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pThe Legal Aid Society’s Brush, Bottle and Barrel of the Bluegrass will be held on April 24, from 5:30 to 8:30 at Louisville Collegiate School. All proceeds of this annual event benefit the Legal Aid Society’s mission of “pursuing justice for people in poverty.” /ppBrandeis School of Law has a connection with the Legal Aid Society through our Brandeis Fellows, the LAS externship, public service placements, and the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Internship in Public Service, which is annually awarded to one of our students. /ppThe Brush, Bottle and Barrel is an evening of sampling Kentucky bourbons, wines and beers and food from local restaurants. In addition there will be a silent auction featuring vacation getaways, sporting events tickets, airline tickets and more. The BBB also functions as the preview party for the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair. You can purchase art objects before the Fair opens to the public on Saturday.br //p
pHere's a roundup of recent law school related news from the Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations.br /br /Highlights from the LBA's April 2015 iBar Briefs/i:/pulliDean Susan Duncan's April column features quot;The Brandeis Connection to SCOTUS' Same-Sex Marriage Decisionquot; and quot;Brandeis Students Gain 'Real Life' Experiences Through College of Business Partnershipquot; (pages 6 amp; 9)./liliProfessor Kurt Metzmeier writes about quot;Homing in on the Home-Rule Rules: Researching Kentucky Municipal and County Lawquot; (page 17)/li/ulHighlights from the LBA's March 2015 iBar Briefs/i: br /ulliquot;Behind the Bench: Judge Jennifer H. Leibson, Jefferson District Court, Division 5quot; features Professor Leibson's daughter (page 4)./liliProfessors Mark Rothstein, JoAnne Sweeny, and Russ Weaver are spotlighted in quot;Technology and Privacy - 50 years after Griswold v Connecticutquot; for their work on privacy issues (page 6)./liliThe Dean's column also includes, quot;Laboratory for Democracy and Citizenship and the 2015 Brandeis Medal Recipientquot; (page 6). /li/ulHighlights from the LBA's February 2015 iBar Briefs/i:br /ulliIn her monthly column, Dean Duncan reports about the Inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Summit and announces that Arthur Miller has been named the 2015 Brandeis Medalist. Lastly, Professors Laura McNeal and Cedric Powell are spotlighted in quot;Brandeis Professors Add to Ferguson Discussionquot; (page 6)./liliPhotos of the Louisville Law School community are featured in quot;Bench amp; Bar Socialquot; (pages 12-13)./liliquot;Diversity and Disability Discrimination: Impact on the Legal Professionquot; by Professor Laura Rothstein (pages 18-19)/li/ulHighlights from the Kentucky Bar Association's March 2015i Bench amp; Bar/i (Vol 79, No 2):br /ulliquot;Batson v. Kentucky: A Retrospectivequot; by Professor Justin Walker (pages 10-13)/liliquot;Young Lawyers Called to Public Servicequot; may be of interest to Louisville Law students (pages 18-21)./liliquot;Data Breach and the Kentucky Lawyerquot; by Professor Michael Losavio, UofL Justice Administration/liliThe bi-monthly UofL column features an introduction to two incoming Louisville Law faculty, Goldburn P. Maynard and Justin Walker. Also included is an announcement about Daniel Cameron, '11, being named Senator McConnell's Legal Counsel (pages 49-50)./liliSeveral graduates are featured in quot;On the Movequot; (pages 70-77)./liliRobert Franklin Cooper Jr., '38, is honored quot;In Memoriamquot;. He lived to be 101 years old (page 78)./li/ulBoth publications are available at the Law Library.
