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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

Law Library Fall Hours

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:14
div class=content pThe Law Library's Fall semester schedule begins Monday, August 18. The library will generally be open from 8 AM to 11 PM Monday's thru Thursday's, 8 AM to 6 PM on Friday's, 9 AM to 6 PM on Saturday's and 1 PM to 11 PM on Sunday's. /ppPlease note that in addition Labor Day (September 1), the Law Library is closed on Sunday, August 24, due to traffic issues caused by the annual Iron Man triathalon. /p ul type=discli class=MsoNormala href=/library/about/hoursLaw Library Hours/a/lili class=MsoNormala href=http://louisville.edu/library/ekstrom/hours.htmlEkstrom Library Hours /a/li/ul /div

Professor Trucios-Haynes Appointed as Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice

Sat, 07/19/2014 - 15:20
pProfessor Enid Trucios-Haynes has been appointed as Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of Louisville. According to the institute’s mission statement, it advances the work, study and practice of peacebuilding, social justice and violence prevention through the development of innovative educational programs, training, service and research. /pp“I am committed to the values of the MAI [Muhammad Ali Institute] relating to the promotion of peace and social justice. The MAI focuses on initiatives that support human dignity, foster responsible citizenship, further peace and justice and address the impact of violence in local, state, national and international arenas,” said Professor Trucios-Haynes, who, in addition to her new director’s role, also serves on the Metro Louisville Ethics Commission, as Vice Chair of the board of the ACLU of Kentucky and on its Executive and Litigation Review Committees, and directs an Immigration Externship at the Brandeis School of Law.  “My longstanding work around the social justice issues in immigration law and policy, as well as international human rights law is clearly related to the mission of the [institute]. The opportunity for collaboration with the Ali Institute is particularly exciting.”/ppOne attractive aspect regarding her work for the Ali Institute, said Professor Trucios-Haynes, is gaining the ability to witness and assist the work of Ali Scholars, whom she called “future leaders in their communities.” In the Ali Scholars Program, the students, among their other duties, are expected to select an expert area related to peace or social justice on which to focus, conduct research on a topic related to his or her expert area, and, finally, design and implement a local, national or international project related to his or her expert area. Part of the program also includes a biannual international trip that helps provide the scholars a global perspective on the lessons learned and matters emphasized during the program; this year, nine UofL students in the Ali Scholars Program visited Rwanda, a country only two decades removed from the genocide that occurred within its borders./ppWith so many great features, staff, and students already, what’s potentially next for the Ali Institute under the direction of Professor Trucios-Haynes?/pp“I hope to expand the presence of the MAI in the university and local community by focusing on local, national and international impact of violence affecting teens,” she said. “I plan to reinvigorate the faculty resource group to work on research projects related to the impact of violence on teens in our local community. At the national level, I hope the MAI can investigate the issues relating to the violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that has led to the humanitarian crisis of the large scale migration of unaccompanied children and families to the United States.” /p

