Student News

Exam Numbers

On Tuesday, April 19, your final exam number was sent to your e-mail address. If you did not receive your exam numbers, please check your junk mailbox for your exam number. Please e-mail Barbara Thompson ( if you did not receive your final exam number. It is important that you keep your final exam number until you review your spring exams.

Opportunity for 3L/4L May 2011 graduates to meet with Career Counselor

Thursday, April 21st - room 176

Phyllis Leibson has generously offered to meet individually with May graduates  seeking career counseling advice.  

 Ms. Leibson served as part-time placement officer and director of Career Services at the Brandeis School of Law for 11 years.  She holds a Master’s degree in vocational and community counseling.  Her experience includes working as a free lance counselor with an executive search firm specializing in attorney positions and as a career counselor with the Jewish Family and Career Service.  Ms. Leibson also is certified as a counselor (NCC) and as a career counselor (NCCC).  She continues to assist students and graduates of the Brandeis School of Law in their legal career path.

 A sign-up sheet to schedule a meeting with Ms. Leibson is located outside of Dean Urbach's  office (room 182) for third- and fourth-year May 2011 graduates.

DRI Law Student Diversity Scholarship - Application Deadline April 27

DRI is still accepting applications for its annual Law Student Diversity Scholarship.  To qualify for this scholarship, candidates must be full-time students or evening students who have completed two-thirds or more of the total credit hours requirement for a degree by the applicant's law school.

Two scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each will be awarded to applicants who best demonstrate:

Academic excellence
Service to the profession
Service to the community
Service to the cause of diversity

Interested students must complete the 2011 Law Student Diversity Scholarship Application, obtain three letters of recommendation as outlined in the scholarship requirements, and submit an essay of no more than 1,000 words based upon the following question:

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide two separate suits in which foreign product manufacturers are contesting the state courts' exercise of personal jurisdiction over them. The Court will decide, among other things, if a company's mere awareness that a product could wind up in a state is sufficient to establish personal jurisdiction, or if companies must purposefully direct their products toward a state to warrant the exercise of personal jurisdiction. If the Court concludes that foreign manufacturers can or cannot be sued in any state in which the product is sold, absent direct contacts with the forum, what impact might that ruling have on product liability litigation defense?

For complete scholarship details and how to apply, visit the DRI website.

Brandeis Brief Break on Wednesday - It's a Surprise

Last Day of Class, Wednesday, April 20, Mosaic Lobby, 3:40 p.m.  Be there or be square. 

Student Season Tickets: Football and Basketball

The results of the season tickets lottery are attached to this post.  The results will also be posted on the SBA office door (Rm. 245).  If you were chosen in the lottery, please come by the SBA office and pick up your student season tickets voucher.  Kristie Wetterer, your new SBA President, will be in the office today from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and Wednesday from 10:30am – 5:15pm.  Once you receive your voucher, take it to the ticket office in the SAC.  They will be able to help you out from there.  You have until April 29 to redeem your voucher.  The cost of the combination tickets is $210 and the football only season tickets is $72 and you will not be required to pay until you present your voucher at the ticket office.  More information will be provided to you when you pick your voucher up.  

Copyright Seminar in Fall 2011 Canceled; Tax Policy Seminar Moved & Now Meets Perspective & Writing Requirements

The Copyright Law Seminar in Fall 2011 (Prof. Zanewicz) regrettably has been canceled due to insufficient enrollment.  The Tax Policy Seminar in Fall 2011 (Prof. Roberts) has been moved to Thursday, 7:25-9:05 p.m.  The Tax Policy Seminar will meet the Perspective requirement and the Writing requirement, as it will now focus on economic perspectives on tax policy and public finance.  Please contact Professor Roberts with any questions about the course.


The deadline to request a make-up exam is 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 20, 2011.  Please submit your make-up exam request form to Barbara Thompson in Student Records.

DART Organizers Institute

The Direct Action & Research Training (DART) Center is currently accepting applications from alums and graduating U of L students interested in social and economic justice issues for the DART Organizers Institute, a paid four month training program and career placement.

The DART Center has built non-partisan community organizations throughout the country that have won important improvements on a broad set of issues affecting low-moderate income people including:

  • Education reform in low-performing public schools
  • Job Training
  • Drugs and Violence
  • Affordable Housing
  • Criminal Recidivism
  • Neighborhood Revitalization, etc.

The DART Organizers Institute starts July 10, 2011 and combines a 7-day classroom with 15-week field training. Organizer Trainees will learn such things as:

  • Entering a community
  • Identifying and training local leaders
  • Strategic planning and issue cutting
  • Relationship and community building
  • Direct Action on community issues
  • Fundraising

This is a paid training program designed to place successful graduates into permanent salaried positions making up to $35,000/year in starting salaries, plus benefits. Graduates from the DART Organizers Institute have gone on to build powerful community organizations throughout the country. We continue to train the best of those working to build the power of low-moderate income neighborhoods to win victories on important issues in their community.

To apply, send an updated resume and completed application to: Hannah Wittmer before midnight on Wednesday, April 20, 2011.  To find out more about the DART Center or to download the application, visit our website.

Paid Fellowships with the Law School

Last year, in a partnership with the Legal Aid Society and the Center for Women and Families, the Law Clinic received a grant from the US Department of Justice to represent domestic violence victims in custody cases.  As part of the grant, law students receive paid fellowships to do the work in court under the supervision of an attorney. 

Students who have completed a 4-credit course in the Law Clinic have said that gaining experience in the courtroom was the most valuable part of their law school career.  Rather than receiving course credit, students who participate in this fellowship work in the Clinic on a part-time basis and are paid.

Want to learn more?

Professor Shelley Santry and Attorney Bethanni Forbush-Moss will hold an information session on the CASE fellowship with the Brandeis School of Law.  This paid fellowship will run from May 2011 to May 2012 and involves representing domestic violence victims in custody cases in Jefferson Family Court.  All law students who have completed 60 hours are eligible to apply.  A limited license to practice law is required, and the forms are available in the Associate Dean's office. 

Your experience practicing law and representing clients in court will set you far apart from your classmates no matter what type of law you want to practice when you graduate.  Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

Come hear all about it tomorrow, April 19, in room 171 at noon.

Congrats to Recipients of 2011 Student Bar Foundation Fellowships

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2011 Student Bar Foundation Fellowships. There were a record number of outstanding applications this year. Everyone who made a substantial contribution to the success of the SBF Charity Auction received a fellowship as well as applicants demonstrating financial need, a commitment to public service and a connection to the mission of the SBF. The 2011 fellowship recipients will focus their summer service on (1) delivering legal services to the poor and indigent, (2) promoting law-related education; and (3) improving the judiciary, the legal profession, and citizen access to the legal system.

Students receiving fellowships will be working at a number of law-related public interest jobs this summer including judicial internships, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse, the KY Department of Public Advocacy, the Legal Aid Society of Louisville, and Kentucky Refugee Ministries. These students will spend their summers working in Kentucky, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

Because the SBF is a student-run organization, we need students who are dedicated to our mission to help us solicit donations for the SBF auction next year. Please e-mail for information about getting involved and helping the SBF continue to support Brandeis School of Law students dedicated to public interest work.

Special thanks to Professor Abramson, the Student Bar Foundation Advisor, and to Dean Urbach and Vickie Tencer for their valuable assistance.