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Professor McNeal chosen as panelist for National Center for Civil and Human Rights event

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 14:55
pBrandeis School of Law Professor Laura McNeal has been selected to be a panelist at the quot;Where Do We Go From Here?quot; event Jan. 20 at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta./ppquot;Where Do We Go From Herequot; is the title of Dr. Martin Luther King's last presentation and frames the discussion that will take place Jan. 20. The program will mark the rotation of a special collection of Dr. Martin Luther King's papers. This exhibition, titled quot;Strategies of the Civil Rights Movement,quot; has been on display since Jan. 12 and will continue through May 3./ppIn addition to McNeal, panelists include youth, educators, community activists and religious leaders. They will examine the relevance and efficacy of lessons, strategies and tools from the Civil Rights era to today's issues of inequality and injustice. McNeal will specifically focus on:/pulli How to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline;/liliEffective legal strategies and tools from the Civil Rights era that can be used as a framework for promoting equal educational opportunity in K-12 schools. /li/ulpMcNeal said she accepted the invitation to participate on the panel because of her passion and commitment to equal education opportunity./ppquot;At a very early age my grandmother and namesake, Laura B. McNeal, taught me the power of education. She stressed that education was the great equalizer, a gateway to a future with endless possibilities. My participation in this event allows me to help further the legacy of both Dr. Martin Luther King and my grandmother -- two individuals committed to equality for all,quot; McNeal said./ppThe event is being co-hosted by The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Hunton amp; Williams LLP and the Georgia State College of Law. /p

Law Library spotlights Louisville's role in civil rights trial

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 15:39
p class=p1img src=/sites/www.law.louisville.edu/files/lib-exp.png / /pp class=p1nbsp;/pp class=p1In October, the Brandeis School of Law’s Allen Court Room hosted a reenactment of the sensationalized Carl Braden trial of 1954, in which Braden was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sedition after he and his wife Anne purchased a home for an African American family in the Louisville area that is now Shively. The reenactment was part of a series of events to mark the 60supth/sup anniversary of the Wade/Braden story, which quickly became a formative event for Louisville and the nation as citizens grappled with a fledgling Civil Rights movement. /p p class=p1To commemorate the trial – and the events leading up to it – UL’s Law Library is featuring the exhibit, “Black Freedom, White Allies amp; Red Scare: Louisville, 1954.” The closing date is set for Jan. 30. /p p class=p1Also on that day, Professors Laura Rothstein and Jamie Abrams will host their classes in the library where Cate Fosl, director of the UofL Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, will provide an overview of the exhibit and historical context about the Braden/Wade story. Fosl is also Anne Braden’s biographer and her book, “Subversive Southerner” was a co-winner of the Oral History Association’s Book Award in 2003./p p class=p1bSedition charges/b/p p class=p1The historical context essentially begins in March of 1954 when Andrew and Charlotte Wade ask whites Carl and Anne Braden to help purchase a home after realtors repeatedly refused to sell to the African American family. The Bradens closed on a home in what is now Shively in May and hand the keys over to the Wades who were the only African Americans in the neighborhood. /p p class=p1Shortly after their move-in date, the Wade house was bombed and crosses were burned on the lawn. /p p class=p1Carl and Anne Braden were subsequently accused of staging the purchase and bombing as part of a communist plot to take over the state government./p p class=p1The case went to trial and Carl Braden was charged with sedition. At the time, working for racial integration was interpreted by many Southern whites to be an embrace of communism.  Braden was sentenced to 15 years and served eight months./pp class=p1Unable to live in the damaged house and still facing harassment, the Wades, who had a toddler and a newborn at the time, moved out of their house.  /pp class=p1Following the trial, the Bradens continued to fight for social justice, supporting civil rights, desegregation and labor issues, among other efforts. They were both arrested numerous times while protesting and landed on the FBI investigation list because of their alleged ties to the Communist party. /p p class=p1Carl Braden died in 1975. Prior to her death in 2006, Anne Braden was the University of Louisville’s first visiting scholar in Race and Gender Studies. /p p class=p1bThe exhibit and its significance/b/p p class=p1The exhibit itself features photos and archival materials from the home purchase, the trial Carl Braden’s imprisonment, the years following the case and the events of the era that strongly influenced the case. The exhibit is the result of a collaboration between the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, the University of Louisville Archives amp; Special Collections, Louisville Free Public Library and Courier-Journal Media./p p class=p1Robin Harris, public services librarian and professor of legal bibliography, said the exhibit is a good example of UL’s commitment to diversity. /p p class=p1“Well before the topic of diversity became mainstream, the university was working on it and the law school in particular has been a leader in diversity efforts for more than 20 years. All of the deans have been committed,” Harris said. “This exhibit is not only a good example of that, but also a good example of its commitment to interdisciplinary studies.” /p p class=p1The interdisciplinary angle comes from Fosl, who is a faculty member in the women’s and gender studies program within the College of Arts and Science. /p p class=p1Harris adds that, from a historical perspective, the exhibit also provides a powerful narrative about a “seminal event” in Louisville and US history. /p p class=p1“It’s been 60 years since this happened and it’s really important for people of all ages to know about this trial, from the purchase to the bombing to the trial, particularly from a law perspective,” Harris said. “We’re fortunate to have it here on display. It’s a fitting tribute to the role that Louisville had in the Civil Rights movement.” /p p class=p1More information about the story is available on NPR’s “Here and Now,” a href=http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/12/01/louisville-civil-rightsavailable online./a/p p class=p1The exhibit will next appear at the White Privilege Conference, March 11-15 at Louisville’s Galt House. /p

