Faculty News

Professor Cross working with US Patent Office on Intellectual Property issues

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 10:32
pIntellectual Property was named as one of four “Red Hot” practice areas in Robert Denney Associates Inc.’s 26th annual report, “What’s Hot and What’s Not in the Legal Profession.”/ppBrandeis Professor John Cross is well positioned, then, to get started on his sabbatical work in the fall. br /br /Cross will spend that time working with the United States Patent and Trademark Office examining the broad issue of the attorney-client privilege and how it applies to patent attorneys and agents. He is also working with intellectual property group AIPPI to determine how to best resolve the underlying issues surrounding this relationship.br /br /As part of this effort, Cross is writing a series of working papers. The first, dealing with the Federal Circuit’s Therasense decision, is complete, and a second on legislative jurisdiction under the IP Clause, treaty power, Commerce Clause and power to regulate federal courts, is underway.br /br /Cross takes a bit of an unorthodox approach to Intellectual Property Law – looking at it through a competitive competition law lens scope.br /br /“I come at it from competitive law; that all intellectual property is at its core a limit on competition. It looks very different than if you just look at it as intellectual treaty a patent or copyright as a property rights. I think of it as a way to limit competition and whether or not we should limit it,” he said.br /br /This angle, however, gets tricky as intellectual laws differ greatly. For example, in the West, it’s all about the inventors and protecting them and their ideas. In Asia, Cross said, they think of intellectual property as good for society as a whole rather than just protecting the inventor. br /br /This is where some philosophy kicks in. If we think about the invention as cheap and easy to copy – especially in the digital age – then why wouldn’t we? br /br /“The answer is if we do that, in theory, people will no longer create,” Cross said. “We need to encourage culture, knowledge and innovation. In the United States, we are beyond the industrial age. Our growth now comes from innovation and new ideas.” br /br /We are now in an information economy, he adds, which is much harder to regulate and impossible to keep up with. It also explains why it’s a “Red Hot” legal area.br /br /bAttorney-client privilege project/bbr /br /As part of his scholarship, Cross has spent the past seven years working on an attorney-client privilege project. In February, Cross was part of a roundtable discussion for the Global Intellectual Property Academy presented by the Patent Office’s Office of Policy and International Affairs. He has also presented on this issue in Seattle, Paris, Hong Kong and Toronto and as a result works closely with both the U.S. and Japanese patent offices.br /br /The focus of this work, Cross said, stems from a debate over whether or not patent agents (legal counsel qualified to practice before the Patent and Trademark Office, but not before a court) qualify for attorney-client privileges. The answer is inconsistent throughout the world, which presents a challenge as economies become more global. br /br /Cross personally believes that patent agents should have the attorney/client privilege and also thinks there should be some sort of international treaty to deal with inconsistencies. br /br /“I am trying to encourage full disclosure for the inventor to reveal everything so they’re better protected,” he said. “If a client holds anything back, that patent can get struck down.” br /br /The only meaningful difference, he adds, between a patent agent and an attorney is that the former is limited to obtaining the patent.  She can’t litigate, or provide advice on patent licensing. br /br /In addition to devoting his sabbatical to this topic, Cross will present on other intellectual property/competition law topics at a conference in July in China, as well as a conference in September in South Africa. /p

Professor Levinson's comments featured in WalletHub’s 2015’s Hardest Working Cities study

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 14:52
pProfessor Ariana Levinson was featured in a href=http://wallethub.com/edu/hardest-working-cities-in-america/10424/#ariana-levinsonWalletHub’s recent study/a examining 2015’s Hardest Working Cities in America./ppLevinson provided insight on a number of questions, including:/pulliWhy do Americans work so much more than their counterparts in Europe?/liliHow have worker hours or productivity changed during the recession and recovery?/liliWhat is the ideal number of hours to work each week?/li/ulpLevinson said a number of factors have contributed to Americans working more than their European counterparts, including U.S. law not being in compliance of the requirements of the International Labor Organization (which guarantees all workers three weeks of paid vacation per year of service). /pp“Additionally, the U.S. federal wage and hour law, which guarantees overtime for any hours worked over 40 per week, is not effective for a couple of reasons. One reason is that the exemption level remains at $455/week ($23,660 per year), which means many workers who do not have very high pay are considered executive, administrative, or professional, and the 40 hour requirement does not apply to them,” she said. /ppLevinson told WalletHub that since many households are now dual income and that increased workloads for both parents takes time away from the importance of parenting, an ideal aspiration would be 30 hours a week with a living wage. /ppShe also opined that the minimum wage should be raised to a living wage and paid vacation and paid sick leave should be guaranteed. /p

