Student Bar Association News

Kentucky Defense Counsel's Trial Tactics Seminar - April 19

KDC's 2013 Trial Tactics Seminar is being held on April 19 at Louisville Downtown Marriott, 280 W. Jefferson, Louisville.  Brad Case of Dinsmore & Shohl has organized this program, including national speaker Michael Cash, for the entire morning session. 

While the program would be most beneficial to third year law students, the KDC would like to invite all University of Louisville law students to attend this program for only $25 (non-members normally have to pay $250).  If any law student would like to attend, you should complete and submit the registration form with a $25 check.  Please indicate on the line Total Amount Enclosed under Fees and Payments, U of L Law Student - $25.00.

Med-Mal Mixer - 3-27

Join the Law, Medical and Dental schools for our annual Med Mal Mixer!

If you'd like to dress in your school's "color", listed below, please do. But of course we'd love to see you in any color of the rainbow :)

Law- wear Red
Dental- wear Blue
Medical- wear Green

Drink specials will be available, No cover, 21+    

Facebook Event 


Hear ye, hear ye: SBA Elections Approaching

For those interested in running for SBA Office, a sign up sheet is posted on the SBA office door, Room 245.  The Election Rules will be voted on Tuesday evening (regular meetings occur every other Tuesday at 8:30 PM, usually lasting an hour) and distributed upon approval.  The SBA purposes are:


1.  To promote and encourage professional competence in the study of law;

2.  To provide a liaison among students, faculty and alumni;

3.  To assume responsibility for student social affairs within the School of Law;

4.  To serve as a forum for the discussion of professional problems; and

5.  To enhance the professional reputation of the School of Law as well as its students and alumni.


Please consider running for office.  It does not require tremendous time to make tremendous difference.  The Election Rules will be available upon SBA approval and candidate interest meetings will occur the week of March 18th.    

Join SBA in Welcoming Assistant Deans Hajek and Cantu

Your Student Bar Association would like to invite you to an official welcoming for our new Assistant Deans: Laurel Hajek in Professional Development and Henry Cantu in Admissions. The reception will be held on Thursday, March 7 from 1:30-2:30 PM in the Cox Lounge.


School of Law Annual Awards and Leadership Program; Save the Date

The annual School of Law Awards and Leadership Recognition Program is scheduled at the University Club for April 12, 2013, beginning with a reception at 5:00 p.m.  All students are invited.  Students who are recipients of named scholarships; recipients of academic and leadership awards; recipients of the highest grades in law school courses in 2012; members of honor societies, professional skills teams, and law school publications; and leaders in student government organizations will be honored.  Recognized students will receive invitations prior to the event.  Questions?  See Dean Ballard.

May 2013 Commencement Cap and Gown Orders

All law students (whether participating in the 10:00 a.m. University-wide ceremony and/or the 5:00 p.m. Law ceremony) order their graduation apparel from Herff Jones at or or  The same apparel is worn by JD students regardless of what ceremony students choose to attend.  Students can visit the University Commencement webpage at for information on ordering caps and gowns, but that webpage then directs all students to the Herff Jones webpage for ordering.


The Herff Jones website currently reads that the commencement ceremony is Saturday May 11, 2013 at 10:00 AM. This is being changed to reflect the actual law school ceremony, which starts at 5:00 pm. Regardless, the ordering process remains the same.

3L Composite Make Up

Due to a scheduling mistake, the following make-up dates are available for those 3Ls that desire to be on the class composite:
Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Photographer Bret Steinmetz: 314-849-4711
2033 S. 4th St., Louisville, KY (Go to Kappa Delta wing)
Thursday, March 28, 2013 from 11:00am - 5:00pm
Photographer Adam Gabbard: 513-549-1018
2104 Unity Place, Louisville, KY (Delta Zeta house)
In addition, the $20 fee for submitting individual photographs is waived.  If you would like to pursue taking your own picture, please let me know at   

Kentucky Innocence Project - Edwin Chandler to Speak Today, at 1:30

All students are invited to attend a special program on Thursday, February 21, with guest speaker Edwin Chandler.  With the help of the Kentucky Innocence Project, Mr. Chandler was exonerated in 2009, after serving 9 years in prison for robbery and second degree manslaughter.  In 2012, he was awarded an $8.5 million settlement from Louisville Metro Government.

Mr. Chandler will speak to UofL Law School's Kentucky Innocence Project class at 1:30 in Room 177.  All law students are welcome to attend.

Students: Dean Duncan Needs Your Feedback

Attention students: Dean Duncan is in the process of performing a comprehensive assessment of Kimberly Ballard in her role as Assistant Dean of Students. Dean Duncan would like your feedback about Dean Ballard's performance. Please direct your feedback, via email, to Jacob Giesecke at (

The job description appears below:

            Assistant Dean for Student Life

The Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville is seeking an experienced professional to serve as its Assistant Dean for Student Life. The Assistant Dean will have daily interaction with students regarding attendance issues, independent studies, course overloads, honor code violations, limited license applications, make-up exams and accommodations. The Assistant Dean will oversee student orientation, joint-degree programs, study abroad programs, visiting foreign student programs, character and fitness certification to the bar, transfer and visiting applications, the student handbook, and a portion of the Law School’s web site.  She/he will assist the dean in collecting and analyzing data and preparing reports. 

Barbri to host half Table Day on Thursday: 12 p.m.-5:30 p.m

Barbri Table Day will be 12-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 21, in the Mosaic Lobby. Come by to sign-up and lock in your price for a bar review course that is tried and true! BARBRI is widely regarded as the de facto choice of law school students based on its extensive history in bar exam preparation and its superior word-of-mouth reputation driven by positive student outcomes. BARBRI serves students across all 50 states, in all jurisdictions, with a variety of products designed to best suit bar preparation needs and law school success. Also, if you're taking the April MPRE exam, come by to sign up for a free review course!

 If you have questions before Thursday about BARBRI, please e-mail Leah Smith at