Linda S. Ewald

Professor of Law

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Professor Linda Sorenson Ewald has been a member of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law faculty for over 30 years. For nearly half that time, she also held administrative positions, first as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and most recently as Associate Dean for External Affairs. Professor Ewald's academic interests in professional responsibility are reflected in her teaching and scholarship, as well as her extensive service to the community and profession.

Professor Ewald's current teaching interests are family law, the legal profession and ethics. In all of her teaching, she incorporates lawyering skills and professional responsibility issues. Her strong belief in the importance of teaching skills and professionalism is also reflected in her supervision of the extern program and the leadership role she has played in the development of the Greenebaum Public Service Program, the Brandeis Inn of Court Partners in Professionalism and the in-house clinic. Her scholarship interests have focused on lawyer advertising, restrictive covenants in the legal profession, the role of continuing education in developing professionalism and child custody and relocation.

In addition to her teaching and service to the law school, Professor Ewald has been actively involved in the larger University community, having served on the University Strategic Planning Committee and Faculty Senate and as a the faculty member on the Presidential Search Committee. Her professional activities include service as a member of the Kentucky Bar Foundation Board, the Kentucky Judicial Nominating Commission, the KBA Ethics 2000 Commission and the Louisville and Jefferson County Public Defender Board. In 1998 she was appointed vice-chair of the KBA Ethics Committee and has served as chair since 2002. In that capacity, she drafts formal ethics opinions and oversees the activities of the Ethics Hotline. Professor Ewald is a frequent ethics speaker at local, state and national conferences. She also is actively involved in the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and the Association of American Law Schools, having served as an accreditation site evaluator since 1980. Professor Ewald's service to the University, community and profession has been recognized through a number of awards, including the Kentucky Bar Association Justice Thomas Spain Award, the University of Louisville Lifetime Service Award, the Law Alumni Award, the Jefferson County Women Lawyer's Association Award and the University of Louisville Distinguished Service Award.

Professor Ewald is a graduate of the University of Louisville (JD) where she was an associate editor of the Journal of Family Law. She also is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she received an LL.M degree.

Courses Taught

Professional Responsibility

Domestic Relations

Externships - Judicial, Commonwealth Attorney, County Attorney, Legal Aid and Public Defender

Civil Procedure

Selected Problems in the Practice of Law

Employment Discrimination


Professional Responsibility, Ethics and Professionalism: What Do They Mean in the Context of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education? ORACLE/ACLEA (2005)

Agreements Restricting the Practice of Law: A New Look at an Old Paradox, 26 J. of the Legal Prof. 1 (2002)

The Changing Face of the Legal Profession: Past Progress and Future Challenges, Bench and Bar 26 (KBA, May 1999) (co-authored with Kathleen S. Bean)

For a more complete list, please see CV. 


KBA Annual Convention - Louis D. Brandeis - The People's Attorney - Ethics Program - Speaker - Lexington - June 2008

KBA Kentucky Law Update - Professional Responsibility Update - Speaker Owensboro - November 2007

KBA Kentucky Law Update - Professional Responsibility Update - Speaker Ashland - October 2007

KBA Annual Convention - Recent Developments in Professional Responsibility: Things Every Lawyer Should Know - Program Coordinator and Panelist - Louisville - June 2007

ORACLE National Conference - Continuing Legal Education and Professionalism - Speaker - Nashville - 2007

For a more complete list, please see CV.