pChristopher Piekarski, a 2004 Brandeis School of Law graduate, has joined the Louisville office of Reminger Co., LPA’s as an associate./ppPiekarski focuses his practice on the defense of physicians and long-term care facilities in medical negligence and personal injury litigation.br /br /Prior to joining Reminger, he maintained an active practice in Kentucky, Ohio and Florida.br /br /He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Brandeis. While in law school, he served as an editor of the Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Board and as a research assistant for a law school faculty member.br /br /Piekarski has been recognized as a Rising Star by Kentucky Super Lawyers Magazine in 2013 and 2014 and is a member of the Kentucky and Florida Bar Associations. /p
pThe U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments sometime in April on the Sixth Circuit’s decision in the fall to uphold bans on same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The decision abruptly halted a swift wave of momentum favoring same-sex marriage – in the past year alone, state statutes or amendments banning same-sex marriage rights have been overturned in 28 other states./ppSCOTUS will hear from plaintiffs challenging these bans in each of the four states. Kentucky’s case was brought by two sets of plaintiffs; one group that included couples who married in other states and are seeking recognition in the Commonwealth, and the other group of couples who are seeking the right to marry in the state. /ppAll of the attorneys who have represented the plaintiffs from the beginning are graduates of the Brandeis School of Law. They include Laura Landenwich, Daniel Canon and L. Joe Dunman, from Clay Daniel Walton amp; Adams, and Dawn Elliott and Shannon Fauver, from the Fauver Law Office./ppTo underscore the significance of such a rare opportunity for these alums, the Supreme Court’s website claims that Justices grant review on about 100 of the more than 10,000 petitions filed with the court each term./pp“Most lawyers don’t get this opportunity and it’s not something I ever would have believed was possible,” Landenwich said. “We all view this as the major civil rights case of our era. It’s hard to imagine another case in our lifetime that will have such a big impact nationally on the development of the law, Constitutional law and our understanding of who deserves protection.”/ppLandenwich said the legal team purposefully worked around the clock to get the petition filed in time (they had one week) to put it in front of the current court./pp“Everyone had the opinion that the Supreme Court may not look the same the next term. The uncertainty if we waited was too great and would affect too many people,” she said. “It was intense. It still is.”/ppLandenwich credits her moot court training at Brandeis – and Professor Sam Marcosson’s coaching – for helping her prepare for some of that intensity. She also said the Louisville legal community in general has rallied around the team./pp“There is a lot of support from the law school and the Louisville Bar. There is a definite comradery. The university has played a central role in providing support and knowing that your peers are behind you has helped motivate us through the process,” Landenwich said./ppIn addition to boasting alumni who will be facing the bench in this landmark civil rights case, Brandeis is also connected via its current students and faculty as well./pp“The law school’s involvement in this case embodies the best qualities of our law school in the ‘how’ the people are involved,” said Professor Jamie Abrams, who was part of a team of 56 family law professors who signed and submitted an amicus curiae brief in the Sixth Circuit cases. Abrams worked with a team of Brandeis students to research the underlying Kentucky law. Those students worked for public service hours./ppThe plaintiff’s legal team is also being supported by students working for pay, student legal scholars, faculty scholars (Professors Sam Marcosson, David Herzig) and more. Additionally, Herzig’s article, “A Taxing Decision: The Supreme Court will rule in favor of gay marriage for the most practical of reasons,” was published by Slate./pp“All law schools have faculty who can publish, teach and serve. What we do uniquely is integrate all of them,” Abrams said. “To me, the work on this case embodies everything that we value at Brandeis in terms of how to be a student and a professor and a graduate. It’s not necessarily what we’re doing but how we’re doing it: we’re getting students involved and engaged and we’re supporting our alumni.”/ppSince the fall decision, Marcosson has also put together moot courts to prep Landenwich – a throwback to her time as a student – and the others./pp“I can’t overstate how much the moot courts and Sam have prepared me for this. It was the most valuable experience I got at law school,” Landenwich said./ppLandenwich adds that she is optimistic about the case and said the nation is ready for same-sex marriage. Marcosson’s optimism comes from his personal experience with the legal team./pp“I am confident in all of them that they’ll do a brilliant job,” he said. “This just shows that you don’t have to go to the biggest schools to have an opportunity to make a difference on the biggest issues on the biggest stage.” /p
