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Today: From Brown to the Present: The Road Beyond Michael Brown’s Ferguson and Eric Garner’s Staten Island

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:39
p Please join us for the first Diversity Program of the Spring 2015 semester, bFrom Brown to the Present: The Road Beyond Michael Brown’s Ferguson and Eric Garner’s Staten Island: A Conversation about ‘What it Means to be ColorBrave,”/b Tuesday, January 27. /p p a href=/node/16196Click here for complete information and details./a /p

Administrative Law Judge and UofL alum Charles Boyer passes away

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 16:10
Judge Charles quot;Chuckquot; Robert Boyer died at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Jan. 20. pJudge Boyer was born in Vincennes, Indiana, on Aug. 23, 1940, to the late Robert and Ruth Boyer. He earned his undergraduate degree as well as his J.D. from the University of Louisville in 1962 and 1966, respectively. /ppAfter a period of private practice (1966-1974) and serving as Louisville's Assistant City Attorney (1967-1970), Judge Boyer began his career as an Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration. He was eventually appointed as Chief ALJ of the National Office of the Social Security Administration from 1995-2001. /ppJudge Boyer finished his career as an ALJ in Charlottesville and retired in 2012. /ppHe is survived by his wife, Anne Finch Boyer, four children, Amy Boyer Cox-Klapperich (Kerry) of Charlotttesville, Virginia, Elizabeth Boyer Hightower (Roger) of Seminole, Florida, Christopher Boyer of Louisville, Kentucky, and Scott Boyer (Amy) also of Louisville, Kentucky; and nine grandchildren. /ppIn lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Charlottesville, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA 22901./ppnbsp;/ppnbsp;/ppnbsp;/p

Sayed Kashua Lecture and Discussion

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 13:10
The University of Louisville Jewish Studies Program warmly invites you to hear novelist, journalist, and screenwriter Sayed Kashua on quot;The Foreign Mother Tongue: Living and Writing as a Palestinian in Israelquot; at 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2015, in the Chao Auditorium of Ekstrom Library.  For reservations: a href=https://sayed-kashua.eventbrite.comhttps://sayed-kashua.eventbrite.com/a. 

Brandeis alum Howard Fineman named Global Editorial Director of Huffington Post

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 12:00
pHuffington Post has appointed Brandeis Alum Howard Fineman to its newly-created Global Editorial Director position. Fineman will be in charge of supervising the company's domestic news coverage, as well as international editions./ppIn a statement released to the media, Founder/Editor-in-Chief and President Arianna Huffington said: /ppiquot;The Huffington Post has named Howard Fineman Global Editorial Director, effective immediately. We now have 13 international editions, with more rolling out this year, and Howard will extend his reach from the U.S. to our growing global audience. He will continue to keep tabs on U.S. news coverage, especially politics, as he works to integrate and grow all of our news coverage around the world.quot;/i/ppThe new position was created to keep up with Huffington Post's expanded international presence. Last year, for example, the company added editions for Greece, India and Morocco./ppFineman is also an NBC/MSNBC news analyst. Prior to his new position, he served as Editorial Director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group. He also spent many years as a reporter, columnist, editor and Deputy Washington Bureau Chief at Newsweek Magazine./ppFineman has interviewed every major presidential candidate since 1985 as well as business and entertainment leaders. His book, iThe Thirteen American Arguments/i, was published by Random House in 2008 and was a national best seller./ppA Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colgate, Fineman earned an MS from Columbia and a JD law degree from the University of Louisville in 1980 while working as a reporter for The Courier-Journal. In May 2011 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by Colgate University, his college alma mater./ppFineman was the Brandeis School of Law's graduation speaker in 2013 and was named Alumni Fellow in 2011./p

