The second annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law

Update: We welcome you to live-Tweet the Conference on Innovation and Communications Law by using the hashtag #CICL2.

The University of Louisville proudly welcomes the second annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law:

August 21, 2009, 8:00am – August 22, 2009, 5:00pm
Louisville Marriott Downtown
Registration cost: $100  ·  Register online

The University of Louisville is proud to host the second annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law on August 21 and 22, 2009. The Conference, a follow-up to the 2008 conference held in Turku, Finland, is a cooperative effort of the University of Louisville School of Law, University of Turku Faculty of Law, Drake University Law School, Michigan State University College of Law, and the IPR Center in Helsinki, Finland. We also acknowledge and appreciate the support of Middleton Reutlinger and Stoll Keenon Ogden.

This year's conference will focus mainly on the role intellectual property and communications law play in the dissemination of information. As a result, discussion will focus on how the legal system helps (or hinders) the development of knowledge. For example, we anticipate one or more sessions dealing with licensing and franchising issues. Other topics include the role of intellectual property registration, the law governing trade secrets and confidential information, remedies, and the special case of university inventions and works. Many of the participants have come from outside the United States and will make presentations with an international or comparative perspective.

This season's final Red Barn Summerfest concert will benefit flood victims

Many have asked about ways to deliver aid to individual victims of the August 4 flood. The University has just announced a benefit concert that addresses this very need:

Vinyl Kings

♫ The final Red Barn SummerFest Concert will be a fundraiser for faculty and staff who suffered losses in last week's flooding. The concert, featuring The Vinyl Kings, is Friday, August 14, 5 p.m.-7 p.m. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. The Vinyl Kings are one of Louisville's premiere rock/pop bands. They play the sound of the '60s and early '70s. Admission is free, but donations will be taken at the door and contributed to a university fund for faculty and staff flood victims. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Start your weekend off right — "Come Back to the Barn." This Friday, you'll enjoy good music and good friends for a truly good cause: restoring our UofL.

Orientation 2009

Chief Judge Sara Walter Combs

Law School orientation 2009 is in full swing. We began this morning with a special welcome that included two of the Law School's most distinguished alumnae:

  1. The Honorable Sara Walter Combs, chief judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals (pictured at right).
  2. Bonnie Kittinger, director and general Counsel of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions.

The bond between the Law School and its students — past, present, and future — is a lifelong covenant. We were very privileged to welcome Chief Judge Combs and Ms. Kittinger back to campus to lead a special ceremony that introduced our new students into the Law School family on their first day of a life in the law.

The Andrew Franklin Young Writing Award and Memorial Fund

»  Reprinted from the July 2009 issue of Kentucky Bench & Bar   «

Andrew Young

Andrew Franklin Young died tragically on March 19, 2009. In the weeks that followed, his classmates, friends, and family members contributed money to the University of Louisville School of Law to honor his memory. The class of 2009 dedicated the traditional class gift to Andrew's memory.

The Law School will maintain the Andrew Franklin Young Memorial Fund in honor of our friend and classmate. We will use money donated in Andrew's memory for the benefit of students of the Law School. The annual award for best paper by a graduating senior will be named the Andrew Franklin Young Memorial Writing Award. While he was still alive, Andrew was selected the writer of the best paper by a member of the class of 2009. In future years, the winner of the Andrew Franklin Young Memorial Writing Award will be awarded prize money, as financial circumstances permit, from the Andrew Franklin Young Memorial Fund.

A message from President Ramsey and Provost Willihnganz

This message was distributed Friday, August 7, to members of the University of Louisville community. In the interest of reaching friends of the UofL and its Law School who do not hold e-mail addresses, The Cardinal Lawyer is reprinting this message from President James Ramsey and Provost Shirley Willihnganz.

Flooded UofL campus

Photo credit: Kari Donahue, The University of Lousiville's Speed School of Engineering


As we continue to clean up after this week's flood, we want to take time out to thank everyone for your hard work under difficult circumstances.

This is the most significant damage our campus ever has sustained, and it will take some time to get back to normal.

It is difficult to believe the destructive power of water and how much damage can happen in a very short time.

Some of you had to evacuate your buildings — some even by rescue boats — and streets flooded with several feet of water.

Water entered many buildings around the north and east sides of Belknap Campus. Some still are closed while we clean the mud and remaining water from floors and other surfaces and remove water-soaked carpets, ruined wallboard and baseboard. At the Health Sciences Center the School of Public Health and Information Sciences was hardest hit with a foot or more of water in its basement.

