Student Life News
The Mae Elizabeth Kaufman and Theresa Coffman Scholarship fund is accepting applications for tuition scholarships for students who are enrolled full-time and pursuing a J.D. degree. Applicants must be residents of Louisville. Recipient will be under a moral obligation to assist disadvantaged and deprived persons in his/her community. No scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who has obtained any other scholarship for the same degree program.
The application deadline is April 30, 2014. The application and criteria are available here.
Students interested in studying abroad this fall at EBS Law School in Wiesbaden, Germany should contact Dean Ballard to begin the nomination process. The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2014.
The fall semester begins on September 22 and runs through December 12. The language of instruction is English and the program focus is Transnational Commercial Law. Participants will benefit from the expertise of both the law and the economics faculty of the EBS Universität. See the brochure for the full curriculum.
In addition to the lectures and workshops, EBS offers site visits to places of interest such as e.g. the European Court of Justice and several social activities like get-togethers with German law students and sightseeing.
Mae Elizabeth Kaufman and Theresa Coffman Scholarships are available to pay tuition for students who are enrolled full-time and pursuing a J.D. degree. Applicants must be residents of Louisville. Recipient will be under a moral obligation to assist disadvantaged and deprived persons in his/her community. No scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who has obtained any other scholarship for the same degree program.
The application deadline is April 30, 2014. Applications are available from Dean Ballard, Office 216.
UofL Louis D. Brandeis School of Law’s Transactional LawMeet team has won the Chicago Regional Round of the 2014 competition. Team members Kiera Hollis (3L) and Michael McGee (3L) were coached by Professor Lisa Nicholson. This victory came in just the second year of the Law School’s participation in this competition. Unlike the typical law school moot court competition that focuses on litigation skills, the Transactional LawMeet Competition is designed to allow students who have an interest in corporate law-related matters to match skills and wits in drafting and negotiating transactional documents.
During the course of the two-month Regional Competition, team members were tasked with drafting a Supplemental Indemnification Agreement (as well as providing a subsequent mark-up of opposing counsel's proposed Agreement) in connection with third-party intellectual property claims that arose on the eve of their client's execution of a Stock Purchase Agreement. The law students also participated in two separate hours-long conference calls with their client to ensure that the resulting proposed document would meet the client's objectives. The Regional Competition concluded on February 28, 2014, when the team met in Chicago, IL for two rounds of face-to-face negotiations against assigned teams of opposing counsels -- one from the University of Kansas -- where they successfully scored a 1st place ranking for their efforts in representing their client, NSPC.
As a result, Kiera Hollis and Michael McGee will be participating in the National Rounds in New York, NY on April 4-5, 2014. This is truly a spectacular feat in light of the fact that only 14 of the 84 participating teams advanced to the next round. The National Rounds will be hosted by the law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.
The UofL team also would like to extend congratulations to the University of Kansas team for advancing to the National Rounds as well. See you in New York!
On February 21 and 22, first-year student Shannon Huffer attended the Ms. JD Passion Forward Conference in Austin, Texas, held in conjunction with the Sixth Annual Conference on Women in Law. Ms. JD was founded by a group of Stanford Law Students in 2006 with the goal of women helping women reach parity in the law and engage in a dialogue regarding gender issues. Stats provided during the conference noted that although women graduate in roughly equal numbers from law school, they make-up only about 15% at the equity partner level. Many passionate women who have succeeded at the highest levels actively support and endorse the Ms. JD group in an effort to change that number.
The two-day Passion Forward conference was part networking, part skills building, and part motivation. Shannon was afforded an incredible opportunity to meet and network with judges; partners of firms in New York, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston and Kentucky; faculty from other universities; in-house counsel; associates working in some of the largest U.S. firms; and law students from all over the country.
“Overall it was an amazing conference that I would highly recommend attending whenever you get a chance. It is a rare opportunity to have such free communication with so many highly successful individuals that are committed to seeing you succeed.”
Each spring, first year law students must prepare moot court briefs for the Legal Writing class. As in previous years, a "brief-binding" fundraiser provides a brief binding service. Kasey Fehler (Central Law Fellow) with assistance from the Law Resource Center (Iris Bratcher and Rita Siegwald) coordinated the program, with proceeds going to the Central High School Law and Government Magnet Partnership fund.
This year a total of 110 briefs were bound for 28 students. This resulted in a total of $422 raised (some students made donations as well). The proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for three Central High School students to attend the Summer Law Institute. Thanks to all who contributed, participated, and helped in any way.
1Ls and 2Ls:
Registration for summer and fall classes is a month away. So that you are fully prepared to plan your schedule for Summer 2014 and/or Fall 2014 and beyond, you should plan to attend the remaining information sessions to learn about the extracurricular opportunities available to you as an upper-division student and ways to enrich your legal education.
March 18 – Summer and Fall Externship Opportunities
March 19 – Intellectual Property, Entertainment, and Sports Law Offerings
March 20 – Entrepreneurship Clinic
March 25 – Moot Court Board and Skills Competitions
March 27 – Robert and Sue Ellen Ackerson Law Clinic
All information sessions are offered during the lunch hour. For times and locations, check the Law School Calendar.
We hope you enjoyed the 5th annual Mardi Gras celebration on Tuesday, March 4! A special thank you to the following faculty, staff, and students who volunteered to help: Professor Abramson, Dean Becker, Angela Beverly, Ross Bradley, Iris Bratcher, Maggie Bratcher, Scott Campbell, Laura Grubbs, Professor Hall, Wendy Helterbran, Jon-Paul Moody, Dean Nowka, Professor Rothstein, Jina Scinta, Rita Siegwald, Sissy, Janet Sullivan, Barbara Thompson, Becky Wimberg, law student Jenna Brady, and our student workers Sarah McCoy, Kea Middleton, and Sam Stanley.
Congratulations to Iris Bratcher for winning the King Cake during the cake walk contest.
The LBA's new Human Rights Section was formed with a focus on immigration, civil rights (race, LGBTQ, women), international law and human trafficking. Their second seminar on Civil Rights and the Federal Court 50 Years Later will be held this Friday, March 7. Professor Trucios-Haynes will guide attendees though the right to counsel in international law, specifically the Avena case, a recent SCOTUS decision.
Student registration is just $15. Call the LBA to register for the CLE (502) 583-5314 or visit the Louisville Bar Association.
All law students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Mosaic Lobby today for the 5th annual Mardi Gras Party! We'll serve 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 buffet will open at 11:45. The Cake Walk game will begin around 12:20 in Room 175. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to play! The winner will take home a real King Cake from Joe's OK Bayou. Remember to wear your Mardi Gras beads!
Mardi Gras takes place 46 days before Easter. Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The most famous Mardi Gras celebration is held in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is an annual celebration called le mardi gras (literally, "fat Tuesday") or le carnaval in French. Mardi Gras has three official colors: purple (justice), gold (power), and green (faith).