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span style=font-size: smallThe University of Louisville is closed this weekend, December 7-8, due to inclement weather. /span
pProfessor David J. Leibson wanted to pursue a teaching career from a young age. But even he could not have envisioned what was to follow and what he would accomplish during a 40-plus-year distinguished tenure at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law—the law school from which he graduated first in his class in 1969. /pp“If someone would’ve told me in law school that I would end up being a so-called expert on the Uniform Commercial Code, I would’ve told them that they were crazy,” Leibson said. “That’s why I tell my students to never rule out anything as an opportunity.”/ppAfter Leibson was encouraged to become a teacher by his mentor and professor Bob Birkby while an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, Leibson’s opportunity to finally enter academia arrived in 1971. Former Dean of UofL’s law school James Merritt unexpectedly called Leibson, then an associate handling mostly personal injury cases at Leibson amp; Franklin, PSC, to become a part-time professor; however, rather than teaching a subject for which he already had a strong interest, like Torts or Evidence, he would be teaching a Secured Transactions class./ppAs it turned out, Leibson enjoyed teaching the class and eventually parlayed his part-time position into a full-time teaching position for the 1972–73 academic year. Within ten years, Leibson, previously unmoved by the wonders of the UCC, was approached by a publisher to author what would later become the first edition of The Uniform Commercial Code of Kentucky. The project was too massive for one person to handle so he recruited a rookie law professor at the time, Richard Nowka—the current Wyatt, Tarrant amp; Combs Professor of Law—to help pen the work.br / br /“We wrote that book more than 30 years ago and that’s way too long for my recollection of highlights,” said Nowka, one of Leibson’s friends and colleagues on the faculty. “But I do recall how grateful I was that he asked me, a first-year teacher, to be a co-author with him on a book.” /ppThe book was well-received by the bench, bar, and Leibson’s students, who represent the part of his job that Leibson will miss the most./pp“I will definitely miss the intellectual challenge of the classroom because I know our students here are as intelligent and creative as anywhere else.” said Leibson, whose oft-quoted saying “What would your mother say?” reminded his students and challenged them to focus not only on the subtleties of precise statutory language, but also to look at the common sense behind Code provisions./ppLeibson’s dedication to his students prompted, in part, his decision to retire. He did not want to transform, as he witnessed with some of his peers, into a shell of his former self, unable to muster the same level of passion and enthusiasm that he expects to bring to the classroom. /ppAside from the Code classes he teaches, Leibson, an avid reader, is extremely passionate and enthusiastic about his Law amp; Literature Seminar, which he said would now be the one class that could sway him into getting that itch to return from retirement.br / br /Third-year law student Michael Atkinson, enrolled in Leibson’s Negotiable Instruments and Law amp; Literature classes this semester, spoke particularly highly of the seminar: “There was one class where [Professor Leibson] made a suggestion based on one of our readings, and I disagreed with the merits of his suggestion, but he didn't shoot me down; rather, he respected my opinion and contributions to the discussion. The class, and the way he conducted it, was truly a model for civil discourse.”/ppLeibson said that his teaching methodology is driven by the way students are responding in the class and that he learned, over time, not to judge students too quickly, as each person thrives and learns differently depending on the circumstances. Despite the progressive integration of technology and distance learning in higher education, Leibson prefers face-to-face discussions with his students—whether to assist in understanding the material or simply getting to find out a little bit more about who they are. /ppNow, one topic of discussion is what Leibson will do in his retirement. Expecting to be unable to decide exactly what to do for at least the first six months, Leibson and his wife, Phyllis, will likely devote some time to their love of traveling; with Leibson having previously served as a visiting Professor of Law at the University of Western Sydney, Australia is one of the couple’s favorite destinations. /ppRestoring his (once-impressive) handicap on the links to respectability and finally being able to delve into the stack of books by his bed are also on the to-do list for the Bernard Flexner Professor of Law when he leaves his post at the law school after finals a href=http://www.law.louisville.edu/node/11458 target=_blankb(and his celebratory roast and retirement party!)/b/a are over. /ppFor as much knowledge as Leibson has imparted upon his pupils throughout the years, he maintains that they returned the favor on a daily basis./pp“After all this time, you learn a lot about life and your work, not only because of yourself, but from the students themselves,” Leibson said. /p
Greg Justis, a third-year law student, was selected by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies to be featured in its a href=https://louisville.edu/graduate/sigs/students/graduate-student-directory/student-spotlight/gregory-justice.htmlStudent Spotlight for December/a. Read more about the social justice advocate's adventures on and off the dance floor a href=https://louisville.edu/graduate/sigs/students/graduate-student-directory/student-spotlight/gregory-justice.htmlhere/a.
