Student Life News

New Writing Competitions Have Been Added

Would you like to earn CASH prizes for a paper you are currently writing or have already written? Then don’t forget to check out the Student Writing Competitions page and submit your papers for a chance to receive CASH prizes and possible publication! Essay topics include international business, women’s rights, Native American law or other indigenous groups, privacy and social media, labor and employment law, energy law, tax law, and much more. Cash prizes range from $250 to $5,000, and some prizes include a funded trip to receive the prize. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win some cash and to be recognized for your hard work!

Brandeis Medal Events

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the following events honoring this year's Brandeis Medal recipient, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eugene Robinson, on April 9.

10:30-11 AM: Welcome & Wreath Laying on the portico at the law school's entrance

1-2:20 PM: Open Forum with Eugene Robinson and Enid Trucios-Haynes in Room 275

All members of the law school community are also welcome. 

Registration for Summer & Fall Externships

Slots remain available for a number of externship experiences for summer and fall 2014.  Externships enhance your legal education by providing many opportunities not available in the classroom: opportunities to develop lawyering skills under the supervision of a licensed attorney serving as mentor and teacher, and to explore career options and make valuable contacts in the legal community.  Also, earning externship credit during the summer semester frees up time for, and provides experience that may help with, employment opportunities during the fall and spring semesters.  Don’t wait until your last semester of law school to take advantage of these valuable experiences.  Placements are available at the following sites:


Legal Aid Society
Children’s Law Center
Metro Gov’t (Office of the Mayor)
Cabinet for Health & Family Services, Administrative Hearing Div.
Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney
County Attorney’s Office
Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy
Fort Knox, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate
US Attorney’s Office
Jefferson County Circuit and Family Courts


Detailed information about opportunities and prerequisites is available on the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”  You may also contact Professor Jordan for information, in office 287 or via email at  karen.jordan@louisville.eduPriority due date for pre-registration is Wednesday April 2nd.

Joseph L. and Shannon A. Hamilton Law School Bar Review Scholarship - Applications due March 31

The Joseph L. and Shannon A. Hamilton Law School Bar Review Fund will be used to make financial awards to students for whom payment of expenses related to Kentucky Bar Exam Review courses and related course materials would otherwise result in financial hardship.

Interested students must be currently enrolled (in good standing) or recent graduates of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.  A recent graduate is defined for this purpose as someone who completed law school within one year of the bar exam review course for which support is being sought.  Qualified students will be of high moral character, demonstrate excellent writing and analytical skills, and show a commitment to serious preparation for the Kentucky Bar Exam.  A candidate’s grades will be taken into account as one factor, but not the primary factor for consideration.  A successful candidate for an award must show that he or she cannot otherwise afford to pay for a Bar Exam Review Course and/or the Bar Exam review materials.

To be considered for a scholarship, you must submit the completed application and required documents to Dean Ballard by March 31.

For more information, and to access the application, click HERE

 

Law Clinic Info Session Today - Thursday March 27!

The Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic is a student run firm supervised by Professor Shelley Santry, the Clinic Director.  Student attorneys are responsible for handling all aspects of the cases. This includes interviewing the client, prepping the client for the hearing, gathering evidence, participating in hearings as a student attorney, and closing the case.  The Law Clinic gives students real court room experience with real clients.

This Thursday, March 27, Professor Santry will discuss the opportunities that exist during the summer and fall semesters for students to work with clients who are victims of domestic violence in Jefferson Family Court or clients who have forcible detainer (eviction) cases before Jefferson District Court. 

Professor Santry will also provide information regarding her Domestic Violence course that will be offered during the summer and the CASE fellowship with the Brandeis School of Law.  The Case fellowship is a paid fellowship that that involves representing low income domestic violence victims in custody cases in Jefferson Family Court.  The experience you will gain from practicing law and representing clients in court will set you apart from your classmates no matter what area of law you want to practice when you graduate.  Don't let these opportunities pass you by!

The program will begin at 11:50 in Room 175.  Lunch will be provided from The Cafe.  Please bring your own drink.

