Student Life News

2013 KBA 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Students may enter their previously unpublished articles.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

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!

Submission Information

Yoga on Wednesday

Research shows yoga enhances concentration, boosts mood, aids learning & memory, develops strength & flexibility, supports relaxation, increases physical fitness & body awareness, and is fun!  Don't miss the next yoga class today at noon in the Washer Lounge.  Mats are provided.  All you need is comfortable clothing. 

Feb 1 KY Bar Exam Application Deadline

The regular application filing deadline for the July 2013 KY Bar Exam is February 1. Please refer to the bar exam folder that you received on November 13 during the candor program for instructions on how to complete the application.  Please see Ms. Wolford (room 212) or Dean Ballard (room 216) if you have any questions.  To request a copy of your law school application, you may sign-up on the clipboard outside office 214.

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.  

Submission information: See competition rules.

Howard Fox Memorial Law Scholarship Application

This scholarship is limited to Berks County, PA residents entering their second year of law school.

The purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships to deserving Berks County residents entering their second year at an accredited law school, who demonstrate financial need.  Applications may be submitted electronically between January 15 and April 1.  The application and instructions are available at

Yoga Tomorrow - Wednesday, Jan 16!

The next yoga class is on Wednesday, January 16, at noon, in the Washer Lounge.  No experience is required; mats are provided; and no matter what your level of fitness, yoga will help you feel better physically and mentally.  All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend!

More Writing Competitions Added Daily

Remember to continue visiting the writing competitions page on the Law School website to learn about new contests.  The page is updated regularly and now includes information regarding the IADC 2013 Legal Writing Contest.

Sponsor: Int'l Association of Defense Counsel

General criteria: Entries must be the original work of a single author, not previously published, and must cover the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, or other areas of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation.

Deadline: May 17, 2013

Amount of award: $2,000 for first place; $1,000 for second place; and $500 for third place.

Submission information:


It's Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

Seasonal flu cases are increasing rapidly in Louisville and throughout Kentucky.  Don't be sidelined by the flu.  Campus Health is still giving free flu shots to UofL students. No appointment is required.  For additional information, call 852-6479.  Campus Health is located at Cardinal Station, 215 Central Avenue.

Legal Profession Curriculum - Mandatory 2L Program on Financial Responsibility

Attention Second-Year Law Students (graduating in December 2013, May 2014, or August 2014):
On Tuesday, February 5, at 12:15 p.m., the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, with a member of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students. The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar.  One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility.

Judge Gary Payne, Character and Fitness Committee member, and Beth Feamster, Director and General Counsel, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession.  Judge Payne will discuss how financial debt can evidence a lack of responsibility and further, how debt can lead to financial pressures and interfere with a lawyer’s duties to his or her clients.  

Attendance at the February 5 program is a requirement for graduation.  Please mark your calendar.  If you anticipate a work conflict, please make arrangements now to ensure your attendance at the mandatory program.

New Writing Competitions

Selma Moidel Smith Law Student Writing Competition

Sponsor: National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)

General criteria: Entrants should submit a paper on an issue concerning women’s rights or the status of women in the law.   The most recent winning paper was “All Things Being Equal, Women Lose. Investigating the Lack of Diversity Among the Recent Appointments to the Iowa Supreme Court” written by Abigail Rury, Michigan State University School of Law.  Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2012-13 school year. The essays must be the law student author’s own work and must not have been submitted for publication elsewhere.  Papers written by students for coursework or independent study during the Summer, Fall or Spring semesters are eligible for submission.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, students may incorporate professorial feedback as part of a course requirement or supervised writing project.

Deadline: May 1, 2013

Amount of Award: The author of the winning essay will receive a cash prize of $500. NAWL will also publish the winning essay in NAWL’s Women Lawyers Journal in the summer of 2013.

Submission information: See flyer.  Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to the chair of the Writing Competition, Professor Jennifer Martin at


Environmental Justice Essay Competition

Sponsor:  Environmental Justice Committee and the Brooklyn Law Review

Criteria:  The competition is open to currently enrolled law students and recent graduates.  Only original, non-published essays will be considered.  Papers submitted for course requirements are eligible for entry.  The ABA invites thoughtful essays on the evolution and future of environmental justice lawyering. 

Deadline: May 3, 2013

Amount of Award: The winning entry will receive an offer of publication in the Brooklyn Law Review as well as a prize of $1,000.

Submission information:  See flyer.


2013 Tannenwald Writing Competition

Sponsor: Theodore Tannenwald, Jr. Foundation for Excellence in Tax Scholarship and The American College of Tax Counsel

Criteria:  Open to all full- or part-time law school students.  Papers on any federal or state tax-related topic may be submitted.

Deadline: July 1, 2013

Amount of award: Cash prizes of $5,000, $2,500, and $1,500 for the top three papers.

Submission information: