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From University IT: Integrated Address Books Being Restored

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 10:13
p strongFrom University IT .../strong /p blockquote p Good news! IT has begun the process to restore the integrated address books in both Exchange and CardMail. Over the next week you will begin to see your Exchange and CardMail address books re-populate with names from both email systems. When complete the address books will contain the names of all users who have an active university email account, including faculty, staff, students and retirees. Notification will be sent when the process has completed. /p p Two noticeable changes from the previous integrated address books: /p ul liFor some individuals you will see two entries in the address books. This indicates that person has both an Exchange and CardMail account. When using the address book you should take care to select the appropriate entry./li liLync sessions created between CardMail and Exchange accounts will now require use of the complete email address, for example, a or a You will no longer be able to select entries from the address books. /li /ul p We thank you for your patience while we addressed the various problems encountered with your email service. /p p Questions: Contact the HelpDesk at 852-7997 or a /p

Rothstein Receives NIH Grant to Study Laws on International Research

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 11:35
p class=p1span class=Apple-tab-span /spanThe first step in large-scale genomic research is often for researchers to compile massive collections of biological specimens (e.g., blood, tissue) and individual medical records linked to the specimens. An obstacle to international research collaboration is that health privacy laws in many countries limit the transfer of the specimens and records for research in other countries. Mark A. Rothstein, the Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, has just received a $612,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the laws in 25 countries doing significant genomic research and to recommend legal strategies to facilitate research while still maintaining privacy protections./p p class=p2nbsp;/p p class=p1span class=Apple-tab-span /spanProfessor Rothstein and his co-investigator, Professor Bartha Maria Knoppers of McGill University in Montreal, have assembled the leading health privacy and research experts from around the world. These scholars of law and bioethics will each write about ongoing research in their own country and applicable legal restrictions on international research collaboration. Professors Rothstein and Knoppers and their research teams will then develop recommendations about how to quot;harmonizequot; these laws. Working with the United Nations and other international bodies, the investigators aim to develop strategies for removing impediments to international collaboration on cutting-edge health research./p p class=p2nbsp;/p p class=p1span class=Apple-tab-span /spanAccording to Professor Rothstein, the recommendations will be completed in early 2016. They will be presented at international conferences and will be published in two symposium issues of a scholarly journal.    /pp class=p1nbsp;/p p class=p1Professor Rothstein was the 2013 recipient of the Brandeis Health Privacy Award. /p

Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes to Receive the Lee A. Webb Award

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:18
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Wed, 09/10/2014 - 15:46
pDecember 2014 Graduates/pp Wednesday, September 17 is the last day to apply for your degree.  You will need to go to ULink Student Services to apply for your degree.  If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records./p

Federal Tax Externship – 2015 Spring

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:53
pThe IRS will accept up to three tax externs for the 2015 spring semester.  The application deadline for fall 2014 has passed, but it is not too early to apply for 2015 spring./ppExterns work in the local office of the IRS under the direct supervision of IRS attorneys and Professor Blackburn.  Externs do research and write memos, meet with IRS audit agents, with taxpayers and with taxpayer representatives such as legal counsel and CPAs.  Externs sometimes take the lead in meetings with pro se taxpayers.  Externs assist IRS trial attorneys with trial preparation and sometimes represent the IRS in U.S. Tax Court against pro se taxpayers./ppTo be eligible you must 1) be enrolled in school on at least a half-time basis, 2)  be enrolled in at least the second semester of your second year, have successfully completed a course in Federal taxation, and Professor Blackburn must recommend you./ppIf you would like more information, please contact Professor Blackburn (a or 502-852-6384).  The required security clearance can take four to six weeks, so it is not too early to begin the process./p

2015 Spring Service Learning Opportunity

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 10:26
pGearing up for Spring 2015 and planning your classes?  Consider this opportunity:/ppHow about celebrating 2015 spring break with service work in Belize or celebrating post Derby with service work in Croatia?  Law is one of several participating disciplines.  The law team in Belize will be led by Dean Susan Duncan and will focus on restorative justice programs by working in schools and communities outside of Dangriga.  The law team in Croatia will be led by Professor Shelley Santry and will focus on domestic violence awareness and prevention by working in schools and communities outside of Zagreb./ppLearn more about this opportunity at Uof L’s International Service Learning Program (ISLP) website a href=  The service is rewarding and the memories will last a lifetime!  Plus, you will earn three (3) hours of academic credit and build useful skills. /ppThe class meets weekly (January through April) and orientations will be one evening each week (for Belize starting in January and continuing until just after spring break; for Croatia starting mid-semester and continuing until the end of the term).  Still undecided?  Come to an information session Monday, September 8, 12-1 in room LL75./ppEach location is truly an amazing place and you will love the experience!!!/ppIf you are interested, applications are due now (priority deadline is September 29th!!  You can apply on the ISLP website (a href=

