Mae Elizabeth Kaufman and Theresa Coffman Scholarships are available to pay tuition for students who are enrolled full-time and pursuing a J.D. degree. Applicants must be residents of Louisville. Recipient will be under a moral obligation to assist disadvantaged and deprived persons in his/her community. No scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who has obtained any other scholarship for the same degree program.
The application deadline is April 30, 2014. Applications are available from Dean Ballard, Office 216.
UofL Louis D. Brandeis School of Law’s Transactional LawMeet team has won the Chicago Regional Round of the 2014 competition. Team members Kiera Hollis (3L) and Michael McGee (3L) were coached by Professor Lisa Nicholson. This victory came in just the second year of the Law School’s participation in this competition. Unlike the typical law school moot court competition that focuses on litigation skills, the Transactional LawMeet Competition is designed to allow students who have an interest in corporate law-related matters to match skills and wits in drafting and negotiating transactional documents.
During the course of the two-month Regional Competition, team members were tasked with drafting a Supplemental Indemnification Agreement (as well as providing a subsequent mark-up of opposing counsel's proposed Agreement) in connection with third-party intellectual property claims that arose on the eve of their client's execution of a Stock Purchase Agreement. The law students also participated in two separate hours-long conference calls with their client to ensure that the resulting proposed document would meet the client's objectives. The Regional Competition concluded on February 28, 2014, when the team met in Chicago, IL for two rounds of face-to-face negotiations against assigned teams of opposing counsels -- one from the University of Kansas -- where they successfully scored a 1st place ranking for their efforts in representing their client, NSPC.
As a result, Kiera Hollis and Michael McGee will be participating in the National Rounds in New York, NY on April 4-5, 2014. This is truly a spectacular feat in light of the fact that only 14 of the 84 participating teams advanced to the next round. The National Rounds will be hosted by the law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.
The UofL team also would like to extend congratulations to the University of Kansas team for advancing to the National Rounds as well. See you in New York!
On February 21 and 22, first-year student Shannon Huffer attended the Ms. JD Passion Forward Conference in Austin, Texas, held in conjunction with the Sixth Annual Conference on Women in Law. Ms. JD was founded by a group of Stanford Law Students in 2006 with the goal of women helping women reach parity in the law and engage in a dialogue regarding gender issues. Stats provided during the conference noted that although women graduate in roughly equal numbers from law school, they make-up only about 15% at the equity partner level. Many passionate women who have succeeded at the highest levels actively support and endorse the Ms. JD group in an effort to change that number.
The two-day Passion Forward conference was part networking, part skills building, and part motivation. Shannon was afforded an incredible opportunity to meet and network with judges; partners of firms in New York, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston and Kentucky; faculty from other universities; in-house counsel; associates working in some of the largest U.S. firms; and law students from all over the country.
“Overall it was an amazing conference that I would highly recommend attending whenever you get a chance. It is a rare opportunity to have such free communication with so many highly successful individuals that are committed to seeing you succeed.”
Each spring, first year law students must prepare moot court briefs for the Legal Writing class. As in previous years, a "brief-binding" fundraiser provides a brief binding service. Kasey Fehler (Central Law Fellow) with assistance from the Law Resource Center (Iris Bratcher and Rita Siegwald) coordinated the program, with proceeds going to the Central High School Law and Government Magnet Partnership fund.
This year a total of 110 briefs were bound for 28 students. This resulted in a total of $422 raised (some students made donations as well). The proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for three Central High School students to attend the Summer Law Institute. Thanks to all who contributed, participated, and helped in any way.
Feel nervous about your oral argument? Or perhaps you want one run-through with helpful feedback?
The Moot Court Board is holding Practice Oral Argument rounds during the week of March 17th-21st. For all interested 1Ls, a sign up sheet will be posted on the MCB door (room 183 across from Washer Lounge) from Wednesday, March 5th through Friday, March 7th.
The practice rounds have proven very successful over the years in helping ease some of the fears you may have concerning your oral arguments. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Mia Walters at email@example.com.
Before you head to your exotic spring break haven (or couch to binge watch Netflix), make sure you clean out your belongings from the basement fridges. Jon-Paul Moody and Becky Wimberg will be spring cleaning the refrigerators next Monday, March 10. They will toss anything that remains. Don't lose that sweet Barbie lunch box because you forgot to grab it before you take your well deserved break. And, give them a high-five for terminating some of the science projects that grow amongst your lunches. Happy Spring Break!
Students interested in running for an SBA position for the 2014-2015 school year, please note the upcoming timetable regarding the elections:
- Meetings/sign-ups will be week following spring break. March 17-21. Sign-ups will close at noon on March 21st.
- Formal campaigning will begin March 24th at 8am.
- Elections will begin March 26th at 8am, and close March 28th at 8am.
- Unofficial results will be posted March 28th at noon.
- Official results will be posted April 2nd at noon.
Candidates must attend an Interest Session in the SBA Office (Office 245). Interest Sessions will be Monday 3/17 and Wednesday 3/19 at 4:15pm and Tuesday 3/18 and Thursday 3/20 at 5:35. Please contact Christy Ferko for any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are now being accepted from 1Ls and 2Ls for the R. Harvey Johnston, III Real Estate Law Summer Fellowship which will support a Brandeis student who works this summer in the field of real estate law. The amount of the fellowship is $5,000. Candidates who apply for the fellowship must find their own placement for the summer with a sponsoring organization. A sponsoring organization can be any organization engaged in a significant amount of legal work concerning real estate. It can be a law firm (including a solo practitioner), a government agency, a nonprofit organization, a title company, a financial institution, or any other organization in which an attorney would be supervising the student's work.