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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/ 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

Lawlapalooza Student Band of the Day: The Perpetual Motions

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 08:32
p The Perpetual Motions, performing Thursday night at Lawlapalooza, feature 3L a href=/user/1442Emily DeVuono/a on bass and vocals. The band (aka The Joyful Spirits) officially formed in 2011. Comprised of members of Jeffersontown Christian Church, they originally played mostly jazz arrangements of traditional hymns. Now their repertoire consists of anything from Bon Jovi, to Queen, to The Eagles, to The Jackson Five. The Perpetual Motions have played the past several years at AIDS Interfaith Ministries of Kentuckiana's annual pizza fundraiser at Clifton's Pizza (as well as other AIDS Interfaith Ministries events), and has played the past two years at the Middletown Festival. /p p Come out to Lawlapalooza 2014 at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue, and support your fellow students #8210 and help them carry away the cherished Lawlapalooza Cowbell Trophy. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and The Perpetual Motions perform at 7:30. Tickets are on sale now in the Law Resource Center, room 272, $10 advance and day of show. /p

Law Library to close at 4pm on Friday, October 17

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 07:35
The University of Louisville has scheduled a Homecoming Parade starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 17.  The route will be from Cardinal Town to the Speed School parking lot, meaning that 3rd Street and Eastern Parkway will be closed at some time before the parade and that some parking lots will have to be evacuated. In order to allow our patrons time to clear the area, the Law Library will close at 4:00 p.m.

Law War—An International Humanitarian Law Workshop

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 06:46
pThe American Red Cross is pleased to invite you to attend Law amp; War: An International Humanitarian Law Workshop at Vanderbilt University Law School on November 8th and 9th.  This workshop is a two day intensive introduction to international humanitarian law (IHL) for law students, graduate students, and attorneys.  During this training, participants will receive instruction from leading humanitarian law practitioners and explore the law in practice through a series of case studies.  Participants will learn about the historical development of the law, conflict classification, restrictions on means and methods of warfare, protections for vulnerable persons during armed conflict, enforcement of IHL and much more./ppThe workshop and all course materials are provided to accepted students at no cost. Registration is currently open and applications must be submitted by Friday, October 17th.  Applications can be found at online at a href= This workshop is a fabulous opportunity for those interested in learning more about, or pursuing a career in international humanitarian law./ppInterested students may contact Kimberly Huey for additional information at a

Represent, for the Unrepresented.

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 01:00
p You could spend the summer of 2015 as the next Ellen B. Ewing Fellow, assisting the under-represented in practice areas like family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. How can you support this great cause now? Come out to a href=, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands/a, Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Phoenix Hill Tavern. /p p img src=/sites/ style=width: 500px / /p p Tickets for a href=/lawlapaloozaLawlapalooza/a, are on sale now in the Law Resource Center (Room 272), $10 each, and this year's show will feature three bands representing the Brandeis School of Law: The Grateful Decedents, with 3Ls Mina Khalil and Greg Daly; The Perpetual Motions, with 3L Emily DeVuono; and defending champs, The Subconscionables, with 2L Megan Conroy, Prof. Tim Hall and Asst. Dean Jim Becker. /p p This year’s theme, “A Bran Deis Night,” commemorates 50 years of Beatlemania, with every band performing Beatles favorites. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the first of eight bands, featuring local attorneys and law students, performs at 6:30. /p p img src=/sites/ / /p p This annual event brings the Louisville legal community together for a great cause, great music and a lot of fun. Hope to see you there! /p

The Dean's Newsletter - Fall 2014

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 14:07
pb style=color: #333333; font-family: Helvetica,sans-serif; font-size: 12pxRead the quick version./b /ppa href=/sites/'s Newsletter 2014-online-quick-version-V2.pdfimg src=/sites/'s-Newsletter-Fall2014-cover.png //a/p

Oval Closed Tomorrow

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 08:17
pAs you may already be aware the University will be holding “The Spectacular Event” during the evening of the September 18th at 6:00 p.m. The rain date is on September 19th. Preparation for this event will begin on September 17th and will require traffic lane changes on the Oval. The Oval will be converted into 2-way traffic for both days. Parking amp; Transportation Services and University Police will have staff on-site to assist. Please keep in mind that on the 18th the Oval will be closed at 5:00 p.m for all traffic. The Oval will reopen at approximately 10:00 p.m./p

Mark Your Calendar - Courtyard Dedication and First Brandeis Brief Break Ice Cream Social!!

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:22
pGet ready for the first Brandeis Brief Break of the year.  In addition, we will be dedicating the newly restored courtyard at the same time!/ppnbsp;/ppWednesday, September 24th, 12:15 pm - 2 pm in the Mosaic Lobby and Courtyard./ppnbsp;/ppComfy Cow Ice Cream will be provided!  Stop by an enjoy the ice cream and courtyard./p

Brandeis Alum Wins Lifetime Achievement Award From ABA

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:17
a href=/sites/ Annual Jefferson Fordham Society Luncheon program/a

Lawlapalooza Band Registration Begins!

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 07:28
p Band registration for a href= 2014, quot;A Bran Deis Night/a,quot; began Monday, Sept. 1. Seven bands have already registered, leaving one available slot. If you wish to register your band to participate, a href= target=_blankgo here/a. /p p Registered bands include: /p ul liThe Grateful Decedents, featuring 3L a href=/user/1517Mina Khalil/a/li liFrederick/li liMersey Shore/li li100% Legal/li liThe Bottles/li liIrrational Basses, and/lilidefending champs The Subconscionables, featuring a href=/faculty/timothy_hallProfessor Tim Hall/a on guitar and a href=/staff/james_beckerAsst. Dean Jim Becker/a on drums/li /ul p Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, benefits the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund, which provides summer fellowships for Brandeis School of Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. /p p Lawlapalooza 2014 will be held Thursday, October 16, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern. Tickets are $10 each and will be on sale soon. This year's theme commemorates 50 years of Beatlemania, with each band performing at least one Beatles song. /p