Student Life News

A Reminder About Reserving Rooms for Events

Students:  If you are planning an event or a meeting at the Law School and need to reserve a room or space (including the Mosaic Lobby), please submit a request in advance using the Room Reservation Form online at  Note - You must be logged into the law school Web site to access the room reservation form!

Before submitting a request for a room, please check to make sure the room you are requesting is available.  Look at the Law School’s event calendar ( to see what other events are scheduled AND review the Law School’s room calendar (the link is right below the event calendar) to confirm there are no class conflicts or other programs scheduled in the same room.   

If you have questions or need help, please stop by Dean Ballard's office in Room 216.

Road2Recovery Stop for Wounded Veterans

UofL President James Ramsey, Army and Air Force ROTC cadets and the Cardinals Pep Band will gather on the Belknap Campus Oval Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 8:30 a.m. to cheer on a group of wounded veterans riding bikes from Cincinnati to Nashville. Some 200 veterans have signed up to pedal more than 300 miles in a Road2Recovery ride meant to challenge them physically, mentally and emotionally and help them bond with peers. We’ve invited the news media to cover their 15-minute stop here.
If you are at the Law School that morning, step outside for just a few minutes to support the veterans as they begin the Louisville-Elizabethtown leg of their journey. 
Dr. Ramsey will greet the cyclists at The Thinker at 8:30 a.m. Then, ROTC cadets will give them water bottles, fruit and energy bars. The cyclists are scheduled to leave campus at 8:45 a.m.

First One-Day Immigration Law Clinic

The first one-day immigration law clinic in Kentucky to assist applicants for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was held at the Brandeis School of Law on Saturday, September 29, 2012. This event was organized by the Kentucky Dream Coalition (KDC), Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes, and local immigration law attorneys, Jonathan Bialosky of the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, and Emi Ramirez, an alum working with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, and sponsored by KDC and ACLU-KY.

Local immigration lawyers volunteered to meet one-on-one with potential applicants. Under the DACA program, undocumented persons who were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 and came to the United States before reaching their 16th birthday may apply for deferred action to avoid deportation and may apply for employment authorization. See for more information.

Law student volunteers assisted in conducting initial screenings on the day of the clinic, sat-in with attorneys on interviews, and reviewed application forms and documents before potential applicants met with an attorney. Future clinics will be held in Louisville and Kentucky, and there will be opportunities for law students to volunteer and receive public service credit. Special thanks to Michael Profumo. He volunteered to coordinate law students and participated in the clinic.

Student Lockers

The responsibility of student lockers has been moved from the Resource Center to the Business Office.  Please see Maggie Bratcher, Room 208, if you need assistance with your locker or lock.

Interested in Studying Abroad During the Summer?

The Law School has a student exchange partnership with EBS Law School in Wiesbaden, Germany.  EBS offers an intensive summer program from June 3 to June 28.  The four-week summer program focuses on European Business Law.  After completing an intensive one-week course on the Law of the European Union, students can choose from six different electives dealing with more detailed questions of EU Business Law.

Each elective equals 700 minutes of teaching and comprises a matching site visit (e.g. the European Central Bank, the European Court of Justice, etc.) and a final examination on the last day of the programme. Students without any prior knowledge of EU Law can delve into the topic during a relatively short period, whereas students having studied some basics of European Law can deepen their expertise in the specific electives. 

The language of instruction is English, but EBS offers a free German language crash course during the first week.  You can learn more at    A flyer describing last year's summer program is available here.  Questions?  See Dean Ballard in Room 216.

Another $5,000 Scholarship Opportunity

Banner & Witcoff is offering the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship for law students.  This scholarship is part of Banner & Witcoff's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers from diverse backgrounds.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship review board based on the following criteria:

  • Academic merit (undergraduate, graduate, and law school)
  • Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law
  • Member of a historically under represented group in IP law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability)
  • Written communication skills
  • Oral communication skills determined through an interview of the law student
  • Leadership qualities and community involvement

Recipients will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of their second or third year of law school.  Applications will be accepted through January 7, 2013.  Applications are available from Dean Ballard in Room 216.

$5,000 Scholarship Opportunity

The Richard Linn American Inn of Court is proud to offer the Mark T. Banner Scholarship for law students.  This scholarship is part of the Linn Inn's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, especially those from diverse backgrounds.

Law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school and who will continue in that program through the fall 2013 semester are eligible to apply.

The recipient of the scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of his or her second or third year of law school. 

Applications will be accepted through November 16, 2012.  Applicants must submit the following documents for consideration:

  • Completed application
  • Resume
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Three-page statement describing (a) how ethics, civility and professionalism have been a focus of the candidate; (b) how diversity has impacted the candidate; and (c) the candidate's commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law.
  • Contact information for three references.

Applications are available from Dean Ballard in Room 216.

Legal Research Exam Information

The Legal Research (LR) exam is Friday, October 5.  If you plan to take your LR exam using Exam4, you must successfully complete your practice submission, using your user name (e.g., kkball01), by the LR Exam4 deadline.    
The Legal Research exam make-up request form is available here.  Even if your professor or the Assistant Dean for Student Life has approved a make-up LR exam, you must submit the attached form to Student Records by 4:00 p.m. on October 3, for final written approval. 

The Law School's exam policies are posted on the School of Law website at  Each student is responsible for reviewing these policies before taking a law school exam.

Fresh Start Fridays: Free Massages Today!

Feeling stressed?  Don't forget about Fresh Start Fridays!

To provide students a little stress relief and relaxation at the end of the week, a massage therapist from Advanced Massage Therapeutics will be offering free, 10- to 15-minute chair massages to law students every Friday this semester from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Washer Lounge.  Treat yourself today and every Friday as you end your week and re-organize for the following week.

Need money? Consider Submitting Your Work for a Student Writing Competition Award

Don't forget to check the Student Life website regularly for information about writing competitions open to law students.  There are typically cash prizes awarded that may range from $500 to $5,000. 

Currently, information is posted for writing competitions with topics ranging from land use law, immigration law, campaign finance reform, healthcare law, securities law, and alcohol regulation, to electronic discovery, legal medicine, international humanitarian law, and social media legislation.  Deadlines range from October 15, 2012 to June 7, 2013.  Writing competition information is also posted on the bulletin board outside classroom 275.