Keller Law Offices Scholarship for Higher Education -- $1,000

Keller Law Offices is proud to announce the 3rd year of its Keller Law Offices Scholarship for Higher Education. The goal of this scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a worthy student. We understand that there are a lot of outstanding young people who, without financial assistance, would not be able to go to college. Medical, social or financial obstacles can make higher education a mere dream to some students.

Every year, to help open the door to the world of higher education, Keller Law Offices will offer a $1,000 scholarship to a student who submits the strongest essay focusing on the given topic.

The Essay

Write an essay of 1,500 words or less on the following topic:

Do you agree with Minnesota’s laws regarding the use of deadly force in self-defense? Explain why. If you disagree with them, discuss what you would want to change.

Your essay must include at least three links to authoritative sources.  At least one of these links must be to the post below or to another post on

Here is a post that can help you get started:

Does Minnesota Have a Stand Your Ground Law?

Post the essay to your blog. This can be a student blog on your university website or your own personal blog. If you do not have a blog, you can create one here for free:

You must be listed as the author of the essay on the website.

Keller Law Offices and reserve the right to publish the winning essay. Keller Law Offices has the sole right to resolve any disputes which may arise in the selection of the award winner. There will only be one award allotted.

Eligibility Criteria

This scholarship is open to any US citizen or permanent US resident who will be enrolled full time in an accredited community college, college or university, or accredited law school in the fall of 2018.

How to Apply

All applications must be filled out online at  by July 15, 2018.


Contact: Pat McCune

New and Notable


Opportunities to View Jenkins Competition Oral Arguments

The Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition kicks off this Saturday and Sunday with the preliminary rounds. If you are interested in watching the top Appellate Writing and Advocacy (AWA) students compete against one another, then you're welcome to come and sit in on the oral argument rounds! Come and root on your favorite 2Ls in the Jenkins Competition, aka "Moot Madness."

Here are the dates/times/room number for the arguments this weekend:

Saturday, March 24th - Preliminary Rounds

  • 9:30-10:30 - RM 155, 246, 263, 267, 363, 367
  • 12:30-1:30 - RM 155, 246, 263, 267, 363, 367

Sunday, March 25th - Preliminary Rounds

  • 10:00-11:00 - RM 155, 246, 263, 267, 363, 367
  • 1:00-2:00 - RM 155, 246, 263, 267, 363, 367

Saturday, April 14th - Quarterfinal Rounds

  • 1:00-2:00 - RM 246, 263, 363, 367

Sunday, April 15th - Semifinal Ronds

  • 1:00-2:00 - RM 144, 346

If you do attend, please be in the room 15 minutes before the start of the round. In addition, please sit off to one of the sides rather than directly behind the judges bench so as not to distract the competitors.

A list of this year's competitors can be found here.

Contact: Nate Oesch
Student Organizations

BLSA & WAAL Present: Developing a Career in Bankruptcy Law

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 12:10pm 357

On Wednesday, March 21st, esteemed, retired federal judges and current practitioners will share their experiences in the bankruptcy law practice, the challenges they faced as racial and gender minorities in the field, and the steps they took to become successful. The speakers will also provide invaluable insight on what drew them into the practice and what skills students need to break into this area of the law. Students and faculty are invited to attend. 


  • Judge Margaret "Dee" McGarity (ret.), U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Judge Charles N. Clevert, Jr. (ret.), U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • Attorney Titiana Whitten, Whitten Law Offices

Sponsored by the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers (WAAL) and Marquette University Law School's Black Law Students Association (BLSA). 

Lunch will be provided by the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers. 

Contact: Anna Fodor
Student Organizations

Marquette Law Review Information Session

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 12:10pm Room 367

The Marquette Law Review will be hosting an information session for all 1Ls interested in joining the Marquette Law Review for Volume 102. At the meeting, members of Volume 102's editorial board will explain the grade-on and write-on processes. Also, students will have an opportunity to ask any questions they have about law review. The meeting is on Monday, April 9 at 12:10 p.m. in Room 367. 

Contact: Brady Brown
Student Organizations

Environmental Law Society Welcomes the Tall Pines Nature Conservancy

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 12:10pm Room 357

Join the Environmental Law Society on Wednesday, March 28, at 12:10 p.m. in Room 357 for an engaging presentation on Wisconsin land conservation.  We are pleased to welcome Susan Buchana, the Executive Director of Tall Pines Land Conservancy.

Susan has over 20 years of experience working specifically in the areas of land-use planning, marketing, real estate, historic preservation, architecture, and construction. She holds a Master’s degree in Land Use Planning from UW-Milwaukee’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning. She is a licensed real estate broker, and a former member of the Shorewood Plan Commission.  She is currently serving on the board of directors for the Clean Water Association. In 2014, she joined the board of directors for Gathering Waters, Wisconsin’s Association of Land Trusts, and also serves as co-chair of its Land Trust Council. She is also active with the “Friends of Farmland Protection” actively advocating for farmland preservation initiatives in the State.