Attention - Dual Degree Students

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:58
pIf you are currently working on a dual degree program (not if you are interested in one and haven't started), please take a moment and either stop by my office (216) or send me an email (a so we can make sure you are on the right track./ppnbsp;/ppFor those of you interested in Dual Degree Programs, there will be an information session later in the year. /p

Attention - Dual Degree Students

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:48
pIf you are currently working on a dual degree program (not if you are interested in one and haven't started), please take a moment and either stop by my office (216) or send me an email (a so we can make sure you are on the right track./ppnbsp;/ppFor those of you interested in Dual Degree Programs, there will be an information session later in the year. /p

Brandeis School of Law Welcomes the Class of 2017!

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:04
divA total of 94 entering students began their formal study of law at Brandeis School of Law on August 18, including 88 full-time students and 6 part-time students. /divdivbr //divdivThis year, our law school drew students from 45 different cities, 50 colleges and universities, and 18 states.  The law school also welcomed 3 transfer students and 3 visiting/international students. /divdivbr //divdivAmong the Class of 2017, one student was a professional airline pilot with 13 years of flight experience with several major airlines; another served as a missionary in Southern Italy for 2 years; and one student was a volunteer with a community agency in California helping young people to steer away from gang activity and street life. Additionally, one student was a major league baseball player for 7 years, earning Rookie of the Year with the Detroit Tigers, and another student was a writer and producer for television newscasts. All bring varied backgrounds and experience to Brandeis School of Law. /divdivbr //divdiv“What an interesting class – Airline pilot, Baseball player, Community activist...,” Dean Susan Duncan said. “Add a law degree to these credentials, and the possibilities are endless!”/divdivbr //divdivFor more information about our entering class profile, please visit a href=/admissions/profile /divdivbr //div

Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition Sign-up Deadline Today

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 09:07
pToday is the last day to sign up for the Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition. You must submit your Agreement to Compete and Waiver to the Moot Court Board office by 4 p.m. today. Contact Sana Abhari for details at a /p

Janet Lewis Wins KBA Writing Competition

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 10:13
p class=p1Janet Lewis, a 3L student at Brandeis, won First Place in the recent Kentucky Bar Association Annual Student Writing Competition for her article on “The First Amendment and Social Media: Primary Students’ Constitutional Rights to Freely Speak Outside of the School.” In the paper, she noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has not yet created a test to guide school districts on whether they may permissibly/constitutionally regulate out-of-school/off campus student social media speech. Following the rules of the iTinker/i and iWatts/i, she proposed a test that the U.S. Supreme Court should use.  Her proposed rule would provide that: “In order for school officials to permissibly quot;regulatequot; or discipline a student for out-of-school speech on social media, the school must follow the iTinker-Watts/i test to show that the speech is either: (1) purposefully brought into the school by the student-creator and by doing so, the out-of-school speech caused a material and substantial interference with the discipline of the school bor/b (2) a quot;true threat.quot; Without satisfying either prong, the school cannot justifiably/constitutionally disciplining the student for an out-of-school opinion, speech, or expression.  /p

Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition Sign-up Deadline

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 07:42
If you want to compete in the Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy competition but were unable to attend the information meeting there is still time to sign-up.  You must contact Sana Abhari at a as soon as possible and submit the Agreement to Compete and Waiver to the Moot Court Board office no later than Friday, August 29, 4 p.m.

