International Law Society News

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.

Congratulations to the New International Law Society 2011-2012 Officers

Your new International Law Society officers are:


President: Mackenzie Wallace

Vice President: Sara Thompson

Public Relations Chair: Nick Laughlin

Fundraising Chair: Jen Ewa

Secretary : Jimmie Guilfoyle

Treasurer: J. Brandon Johnson


Best wishes for a strong and active International Law Society group next year.

International Law Society---Fulbright and You!

Monday, April 4 at 12:10 in LL75. You! Law Student! Come learn from one of the nation's most successful Honors' Fellowships offices--right here at U of L--how you can win a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship (via the U.S. State Department). U of L has one of the highest success rates in the country for these, and you have a good enough resume to apply for one and win. Come and see how. FREE PIZZA.


Fulbright and You

Don't doubt! You really can win a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship (sponsored by the U.S. State Department). Spend a year, all expenses included, in any country in the world pursuing an LL.M, an M.A. or M.S., or another law-related academic project. You can learn a new language and network for globetrotting law positions. Please join us for free pizza and a distinguished panel to hear how you can make this happen.

Monday, April 4 at 12:10 in room 075.


ILS Business Practitioners' Symposium

Today at 12:10 in LL 75: Come hear the stories of three of Louisville's most successful international business practitioners. Enjoy free pizza as you listen to their stories and advice for young lawyers seeking to enter this area of the law.

International Business Law Practitioners in Louisville Symposium

Come hear three successful international business law practitioners share their stories of how they built successful careers right here in Louisville, Wednesday at 12:10 in room 075. We will be joined by Prof. Robert Brown of Greenbaum, Doll and McDonald, Mr. Dennis Clare, and Mr. L. Srinivasan of CGN Business Performance Consulting. Come with questions. Pizza will be provided.

Today: ILS Rice of the World Fundraiser Lunch

Buy from us in the lobby today! You can choose from three delicious, from-scratch rice dishes, plus a dessert and a drink, for $5. Please support the International Law Society.