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Professor Russ Weaver Invited to Be Scholar-In-Residence for WL Cybersurveillance Symposium in January

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 18:01
p class=p1span class=s1In an effort to  engage many different parts of the university in the discussion on cybersurveillance, cyber security, and national security, Professor Russ Weaver has been invited to spend an additional day at Washington amp; Lee to serve as a scholar-in-residenceb./b Extended to only one of the symposium participants, as a scholar-in-residence at W amp; L, Professor Weaver will contribute to the academic life by participating in the symposium, a class in the Law School and a classes on the undergraduate side. Congratulations to Professor Weaver on this honor!/span/p

Professor Trucios-Haynes Weighs In on Constitutionality of Immigration Executive Order

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 17:54
p class=p1span class=s1Professor Trucios-Haynes joined 134 immigration professors and scholars who declared on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 that President Barack Obama's Executive Order providing temporary immigration relief from deportation to several million noncitizens in the United States is constitutional and within his administrative powers. /span/p p class=p2span class=s1 /span/p p class=p3span class=s2This was reported by a href=;SECTION=HOMEamp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULTamp;CTIME=2014-11-25-08-06-46bAP/b/a, ba href= Washington Post/a /band ba href= York Times/a /b/span/p p class=p2nbsp;/p

Brandeis Professors Discuss Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 17:33
p class=MsoNormal style=margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serifProfessors Cedric Merlin Powell and Laura McNeal spoke to media recently about the Ferguson grand jury decision. See their comments:/pp class=MsoNormal style=margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serifa href= Powell/b/a/p p class=MsoNormal style=margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serifa href= McNeal/b/a/pp class=MsoNormal style=margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serifnbsp;/pp class=MsoNormal style=margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serifimg src=/sites/ style=font-family: helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small / /p

Free ABA Membership for Graduating Seniors

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:57
pThe American Bar Association is offering all graduating law school students free membership!br /Join now at and discover the benefits of ABA membership:/pulliThe ABA gives you tips on taking the bar – access the “30 Tips in 30 Minutes Bar Prep” webinar available in January – free for members./liliThe ABA gives you practical tips and resources to help you land your first job – access the ABA’s Free Career Advice Series of webinars and the ABA Career Center Job Board./liliThe ABA helps you navigate the early years of your career – access both the ABA Young Lawyer Division’s and ABA Law Student Division’s vast amount of tools and opportunities for professional and personal success./liliThe ABA helps you transition from law school into your job – access winning advice from lawyers in the “First-Year Lawyers: 30 Tips in 30 Minutes” webinar and tip list – free for members./li/ulpSign up at span style=font-family: 'Times New Roman','serif'; font-size: 12pta href=;uspan style=color: and let the ABA help you launch a successful career!/p

Bad Weather Policy--Evening Exams

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 10:26
If the University cancels evening classes during Law School exam weeks or cancels classes beginning at 4:00 p.m., evening final exams are cancelled. The Law School will notify students of the make-up date for any cancelled exam.

Bad Weather Exam Policy

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:40
pIf the University cancels or delays classes during Law School exam weeks the exam schedule will be changed as follows. If classes are cancelled for the day, all exams on that day are cancelled and we will notify all students of the date and time for the make-up.  If classes are delayed until 10:00 a.m., all day exams are postponed one hour.  Exams scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. will start at 10:00 a.m.  Exams scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. will start at 2:00 p.m.  Exams scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. are not postponed and will start at 6:00 p.m.  /ppIf the weather prevents you from attending a scheduled exam, notify the Dean on Duty for that exam period, either Dean Duncan 852-6373; Dean DiSanza, 852-8956; or Dean Nowka, 852-6386.  The Dean on Duty schedule is attached. /p

4:00 p.m., Monday, November 24 - Deadline to submit make-up exam request forms

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 11:42
pspan style=font-size: mediumIf you are planning to take a make-up exam this strongFALL/strong semester, please submit your make-up exam request form to Student Records by ustrong4:00 p.m., Monday, November 24, 2014/strong/u./span/ppspan style=font-size: mediumThe form is attached and there are forms on the wall outside of Rm. 217.  If you have questions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student //span/p

Three Law Faculty Members Recognized By Louisville Bar Organizations for Community Engagement in 2014

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 17:02
p class=p1b /bOn three occasions during 2014, Louisville Bar organizations recognized members of the law faculty for their service and contributions to the legal profession in Louisville.  On February 25, Professor Cedric Merlin Powell, received the Louisville Bar Association’s annual Trailblazer Award, given each year during Black History Month at the Bar Association. On October 2, Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes received the Lee A. Webb Award during the Louisville Bar Association Hispanic Heritage month program. On November 13, Professor Grace Giesel received the Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County Achievement in Excellence (Lifetime Achievement) Award. Ordinarily these awards are given to judges or members of the practicing bar. Having these three awards given to members of the Brandeis School of Law faculty demonstrates that the law school does not exist in an “ivory tower.” This recognition reflects the many contributions law school faculty members make to the Louisville legal community./p

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. - Deadline To Submit Your Make-up Exam Request Form

Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:47
pIf you are planning to take a make-up exam strongthis FALL/strong semester, please submit your make-up exam request form to Student Records strongby 4:00 p.m., Monday, November 24, 2014./strong/ppThe form is attached and there are forms on the wall outside of Rm. 217.  If you have questions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records./p

SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Vol 8, No 6

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 14:42
div class=contentspan style=font-size: smallThe sixth and final issue of our SSRN Research Paper series this year features articles covering issues in healthcare, environmental law, and legal //span/divdiv class=contentullispan style=font-size: smalla href= Water Law/i/a by Tony Anthony /span/lilispan style=font-size: smalla href= Attorney-Client Relationship In the Age of Technology/i/a by Grace Giesel /span/lilispan style=font-size: smalla href= and Schools: Parallel Paths in the Government Role to Education for Students with Disabilities/i/a by Laura Rothstein /span/lilispan style=font-size: smalla href= Public Health in Health Care Facilities/i/a by Mark Rothstein /span/li/ul/divspan style=font-size: small /spandiv class=contentspan style=font-size: smallMore information about the RPS:/spanullispan style=font-size: smalla href= /a/span/lilispan style=font-size: smalla href= /div

Professor Grace Giesel Honored by the Women Lawyers Association for Achievement in Excellence

Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:03
On November 13, a href=/faculty/grace_gieselProfessor Grace Giesel/a received the Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County Achievement in Excellence (Lifetime Achievement) Award. Professor Giesel is the Flexner Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the Brandeis School of Law. She has a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship and service. Her award from WLA recognizes these achievements, and in particular recognizes the service she has given the Kentucky bench and bar in the area of Professional Responsibility and Ethics. Each spring, she presents a CLE program to the WLA. The award was presented by Professor Laura Rothstein, the 2011 recipient of the award at the WLA luncheon.  In her introductory remarks she noted quot;Everyone at the law school knows that if you ask Grace to serve in any way, she can be counted on to do an excellent job. My highest test for judging the character of my colleagues is 'would Louis approve.' In the case of Grace, there is no doubt that he would. Today is the birthday of Louis Brandeis, and I know he would be pleased that she receives this honor on his birthday.quot;

Yosemite Users With Printing Issues

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 09:27
If you have installed Yosemite and are still experiencing printer issues please see me in office 119 or stop by the Help Desk in front of the computer lab on the first floor of the library. We have a script that has been proven to work on multiple laptops to re-enable printing on Yosemite.

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.

Mark Rothstein Provides Expertise on Ebola Issues

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:48
p class=p1Mark Rothstein, Boehl Professor of Law and Medicine and Director of the University of Louisville Institute for Bioethics, has been a resource for the national debate on legal, medical, and ethical issues related to individuals in the United States. He has appeared on CNN and been quoted in the Washington Post and other national news outlines. He has commented on the issue of quarantine and other ethical and legal issues that relate to treatment of individuals with Ebola. His comments on this issue were introduced by Congressman John Yarmuth at recent Congressional hearings. His recent publication in the American Journal of Public Health provides a broad perspective about the issues raised by the Ebola epidemic.  /p

Property, section 02--Spring 2015 Time Change

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:36
The course times for Property, section 02, spring 2015 have been changed.  Property, section 02, will meet on Mondays and Tuesdays at 10:25 - 11- 40, and on Thursdays at 9:00 - 10:25.  The spring 2015 course schedule on the law school webpage shows this change.  This change affects only Property, section 02.

Civil Procedure II, section 01--Spring 2015 Time Change

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 10:31
The course time for Civil Procedure II, section 01, for spring 2015 has been changed.  The course time will be Monday and Wednesday, 4:15 - 5:30 and Friday, 10:25 - 11:40.  The current spring course schedule on the law school webpage shows this time change.  This change affects only Civil Procedure II, section 01.

Brandeis Students Shine in the Kentucky Mock Trial Competition

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:20
p class=p1This past weekend, Brandeis was well-represented at the Kentucky Mock Trial Championship tournament by two teams. On one team, Jessica Sapp and Sana Abhari were attorney advocates and Linda Dixon and Christopher Ahlers portrayed witnesses. On the other, Daniel Reed and Aida Almasalhi were the attorney advocates and Ryan Russell and Helen Cooper portrayed the witnesses. The students put in an extraordinary amount of time and effort in preparing of the tournament, and that effort was well-rewarded. The team led by Sapp and Abhari tried excellent cases against both Northern Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky, but were narrowly eliminated prior to the semi-finals. The team led by Reed and Almasalhi swept the ballots from all judges in two of the four rounds (no other team won all judges' ballots in a single round) and defeated an excellent team from the University of Kentucky in the final round to be named the tournament champions. Additionally, Reed was one of four finalists for the top-advocate award.  /pp class=p1nbsp;/pp class=p1img src=/sites/ / /p p class=p2nbsp;/p p class=p1The Kentucky Mock Trial Championship provides students the opportunity to prepare both sides of a fictional case. This year, the students tried a civil case based on principles of premises liability and comparative fault. The competition requires students to analyze intricate fact patterns and develop case theories that allow a jury to understand the facts and law behind the case. The teams were coached by Chris Schaefer of the law firm of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC and Lindsey Howard of the law firm of Goldberg Simpson, LLC. Please join us in congratulating these terrific student advocates./p

2015 Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition

Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:06
pRequirements are as follows:/pulliFull and part-time J.D. and LL.M. students are eligible./liliAny original paper concerning federal taxation between 20-50 double spaced pages is welcome./liliSeminar papers and articles submitted (but not yet selected for publication) to law reviews, journals, or other competitions are eligible./li/ulpWinning authors receive $2000 (first place) or $1000 (second lace) and a trip to the FBA’s Annual Tax Law Conference in ashington, D.C. The winning entries may be published in the ax Section newsletter the Report or in The Federal Lawyer.  Deadline is January 5, 2015.  Entries may be submitted by email to Marcellus Howard at a /p

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