Student Bar Association News

Decedent's Ball Tickets On Sale All Week

Your SBA will continue selling Decedent's Ball tickets all this week. Stop by the table in the Mosiac Lobby from 12pm - 1pm any day this week to pick up your tickets. 

The cost is $15 per ticket. Your SBA accepts Cash, Personal Checks, and all major Credit/Debit Cards.


Don't Miss a Screening of Hot Coffee on Tuesday!

Join the Brandeis School of Law's Law Students for Justice (Student Chapter of the Kentucky Justice Association) for a very special Public Screening of the Award Winning Legal Documentary Hot Coffee on Tuesday, October 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Room 275 of the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.  A Q & A session with Hot Coffee Director Susan Saladoff will immediately follow the screening.

For more information about this showing, please contact Law Students for Justice President Ashley Haile at

Background information:  Everyone has heard of the infamous McDonald’s coffee lawsuit.  It is often cited as an example of the problems in our legal system, but is it a fair assessment?  The award winning film Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque grandmother who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring the media frenzy that ensued.  The film, which was directed by attorney Susan Saladoff, also analyzes and discusses the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system.   The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2011, and later aired on HBO on June 27, 2011 as a part of HBO films documentary summer series.

Alumni Tailgate

Please join Dean Duncan, U of L Law Alumni, and faculty, staff and students at the 2012 U of L Homecoming Tailgate, this Saturday, October 20.  The tailgate begins at 12 noon and will end approximately 3:00.  Access to the tailgate is free, but if you need game tickets you can order tickets on line at  Likewise, you can also pre-pay for food items and receive "alumni bucks" by going to the same website.   There will be food al a carte (such as hotdogs, burgers, soda, water, and beer and these can be purchased with CASH ONLY.  Also, a buffet is available for $25.00 and can be either pre paid (on line) or purchased with CASH ONLY.  

The tailgate is located on the North Lawn, near Gate 1.  Children are welcome.  

Decedent's Ball Raffle Ticket Winner

Congratulations to Justin Lainhart! You are the winner of the SBA Decedent's Ball Raffle. Stop by the sale table to claim your ticket.

SBA will continue selling tickets 10/18, 10/19, 10/22-26 from 12pm-1pm in the Mosaic Lobby.


Decedent's Ball Tickets Go On Sale

Starting today, October 17, and continuing through next Friday, October 26, SBA will be selling tickets to Decedent's Ball. Ticket sales will be conducted in the Mosiac Lobby from 12pm - 1pm. 

KAPLAN BAR REVIEW Table - Wednesday 10-17-12

KAPLAN BAR REVIEW has a table today in the Mosaic Lobby.  Stop by the table to win prizes like an Apple TV, $100 Amazon Giftcards, $100 Visa Giftcards and more...


Get a new KINDLE when you enroll in a Kaplan Complete Bar Review Course - while supplies last!!  Only a $200 deposit required!  


Table hours are today from 10am - 6pm.


Get $500 for studying for the bar!  Enroll with Kaplan for any Complete Bar Review Course in OCTOBER and get a $500 rebate come June/July 2013 (summer bar).  $200 deposit required.


Any student taking the July 2013 bar exam who enrolls by Oct 31st is eligible for a $500 rebate on their Complete Bar Review course!*


What does this mean? The Kaplan Kentucky Complete course Fall Promotional rate is $1790.


With the $500 rebate this means your tuition rates after the rebate are: $1290 = Kentucky Complete Course


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Stop by the Kaplan table TODAY 10-17, contact our office at 1-800-523-0777 or click on the link below to enroll online by October 31st and put down your minimum $200 3L deposit and then submit the form to get your $500 rebate! If you have any questions contact your Regional Director at

Also, sign up to take a 15 min live online tour of the Kaplan course with a Kaplan Regional Director and see what your bar exam course will look like. Sign up for a time at:

Taking the November MPRE? We have a completely free course. Stop by the Kaplan table to pick up your free book and then enroll in the online course for free at

National Mock Trial Team - Tryouts on October 22

Participate in one of the best trial advocacy competitions in the nation.  Learn from experienced trial attorneys and polish your trial advocacy skills – objections; opening statements; closing arguments; direct examinations, cross examinations; impeachment; introducing exhibits; refreshing recollection; thinking on your feet; prepping “real” witnesses. 

In February, the UofL team will travel to Arkansas to compete at regionals.  The top two teams from each Region will compete in the National Competition in San Antonio, Texas, on April 3-6, 2013. Last year, UofL advanced to the National Competition.

The School will select two teams to compete in the Regional Competition.  This year’s Regional Problem will be released November 16.  It will be a criminal problem.  Teams will be selected and notified before Spring Registration begins.

To tryout, prepare and deliver an opening statement or a closing argument based on a past NTC problem – State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb.  The Grubb problem can be accessed on the NTC website under “Past Problem Archive.” The opening or closing should not last longer than 12 minutes.  Please also bring two copies of your resume.

Because the competition is in February, the majority of practices will be held in January and February.  A few practices will be scheduled in November and December. 

Students will receive two credit hours for participating in the competition.  Questions?  Contact Erica Wood or Mia Walters.

Tryouts:  October 22
(Sign-up outside the Moot Court Board Office!)

SBA Announces 2012 Pumpkin War!

Want to see your favorite professor teach class in a costume on Halloween?? Stuff their pumpkin with coins, cash, whichever you have! The professor with the most money in their pumpkin by Oct. 26 will dress up and teach classes on Halloween!

Questions? Contact Erica Wood

Phi Alpha Delta luncheon

This is a quick invitation for you to come tomorrow Tuesday from 12:15 pm to 1:00 in room LL80 for a quick lunch with PAD.

PAD is the largest law fraternity in the world with over 198 chapters all over the US.  Our law school chapters organize social, academic, networking and community service events.  This is a great organization to get involved with.  We will have a quick conversation about all the great things we do!

If you are looking for a leadership role, come to this meeting and let it be known.

Lunch will be served!  And EVERYONE is welcome so tell your friends.

Upcoming Information Session: Learn How to Earn a Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills or Transactional Skills

October 18, 12:00, Room 175

For students interested in further developing skills and distinguishing themselves in the job market, the Law School will offer a “Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills” and a “Certificate of Accomplishment in Transactional Skills” to be awarded as an honor upon graduation.  The award of a Certificate is intended to demonstrate to potential employers that the student possesses additional training in lawyering skills and values associated with litigation practice or transactional practice. 

On Thursday, October 18, Professor Tim Hall, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will describe both certificate programs and discuss:

• Eligibility for Participation
• Requirements for Award of a Certificate
• Program curriculum

This is your chance to learn about an opportunity to develop further distinction at the JD level, and to receive recognition for successful completion of a course of study and advanced training in preparation for professional practice.  All law students are invited to attend.