One tournament down, one more to go

Louisville Cardinals

Please read the University of Louisville's official announcement for further details about the Cardinals' appearance in the 2009 NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Playing out of our heads

Jerry Smith

The Cardinal Lawyer continues this week's basketball theme. The Cardinals have clinched their first ever Big East regular season title, and University of Louisville partisans everywhere are celebrating. Meanwhile, our rivals in Lexington have probably forced themselves to win four straight games in the SEC tournament in order to make the NCAA tournament. The Cardinal Nation could have hardly scripted a better end to the regular season.

As this intriguing assessment of the psychology of basketball suggests, our Cardinals really did play out of their heads:

Steady stroke

Free throw

Regular readers of The Cardinal Lawyer — or those who have spent any time around me — know that my passions include these two not unrelated things: (1) sports and (2) statistical analysis. You probably also know that I think that lessons learned in athletic pursuits can pay dividends in education, in law, and in life.

All of which makes this news item all the more noteworthy, especially as regular season play comes to a close in college basketball. Throughout the last half century in basketball, "one thing has remained remarkably constant: the rate at which players make free throws":

The economic impact of the University of Louisville

I was privileged to be in the audience for this presentation on the economic impact of the University of Louisville:

University of Louisville President James Ramsey, members of his leadership team and Student Government Association President Rudy Spencer took part in a panel discussion at the Top Investors Series of Greater Louisville Inc. Feb. 26.

They discussed UofL’s strategic plan, its economic development role in Louisville and in Kentucky, and ways that the business community can partner with the university.

“Our focus,” Ramsey said, “is to create new jobs, take programs into the community and make a difference.”

Members of the panel responded to questions from moderator Bill Goodman, host of KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” program, and to audience questions that ranged from how the national economic stimulus package will affect research at the university to whether students think the university “gets it” in terms of student participation in its mission and in community engagement.

“We want to be your partner in making a great community and in making a great commonwealth,” Ramsey said.

Chief Justice Joseph Lambert will receive the Trailblazer Award

I'm pleased to post the following announcement, courtesy of Professor Laura Rothstein:

Chief Justice Joseph Lambert to receive the Louisville Bar Association's Trailblazer Award

February 19, 4:30 p.m., Louisville Bar Association

Joseph Lambert

Former Chief Justice Joseph Lambert will be given the Trailblazer Award by the Louisville Bar Association (LBA) in recognition of his commitment to diversity in the legal profession. Chief Justice Lambert received his law degree from the University of Louisville and has been given the Law School's Distingished Alumni Award. Among his accomplishments on behalf of diversity, he founded the Kentucky Legal Education Opportunity (KLEO) scholarship program. KLEO awards $5,000 renewable scholarships to five first-year students at each of Kentucky's three law schools. Several of Louisville's current KLEO scholars will attend Chief Justice Lambert's award ceremony.

Grade point average and percentile tables for the classes of 2011, 2010, and 2009


The tables below provide guidance to students and employers who wish to interpret grade point averages earned at the University of Louisville School of Law. Grade point average and percentile breakdowns are reported according to the expected year of graduation. The class of 2011 does include part-time students who have completed their first semester of part-time study and who are expected to graduate in 2012. For all tables, the grade point average reported is the minimum GPA required to claim the corresponding class rank.

Class of 2011
(includes the part-time class of 2012)
140 students, one complete semester
Top grade4.000
Top 5%3.630
Top 10%3.446
Top 15%3.323
Top 20%3.238
Top quarter3.184
Top third3.023
Top half2.723

Class of 2010
170 students, three complete semesters
Top grade3.811
Top 5%3.521
Top 10%3.417
Top 15%3.317
Top 20%3.254
Top quarter3.157
Top third3.000
Top half2.727

Class of 2009
110 students, five complete semesters
Top grade3.794
Top 5%3.543
Top 10%3.480
Top 15%3.420
Top 20%3.295
Top quarter3.172
Top third3.088
Top half2.907

Law Review symposium: "First Amendment Issues in Emerging Technology"

U. Louisville L. Rev.

I encourage all readers of The Cardinal Lawyer to attend the University of Louisville Law Review's second annual symposium. This year's symposium, First Amendment Issues in Emerging Technology, will be held at the Law School on Friday, February 20, 2009.

