Student Bar Association News

SBA Sponsors Two Course Evaluation Days - Monday and Tuesday, November 26 & 27

Your SBA is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring two Course Evaluation Days. Students are invited to complete course evaluations in Mosaic Lobby, and enjoy coffee, snacks, and bottled water courtesy of SBA.

Worried that your course evaluation might not be confidential? See the attached handout prepared by the Provost's Office regarding course evaluations and student confidentiality. 


Students - Law Holiday Reception

Your SBA would like to extend an invitation to take a break during finals and attend the Law Holiday ReceptionDetails can be found here. If you plan on attending, please RSVP.

When: 12/7/12 5-7PM

Where: Mosiac Lobby and the New Hebel Courtroom

Cost: Free to Attend, Cash Bar. 

Thank You from Adjunct Professor Melanie Schneider

To the 1Ls who showed up as “Mock Jurors” –
Thank you so much for taking the time to attend my class.  Your presence gave the Trial Practice Workshop students an incredible opportunity.  It would not have been the same without you! 

I hope that you enjoyed the experience and that you learned something about the trial process.  It was a pleasure having you in my class. 

Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any follow-up questions.  Otherwise, good luck in law school and in your future endeavors. 

Melanie Schneider, Adjunct Professor

University Registration System Closed 11.16 through 11.25

STUDENTS:  The University's Registration System will be CLOSED beginning November 16 through November 25.  If you are unable to register for classes by midnight on November 15, your next opportunity to register for classes or drop/add classes will be on Monday, November 26.

SBA joins the Dean in Commending the Brandeis Law Faculty for a Month of Academic Successes

Faculty Updates

Shelley Santry and the Clinic are Award Winners
On November 14th at the Women's Center‘s Annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Awards Luncheon, Shelley Santry received the prestigious Mary K. Bonsteel Tachau Gender Equity Award, which "is given to a member of the University of Louisville community who has done significant work towards gender equity." Shelley received this award for her work with our domestic violence clinic. The clinic has served just shy of 600 clients of whom 99% are women. Predominately, the clinic serves low income victims of domestic violence in Emergency Protective Order (EPO) hearings in Jefferson Family Court.

On October 26th, the Legal Aid Society honored the clinic with one of its Volunteer Awards.

Professor Trucios-Haynes Speaks on Immigrant Rights
Professor Trucios-Haynes led a session at the Sowers of Justice Network Community-Wide Conference on Economic Justice on Saturday, October 20, 2012. The conference was held at Central High School. Professor Trucios-Haynes also presented the ACLU-KY Annual Legal Update at the Bill of Rights Dinner on Saturday, October 20, 2012 held at the Brown Theater. Professor Trucios-Haynes is Vice-Chair of the Board of the ACLU-KY.

Virginia Mattingly: 2012 Outstanding Chapter Member SLA
Congratulations to Virginia Mattingly, Cybrarian and Associate Professor of Legal Bibliography, who is the recipient of the Special Libraries Association's "2012 Outstanding Chapter Member" for the Kentucky Chapter. Her achievement was acknowledged at the SLA's Fall Business Meeting, Awards & Program on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the Jonathan at Gratz Park restaurant in Lexington, Ky.

Professor Jones profiled in bp Magazine
Professor James Jones is profiled in a two page story in the Fall 2012 issue of bp Magazine, the foremost publication in the nation discussing bipolar disorder, one of the most significant forms of mental illness in the world.

"It is very liberating to no longer have to hide something that is so central to your being. The fear is gone."
You may read an excerpt from the magazine online. Professor Jones also spoke at the 2012 Montana State Conference on Mental Illness on November 1 in Helena. Over 200 people attended the talk and he received a standing ovation.

Professor Cedric Powell Presents at First Faculty Showcase
Professor Cedric Merlin Powell was the speaker at the first Faculty Showcase, a series of events organized by the Student Bar Association to highlight the outstanding work of the Brandeis School of Law faculty. The topic for this showcase was: Critiquing Neutrality: Critical Perspectives on Schools, the First Amendment, and Affirmative Action in a Post-Racial World. Professor Powell writes that the talk will "offer a critique of color-blind constitutionalism and post-racial constitutionalism on three levels focusing on schools, the First Amendment, and affirmative action." He has been writing about this topic since 1995, and this talk builds upon his previous work in that it "argue[s] that there is an integrated theory that unifies not only my analysis, but the Court's jurisprudence." Powell's most recent article, "Harvesting New Conceptions of Equality: Opportunity, Results, and Neutrality" was published in the Saint Louis University Law Review.

Professor Judy Fischer is Busy Speaking About Legal Writing
On November 17th Professor Fischer will be on a panel at the ABA's Appellate judges Conference in New Orleans. The topic is "Framing Appellate Issues." On November 30th Professor Fischer will be on a panel on professionalism in legal writing at Northwestern.

Professor Levinson is Invited to Present a Paper in Spain
Professor Levinson has been invited to participate in the conference: Electronic Challenges: Regulating Social Networking in the Modern Workplace at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid on Thursday, December 20, 2012. In conjunction with the conference, she will write an article for a special issue of the peer-reviewed Spanish Labour Law and Employment Relations Journal.

Professor Marcosson Part of Panel Discussion on the Healthcare Act
On October 30, 2012 Professor Marcosson was part of a panel at the Brandeis American Inn of Court. The panel discussed the impact of the Affordable Care Act on Kentuckians.

Networking Event - Meet and Greet with KBA President TODAY 4:00PM

The KBA president will be at the law school to meet with students this Wednesday, November 14th at 4for a casual meet and greet.  This is a great opportunity to meet with a person that has a TON of connections across the state of Kentucky! We will be in the Cox Lounge. See you there!

Networking Event - Meet an Ambassador

This Friday, November 16th at 12:00 p.m. Ambassador Thomas Graham, Jr. will be speaking at the Festival of Faiths in Louisville. Ambassador Graham's keynote address will focus on the current state of nuclear armament throughout the world, the dangers this poses and what can be done to promote anti-proliferation. These tickets are normally $25 and cover a nice lunch, but due to a kind donation, the tickets are underwritten and will cost nothing.

Ambassador Graham is from Louisville, attended Princeton and obtained his law degree from Harvard. Graham has taught courses at the University of Virginia Law School and the Georgetown University Law Center.

If you're interested, please let Jacob Giesecke ( know by 5:00 TODAY. 

Networking Event - Meet and Greet with KBA President Wednesday 4:00PM

The KBA president will be at the law school to meet with students this Wednesday, November 14th at 4 for a casual meet and greet.  This is a great opportunity to meet with a person that has a TON of connections across the state of Kentucky! We will be in the Cox Lounge. See you there!

3L/4L Mandatory Bar Program on Candor

Attention students graduating in December 2012, May 2013, or August 2013:
On Tuesday, November 13, at 12:15 p.m., representatives from the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions, including Ms. Elizabeth Feamster, Director and General Counsel, Ms. Mary Riddell, Deputy Director, Mr. Eric Ison, Chair of the Board of Bar Examiners, and Mr. Grant Helman, Chair of the Character and Fitness Committee, will present a mandatory bar program for graduating law students on candor and related bar issues you may face when applying to take the bar. 

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). 

Attendance at the November 13 program is a requirement for graduation.   

The program will also include information about application deadlines to sit for the Kentucky Bar Exam, the application process, the format of the exam, and much more.  The program will conclude by 1:30 p.m.


To all students interested in any left-overs... There are quite a lot of Fazoli's left-overs in the student lounge refrigerator. Please help yourselves! There are also some sodas and tea. First come, first serve. Enjoy!