Brandeis professor participating in Rutgers event

Thu, 01/08/2015 - 10:14
pBrandeis Professor Ariana Levinson will participate in the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations Mid-Year Fellows Workshop in Honor of Louis O. Kelso in New Brunswick, New Jersey, from Jan. 11-13./ppAdditionally, on Jan. 11, Professor Levinson will be a panelist for the session: quot;What Would It Take for Worker Cooperatives to Rapidly Develop in the United States and Are These Conditions Realistic.quot; /ppOn Jan. 13, Professor Levinson will be a discussant on a quot;Body of Work Presentation: A Jeffersonian Society by Hamiltonian Means: A Blueprint for American Revivalquot; by Professor Robert Hockett of Cornell University School of Law./ppnbsp;/ppnbsp;/p

Kentucky ACLU's 60th anniversary exhibit kicks off

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 13:44
pThe quot;60 Faces of Libertyquot; exhibit begins today at the Ekstrom Library, and runs through March 31. The exhibit celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Kentucky ACLU and includes portraits, oral histories, narratives and artifacts to tell the story of the local ACLU affiliate./ppquot;60 Faces of Libertyquot; is part of a series of public events that are scheduled for this semester that focus on civil rights and first amendment issues defended by the ACLU. /ppThe University of Louisville is sponsoring this event through several departments and programs, including the Brandeis School of Law Partnership with the Central High School Law and Government Magnet program. The partnership with the Kentucky ACLU began in 2007, when the program adopted the Marshall-Brennan Civil Liberties curriculum to be taught by law students to law magnet seniors. The ACLU has provided contributions and other support to the law school's partnership since that time. /ppnbsp;/ppnbsp;/p

Black Freedom, White Allies Red Scare: Louisville, 1954

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 16:33
pThe Law Library is proud to be hosting the exhibit, “Black Freedom, White Allies amp; Red Scare: Louisville, 1954,” thanks to the generosity of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. This fascinating and moving chronicle of events leading up to and including Carl and Anne Braden’s sedition trial will be open to everyone through January 23, 2015. br /br /If you did not see the exhibit when it was housed at the Louisville Free Public Library during the fall of 2014, you have another chance! Please stop by the Reading Room during any of the library’s operating hours.  And if you want to know more about the Braden’s story, the NPR showa href=http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/12/01/louisville-civil-rights “Here and Now”/a recently ran a detailed story on the 60th anniversary of the case.  /ppRead more in a href=/node/16008 quot;Law Library spotlights Louisville's role in civil rights trialquot;/a./pbr /pnbsp;/p