Professor Sweeny quoted in The Atlantic's story on South Korean adultery laws

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 14:43
h2 class=title a href=/node/Professor Sweeny quoted in The Atlantic's story on South Korean adultery laws/a /h2 span class=submittedPosted March 9th, 2015 by a href=/staff/alicia_kelso title=View user profile.Alicia Kelso/a/span pProfessor JoAnn Sweeny was recently quoted in an article published in iThe Atlantic/i, titled quot;When Adultery is a Crime: South Korea has scrapped a law against infidelity that arose from the chaos of the Korean War.quot;/ppPrior to last week, adultery was a crime in South Korea, carrying a prison sentence of up to two years.  /ppSweeny discusses the sexual and gender dynamics of adultery bans in different societies, stating:i /i/pp align=leftiquot;(In the U.S., the laws) were concerned with women cheating on their husbands and having kids that weren’t theirs, and then [the husbands] taking care of kids that weren’t theirs ... Adultery could only happen if the woman was married. If the man was married but the woman wasn’t, that wasn’t adultery (but rather the lesser offense of 'fornication').quot;/i/ppSweeny has written about the legal systems in many states and how they treated male and female infidelity differently until the 1950s. The article said that as of 2013, at least 18 states still had adultery laws in place, though they're rarely enforced. /pp The a href=http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/03/south-korea-adultery-law-repeal/386603/ target=_blankcomplete story is available on iThe Atlantic's/i website/a. /p

Professor Powell to lead Oberlin College class via Skype

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:27
On March 9 at 3 p.m., Brandeis Professor Cedric Powell will lead a class of students from Oberlin College (Ohio) via Skype. The class, Politics 409 (Public Education, Policy and Law), is taught by Oberlin’s President, Marvin Krislov. br /br /Powell is an Oberlin alum. br /br /The class is doing a case study on the Jefferson County Public School System, with students working on policy issues from a variety of different viewpoints based on constituent interests, such as Superintendent and School Board; State Commissioner of Education; Jefferson County Teachers Association; NAACP; CLOUT; and the Black Alliance for Educational Options, a pro-charter group. br /br /Professor Powell will discuss his views on thei Parents Involved in Community Schools/i case (2007), part of which was based on the Jefferson County Public School System (the other system was in Seattle). He has written several articles on the topic and President Krislov came across them while preparing materials for the class, before realizing Powell is an alum who also happens to live in Louisville. br /br /Krislov, a native of Lexington, served as VP and General Counsel of the University of Michigan before assuming the Oberlin presidency. He was instrumental in guiding U of M’s Supreme Court litigation, which ultimately resulted in the Court’s upholding of the school’s affirmative action admissions policy in the iGrutter /idecision in 2003. br /

Professor Sweeny’s article cited in Kentucky Supreme Court’s teenage sexting case

