Welcome to the Office of Student Affairs & Diversity

The Office of Student Affairs and Diversity (OSAD) welcomes you to another safe and inclusive space at Louisville Law. We believe in transparency, inclusivity, academic excellence and wellness. We reflect on these unprecedented times and embrace the changes that allow us to think of innovative ways to engage our students. The OSAD supports the Cardinal Principles and anti-racist agenda set forth by the University of Louisville.

This office is dedicated to helping students develop a strong platform for student sucess and wellness. We offer support, organizational leadership opportunities and guidance while facilitating meaningful relationships among students, faculty and staff.

Image: Signature, Crystal Coel
Crystal Rae Coel, Esq., M.A.

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and Diversity

Student Spotlight

Emily Compton

Class of 2023

What is your hometown and state?
West Point, KY, which is about 10 miles south of Louisville. We have around 900 people, two gas stations, and one stoplight.

What do you want to do after graduation?
I will serve as a 2023–2024 term law clerk to Chief Judge Stivers of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. Afterward, I would like to practice at a large firm in Louisville, probably in torts and products or business litigation.

What do you like about Brandeis/Law School?
We have brilliant, caring professors, which I appreciate. But what I love most about the law school—and actually what brought me here—is the Ordered Liberty Program. Having regular intellectually stimulating discussions with people who share my interests has been my favorite part of law school. I also cannot say enough good things about the program’s mentorship. I am a first-generation college and law student, so having a built-in support system since day one has been invaluable. I can truthfully say that OLP has been the driving force behind my success thus far in law school and in my career.

Who has influenced you the most?
It wouldn’t be accurate or fair of me to choose only one. I am the product of every person who has taken the time to invest in my future, and that list gets longer all the time.

Favorite Quote 
“Rhythm and harmony permeate the inner part of the soul more than anything else, affecting it most strongly and bringing it grace, so that if someone is properly educated in music and poetry, it makes him graceful, but if not, then the opposite.” - Socrates in Plato’s Republic

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Student Spotlight

Brian Fields

Class of 2022

What is your hometown and state?
Fayetteville, North Carolina

What do you like about law school?
Learning about the wide range of ways that many different areas of the law can be used as a tool to improve the lives of others

What do you want to do after graduation?
I want to use my skills to help better the conditions of people in my community, especially the conditions for historically marginalized groups who have been deprived of equal opportunities as a result of systematic discrimination and economic oppression. My plan immediately after law school is to help individuals successfully exit the criminal justice system and have their rights fully restored so they can fully reenter society with all of the rights and opportunities they're afforded as citizens, and I plan to continue engaging with issues I care about such as voting rights, LGBTQ+ rights, criminal justice reform, and environmental/climate justice.

Who has influenced you the most?
My family, who has sacrificed so much to give me the opportunity to be where I am today, and my best friend Evan Jordan, who encourages me daily to be an empathetic and kind person.

Favorite Quote 
“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”- Nelson Mandela

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Inclusive Excellence

Celebrating the broad diversity at Louisville Law.

Cameron Lyons

Class of 2023

How have you changed since your 1L year?

I’ve made a lot of positive changes since 1L year. I’ve become significantly more organized and have worked on my time management skills. I’ve also developed healthier ways to handle stress, such as exercising and hobbies.

What is your favorite quote?

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Unknown

Read more about Cameron.

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A Salute to the Unbroken

Recognizing our active military and veteran students.

Jeremy Gutterman

Son of Jackie Gutterman

What makes him most proud of his service?

He is proud to be part of something that is bigger than himself. He said being a Marine is not something everyone can do so he is grateful that God gave him the ability to do it for those who can’t. He feels that he has a second family on whom he can rely and knows they will be lifelong brothers and sisters.

Read more about Jeremy.

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