Kennedy-appointed US District Attorney and UL Law grad dies

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 11:19
pRichard P. quot;Dickquot; Stein, from Carmel, Indiana, passed away on Dec. 28. He was born Sept. 2, 1925 in New Albany, Indiana, to William P. Stein and Lillian Russell Stein./ppIn June 1950, Stein graduated from the University of Louisville and Louisville Law School. He was then admitted to the Indiana Bar, but was recalled to active duty shortly thereafter. During the Korean War, he served as a Lieutenant at a Naval Station in Newport, Rhode Island, before returning home to New Albany to practice law in 1952./ppIn 1954 and 1958, Stein was elected Prosecuting Attorney for Floyd County. At age 35, he was appointed to US Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana by President John F. Kennedy. Under Kennedy, he received the honor of being allowed to practice in front of the US Supreme Court./ppIn 1965, Stein was reappointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He resigned in 1966 and was appointed Chairman of the Indiana Public Service Commission./ppIn 1971, he became Legal Counsel for Eli Lilly and Co. for three years, and then spent 15 years as senior vice president of Public Affairs at the Public Service Company of Indiana (now Duke Energy). /ppStein was named a Sagamore of the Wabash five times by five different governors. He was also a member of the Service Club of Indianapolis and former member of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, the Columbia Club, the Athletic Club and the Highland Club./ppnbsp;/p

UL Law grad and District Counsel, US Army Engineer District, passes away

Mon, 01/12/2015 - 16:23
pFred Rager, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, died on Dec. 25. He was born on Oct. 17, 1922 in Jeffersonville to Augustus Marion Rager and Mary Ellen Rager./ppPrior to graduating from the UL Brandeis School of Law, Rager served in the Army Air Corps, Pacific Theater, in World War II. Upon graduation and through his retirement, Rager served as District Counsel, US Army Engineer District, in Louisville. /ppHe was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Frances, and is survived by his children, Laura McKinstry (Richard), Kirtley Cooke (Cheri), of Jeffersonville, and Shellie Fielden (John) of Honolulu; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. /ppnbsp;/ppnbsp;/p

Former salutatorian promoted to membership at Louisville firm

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:27
pUniversity of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law alum, Michael Kleinert, has been promoted to membership in Stites amp; Harbison, PLLC, as part of the Business Litigation Service Group/ppHe earned his JD, magna cum laude, in 2006. He also was the salutatorian (Edwin O. Davis Award). He is part of a group of 16 attorneys that have been promoted within the Louisville-based firm. /ppnbsp;/ppnbsp;/p

Brandeis alum named Principal of Atlanta firm

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 13:07
!--[if gte mso 9]xml w:WordDocument w:ViewNormal/w:View w:Zoom0/w:Zoom w:TrackMoves/ w:TrackFormatting/ w:PunctuationKerning/ w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/ w:SaveIfXMLInvalidfalse/w:SaveIfXMLInvalid w:IgnoreMixedContentfalse/w:IgnoreMixedContent w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderTextfalse/w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText w:DoNotPromoteQF/ w:LidThemeOtherEN-US/w:LidThemeOther w:LidThemeAsianX-NONE/w:LidThemeAsian w:LidThemeComplexScriptX-NONE/w:LidThemeComplexScript w:Compatibility w:BreakWrappedTables/ w:SnapToGridInCell/ w:WrapTextWithPunct/ w:UseAsianBreakRules/ w:DontGrowAutofit/ w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark/ w:EnableOpenTypeKerning/ w:DontFlipMirrorIndents/ w:OverrideTableStyleHps/ /w:Compatibility w:BrowserLevelMicrosoftInternetExplorer4/w:BrowserLevel m:mathPr m:mathFont m:val=Cambria Math/ m:brkBin m:val=before/ m:brkBinSub m:val=#45;-/ m:smallFrac m:val=off/ m:dispDef/ m:lMargin m:val=0/ m:rMargin m:val=0/ m:defJc m:val=centerGroup/ m:wrapIndent m:val=1440/ m:intLim m:val=subSup/ m:naryLim m:val=undOvr/ /m:mathPr/w:WordDocument /xml![endif]-- pBrandeis School of Law alum David Cornett ('00) was recently named a Principal at Atlanta-based firm, Meunier Carlin amp; Curfman. His elected role became effective Jan. 1. /ppCornett recently joined Meunier Carlin amp; Curfman from General Electric Company. He focuses his practice on patent preparation and prosecution, opinion drafting and IP counseling on a variety of matters, and has a particular interest in the software, automation and energy industries./ppquot;David is an exceptional patent attorney,quot; said Managing Partner, Drew Meunier, in a press release. quot;Throughout his career, he has exhibited immeasurable talent and zeal, producing impressive results for clients in the electrical space. David will undoubtedly marshal Meunier Carlin amp; Curfman to further success in the years to come.quot;/ppAfter spending over three years as in-house counsel first performing patent and procurement for GE Energy and more recently as IP Counsel for GE Intelligent Platforms, Cornett joined the firm in May. Prior to his career with GE, he worked as a patent attorney at large, intellectual property firms. /ppHe received his BSEE. from the University of Kentucky, and went on to receive his MBA and JD from UL. 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Black Freedom, White Allies Red Scare: Louisville, 1954

