Student News

Annual BLSA Convocation

The annual BLSA Convocation is set for 5:30pm on May 9, 2014 in the Allen Courtroom, followed by a reception in the Cox Lounge. The purpose of the BLSA Convocation is to recognize and celebrate the matriculation of the members of BLSA. The BLSA Convocation is open to the public, as well as all members of the student body. Many students , faculty, and members of the Kentucky legal community will be in attendance. This is a special event for the law school, the student body, and the entire community as we celebrate diversity in the legal field and the matriculation of minority students through the law school.

Congratulations to the New Moot Court Board Executive Board Members!

Join the Moot Court Board in congratulating its newest Executive Board members!

President - Christine Shannon

Vice President of External Affairs - Laura Edelen

Vice President of Administration - Kevin Boswell

Vice President of Internal Affairs - Sana Abhari

Vice President of Public Relations - Jennifer Weihmuller

Thank you to all who interviewed for the positions. The current MCB Executive Board was incredibly impressed by the caliber of the candidates and the enthusiasm each of them expressed. The Moot Court Board should be proud of the quality of its members.

Meet Ivan and Josey at Paws for the Law!

Ivan is a 2 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel who loves animals of all species. He really enjoys his Therapy Dog activities, especially children's reading programs and working with developmentally disabled adults, where he is exceptionally talented at curling up with a good book and offering licks of encouragement.

Josey has been a certified therapy dog for 8 months.  She spent a week last summer at a camp with teens from the Episcopal Diocese of Kentucky.  She loves to go play with the kids at Home of the Innocents.  She also has visited senior citizens at their special homes.  
Meet Ivan and Josey at Paws for the Law on Wednesday, April 16th

Brandeis Inn of Court Student Nominations

The dean can nominate 12 students for pupil membership in the Louis D. Brandeis chapter of the American Inns of Court.  Stated briefly, the Inn's purpose is to promote professional skills and values, with a special emphasis upon ethical and responsible advocacy in state and federal courts.  Each Inn consists of distinguished members of the bench and bar, as well as a limited number of carefully selected students in their final year of law school. 

Student members are required to attend all meetings, which are held monthly on Tuesday evenings.  If you would like to submit your name for possible nomination, please submit a letter of interest to Becky Wimberg at by Monday, April 21.

Quiet Study Areas

Students are reminded that they are not to engage in loud or disruptive behavior in the library.  With final exams approaching, more students are using the library as a quiet place to study. Please show courtesy to classmates by not talking above a normal conversational tone, or engaging in prolonged conversations. The tables in the reading room on the library's first floor are suitable for group study. Quieter study areas are located on the second floor and lower level. 

SBF Executive Board Applications

Applications for the SBF Executive Board are now available.  Even if you have not participated in SBF before, you are more than welcome to apply.  SBF is the only student-led and student-run organization that provides fellowships for law students who pursue low-paying or unpaid law-related public interest work.

In addition, SBF is looking to expand its mission this coming year by providing opportunities for students to participate in both legal and non-legal community outreach projects, as well as providing opportunities for students to learn more about careers in public service.

Applications are due via email to Emily DeVuono at by Saturday, April 26.  Please contact Emily with any questions.

Attention 3L's - Graduation Event Survey

A survey has been created by the Student Bar Association in order to get student feedback in order to plan events for graduation week for outgoing 3Ls. The survey can be found at the Student Bar Association would appreciate any input from the 3L class.

Graduate Day at the Downs

The SBA will be hosting an on-campus brunch at 10am on Thursday May 8th, for graduating 3Ls and a guest. Racing begins at Churchill Downs at 12:45pm. There is no charge for either event. Complementary tickets for Day at the Downs may be reserved here:

Have a Hand in the Strategic Plan


The Law School has been developing its strategic plan to help guide the University and the Law School in its decision making to strengthen our trajectory as a school. The committee charged with creating this plan has gathered input from students, faculty, and staff along the way to create the attached final draft. Your input on the final draft is needed!


On April 1 and April 8, Dani Smith, Aaron Marcus, and B.J. Hardy will be able to suggest changes and speak to provisions that should remain, regardless of faculty dislike. On April 15 at the Faculty Meeting, Dani and BJ, as voting members at the Faculty Meeting, will vote on the approval of the plan as a whole.


Send any or all of us your suggestions, concerns, and/or thoughts; our contact information is below.


Dani Smith: SBA President, Voting member at faculty meeting, member of strategic planning committee -

Aaron Marcus: Member of strategic planning committee -

B.J. Hardy: Voting member at faculty meeting -

To view the current plan and Professor Warren's take on it, please visit:

How To Be A Good Summer Law Clerk - Tomorrow, April 15th at Noon - Room 175

TOMORROW, April 15, from 12:00 [noon] to 1:00 p.m., in Room 175, the Office of Professional Development will be hosting an information session focused on preparing students who will be working for a law firm, government agency, non-profit organization, or judge this summer. A panel consisting of attorneys and law students will share their advice on how to impress your boss this summer, what to expect in terms of assignments, how to manage your assignments, and how to prepare for serving as a law clerk. The panelists are:

Robert Croft, Jr. - Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl
Greg Mayes, Jr. - Attorney, Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett PLC
Philip Heleringer (2L) - Law Clerk last summer with Stoll Keenan Ogden
Lindsay Howard (2L) - Judicial Intern[ship] last summer with the Honorable John G. Heyburn, Federal District Court

This is information you need to know to be successful this summer! Lunch will be provided.