Frost Brown Todd has named Attorney Douglas W. Schelling to its Nashville office and Intellectual Property Practice Group. Schelling joins approximately 50 other professionals on the IP team, and will focus his practice on counseling and representing clients in matters related to patents, trademarks, domain name disputes and trade secrets. br /br /Frost Brown Todd’s IP group recently received recognition as one of the world’s top trademark practices in the 2015 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 and has also been named one of the top patent practices in the region by Chambers USA. br /br /Schelling has an advanced technical background and degree. In addition to his law degree from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, he has a B.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Kentucky. He leverages this technical background to assist clients across industries in evaluating the patentability of inventions, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, evaluating potential trade and service marks, enforcing trademark rights, preparing and prosecuting applications for trade and service marks nationally and abroad, and drafting and negotiating various intellectual property related agreements.br /br /Frost Brown Todd IP attorneys focus on trademark work as well as patents, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, interactive media, advertising, and first amendment and media. They counsel and represent clients in prosecution, litigation and portfolio management, assist with anti-counterfeiting measures in the U.S. and abroad, and work on cases involving ongoing enforcement efforts for world-famous brands.br /
p The University of Louisville Men's Basketball Team will tipoff its NCAA tournament run Friday against the Anteaters of UC-Irvine. The Cardinals are a No. 4 seed, while UC-Irvine is a 13 seed. /p p To celebrate the matchup, Brandeis Dean Susan Duncan and UC-Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky have agreed to a friendly wager. If the Cards win, Dean Chemerinsky, a prominent constitutional law scholar, has agreed to give a speech at Brandeis (and to supply a bottle of California wine). /p p If the Anteaters pull off the upset, Dean Duncan will be speaking in Irvine and ponying up a bottle of Kentucky Bourbon. /p p May the best team win (Go Cards!) /p
pThe Brandeis School of Law’s Brandeis Medal presentation and dinner is set for April 8 at the Seelbach Hotel. NYU Law School Professor Arthur R. Miller is this year’s recipient./ppProfessor Miller is a leading scholar in the field of civil procedure and has authored more than 40 books and articles, including “The Assault on Privacy: Computers, Data Banks, and Dossiers,” warning of the threat to privacy posed by information technology./ppIn addition to the presentation of the Brandeis Medal, this year’s event will also include a Fred Friendly-style policy debate on current issues of privacy. The debate will include five panelists, all well-known in the Louisville community, who will be presented with a hypothetical that encourages them (through Professor Miller’s probing) to wrestle with these issues. The panelists represent a wide spectrum of perspectives and experiences and include: /ppbBetty Baye:/b Known for her op-ed pieces in the Courier-Journal covering race, politics and social justice. Baye recently served as an adjunct lecturer at Bellarmine University. She has also served as chairperson of UofL's Dr. Joseph McMillan National Conference on the Black Family in America. span style=font-size: 12pt; font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif'/spanShe graduated with honors from Hunter College and received her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she was taught by Fred Friendly./ppbHon. Denise Clayton:/b The first black woman to serve on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, where she continues to serve. She previously worked as an attorney with the IRS, as director of student legal services at the University of Louisville, and as associate director of the Legal Aid Society. She graduated cum laude from Defiance College and received her law degree from the Brandeis School of Law./ppbGreg Haynes: /bRecognized in 2013 as one of the “Top 10 lawyers in Kentucky.” At Wyatt Tarrant amp; Combs, he focuses his practice in commercial and business litigation. A graduate of Davidson College and the University of Kentucky College of Law, his legal career began in the U.S. Department of Justice and later as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (1971-74) in the Eastern District of Virginia. Haynes served as President of the Louisville Bar Association in 2011./ppbDavid Jones Jr.: /bServes as President of the Board of Jefferson County Public Schools. He also founded Chrysalis Ventures to provide venture capital to promising growth companies in the region. A graduate of Yale University (B.A. and J.D.), his commitment to public service led to his service on the JCPS Board beginning in 2012. /ppbBill Stone: /bThe longtime President of the Louisville Plate Glass Company. