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pThe KBA invites and encourages students currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky College of Law, the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, and the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law to enter the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition. This competition offers these Kentucky legal scholars the opportunity to earn recognition and a cash award. First ($1,000); second ($300), and third place ($200) prizes may be awarded. Entries must be received by June 1, 2014. The first place prize also includes possible publication in the Bench amp; Bar. /ppStudents may enter their previously unpublished articles. Articles entered should be of interest to Kentucky practitioners and follow the suggested guidelines and requirements found in the “General Format” section of the Bench amp; Bar Editorial Guidelines at a href=http://www.kybar.org/103www.kybar.org/103/a. For inquiries concerning the KBA Annual Student Writing Competition, contact Shannon H. Roberts at a href=mailto:email@example.com@kybar.org/a or call (502) 564-3795 ext. 224. Submit entries with contact information to Shannon H. Roberts, Communications Department, Kentucky Bar Association, 514 W. Main Street, Frankfort, KY 40601-1812. /p
The Resource Center, as well as many offices, will be closed today from 1 to 4 p.m. for Professor Render's funeral service.
pWe are deeply saddened to report that Professor Render passed away on Saturday, January 4, at Baptist East Hospital after a short battle with cancer. A funeral service celebrating his life will be held on January 8 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Memorial gifts may be made to the Edwin R. Render Scholarship Fund at the Law School. Professor Render was a good, compassionate person who positively affected countless people in his 45+ years at the Law School. He will be greatly missed by many./ppYou can read the complete obituary here:/ppa href=http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=edwin-r-renderamp;pid=1688972 target=_blankuspan style=color: #0066cc/span/u/auspan style=color: #0066cca href=http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=edwin-r-renderamp;pid=168897210amp;fhid=29361http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=edwin-r-renderamp;pid=168897210amp;fhid=29361/a/spana href=http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=edwin-r-renderamp;pid=168897210amp;fhid=29361/a/ua href=http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=edwin-r-renderamp;pid=168897210amp;fhid=29361/aa href=http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=edwin-r-renderamp;pid=168897210amp;fhid=29361/aua href=http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=edwin-r-renderamp;pid=168897210amp;fhid=29361/aspan style=color: #0066cca href=http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=edwin-r-renderamp;pid=168897210amp;fhid=29361/aa href=http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=edwin-r-renderamp;pid=168897210amp;fhid=2936110amp;fhid=29361/a/span/u./ppnbsp;/p
pDue to severe weather, offices will be closed and classes canceled on Monday, January 6, 2014./ppnbsp;/p
pHere's a review of recent local publications from the Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations.br /br /Highlights from the Louisville Bar Association's bJanuary 2014 iBar Briefs/i/b include:/pulliquot;Brandeis Professors Travel The Worldquot; (page 6) /liliquot;LBA Adopts Human Rights Law Sectionquot; by A. Holland Houston, '94 (page 7)/liliquot;Congratluations to the LBA's 2013 Leadership Academyquot; picturing Louisville Law alums (page 10)/liliquot;2013 LBA Award Recipientsquot; featuring Louisville Law alums (page 17) /liliquot;Members on the movequot; (page 24)/liliquot;Crisscross Law: Courts and the Constitutionquot; by Sabine Kudmani Stovall, '09 (page 21)/li/ulquot;Spotlight on UofL's Intellectual Property and Business Law Educationquot; is the focus of Dean Susan Duncan's report in the bDecemer 2013 issue of the iBar Briefs/i/b. The faculty expertise of Professors Cross, Ensign, Nicholson, Smith, are Warren are noted. Her report also mentions the success of the Entrepreneurship Cinic's participation in the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition and recent moot court competitions. br /br /More highlights from the December 2013 Bar Briefs:br /ulliquot;The Old Man of the Internet: iThomas.gov/i and the Promise of Online Legislative Research Fulfilledquot; by Professor Kurt Metzmeier (page 15)/liliquot;The Fractious Federal Circuit: The Federal Circuit Has Lost its Unifying Mojo; Will That Doom Computer-Based Patents?quot; by James R. Higgins Jr., '78 (page 10)/liliquot;Potential Pitfalls in Taking a Patent Assignment at Face Valuequot; by Scott W. Higdon, '08 (page 18)/liliquot;Going Solo? Be Preparedquot; by Bryan R. Armstrong, '07 (page 23)/liliquot;Crisscross Law: Technology amp; IPquot; by Sabine Kudmani Stovall, '09 (page 25) /liliquot;Members on the movequot; (page 28)/li/ulIn the bNovember 2013 iBench amp; Bar/i/b issue, Dean Duncan reports about Justice Brandeis' earliest memories of his mother serving Union soldiers on the front lawn. Fittingly, the anniversary of his birth was celebrated on Veteran's Day this past year. Her report goes on to include the military's importance and impact on the law school throughout its history and concludes with a photograph of the law school's newest student veterans. br /br /More highlights from the November 2013 Bench amp; Bar:br /ulliquot;A Place to Begin for Advising on Cloud Computing: iThomas Shaw's Cloud Computing for Lawyers and Executives: A Global Approach, 2nd Ed., ABA Publishing/iquot; by Michael Losavio, Assistant Professor of Justice Administration at UofL (page 23)/liliquot;On the Movequot; (page 60)/li/ulBoth publications are available in the law library.
