Senator Christopher Dodd, on a roll

Senator Christopher J. Dodd, a 1972 law graduate of the University of Louisville, was profiled this weekend in a New York Times column by Gail Collins:

Mr. Dodd's Best/Worst Year Senator Dodd

Big week in Washington, what with final action on the tobacco regulation bill, under the leadership of Senator Christopher Dodd.

Congress has really been on a roll. Remember how they passed that consumer credit card bill under the leadership of Senator Christopher Dodd and the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act sponsored by Senator Christopher Dodd? There is, of course, still so much to do. We’re hoping for a strong health care bill like the one co-written by Ted Kennedy and Senator Christopher Dodd. And the Obama plan to create a new agency to protect consumers of financial products. It got a big boost Friday when it received the strong support of the banking committee chairman, Senator Christopher Dodd.

What is it with this guy? Are they running out of senators or something?

Here at the Senator's alma mater, we'd like to think that Senator Dodd's recent flurry of legislative activity demonstrates how well he has put his legal education to use. Like all of his fellow graduates, in all walks of professional life, Christopher Dodd is a source of pride for UofL Law. We congratulate him. And yes, in case you're wondering, we're following his Twitter account.

Bar none


The 2009 convention of the Kentucky Bar Association is now over. As we bid farewell to Covington, I'd like to thank the members of the Kentucky bar, especially those who received their legal education at the University of Louisville, for their contributions to the finest, most dedicated group of lawyers I have been privileged to know. My personal highlights from the 2009 KBA convention included hosting UofL Law's cocktail reception for alumni and friends and receiving the University of Louisville's $5,000 Law School Scholarship for 2009 from the Kentucky Bar Foundation. We're grateful for all of our friends in the bar, throughout this Commonwealth and around the entire country.

Some of the best moments, at this convention as at any other, took place far from the spotlight. I lost count of the fine conversations — many short but some quite long and thorough — that I managed to enjoy throughout the 2009 KBA convention. Those conversations form the basis of strong bonds, personal and professional, that connect all of us as lawyers and as friends of justice. This is a legal community of the highest caliber, bar none, and I feel very honored and privileged to be a member.

Least complicated

Euler's identity: e + 1 = 0
Indigo Girls

So long ago when we were taught
That for whatever kind of puzzle you got
You just stick the right formula in
A solution for every fool

— Indigo Girls, Least Complicated, Swamp Ophelia (1994)

»  Reprinted from the June 2009 issue of Louisville Bar Briefs   «

Before the 2008 campaign season changed history and realigned the American political landscape, I had always regarded Amy Ray and Emily Saliers as the most famous people with whom I shared a college campus in my youth. I will confess my bias in this regard. Few sources of beauty exceed that of the human voice at just the right pitch and timbre, rich in acoustic resonance, and most of all delivered at a frequency in the neighborhood of 220 hertz. Careful readers of this column have long known how much I like the Indigo Girls.

All a-Twitter: Looking in, breaking out

Two competing essays published this week predict vastly different fates for Twitter. Consistent with my faith in Law 2.0 and the cathedral, the bazaar, and the School of Law, I'm inclined to believe that Twitter — or some other lightweight combination of social networking, links, and rapid searching — is here to stay. Indeed, I believe that Twitter will change legal education and the way law schools interact with their students, graduates, and community supporters, and I'm prepared and preparing to take action on the basis of that belief. But it's worth laying out both perspectives, the better to see which predictive point of view will eventually prevail. And it is quite possible, arguably even probable, that the truth incorporates a bit of both perspectives.

UofL Connection (June 2009) and the Warns Institute

The June 2009 issue of UofL Connection highlights the 26th Annual Carl A. Warns Jr. Labor and Employment Law Institute, a leading offering in the Law School's CLE programs for fall and summer 2009:

Scales of justice

Thursday-Friday, June 18-19. 26th Annual Carl A. Warns Jr. Labor and Employment Law Institute: Labor and Employment Law for a New Economic and Political Era, Louisville Marriott Downtown Hotel, 280 W. Jefferson St. This seminar has been approved for 13.25 CLE hours, including two ethics hours, by the Kentucky Bar Association. $395. Register online.

Cocktail reception for UofL Law alumni and friends at the KBA Convention

Cocktail reception for UofL Law alumni and friends

Wednesday, June 10, 2009
6:30–9:00 p.m.

The Waterfront

The Sunset Room at The Waterfront
14 Pete Rose Pier
Covington, KY 41011
(859) 581-1414

Just attend. No need to RSVP.

Please join Dean Jim Chen at The Waterfront, 14 Pete Rose Pier, Covington, KY 41011, for a cocktail reception honoring alumni and friends of the University of Louisville School of Law during the 2009 convention of the Kentucky Bar Association. Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided, and drinks will be available at a cash bar.

The Waterfront is a short walk down West Rivercenter Boulevard toward the C.W. Bailey Bridge. The restaurant is located under the bridge. The reception will take place on the second floor of the restaurant, in the Sunset Room, with a beautiful view of the Cincinnati skyline.

The UofL honored its law graduates

UofL Law class of 2009

The Louisville Courier-Journal published the following letter to the editor, under the title U of L honored its law graduates, in its print and online editions of May 31, 2009. The controversy to which my letter alludes was described in greater detail by two other letters to the editor, one by a member of the class of 2009 and another by a member of the law faculty.

To the editor:

I understand that the University of Louisville's Convocation Exercise in honor of the Law School's 2009 graduates has raised some controversy. I write to stress that the Law School has always strived to ensure that its graduation ceremony properly celebrates our students, their families, their achievements and their ambitions.

The class of 2009 included the first students in the history of legal education in Louisville to represent real clients in real cases within a program of clinical legal education. Their hard work helped us launch the new University of Louisville Law Clinic. The class of 2009 performed 4,562.63 hours of public service; Cassie Kocher alone provided 299.5 hours.

Memorial Day 2009

Civil War flag Iwo Jima

The University of Louisville sends all of you this Memorial Day message from Provost Shirley Willihnganz and urges everyone in the UofL family to remember the sacrifices made by Americans in the service of their country.

Man on the moon Memorial Day 2009

The true face and the true meaning of graduation

Of all the pictures in the Law School's photo gallery celebrating the graduation of the class of 2009, this group photo is my favorite. Graduation truly is a celebration of our students, their accomplishments, and the lives they will lead.

Class of 2009

Kimberly Ballard joins UofL Law as director of academic success

Kimberly Ballard

The Law School is delighted to announce that Kimberly K. Ballard will return to her alma mater as director of academic success. Kimberly will design and implement an academic support program to help students develop the skills necessary for success in law school, on the bar exam, and in practice. She will begin work on June 1.

Kimberly graduated magna cum laude from the Law School in 2004. She also holds a B.S. in biology, cum laude, from the University of Louisville. She joins the Law School after having served as an associate in the law firm of Stites & Harbison. As a member of that firm's torts and insurance service group, Kimberly has represented product manufacturers in mass tort litigation and physicians and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation. She has regularly served as a judge for oral advocacy competitions at the Law School. In addition, she coaches the University of Louisville's mock trial team, which won the regional competition in Cleveland, Ohio, in 2006.

Please join me in welcoming Kimberly Ballard, our new director of academic success.