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 15:06
The Kentucky Supreme Court heard arguments last week for a case involving the relatively new issue of teenage sexting. According to the a href=http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2015/02/06/teen-sex-crime-ky-high-court-hear-case/22949865/ target=_blankLouisville Courier-Journal/a, a 15-year-old boy sent two nude photos of himself to his 13-year-old girlfriend’s phone. She responded with a photo of herself. br / br /The girl’s parents discovered the photos and requested a warrant from the Woodford Circuit Court. The boy was subsequently charged with sexual misconduct, a misdemeanor, and possession of child pornography, a felony.br / br /As part of his defense, the boy’s attorneys have extensively cited U of L Law Professor JoAnne Sweeny’s recently published article on the potential constitutional challenges to the prosecution of teenagers under child pornography laws because they have quot;sextedquot; each other nude or erotic photos of themselves. br / br /In her article, Sweeny argues that sexting teenagers should have freedom of expression protection under the First Amendment since there was no harm inherent in the creation of the content. Conversely, child pornography is not protected under the First Amendment because child pornography images are the product of child abuse. br / br /According to Sweeny, “[t]hat’s why it’s child pornography is illegal - to protect children from abuse. For sexting teens, the photographed acts are consensual and there is no adult manipulation. This situation between the two teens in this case is not the same thing as child pornography and the harm inherent in child pornography simply doesn't exist here,” Sweeny said. “This is an inappropriate charge. You’re charging the group that was meant to be protected by the law. It’s meant to protect children but that’s who you’re taking to court.” br / br /Sweeny said this case is even more frustrating because only the boy is being charged. She adds that, until now, no state or federal appellate or supreme court has ever squarely dealt with a freedom of expression claim in a case where sexting teens have faced child pornography charges.  An important precedent will therefore be set by the Kentucky Supreme Court. br / br /“The way the law is written now, if a teen takes a naked self image and shares it with no one, they’re still in possession of child pornography. The child pornography laws that exist were passed in the 1970s or 80s. Kids didn’t even have cameras then,” Sweeny said. “All you need is one zealous prosecutor and these teenagers could become registered sex offenders. The law shouldn’t be left open to such an absurd result.” br / br /According to Sweeny's article, under the current law, approximately one-third of all teenagers in Kentucky could be charged with a felony sex offense. br / br /There is no date set on the ruling for iB.H. v. Kentucky/i but the Supreme Court of Kentucky usually rules three to four weeks after oral arguments.br / 

The Diversity Committee Presents: Our Country, Appalachia, and The Never-Ending Path To Poverty

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 10:21
p class=MsoNormalOn Tuesday, March 3, the Diversity Committee will host a discussion on the current state of poverty in America and the role of law in promoting or hindering economic equality. Although the program will discuss the intersection of poverty and the law from a national perspective, the emphasis will be on the Kentucky region (Louisville and Appalachian) in hopes that it will allow students to truly understand the realities of poverty within our own communities. The program will include a diverse group of panelist from the fields of law, economics, and public interest work. Students with a desire to work with indigent clients through practice public interest law or that will be applying for one of the summer public interests fellowships are strongly encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided! /pp class=MsoNormalnbsp;/pp class=MsoNormal style=text-align: centerbTuesday, March 3, 2015/b/pp class=MsoNormal style=text-align: centerbCox Lounge/b/pp class=MsoNormal style=text-align: centerb12-2 PM/b/pp class=MsoNormalnbsp;/pp class=MsoNormaluSuggested Readings:/u/pp class=MsoNormal span style=font-size: 10.5pt“New IRS Data Gives Fresh Look at Income Inequality,” available at /spana href=http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-irs-data-give-fresh-look-at-income-inequality-2015-01-29/print style=font-size: 10.5pthttp://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-irs-data-give-fresh-look-at-income-inequality-2015-01-29/print/a/p p class=MsoNormalspan style=font-size: 10.5pt /span/p p class=MsoNormalspan style=font-size: 10.5pt“Robert Reich:  10 ways to close the inequality gap,” available at  a href=http://www.salon.com/2014/05/13/robert_reich_10_ways_to_close_the_inequality_gap_partnerhttp://www.salon.com/2014/05/13/robert_reich_10_ways_to_close_the_inequality_gap_partner/a/o:p/o:p/span/p p class=MsoNormalspan style=font-size: 10.5pt /span/p p class=MsoNormalspan style=font-size: 10.5pt“A New Majority Research Bulletin:  Low Income Students Now a Majority in the Nation’s Public Schools,” available at:o:p/o:p/span/p p class=MsoNormalspan style=font-size: 10.5pta href=http://www.southerneducation.org/Our-Strategies/Research-and-Publications/New-Majority-Diverse-Majority-Report-Series/A-New-Majority-2015-Update-Low-Income-Students-Nowhttp://www.southerneducation.org/Our-Strategies/Research-and-Publications/New-Majority-Diverse-Majority-Report-Series/A-New-Majority-2015-Update-Low-Income-Students-Now/ao:p/o:p/span/p u5:p/u5:p

