University of Louisville Magazine

SUM 2018

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31 SUMMER 2018 F or all law students, time management is a necessary skill. But that is even more true for Brandeis School of Law 1L Austin Conway, who balanced law school with baseball practice. Conway was a pitcher with Uof L's 2018 team. He played baseball during his undergraduate career at Indiana State University, where he injured his shoulder in his junior year and sat out the majority of that year. After playing his senior year, he applied for a medi- cal hardship waiver, which was approved in July 2017, granting him one last year of eligibility to play. By that point, Conway had committed to attending the Brandeis School of Law, and the powerhouse baseball team at Uof L also was attractive to him. Coach Dan McDonnell spoke with Conway's summer league coach and a few of his former teammates, who were able to speak to Conway's talent. Conway decided to spend one more year as a student-athlete. "I keep getting to play the sport I love," he said. "Dan McDonnell just was the Coach of the Year, so having the opportunity to work with him throughout Louisville when I want to practice law in Louisville and being able to have him vouch for me on a professional level would be extremely beneficial when it comes time to apply for jobs." As a double major in legal studies and political science at Indiana State, Con- way had his eye on law school for years. "I like challenging myself. Obviously, physically with athletics, but also aca- demically," he said. "I wanted a career that wasn't the same every day. The law is always changing, and every case is different. I felt like I could challenge myself every day — and I like to argue." Balancing life as a student-athlete is a challenge, but Conway credits support from both the law school and the baseball team in helping him maintain his hectic schedule. Conway's law professors have been supportive, as has Jennifer DiSanza, Brandeis' assistant dean for student services and law chief of staff. And McDonnell has told him that academics are a priority for all his players. McDonnell praised Conway's commitment to success as a baseball player and as a student. "Austin has displayed impressive maturity and focus in the way he's managed both baseball and law school since he arrived on campus. McDonnell said "From the moment we first talked about the challenges of balancing those demands, his excitement for embracing the opportunity has helped him in the process. He did his own research on how many Division I student-athletes have been able to also attend law school and that has helped him have a realistic set of expectations. He has respected the challenge and has never felt a sense of entitlement. At this point in his career, he fully understands college academics and athletics and he knows he has to earn everything he gains in the class- room and on the field." Conway, who wants to pursue a career in corporate law, was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the 31st round of the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. He was one of eight Cardinals drafted this year. Louisville has produced seven or more MLB selections in six of the last nine years. All bases covered Austin Conway keeps his eye on the ball and the books as a baseball pitcher and law student reach, but the UofL spirit groups have long maintained a reputation for trendsetting. "Whatever we wear to nationals one year, all of a sudden you see different teams wear- ing it the next year. A lot of programs that try to beat us come at us with our own game," Sharp said. "We always try to be the leader instead of following the leader." Calvin Koneman, a senior cheerleader, said the current teams are inspired by their alumni. They work through the pain, the stress, the sweat that are required to be elite athletes and performers so they can keep up the winning tradition. "In the end, it's all worth it," Koneman said. "The championships speak for themselves." PHOTO BY JEFF REINKING/LOUISVILLE ATHLETICS Members of the 2018 national champion Ladybirds and cheer squads. Conway

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