Student Life News
The Federal Bar Association (FBA) would like to help Brandeis Law Students establish a student FBA Chapter if there is student interest. The mission of the FBA is to promote interaction and learning between law students and federal judges and lawyers. An FBA student group would work with the state and national chapters to strengthen student interest in and knowledge of the federal legal system. The group would also seek to afford law students opportunities to observe federal court proceedings and to interact with federal practitioners, as well as to provide students with information on careers in various areas of federal law.
The FBA Law Student Handbook describes some of the activities which have involved established Student Chapters around the country.
Brandeis Law students who are interested in working to establish a student FBA Chapter should contact Dean Ballard for more information.
The Community Foundation of Louisville is seeking qualified applicants for the Marian Kincaid Warns & Carl A. Warns Jr. Scholarship Fund for the 2013-2014 academic year. The fund was established to provide grants to help defray the law school expenses of students currently enrolled at the Brandeis School of Law. Applications are due July 1, 2013, by 5:00 p.m., to Dean Ballard in Office 216.
• Currently enrolled student at the Brandeis School of Law who has completed at least one year of full-time coursework;
• Cumulative 3.0 GPA in all courses pertaining to labor and employment law;
• Demonstrate financial need;
• Preference given to applicants who (1) demonstrate an intention to pursue a career in labor or employment law, or (2) despite a physical disability is pursuing a career in law.
Potential scholarship applicants should access the Foundation's website, http://scholarship.cflouisville.org/, for information regarding other scholarship opportunities.
Student Lawyer, the magazine of the ABA’s Law Student Division, is seeking nominations for its monthly “Head of the Class” column that profiles an individual law student with an intriguing life experience. Students who are active in the community are especially desired. In past issues, the column has featured students who:
• teach inner-city kids how to grow and cook their own food;
• fostered several children while attending law school; and
• was elected to a state legislature during law school.
An example profile can be found on the LSD website at http://www.americanbar.org/publications/student_lawyer/2012-13/april/head_of_the_class.html.
If you would like to be considered for nomination, or if you would like to nominate a fellow classmate, please send a short description of what makes you or your fellow classmate an interesting candidate to spotlight to Kimberly Ballard, Assistant Dean for Student Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 5.
Gregory Justis, 3L, received the 6th Annual Social Justice Research Paper Award for Honorable Mention for his paper, “Defining Union: The Defense of Marriage Act, Tribal Sovereignty and Same-Sex Marriage”. He presented his paper earlier this year at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference.
The annual award invites University of Louisville students to submit papers on any social justice topic. For the second year in a row, judges from various scholarly fields and from the community awarded two first-place winners in the graduate category and one honorable mention, also in the graduate category. Hard copies of their papers are available among our collection of books, journals and other reference materials in the ABI reading room.
Abstract: Native American tribes in the United States enjoy an unusual “quasi-sovereign” legal status. As a result, native tribes possess an inherent authority to regulate tribal domestic relations, and thus to define marriage as they choose – even when such marriages fail to conform to the legal definition proferred by the state. While recent legislation such as the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) have emerged as potential hurdles for state recognition of otherwise valid tribal unions, both history and federal jurisprudence suggest that marriages recognized as valid under customary tribal law should be (and indeed must be) additionally recognized by the states in which such tribes reside. As a result, although it appears that states may choose to refuse recognition pursuant to DOMA, it appears equally plausible (if not equally probable) that states may choose to recognize tribal same-sex marriages as valid, a potential breakthrough for gender equality in the United States. This paper explores the potential impact of DOMA and related legislation on the recent trend towards tribal recognition of same-sex unions throughout the United States, as well as the likely impact of legal recognition on state, federal and tribal law.
The deadline is July 12, 2013.
Throughout the academic year, the American Constitution Society Student Chapters Department honors a Student Chapter of the Week each week. The chapter is featured on the ACS website and in the ACS weekly bulletin. The Student Chapters of the Week are chapters that have held exceptional programming, have aligned themselves with the priorities of the national office or have established themselves as a premier student group on campus.