Still, despite the daunting task ahead of us, we are making progress.

Physical Plant again is doing an amazing job restoring buildings and grounds in our third weather emergency in less than a year's time.

A lot of you have been on campus this week helping to clean up flood damage and move displaced offices to new locations – all while doing your normal jobs of helping students prepare for the coming semester.

You are doing a great job and doing it with a great "can-do" attitude. We have accomplished a lot in a short time and appreciate your dedication.

We also are encouraged by the number of people who have called to offer help and who have said they are keeping us in their thoughts. We appreciate their support in these difficult days.

The flood affected more than UofL buildings and property. We realize that many of you suffered losses at your homes. We are in the process of organizing an internal effort to help our campus family. You’ll hear more details about this next week.

Again, we thank all of you for everything you bring to UofL. The work and attitude you've shown over the last four days reminds us why we love this university.

James Ramsey, president

Shirley Willihnganz, provost

The Law School will be OPEN on Friday, August 7

The Law School will be open on Friday, August 7. All faculty and staff should report according to the normal schedule.

Some basement areas, especially in the library, may remain inaccessible. Please observe posted signs regarding access.

The University of Louisville's flood update page includes the official list of closed buildings (.pdf file) and this inspiring video. Thanks to the heroic efforts of the University's cleanup crews, virtually all buildings have been pumped dry. The entire Law School community joins me in thanking the University of Louisville workers who have labored tirelessly to bring our campus back from Tuesday's storm.

Come high water

Flooded streets

The Cardinal Lawyer thanks the quick thinking and tireless work of Law School and University of Louisville employees that helped our people evacuate the Belknap campus during today's torrential rainstorms. UofL physical plant and public safety personnel performed most heroically of all. The Law School building took on water, to be sure, and it will take some time to restore business as usual. But our people are safe, and for that we express our thanks.

Correspondence from Todd Horstmeyer and the Kentucky Bar Foundation

John Martin and Jim Chen

July 28, 2009

Dear Dean Chen:

Enclosed is a picture of the Kentucky Bar Foundation Secretary-Treasurer, John R. Martin, Jr., presenting your law school’s scholarship check at the Fellows and Partners For Justice Society Luncheon during the KBA Convention last month in Covington. The Kentucky Bar Foundation is pleased to have been able to make this award. It is the tremendous response to the Fellows program and the Major Gifts program by the members of the Kentucky Bar and our corporate partners that has enabled the Foundation have another successful year. The Bar Foundation has awarded grants for 2009 in the total sum of $175,500. Congratulations on being one of the recipients of a 2009 Kentucky Bar foundation grant!

Sincerely yours,

Todd Horstmeyer

Todd S. Horstmeyer
Executive Director
Kentucky Bar Foundation

Agriculture = Applied environmental protection

Professor Andy Kleinschmidt of Ohio State University Extension, also known as @akleinschmidt on Twitter, has honored me in a way that is as flattering as it is unusual. During a recent #foodchat session on Twitter (which alternates with the related #agchat series), I remarked: "Q7: I try to describe agriculture as applied environmental protection, just as agricultural economics is now 'applied economics.' #foodchat"

Professor Kleinschmidt very generously turned this Tweet into a t-shirt:

Agriculture t-shirt

The idea for this shirt came from Jim Chen, Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Louisville, during a live Twitter discussion. Dean Chen’s (known as @chenx064 on Twitter) original quote was “I try to describe agriculture as applied environmental protection, just as agricultural economics is now applied economics.” I’ve known that agricultural economics is described as applied economics and also applied agricultural economics, so that was not new to me. BUT I had never heard agriculture referred to as ‘applied environmental protection.’ Brilliant! I thought the saying should be made into a shirt, and with Dean Chen’s blessing I made the shirt via Zazzle. . . .

This shirt is all-organic cotton. I spend 99% of my time working with conventional agriculture, so I specifically chose organic in an effort to support other choices in farming. In my view all farming is good, just different approaches. . . . The shirt is made in the USA by American Apparel. I’ve also added ‘via @chenx064 on Twitter’ to give Dean Chen appropriate credit and for you to show how ‘hip’ you are knowing about Twitter.

I invite you to order the shirt.

Reception benefiting the KLEO Summer Institute

I encourage readers of The Cardinal Lawyer to join me at a reception benefiting the Kentucky Legal Education Opportunity (KLEO) Summer Institute:

Thursday, July 16, 2009
5 p.m.
Louisville Bar Center
600 West Main Street
Suite 110
Louisville, KY 40202