pThe Journal of Animal and Environmental Law is pleased to announce the publication of a href=http://www.jael-online.org/volumes/volume-five-number-one-fall-2013/Issue One of Volume 5/a. /ppThe issue features two articles and one student authored note./ppnbsp;/ppArticles:/ppThe Raft of Medusa: Why Clean Up is Not the Answer to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch /ppBy: Kristin W.E.M. De Han /ppnbsp;/ppGood Things Come to Those Who Wait: Cites and the Move Toward Legalizing the International Trade in Ivory/ppBy: Megan Foley/ppnbsp;/ppNote: /ppEmphasizing the Link: Kentucky Needs to Enact Cross-Reporting Statutes to Combat All Forms of Abuse. /ppBy: Sierra Elizabeth Ashby/ppnbsp;/ppThanks to all JAEL members for their hard work throughout the semester, as well as faculty advisors Professor Cross and Abrams, who helped make publication possible!/p
div class=content pThe Law School and the Law Library will close at 5 PM on Monday, December 23 and will remain closed through Wednesday, January 1. It will reopen at 8 AM on Thursday, January 2, 2014. /pullia href=/library/about/hoursLaw Library Hours/a/lilia href=http://louisville.edu/library/ekstrom/hours.htmlEkstrom Library Hours/a/li/ul /div
pThe Law School and Law Library will be closed Tuesday, December 17, due to off-site training for faculty and staff. We will re-open December 18 and will close for the holidays December 24 through January 1, 2014./pullia href=https://www.law.louisville.edu/library/about/hoursLaw Library Hours/a/lilia href=http://louisville.edu/library/ekstrom/hours.htmlEkstrom Library Hours/a/li/ulpnbsp;/p
pTo become a premier metropolitan research university, the University of Louisville has initiated a bold campaign to raise an unprecedented $1 Billion in private support by 2013. You may now designate your Fund for UofL gift to the school, college or library of your choice. Your tax-deductible gift benefits the area you choose and counts toward the a href=http://chartingourcourse.org/Charting Our Course: The Campaign for Kentucky's Premier Metropolitan Research University/a. /ppContributors may now support the University and the Law School by a href=https://secure.imodules.com/s/1157/charting/index.aspx?sid=1157amp;gid=1amp;pgid=530amp;cid=1231donating to the Law Library/a. Your gift will be used to buy books, furnishings, or equipment that will directly benefit students, faculty, and other patrons./polliComplete the Charting Our Course: Fund for UofL a href=https://secure.imodules.com/s/1157/charting/index.aspx?sid=1157amp;gid=1amp;pgid=530amp;cid=1231online giving form/a. /liliUnder Designations, check Other and enter quot;Law Library Gift Fund.quot;/li/olol /ol piYour gift is very much appreciated!/i/pp align=centera href=https://secure.imodules.com/s/1157/charting/index.aspx?sid=1157amp;gid=1amp;pgid=530amp;cid=1231img src=/sites/www.law.louisville.edu/files/lawlibrarygiftfund.jpg //a /p pbbr //b/p
pa href=http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013312110046amp;nclick_check=1bDavid Leibson's UofL Law Retirement Leaves Void/b/a/ppnbsp;/ppiPlease note: Grace M. Giesel is the Bernard Flexner Professor of Law – not Professor Leibson – as the article states./i/p
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 professor when he leaves his post at the law school after finals a target=_blank href=http://www.law.louisville.edu/node/11458b(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
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.
pFrom University IT, quot;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.quot;/p pPlease visit a href=http://louisville.edu/it/departments/communications/wireless/new-wireless-certificate-information-page title=ulsecure security changehttp://louisville.edu/it/departments/communications/wireless/new-wireless-certificate-information-page/a for pertinent information and helpful screenshots./p
p bMSNBC – Craig Melvin interview, live from 2:30-3:00 EST on 11/24/13/b /p p Employers interested in improving the heath of their employees and reducing health care costs have focused on obesity. Yet, employer encouragement of a healthy diet and a more active lifestyle can lead to health privacy violations and coercion by assessing financial penalties for employees who fail to participate or make progress. /p
p align=centera href=http://louisville.edu/uofltoday/campus-news/staff-honored-for-outstanding-performanceimg src=/sites/www.law.louisville.edu/files/bwenning-award-caption.jpg //a /ppOn November 18, bRebecca Wenning/b, administrative associate at the Brandeis School of Law, received an a href=http://louisville.edu/uofltoday/campus-news/staff-honored-for-outstanding-performanceOutstanding Performance Award/a for staff. She was presented with a plaque and a check for $1,000 from President Ramsey and Provost Willihnganz at a reception at Amelia Place.br /br /Wenning provides administrative support for the law school’s faculty, deans, staff and students. In that role, she supervises one employee and a research assistant in daily operations to provide exceptional customer service, produce accurate materials and effectively meet desired timelines. Wenning is the quintessential team player and always is willing to take on additional tasks that are not part of her job duties. She makes time to volunteer and is heavily involved in the UofL Cares campaign as well as Lawlapalooza, the legal community's annual “Battle of the Bands” fundraiser, and other events at the law school. Wenning always looks for ways to improve not only her skills but also the law school./ppbSimone Beach,/b Assistant Director of the Law Clinic, was one of three staff members who received an honorable mention. /p
pspan style=font-size: smallThe Employment Non-Discrimination Act, if enacted by Congress, would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. ENDA was approved by the United States Senate on November 7 and is currently being considered in the House of Representatives. /span/ppspan style=font-size: smallOn bMonday, November 25 at 8 PM/b, Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes, who is currently the president of the a href=http://www.aclu-ky.org/ACLU of Kentucky/a will be one of several individuals discussing its impact. Other guests will be Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst for The Family Foundation of Kentucky; Chris Hartman, director of the Fairness Campaign; and Richard Nelson, executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center. /span/ppspan style=font-size: smalliKentucky Tonight/i programs are archived online, made available via podcast, and rebroadcast on KET, KET KY, and radio. Archived programs, information about podcasts, and broadcast schedules are available at a href=http://www.ket.org/cgi-local/fw_kytonight.exe/db/ket/dmps/programs?id=KYTOiKentucky Tonight/i/a./span/p