University of Louisville Law Faculty Blog

Back On Campus

Hello to Blog followers. This is my first Blog. I've returned to U of L and Brandeis School of Law as an Adjunct Professor. The area of instruction and course title is: In-House Counsel Practice. The focus of the class is to introduce students to what the paractice of law is like when you are employed by your client, and usually your sole client. I am aware of the growth in "In-House" counsel among working professionals, and I hope I can provide an interesting, meaningful and useful experience. I await your 're-blog' or whatever it is...

with regards, Steve Lyverse

Democracy and the Workplace

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In February 2012, the Saltman Center for Conflict Resolution at UNLV hosted a conference on Democracy and the Workplace.  They brought together terrific scholars to examine various aspects of the connections between democracy and the workplace.  They have now posted the videos of the conference. You can access background on the program here: http://www.law.unlv.edu/LaborLawSymposium.   You can go directly to the videos here: http://www.law.unlv.edu/node/11586.  Included in panel 1, near the end, is a talk describing my current research about worker cooperatives.

A Hidden Madness

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Here is the link to another Internet review of A Hidden Madnesshttp://abookadayreviews.blogspot.com/2012/02/life-beyond-diagnosis-hidden-madness.html#more .

A Hidden Madness

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A review of A Hidden Madness now appears on blogcritics.com at http://blogcritics.org/books/article/book-review-a-hidden-madness-by/ .

 

 

Before You Feel Anxiety About Your Grades…

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Before You Feel Anxiety About Your Grades…

 From The Harvard Law Record 

Before you feel anxiety about your grades, think about the following:

Former Dean Elena Kagan received several B’s during law school, especially her first year. She went on to become the first female dean of Harvard Law School, the U.S. Solicitor General, and the 112th Supreme Court Justice.

Tax Law Professor Daniel Halperin received his worst law school grade in: tax.

Dean of Students Ellen Cosgrove received a Property exam back that had a note from the professor saying “this is exactly what I warned you not to do”—followed by her lowest grade since kindergarten. She went on to work at a top law firm before becoming a dean at Harvard.

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UofL Brandeis Law Students Help Develop Energy Industry Tax Breaks Wiki

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Brian Esser, Jackie Clowers and Denise Hall each took on a second job last summer to work in conjunction with the he Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility at U of L and the Institute for Policy Integrity at New York University to assemble an Energy Tax Breaks Wiki and populate it with basic information on the subsidies provided to the energy industries through the tax code. 

The wiki was launched last week and an article about the Wiki has been published in Grist Magazine

Kudos to  Brian, Jackie and Denise for their efforts and enterprise!

 

A Hidden Madness

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My memoir A Hidden Madness has now sold over 100 copies in one month.  I have gotten many favorable comments, and it has a 5 star rating on Amazon.com.  Again, it may be ordered from Amazon at  http://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Madness-James-T-R-Jones/dp/0615571549/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325301511&sr=1-3.  I encourage you to get a copy and enjoy.

A Hidden Madness

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What do you call a person who suffers from a severe mental illness?  First, she is not mentally ill, she has a mental illness—she isn’t a diagnosis, she has a disease.  Second, he doesn’t like the tone of “mental illness.”  Ditto “insane”—it’s a legal concept, not a medical term, and it’s rife with stigma.  As for “crazy,” nuff said.  Clearly, the preferred term among those who have a severe mental illness is “mad” or “madness.”  Dr. Kay Redfield Jamison’s famous memoir of life with bipolar disorder is An Unquiet Mind:  A Memoir of Moods and Madness.  Oscar winning actress Patty Duke wrote A Brilliant Madness about her experience with that disease.  Elyn Saks’ New York Times bestseller recounting her life with schizophrenia is entitled The Center Cannot Hold:  My Journey Through Madness.  In film, a favorite title is The Madness of King George.

Where do I come down on this issue (and why do I care about it in the first place?)?  My new memoir, which is available for $15.95 on Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/Hidden-Madness-James-T-R-Jones/dp/0615571549/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1325301511&sr=1-3, is called A Hidden Madness.  It tells the story of my battle, for much of my life, with bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness.  It has seen five psychiatric hospitalizations for as long as six months, chronic symptoms of mania or depression, disability, and intense suffering.  Until 2008 I suffered in silence—my madness was hidden—due to my overwhelming fear of stigma.  On the positive side, I have bested my disease sufficiently to reach the pinnacle of my profession such that I am a full professor at the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and have taught for over twenty-five years.  I have a successful marriage and two wonderful daughters.  I’ve been recognized as a national, and even international, expert on reducing the incidence of domestic violence.  And, since I have become one of the only two law professors in the nation publicly to acknowledge having a severe mental illness I have both given an award-winning series of over fifty talks about successful professionals with madness and written about the subject in a number of much-acclaimed articles, including an abbreviated account of my life (for more about these activities visit my Web page at http://www.law.louisville.edu/faculty/james_jones).  A Hidden Madness now relates my complete saga, with all its ups and downs.

I hope the foregoing will inspire you to order a copy of A Hidden Madness and read the uplifting story of the ultimately happy life of one with madness.  Please send me your reaction at jtrjones@louisville.edu or post your comments at Amazon.com.  Happy reading!