Student Life News

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

$500 Scholarship Opportunity

The Northern Kentucky Bar Foundation is pleased to offer the A.J. Jolly Scholarship Award for 2013.  This scholarship will be awarded to a current University of Louisville law student who has completed the first year of law school.  The recipient must have graduated from a Northern Kentucky High School.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office (216) to pick up an application.  Completed applications are due to Dean Ballard by September 13, at 4:00 p.m.

Free Yoga Classes Have Begun at the Health Promotion Office!

The Health Promotion Office is now offering free yoga classes five days per week for students!  All levels are welcome, and all equipment is provided.  The classes are offered in the Health Promotion Activity Room in the Health Services Annex.  To register for free and to see the schedule for the fall semester, visit

11th Annual M. Celeste Nichols Award

Professional students are invited to apply for the 11th Annual M. Celeste Nichols Award to support academic and professional enrichment beyond normal graduate program expenses. The award will be given in November at the U of L Women’s Center Elizabeth Cady Stanton Luncheon. Examples of activities eligible for funding include:

  • Registration fees, lodging, or travel expenses for an academic conference at which the recipient will present a paper or attend as a participant.
  • Registration fees, lodging, or travel expenses for attendance at a leadership institute.
  • Expenses related to creating or staging a significant work in the visual or performing arts as part of the student’s professional education.
  • Costs associated with submitting an article or articles for publication.
  • (Note:  Membership dues to any organizations will not be accepted)

The application deadline is Friday, October 11, 2013 by 5:00 p.m.  Review the criteria and application for more information.

Job Title: Student Communications Specialist

The Brandeis School of Law is seeking to hire a student to assist with promoting the various accomplishments of members of the law school community.  The student will be responsible for interviewing various law faculty, students, and alumni about their current projects/accomplishments and drafting short stories for publication on the law school’s website and communications materials. The ideal candidate will possess strong communication and writing skills. This paid position requires 4-8 hours per week. Please submit a letter of interest, short writing sample, and resume via email to: Professor McNeal at All application materials must be received by September 15th. Feel free to contact Professor McNeal via email with any questions regarding the responsibilities associated with this position.