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he is highly regarded for his broad range of community and national activities, including on the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, and now on the Board of Overseers. He twice led the Kentucky delegation to the White House Conference on Small Business./ppRegistration for the Brandeis Medal Presentation and Dinner can be done online by visiting a href=http://louisville.edu/law/events title=http://louisville.edu/law/eventshttp://louisville.edu/law/events/a./ppMore information about the event: /ppApril 8, 2015, 6:00pm – 10:00pmbr /Seelbach Hotel, 500 South 4th Street, Downtown Louisvillebr /Sponsored by: Brandeis School of Lawbr /Registration Cost: $60 /p
Captain Jerred Kelly, a 2010 Brandeis School of Law graduate, is serving as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the United States Air Force and is currently deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in the Middle East.br /br /Kelly, who also worked in the admissions office while he was a student, is part of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Legal Office in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He will be stationed in the Middle East until July. br /br /As evidenced by the photo he sent, Kelly said he is doing his best to spread the Cardinal Cheer around his deployed location.
Daniel Cameron, a 2011 Brandeis School of Law graduate, has been named as Legal Counsel for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. His first official day in the role was March 2.br /br /The position seems like a natural fit for Cameron, a native of Elizabethtown. When he was a senior in high school, he was accepted into the McConnell Scholarship Program at UofL. The opportunity allowed him to spend some time with the Senator, also a UofL alum, during his undergraduate years. br /br /“When I first met him, I knew he was somebody I wanted to emulate. I have held him in high regard since the first time I met him,” Cameron said. br /br /Cameron, who was also a member of the UoL Football Team during this time, developed an interest for government and law. He eventually landed an opportunity to intern for Senator McConnell in Washington, D.C., where he gained foundational experience at the federal level. br /br /He interned again for Senator McConnell – this time as legal counsel – during the summer of his second year at Brandeis. Cameron spent that time under the wing of then-Chief Legal Counsel Russell Coleman. br /br /“From that moment on, I knew if the opportunity ever presented itself, I would give it strong consideration,” Cameron said. “I really enjoyed that experience.quot;br /br /Cameron first graduated cum laude from Brandeis, clerked for a Federal Judge in the Eastern District of Kentucky, Gregory Van Tatenhove, and eventually took a position in the Business Litigation Service Group at Louisville’s Stites amp; Harbison, where he spent a little over a year.br /br /The McConnell opportunity presented itself in January. Cameron said he prayed about it, talked to his parents, Von and Sandra, as well as his close friends and colleagues at Stites amp; Harbison.br /br /“I was taken aback by the opportunity to work for the majority leader of the U.S. Senate. I was surprised and humbled and honored all at the same time. I will be forever grateful that he extended this opportunity to me,” Cameron said. br /br /He admits the leap from business litigation to Washington, D.C. will be big, but said the new job is a natural fit, consistent with his interest in policy issues. br /br /“When you add on it the bonus of getting to work on behalf of the folks of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, it’s a special opportunity that doesn’t present itself on a regular basis. Working and serving Senator McConnell is a dream come true,” Cameron said. “And serving the people of Kentucky is a double dream come true.” br /br /Cameron is a member of the Brandeis School of Law Alumni Council. He said the school prepared him well for the role and his professors helped him develop the appropriate analytical skills. br /br /“They taught me how to think about policy- and law-related issues and how to articulate those points with respect to the law,” Cameron said. “The biggest impact they have had was to give me confidence that I can take on these roles – to clerk for a Federal Judge, to go to a big law firm in Kentucky and to work for the Senate Majority Leader.”