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 16:33
pThe Law Library is proud to be hosting the exhibit, “Black Freedom, White Allies amp; Red Scare: Louisville, 1954,” thanks to the generosity of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. This fascinating and moving chronicle of events leading up to and including Carl and Anne Braden’s sedition trial will be open to everyone through January 23, 2015. br /br /If you did not see the exhibit when it was housed at the Louisville Free Public Library during the fall of 2014, you have another chance! Please stop by the Reading Room during any of the library’s operating hours.  And if you want to know more about the Braden’s story, the NPR showa href=http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/12/01/louisville-civil-rights “Here and Now”/a recently ran a detailed story on the 60th anniversary of the case.  /ppRead more in a href=/node/16008 quot;Law Library spotlights Louisville's role in civil rights trialquot;/a./pbr /pnbsp;/p

Endowed Chair in Business Law to be Established

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 12:00
pUofL alumnus Lowry Watkins funded the position to honor legacy of William Marshall Bullitt./ppbr /The Louis D. Brandeis School of Law has received funding from Lowry Watkins to create the William Marshall Bullitt Endowed Chair in Business Law. Watkins is a graduate of UofL’s College of Business (1968) and Bullitt’s grandson. He has been a longtime supporter of the law school. /ppbr /Law Dean Susan Duncan expressed appreciation for the gift stating, “Thanks to Lowry, one of our most generous donors, we can forever honor the legacy of one of our most famous graduates, William Marshall Bullitt, and provide student scholarships, moot court experiences, access to important library materials and exposure to top notch faculty.”/ppbr /Bullitt was a law school alumnus of national prominence who often used his aptitude for math to win cases. Bullitt (1873-1957) served as President Taft’s solicitor general, representing the government in arguments before the U. S. Supreme Court and making headlines for his role in the prosecution of a notorious Soviet spy./ppbr /On October 3, 2014 Lowry Watkins joined Duncan at a reception to celebrate the funding of the William Marshall Bullitt Endowed Chair in Business Law. The teaching and research emphasis of the chair will be on finance and business law. The date of the gathering had particular significance for Watkins since it marked the 57th anniversary of Bullitt’s death. /ppbr /At the event—attended by more than 50 people including undergraduate and law students, local lawyers and faculty and staff—Watkins shared memories of his grandfather./ppbr /The law school hopes to fill this position by the fall 2017./p

Tax Moot Court Team

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 14:45
The Moot Court Board congratulates Lee Wilson and Katie Halloran on making the the National Tax Moot Court Team. As members of the team, Lee and Katie will write a brief and present arguments as both petitioner and respondent. The competition will take place February 5-7, 2015, in Clear Water Florida. The team is coach by Professor Blackburn, Mark Hahn, and Laurie  McTighe.

Exhibit: Campaigning against The Court: The Supreme Court and Popular Politics, 1916-2014