Professor Weaver brings international experiences back to the classroom

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:13
pProfessor Russ Weaver was a speaker at Duke Law Journal’s 45th Annual Administrative Law Symposium on Feb. 6. He spoke specifically on Appointment Politics alongside Steven Friedland, a professor of law and senior scholar at Elon University School of Law.   br / br /This appearance followed closely on the heels of Professor Weaver’s speech at Washington and Lee University’s 2015 Lara D. Gass Symposium, held in late January in Lexington, Virginia. This year's symposium topic was quot;Cybersurveillance in the Post-Snowden Age.quot;/ppThese two events are just the tip of the iceberg that is Professor Weaver’s busy travel schedule. br /br /In March, he’ll participate in a symposium in Paris, France, on the topic of government transparency. br /br /He is also involved in a symposium on April 1 on cybersurveillance at the Université Aix-Marseille, in Southern France. br /br /On April 17, Professor Weaver will participate in a panel called “What is (should be) the scope and limitation of police power to track suspects?” as part of Texas Tech’s 9th annual Criminal Law Symposium. The event will feature distinguished legal scholars discussing the application of the Fourth Amendment in today’s digital world. /ppToward the end of April, Professor Weaver will speak on media and free expression at an event in Budapest, Hungary. br /br /And in May, he’ll head to the University of Lisbon (Portugal) to teach for a week, as he does every year. br /br /His schedule remains full through June and July, with discussion fora in Paris (arranged by Professor Weaver); a privacy discussion in Sorbonne, France; discussion fora on administrative law in Luxembourg; a speech in Mainz, Germany, on free speech issues; and a presentation on the freedom of expression in Boca Raton, Florida. br /br /This sort of schedule is nothing new for Professor Weaver. Last year, for example, he logged 148,000 miles. He said it’s important to keep up such a pace, as it connects him to prominent scholars around the world and allows him to learn different cultural perspectives on his area of focus./ppThe specific area of cybersurveillance, for example, has changed radically in just the past five years because of the advancement of technology. Professor Weaver said it’s important to expand his angle on the topic to keep up with these changes and anticipate societies’ adaptations./ppHe brings these diverse cultural interpretations back to his classroom. Such travel and participation, he said, informs his teaching and is professionally enlightening. br / /p

Professor Hall presenting at UNLV's 10th International Conference on Contracts

Fri, 02/13/2015 - 09:31
pProfessor Timothy Hall is headed to Las Vegas Feb. 27 and 28 to speak at UNLV’s 10th International Conference on Contracts (KCON 10)./ppHis presentation will focus specifically on fitness tracker terms of service contracts./ppThe conference is hosted by UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law and includes contracts scholars and teachers at all experience levels.br /  /p

Incoming Editorial Board selected for the University of Louisville Law Review

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:54
pThe Editorial Board of the University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to announce their successors for Volume 54:/pp   Editor in Chief: Daniel Reed/pp   Senior Articles Editor: Emily Meyer/pp   Senior Notes Editor: Emily Irwin/pp   Articles Editors: Vlad Bursuc, Megan Diffenderfer, Tyler Larson/pp   Notes Editors: Lindsey Boyd, Kari DiCecco, Katherine Vail/pp   Articles Selection Editor: Carolyn Purcell/pp   Online Content Editor: Andrew Weeks/pp   Executive Editor: Dallas Selvy/pp   Managing Editor: Ben Jakubowicz/ppThe University of Louisville Law Review is the principal law review publication of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. Managed exclusively by students, the Law Review is a scholarly publication devoted to developing the law, evaluating legal institutions and analyzing issues of law and public policy. The Law Review features student notes and articles written by nationally and globally recognized experts. The Editorial Board and Staff of the Law Review publish three issues per year and have editorial control over its content. /ppCongratulations to the newly minted Editorial Board for Volume 54! /p

Prof. Milligan’s originalist interpretation of Fourth Amendment argued to U.S. Supreme Court

