First pitch, University of Louisville baseball versus Ball State

I threw the first pitch at the University of Louisville's first night baseball game of 2009. I didn't want to bounce it as I did in 2008. I threw a two-seamer. It was a strike. It even tailed away from a hypothetical right-handed batter and hit the outside corner at the knees. Of stuff like this, the sweetest dreams are made.

Sam Marcosson receives a Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching

Sam MarcossonProfessor Sam Marcosson has been selected by the University of Louisville for a 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching in the category of full-time teaching. He will be honored on Monday, April 20, at a University-wide Celebration of Faculty Excellence, which honors UofL faculty's commitment to teaching, service, scholarship, research, and creative activity. The ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the Speed Museum and is open to family, friends, students, and colleagues of the honorees.

The inaugural 1L Oral Advocacy Competition

The Cardinal men's basketball team finished a great season in the Elite Eight. The Cardinal women are headed to St. Louis for their first Final Four. The bracket that has the Law School really excited, though, is the new 1L Oral Advocacy Competition.

¡Adelante! Hispanic Achievers

¡Adelante! Hispanic Achievers

Photo credit: Andrea McClure

UofL Law graduate Ellie Kerstetter staged ¡Adelante! Hispanic Achievers' annual mock trial event at the University of Louisville on March 14, 2009. Though the event took place in Ekstrom Library rather than its traditional venue in the Law School's Allen Courtroom, this group of outstanding high school students and their parents enjoyed a glimpse of law and the legal system.

I thank Ellie and ¡Adelante! for giving me the chance to welcome this group and to indulge the one occasion each year on which I extend greetings on behalf of the Law School en español.

¡Adelante! Hispanic Achievers

Runners and walkers honor Andrew Young

A crowd came to honor Andrew Young by running and walking in the rain on Sunday, March 29:

Andrew Young's walkers

Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart,
until, in our own despair,
against our will,
comes wisdom
through the awful grace of God.

— Aeschylus, Agamemnon

Parrish Court

Parrish Court

With apologies to Walt Whitman:

When jonquils first in the courtyard bloomed,
And the great star slowly drooped in the western sky late by day,
I yearned — and yet shall yearn with ever-returning spring.

At left: Parrish Court, Belknap Campus, University of Louisville.

Memorial run/walk for Andrew Young

The Cardinal Lawyer wishes to announce an additional event in memory of Andrew Young:

Andrew's classmates will stage a memorial run/walk in Andrew's memory at noon on Sunday, March 29. The run/walk will take place in the oval in front of the Law School. Runners and walkers will circle the loop for 30 minutes in order to honor Andrew's memory. Family, friends, and pets are all invited to attend.

Andrew's family will travel to this event from Princeton, Kentucky. The organizers of the run/walk encourages everyone to attend so that Andrew's family can connect the faces of Andrew's classmates with their names. All participants are also encouraged to wear University of Louisville or Louisville Law gear, the better to show school solidarity in our group pictures.

A.E. Housman, To an Athlete Dying Young

The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.

To-day, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.

Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.

Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears:

Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.

So set, before its echoes fade,
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
And hold to the low lintel up
The still-defended challenge-cup.

And round that early-laurelled head
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl's.

A stiller town
The laurel withers quicker than the rose

Andrew Franklin Young

Andrew Young

The Law School is very saddened to report that Andrew Franklin Young, a third-year student, died March 19, 2009. The entire Law School community extends its deepest sympathies to Mr. Young's family.

Visitation for Mr. Young will take place Sunday, March 22, from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Central time at Morgan's Funeral Home, 301 West Washington Street, Princeton, KY 42445, 270-365-5595. The funeral will take place Monday, March 23, at 1 p.m Central time at Morgan's Funeral Home.

The Law School will observe a minute of silence at noon on Monday in memory of Mr. Young. We also invite members of the Law School community to post their memories of Mr. Young at his memorial page.

Andrew Young

Andrew Young (back row, second from left) at the Turkey Trot, November 24, 2008.
Photo provided by Terry Goodspeed.

The 2008-09 issue of our alumni magazine

The 2008-09 issue of University of Louisville | Law, our alumni magazine, is on its way to graduates and friends everywhere:

University of Louisville | Law

This year's theme is "Success. It starts here." You may download your own electronic copy. I also invite you to visit our dedicated alumni magazine page.



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

The truth, at its coldest, is stark and undeniable. These are hard times, not just in the legal profession and higher education, but in our Commonwealth, the United States, and the world at large. Layoffs, budget cuts, and business closings have become routine events, and good times seem unlikely to return soon.

As though our collective misery could sink no deeper, I began thinking about this column amid the frozen wreckage of Louisville's ice storm. Tree branches encased in ice embodied, in a way at once beautiful and treacherous, the hardship that many of us suffered as we lost power and heat. The Indigo Girls expressed the frustration that our city and region felt:

Taking dead trees down before the winter freeze
I said let 'em rot and fall where they may