Crossing the bar: October 2007

Graduation Supreme Court chambers Lisa Abramson

The path from graduation through bar review leads inexorably to that exquisite moment, after decades of work and sacrifice, when a newly minted lawyer takes her or his solemn oath as a member of the bar. At today's ceremony before the Supreme Court of Kentucky in Frankfort, Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson (a 1980 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Law) administered the oath to dozens of recent Louisville graduates and other new lawyers from Kentucky's Fourth Supreme Court District.

Suffice it to say that this was a moment of great pride, for the new lawyers, for their families, for Justice Abramson, and for me. I hope that the whole Law School community joins me in celebrating these graduates' success.

I hope to see you all at this evening's Law Alumni Awards Banquet . . . .

The Law School's faculty workshop series

Spencer Weber WallerVernellia RandallEric FreyfogleNancy Marder

One of the first things I requested upon my arrival at the University of Louisville was a faculty workshop series. I am proud to report that the Law School's faculty excellence committee, under the leadership of Professor Tony Arnold, has assembled a splendid workshop series for the 2007-08 academic year.

Somehow the vital connection is made

Tower of Babel Indo-European languages

What do these images have in common?

July 2007 Kentucky bar exam results

The Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions has announced the results of the July 2007 bar examination. Among the 84 University of Louisville law graduates who were first-time takers of the Kentucky bar exam, 77 passed. That translates to a passage rate of 92 percent.

The Law School congratulates the newly minted lawyers among its graduates.

By Grabthar's Hammer, ye football gods, we beseech you

Cardinals footballOn the eve of the University of Louisville's homecoming week, we ask these things of Grabthar, Set, Hut, and the entire pantheon of football gods:

Crossing the river

Editor's note: This post is the first of several that reprint material I have published in other forums, such as the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs, the Kentucky Bar Association's Bench and Bar, and MoneyLaw.

I've known rivers.
I've known rivers ancient as the world and older than the flow of human blood in human veins.
My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

Langston Hughes, "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"

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Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime.

Louisville Cardinals

The Docket Passer

Cardinal football, the UofL, and Louisville Law

The Docket Passer, October 19, 2007
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Open letter regarding our alumni magazine

Magazine coverAs an extension of my earlier post regarding University of Louisville | Law, our revamped and renamed alumni magazine, I am reprinting the relevant portions of a message that I have sent to fellow law school deans and professors across the country.

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Constitution Day 2007

On September 17, 2007, the Law School celebrated Constitution Day in style. This video memorializes a 90-minute program consisting of the following presentations:

James Ming ChenIntroduction: First Person Plural
Cedric Merlin PowellBong Hits 4 Jesus: The Implications of Morse v. Frederick
Samuel A. MarcossonThe Role of Punitive Damages: Philip Morris USA v. Williams
Enid F. Trucios-HaynesFunding Faith-Based Community Initiatives: The Hein Case
Russell L. WeaverThe Perils of Pragmatism: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's Legacy