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 15:50
p Earlier this week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation – a leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world – drew heavily from Brandeis Professor Luke Milligan’s writings on the original meaning of the Fourth Amendment in an amicus brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Los Angeles v. Patel.br /br /Los Angeles v. Patel addresses the constitutionality of a municipal ordinance requiring hotel operators to maintain guest registry information, and to make such information available to police officers on request without consent, a warrant, or other legal process. Owners and operators of hotels in Los Angeles filed suit, claiming the ordinance violated the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Last year, the U.S. Ninth Circuit, sitting en banc, held the ordinance was unconstitutional. /p p The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on March 3. /p p The amicus brief states, in part: /p blockquote [T]he Fourth Amendment is not merely a “right” against unreasonable searches, it is also a “right ... to be secure” against unreasonable searches. See U.S. Const., amend. IV (emphasis added). The inclusion of this phrase—“to be secure”—demonstrates the Founders’ intent for the Amendment to prevent, not merely redress, violations. Indeed, “[h]ad the framers sought only to safeguard a right to be ‘spared,’ they could have omitted the phrase ‘to be secure’ and drafted the Amendment to provide for a ‘right against unreasonable searches and seizures.’” Luke Milligan, The Forgotten Right To Be Secure, 65 HASTINGS L. J. 713, 745 – 46 (2014) (noting that “[i]nterpreting ‘secure’ to mean [merely] ‘spared’” raises the structural issue of “linguistic excess”). /blockquote blockquote Indeed, the warrant clause expressly regulates the issuance of warrants, not their execution. The founding-era discourse concerning searches and seizures—“which regularly emphasized the harms attributable to the potentiality of unreasonable searches and seizures”—further supports that the Founders intended the Fourth Amendment to have prophylactic effect. Id. at 718 (emphasis in original). The very text and history of the Amendment thus calls for a protective buffer against unreasonable governmental intrusion to ensure that constitutional violations are prevented—not merely dealt with after the fact. /blockquote p The a href=https://www.eff.org/files/2015/01/30/patel_eff_amicus_brief_0.pdf target=_blankbrief is available in its entirety online/a. /p pIn addition, Professor Milligan will present his interpretation of the Fourth Amendment at the University of Michigan Law School as part of its symposium on “Privacy, Technology, and the Law.” The event will be held Feb. 21 in Ann Arbor. /p

Law School Diversity Reception

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 15:27
Join us Wednesday, February 11, as we celebrate Black History Month with fellow alumni at Champion Sports Bar (located in the Downtown Marriott). This pre-game party starts at 5:30.  Come join the fun!

Professor Cross to present on U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Roundtable

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 16:17
pProfessor John Cross has been asked to participate in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Roundtable in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 18. The subject of the roundtable is how the attorney-client privilege applies to both U.S. and foreign “patent agents” (people licensed to apply for a patent, but who do not have a general license to practice law).  br /br /Professor Cross has been involved with this issue for several years now, having given presentations on it in Seattle, Hong Kong, Paris and Toronto./ppAt Brandeis, Cross' two main areas of focus include intellectual property law (both domestic and international) and the law governing court systems(Civil Procedure, Conflicts, Federal Jurisdiction, and Comparative Systems).  /p

January Bar Publications

Mon, 02/09/2015 - 13:32
pspan style=font-size: smallHere's a roundup of recent law school related news from the Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations./span/ppspan style=font-size: smallHighlights from the LBA's bJanuary 2014 iBar Briefs/i/b: /span/pullispan style=font-size: smallquot;UofL Brandeis School of Law: 2014 Year in Reviewquot; (page 6)/span/lilispan style=font-size: smallThe quot;2015 Library Seriesquot; advertisement on page 7 includes Professor Kurt Metzmeier's forthcoming presentation on November 4. br //span/li/ulpspan style=font-size: smallHighlights from the Kentucky Bar Association's bJanuary 2015 iBench amp; Bar /i/b(Vol 79, No 1):  /span/pullispan style=font-size: smallquot;The Duty of Confidentiality and the Attorney-Client Privilege Sorting Out the Conceptsquot; by Professor Grace Geisel (pages 4-7)/span/lilispan style=font-size: smallquot;Effective Legal Writing: Nix the Acronymsquot; by Professor Judith Fischer (page 17)/span/lilispan style=font-size: smallquot;Kentucky Penal Code: Degradation and Reformquot; by Professor Luke Milligan (pages 26-27)/spanspan style=font-size: small/span/lilispan style=font-size: smallThe bi-monthly UofL column features a list of upcoming events, including the ACLU's quot;60 Faces of Libertyquot; exhibit, the Brandeis Medal Dinner and Presentation, and the 2015 KBA Diversity Pipeline Program /spanspan style=font-size: smallspan style=font-size: small(page 21)/span. /span/lilispan style=font-size: smallquot;On the Movequot; (pages 40-45)br //span/li/ulpspan style=font-size: smallBoth publications are available in the Law Library.  /span/ppnbsp;/p