Volunteers Transform Law School Courtyards

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 12:14
p class=p1Check out the transformation that has taken place in the Law School courtyards, to be named the Charles Hebel, Jr., and Carol Hebel Courtyards. The Law School community has turned these previously unused and unattractive spaces into environmentally, humanly, and socially sustainable spaces with (mostly) native landscaping and places to relax and enjoy nature. The landscaping and planting work is done, and in the coming weeks, the courtyards will be power-washed and outdoor furniture will be installed. The soil around the pin oak in the west courtyard will be decompacted later this fall, and eventually hostas will be added around it.  A huge thanks to our donors, Charles Hebel, Jr., a 1955 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, his wife Carol Hebel, and his son Charles Hebel, III, as well as to two University departments – Physical Plant and Communications/Media – which provided major ongoing support for this project. And a huge thanks to all of the members of the Law School community who were involved in conceiving the project, designing the plans, and doing the hard work of preparing the soils, transporting the plants to the law school, and planting the plants. The three dozen volunteers – students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends (including from other academic units) – who worked on the project during the past three weeks include:/p p class=p1Les Abramson/p p class=p1Tony Arnold/p p class=p1Angela Beverly/p p class=p1Ross Bradley/p p class=p1Scott Campbell/p p class=p1Alexandra Chase/p p class=p1Susan Duncan/p p class=p1Jen Ewa/p p class=p1Linda Ewald/p p class=p1Ryan Fenwick/p p class=p1Judy Fischer/p p class=p1Jacob Giesecke/p p class=p1Grace Giesel/p p class=p1James Giesel/p p class=p1Brandon Johnson/p p class=p1Mr. amp; Mrs. Jeremy Kirkham/p p class=p1Emily Kosse/p p class=p1Maria Kosse/p p class=p1Eric Matthews/p p class=p1Matt McClinton/p p class=p1Tyler Miller/p p class=p1Jon-Paul Moody/p p class=p1Ella Neely/p p class=p1Rick Nowka/p p class=p1Mickey Paul/p p class=p1Debra Reh/p p class=p1Laura Rothstein/p p class=p1Eunice Salazar/p p class=p1Shelley Santry/p p class=p1Bailey Schrupp/p p class=p1Chris Schulz/p p class=p1Allison Frakes Smith/p p class=p1Virginia Smith/p p class=p1Michael Van Sickle/p p class=p1Becky Wimberg/pp class=p1nbsp;/p p class=p1a href=http://www.whas11.com/community/Group-of-volunteers-work-to-change-landscape-at-UofLs-Law-school-266634091.htmlThe project was featured on WHAS11/a and a href=http://louisville.edu/uofltoday/campus-news/volunteers-sprucing-up-law-school-courtyardsUofL Today/a as an example of a volunteers giving back to the community./pp class=p1Come, hang out, and enjoy!/p

Check Out the Transformed Courtyards!

Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:36
pCheck out the transformation that has taken place in the Law School courtyards, to be named the Charles Hebel, Jr., and Carol Hebel Courtyards.  The Law School community has turned these previously unused and unattractive spaces into environmentally, humanly, and socially sustainable spaces with (mostly) native landscaping and places to relax and enjoy nature.  The landscaping and planting work is done, and in the coming weeks, the courtyards will be power-washed and outdoor furniture will be installed.  The soil around the pin oak in the west courtyard will be decompacted later this fall, and eventually hostas will be added around it.  A huge thanks to our donors, Charles Hebel, Jr., a 1955 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, his wife Carol Hebel, and his son Charles Hebel, III, as well as to two University departments – Physical Plant and Communications/Media – which provided major ongoing support for this project.  And a huge thanks to all of the members of the Law School community who were involved in conceiving the project, designing the plans, and doing the hard work of preparing the soils, transporting the plants to the law school, and planting the plants.  The three dozen volunteers – students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends (including from other academic units) – who worked on the project during the past three weeks include:/ppLes Abramsonbr /Tony Arnoldbr /Angela Beverlybr /Ross Bradleybr /Scott Campbellbr /Alexandra Chasebr /Susan Duncanbr /Jen Ewabr /Linda Ewaldbr /Ryan Fenwickbr /Judy Fischerbr /Jacob Gieseckebr /Grace Gieselbr /James Gieselbr /Brandon Johnsonbr /Mr. amp; Mrs. Jeremy Kirkhambr /Emily Kossebr /Maria Kossebr /Eric Matthewsbr /Matt McClintonbr /Tyler Millerbr /Jon-Paul Moodybr /Ella Neelybr /Rick Nowkabr /Mickey Paulbr /Debra Rehbr /Laura Rothsteinbr /Eunice Salazarbr /Shelley Santrybr /Bailey Schruppbr /Chris Schulzbr /Allison Frakes Smithbr /Virginia Smithbr /Michael Van Sicklebr /Becky Wimberg/ppThe project was featured on WHAS11 as an example of a volunteers giving back to the community: a href=http://www.whas11.com/community/Group-of-volunteers-work-to-change-landscape-at-UofLs-Law-school-266634091.htmlhttp://www.whas11.com/community/Group-of-volunteers-work-to-change-landscape-at-UofLs-Law-school-266634091.html/a.  Come, hang out, and enjoy!/p