Susan will touch on topics such as Wis. Stat. §700.40, the Wisconsin Uniform Conservation Easement Act, current environmental stressors in South Eastern Wisconsin, and the diverse and varied employment opportunities available in the field of land conservation. We will be serving a delicious lunch of BBQ from the Smoke Shack!   

Contact: Austin Simarski
Student Organizations

Children and Family Law Society Panel: Family Law Practitioners

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 12:10pm Room 433B

On Thursday, March 29, the Children and Family Law Society will be hosting a panel consisting of various attorneys who specialize in practicing family law. Please come and join us for lunch if you have an interest in family law.  Listen and participate in a discussion about the attorneys' individual journeys and personal experiences in practicing family law. Also, feel free to come if you would like to meet some of the family law practitioners, just want to hear about what it is like to practice family law, or would simply like a study break with lunch provided. You are also welcome to ask any questions!

The guest speakers who will be in attendance are: 

  • Paul W. Stenzel, (Family Court Commissioner in Racine and Of Counsel, Hansen & Hildebrand, S.C.)
  • Kathleen Reiley (Law office of Kathleen Reiley, Milwaukee)
  • Karen Zimmermann (Zimmermann Law Offices, Milwaukee)
  • Tara Kleinhans (Kleinhans Law Offices, Monroe)
  • Sue Scott (Ivanovic Law Offices, Milwaukee)
  • Ksenija Kokanovic (Ivanovic Law Offices, Milwaukee)

The event is Thursday, March 29, 12:10 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Room 433B

If you would like to come, or have any questions about the event, you can contact Kimberly Sweatt by email. RSVP is not required for attendance, but will assist in helping us to plan for enough food for the event. We look forward to having you join us!

Contact: Kimberly Sweatt

Eckstein Hall Campion Chapel Mass

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:15pm St. Edmund Campion Chapel

Please join us for St. Edmund Campion Chapel Winter/Spring Mass.

Father Thomas Anderson, S.J., our Law School Chaplain, will celebrate Mass on April 4, in the St. Edmund Campion Chapel (4th floor) at 12:15 p.m. Members of the Law School, alumni, and Marquette community are welcome to attend.

Mass Schedule
April 4
April 18
May 2

Contact: Christine Wilczynski-Vogel

Digital Privacy and the Constitution: How Civil Liberties and Technology Intersect in the Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 4:00pm Alumni Memorial Union, Room 227

Alan Butler, Senior Counsel for the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), will speak on "Digital Privacy and the Constitution: How Civil Liberties and Technology Intersect in the Supreme Court" at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, in AMU 227. Free and open to the public.

Mr. Butler has argued on behalf of EPIC in privacy and open government cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, the Third Circuit, and the Supreme Courts of New Mexico and New Jersey. Mr. Butler has authored briefs on behalf of EPIC in significant privacy cases, including an amicus brief in Riley v. California, which was cited in the U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous opinion upholding Fourth Amendment protections for cell phones.

Sponsored by the Marquette Democracy Project and the Center for Transnational Justice. Co-sponsored by the Law School, the Center for Cyber Security and Cyber Defense, and the Political Science Department.

Contact: Bruce Boyden

Conversation/Q&A with Summerfest Attorneys

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 12:00am Room 363

Please join the Entertainment Law Society in welcoming Frank Nicotera and Molly Madonia, the attorneys at Milwaukee World Festival, which facilitates Milwaukee's festivals including Summerfest. Frank Nicotera is the General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, and Molly Madonia is a 2016 Marquette Law graduate and Summerfest's Staff Attorney.  

Frank and Molly will share their experiences working in entertainment right here in Milwaukee, how they got into their current positions, provide advice about what classes to take, and answer any questions you have. They are also known to bring cool Summerfest swag when they visit!

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Kate Bodenbach at RSVPs are not required to attend but much appreciated so we can plan accordingly for food. This event is open to everyone at the law school.

Contact: Kate Bodenbach
Pro Bono Opportunities

Do You Have Hidden Pro Bono Hours?

Could you have hours that meet the pro bono definition and have never been recorded? This would include any time that was spent doing work that was 1) primarily legal in nature, 2) not for pay or credit, 3) supervised by a licensed attorney, and 4) of service to underserved individuals or groups, those with barriers to equal access to justice, or for an organization whose mission is to serve the same. Perhaps the excess hours you performed for a Hammership meet this definition. Please report any previously unreported hours directly into your pro bono account. Students seeking admission to the Pro Bono Honor Society this year should record all hours by April 1. 

Contact: Angela Schultz
Pro Bono Opportunities

Seeking Student Coordinator for MVLC Estate Planning Clinic

One law student coordinator position is available for the Summer 2018 session of the Marquette Volunteer Legal Clinic Estate Planning Clinic.

The Estate Planning Clinic prepares wills, powers of attorney, and living wills for clients by appointment at the Milwaukee County Veterans’ Service Office and House of Peace. The student coordinator will work with the Public Interest Law Fellow and Estate Planning Clinic student volunteers to facilitate appointments at House of Peace beginning May 14, 2018. 

This is a great opportunity to learn about estate planning and gain leadership experience. You earn pro bono hours as a student coordinator. Read the full student coordinator position description and instructions to apply here.

Contact: Marisa Zane