Bellarmine National Trial Competition

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 08:35
Bellarmine University will be hosting a National trial competition the weekend of March 13 to 15, with one round Friday evening from 6:00 pm  to 9:30 pm, second round Saturday morning 9:00 am  to 12:30 pm, the third round Saturday afternoon , 2:00 pm  to 5:30 pm and the final round 9:00 am  to 12:30 pm.  They want to recruit 24 law students who have taken Evidence to be presiding judges  to rule on objections and keep the trials moving forward. Law students will not be scoring judges only presiding judges. Law students will have the opportunity to meet over  a 100 local attorneys during the competition while attending the pretrial judges’ instructions and during the trials. Interested law students need to attend a two-hour judge’s boot camp prior to the tournament conducted by Chris Schaefer and Jim Wagoner.  Interested students should contact:  Jim Wagoner at (502) 582-1381 orbr /a href=mailto:jwagoner@fkplaw.comjwagoner@fkplaw.com/a.  This is a GREAT way to network with practicing attorneys so please consider volunteering.

Professor Jones returning to Duke to discuss successful professionals with mental illness

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:03
pProfessor Jim Jones will speak at the Duke Forum for Law and Social Change Symposium on Feb. 20 at the Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina./ppThis year’s symposium topic is Mental Health and the Law. Jones will present on the topic, “High Functioning: Successful Professionals with Severe Mental Illness.”/ppJones will specifically talk about seven individuals, including his own experiences. His diagnoses have ranged from schizophrenia to bipolar disorder and from major depressive disorder to borderline personality disorder. /ppHe has written and spoken extensively about successful professionals who suffer from serious psychiatric diseases. He has also been candid about his own decades-long battle including in his book, iA Hidden Madness/i.  /pp“We all show how stigma is unjustified given we are successful doctors, psychiatry professors and law professors.  If we can do it, many others are doing so and just not going public about it due to stigma fear,” Jones said./ppSome of that stigma fear comes from the licensure for medical and law professionals, a process he calls highly intrusive. Licensure questions ask applicants if they have any diagnoses and can include mental illness disorders alongside pedophilia and kleptomania, Jones said. /pp“To me, the most severe example of mental illness stigmas comes from the licensure process,” he said. “Conduct questions are OK, but I think diagnosis questions violate the ADA.”/ppHis objective is to raise awareness and fight any stigmas./pp“It’s a terrible problem for law and medical professionals specifically,” Jones said.  “I want to teach these students that they’re not unique, that there is help. And that you can be very successful despite having a mental illness.”  /ppHe points to his good friend, Elyn Saks, a professor at the University of Southern California Gould Law School, as an example. /ppSaks, a Yale graduate and MacArthur Fellowship winner, lives with schizophrenia and wrote about her experiences with the illness in her book, iThe Center Cannot Hold:  My Journey Through Madness./i/ppJones sits on the board of The Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics./ppHe earned his JD with honors from the Duke University School of Law and said he is looking forward to returning to campus for the first time in years./p

Professor Rothstein offering a glimpse of Brandeis’s Central HS partnership

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 16:04
pBrandeis Professor Laura Rothstein will offer a presentation at the Shumaker Building at noon Feb. 3 on the “Signature Partnership Initiative: A Forum for Engagement.”/ppHer focus will be on Brandeis School of Law’s partnership with Central High School. br /br /In the fall of 2011, the Brandeis School of Law entered into a partnership with Central High School. Through the Central Law and Government Magnet Program, students at Central High School have been provided a variety of enrichment activities, including attending moot court competitions and speaker events, law school visits and participating in a writing competition. These activities are held to spark the interest of students in becoming lawyers./ppSince 2006, the Law School has been building on the existing partnership with a goal of sustaining the interest and building skills for success in college and law school./p