Wyatt, Tarrant amp; Combs LLP has announced that Gary T. Banet has been selected to the 2015 Indiana Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers. Rising Stars recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.br /br /No more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are named to the list. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.br /br /Banet, who graduated magna cum laude from the Brandeis School of Law, focuses his practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, estate and trust litigation, guardianships, elder law and special needs planning. He is a past president of the Southern Indiana Estate Planning Council, a member of the Louisville Estate Planning Council, a district representative of the Probate, Trust and Real Property Section of the Indiana State Bar Association and recently completed the Indiana Bar Association Leadership Development Academy. br /br /Banet is also active within the community. He is secretary of the Boards of Directors of the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana and One Southern Indiana Foundation, and a leader of many other community organizations. br /br /Prior to earning his law degree from Brandeis, Banet received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University-Bloomington and his master’s degree from the University of Louisville.
pThe Kentucky Women’s Book Festival is set for March 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Ekstrom Library. The event, hosted by the Women’s Center and University Libraries, will include a keynote address from Julie Kibler, author of the bestselling novel, “Calling Me Home.” /ppThe novel has been published in 15 languages, named a finalist for the 2014 Kentucky Literary Award, and selected as a book club pick for Ladies' Home Journal. /ppThe opening speaker at 10 a.m. will be Kelly Cogswell, journalist, blogger and author of the memoir “Eating Fire: My Life as a Lesbian Avenger.”/ppOther speakers include:/pulliTytianna N. M. Wells Smith, author/illustrator, “Sweet Pea and Sugar Tea’s Country Family Adventures: A Collection of African-American Poems”/liliAaisha Hamid, author, “Faceless: Two Worlds Collide”/liliMaryjean Wall, author, “Madam Belle: Sex, Money and Influence in a Southern Brothel”/liliLinda Y. Atkins, attorney and author of the Hilary Adams Mystery Series/liliMitzi Sinnott, actress and arts educator/liliMary Hamilton, storyteller and author, “Kentucky Folktales: Revealing Stories, Truths, and Outright Liesquot;/liliMary Popham, editor and author, “Back Home in Landing Run”/li/ulpCo-chairing this event is Brandeis’ Public Services Librarian and Professor of Legal Bibliography, Robin Harris. Virginia Mattingly, Brandeis’ Cybrarian and Associate Professor of Legal Bibliography, is also on the planning committee./ppThe Brandeis connection also leads to Speaker Linda Atkins, who is a 1982 graduate of the law school. Her Hilary Adams Mystery Series is based on her experiences as a Louisville attorney. At the event, she will speak on “What Inspired Me to Write Legal Thrillers,” and all four of her books will be on sale./p
p class=MsoNormalOn Tuesday, March 3, the Diversity Committee will host a discussion on the current state of poverty in America and the role of law in promoting or hindering economic equality. Although the program will discuss the intersection of poverty and the law from a national perspective, the emphasis will be on the Kentucky region (Louisville and Appalachian) in hopes that it will allow students to truly understand the realities of poverty within our own communities. The program will include a diverse group of panelist from the fields of law, economics, and public interest work. Students with a desire to work with indigent clients through practice public interest law or that will be applying for one of the summer public interests fellowships are strongly encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided! /pp class=MsoNormalnbsp;/pp class=MsoNormal style=text-align: centerbTuesday, March 3, 2015/b/pp class=MsoNormal style=text-align: centerbCox Lounge/b/pp class=MsoNormal style=text-align: centerb12-2 PM/b/pp class=MsoNormalnbsp;/pp class=MsoNormaluSuggested Readings:/u/pp class=MsoNormal span style=font-size: 10.5pt“New IRS Data Gives Fresh Look at Income Inequality,” available at /spana href=http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-irs-data-give-fresh-look-at-income-inequality-2015-01-29/print style=font-size: 10.5pthttp://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-irs-data-give-fresh-look-at-income-inequality-2015-01-29/print/a/p p class=MsoNormalspan style=font-size: 10.5pt /span/p p class=MsoNormalspan