Bar exam success stories from Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

The Law School congratulates two recent University of Louisville graduates on their bar exam success stories. Brittany Nicole Whobrey has passed the Pennsylvania bar. And Kathryn Anne Duccini has passed the Wisconsin bar.

The Law School endeavors to keep track of its graduates' professional triumphs. If you have passed the bar in a jurisdiction outside Kentucky, please report your success to Keith Sealing, assistant dean for student affairs. Please report success in the job market to Kathy Urbach, assistant dean for career services and public service. You might even find yourself the subject of a feature in The Cardinal Lawyer and/or one of the Law School's other alumni-oriented publications.

Again, congratulations to Brittany and Kathryn!


Long shadows

»  Adapted from a column published in the October 2008 issue of Bar Briefs  «

Long are the shadows and dark, that mark the duty of the living to the aged and those yet to live. "The moral test of government," said Hubert H. Humphrey, "is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped." Intergenerational responsibility readily speaks the language of social justice: at the dawn and the dusk of life, when the shadows lie long and societal will is at its ebb, law and its adherents owe the most to those least able to fend for themselves.

From those shadows, even those of us — especially those of us — blessed with youth, vigor, and health would do well to contemplate the passing of generations and the contribution of law to the care of the very young and the very old. To each generation its season: though the time will surely come for a discussion of children and the law, I will devote this column to an elderlaw theme.

Law Alumni Awards Banquet, October 15

I encourage all readers of The Cardinal Lawyer to attend the 2008 Law Alumni Awards Banquet:

Downtown Marriott

Law Alumni Awards Banquet
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Cocktail reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the awards program at 7 p.m.
Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 West Jefferson, Louisville, KY 40202
Registration cost: $90 per person. Tables of 8 are available for $720.

This year's honorees include:

  • Senator Marlow W. Cook
  • Creighton Mershon
  • Marianna Gordon Dyson
  • Ronald E. Christian
  • Cecelia A. Hagan
  • Victor W. Brizendine III
  • David Son
  • Lars S. Smith
  • Laura Rothstein
  • Judge Denise Clayton

Please reserve your seat or table at the University of Louisville's online reservation page or by e-mailing Simone Beach at You may also reach Simone by phone at (502) 852-6366.

I hope to see you at the Alumni Awards Banquet.

Elvis Cardozo and the Attractive Nuisances

Lawlapalooza 2008 entertained an electric audience and raised thousands for the Ellen B. Ewing Foundation. Top honors went to the Frank Galvin Experience and 100% Legal. But The Cardinal Lawyer has to show a little favor for the Law School's own faculty band, Elvis Cardozo and the Attractive Nuisances. At left is a video of Elvis Cardozo's opening song, The Warrior. Read the balance of this post to see four additional videos of performances by Elvis Cardozo.

Kentucky bar exam results, July 2008

The Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions has announced bar exam results for July 2008:

 PassedAttemptedPass rate
University of Louisville
First-time candidates869788.7%
All candidates8710186.1%
All examinees
First-time candidates34540485.4%
All candidates36945980.4%

Congratulations to successful candidates from the University of Louisville!

Big Law


»  An essay slated for publication in Kentucky Bench & Bar and the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs  «

How ambitious should a law school be? Should it choose a single specialty or serve the profession more generally? What should be the scale on which law is taught, learned, and lived? How deep should we reach? How high should we vie?

In answering the strategic questions of law school management, I've taken Oliver Wendell Holmes's advice. A page of history really is worth a volume of logic. I've drawn insights from a contemporary historian so innovative that he has reinvented the focus of his discipline.

Waiting for Kentucky bar exam results

Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions

The Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions has issued this notice:

The July 2008 Kentucky Bar Examination results will be released on Friday, October 3, 2008. A list of the successful applicants will be posted on this website by applicant number only sometime during the afternoon of October 3rd.

Official results letter will be mailed to all applicants on Friday, October 3, 2008 to the last known address in the Office of Bar Admissions' records.

The Cardinal Lawyer is keeping its fingers crossed on behalf of all Louisville graduates awaiting good news from the Office of Bar Admissions. Good luck!

Update, October 4, 2008: This item comes from a 2008 UofL Law graduate who was among the July 2008 bar exam candidates waiting to find her score:

In the mother of all six-months-from-April Fool's jokes, the KBA experienced a temporary glitch in which the "July 2008" icon on the website linked to February 2008's list of successful applicants. As one of the July 2008 applicants who nearly had a heart attack when she didn't see her number (on the February list), I can assure you that it was hilarious.

Happily, this applicant passed and will be taking her oath later this month as a new member of the Kentucky bar.

Happy Rosh Hashanah

Happy Rosh Hashanah

And happy Feast of Saint Michael (Michaelmas) as well!

Greater kudu
Photo at top: A Temani (Yemeni Jewish) style shofar made from a horn of the greater kudu (see image at right). The photo of the Temani shofar is by Olve Utne and is available from the Wikimedia Commons.

Lawlapalooza 2008

My Darling Asleep

Download your own copy of the Lawlapalooza 2008 commercial from the University of Louisville's LawTube multimedia page.

Be sure to attend Lawlapalooza, the UofL Law community's battle of the bands. All proceeds will benefit the Ellen B. Ewing Foundation.

The 2008 Lawlapalooza tour will take place the evening of Thursday, October 2, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern. Come to 644 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204, any time after 6 p.m. You may — and should — get your tickets online, in advance. And remember to bring plenty of cash so that you can cast votes for your favorite band. All forms of election fraud, especially the time-honored tradition of voting early and often, are enthusiastically encouraged.

I hope to see you all at Lawlapalooza 2008.

From the Cardinal Lawyer mailbag: Fan mail for Simone Beach

Herewith some fan mail for Simone Beach, received this week by my office:

Dear Dean Chen:

Kentucky Supreme Court

I wanted to write you to let you know what an asset you have in Ms. Simone Beach, Administrative Associate. I had the pleasure of working with Simone during the recent Supreme Court oral arguments held in the Allen Courtroom.

My office, the Office of Victims Advocacy, has been working with the victims of Michael Carneal for some time. When I was notified that several of the victims wished to attend the oral argument I phoned the law school for general information and was put in touch with Simone. I told her that the victims wished to attend and expressed several concerns to her, including the need for privacy from the press. Simone was very understanding to our needs and provided us with an empty classroom far from the media where the victim advocates and appellate attorneys were able to meet with and brief the victims before and after the arguments. She made an extremely difficult situation tolerable for the surviving family members and survivors of the shootings at Heath High School. We are all very appreciative of her efforts.


Nicole H. Pang ('92)
Executive Director
Office of Victims Advocacy