Student Life News

$5,000 Scholarship Opportunity for Rising 3L

AAJ Women for Justice Education Fund's 2013 Mike Eidson Scholarship

The Mike Eidson Scholarship Fund was established by the AAJ Women Trial Lawyers Caucus in 2008, in honor of AAJ Past President Mike Eidson, whose vision and generosity inspired it.  The Scholarship, traditionally given in the amount of $5,000, is awarded annually to a rising 3L (or rising 4L in a night program) female student who has demonstrated a commitment to a career as a plaintiffs’ lawyer or criminal defense lawyer, along with dedication to upholding and defending the principles of the Constitution, and to the concept of a fair trial, the adversary system, and a just result for the injured, the accused, and those whose rights are jeopardized.

The application deadline is May 1, 2013, and the Scholarship will be awarded at the AAJ Annual Convention, which will take place this year in July in San Francisco.  For more information, see application

IT-Lex Writing Contest

Sponsor: Foley & Lardner LLP

General criteria: Friends of IT-Lex, who are also law students in good standing at an ABA accredited law school, can enter our technology law writing competition.

All entries must be 10-15 journal pages (approximately 5,000-7,500 words including footnotes).  Please format your entries with double-spaced body text and footnotes rather than endnotes, and provide your entry in Microsoft Word format.  Citations must conform to the 19th edition of The Bluebook.

We will not accept entries that are published or under contract to be published in another journal.  As a matter of policy, we consider entries already available on the Internet or through other alternative media outlets as published.

You’ll have to sign up as a Friend of IT-Lex (for free) before you can submit an essay.

Deadline:May 1, 2013

Award: First place will receive $5,000.00 USD, second place $1,000.00 USD, and third place $500.00 USD- plus the prize-winners will be published in the IT-Lex Journal, and will receive invitations to become write-on Members and a part of the IT-Lex Law Review.

Submission information: Visit or see the attached flyer.

Congratulations to Carli Clowers and Jillian Smith

This past weekend, the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law team of Carli Clowers and Jillian Smith competed at the American Bar Association Negotiation Competition National Finals in Dallas.
Carli and Jillian made it to the Semi-Final Round and ended up 10th in the nation, out of about 240 teams that participated in the regionals nationwide and 24 teams that went on to the nationals.  Carli and Jillian did an excellent job of negotiating, outperforming higher ranked teams, and being perceived by some judges as the top team that those judges saw negotiate.  They were highly professional, skilled, and effective, representing Louisville well.  
Appreciation is extended to the current and former students who helped Carli and Jillian to practice the negotiation problems as they got ready for nationals (Emily Peeler, Patrick Markey, Dave Scott, Nicole Crump, and Jeff Hall)!
This year's team was coached by Mary Jo Gleason and Professor Tony Arnold.  The Law School has taken 2 teams to nationals in the past 3 years. 

Mardi Gras 2013!

Students, Faculty, and Staff:  Thank you for attending the 4th annual Mardi Gras lunch celebration on Fat Tuesday!  Some pictures from the event are attached below.  Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Law Professor Lisa Nicholson to Speak at McKinney Law Symposium

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will host a major national symposium on “Law and the Financial Crisis” on April 5, 2013.
One of the panels slated for that day will examine the potential for the law to prevent the next financial crisis. Professor David Herzig of Valparaiso School of Law will moderate a panel made up of Professor M. Todd Henderson of the University of Chicago School of Law, and Professor Lisa Nicholson of the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Professor Henderson has private sector experience counseling clients on business and regulatory strategy, and he will speak about new strategies for regulation. Professor Nicholson has securities and commercial litigation experience and will speak on the subject of corporate governance.
Former Indiana Senator Evan Bayh will present the keynote address to kick off the event. Senator Bayh’s lecture will focus on his experience with the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs during the financial crisis.
The symposium is sponsored by the Indiana Law Review, a legal periodical edited and managed by students of IU McKinney Law that publishes scholarly articles by professors, judges, and practitioners from throughout the country. Andrea Kochert is editor of a special issue of the Law Review that will contain the proceedings of the symposium.