Pirtle-Washer Advocacy Competition Interest Meeting--Wednesday, 5:45, room 175

Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:46
The Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition interest meeting is today in room 175 at 5:45 p.m. At the meeting students will receive information regarding the competition and will be able to sign up to compete. Students unable to attend should contact Sana Abhari at a

Law School Unveils Portrait of Edwin Render

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 14:35
p class=p1Longtime law professor Edwin Render, who died last January, was honored Aug. 26 in a ceremony attended by faculty, staff and Render’s family and friends./p p class=p1A large portrait of Render was unveiled before the group. The portrait will hang in the Cox Lounge at the school./p p class=p1span class=s1a href= was a fixture in the law school for more than 45 years. He taught property, evidence and labor law and was a founding member of the Carl A. Warns Jr. Labor and Employment Law Institute, which has been renamed the Warns-Render Labor and Employment Law Institute in his honor./p p class=p1“He was such a fine man and impacted the careers of so many people,” said Dean Susan Duncan. “It seems so odd to start the school year without Ed.”/p p class=p1A smaller version of the portrait was given to Render’s family./pp class=p1nbsp;/p p class=p1Photo: To honor the late Edwin Render, his widow Joyce Render (center), son Ray Render and daughter-in-law Maureen Marra joined faculty, staff and others to unveil a portrait of the longtime law professor. /p

Pirtle-Washer Advocacy Competition Interest Meeting

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 08:13
Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition interest meeting will be held Wednesday, August 27 at 5:45 p.m. in room 175. Students will receive pertinent information regarding the competition and will be able to sign up to compete. Students interested in competing must attend this meeting but if you are unable to attend contact Sana Abhari at a

Time to Update Student Directory Profiles

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:21
p New and returning students are advised that they must update their profile information on the a href=/directories/students target=_blankBrandeis School of Law's Student Directory/a immediately.  To update your profile: /p ol lia href= target=_blankLog in to the School of Law's Web site/a,/liliClick bMy account/b under bContent Management/b (see illustration),/li liClick bEdit/b, then bPersonal information/b,/li liComplete the form and hit Submit (see illustration)./li /ol p Only a few fields are required, so you may withhold some personal information.  However, the Brandeis School of Law Student Directory is private and available only to members of the law school community. New students' photos will be added to their profiles this week. /p p img src=/sites/ width=550 px / /p p img src=/sites/ width=550 / /p

Federal Tax Externship – 2014 Fall and 2015 Spring

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:24
pThe IRS will accept up to three tax externs for the 2014 fall and 2015 spring semesters.  The application deadline for fall 2014 has passed, but there are still two openings./ppExterns work in the local office of the IRS under the direct supervision of IRS attorneys and Professor Blackburn.  Externs do research and write memos, and they also attend meetings with taxpayers, and sometimes take the lead in representing IRS in meetings with pro se taxpayers.  Externs meet with IRS audit agents, with legal counsel and CPAs representing taxpayers, are involved in trial preparation and some externs represent the IRS in U.S. Tax Court against pro se taxpayers.    /ppIf you would like more information, please contact Professor Blackburn as soon as possible so the required background check can be completed in time for the fall 2014 semester:  a or 502-852-6384./ppnbsp;/p

Professor Grace Giesel Instrumental in Kentucky Supreme Court Opinion

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:52
pOn August 21, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion affirming Kentucky Bar Association Ethics a href=/sites/ Opinion re E-435 8-21-14.pdfOpinion E-435/a. E-435 establishes 1) that it is unethical  for a criminal defense attorney to advise a client with regard to a plea agreement that waives the client’s right to pursue ineffective assistance of counsel claims, and 2) that it is unethical for a prosecutor to propose a plea agreement that requires such a waiver./ppbr /Professor Grace Giesel, in her role as Chair of the KBA Ethics Committee, was instrumental in the creation of the opinion. Last September, Professor Giesel presented to the Law School community, in the First Annual Flexner Forum, a discussion of the opinion. The law school community also had the benefit of hosting the Kentucky Supreme Court oral argument on a challenge by the U.S. Attorneys for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky to KBA E-435./p