Professor Ariana Levinson on 'Local Right-to-Work Laws'

Fri, 12/19/2014 - 09:44
pProfessor Levinson was interviewed about local right-to-work laws by Katie Brandenburg of the Bowling Green Daily News on Tuesday, December 16. Professor Levinson is quoted in the resulting article quot;Simpson joins other counties with approvalquot; published on December 17. Professor Levinson was also interviewed on Thursday, December 18 by Lisa Autrey of WKU Public Radio, and recording snippets will be used in an upcoming program./ppnbsp;/ppba href=http://www.bgdailynews.com/news/simpson-joins-other-counties-with-approval/article_39d9e2c9-358a-5496-9d56-3e21d63e92ba.htmlRead more from Park City Daily News /a/b/ppba href=http://wkyufm.org/post/kentucky-counties-pass-local-right-work-laws-opinions-differ-their-legality?utm_referrer=http%3A//m.wkyufm.org/%3Futm_referrer%3Dhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.google.com%23mobile/57961Read more from WKU Public Radio /a/b/p

Professor Powell Continues Dialogue on Ferguson and Protesters

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 13:47
p class=p1Professor Cedric Merlin Powell suggests the flawed justice system needs to be part of the discussion in understanding why people are protesting./p p class=p2span class=s1a href=http://www.kentucky.com/2014/12/09/3583421/cedric-merlin-powell-dont-blame.html?sp=/99/349/http://www.kentucky.com/2014/12/09/3583421/cedric-merlin-powell-dont-blame.html?sp=/99/349//a/span/p

Professor Laura McNeal Leads Guest Segment on C-Span's Washington Journal

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 09:44
a href=https://twitter.com/lauramcnealProfessor McNeal/a was lead guest segment on C-Span's Washington Journal on Dec 7th to discuss police training techniques and the President's proposals on policing reform. a href=http://www.c-span.org/video/?323103-3/washington-journal-laura-mcneal-police-interaction-youthWatch here./a

Professor Lars Smith Gives Talk in Australia

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 11:03
p class=p1Lars Smith, Stallings Professor of Law, gave a talk in November at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. The interdisciplinary conference that brings together scholars interested in Legal, Managerial, and Economic aspects of innovation was the forum for his presentation on quot;Legal Regulation of Bitcoins.quot;/p

Boehl Professor Tony Arnold speaks on Sustainable Communities

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 14:32
Professor Tony Arnold gave the keynote address to the HUD/EPA/NADO Sustainable Communities Workshop on Water and Community Economic Development on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, in Wichita, KS. The workshop was attended by government officials and community planners from throughout the U.S. and is part of a major grant initiative by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to assist local and regional communities build their sustainability. Professor Arnold directs the Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility, which is doing cutting-edge research on how to develop the resilience and adaptive capacity of local communities to threats to water resources. He spoke on quot;Investing in Resilient Communities.quot;

All Day Fundraiser for the Harlan Scholars at Señor Iguanas!