2013 Brown-Forman Cardinal Challenge - open to law students to attend!

Law students are invited to attend the Cardinal Challenge, a fast-paced, exciting business plan competition that features teams of MBA students from across North America vying for more than $100K in business start-up cash and services. Think “Shark Tank.”  Hosted by the College of Business Forcht Center for Entrepreneurship, the 2013 Cardinal Challenge will feature UofL’s own VOC Diagnostics presenting its innovative cost- and life-saving lung cancer diagnostic device.  Three law school students, Stefanie Stolz, Brandon Johnson, and Shawn Spalding, serve as legal counsel to VOC Diagnostics.  Through their participation in the Law School's Entrepreneurship Clinic, Stefanie, Brandon, and Shawn have constructed VOC's Operation Agreement, helped with entity formation, produced confidentiality agreements, and more.

The tournament is open to the public and any law student interested in entrepreneurship, business development, and venture capitalism will certainly find the competition rounds  interesting.  The first round is between 7:45 a.m. and 10:35 a.m.  Rounds two and three are between 1:15 and 5:30.  For more information, please see the flyer. The competition is held at the Marriott Louisville Downtown.

VOC concept: VOC Diagnostics presents VitaLung, a lung cancer diagnostic device that can save over 130,000 lives and $2.02B annually in the United States. Using patent pending technology, VitaLung applies cutting-edge biomarker research to detect the presence of lung cancer through the capture and analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in a patient’s breath. VitaLung is a non-invasive, accurate, affordable and simple test for the early detection of lung cancer.

2013 Lost and Found Inventory

Please claim lost items in the Law Resource Center- Room 272.    See attachment. 


It's Mardi Gras!!!

All law students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Mosaic Lobby on TUESDAY, Feb. 12 for the 4th annual Mardi Gras Party!  We'll serve a free lunch catered by Joe's OK Bayou:  Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans & Rice, Vegetarian Gumbo, and we'll have a faux King Cake from Nord's Bakery. 

Please join us!
Mosaic Lobby, Tuesday Feb 12
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

More Student Writing Competitions Added

Judicial Conference Scholarship Writing Competition

Sponsor: Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association

General criteria:  Students should describe a current challenge affecting veterans and should include a proposed solution or means to address the challenge. Written submissions should be a minimum of 500 (but should not exceed 750) words. Suggested topics include suicide, claims processing, and increase in women veterans.

Deadline: February 25, 2013

Award: Five students will be selected to receive a paid registration ($275 value) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims 12th Judicial Conference – a two-day conference to be held on Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt Washington at Metro Center (1000 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001). Winners will also receive free registration to the Bar Association's half-day component ($95 value) which will immediately follow in the afternoon on Friday, April 19. The Judicial Conference, which is expected to sell out, will include presentations from notable authorities in the field of Veterans Law.

Submission information: See flyer.


Energy Law Student Writing Competition

Sponsor: ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources

General criteria: Any issue related to energy law—you may advocate a position, educate an audience on an issue, analyze a case, etc.  Submissions must not exceed 2,000 words in length.

Deadline: May 17, 2013

Amount of Award: $700 for 1st; $500 for 2nd; and $250 for 3rd.  In addition to the cash awards, winning entries will be published nationwide, as they have in past years, in one of the ABA committee electronic publications

Submission Information: See form.


25th Annual Law Student Essay Contest

Sponsor: American Judges Association

General criteria: Essays submitted must be under the topic of "Comparing Hearsay Rules in Different Courts."  All papers shall be the original, unpublished work of an individual student, but may have been prepared as a course assignment.

Deadline: June 1, 2013

Amount of award: First prize is $3,000; second is $1,500; and third is $1,000.

Submission information: See

Mardi Gras Party - Tomorrow!

All law students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Mosaic Lobby on TUESDAY, Feb. 12 for the 4th annual Mardi Gras Party!  We'll serve a free lunch catered by Joe's OK Bayou:  Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans & Rice, Vegetarian Gumbo, and we'll have a faux King Cake from Nord's Bakery.  

The food will be Cajun
The music will flow
Come wearing your beads –
It’s Mardi Gras don’t ya know!

Please join us!
Mosaic Lobby, Tuesday Feb 12
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.