The ACS University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Student Chapter, under the guidance of Faculty Advisors Professor Sam Marcosson and Professor Luke Milligan, recently concluded another successful semester. First, the chapter hosted attorney Tim Arnold, the public advocate who represented José Padilla in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Kentucky v. Padilla. Mr. Arnold engaged students and faculty in a discussion on the “Intersection of Indigent Defense and Immigration.” Next, the chapter, in conjunction with the ACS Kentucky Lawyer Chapter, hosted Congressman John Yarmuth and Georgia State University Law Professor Neil J. Kinkopf for a stimulating discussion on “Gun Control Reform and the Constitution.” In March, the Louisville chapter continued its programming with a discussion on “DOMA and Marriage Equality in 2013,” led by LGTBQ family law attorney Nicole Kersting, and a “Government and Constitutional Law Jobs Panel” co-sponsored with the ACLU-Kentucky student chapter for the law school’s career fair. This panel featured attorney Amy Cubbage, who was involved in litigating the Louisville portion of Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District, as well as Executive Director at the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General Clay Barkley. Finally, in April, Louisville Law Professor Cedric Merlin Powell offered his insights on the Voting Rights Act, Shelby County v. Holder,and the Roberts’ Court’s post-racial constitutionalism. The program was co-sponsored by the law school’s BLSA chapter.
The Louisville chapter has continued to forge connections between students, lawyers, and judges by building a strong partnership and working together with the ACS Kentucky Lawyer chapter. In addition, the chapter has also continued to foster relationships between its members with social events, as well as with other student organizations, such as Lambda Law Caucus, BLSA, and the Environmental Law and Land Use Society.
There are seven writing competitions open to law students with deadlines in June, plus many more competitions with deadlines throughout the summer. Below is a list of competitions with upcoming deadlines. To view a more complete list, go to https://www.law.louisville.edu/node/7044. Good luck!
25th Annual Law Student Essay Contest
Sponsor: American Judges Association
General criteria: Essays submitted must be under the topic of "Comparing Hearsay Rules in Different Courts." All papers shall be the original, unpublished work of an individual student, but may have been prepared as a course assignment.
Deadline: June 1, 2013
Amount of award: First prize is $3,000; second is $1,500; and third is $1,000.
Submission information: See http://aja.ncsc.dni.us.
KBA Annual Student Writing Competition
The Kentucky Bar Association encourages UofL Law students to enter the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition. This competition is open only to students at the three Kentucky law schools - UL, UK, and Chase!
First ($1,000), second ($300), and third place ($200) awards will be given. Entries must be received by June 1, 2013.
Students may enter their previously unpublished articles. Articles should be of interest to Kentucky practitioners and follow the suggested guidelines and requirements found in the "General Format" section of the Bench & Bar Editorial Guidelines at www.kybar.org/103.
Our very own Leah Rupp Smith won the 2012 KBA Writing Award with her entry titled "Standing Your Ground: The Happy Medium Buried in Kentucky's Common Law." Let's continue the tradition for 2013!
National Student Writing Contest on Real Property Law
Sponsor: The Texas Wesleyan Journal of Real Property Law (Property Journal)
Criteria: This is a national writing competition for all law students on any topic falling into the general theme of real property law. This is a great opportunity for students on law reviews and journals whose note or comment may not have made the final publication cuts, and students who have written excellent papers for a seminar class or independent study. There are cash prizes as well as an opportunity to publish in the Property Journal.
Deadline: June 1, 2013
Amount of award: First-place will receive $750; Second-place will receive $500.00; and if a Third-Place essay is selected, that author will receive $250.00.
Submission information: http://www.realpropertyjournal.org/Home/national-writing-contest.
Employee Benefits Writing Competition
Sponsor: The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel
Criteria: Papers must deal with employee benefits topics. As an illustrative example, a paper might address legal issues involving health benefits, pensions, 401(k) plans, severance, executive compensation, claims, appeals, current or former spouses' or domestic partners' benefits, collectively-bargained benefits, benefits in bankruptcy, ERISA litigation or fiduciary obligations.
