Celebrating Service, Skills and Scholarship: Congratulations to the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award Recipients

Enid Trucios-Haynes

2012 Distinguished Faculty Award in Service to UofL

Enid F. Trucios-Haynes, Professor of Law

Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes joined the faculty of Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1993. She is a nationally recognized scholar in immigration law and has been a leader in the field for more than two decades. She is the founder and director of the Brandeis School of Law Immigration Mini-Clinic (1998-2000), a pilot project and the only live-client clinical experience available to students at that time.

"Service is a key part of the engine that drives a university. I am honored to have my service at this great university recognized."

Professor Trucios-Haynes has received numerous awards during her career at Brandeis School of Law including the University of Louisville Award for Exemplary Multicultural Teaching, the Brandeis School of Law Alumni Teaching Excellence Award, and the Ann Oldfather Fellowship for Public Service, among others. She is an active member of the Hispanic-Latino Coalition of Louisville, and serves in a leadership capacity in a number of University of Louisville committees including the University Community Engagement Steering Committee, the Faculty Senate and its Executive Committee, the Faculty Senate Redbook Committee, and the Latin American and Latino Studies Program Steering Group.

Learn more about Professor Trucios-Haynes’ scholarship 
by visiting her faculty profile.



Enid Trucios-Haynes

2012 Distinguished Faculty Award in Teaching

Lars S. Smith, Stallings Professor of Law

"I am honored to have been selected for the University Teaching Award. I enjoy introducing real world experience into the classroom, and to broaden the opportunities for our students to develop the skills they need to be successful in their careers right from the moment they graduate. I look forward to working with my colleagues on further building on the skills based model we have been developing at the Brandeis School of Law.  "

Professor Lars S. Smith is the Samuel J. Stallings Professor of Law at Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. He was the director of the law school's first law clinic during the 2008-09 school year. Professor Smith teaches in the areas of intellectual property, particularly trademark law, as well as in property and commercial law.  His scholarship focuses on issues related to trademarks and trade dress, as well the intersection of commercial and intellectual property law.  Smith's article Trade Distinctiveness: Solving Scalia's Tertium Quid Trade Dress Conundrum, was selected as one of the leading intellectual property articles by the Intellectual Property Law Review. His recent work has focused on the challenge of applying existing intellectual property legal structures on new technologies. In his article RFID and Other Embedded Technologies: Who Owns the Data Smith looks at the emerging tracking technology of radio frequency identification, and what property rights exist in automatically generated data contained on RFID chips. In a follow up article, RFID in the Supply Chain: Panacea or Pandora's Box?, co-authored with Dr. Brian L. Dos Santos, the Frazier Family Professor of Computer Information Systems, Smith and Dos Santos explore the effect of these current legal rules on the use of radio frequency identification in the product supply chain.

Learn more about Professor Smith's scholarship 
by visiting his faculty profile.



Laura Rothstein

2012 Distinguished Faculty Award in Research-Social Sciences and

Laura Rothstein, Professor of Law and Distinguished University Scholar

Laura Rothstein, joined Louis D. Brandeis School of Law as Professor of Law and Dean in 2000 (serving as dean until 2005). In 2006, she was appointed by the University of Louisville as a Distinguished University Scholar.

"I was very fortunate to have begun my scholarship at a point when disability discrimination laws had just been passed.  I am honored to receive recognition for my scholarship of the past three decades that has allowed me to consider these laws as they have evolved and changed.  Through my scholarship I have been an advocate through education: to inform policymakers and administrators about these laws so that they can be proactive in implementing them for individuals with disabilities."

During her 36 years in legal education, she has written fifteen books and dozens of book chapters, articles, and other works on disability discrimination, covering a broad range of issues, with an emphasis on disability discrimination in higher education. In addition to her work in disability law, she has worked to promote racial and gender diversity within legal education and the legal profession.  She has served in numerous leadership roles within legal education.  In February 2011, she received the William A. Kaplin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy Scholarship, from the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, Stetson Law School. She uses her scholarship as an “advocate through education” and hopes to influence policy and practice by increasing awareness and understanding of disability rights issue.

Professor Rothstein has engaged in extensive service to the arena of law school admissions, serving twice as a member of the Law School Admission Council Board of Trustees, and in many committee capacities within LSAC. Included in this service was her work as an outreach lecturer for LSAC on the appropriate use of the LSAT.

Learn more about Professor Rothstein's scholarship 
by visiting her faculty profile.