Student Life News

Massages at Health Promotion Office Started Sept 16!

As a law student at the University of Louisville, you may take advantage of the massages offered through the Health Promotion Office on MONDAYS, TUESDAYS, and WEDNESDAYS during the fall semester beginning on September 16. 

Start date:  Monday, September 16

30-minute appointments available from noon to 3:00

To schedule an appointment and pay, visit, OR sign up at the reception desk in the Health Promotion Office.  The Health Promotion Office is located in the Student Services Annex between Houchens and the Student Activities Center.


Flexner Forum on Legal Ethics - Wed. at 12:10

Professor Grace Giesel will speak on “The Story of Kentucky Bar Association Ethics Opinion 435:  The Ethics of Plea Bargains That Waive Claims of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel.”  This Inaugural Flexner Forum on Legal Ethics will be Wednesday, September 18, 12:10-12:55 p.m. in Room 175.  The entire Law School community is invited, and pizza will be served.  Professor Giesel is the author of KBA Ethics Opinion 435, which is the subject of a legal challenge being argued before the Kentucky Supreme Court at our Law School (Allen Courtroom) on Thursday, September 19 (the next day).  Come to hear our distinguished legal ethics expert talk about this important case in which she’s involved.

Student Scholarship Opportunity

Seton Hall University School of Law Center for Health & Pharmaceutical Law & Policy is making available two scholarships to current 2L and part-time 3L students to attend its June 2014 U.S. Healthcare Compliance Certification Program - an intensive four-day educational program for healthcare lawyers working in the pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device industries.  This award recognizes promising health law students.  The nominees must be available to attend the June 9-12 program.  The following materials must be submitted by the nominee:

  • A supporting letter from the Dean or law school professor teaching in a health law area
  • Resume
  • Brief personal statement

The $2,400 scholarships cover tuition, educational materials, breakfast, lunch, and parking during the program.  Transportation and hotel costs are not included.  Submission deadline is 2/7/14.  For more information, visit  

Mark Your Calendar - Free Flu Shots for Law Students on Oct. 2

Campus Health Services will be here at the Law School to give flu shots on October 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Please remember to bring your University id card. Flu shots are free for law students, faculty, and staff.  Nurses will be stationed in the Washer Lounge for both sessions.

1st Brandeis Brief Break this Semester on Sept 19!

You need a break, and we've got one:  The Brandeis "Brief" Break!  Join your fellow classmates and the faculty and staff of the law school and take a few minutes on Thursday for a brief respite.  Put the books down and come to the Mosaic Lobby.  Grab an ice cream bar and some conversation.  It's scheduled for 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., so come when you get out of class at 3:40 or 4:05, or come before you go to class at 4:15!

National Suicide Prevention Week

The Dave Nee Foundation would like to take a moment to acknowledge National Suicide Prevention Week. According to the American Association of Suicidology, in 2010, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming more than 38,000 lives.  About 2/3 of people who die by suicide are depressed at the time of their deaths.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 10% of American adults will suffer from a depressive illness on any given year.

These statistics are our call to action and the reason behind the mission of the Dave Nee Foundation.  The Foundation is excited to present Professor James T.R. Jones of Louis D. Brandeis School of Law with the David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award for his courageous leadership demonstrated by openly sharing his experience as a person living with bipolar disorder and receiving effective treatment. 

The Foundation is also looking forward to presenting Uncommon Counsel at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law this fall, on Thursday, November 14.  A representative from the Foundation will share about Dave Nee's life and provide information on how to recognize the signs of stress/burnout, as well provide general wellness tips.  KYLAP will provide lunch and drinks for attendees.  Please mark this lunch and learn presentation on your calendar.

The Foundation, comprised primarily of dedicated volunteers, works hard to reduce the stigma of depression and prevent suicide through its support of established organizations and its own direct advocacy.  To learn more about the Dave Nee Foundation, visit

1L Oath

The 1L signed School of Law Oath has been framed and hung.  Check it out -- it's right outside Dean Ballard's office.


1st Critical Reading Group Meeting, Tuesday, September 10, 1:00 p.m., Room 171

This is a space for students to engage in critical dialogue about the law, the law school experience, the legal profession and work in their own communities.

If you are interested in discussing the role of the law in hot issues such as immigration, mass incarceration, abortion, gay rights, affirmative action and women equality, this is the place for you. 

Health and Wellness - Free Fitness Classes for Students

You don't need a gym membership to stay healthy in law school.  Use your Cardinal ID card!  Several different fitness classes are offered during the week at the Student Activities Center, including Boot Camp, Core Fusion, Turbo Kick, Zumba, Step and Total Body Blast.  Class times vary.  The cost is FREE for students.  The complete schedule of classes and times is available here.

Expanded Network for Female Law Students - Join NWLSO for Free

To help further its goal of serving and supporting all women law students in the upcoming school year and beyond, the National Women's Law Student Organization (NWLSO) is opening up membership to individuals, in addition to maintaining and growing the existing NWLSO law school chapters. If you'd like to sign up as an individual member of NWLSO, you can register here.  To learn more, visit NWLSO