Deadline: June 1, 2013
Amount of award: Two cash prizes of $1,500 for the top two submissions. The law students who submit the wining papers will be our honored guests at our annual black tie dinner in New Orleans on November 9, 2013.
Submission information: See competition rules.
2013 Brown Award of $10,000 for Excellence in Legal Writing
Sponsor: The Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation
General criteria: Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school seeking a J.D. is eligible. To be considered, four copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation. There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject. The 2012 Award was presented to Daniel Alterbaum of Yale Law School for his paper entitled, Control Share Acts, Closed-End Funds, and the Battle for Corporate Control.
Deadline: June 7, 2013
Amount of award: $10,000
Submission information: www.brownsims.com/about-brown-sims/affiliations/judge-john-r-brown-award
30th Annual Smith-Babcock-Williams Student Writing Competition
Sponsor: Planning & Law Division of the American Planning Association
General criteria: The Competition is open to law students and graduate planning students writing on a question of significance in planning, planning law, land use law, local government law or environmental law.
Deadline: June 7, 2013
Amount of award: The winning entry will be awarded a prize of $2,500 and will be submitted for publication in The Urban Lawyer, the law journal of the American Bar Association's Section of State & Local Government Law. In addition to the first prize, the Competition will offer a second place prize of $500 and a third prize of $250. Up to two additional submissions may be awarded Honorable Mention.
Submission information: Visit http://www.law.asu.edu/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=epuHJYqwa-4%3D&tabid=937.
2013 Mary Moers Wenig Student Writing Competition
Sponsor: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
General criteria: Law students may submit an original, previously unpublished work that relates to an issue within one or more of the following topics in the area of trusts and estates: Businss planning; charitable planning; elder law; employee benefits; fiduciary accounting, administration, income taxation, or litigation; estate planning; professional responsibility; or wealth transfer taxation.
Deadline: June 14, 2013
Amount of award: $5,000 for first place; $3,000 for second place; $1,000 for third place.
Submission information: http://www.actec.org/public/WenigCompetition/WenigCompetitionRules.asp
James Boskey Writing Competition
Sponsor: ABA Section on Dispute Resolution
General criteria: The purpose of the competition is to promote greater interest in and understanding of the field of dispute resolution and collaborative decision-making among law students. The essay may address any aspect of dispute resolution practice, theory or research that the contestant chooses.
Deadline: June 14, 2013
Amount of Award: $1,000
Submission information: Visit http://www.americanbar.org/groups/dispute_resolution/awards_competitions.html
12th Annual Environmental Law Essay Competition
Sponsor: Environmental Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan
General criteria: The Competition is open to all law students. Essays must be original and not previously published. They may have been submitted for course credit or for law review, but not as part of paid employment. Any environmental law topic of current interest to Michigan practitioners.
Deadline: June 30, 2013
Amount of award: $2,000 for first place; $1,000 for second place; and $500 for third place. Winning essays will be published in the Michigan Environmental Law Journal.
Submission information: See flyer.
The Executive Committee of the Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar has established the Distinguished Bankruptcy Law Student Award. The award was created to recognize both excellence and achievement in the field of bankruptcy and corporate restructuring law, and to encourage the pursuit of a career in bankruptcy law and corporate restructuring.
Dean Ballard is accepting student self nominations through May 17, 2013. Nominees for the MRBS Distinguished Law Student Award will be a first or second year law student with a superior academic record, a strong interest in the practice of bankruptcy law and corporate restructuring, and a commitment to pursuing a career in the practice.
To self nominate, please send your resume and a statement of interest in the fields of bankruptcy law and corporate restructuring to Dean Ballard by May 17. Members of the Executive Committee will select up to four students from law schools in Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky to receive the award. The recipients will receive:
• Complimentary registration at the Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar scheduled for August 22-23 in Cincinnati, Ohio;
• Reimbursement for reasonable travel expenses;
• Two nights stay at the Westin Hotel in Cincinnati;
• Invitations to the Reds game on August 21 and faculty dinner on August 22;
• Listing of the Distinguished Law Student recipients on the MRBS website; and
• Recognition and award during lunch on August 22.