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 11:59
p class=MsoNormal style=line-height: 170%span style=font-size: 9pt; line-height: 170%; font-family: Verdana, sans-serifTreat yourself and give a little! Join the Harlan Scholars and /spanspan style=font-size: 11pt; line-height: 170%; font-family: Calibri, sans-serifSeñor/spanspan style=font-size: 9pt; line-height: 170%; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif Iguanas on Thursday, December 4, 2014o:p/o:p/span/p p class=MsoNormal style=line-height: 170%span style=font-size: 9pt; line-height: 170%; font-family: Verdana, sans-seriffrom 11 AM – 10 PM for a day of eating and giving. When you eat at /spanspan style=font-size: 11pt; line-height: 170%; font-family: Calibri, sans-serifSeñor/spanspan style=font-size: 9pt; line-height: 170%; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif Iguanas and mention giving to the Harlan Scholars, 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Harlan Scholar Program @ UofL. o:p/o:p/span/p p class=MsoNormal style=line-height: 170%span style=font-size: 9pt; line-height: 170%; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif /span/p p class=MsoNormal style=line-height: 170%span style=font-size: 9pt; line-height: 170%; font-family: Verdana, sans-serifThe Harlan Scholars Program is designed for select undergraduates @ UofL interested in careers in the law. Members are regularly invited to our law school, where they have opportunities to interact and network with current law students, law faculty, and members of the Louisville legal community. Your participation will help continue to grow the program. The Harlan Scholars Program is a Guaranteed Entrance Program.o:p/o:p/span/p p class=MsoNormal style=line-height: 170%span style=font-size: 9pt; line-height: 170%; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif o:p/o:p/span/p p class=MsoNormal style=line-height: 170%span style=font-size: 9pt; line-height: 170%; font-family: Verdana, sans-serifFor more information about the Harlan Scholars, please visit: a href=http://louisville.edu/admissions/aid/gep/harlanhttp://louisville.edu/admissions/aid/gep/harlan/ao:p/o:p/span/p p class=MsoNormal style=line-height: 170%span style=font-size: 9pt; line-height: 170%; font-family: Verdana, sans-serif o:p/o:p/span/p p class=MsoNormal style=line-height: 170%span style=font-size: 9pt; line-height: 170%; font-family: Verdana, sans-serifFor more information about the fundraiser, please contact Marianna Michael, President of the Harlan Scholars, at a href=mailto:marianna.michael@louisville.edumarianna.michael@louisville.edu/ao:p/o:p/span/p

All Day Fundraiser for the Harlan Scholars at Señor Iguanas!

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:36
divTreat yourself and give a little! Join the Harlan Scholars and span style=font-size: 11pt; line-height: 115%; font-family: Calibri, sans-serifSeñor/span Iguanas on Thursday, December 4, 2014/divdivfrom 11 AM – 10 PM for a day of eating and giving. When you eat at span style=font-size: 11pt; line-height: 16.8666667938232px; font-family: Calibri, sans-serifSeñor/span Iguanas and mention giving to the Harlan Scholars, 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Harlan Scholar Program @ UofL. /divdivbr //divdivThe Harlan Scholars Program is designed for select undergraduates @ UofL interested in careers in the law. Members are regularly invited to our law school, where they have opportunities to interact and network with current law students, law faculty, and members of the Louisville legal community. Your participation will help continue to grow the program. The Harlan Scholars Program is a Guaranteed Entrance Program./divdiv /divdivFor more information about the Harlan Scholars, please visit: http://louisville.edu/admissions/aid/gep/harlan/divdiv /divdivFor more information about the fundraiser, please contact Marianna Michael, President of the Harlan Scholars, at marianna.michael@louisville.edu/divdiv /div

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=http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_IMMIGRATION_SCHOLARS?SITE=APamp;SECTION=HOMEamp;TEMPLATE=DEFAULTamp;CTIME=2014-11-25-08-06-46bAP/b/a, ba href=http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/legal-scholars-obamas-immigration-actions-lawful/2014/11/25/1d116fa4-74a4-11e4-8893-97bf0c02cc5f_story.htmlThe Washington Post/a /band ba href=http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/11/25/us/politics/ap-us-immigration-scholars.html?ref=politicsNew 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=http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2014/11/24/ferguson-support-rally-planned-louisville-tuesday/70068514/bProfessor Powell/b/a/p p class=MsoNormal style=margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 11pt; font-family: Calibri, sans-serifa href=http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/how-wilson-could-have-de-escalated-the-conflict-363932227732bProfessor 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/www.law.louisville.edu/files/LauraMcNeal2.png style=font-family: helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small / /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

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 education.br //span/divdiv class=contentullispan style=font-size: smalla href=http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2436627iAdaptive Water Law/i/a by Tony Anthony /span/lilispan style=font-size: smalla href=http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2412951iThe Attorney-Client Relationship In the Age of Technology/i/a by Grace Giesel /span/lilispan style=font-size: smalla href=http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2443005iRoads 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=http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2443932iPromoting 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=http://www.ssrn.com/link/U-Louisville-LEG.htmlBrowse /a/span/lilispan style=font-size: smalla href=http://hq.ssrn.com/jourInvite.cfm?link=U-Louisville-LEGSubscribe/a/span/li/ul /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;

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