Career Day 2008

The Law School welcomed members of Louisville's legal community to Career Day on Saturday, February 2, 2008:

We thank the participating lawyers, whose time and whose confidence in our graduates' future contributions to our legal community make Career Day a treasured and celebrated annual event at the Law School.

Watching Super Bowl XLII with the Sports and Entertainment Law Society

Eli ManningTom BradyThe University of Louisville Sports and Entertainment Law Society will stage a Super Bowl party on Super Sunday, February 3, 2008, at Molly Malone's Irish Pub, 933 Baxter Avenue, Louisville, KY 40204, (502) 473-1222. Pregame festivities begin at 6 p.m. This is where I'll watch Super Bowl XLII and pay homage to Nike, football's goddess of marketing, on her annual feast day. Along with the enterprising members of SELS, I invite the entire UofL Law School community to join me at Molly Malone's.

In the meanwhile, I offer a pregame podcast : Judy Battista of the New York Times discusses the dominant Patriots, the "upstart" Giants, and whether Eli Manning's newfound confidence can last.

The cathedral, the bazaar, and the School of Law

Editor's note: This column is reprinted from the January 2008 edition of Bench and Bar, the official newsletter of the Louisville Bar Association, and draws heavily from Law 2.0 and The cathedral and the bazaar, posts previously published in The Cardinal Lawyer.

Welcome to January, the month named for the two-faced Roman god of gates and doors, beginnings and endings. It represents the perfect time for looking backward and looking forward, at Law 1.0 as we knew it and at Law 2.0 as we hope it will be.

It's happening here

Red wallpaper The courage to question convention.
The passion to break new ground.
The insight to champion community.
The imagination to pursue the undiscovered.
The will to achieve greatness.
The promise of a limitless future.
The people to bring it to life.
It's Happening Here.
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It's happening here

The University of Louisville has unveiled its 2008 branding campaign. Our university has a new look, and soon the Law School's publications — conventional and electronic — will incorporate an entirely new set of graphics, fonts, and design conventions.

The daily mailbag: Russell Weaver and the IACA Journal


I received the following letter in today's mail:

Dear Dean Chen:

Russ WeaverI am writing to thank the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law for services rendered by Professor Russell Weaver in regard to his editing of the first International Association for Court Administration Journal. It is located online at Primary as a consequence of his volunteer service, we were able to stay within budget and produce an excellent product.

As a result of his excellent work, Professor Weaver has been nominated to serve on our Editorial Board. Indeed, our organization looks forward to utilizing Professor Weaver's services for future issues of the journal.

Very truly yours

Jeffrey A. Apperson
Executive Vice-President

Louisville's foreclosure crisis

Steve SmithStephen E. Smith ('74) of Goldberg Simpson brought my attention to a report by the Metropolitan Housing Coalition on Louisville's foreclosure crisis. According to the MHC, the report represents "[a] study of loan elements and Property Valuation information for all foreclosures in Louisville Metro from January 1 to June 30, 2007," based on "interviews with 26 individual households in foreclosure."

You may download the MHC report on Louisville's foreclosure crisis in .pdf format .

The Harry Pickens Trio at the Jazz Factory

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Cross-posted from Danzig U.S.A. and assigned to The Cardinal Lawyer's series on Kentucky life and culture, From Big Sandy to Big Muddy.

Jazz FactoryI had the distinct pleasure of listening to the Harry Pickens Trio on Saturday, January 26, 2008, at the Jazz Factory, perhaps Louisville's premier venue for live jazz. The show exceeded the expectations set in the Jazz Factory's program notes for Saturday's performance:

The Class Notes page

The Cardinal LawyerThe transition from Christmas and New Year's Day to spring semester has taken a harsh toll on the regularity of posts here at The Cardinal Lawyer. I shall embrace, if a little belatedly, a new year's resolution to do better. As a first step toward transforming that resolution into reality, I offer a brief comment about our Class Notes page.

Thomas Merton's Louisville epiphany


From Big Sandy to Big Muddy: An occasional Cardinal Lawyer series on Kentucky life and culture

Fourth Street Live

Thomas Merton (1915-1968) put the intersection of Fourth and Walnut Streets (now Fourth and Muhammad Ali Boulevard) on the literary map of twentieth century America. His "Fourth and Walnut" epiphany is arguably the most famous piece of writing associated with Louisville.

There are in fact two versions of Merton's Fourth and Walnut epiphany. He wrote the first in his private journal on March 19, 1958, the day after his fateful visit to Louisville and the seventeenth anniversary of his taking the vows of the Trappist order. The second version appeared in his 1966 book, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander. Excerpts from the two versions appear below:

"You guys are rock stars"

Just what could prompt Professor Sam Marcosson to say this about a group of University of Louisville law students?

You guys are rock stars — I'm so proud of you, I could bust. Beyond awesome. You did such a great job, something important and that will help the law school make a difference.

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