span style=font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small /spanp style=line-height: 170%span style=line-height: 170%; font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif'; font-size: 9ptThe Law Resource Center will be open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., December 16-23./span/pspan style=font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small /span
pThe Law Resource Center will be open 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., December 16 - 23./p
As we finish classes and transition into finals, students and faculty are often in the building for long hours, and it is easy to fall into the habit of leaving personal belongings unsecured. Recently, there have been a few reports of thefts at the law school. Please be careful with your personal belongings in the library, common areas and classrooms. Problems with building security can be reported to our Unit Business Manager, a href=mailto:firstname.lastname@example.orgJon-Paul Moody/a. The University's Public Safety office can be reached at (502) 852-6111.
pFor those still having issues connecting to the wireless network please stop by the Law IT offices at your convenience but beware that exam issues take priority during exam time. You can also use the following information to manually add the network to your computer if you feel comfortable doing so./ppnbsp;/pdiv id=imcontent dir=ltrspan dir=ltr style=word-wrap: break-word; font-size: 10pt; direction: ltr; font-family: 'Segoe UI'; color: #000000a href=http://louisville.edu/it/departments/communications/wireless/uofl-wireless-settings-ulsecure title=http://louisville.edu/it/departments/communications/wireless/uofl-wireless-settings-ulsecurehttp://louisville.edu/it/departments/communications/wireless/uofl-wireless-settings-ulsecure/a br //span/divpnbsp;/p
pThe Law Library is now open from 7 AM to midnight, Sunday through Thursday, and additional extended hours throughout the exam period, beginning Saturday, November 30 through Wednesday, December 11. /pullia href=/library/about/hoursLaw Library Hours/a/lilia href=http://louisville.edu/library/ekstrom/hours.htmlEkstrom Library Hours/a/li/ulpnbsp;/p
pThe law school final exam period can be stressful. To help ease some stress and anxiety, the Student Life Office has arranged for massage therapists to provide complimentary massages in the Washer Lounge on the following four days during exams:/pp align=centerstrongMONDAY, Dec. 2: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m./strong/pp align=centerstrongTUESDAY, Dec. 3: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m./strong/pp align=centerstrongTHURSDAY, Dec. 5: 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m./strong/pp align=centerstrongMONDAY, Dec. 9: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m./strong/ppTwo massage therapists will be at the Law School each day. You may sign up for an appointment in advance, but walk-ins are perfectly fine too. Enjoy a massage before an exam, after an exam, or just enjoy a break from studying while at the law school./pp align=centerstrongGOOD LUCK ON YOUR EXAMS!br //strong/p
p bPrior to your first exam, ensure you have accepted the new iulsecure/i security certificate on the laptop you will be use for exams./b /p p From University IT: /p blockquote Friday evening, November 29th, at approximately 10 p.m., IT will update UofL's wireless security certificate. This means you will need to accept the new certificate the next time you log on to the ulsecure wireless network. /blockquote p Please visit a href=http://louisville.edu/it/departments/communications/wireless/new-wireless-certificate-information-page title=ulsecure security changelouisville.edu/it/departments/communications/wireless/new-wireless-certificate-information-page/a for pertinent information and helpful screenshots. /p p bAs always, bring a functioning flash drive with you to exams in case of wireless submission issues./b /p/i
!--[if gte mso 9]xml o:OfficeDocumentSettings o:AllowPNG/ /o:OfficeDocumentSettings /xml![endif]-- p class=MsoNormalspan style=font-size: smallThe Law Library will close at noon on Wednesday, November 27 for Thanksgiving and will reopen at 9AM on Friday, November 29. The library will remain open through the holiday weekend. Extended exam hours begin Sunday, December 1.br //span/pullispan style=font-size: smalla href=/library/about/hoursLaw Library Hours/a/span/lilispan style=font-size: smalla href=http://louisville.edu/library/ekstrom/hours.htmlEkstrom Library Hours/a/span/li/ul
pThese two Lost and Found items are available in the Resource Center:/ppBlack Glasses (found in Law Library)/ppA/C Adapter (T Mobil)/p
style /style pThe following Spring 2014 courses are being canceled due to low enrollment:/p pnbsp;/p pTaxation of Partnerships and LLCs/p pSales/p pBankruptcy Practice and Procedure/p pnbsp;/p pStudents enrolled in these courses have been notified via email. Affected students who would like advice regarding the impact of these changes on their Spring schedules should contact Associate Dean Hall or Assistant Dean Ballard./p pnbsp;/p
Congratulations to Emily Harris and to Owen Lee Wilson who were recently selected to represent the Law School as the 2014 Tax Moot Court Team. The competition includes brief writing (due by 14 January 2014) and oral argument rounds starting Thursday, 6 February 1014, through Saturday, 8 February 2014, in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Teams from about nineteen law schools will compete. During all phases of the competition, teams are identified by number, not by their law school. Separate awards will be given for brief writing and for oral argument. The team is coached by Professor Blackburn, Adjunct Professor Mark Hahn, and Laurie Beth McTighe, a member of the 2013 Tax Moot Court Team.
