Student Life News

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 jmartin@stu.edu.

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.

Diversity Week @ Brandeis

From Monday, January 20 – Friday, January 24, the law school’s Diversity Committee will host the school’s first-ever Diversity Week. Events will include:

Monday, January 20

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Tuesday, January 21

“Marriage and Parenting in LGBT Families”

10:25 – 11:40 am in Room 275

Introduction by Prof. Jamie Abrams, with an overview of UofL’s LGBT Center by Brian Buford
Speakers: Nicole Kersting, Bryan Gatewood, Louis Winner
Food provided by the LGBT Center
Co-sponsors: Lambda Law Caucus, LGBT Center

Tuesday, January 21

Film screening of the award-winning documentary We the Owners

4:30 – 5:30pm in Room 275
5:30pm – Post-film discussion with Prof. Lars Smith and McKenzie Cantrell, attorney at law, of the Kentucky Equal Justice Center
Co-sponsor: UofL College of Business

Wednesday, January 22

"Diversity in Action: Legislative Initiatives Impacting Diverse Communities in Kentucky"

11:50am – 12:50pm in Room 275

Speakers: Meg Savage, Kentucky Dating Violence Bill; Emily Whelan Parento, Implementation of Affordable Care Act and impact on health care disparities; Chris Hartman, Fairness Campaign; Tayna Fogle, Voting Rights (HB 70)
Food provided by Louisville Vegan Kitchen
Drinks provided by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA)
Co-sponsor: BLSA

Thursday, January 23

Film screening of the Tavis Smiley Reports documentary, MLK: A Call to Conscience, Deconstructing One of His Greatest Speeches

Noon-1:00pm in Room 275
Co-sponsor: BLSA

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.

Friday, January 24

Day of Service

Did You Miss the Study Abroad Information Session?

The Student Life Office held the first information session of the spring semester yesterday focusing on Law Study Abroad.  Dean Ballard, Professor Weaver, Professor Cross, and Virginia Hosono, Associate Director with the Office of Study Abroad and International Travel, spoke about the four different types of study abroad opportunities, the Law School's international partner institutions, financial aid and scholarship options, and more.  Handouts from the information session are available outside Dean Ballard's office.  You can also find Dean Ballard's handout online.

Mark your calendar now for the upcoming Spring 2014 Information Sessions:

  • 2/24  Law Journals   
  • 2/26  Kentucky Innocence Project Externship
  • 3/6    Skills Certificate Programs                              
  • 3/18  Summer and Fall Externships        
  • 3/20  Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • 3/24  1L Registration Advising Session (mandatory)
  • 3/25  Moot Court Board and Competitions
  • 3/27  Law Clinic
  • 4/1    Dual Degree Programs

For times and locations, check the Law School Calendar.

      

Legal Profession Curriculum - Mandatory 2L Program on Financial Responsibility

Attention Second-Year Law Students (graduating in December 2014, May 2015, or August 2015):
 
On Tuesday, February 4, at 12:10 p.m., the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions will present a mandatory bar program for second year law students. The Board of Bar Examiners’ Character and Fitness Committee must certify graduating law students before they are allowed to sit for the bar.  One fact the committee members look at closely is the applicant’s record of financial responsibility.

Elizabeth Feamster, Director and General Counsel of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, will discuss financial responsibility in the context of professionalism and a lawyer’s obligation to uphold the values of the profession.  ABA Standard 302(a)(5) requires that each student receive substantial instruction in “the history, goals, structure, values, rules and responsibilities of the legal profession and its members.”  In addition, Interpretation 302-6 requires that the School of Law “involve members of the bench and bar in the instruction required by Standard 302(a)(5).”  This program is designed to provide instruction on professionalism issues concerning law students and lawyers and also to satisfy the ABA’s requirement in Standard 302(a)(5).

Your attendance at the February 4 program is a requirement for graduation.  Please mark your calendar now.  If you anticipate a work conflict, please make arrangements now to ensure your attendance.

2014 IADC Legal Writing Contest

Sponsor: Int'l Association of Defense Counsel

General criteria: Entries must be the original work of a single author, not previously published, and must cover the fields of tort law, insurance law, civil procedure, evidence, or other areas of practical concern to lawyers engaged in the defense or management of the defense of civil litigation.

Deadline: May 16, 2014

Amount of award: $2,000 for first place; $1,000 for second place; and $500 for third place.

Submission information: http://www.iadclaw.org/publications/contest.aspx

LBA Legal Opportunity Scholarship

The Louisville Bar Association is pleased to present the 2014 LBA Legal Opportunity Scholarship, which will award $1,000 of financial assistance to a scholarship recipient attending the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.  This award is presented annually to a second- or third-year law student.

The applicant's educational background, personal statement, and participation in community service activities will be considered in the selection process.  The recipients will be selected by the LBA Diversity Committee.

For more information regarding requirements for eligibility and application instructions, review the Scholarship Application.

The deadline for submission is February 3, 2014.

Study Abroad Information Session - Monday, Jan. 13

Did you know that you may take up to thirty (30) hours at an ABA-approved program of foreign law study?  Or that opportunities exist to study abroad during the fall, spring, and/or summer semesters?

Come learn about study abroad opportunities available to you as a law student on Monday, January 13.  Ms. Virginia Hosono from UofL’s International Center will address logistics and the availability of scholarships and financial aid.  Dean Ballard will explain the criteria to participate in a study abroad program and the types of study abroad options that exist.  Professors Russ Weaver and John Cross will provide more information on the Law School's foreign exchange partner schools.

The session will begin at 11:50 a.m. in Room 175.  Pizza will be provided to attendees.

2014 Bert W. Levit Essay Contest

Sponsor: The ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability and Long & Levit LLP

General criteria: The contest is open to law students and young lawyers who will have enrolled as members of the ABA no later than February 21, 2014.

Topic: This year's contest hypothetical involves questions about the expanding use of social media by attorneys and law firms and focuses on the legal, ethical and professionalism issues that can arise in those forums.

Deadline: February 21, 2014

Amount of award: $5,000

Submission information: For the essay contest hypothetical and rules visit http://bit.ly/Levit2014.

 

For more writing competitions, visit the Student Writing Competitions page.

11:50 Study Abroad Information Session: Monday, Jan. 13

Did you know that you may take up to thirty (30) hours at an ABA-approved program of foreign law study?  Or that opportunities exist to study abroad during the fall, spring, and/or summer semesters?

Come learn about study abroad opportunities available to you as a law student on Monday, January 13.  Ms. Virginia Hosono from UofL’s International Center will address logistics and the availability of scholarships and financial aid.  Dean Ballard will explain the criteria to participate in a study abroad program and the types of study abroad options that exist.  Professors Russ Weaver and John Cross will provide more information on the Law School's foreign exchange partner schools.

The session will begin at 11:50 a.m. in Room 175.  Pizza will be provided to attendees.