Welcome Two New Faces to the Brandeis School of Law

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 12:08
p class=p1The Brandeis School of Law is pleased to welcome two new faces to the law school community this semester, both of whom will be working closely with the student body. Jennifer T. DiSanza arrived in Louisville this summer to become Assistant Dean of Student Life, while Scott A. Hite is pleased to take over as the Director of Academic Success./p p class=p1Both newcomers wish to forge a strong partnership with the law school’s students, and encourage students to stop by their offices, Rooms 212 (Hite) and 216 (DiSanza) to ask for guidance, information, or just to chat about thelaw school experience./p p class=p1Here is some brief background information about these individuals: /p p class=p2nbsp;/p p class=p1bJennifer T. DiSanza/b/p p class=p1bAssistant Dean of Student Life/b/p p class=p1After spending the last 14 years in law school student services at two different schools, the University of Maryland School of Law and Capital University Law School, Jennifer DiSanza arrived in Louisville this summer and said that she has been overwhelmed by the “Southern hospitality” and generosity of the faculty, staff, and students in the short time she’s been in the Bluegrass State./p p class=p1Dean DiSanza received her law degree from the University of Maryland in 2002, her master’s degree in strategic human resources from Johns Hopkins University in 2005, and her undergraduate degree is in business, specifically human resources, from Miami University in Ohio. In fact, Dean DiSanza enrolled in law school because of her extensive experience in human resources and her desire to “move up the corporate ladder” at a large manufacturing company where she was employed and where everyone in the corporate employee and labor relations department seemed to have a law degree.  /p p class=p1Having moved multiple times for the company in a five-year span, Dean DiSanza wanted an assurance that she could stay in Baltimore to complete her law degree in Maryland, but the company responded that she would, unfortunately, miss out on promotion opportunities as a result. /p p class=p1“It was at that time, I ‘accidentally’ fell into student services, because I was active at my law school alma mater, and the soon-to-be Assistant Dean of Student Affairs needed a director,” DiSanza said.  “It was an almost seamless transition from HR to student services.”/p p class=p1DiSanza regards her career move into student services as the best decision she’s ever made.     /p p class=p1“I believe the partnership between student life and academics is core to the mission of the school, without one, the other suffers,” she said. “Students need support in all aspects of their law school education, and that is what Student Life is here to do. As student advocates, Student Life personnel are here to listen to issues, concerns and stressors, and try to help students cope with the things that happen while in law school. My mantra is, ‘life happens while you are in law school.’ You can’t expect everything around you to stop for three years, while you are getting your degree. That’s where we come in.”/p p class=p1When she’s not exploring new places, listening to live music, or visiting with family, friends, or her dog in her spare time, Dean DiSanza is committed to collaborating among the different constituencies at the law school, overseeing and enhancing the extra- and co-curricular activities at the school, and improving the overall learning experience here at Brandeis.  /p p class=p1Her number one tip for students? “If you are having trouble, do not wait; seek out assistance as soon as you feel something isn’t right.”  /p p class=p2nbsp;/p p class=p1bScott A. Hite/b/p p class=p1bDirector of Academic Success/b/p p class=p1In his new role as Director of Academic Success, what he describes as the “perfect fit,” Scott Hite has so many tips for how to be successful in law school, that he found it difficult to think of just one when pressed for answer. That said, Hite settled on reminding students to “stay diligent,” because “diligence will carry over to your professional career.”/p p class=p1“I have already noticed how much the students respect the professors, so creating a solid partnership between my office and the students is a fundamental ongoing objective of mine,” he said. “I want to make sure that every student views my office as a resource for opportunity and success while they attend law school. My door must be open to them, and I must be always approachable.” /p p class=p1A native of nearby Bardstown, Hite has been drawn to a career involving the law since childhood. One decade after earning his undergraduate degree in English and mass communications at Bellarmine University, one decade later, Hite attended and graduated from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. While in Lansing, Hite clerked at a small criminal defense firm, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and for then-Attorney General Jennifer Granholm, who later served as the Governor of Michigan. In Louisville, Hite has externed at the Louisville Public Defender Office, in addition to serving as an applications consultant for LexisNexis for a number of years and as an associate attorney for a small insurance defense firm. Most recently, Hite returned to Bellarmine to earn his master’s degree in communications. /p p class=p1When not helping students in their law school pursuits, you can find Hite, an avid golfer, finishing a travel and review book on the top public golf courses in Kentucky, cycling the back roads of Oldham County, collecting batch bourbon, or cheering on his favorite sports teams at his home in Prospect, where he lives with his wife and four dogs. /p

Professor Laura McNeal on CNN

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 08:26
p class=p1Professor Laura McNeal recently appeared on CNN  as an education law expert on the Michael Brown shooting. Her commentary focused on the need to change existing laws to require police officers to receive training on how to interact with youth. Currently, police officers are using adult policing practices on youth which lead to increased arrests for non-violent crimes such as disorderly conduct./pp class=p1nbsp;/pp class=p1Follow Professor McNeal on a href= /a/p