Student Life News


The KBA invites and encourages students currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky College of Law, the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, and the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law to enter the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition.  This competition offers these Kentucky legal scholars the opportunity to earn recognition and a cash award. First ($1,000); second ($300), and third place ($200) prizes may be awarded. Entries must be received by June 1, 2014. The first place prize also includes possible publication in the Bench & Bar.

Students may enter their previously unpublished articles. Articles entered 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 For inquiries concerning the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition, contact Shannon H. Roberts at or call (502) 564-3795 ext. 224. Submit entries with contact information to Shannon H. Roberts, Communications Department, Kentucky Bar Association, 514 W. Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601-1812.

UofL Law students have won the KBA Writing Competition for the past two years!  In 2012, Leah Rupp Smith won the KBA Writing Award with her entry titled "Standing Your Ground: The Happy Medium Buried in Kentucky's Common Law."   In 2013, Justin Brown won the KBA Writing Award with his entry “Wage Theft in the Food Service Industry: How Can Kentucky Fix it?”

Let's continue the tradition for 2014!

Free Individual Therapy Offered as Part of Study

As posted in UofL Today:

Education Building
Feeling down, anxious, depressed, or just in a funk?  We will offer free therapy as part of a research study. The study involves an initial interview, completion of questionnaires and therapy sessions (typically up to 20 sessions). Therapy sessions are scheduled based on what is convenient to you. Interested in learning more? Contact Jesse Owen, PhD, 852-0632.

Enjoy the First Brandeis Brief Break on Thursday!

Oh the weather outside has been frightful,
But the study of law has been so delightful,
And since we've no place to go,
Let’s drink cocoa!  Let’s drink cocoa!  Let’s drink cocoa!

All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend the first
Brandeis Brief Break of the semester!

Mosaic Lobby
Thursday, February 6
3:30 – 4:30

We’ll have a hot chocolate bar with an assortment 
of toppings for you to create that perfect cup of hot cocoa.

Take a break from studying!

Lost and Found Inventory - January 2014

Please claim Lost and Found items in the Law Resource Center, Room 272.

$10,000 DRI 2014 Law Student Diversity Scholarships

Each year, DRI awards two $10,000 scholarships 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 March 31.  For more information, and to access the application, visit HERE.

Marriage and Parenting in LGBT Families

The Diversity Week program “Marriage & Parenting in LGBT Families” which was canceled due to snow has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, January 28 from 10:25 – 11:15am in Room 275.

Professor Jamie Abrams will open the program, followed by Lisa Gunterman, Nicole Kersting and Bryan Gatewood. Snacks will be provided by the LGBT Center. Free and open to everyone!

Student Life Reminders - Upcoming Programs and Deadlines

Tuesday, February 4, at 12:10 p.m. - Legal Profession Curriculum - Mandatory 2L Program on Financial Responsibility 

Writing Competitions - See opportunities HERE

LBA Legal Opportunity Scholarship - Deadline February 3, 2014

2014 Legal Studies Institute - Deadline February 6, 2014

Ms. JD Fellowship - Application deadline March 1, 2014 

Registration Deadline for Extegrity for KY Bar Exam - January 24

MLK: A Call to Conscience, Deconstructing One of His Greatest Speeches

Don't miss Thursday's Film screening of the Tavis Smiley Reports documentary, MLK: A Call to Conscience, Deconstructing One of His Greatest Speeches from Noon-1:00pm in Room 275.

Journalist Tavis Smiley presents an in-depth look at the speech Dr. King delivered at the Riverside Church in New York City on April 4, 1967—exactly one year before his assassination. In his speech, “A Time to Break Silence,” Dr. King expressed his opposition to the Vietnam War, and linked his opposition to the Civil Rights Movement.

The speech took place just five days after Dr. King spoke to an overflow crowd in the Allen Courtroom at our law school. On February 28, the law school will unveil a permanent display in the entry way to the Courtroom commemorating Dr. King’s visit.

Presented by the Diversity Committee and co-sponsored by BLSA .


2014 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.   Essays will be accepted from students enrolled at any law school during the 2013-14 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, 2014

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 Fall 2014.

Submission information: See flyer posted outside Room 275.  Questions regarding this competition should be addressed to the chair of the Writing Competition, Professor Jennifer Martin at

2014 Employee Benefits Writing Competition

Sponsor: The American College of Employee Benefits Counsel

Criteria:  Papers must deal with any topic in the field of employee benefits law.  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 3, 2014

Amount of award:  Two cash prizes of $1,500 for the top two submissions.  The law students who submit the wining papers will be our honored guests at our annual black tie dinner in Washington, D.C. on October 25, 2014.

Submission information: See competition rules.