style=font-size: 10.5pt“Robert Reich: 10 ways to close the inequality gap,” available at a href=http://www.salon.com/2014/05/13/robert_reich_10_ways_to_close_the_inequality_gap_partnerhttp://www.salon.com/2014/05/13/robert_reich_10_ways_to_close_the_inequality_gap_partner/a/o:p/o:p/span/p p class=MsoNormalspan style=font-size: 10.5pt /span/p p class=MsoNormalspan style=font-size: 10.5pt“A New Majority Research Bulletin: Low Income Students Now a Majority in the Nation’s Public Schools,” available at:o:p/o:p/span/p p class=MsoNormalspan style=font-size: 10.5pta href=http://www.southerneducation.org/Our-Strategies/Research-and-Publications/New-Majority-Diverse-Majority-Report-Series/A-New-Majority-2015-Update-Low-Income-Students-Nowhttp://www.southerneducation.org/Our-Strategies/Research-and-Publications/New-Majority-Diverse-Majority-Report-Series/A-New-Majority-2015-Update-Low-Income-Students-Now/ao:p/o:p/span/p u5:p/u5:p
pThe Louisville Bar Association's Diversity Committee will host a reception at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 26 to honor two civil rights advocates for their promotion of racial diversity and justice within the legal community./ppThe honorees include: /pullibRaoul Cunningham: /bCunningham is the president of the Louisville branch of the NAACP and has been working for civil rights in several capacities since he was 14. He has been involved in government and politics for many years and managed a successful campaign to elect Georgia Davis Powers to the Kentucky Senate./li/ulullibGeorgia Davis Powers: /bPowers is the vice president of the Louisville branch of the NAACP and has been a pioneer for both civil rights and gender issues. In 1968, she became the first African-American and first woman elected to the Kentucky Senate, a position she held for 21 years. In 1995, New Horizon Press published her memoir, quot;I Shared the Dream: The Pride, Passion, and Politics of the First Black Woman Senator from Kentucky,quot; in which she details her personal relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr./li/ulpAlso during the program, the Central High School Law amp; Government essay contest winners and the recipient of this year's Legal Opportunity Scholarship will be recognized./ppThe program is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Louisville Bar Center, 600 W. Main St., Ste. 110. Reservations are encourged by emailing Marisa Motley at email@example.com. /p
pJamie L. Harris has been named a member of the DelCotto Law Group in Lexington. She will focus her practice on individual and business Chapter 11 bankruptcies and workouts./ppFor the past 8 years, Harris has represented clients in numerous industries including healthcare, nonprofit, trucking, construction, commercial real estate and telecommunications. She is a frequent author and presenter on business insolvency issues. br / br /Harris is a leader in DLG's bankruptcy, business restructuring and debt workout practice areas. She helps companies and individuals expand, reorganize, buy, sell and liquidate. Her practice is focused on clients in transition who need assistance in acquisitions, debt restructuring, refinancing, workouts and turnarounds. br / br /Harris received her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Centre College and her JD from the Brandeis School of Law. /p
pThe Editorial Board of the University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to announce their successors for Volume 54:/pp Editor in Chief: Daniel Reed/pp Senior Articles Editor: Emily Meyer/pp Senior Notes Editor: Emily Irwin/pp Articles Editors: Vlad Bursuc, Megan Diffenderfer, Tyler Larson/pp Notes Editors: Lindsey Boyd, Kari DiCecco, Katherine Vail/pp Articles Selection Editor: Carolyn Purcell/pp Online Content Editor: Andrew Weeks/pp Executive Editor: Dallas Selvy/pp Managing Editor: Ben Jakubowicz/ppThe University of Louisville Law Review is the principal law review publication of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. Managed exclusively by students, the Law Review is a scholarly publication devoted to developing the law, evaluating legal institutions and analyzing issues of law and public policy. The Law Review features student notes and articles written by nationally and globally recognized experts. The Editorial Board and Staff of the Law Review publish three issues per year and have editorial control over its content. /ppCongratulations to the newly minted Editorial Board for Volume 54! /p
Join us Wednesday, February 11, as we celebrate Black History Month with fellow alumni at Champion Sports Bar (located in the Downtown Marriott). This pre-game party starts at 5:30. Come join the fun!