Help Needed for Law Scool Courtyards Planting

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 11:37
span style=font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small /spanpspan style=color: black; font-family: 'Tahoma','sans-serif'; font-size: 10ptThe Law School is seeking students, faculty, staff, and alums to help with planting about 300 new plants and flowers in the Law School courtyards, July 9-12 in the mornings (8:30-Noon).  uOur greatest need is for volunteers in the morning of Thursday, July 10./u  If you can help, please email Professor Tony Arnold, a href=mailto:tony.arnold@louisville.eduuspan style=color: #0000fftony.arnold@louisville.edu/span/u/a, or student Jen Ewa, a href=mailto:jennifer.ewa@gmail.comuspan style=color: #0000ffjennifer.ewa@gmail.com/span/u/a, or just show up at the courtyards.  Thank you for your help in transforming our courtyards into beautiful, environmentally sustainable, community gathering spaces that can be well utilized by our entire Law School community./span/pspan style=font-family: Times New Roman; font-size: small /span

Courtyards Preparation and Planting: Alumni, Students, Staff, and Faculty Help Needed with Law School

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:14
pThe Law School needs the help of as many alumni, students, staff, and faculty as possible to prepare the Law School courtyards for transformation to beautiful native landscaped spaces and functional gathering/community spaces.  We need LOTS of people to help with preparing the land and soils, transporting plants and flowers (several pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans are ideal), and planting.  We have estimated that this community-building project will take more than 100 person-hours of work.  The days and times for work on the courtyards are:/ppPrep Work (this is important work – we need plenty of people willing to lend a hand):br /   Thursday, June 26: morning, afternoon, and eveningbr /   Friday, June 27: morningbr /   Saturday, June 28: morning and afternoonbr /   Sunday, June 29: afternoon and evening/ppTransporting Plants (part of a caravan – need lots of trucks, vans, SUVs, etc.):br /Either Monday, July 7 or Tuesday, July 8 (timing depends on who is available and when the nurseries are open)/ppPlanting:br /   Wednesday, July 9: morning, afternoon, and eveningbr /   Thursday, July 10: morning, afternoon, and eveningbr /   Friday, July 11: morningbr /   Saturday, July 12: morning and afternoon/ppIf you can help at all, please contact Professor Tony Arnold at a href=mailto:tony.arnold@louisville.edutony.arnold@louisville.edu/a or Jen Ewa at a href=mailto:jennifer.ewa@gmail.comjennifer.ewa@gmail.com/a or (708) 307-4123.  The project is supervised by Jen and Professor Arnold in order to achieve a landscaping plan that was developed by all Law School constituencies in a participatory process and has been funded through the generosity of the Charles Hebel family.  This is a community-wide project that will make the Law School a better place.  Thank you for your help, as we work together to make this project a reality!/p

Susan Duncan Appointed To Three Year Term as Dean

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 10:58
pProvost Shirley Willihnganz announced on May 8 that Susan Duncan would be appointed for an additional three years term as Interim Dean.  During the previous two years in which Susan Duncan has served in that role, she has accomplished a great deal and this continued appointment provides the opportunity to continue to place the Brandeis School of Law in a strong position.  Her accomplishments are in the areas of fundraising, connections with alumni/ae, physical plant updates, attention to diversity, staff support, and developing a strategic plan.  Dean Duncan joined the law school faculty in 1999 and is a 1991 graduate of the law school herself.  In accepting the appointment, Dean Duncan stated that, “Serving as the dean for the past two years has been an honor and a privilege.  I thank the President, the Provost, and the law school faculty and staff for their faith in me and look forward to working with all of them on advancing our school.  The strategic plan sets forth a vision that is very exciting.  I know our alumni and friends will help us execute this plan allowing our school to reach new heights.”/ppa href=/sites/www.law.louisville.edu/files/deanduncan-appointment.pdfClick here to read the full story.  /a/p