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 14:29
pimg src=/sites/www.law.louisville.edu/files/Balk_Bork.gif height=201 hspace=4 vspace=4 width=196 align=left border=4 /In recent years it seems that every nomination to the U. S. Supreme Court leads to partisan controversy. This exhibit displays political memorabilia from the collection of Professor Kurt Metzmeier that documents some of the most recent controversies.  Also included are some buttons from the pre-Court political careers of justices, a button urging the election of a sitting justice as president, and humorous objects gently mocking the dignity of the Supreme Court./ppWhile appointments to the Court had always stirred interest in legal circles, it wasn’t until the nomination of “the people’s lawyer” Louis D. Brandeis to the court that the nation saw an active campaign against a justice. Still, that nomination was somewhat of a special case, as Brandeis had stirred up unusual distaste among the banking and railroad trusts. Even President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s frequent battles with the Supreme Court did not lead to organized campaigns against his nominees.  This is surprising since most early justices were drawn from political life and many had served as governors, senators, and even, in the case of William Howard Taft, president. Indeed, the only political activity involving Supreme Court justices until the late 20th century was an occasional convention boomlet to draft one of justices to run for the presidency. (William O. Douglas perhaps was the last sitting justice to entertain such dreams)./pp The first attempt by an organized political group to set its sights on a member of the Supreme Court was the conservative John Birch Society’s billboard campaign to impeach sitting Chief Justice Earl Warren for the perceived liberalism of his court. However, it was President Ronald Reagan’s nomination of conservative scholar Robert Bork to the Supreme Court in 1986 that set off the first full-scale campaign against a nominee; one that would lead to the word “Borking” being entered in the dictionary as a term for the process of defeating a judicial nomination. Metzmeier’s collection has no fewer than four different buttons involving this effort./ppAfter the Bork nomination, things would never be the same. Buttons and bumper stickers would be employed to both support and oppose controversial nominations.  In addition, the ability to possibly choose members of the Supreme Court would be noted in every presidential campaign. A classic 1996 campaign button features a free-spinning arrow pointing to the names of existing justices who (the button implies) could die or resign at any time and asks “Who do you want to choose the next Justice?” The Supreme Court now plays more prominent role in popular political culture than at any time. Its secret service nickname SCOTUS is well-known and forms part of a popular legal blog. And it hard to imagine any prior justice being so lovingly re-imaged as Justice Ginsburg has been as “The Notorious RGB.”/ppiThe exhibit is in the Law Library reading room through the end of 2014. /i/p

Exam4 Now DOES Support Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite)

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:14
In yesterday's iDocket/i, the IT Dept. reported that Exam4 does not support Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) because we had been so advised by Extegrity, Exam4's publisher. bHowever, late yesterday afternoon, we received notice from Extegrity that Exam4 WOULD now support Yosemite./b We requested that they make the Yosemite version of Exam4 immediately available for download and installation. Consequently, students who have upgraded to Yosemite, or who wish to may do so and, may now use Exam4. Yosemite users download the Yosemite version of Exam4 and take a practice exam b by Friday evening's deadline/b.

Congratulations, Grateful Decedents!

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 08:08
Congratulations to Lawlapalooza 2014 champs the Grateful Decedents,  featuring 3Ls Mina Khalil and Greg Daly.  Thanks to 3L Emily DeVuono, whose band, The Perpetual Motions, played a great set, as well. All eight bands rocked for a wonderful, worthy cause, the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund, and this year's event drew a great turnout of students, staff, faculty, and the local legal community. Many thanks to our 2014 Ewing Fellow, Jenn Pence, and our student MCs, Jeff Perkins, Jessica Homer, Caitlin McQueen, Alexandria Bridges, China Hepburn, and James Shockley, for all their help and especially for their enthusiasm!

Lawlapalooza Student Band of the Day: The Grateful Decedents

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 08:37
p The Grateful Decedents, playing rock, reggae rock, blues rock, funk rock, classic rock, and ragnarok, feature 3Ls a href=/user/1527Greg Daly/a on vocals and a href=/user/1517Mina Khalil/a on electric guitar and vocals. The five musicians from the Louisville area started a band just to play Lawlapalooza this year. /p p Once onstage, the virtuosity of each member – the vocal prowess of Greg Daly, the face-melting techniques of guitarists Mina Khalil and Carl Koontz, the hard-hitting basslines of Darren Beckham, and the earthquaking kicks 'n snares courtesy of Jordan Daly – will fuse into a single entity and fill your ears with the truth. You will surely doubt whether you have ever truly used your ears before that moment. /p p And then, once their set is over, each member will slowly fade into transparency like Marty McFly and disappear into the ether forever, never to be seen again. /p p Come out to Lawlapalooza 2014 at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue, and support your fellow students ‒ and help them carry away the cherished Lawlapalooza Cowbell Trophy. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and The Grateful Decedents perform at 9:30. Tickets are on sale now in the Law Resource Center, room 272, $10 advance and day of show. /p