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Twitter is a lightweight online platform that blends blogging and social networking. Its users "tweet" by answering a simple question: "What are you doing?" All answers are limited to 140 characters — the length of an SMS text message, minus 20 characters. Twitter has become a powerful weapon for marketing consumer goods, documenting brain surgery, and coordinating political protests. When even the New York Times, the grandest of conventional media sources, offers tips on Tweeting, you know that Twitter's time has come.


J.C. Redbird

My Twitter handle is J.C. Redbird. I would be honored if you followed my tweets. I will follow all Twitter members who are graduates, students, employees, or friends of the Law School.

February 2009 Kentucky bar exam results

Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions

The Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions has released its list of successful candidates on the February 2009 administration of the Kentucky bar exam. Twenty-four law graduates of the University of Louisville attempted the exam; 15 passed. The Cardinal Lawyer congratulates the UofL's newest members of the bar.

Going green

I am pleased to announce a green initiative for all friends of the Law School. The message and several options for viewing, embedding, and sharing it are available at LawTube, the Law School's multimedia portal.


Download the audio file  of Dean Jim Chen's green initiative.

Hello, I'm Jim Chen, Dean of the University of Louisville School of Law. I'm announcing an environmental initiative to engage all of you as alumni. We'd like to communicate with you much more often through electronic media such as video messages, e-mail, my blog, and the law school's newsfeeds. Electronic media have a lower financial and environmental footprint. They also offer an immediacy that printed media lack. We'd like to engage you in a dialogue that is as deep as it is direct.

Today's video greeting brings news of special gifts. We recently secured a $100,000 gift from Wayne Bach, class of 1973, in honor of Professor Norvie Lay. Mr. Bach's gift will endow moot court competitions and benefit students who represent the University of Louisville at intercollegiate and even international competitions.

In addition, we would like to announce a tremendous $250,000 challenge gift. In each of the next three fiscal years, George Rawlings, class of 1972, has generously agreed to match the first quarter-million dollars given by all other donors. We are very grateful to Mr. Rawlings and enthusiastically invite all of you to help us meet his challenge.

Videos like this one also offer us a very effective tool for spotlighting student success, alumni achievements, and all sorts of great news that we'd like to share with you. The Law School will use electronic media to connect with its graduates and to tell your stories of success.

We hope to move a significant portion of our annual fundraising work to an electronic format. Traditionally, we send two letters each year to every graduate and supporter of the Law School. Annual gifts are vital to us. But those letters add up to significant amounts of paper.

Like you, we have become acutely aware that our planet is drowning in waste. Paper-based annual solicitations, though just a small portion of that stream, are not the most efficient use of resources. We'd like to move to modes of communication that are greener, both economically and ecologically.

I'd like you to support the Law School, and I'd like you to make your gift online. I am also asking you to commit to making a gift for each of the next five years. You will help us eliminate five years' worth of paper-based communications. In the meanwhile, we pledge to use electronic tools to the fullest, to tell you about the ways in which your gifts benefit the Law School.

On this occasion, and perhaps just this one, our school colors are red and black . . . and green. Thank you very much. And go Cards!

The Law Clinic Six

Clinic 6

The inaugural class of students in the University of Louisville Law Clinic:
Dustin Thacker, Becca O'Neill, Chad Reid, Christopher McDavid, Caroline Lynch Pieroni, and Amy Jay.
Photo credit: Robert Pieroni.

According to the immediate assessment of those in attendance, the open house and reception celebrating the University of Louisville Law Clinic was one of the most successful events of its kind in the history of the Law School. Students, graduates, faculty, staff, and friends of the Law School mingled very happily with each other in support of one of this school's most prominent initiatives. The Law School's news feed already includes a photo spread from the open house and reception. That story illustrates how the Law Clinic has brought together all of the Law School's constituencies in support of a fantastic common cause: teaching students through hands-on legal work on behalf of actual clients in need.

Real clients, real cases. Real problems, real solutions. In a nutshell, that is what our clinic seeks to accomplish.

University of Louisville CLE offerings, spring 2009

University of Louisville CLE, spring 2009

The Law School's office for continuing legal education proudly presents three programs this spring. The table below describes each of the programs and enables you either to download the program brochure or to register online.