Final Information Session on Thursday - Law Clinic and Domestic Violence Summer Course

The Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic is a student run firm supervised by Professor Shelley Santry, the Clinic Director.  Student attorneys are responsible for handling all aspects of the cases. This includes interviewing the client, prepping the client for the hearing, gathering evidence, participating in hearings as a student attorney, and closing the case.  The Law Clinic gives students real court room experience with real clients.

This Thursday, March 27, Professor Santry will discuss the opportunities that exist during the summer and fall semesters for students to work with clients who are victims of domestic violence in Jefferson Family Court or clients who have forcible detainer (eviction) cases before Jefferson District Court.  Professor Santry will also provide information regarding her Domestic Violence course that will be offered during the summer.  The program will begin at 11:50 in Room 175.  Lunch will be provided from The Cafe.

Moot Court Board Info Session Today!

All current 1Ls and 2Ls are encouraged to attend the MCB Information Session today (March 25) to hear from current officers of the MCB as they discuss the benefits of membership and how students can participate on one of the Law School's many extramural advocacy teams, earn academic credit, and satisfy the Skills requirement. Upper-division law students will also discuss their experiences as a moot court team member or team facilitator.  A coach from one of the law school's competition teams will also discuss how tryouts work, what a student competitor can expect during practices, and how teams prepare for competitions.

This is a great way for students to learn about what the Moot Court Board does and how students can be selected for membership and/or compete on a professional skills team! The program will be held on Tuesday, March 25 at 12:05 in Room 275.  We'll have a Fazoli's lunch for attendees.  Please bring your own drink.

Below is a sample of competitions that will be discussed.  Students selected to compete on these teams earn academic credit!

ABA Arbitration, KY Intrastate Mock Trial, National Moot Court, ABA Negotiation, ABA Client Counseling, Herbert L. Wechsler Criminal Law Moot Court, Jeffrey G. Miller Pace National Environmental Law, NYU Immigration Law, Robert F. Wagner Labor & Employment, ACTL National Mock Trial, American Intellectual Property Law Association Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial, Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Competition, National Tax Moot Court, International Trademark Association Saul Lefkowitz Memorial, and Transactional LawMeet.

Law Student Welcomes Home Soldier Husband

JonVieve Hill, 2L, staged a surprise to honor her husband, Captain Charley Hill, who recently returned from his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. Watch his reaction and read all about it at Fox19.

Full Story: "Neighborhood helps welcome home a soldier" (March 9, 2014)

Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program to Dedicate New Courtroom/Classroom

The Law and Government Magnet program was established at Central High School in 1986.  Partnerships with the Louisville Bar Association (beginning in 1992) and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law (beginning in 2001) have built on the success of the program.  Students in the program now serve in summer internships facilitated by the LBA and are taught substantive law and writing skills related to law by law students from the Brandeis School of Law.  Central students have participated in national court competitions through the program and two students placed first and second nationally in 2011.  

In recognition of the success of the program, the Jefferson County Public School System has renovated the law and government magnet classroom to create a moot court space.  The new configuration will allow students to practice courtroom skills and to apply what they are learning in that setting.  The classroom will be dedicated on March 25, 2014, at 11:00 am at Central High School.  Superintendent Donna Hargens will cut the ribbon at the event.  Fred Moore is the first Central student to participate in the program developed by the Brandeis School of Law to receive a law degree.  He is now an attorney in the Public Defender’s Office and he will deliver remarks on this special occasion.  

Everyone who has been involved with the Central Partnership is encouraged to attend. 

Pre-Registration Permission Forms for Externships

In-House Counsel Externships for Summer and Fall 2014 - Note Priority Deadline
For summer and fall 2014, opportunities exist at General Electric, Passport Health Plan, and Beam, Inc.   Additional information about these placements is accessible at the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.”  Students must submit a resume, a completed externship pre-registration form, and an unofficial copy of their law school transcript to Professor Karen Jordan by the priority due date of March 21, 2014

Students interested in applying for a summer and/or fall externship must submit a pre-registration permission form.  See links below:

Summer 2014 Externships Pre-Registration Permission Form

Fall 2014 Externships Pre-Registration Permission Form

Kentucky Innocence Project Externship Pre-Registration Permission Form