Dean David Partlett of the Emory University School of Law will be the keynote speaker. Other guests include:

  • Dean Blake Morant, Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Professor Paul Secunda, Marquette University School of Law
  • Eric Segall, Georgia State University College of Law
  • Dean James M. Chen, University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
  • Professor Deborah Lipstadt, Emory University School of Law
  • Professor Udo Fink, Johannes Gutenburg University (Mainz, Germany)
  • Professor Arnold Loewy, Texas Tech University School of Law
  • Professor Russell L. Weaver, University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
  • Prof. Ellen Podgor, Stetson University School of Law
  • Ilya Shapiro, Cato Institute

Topics covered at the symposium will include:

  • Advances in Speech Technology and the Implications for Society
  • The Shifting Nature of Speech Technology
  • Regulating Hate Speech and Holocaust Denial
  • Regulating Other Potentially Harmful Speech

General admission (including lunch) is $25. Admission with 6 hours' CLE credit is $125. The registration table will open at 8 a.m. for materials pick-up and check-in. Attendees may also register online.

For more information, please contact Christopher McDavid at or Heather Stone at

Support an increase in Kentucky's cigarette tax

The Cardinal Lawyer joins the University of Louisville's leadership in supporting the proposed cigarette tax in House Bill 144. Those of us who care about the University and its mission to serve our Commonwealth "hope the General Assembly will look at all of the reasons why Kentucky needs to raise the tax on cigarettes."

President Ramsey has spoken passionately about the need to raise our cigarette tax. I am pleased to present this video featuring our University's President:

President Ramsey's comments in support of an increased cigarette tax

Hello, I’m Jim Ramsey, president of the University of Louisville. We all know these are difficult financial times. Our economy in Kentucky is suffering and there’s no easy answer to these problems. For our university community, we are facing budget cuts and perhaps even more. There’s a way you can help. We need your support for an increase in the cigarette tax.

The cigarette tax is important for several reasons. Number one, there is data that proves an increase in cigarette tax will stop teen smoking. Teen smoking is a big problem in our state. Secondly, the cigarette tax in our state is lower than the surrounding states and lower than the national average. It’s an easy way for us to raise revenue to avoid deep budget cuts for higher education, for all of education.

It’s a healthcare issue. It’s a financial issue. So, we at the University of Louisville are supporting the cigarette tax proposal that’s been submitted by the governor to the general assembly.

Times are tight. But we can’t let that stop us from doing what’s right for Kentucky. And now the time is right for an increase in the cigarette tax. Thank you for supporting the University of Louisville and Go Cards.

An evening with O'Brien & McClain, and a look ahead to the immigration moot court competition

Rusty O'BrienJeff McClain

I spent a very enjoyable evening last month in the new offices of O'Brien McClain PLLC. Rusty O'Brien (above left) and Jeff McClain (above right) are both graduates of the University of Louisville School of Law. They will return to their alma mater next week to judge our immigration moot court team before our team heads to New York University for the national competition. Last year's team of Claire Parsons and Brent Asseff claimed second place and best brief.

The Cardinal Lawyer happily offers this two-part message for the day:

  1. Let's cheer on the UofL's 2009 immigration moot court team of Rachel Carmona and Ted Farrell as they head back to New York with the goal of improving on last year's outstanding performance.

  2. Let us also express appreciation for graduates like Rusty O'Brien and Jeff McClain who offer — and give — so much to their alma mater.

Our club, "Your Water"

The Isaac Shelby chapter of the University of Louisville Alumni Association gathered on February 8, 2009, at Allen Dale, home of Reggie and Cheryl Van Stockum, to watch the Cardinals' basketball game with St. John's. Halftime entertainment included a screening of Reggie's performance of Your Water. The video, drawn from from Reggie's video library on, exhibits one song from the Reginald Bareham Singer Songwriter Showcase at the Rudyard Kipling in Louisville on February 7. Your Water featured Reggie Van Stockum (performing under the name Reginald Bareham) on rhythm guitar and vocals, Kelly Hickerson on guitar, David Clement on trombone, and Brian Ginn on snare drum.

Editor's note: Cross-posted at Danzig U.S.A.