blockquoteJustice Louis Dembitz Brandeis and his wife Alice Goldmark are buried in front of the law school. A tradition has developed over the years of students placing coins and Animal Crackers over the Brandeis’ grave markers during the final exam period to ensure good luck. /blockquoteblockquoteRead more: a href=http://brandeiswatch.wordpress.com/2009/05/06/inflation/quot;Inflation Affects A Brandeis Traditionquot;/a (iBrandeis Harlan Watch/i) br /br /br //blockquote
pspan style=font-size: smallStudents are reminded that they are not to engage in loud or disruptive behavior in the library. With final exams approaching, more students are using the library as a quiet place to study. Please show courtesy to classmates by not talking above a normal conversational tone, or engaging in prolonged conversations. The tables in the reading room on the library's first floor is suitable for group study. Quieter study areas are located on the second floor and lower level. /span /p
p class=p1SBA is ecstatic to announce that 3L Nina Couch is our newest Student of the Month! Nina is a member of the Women's Law Caucus and Health Law Association as well as a former research assistant and in-house counsel extern. Outside of school, she is the Vice Chair of the Saint Albert School Board and mother to three children: Bianca, Juliana, and Freddy. Nina has consistently exuded enthusiasm for her classes and compassion for her classmates in her time at Brandeis, and SBA is happy to call her our Student of the Month! Congratulations, Nina!/p
pThe law school final exam period can be stressful. To help ease some stress and anxiety, the Student Life Office has arranged for massage therapists to provide complimentary massages in the Washer Lounge on the following four days during exams:/pp align=centerMONDAY, Dec. 2: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m./pp align=centerTUESDAY, Dec. 3: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m./pp align=centerTHURSDAY, Dec. 5: 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m./pp align=centerMONDAY, Dec. 9: 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m./ppTwo massage therapists will be at the Law School each day. You may sign up for an appointment in advance, but walk-ins are perfectly fine too. Enjoy a massage before an exam, after an exam, or just enjoy a break from studying while at the law school./pp align=centerstrongGOOD LUCK ON YOUR EXAMS!br //strong/p
pProfessor Powell has asked that the following course description for the Spring 2014 seminar in Critical Race Theory be made available to students./ppnbsp;/ppquot;Critical Race Theory (quot;CRTquot;) questions the very foundations of the liberal order, including equality theory, legal reasoning, Enlightenment rationalism, and neutral principles of constitutional law.quot; Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic, CRITICAL RACE THEORY: AN INTRODUCTION 3 (NYU Press 2001). Advancing an interdisciplinary approach to critique the law and its role in preserving structural inequality, CRT focuses on analyzing several recurrent themes in the law: (i) interest convergence (the concept that any quot;progessquot; on racial issues is purely the product of whether it contributes to the status quo of inequality); (ii) revisionist history (a critique of how history has been de-contextualized to advance a distorted historical narrative of America's racial progress); (iii) colorblindness and post-racialism (a critique of quot;neutralityquot; and the role it plays in the maintenance of systemic subordination of people of color); and (iv) structural determinism (the proposition that racism is structural and adaptable so that societal change is incremental and limited). These principles will be applied and discussed in a variety of contexts. /p