B90's Compete in National Softball Tournament
The University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law is proud to send its first Law School intramural softball team to the University of Virginia’s Law School Softball Tournament. The team departs for the tournament on Friday morning, April 1. The tournament is hosted every spring by the North Grounds Softball League (NGSL) on UVA’s grounds. Each year, over 115 softball teams from over 50 different law schools participate. The NGSL donates the majority of its proceeds from the Invitational to a local charity, Children Youth and Family Services of Charlottesville. NGSL also contributes substantial amounts of money to UVA Law's Public Interest Law Association every year.
The Bottom 90 group was started by Gulam Kuli-Zade, Sean Reed, Danny Schoenbaechler, and Greg Thompson early in their 2L year. "One day we were talking about the ridiculousnessof the arbitrary stress that law school and law students deal with. Our group started originally just on the common ground we all shared of sports. We all played intramurals beginning in our 1L year together, and have remained teammates throughout. That bond has lead to what will be lifelong friendships for over a dozen of us, and our teamwork mentality has helped us get over the ‘hard curve, cut throat, every man for himself’ mentality that most law students seemed to have." The group as a whole has always been more than willing to share outlines, study guides, and has become a study group in and of itself. They are always there for one another whenever one of B90s needs anything, be it help explaining a legal concept, or something outside of law school entirely.
Essentially, the group strives to be like regular people, and less like the typical law student, and they take pride in being down to earth in that regard. "This has helped us through law school in countless ways - just having people that you can relate to, and people that are in the same boat that care about your success as much as you care about their success. There is no selfishness involved." Says Thompson.
When questioned about jobs, Thompson responded, "B90 isn't exactly doing a whole lot of on campus interviews. I think we all got summer jobs, and most of us have jobs already lined up simply because we are all down to earth, good, and honest people. The genuine nature of all of our people shines through in so much as a short conversation, so I would chalk up the job market success to a less stressed, less type a, less pushy in networking,attitude." The group has not only beaten UK's law school in basketball, they also recently won the entire U of L intramural championship in basketball, and will be traveling to the NGSL Invitational (National Law School Softball Tournament) in Charlottesville, VA on April 1.
"B90 is a reminder that regardless of your GPA in law school, the average student at Brandeis School of Law is a hardworking, decorated, skilled teammate that you can depend on to always have your back." ~Alex White
"A law school fails anytime a student chooses not to help a classmate, in an effort to achieve a better grade for themselves." ~Danny Schoenbachler
"I think the really special thing about B90 is how it is a group of guys who found eachother and truly exemplify the collegial and collaborative nature the legal profession should strive to have. All members work very hard toward their goals in the practice of law, and the law school to the best of theirabilities. This includes going above and beyond just academics. Members of B90 bring a well rounded perspective to the school, as most participate heavily in sports, student organizations, work, community service,and social opportunities." ~Ryan Goode
"Anyone who shares our outlook on law school and life is welcome, even if their grades are in the top ten percent! There is always room for genuinely kind and sincere people who want togo through law school with a support network, good friends, and future allies in the practice of law." ~Sean Reed
"B90 is about aspiring to be a well rounded attorney. Your experiences outside the classroom should dictate the way you approach the law, not just the books you read." ~Fernando Valdizan
This year’s U of L Law School softball team members include: Phil Lawson, Sean Reed, Greg Thompson, Ryan Goode, Zach Springer, Kyle Samons, Tyler Korus, Gulam Kuli-Zade, Danny Schoenbachler, Jared Wilkie, Chris Ballentine, Fernando Valdizan, Ryan Polczynski, Peyton Sands, and Kevin Rich.
Team sponsors include Louisville Slugger, Papa John’s International, Bob Hook Chevrolet, The Clarkson Group, Shively Sporting Goods, Kroger and Westlaw. Support was also provided by donors Steve Lyverse (’83), Harry Rothgerber (‘74), Gregory Thompson (’11) Angie McDonald-Hackett, and Wendy Helterbran. It is not too late to support the team!