Student Life News

$10,000 Writing Competition

2013 Brown Award for Excellence in Legal Writing sponsored by the Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation.

General criteria: Any law student currently enrolled in an accredited law school seeking a J.D. is eligible.  To be considered, four copies of a current legal writing must be submitted to the Foundation. There is no page limitation or restriction on the topic except that the writing must be on a legal subject.  The 2012 Award was presented to Daniel Alterbaum of Yale Law School for his paper entitled, Control Share Acts, Closed-End Funds, and the Battle for Corporate Control

Deadline: June 7, 2013

Amount of award: $10,000

Submission information:

For a complete list of writing competitions, go to the Student Life Writing Competitons page.

$5,000 Sports Law Writing Competition

Sponsor: Sports Lawyers Association

General criteria: Each entrant must be a current law student and member in good standing of the Sports Lawyers Association.  Each entry is limited to 1,500 words maximum on a current issue in Sports Law.

Deadline: April 1, 2013

Amount of Award: $5,000 for winning selection; $3,000 for second place; $2000 for third place

Submission information: See flyer.

For a complete list of writing competitions, go to the Student Life Writing Competitons page.


Did you miss the Feb. 7 program on the Law School's Int'l Exchange Partners?

If you were unable to attend the Student Life Info Session regarding opportunities for international study with a UofL Law exchange partner, but you would like more information, please stop by Dean Ballard's office to learn more.  Opportunities exist to study abroad during the summer, fall, or spring semesters. 

Universite de Montpellier (France)
Turku, Finland
Perm, Russia
Universite Laval (Quebec, Canada)
University of East Anglia (Norwich, England)
EBS Law School (Frankfurt, Germany)

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Congratulations to Jessica Hazelwood and Kevin Boswell, winners of the random, spring Daily Docket drawing.  Please stop by Dean Ballard's office (216) today before 4:00 p.m. to claim your prizes.

Intent to Enter Deadline Extended for $5,000 Writing Competition

The Public Justice Foundation is holding its annual Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest.  Public Justice made an effort in changing the topic this year from environmental to broaden the amount of essay entries we receive.  As of now, only 20 intent-to-enter forms have been received.  Public Justice has decided to extend the deadline to February 28 to give students that may not have known about the contest initially or missed the January deadline a chance to enter.

Hogan/Smoger Access to Justice Essay Contest

General Criteria:  The contest is open to all law students that are currently enrolled in a U.S. accredited law school.  This year’s topic is:  “Is Democracy for Sale?  Have Citizens United’s holdings run amok?  Legal challenges left to Super Pacs?  Can funding disclosure be required?”

Deadline:  The intent-to-enter deadline is February 28, 2013, and the essay submission deadline is March 31, 2013.

Amount of Award:  The winner of the essay contest will receive $5,000, a free 2013 Public Justice Foundation Student Membership, and their essay will be featured on the Public Justice website and in the nationally disseminated Public Justice newsletter.  

Submission Information:  See rules.  On average, the Public Justice Foundation receives between 10 to 15 entries per year.  All Brandeis School of Law students should consider entering the contest!

$10,000 DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarships

Each year, DRI awards 2 scholarships of $10,000 each to applicants who best meet the following criteria:
• Demonstrated academic excellence
• Service to the profession
• Service to the community
• Service to the cause of diversity

Applications are due by Friday, April 19, 2013.  For more information, visit, and review the flyer

$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!