International Law Society News

Thank you!

The International Law Society wants to thank everyone that participated in the First Annual Kiss a 3L Goodbye event! From all of the posts on social media and buzz around the school, we know it was a big hit. A special thank you to Iman Jackson, a 4L, who helped assemble the bundles. Again, thank you all for supporting ILS and we hope next year's event will be just as successful! 

Open Officer Positions for the International Law Society

ILS has open officer positions for the upcoming 2015 and 2016 year.  We are looking for individuals that are committed to advancing the organization and committed to their position! Open positions include: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  If you would like more information or are interested in applying, please contact Janet A. Lewis at  We hope to hear from you soon!

Kiss a 3L Goodbye

Attention 3Ls and 4Ls: Kiss a 3L Goodbye bundles will be delivered 4/7/15 and 4/8/15. Please check your mailbox to see if you have received a "sweet goodbye" bundle!  


Kiss a 3L Goodbye

It's almost time to say bon voyage to our graduating 3L's, so why not send them off with a kiss? Keep an eye out for the International Law Society table in the Mosaic lobby during the week of March30th to wish your favorite soon-to-be grads well with a Hershey's Kiss candy-gram delivered either to the student during participating class periods or to his/her mailbox. Kiss a 3L goodbye for just 75¢ per bundle! See you there! XOXO


Happier Hour

ILS and MLSA are teaming up for a co-sponsored "Happier Hour" at J. Gumbo's located on Louisville's campus Wednesday April 1, 2015 from 6:00-9:00 p.m.  

10% of the proceeds earned during the aforementioned time frame will benefit our organizations and allow us to fund future events.  Bring a friend and come out to support us as spring begins and the semester ends! 

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International Law Society Study Abroad and Members Meeting

Please join the members and officers of ILS March 11th from 12:00-12:40 p.m. in Room 171 for information about studying abroad this summer.  We will also discuss some of the upcoming dates for our organization which will include: "Kiss a 3L Goodbye", Happiest Hour, and much more!  Lunch will be provided -it will not be pizza; bring your own beverage.  Hope to see you there.  

International Trademark Association Annual Meeting in Hong Kong

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is having its 136th Annual Meeting in Hong Kong from May 10-14.  The event will be a great experience for law students who are interested in IP or trademark law. The Association will host a Career Development Day on May 12, designed with programming and networking opportunities specifically for law students.

To help law students make their way to the Annual Meeting, INTA offers a scholarship program that provides a complimentary registration to the meeting and up to $500 travel reimbursement. Interested students should complete the application form and submit an essay for consideration.

Professors John Cross and Lars Smith will be attending the conference, as will a number of local intellectual property attorneys.  If you have any questions, please consult with Professor Cross.  He has researched options and provided the following helpful information:

1.  Airfare to Hong Kong that time of year starts at $1500 round trip.

2.  There is a nice hotel near the Convention Center for $135 a night, and that rate includes breakfast.

3.  No visa is required to visit Hong Kong (although a visa is required if you want to cross into mainland China).

Louisville Forum on Arms Control - First Talk this Evening in Allen Courtroom

Ambassador Tom Graham will speak this evening (Tuesday, April 16) at 6:30 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom on Arms Control.  Ambassador Graham will give a lecture on nuclear non-proliferation and North Korea and Iran.  Graham is a former senior U.S. diplomat involved in the negotiation of every major international arms control and non-proliferation agreement during the period from 1970 to 1997.

The event is free and is open to law students, faculty, and staff.  See flyer for more details. 

Opportunities for Int’l Study with a UofL Law School Exchange Partner

Program today - Thursday, Feb. 7, at 1:00

Have you considered studying abroad for one semester, or during the summer?  If you would like to learn more about the international study opportunities with one of the Law School's exchange partners, this presentation is for you.  Join Dean Ballard, Professor John Cross, and international student visitors from Universite Laval and the University of East Anglia to learn more about the opportunities available to you to study at:

  • Universite de Montpellier (France)
  • Turku, Finland
  • Perm, Russia
  • Universite Laval (Quebec, Canada)
  • University of East Anglia (Norwich, England)
  • EBS Law School (Frankfurt, Germany)

The program will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Room 175.  Pizza will be served to attendees.

Law Students Achieve Success in Vienna

Students from Brandeis School of Law traveled to Vienna, Austria from April 14th to 22nd to compete in the prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court competition. Over 270 law school teams from six continents took part. The Brandeis School of Law is the only law school from Kentucky or Indiana—and most of the surrounding states—that sent a team to this competition.

The students, Jeff Benedict, Darren Mayberry, Iara Montoro, Joe Tackett and Miran Vila, were effective advocates. According to their coach, Robert Brown, “In their competition against teams from China, Korea, Germany and Ukraine, they demonstrated detailed knowledge of international law as well as international arbitration, and held UofL out as a university that understands global business and law. The team also ranked competitively with schools such as Columbia, Cornell, NYU and Yale.”

The competition and its surrounding educational events serve as an unparalleled networking opportunity for students wishing to understand and become involved in international commercial business and arbitration. The team looks forward to contributing to the growing international climate at the Brandeis School of Law by working with the 2012 team.