Bellarmine University will be hosting a National trial competition the weekend of March 13 to 15, with one round Friday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm, second round Saturday morning 9:00 am to 12:30 pm, the third round Saturday afternoon , 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm and the final round 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. They want to recruit 24 law students who have taken Evidence to be presiding judges to rule on objections and keep the trials moving forward. Law students will not be scoring judges only presiding judges. Law students will have the opportunity to meet over a 100 local attorneys during the competition while attending the pretrial judges’ instructions and during the trials. Interested law students need to attend a two-hour judge’s boot camp prior to the tournament conducted by Chris Schaefer and Jim Wagoner. Interested students should contact: Jim Wagoner at (502) 582-1381 orbr /a href=mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org@fkplaw.com/a. This is a GREAT way to network with practicing attorneys so please consider volunteering.
pJennifer Kovalcik, an attorney at Stites amp; Harbison PLLC, has been named a winner of the 2015 Women of Influence Awards in the category of “Inspiration/Mentor.” /ppThe award is presented by the Nashville Business Journal./ppKovalcik is a member at the firm's Nashville office. She graduated summa cum laude from the Brandeis School of Law in 2002 and was the class valedictorian.br /br /Kovalcik also earned her bachelor’s degree from UofL, graduating with highest honors in Music in Vocal Performance in 1999.br /br /According to the iNashville Business Journal/i, the Women of Influence Awards honor women who are making a positive impact in Middle Tennessee. Nominations are received from the public and an independent panel of judges consisting of previous Women of Influence award winners select the finalists in 10 categories.br /br /Kovalcik is a trademark and technology attorney. Her practice concentrates on designing and implementing plans for a variety of industries that implicate intellectual property assets, including trademarks, domains, trade secrets, copyrights and software. She also drafts and negotiates software development and licensing agreements among other technology contracts. She is recognized as a “Rising Star” in Mid-South Super Lawyers.br /br /Kovalcik is a board member and Soprano with the Concert Chorale of Nashville. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Trustees for St. Mary Villa Child Development Center volunteers at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University. She currently serves as Chair of the AIPLA Trademark Law Committee and is the outgoing Program Chair of the Trademark Boot Camp comprehensive training program. br /br /Kovalcik is a former Chair of both the Nashville Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee and the Louisville Bar Association Intellectual Property Section and is a Fellow with the Nashville Bar Foundation. /p
pRonald Vincent Simpson, of Sarasota, Florida, died on Jan. 4 at his home and surrounded by his family. He was born on Aug. 11, 1930 in Boston./ppSimpson earned his law degree from the University of Louisville in 1957. He was a partner of Goldberg amp; Simpson until his retirement in 1987./ppSimpson received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, where he played on the tennis team. He also served in the United States Army in Japan during the Korean conflict. /p
pMerrill Stephen Schell, 64, of Louisville, passed away on Jan. 13. He received his JD from the University of Louisville’s Law School in 1976, graduating magna cum laude, and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society./ppUpon graduation, Schell joined the firm of Wyatt Tarrant amp; Combs where he had clerked while in law school. According to his obituary, much of his 36-year legal career was devoted to the practice of corporate law with a specialty in antitrust. /ppSchell retired from Wyatt in January 2012. He was nominated by his peers in the legal community as one of Louisville’s Top Lawyers in the area of antitrust law./ppSchell was a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Louisville Bar Association./p