What does the United States Constitution tell us about the defining political issues of our day? And how do we interpret the document to find those answers? This one hour documentary examines the meaning of the Constitution through the lens of several interpretive perspectives, and it investigates how differing views of the document impact today's political debates. In order to illustrate the impact of Constitutional interpretation on the real world, "Intent" focuses on four case studies. From medical marijuana, to warrantless wiretapping, to gun control laws, to "eminent domain" land seizures, "Intent" examines Constitutional tensions between individual liberty, and government authority. Program interviews range across the political spectrum - from Elliot Mincberg of People For The American Way, to Roger Pilon of the CATO Institute, to the American Conservative Union's David Keene. Noted academics such as George Washington Law School's Mary Cheh also make appearances.
The University of Louisville's mission statement directs this university to "be a premier, nationally recognized metropolitan research university with a commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to the intellectual, cultural, and economic development of our diverse communities and citizens." No word in this sequence has proved more controversial than metropolitan. After all, what would be lost if our university deleted the word metropolitan and strove simply to be "a premier, nationally recognized research university"?
I welcome and embrace our school's designation as a metropolitan research university. We strive to be a metropolitan law school. We are, to coin a phrase, comfortably metrotextual.
I am very pleased to report two items demonstrating the prowess of the University of Louisville in moot court and mock trial competitions, at the undergraduate and law school levels, and the contribution of Law School students to our university's overall success:
Congratulations to UofL's Kentucky Mock Trial teams. Both teams advanced to the semi-final rounds, with the team of Dustin Thaker, Christopher Roby, Tonya Appleby, and Colleen Clemons winning the competition. UofL's other semi-finalist team consisted of Ben Weigel, Courtney Clark, Mac Adams, and Diana Kolze. The team was coached by Shelley Lemons.
The Law School is staging two public programs today, Tuesday, November 13:
Becca O'Neill, a second-year University of Louisville law student, spent this past summer in Kigali, Rwanda, as one of the first two Americans to intern at Rwanda’s National Service of Gacaca Courts. The Gacaca system represents Rwanda's effort to achieve “a sense of order and basic justice” after militias in 1994 killed an estimated 800,000 to 1 million people. More than a decade after genocide ravaged their country, Rwanda citizens live among people they know to have killed their mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and children.