Academics News

Who Rules Louisville? A Three week intensive Course on the City May 12 to June 2

Who rules Louisville?  Who wants to turn Louisville into a wasteland that is starting to look like the next Detroit in Smoketown and West Louisville?   What kind of policies work that create urban regeneration in places like Old Louisville, East Russell, Norton Commons and NuLu?   What can we learn from the economic success stories of Portland (Oregon), Amsterdam and Australia?   Who and where is the command and control center of Louisville?

We are bringing in the power brokers of Louisville from the rich to the poor, the fourth estate, developers and environmentalists; and many world class urban thinkers.

We are inviting speakers for our Introduction to the City class May 12 to June 2:

Congressman John Yarmuth;  Mayor Greg Fischer, Metro Councilmembers David James and Tom Owen, Tom Fitzgerald, Kentucky Resources Council, Dr. Julian Ageyman Editor of Local Environments and Professor at Tufts; Wendell Berry, Kentucky book author; Greg Squires George Washington University; Marilyn Melkonian developer of 12,000 affordable houses in 22 cities; Courier Journal Editorial Board members; LEO editors and Louisvilleky.com; Wesley Meares, Georgia Regents University;  Larry Gough, green developer;  Ricky Jones, Chair Pan African Studies; Cathy Hinko, Director of Metro Housing Council;  environmental justice field trip with Russ Barnet, Director of KIESD;  field trip to Norton Commons as a new urbanist development;   field trip to NuLu to meet with developer and green visionary Gill Holland;  Jackie Green, Mayoral candidate;  philanthropists such as Edie Bingham and Christy Brown; all are invited to come to our table for peaceful discussion and debate in room 117!  We are also teaming up with the Festival of Faiths to attend a few sessions with Julian Ageyman and Wendell Berry and many others we will get you involved in: 

http://www.centerforinterfaithrelations.org/sacred-earth-sacred-self/

Most of these speakers have already been confirmed and some are still trying to fit it into their schedule.

We are still verifying dates and times but we should have a confirmed schedule as we move to the end of the week.    We will be reading reports produced by the city. 

Fine Print:

Introduction to the City:  Public Administration, Planning and  Policy.   session 1: three week session in May

first day- May 12--last day- June 2

5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.--with class consent some class times  can be adjusted to better fit student  schedules

Session 1 (May 12- June 2, 3 week)

Special Topics: The City: Public Admin, Policy, & Planning

UPA680-01/PLAN680-01/PADM683-01   /  credit hours: 3

no pre-requisites required, open to all UofL graduates students, advanced undergraduates by permission of instructor. 

John I. Gilderbloom is a Professor of  Planning  at UofL which is ranked as one of the best academic programs  in the nation.  Dr. Gilderbloom currently directs the multi-million dollar  Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods (http://sun.louisville.edu). Dr. Gilderbloom  has been honored with numerous awards  including the Presidential Medal for Distinguished Faculty Research at the University of Louisville.    In an international poll of thousands of Urbanist, planners and architects, Professor Gilderbloom was ranked one of the “top 100 urban thinkers in the world."  He enjoys singing in the shower, writing and surfing. 

Why?

Why do people in West Louisville / Portland have shorten lives by up to ten years on average?

Why does Louisville rank as having some of the worst air, water and soil toxins  of any city in the nation?

Why is climate change our most pressing problem we face as a civilization?

Why can't Louisville come up with policy and planning solutions to end these problems?

What cities provide models that create prosperity, fairness, green living and reduces catastrophic climate change?

"Introduction to the City " is a three week intensive course taught from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. to  give a comprehensive  overview of the city by looking closely at Louisville's political, planning and policy outcomes of decision making.  Half the class is taught outside the classroom with field trips.  We will spend  time touring the city (walking, biking and bus) and learning about struggling and prosperous neighborhoods.   My  approach is to study the players who shape the city:  elected leaders, government, developers, non-profits, news media,  and citizen groups. Our city shapes our life chances but we shape our city: it a dialectic.   We will meet with elected officials from our Congressman, Senator, Mayor, Councilmembers, Neighborhood Associations, and non-profits such as Leadership Louisville and Louisville Central Community Center. This class will attempt to understand the root causes of our problems and come up policy prescriptions that work; we will look at bad examples from Havana to Detroit and good examples from Portland to Amsterdam. We will show you how my urbanist colleagues can access a treasure trove  of data from Photo Archives, MLS, Deed records, PVA office, Kentucky State Data Center, Planning Department, Health, and Economic Development.  Graduate students from Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Planning, History, Art History, Law, Public Health, Women's Studies, Pan African Studies, and Public Administration are welcomed  to take this course.    We will provide room for advanced  undergraduates.     If you have any questions, please contact Dr. John Gilderbloom at jigild01@louisville.edu or call him at 502-852-8557.