Program Date and time Location CLE hours Cost Brochure Online registration
Should Lawyers Use Independent Contractors to Handle Client Affairs? April 10
11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m.
Masterson's, 1830 South Third Street 2 hours (1 ethics hour) $50 for CLE credit; $15 for lunch. pdf Register
12th Annual Estate Planning Institute April 24
8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
University Club, University of Louisville 7 hours (2 ethics hours) $225 pdf Register
26th Annual Carl A. Warns, Jr., Labor and Employment Law Institute June 18-19
7:45 a.m.-4 p.m.
Louisville Marriott Downtown Hotel, 280 West Jefferson Street 13.25 hours (2 ethics hours) $395. 10% discount for multiple registrations and early registration by May 1. pdf Register

An invitation to students from the ABA's Health Law Section

Herewith an invitation to University of Louisville law students from the American Bar Association's Health Law Section:

Dear Dean Chen:

ABA Health Law Section

The Council members of the American Bar Association Health Law Section will be hosting a reception honoring Louisville Section members on Friday, April 24th, from 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. at the Humana Building, 500 West Main Street, 25th Floor, Louisville. This is an excellent opportunity for law students to meet Section leaders and local attorneys. I ask that you reach out to your law students and invite them to attend. Humana requires guests to be pre-registered for security purposes. So please stress the importance of submitting an RSVP form by the April 13th deadline to Abbey Palagi of the Section Staff at Thank you for your help in making this a successful event.

Vickie Yates Brown


Vickie Yates Brown

Vickie Yates Brown
Section Chair

Memories and musings on a manic Monday

Chen and Blazak for the Wheel

The image at right was posted on Facebook by Randy Blazak, a college classmate of mine who is now a member of the sociology faculty at Portland State University. The picture is almost exactly a quarter-century old. It comes from the 1984-85 school year, when Randy was a senior and I was a sophomore at Emory University. The picture shows us recruiting on behalf of The Wheel, the campus newspaper. Among other things, I represented The Wheel at the 1984 meeting of College Media Advisers and the Intercollegiate Press Association. That meeting gave me my first (and quite obviously not my last) opportunity to visit Louisville.

Seeing Randy post that old picture, quite surprisingly, made me smile. I say surprisingly because I have long viewed virtually all of my student days, including those I spent at Harvard and definitely the days I spent at Emory, with a distinct lack of nostalgia, let alone genuine pleasure. If anything, I have thought about my student days in terms I draw from Robert Frost, The Death of the Hired Man (1915):

And nothing to look backward to with pride,
And nothing to look forward to with hope . . . .

What accounted for the sudden shift in sentiment?

Ben Basil wins the inaugural 1L Oral Advocacy Competition

Courtney Phelps and Ben Basil

Ben Basil wins the inaugural 1L Oral Advocacy Competition. Congratulations to him, runner-up Courtney Phelps, and all the students who organized and participated in this competition.

Closer to the cure

On the evening of April 2, 2009, I attended "Closer to the Cure," an educational event sponsored by the Louisville chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Dr. Marianne H. Alciati provided up-to-date information on breast cancer research, treatment, and prevention. Our local chapter's board includes two graduates of UofL Law: fund development director Steph Horne and president Bob Silverthorn. "Closer to the Cure" was Bob's first appearance as the chapter's newly elected president.

I take pride in the work that Steph and Bob are doing for Susan Komen for the Cure.

Susan Komen, Louisville chapter

Law Clinic open house and reception, April 7

I invite all readers of The Cardinal Lawyer to attend a special open house and reception on April 7 for the University of Louisville Law Clinic:

Lars Smith

University of Louisville Law Clinic Open House and Reception
April 7, 2009
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Open house (from 5:30 p.m. onward):
University of Louisville Law Clinic
416 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard
Suite 200
Louisville, KY 40202

Reception (from 6 p.m. onward):
Middleton Reutlinger
Brown & Williamson Tower
26th floor
401 South Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202

The two sites are a block apart. For more information, please call the UofL Alumni Association at 502-852-6186.