NYU Professor Arthur Miller named 2015 Brandeis Medal recipient

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 12:46
pThe Louis D. Brandeis School of Law will award its 2015 Brandeis Medal to NYU Law School Professor Arthur R. Miller on April 8, 2015. br /br /Miller is a leading scholar in the field of civil procedure. He is coauthor, with the late Charles Wright, of Federal Practice and Procedure. He has also authored more than 40 books and numerous articles, including “The Assault on Privacy: Computers, Data Banks, and Dossiers,” warning of the threat to privacy posed by information technology. br /br /Miller is one of the nation’s most distinguished legal scholars in the areas of civil litigation, copyright and unfair competition and privacy. He was selected to receive the Brandeis Medal this year because his work is consistent with the values of Justice Brandeis. For example, his “The Assault on Privacy” book – published in 1971 – pursued Justice Brandeis’s early concerns about privacy and foreshadowed emerging concerns about technology breaches. br /br /Because 2015 is the 50th anniversary of landmark privacy decision, iGriswold v. Connecticut/i, it is especially appropriate to recognize Professor Miller for his early awareness of the issues raised by developing technologies.  /ppIn addition, Professor Miller's work on PBS and elsewhere as a “teacher of the law to the general public” reflects Brandeis's beliefs in educating the public about legal matters. Prior to joining NYU’s Law School, Miller was the Bruce Bromley Professor of Law at Harvard, where he taught for 36 years./ppAt this year’s presentation, which begins with a reception at 6 p.m. at the Seelbach Hotel, Miller will be joined by four panelists with a range of perspectives for an hour-long Fred Friendly-style discussion./ppThe cost per person for this event is $60. Please register before April 1. More information is available by calling 502-852-1230./p

Today: From Brown to the Present: The Road Beyond Michael Brown’s Ferguson and Eric Garner’s Staten Island

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 10:39
p Please join us for the first Diversity Program of the Spring 2015 semester, bFrom Brown to the Present: The Road Beyond Michael Brown’s Ferguson and Eric Garner’s Staten Island: A Conversation about ‘What it Means to be ColorBrave,”/b Tuesday, January 27. /p p a href=/node/16196Click here for complete information and details./a /p

Professor Levinson leverages fellowships to research employee ownership programs

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 16:58
pBrandeis School of Law Professor Ariana Levinson participated in the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations Mid-Year Fellows Workshop in New Brunswick, New Jersey, earlier this month./ppShe also served as a panelist for the session titled quot;What Would It Take for Worker Cooperatives to Rapidly Develop in the United States and Are These Conditions Realistic,” and as a discussant for quot;Body of Work Presentation: A Jeffersonian Society by Hamiltonian Means: A Blueprint for American Revival,quot; by Professor Robert Hockett of Cornell University School of Law./ppProfessor Levinson first became involved in the Rutgers’ fellowship program three years ago, when she “took a shot in the dark” and applied. She not only was accepted that first time, she also received a $5,000 fellowship and her article was subsequently published in UNLV’s Law Review./ppA year later, Professor Levinson received a $25,000 fellowship from the Rutgers’ school. She has used that money to research employee ownership programs, including the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative./ppEach year, Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations hosts two workshops – one in the winter at its home campus in New Jersey, and one in the summer in San Diego. Professor Levinson will attend the summer program this year as well./ppShe said the events feature the foremost experts in employee ownership from around the world, including Joseph Blasi, the distinguished professor at Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations in charge of the fellowship program..br /“It is an honor to be chosen for them,” she said./ppProfessor Levinson credits her participation in Rutgers’ program for networking opportunities that have been presented for the Brandeis School of Law. For example, Richard Freeman, the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University, has agreed to keynote the Warns-Render Labor amp; Employment Law Institute June 10-12 at the Seelbach Hotel./ppFreeman coauthored “The Citizen’s Share: Putting Ownership Back Into Democracy,” with Joseph Blasi and Doug Kruse, also a distinguished professor at the Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations. /ppProfessor Levinson anticipates the continuation of participation as long as she’s invited. The events complement her area of focus – unions and employee ownership./pp“Unions are on the decline in this country. Employee ownership, in particular worker owned cooperatives, offers employees a means of having a voice and control. It hasn’t been studied by a significant number of Labor Law professors. That’s why we need this research in the Labor Law field,” she said. “I’ve been interested in this topic for a long time. I like to see more employees having a say in their place of employment. The result is that corporations go back to their original intention of contributing to the community rather than short-term profit.” /p

ULMobile App Brings the University to Your Smartphone

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 16:18
pa href=http://ulmobile.louisville.edu/ULMobile/a puts UofL at your fingertips. Explore departments, buildings and even campus art. The Card Safety feature provides rapid access to important information and instructions in the event of an emergency. The app also includes a campus directory and maps, a course catalog, athletics news, an event calendar, the complete library catalog and more. /ppDownload a href=http://ulmobile.louisville.edu/ULMobile/a to your smartphone and start browsing the library's catalog today!/p