Student Bar Association News

LAUGH For the Crusade!

As Spring Break comes to a close, LAUGH, don't cry!

Come to the Comedy Caravan on Saturday 3/19 and enjoy comedian Tim Kidd at the 8pm show (doors open at 7pm).

A portion of ticket sales is being donated to the WHAS Crusade for Children, so get a group together and join the fun.

Tickets are $20 in advance.

For tickets, contact Roz Cordini
rcordini@insightbb.com

Laugh For the Crusade!

As Spring Break comes to a close, LAUGH, don't cry!
 
Come to the Comedy Caravan on Saturday 3/19 and enjoy comedian Tim Kidd at the 8pm show (doors open at 7pm).
 
A portion of ticket sales is being donated to the WHAS Crusade for Children, so get a group together and join the fun.
 
Tickets are $20 in advance.
 
For tickets, contact Roz Cordini

Law Review Pasta Lunch

Law Review is having a pasta lunch on Monday, March 21st in the Mosaic Lounge.  There will be a variety of pasta for only $5!

Kickoff to St. Patrick’s Day with the Louisville Legal Community

All faculty and students of the law school are invited to join the members of Louisville’s legal community for a kickoff to St. Patrick’s Day event on Thursday, March 10.  The event will start at 6:00 pm at Molly Malone’s on Baxter Avenue.  There will be food, drinks, and music provided by the Young Lawyer’s Section of the Louisville Bar Association, the Student Bar Association, and other sponsors.  This is a great event to network with some attorneys in Louisville, as well as with your colleagues and faculty of the law school.  Continue your professional development and kickoff spring break at the same time!  Please see the attached invitation for more details and email Kristie Wetterer (kristie.wetterer@gmail.com) with any questions.  We hope to see you there!

LBA Table Day

Today, the Louisville Bar Association will have a table in the Mosaic Lobby from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Please stop by their table if you are interested in joining the LBA or just want general information about their organization.

Financial Guidance and Planning Programming

On Wednesday, March 2, in room 275 at 12 p.m. the SBA is hosting a Financial Guidance and Planning Program.  The purpose of the program is to increase financial literacy amongst our students.  We will have four panelists speak about the importance of saving and investing money; how to pay off student loans; and how to start up your own practice.  Our panelists will be Ashley Roberts from Republic Bank, Brian Walter from Northwestern Mutual; Marcus Folmar from Edward Jones; and Mike Abboud from the University Financial Aid Office.  I encourage everyone to come to this event.  Food will be provided.

ABA Site Visit, February 28-March 2.

Once again, please be reminded that an ABA site team will be at our law school beginning February 28.  Their purpose is to make sure that our law school is keeping its commitment to us.  Site team members will be sitting in classes and walking our halls.  Please be aware that they will be observing students and professors.  They also want a chance to hear from us and will hold student meetings on Monday, February 28 at 5 p.m. in room 275 and on Tuesday, March 1 at 12 p.m. in room 275.  You are encouraged to be at these meetings.  Also, food will be provided at both meetings!

Law School Hosts Successful Region 7 National Trial Competition

This past weekend (February 18-20), the Law School hosted the Region 7 National Trial Competition at the Jefferson County Judicial Center.  Fifteen law schools and thirty teams from Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan participated.  Seventy-one law school students competed.  The following four law students represented the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law:  Paul Chumbley, Brandon Edwards, Courtney Phelps, and Aaron Price. 

 

Thirty-seven Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas served as volunteer judges, including Rodney Acker, the chair of the ACTL's National Trial Competition Committee.   The Commonwealth was represented with Fellows from Paducah, Bowling Green, Henderson, Owensboro, Somerset, Lexington, and Louisville. Judges from Kentucky state and federal courts also participated.

 

All four UofL law students competed in three preliminary rounds and presented both the prosecution and defense sides of a criminal case.  Both teams received excellent feedback from the judges.  After Rounds 1 and 2, team members Courtney Phelps and Aaron Price were the number one ranked trial team, having won both preliminary rounds and every judge’s ballot, and having the highest point differential.  During Round 3, Courtney and Aaron were power matched against the second ranked trial team from the University of Akron School of Law.  Courtney and Aaron defeated Akron 3-0 to advance to the semifinals.  Of the eight trial teams that advanced, Courtney and Aaron were again ranked number one based on wins, ballots, and point differential. 

 

In the semifinal round, Courtney and Aaron defeated Chase Law School and earned a spot in the finals.  The competition was exceptionally close in the final round on Sunday afternoon. Courtney and Aaron competed against the University of Kentucky and lost by a narrow margin:  96 to 95; 91 to 90; and 94to 93.  Every judge on the panel commented that as the runner-up team, Courtney and Aaron would have been worthy champions as well.  Congratulations should be extended to Courtney and Aaron for their hard work and extraordinary trial advocacy.

