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

Jason Raff

Class of 2023

What is your hometown and state?
Louisville, KY

What do you want to do after graduation?
I would love to work in arts and entertainment in some way. Intellectual property law fascinates me, and I want to practice in an area that keeps me close to the creative personalities I was around in my music days.

What do you like about Brandeis/Law School?
Law school is an extraordinary mind-expanding experience. It is like entering the Matrix: the law surrounds you and everything you do, but now you are learning to see it and use it. I particularly like Brandeis because of the faculty’s commitment to student collegiality. Law school generally has a reputation for being a cutthroat environment, but the Brandeis deans and faculty emphasize that it doesn’t have to be that way. It centers learning as the goal.

Who has influenced you the most?
The person who inspired me to go to law school was the lawyer for the pop band Jukebox the Ghost. I was negotiating the rights to orchestral arrangements of Jukebox’s songs for a concert the band and I performed in together at Waterfront Wednesday. After three months of hammering out the details, I realized I really enjoyed the process. That is what crystalized my decision. I don’t even think he knows...

Favorite Quote 
“Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.” - Ron Swanson

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Student Spotlight

Theresa Men

Class of 2022

What is your hometown and state?
Cupertino, CA

What do you want to do after graduation?
I would like to work in tech law, business law, at a start-up, or start my own business. Or perhaps move to a sleepy mountain town and open a yoga studio.

Who has influence you the most?
My granduncle influences me the most. He encouraged me to go to law school when it was just a thought in my mind. He has taught me about life, business, and relationships. He is an eternal optimist and has imparted that worldview onto me.

Favorite Quote 
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” - Lao Tze

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Inclusive Excellence

Celebrating the broad diversity at Louisville Law.

Shawn Holcomb

Class of 2023

What is the greatest challenge you have overcome?

The most challenging thing for me was searching for a new career goal after deciding I was no longer interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. I began this process a year and a half ago, and I think it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

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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.

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