to attend these programs.

The mission of the American Inns of Court is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. Most Inns concentrate on issues surrounding civil and criminal litigation practice, and include attorneys from a number of specialties. However, there are several Inns that specialize in criminal practice, federal litigation, tax law, administrative law, white-collar crime, bankruptcy, intellectual property, family law, or employment and labor law.


Dean Chen welcomes students and those in the profession to "Partners in Professionalism"

Former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Martin Johnstone shares information about the Louis D. Brandeis American Inns of Court and its mission.

The September 25 panel included (l-r) Judge Thomas Wine, attorney J. Michael Brown, Chief Judge Sara Walter Combs and attorney William E. Johnson.

Attorney Jack Ballantine and Louisville Law students listen to the presentation.

Library Staff Recognized

Three members of the law library's staff were recognized at UofL's 2007 Staff Recognition Years of Service Award luncheon last Friday, September 21. Many thanks to Miriam Schusler-Williams (30 years), Nancy Baker (10 years), and Janissa Moore (10 years).

See: for a complete list of honorees.


REMINDER: SBA Halloween Design Contest

Interested in free Decedent's tickets?  Submit a t-shirt design for Halloween to the SBA office by September 26th. On September 27th and 28th, the student body will vote for the best t-shirt design. The winner will get his/her design printed on the t-shirts AND two (2) free tickets to the Decedent's Ball.

Please submit your design for a white t-shirt with no more than three (3) colors for the design.  Submission forms will be available in the SBA office or from Tyson Adams.

QUESTIONS:  Contact Rebecca Simms at 502-807-2170 or 

The Student Bar Foundation will be fundraising at night on Tues and Thurs

If you are interested in the SBF fundraiser and want to learn more about the SBF, we will be hosting tables in the lobby on Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 6pm.  Please stop by and make a donation, enter your ticket for three fabulous door prizes (First Year study aid basket, dinner at Primo, or champagne brunch at the Seelbach) and talk to an SBF officer about the SBF charity auction and grant process.  The fundraiser will continue to run at lunch-time, Mon through Fri.