Student News

How To Be A Good Summer Law Clerk - Tuesday, April 15th at Noon - Room 175

On Tuesday, April 15, from 12:00 [noon] to 1:00 p.m., in Room 175, the Office of Professional Development will be hosting an information session focused on preparing students who will be working for a law firm, government agency, non-profit organization, or judge this summer. A panel consisting of attorneys and law students will share their advice on how to impress your boss this summer, what to expect in terms of assignments, how to manage your assignments, and how to prepare for serving as a law clerk. The panelists are:

Robert Croft, Jr. - Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl
Greg Mayes, Jr. - Attorney, Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett PLC
Philip Heleringer (2L) - Law Clerk last summer with Stoll Keenan Ogden
Lindsay Howard (2L) - Judicial Intern[ship] last summer with the Honorable John G. Heyburn, Federal District Court

This is information you need to know to be successful this summer! Lunch will be provided.

Real Estate Law Panel - Monday, April 14, 2:25 p.m. Room 275

Come hear leading practitioners in real estate law provide advice on finding job opportunities and building careers in real estate law.  The panel will be moderated by Professor Laura Rothstein and panelists include:

•Fred Joseph, Of Counsel, Stites & Harbison - Former chair of the firm's real estate section, Mr. Joseph focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate law with an emphasis on affordable housing, commercial lending and land use
•Stephen Porter, Attorney-at-Law & Owner & Principal Broker,  Steve Porter Realtors - In addition to managing his own law firm, Mr. Porter co-owns the Tucker House B&B and is an adjunct professor at the Brandeis School of Law  (Land Use and Planning Law & Local Government Law)
•Sharon Hardy, Partner, Weber & Rose - Ms. Hardy concentrates her practice in complex commercial transactions, focusing on asset-based lending and commercial real estate.
•Anne Scholtz, - Ms. Scholtz focuses her practice on real estate closings and other property law matters, estate planning and business formations and transactions.  She also served as the 2012 chairperson of the LBA real estate law section.

New Writing Competitions Have Been Added

Would you like to earn CASH prizes for a paper you are currently writing or have already written? Then don’t forget to check out the Student Writing Competitions page and submit your papers for a chance to receive CASH prizes and possible publication! Essay topics include international business, women’s rights, Native American law or other indigenous groups, privacy and social media, labor and employment law, energy law, tax law, and much more. Cash prizes range from $250 to $5,000, and some prizes include a funded trip to receive the prize. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win some cash and to be recognized for your hard work!

Indiana Bar Association Diversity Job Fair - August 21 & 22, 2014 - Indianapolis, IN

Attention rising second-year students interested in participating in the Indianapolis Bar Association Diversity Job Fair on Thursday, August 21 and Friday, August 22.  There is a registration information sheet attached.

Fall 2014, full-time 2L law students (graduating May 2016) or part-time 2L and 3L law students (graduating 2016/2017) are invited to participate in the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair.  Candidates who represent all aspects of diversity and who are looking for a one-of-a-kind legal community in a Midwestern city that has both cosmopolitan style and small-town charm are invited to participate. 

Student registration is now open. 

Students can register for the IndyBar Diversity Job Fair via Symplicity's web site at  After you submit your registration, an automatically-generated password will be provided, which will enable you to use the system throughout the next few months. The student registration deadline is July 19, 2014. Only students who have registered, bid and obtain interviews can participate in Diversity Job Fair events.

3L Only Bar Crawl

Attention, Grads-to-be:

As your time as law students nears an end, it is important to celebrate the last three years! Of course, SBA will be hosting a Graduation Party in your honor, but this year is special!

You are all cordially invited to the 3L-Only Pre-Grad Party Bar Crawl!

The crawl will consist of four stops along Bardstown Road/Baxter Avenue, ending at the party where you will meet up with the rest of the school to drink for free all night [until the party is over]. Party details will be released later, but for now, just get excited for the first annual 3L Bar Crawl!

How to participate:
Pay $20 and fill out the Google Form below.

Your $20 will cover the cost of a t-shirt, a drink at every stop, and food along the way! Please bring cash, check (U of L SBA), or card to the SBA Bookstore or to me by THE NEW DEADLINE, TUESDAY, APRIL 15 at 3pm.

Please email or call Madison Shoffner with concerns or questions: (606) 269-4393

Now fill out this form and start the countdown to May 7th!!!

Attention 3L's - Graduation Event Survey

A survey has been created by the Student Bar Association in order to get student feedback in order to plan events for graduation week for outgoing 3Ls. The survey can be found at the Student Bar Association would appreciate any input from the 3L class.

Graduate Day at the Downs

The SBA will be hosting an on-campus brunch at 10am on Thursday May 8th, for graduating 3Ls and a guest. Racing begins at Churchill Downs at 12:45pm. There is no charge for either event. Complementary tickets for Day at the Downs may be reserved here:

3L Composite Photo Pick-up

3Ls and 4Ls who sat for the Class of 2014 Composite may pick up their miniature copy in Dean Ballard's office (Room 216) between 9 and 5pm now through Friday, April 11th. If Dean Ballard is not in her office when you stop by, please see Ms. Thompson across the hall.

Have a Hand in the Strategic Plan


The Law School has been developing its strategic plan to help guide the University and the Law School in its decision making to strengthen our trajectory as a school. The committee charged with creating this plan has gathered input from students, faculty, and staff along the way to create the attached final draft. Your input on the final draft is needed!


On April 1 and April 8, Dani Smith, Aaron Marcus, and B.J. Hardy will be able to suggest changes and speak to provisions that should remain, regardless of faculty dislike. On April 15 at the Faculty Meeting, Dani and BJ, as voting members at the Faculty Meeting, will vote on the approval of the plan as a whole.


Send any or all of us your suggestions, concerns, and/or thoughts; our contact information is below.


Dani Smith: SBA President, Voting member at faculty meeting, member of strategic planning committee -

Aaron Marcus: Member of strategic planning committee -

B.J. Hardy: Voting member at faculty meeting -

To view the current plan and Professor Warren's take on it, please visit:

Southeastern Minority Job Fair - July 25 & 26, 2014 - Marrietta, GA

If you are interested in participating in the Southeastern Minority Job Fair in Marrietta, GA on July 25 & 26, 2014, please pre-register on Symplicity.  The job fair is open to rising 2L and 3L students and May 2014 graduates.  Your pre-registration is not a commitment to attend but only to indicate that you are interested in participating.  Log into Symplicity and click on "OCI" although this will not be an on campus interview.  The session Southeastern Minority Job Fair Pre-Registration is currently the default session.  Scroll down to the employer and click "Apply".  You do not have to submit anything.  The deadline to pre-register is Monday, April 21 at 2:00 p.m.

Only those students who have pre-registered will receive a login and password to view employers and submit applications during the online submission period of May 15 - May 30.