University of Louisville Law Faculty Blog

First Year Property Takes Environmental Justice Tour


Russ Barnett, Director of the Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development and professor with the University of Louisville Department of Urban and Public Affairs treated Professor Tracey Roberts's first year property class and Professor Jamie Abrams' Torts class to an Environmental Justice Tour of Louisville Saturday, February 17th. The tour included a visit to Bourbon Stockyards, Beargrass Creek, the levees in Butchertown, the historic Trolley Barn site (currently the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage), Rubbertown, the Cane Run Power Station, and the Lee's Lane Superfund Site.








Relax! You'll Be More Productive


Relax! You'll be more productive

More and more of us find ourselves unable to juggle overwhelming demands and maintain a seemingly unsustainable pace. Paradoxically, the best way to get more done may be to spend more time doing less. A new and growing body of multidisciplinary research shows that strategic renewal — including daytime workouts, short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away from the office and longer, more frequent vacations — boosts productivity, job performance and, of course, health.



Scholastica vs ExpressO


In today’s episode of Law School Tech Talk, they discussed Scholastica, a multidisciplinary open access journal submission tool.  Scholastica claims to be gaining popularity among law reviews as an alternative to bepress’s ExpressO, which our law school uses. The list of publications currently available includes 54 journals, yet the panelists stated that the Iowa Law Review is the only one they know of that is using Scholastica exclusively at this time. Most law reviews still use ExpressO and some are using both.

Most of the discussion about Scholastica is presented from three perspectives: publishers & editors, faculty, and students.  Some concerns that have been addressed are escalating costs due to faculty blasting mass submissions to a large number of journals. A caveat to this is that because it's so easy to point, click, and submit, editors are over inundated with submissions and are using automation tools to deselect submissions based on certain criteria, such as one’s history of publication. Scholastica argues that it's going to provide more tech support and enhancements and some welcome the competition. One example is the ability of the author to submit their articles with anonymity. Other issues include concerns about authority. One panelist pointed out that career impacting publishing decisions are being made by law students who are not yet professional scholars. One tip for faculty is to better target your submissions and to make a better argument for your article and its placement in a particular journal. These issues are likely to be addressed at the next National Conference of Law Reviews in March.

A post at Law Prof Blog on February 5 notes that Professors Allen Rostron and Nancy Levit have revised their article, “Information for Submitting Articles to Law Reviews & Journals,” which includes charts about law school journal submissions.

Review of A Hidden Madness

My book A Hidden Madness has just been reviewed by June Maffin, an independent reviewer from Vancouver Island in British Columbia in Canada and posted on the site at .  It is generally accurate (other than having me teach at U.Va. Law School).The full text of the review is as follows:

Over three hundred brightly costumed Disneyland audio animatronic children of the world sing “It’s a small world after all.”  As I read A Hidden Madness, I couldn’t get the Disney music or lyrics out of my head.   “It’s a world of laughter, a world of tears; it’s a world of hopes, it’s a world of fears. There’s so much that we share that it’s time we’re aware, it’s a small world after all.”

It *is* a small world and sadly, it’s one where many who suffer from mental illness become victimized by stigma, keeping their illness a secret to save themselves from painful rejection and ridicule. Faced with living with the frustration of chronic illness, the mentally ill are also faced with discrimination and the knowledge that most people cannot understand the path they walk.

University of Virginia law professor James J.R. Jones knows this path only too well.  Despite suffering for over thirty years from bipolar disorder; despite hiding his illness for decades from co-workers; despite a childhood replete with bullying; and despite five hospitalizations in psychiatric facilities, the author finally realized that hiding his reality of bipolar disease, was killing him.  He experienced the hell of mental illness that can take its toll in a variety of painful ways: an inability to get along with people, dependence on others; powerlessness to deal realistically with real-world issues; inability to handle criticism appropriately; continually dwelling over problems (perceived and/or real); and a physiological reaction to life’s stressors.  Jones has experienced all of these and yet somehow, he had the determination and tenacity to believe in a better tomorrow for himself and for all who suffer from mental illness. In 2009, he began to let others know and two years later, he published A Hidden Madness.

While the neediness of the author (to be liked by others, to be validated, affirmed, encouraged) is a window into mental illness that may be uncomfortable for some readers, the author’s open and frank self-reflection and his desire to write a book that will be of help to others suffering from mental illness overrides any personal concern the reader may have along those lines.  However, because  A Hidden Madness is a book of humanity and hope for those who suffer from mental illness, those who love, are friends with, or professionally care for the mentally ill, this reviewer wishes that the author had included a sub-title to at least allude to the hope available to those who suffer from mental illness.

This hope emerges in the story that the author weaves about his personal life and continues throughout the book, gently reminding readers about the importance of appropriate use of medication and therapy; of having loving family and supportive friends; of being attentive to coping mechanisms; and of having a personality that defies surrender to doom-and-gloom medical diagnoses, but instead rises and marches to the drum that refuses to let disease control one’s life. 

The author has been blessed with such a personality trait.  He has been blessed with a solid education that give him the ability to write. And, he has been blessed with a calling to talk about - not keep silent any more - about his ongoing journey with mental illness.  For the countless millions whose lives have been affected in some way by mental illness, the response to the publication of this book is “Thank you.”



A Kindle or Nook purchaser of my memoir A Hidden Madness sent the following email message to the person who handles my electronic sales:

"Please tell mr. Jones thank you for the book on bipolar, after many  years of fighting, myself, and an unknown to me, mental illness , reading this book helped me get the courage to check in to a facility, and get my bipolar diagnosis. I somehow have had the ability to function at a high level, I own a multi million dollar company, he is right, it is out of sheer stubbornness, and just not willing to give in that I or we purge foreword everyday. I can't imagine the courage it must have taken him to come out of the closet and risk everything. Tell him hevhas helped me beyond words."

This, of course, is extremely gratifying for me.  It makes me glad yet again that I decided to go public about having a severe mental illness in 2008 and have worked tirelessly since then to help raise awareness about, and help, those so afflicted.

Back On Campus Spring 2015

 1-1- 2015 Hello to Blog followers. This is my second 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

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:   You can go directly to the videos here:  Included in panel 1, near the end, is a talk describing my current research about worker cooperatives.