Please read the University of Louisville's official announcement for further details about the Cardinals' appearance in the 2009 NCAA men's basketball tournament.
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:
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":
I was privileged to be in the audience for this presentation on the economic impact of the University of Louisville:
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
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.
|Class of 2011|
(includes the part-time class of 2012)
|140 students, one complete semester|
|Class of 2010|
|170 students, three complete semesters|
|Class of 2009|
|110 students, five complete semesters|
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.
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:
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:
- 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.
- Let us also express appreciation for graduates like Rusty O'Brien and Jeff McClain who offer — and give — so much to their alma mater.
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 Vimeo.com, 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.