Spring 2015 Real Estate Class To Be Added

Due to student demand, Professor Arnold will teach a Spring 2015 section of Real Estate Transactions (3 credits; meets Skills requirement) and a section of Title Reports and Insurance (1 credit; limited to students enrolled in Real Estate Transaction), instead of teaching Environmental Law.  In addition, the enrollment capacity of Land Use and Planning Law in Spring 2015 will be expanded, to accommodate students who might be interested in the real property or environmental regulation aspects of the Land Use course.  Professor Arnold will continue to teach the Fall 2014 section of Real Estate Transactions and Title Reports and Insurance.  Environmental Law will be offered next in Fall 2015.  The Water Resources Law & Policy Seminar will be offered in Summer 2015.

Certificate of Accomplishment in Skills for Graduates

Students enrolled in the Law School may earn a Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills or Transactional Skills upon graduation.  The requirements for receiving a certificate are on the law school web page at the "Academics" link under "Juris Doctor Program."  If you are not enrolled in the Certificate Program but have satisfied the requirements for the Certificate and wish to be recognized at graduation, please submit a completed form to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs no later than Wednesday, April 20.  The form is on the same webpage as the skills requirements.  Contact Dean Nowka if you have questions.

Academic Success Resource Library Reminder

Now that finals are underway, please do not forget to return your study aids to the Academic Success Resource Library, Rm 212.  Also, donations of any study materials are always greatly appreciated!

 

Interested in becoming a Brandeis Academic Fellow?

The Brandeis Academic Fellow Applications are now available, and attached here!

Service as a Brandeis Academic Fellow is an academic honor, and an excellent talking point on your professional resume.  In addition, work as a Fellow is a great opportunity to help other law students while reducing your student loan amount.  As a Fellow, you will also have an opportunity to keep your knowledge of Contracts fresh in preparation for the Bar Exam.  In addition, you will likely develop a professional relationship with the Academic Success Program Director and the professor teaching your group’s Contracts class, building great referral sources for letters of recommendation, etc.  For further information, review the Brandeis Academic Fellow FAQs attached here.

Application packets must be turned in to Laura Grubbs, Academic Success Program Director, by May 31, 2014.  However, you may submit your application anytime after you have registered for classes for Fall 2014.  Applications are now being reviewed and potential candidates will be invited to interview on a rolling basis. 

If you have any questions, please contact Director Grubbs at laura.grubbs@louisville.edu or (502) 852-1477.

Best Wishes on Your Exams!

Brandeis Crypt

Justice Louis Dembitz Brandeis and his wife Alice Goldmark are buried in front of the law school. A tradition has developed over the years of students placing coins and Animal Crackers over the Brandeis’ grave markers during the final exam period to ensure good luck.
Read more: "Inflation Affects A Brandeis Tradition" (Brandeis Harlan Watch)

In-House Counsel and Fort Knox Externships

Earn Academic Credit for In-House Counsel Externship

Externship opportunities at the Louisville office of Passport Health Plan remain available for Summer and Fall 2014.  Passport is a not-for-profit licensed health maintenance organization operating a managed care program for the provision of Medicaid services in Louisville and surrounding counties.  The extern will work with the legal services team in Passport’s compliance department, and have opportunities to gain knowledge and experience relating to contract law and contract negotiation, and health law related federal and state regulations.  Students can earn 2 or 3 credits.  Prerequisite: 40 credit hours, including first year curriculum.  Contact Professor Jordan for more information.

Earn Academic Credit for Externship with Fort Knox

Externship opportunities at Fort Knox remain available for Fall 2014.  Student externs can earn two credits working with the US Cadet Command Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA), an office that provides legal services across the Fort Knox installation.  The externship offers opportunities to develop research, litigation, and/or transactional legal skills, and to enhance legal knowledge across a broad range of areas: e.g., criminal law in federal courts, including civilian misdemeanor prosecution; civil litigation involving cases in courts throughout the region; and/or administrative law involving a range of substantive subject matter (e.g., government contracts, labor, ethics, environmental, or military personnel law).  Externs are supervised by staff judge advocates or civilian attorneys working in the OSJAs.  Requires eight (8) hours of field work per week during the fall semester.  Prerequisite: 40 credit hours, including first year curriculum.  Contact Professor Jordan for more information.

Visit the Academic Success Resource Library

The Academic Success Resource Library (the "ASRL") is located in the Office of Academic Success, Room 112,  and is a library of supplemental study materials that students may check out for the duration of the semester.  There are still resources available for every course.  Feel free to stop by and check out a study aid to assist you with final exam review.

For those of you who have checked out study materials, please do not forget to return them to the ASRL after your exams.  Also, donations of any study materials are always greatly appreciated! 

Trial Practice Section added for Fall 2014

Another section of Trial Practice has been added to the Fall 2014 course schedule. Professor Pat Bouldin will teach Trial Practice on Thursdays, 4:15-6:45. Enrollment in this course is now open.

MONDAY, APRIL 21 - DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR MAKE-UP EXAM REQUEST FORM

If you are planning to take a make-up exam this spring semester, please submit your make-up exam request form by 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 21.