Student Life News

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.

1L Daily Docket Winner

Congratulations to Megan Conroy, the winner of a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift card (to use at the UofL Bookstore), a UofL law polo, a UofL law t-shirt, and Brandeis at 150 - The Louisville Perspective.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (Sept 3) to claim your prizes.

The daily prize drawings are now finished.  But, now and then, just to make sure you keep checking the Docket, we'll draw for a prize recipient and post it in the Docket.  So keep reading -- for prize notices now and then and for other important daily news!

Writing Competitions Open to Law Students

A number of organizations sponsor writing competitions that are open to law students.  Many of these competitions have cash prizes, and may also include a funded trip to a meeting to receive the prize.  Law students are strongly encouraged to check the Writing Competitions page on the Law School website and consider entering a competition that may relate to a seminar paper you have written or a journal note.  Perhaps the focus of one of the competitions will help you narrow your topic for a seminar you are currently enrolled in, or research you would like to pursue through an independent study.  The Student Life Office will continue to expand the list of writing competitions as we receive notices throughout the semester. 

For now, competitions are posted on the future of Roe v. Wade ($1,000 cash prize); commerical and bankruptcy law ($3,000 scholarship); securities arbitration and securities law ($1,000 cash prize); any subject in the field of securities law ($5,000 cash prize); consumer financial services ($1,000 cash prize); and the Affordable Care Act ($250 cash prize).




1L Daily Docket Winners for Thursday and Friday

Congratulations to Charles Singleton, the winner of a men's UofL Law polo and Westlaw bag.  Also, congratulations to today's winner, Clare Souleyrette, the winner of a women's UofL Law polo and UofL Law t-shirt.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office today (August 30), before 3:00 p.m. to claim your prizes!  

The final drawing is Tuesday, September 3.  Be sure to complete your evaluations from orientation to be entered into the grand-prize drawing for a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift card (to use at the UofL Bookstore), a UofL law polo, a UofL law t-shirt, and other great surprises.