 

Congratulations must also be extended to the 286 volunteers (law students, faculty, staff, court administrators, sheriffs, lawyers, and judges) who made this competition a great success.  Many coaches and judges commented that the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law hosted the best organized regional competition that they can remember.  One of the Fellows wrote:  “From the standpoint of the judges, there was not a single hitch in the proceedings.  Everything happened as it was supposed to, when it wassupposed to.  We didn't want for as much as a bottle of water. . . .  You have set a new standard for efficiency and hospitality.  Congratulations.” 

 

The NTC Committee responsible for planning the competition was composed of the following students and administrators: Kimberly Ballard, Brian Bennett, Roz Cordini, Todd Garland, Phil Lawson, Marilyn Osborn, and Becky Wenning. Brian Bennett had the difficult task of securing volunteers to fill 204 witness positions over the course of the three-day tournament.  Roz Cordini worked to secure donated items for competitors and judges (including engraved Louisville Slugger bats and Maker’s Mark bourbon bottles), and to manage volunteer greeters and floor attendants each day of the competition. Todd Garland was in charge of scoring, and tabulated scores for over 300 judge’s ballots during the course of the weekend.  Phil Lawson served as the judge liaison and assisted the 72 attorneys and judges who volunteered during the competition weekend.  Marilyn Osborn was responsible for securing volunteers for 51 bailiff positions and for overseeing law students on the NTC Committee.  Becky Wenning coordinated all of the catering and logistics at the Judicial Center, planned the competitor’s reception at the Marriott Hotel, and was the primary liaison with the staff at the Judicial Center, including the Chief Court Administrator.  Without their support, this competition would not have been a success.

 

In addition to the Committee’s support, thanks are extended to the following law students who volunteered their time to serve as witnesses and bailiffs, and to work behind the scenes:  Bryan Abell, Jennifer Adams-Emerson, David Ames, Chris Arnold, Waleed Bahouth, Carly Baize, Ben Basil, Jeff Benedict, Matt Birkhoffer, Lani Burt, Daniel Cameron, Michael Cannon, Stephanie Carr, Candise Caylao, Nathan Chittick, Sarah Clay, Megan Cleveland, Jackie Clowers, Sam Constantine, Nicole Crump, Steven Crumbly, Steve Damron, Brittany Deskins, Joe Dunman, Aaron Dyke, Whitney Englert, Jen Ewa, Andrea Fagan, Cynthia Federico, Liam Felsen, Ryan Fenwick, Elisabeth Fitzpatrick, Tyler Fleck, Jacob Ford, Nathan Fort, Brad Hall, Denise Hall, Paige Hamby, Brittany Hampton, Josh Hartsell, Holly Hudelson, Jamie Jackson, Lu Jessee, Brad Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Eric Johnson, Elizabeth Johnson, Megan Keane, Cassie Kennedy, Clay Kennedy, Teresa Kenyon, Nick Laughlin, Pete Lay, Amelia Leonard, Jennie Lynch, Alice Lyon, Luke Markushewski, Courtney McGrew, Jennifer Monarch, Luschka Montijo, Iara Montoro, Ross Neuhauser, Blake Nolan, Victoria O’Grady, Patrick Owens, Sarah Potter, Kaitlyn Potzick, Amanda Prager, Marlow Riedling, Whitney Roth, Dorrie Rush, Jared Sawyer, Will Seidelman, Jen Siewertsen, Julie Simonson, Leah Smith, Thomas Stevens, Tommy Sturgeon, Terrance Sullivan, Barney Sutley, Andrew Swafford, Willis Taylor, Whitney True, Alex White, Jared Wilkie, Kyle Winham, Amanda Warford, and Kristie Wetterer. 

 

Thanks are also extended to the following law faculty and staff for participating as witnesses:  Tony Arnold, Linda Barris, Jessica Campbell, Debra Reh, Kathy Urbach, and Becky Wimberg.

 

Other local groups that were involved to serve as witnesses include students fromthe Youth Performing Arts School at Manual High School, Pre-Law Students at Bellarmine University, University of Louisville undergraduate students, and Brandeis School of Law admitted students.  

 

Thank you to all who participated, and congratulations to Courtney Phelps, Paul Chumbley, Brandon Edwards and Aaron Price for representing the Law School so well in this competition.  

ABA Site Visit Meeting with Students

Beginning February 28, the American Bar Association (ABA) will send a site team to our law school to evaluate our faculty, staff, and students.  The purpose of the evaluation is to make sure that we are complying with the ABA's rules and regulations.  On Monday, February 28 at 5 p.m. and Tuesday, March 1 at 12 p.m. in room 275 the ABA site team will have meetings with our students.  You are encouraged to come to both meetings and discuss any issues that you feel are relevant to your enrollment as a student at the Brandeis School of Law.  Ask questions and feel free to make comments.  Pizza and soft drinks will be provided at both meetings.

Barristers' Ball Date Changed to April 8

After being informed that the Awards Ceremony is scheduled to take place on April 1, the SBA has decided to change the date of the Barristers' Ball to April 8.  Please mark this change in your calendar and stay tuned for more details.