Alumni News

Summer Schedule

The law library's summer schedule begins Monday, May 11th and remains in effect through Sunday, August 16th. 

Regular Hours

  • Monday – Thursday: 8:00am – 9:00pm
  • Friday: 8:00am – 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Sunday: 1:00pm – 9:00pm

Exceptions:

  • Monday, May 25: CLOSED (Memorial Day)
  • Friday - Saturday, July 3 - 4: CLOSED (Independence Day)
  • Monday, July 27 – Friday, July 31: 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday, August 1 – Sunday, August 2: CLOSED
  • Monday, August 3 – Friday, August 7: 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday, August 8 – Sunday, August 9: CLOSED
  • Monday, August 10 – Friday, August 14: 8:00am – 5:00pm
  • Saturday, August 15 – Sunday, August 16: CLOSED
Please refer to the Law Library Hours and Ekstrom Library Hours for more information.

Legal Aid Society sets Brush, Bottle and Barrel of the Bluegrass event

The Legal Aid Society’s Brush, Bottle and Barrel of the Bluegrass will be held on April 24, from 5:30 to 8:30 at Louisville Collegiate School.  All proceeds of this annual event benefit the Legal Aid Society’s mission of “pursuing justice for people in poverty.”

Brandeis School of Law has a connection with the Legal Aid Society through our Brandeis Fellows, the LAS externship, public service placements, and the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Internship in Public Service, which is annually awarded to one of our students.

The Brush, Bottle and Barrel is an evening of sampling Kentucky bourbons, wines and beers and food from local restaurants.  In addition there will be a silent auction featuring vacation getaways, sporting events tickets, airline tickets and more.  The BBB also functions as the preview party for the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair.  You can purchase art objects before the Fair opens to the public on Saturday.

Recent Bar Publications

Here's a roundup of recent law school related news from the Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations.

Highlights from the LBA's April 2015 Bar Briefs:

  • Dean Susan Duncan's April column features "The Brandeis Connection to SCOTUS' Same-Sex Marriage Decision" and "Brandeis Students Gain 'Real Life' Experiences Through College of Business Partnership" (pages 6 & 9).
  • Professor Kurt Metzmeier writes about "Homing in on the Home-Rule Rules: Researching Kentucky Municipal and County Law" (page 17)
Highlights from the LBA's March 2015 Bar Briefs:
  • "Behind the Bench: Judge Jennifer H. Leibson, Jefferson District Court, Division 5" features Professor Leibson's daughter (page 4).
  • Professors Mark Rothstein, JoAnne Sweeny, and Russ Weaver are spotlighted in "Technology and Privacy - 50 years after Griswold v Connecticut" for their work on privacy issues (page 6).
  • The Dean's column also includes, "Laboratory for Democracy and Citizenship and the 2015 Brandeis Medal Recipient" (page 6).
Highlights from the LBA's February 2015 Bar Briefs:
  • In her monthly column, Dean Duncan reports about the Inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Summit and announces that Arthur Miller has been named the 2015 Brandeis Medalist. Lastly, Professors Laura McNeal and Cedric Powell are spotlighted in "Brandeis Professors Add to Ferguson Discussion" (page 6).
  • Photos of the Louisville Law School community are featured in "Bench & Bar Social" (pages 12-13).
  • "Diversity and Disability Discrimination: Impact on the Legal Profession" by Professor Laura Rothstein (pages 18-19)
Highlights from the Kentucky Bar Association's March 2015 Bench & Bar (Vol 79, No 2):
  • "Batson v. Kentucky: A Retrospective" by Professor Justin Walker (pages 10-13)
  • "Young Lawyers Called to Public Service" may be of interest to Louisville Law students (pages 18-21).
  • "Data Breach and the Kentucky Lawyer" by Professor Michael Losavio, UofL Justice Administration
  • The bi-monthly UofL column features an introduction to two incoming Louisville Law faculty, Goldburn P. Maynard and Justin Walker. Also included is an announcement about Daniel Cameron, '11, being named Senator McConnell's Legal Counsel (pages 49-50).
  • Several graduates are featured in "On the Move" (pages 70-77).
  • Robert Franklin Cooper Jr., '38, is honored "In Memoriam". He lived to be 101 years old  (page 78).
Both publications are available at the Law Library.  

2004 Brandeis grad joins Reminger Co., LPA’s

Christopher Piekarski, a 2004 Brandeis School of Law graduate, has joined the Louisville office of Reminger Co., LPA’s as an associate.

Piekarski focuses his practice on the defense of physicians and long-term care facilities in medical negligence and personal injury litigation.

Prior to joining Reminger, he maintained an active practice in Kentucky, Ohio and Florida.

He received his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Brandeis. While in law school, he served as an editor of the Law Review, a member of the Moot Court Board and as a research assistant for a law school faculty member.

Piekarski has been recognized as a Rising Star by Kentucky Super Lawyers Magazine in 2013 and 2014 and is a member of the Kentucky and Florida Bar Associations.

Brandeis strongly connected to U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming same-sex marriage case

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments sometime in April on the Sixth Circuit’s decision in the fall to uphold bans on same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee. The decision abruptly halted a swift wave of momentum favoring same-sex marriage – in the past year alone, state statutes or amendments banning same-sex marriage rights have been overturned in 28 other states.

SCOTUS will hear from plaintiffs challenging these bans in each of the four states. Kentucky’s case was brought by two sets of plaintiffs; one group that included couples who married in other states and are seeking recognition in the Commonwealth, and the other group of couples who are seeking the right to marry in the state.

All of the attorneys who have represented the plaintiffs from the beginning are graduates of the Brandeis School of Law. They include Laura Landenwich, Daniel Canon and L. Joe Dunman, from Clay Daniel Walton & Adams, and Dawn Elliott and Shannon Fauver, from the Fauver Law Office.

To underscore the significance of such a rare opportunity for these alums, the Supreme Court’s website claims that Justices grant review on about 100 of the more than 10,000 petitions filed with the court each term.

“Most lawyers don’t get this opportunity and it’s not something I ever would have believed was possible,” Landenwich said. “We all view this as the major civil rights case of our era. It’s hard to imagine another case in our lifetime that will have such a big impact nationally on the development of the law, Constitutional law and our understanding of who deserves protection.”

Landenwich said the legal team purposefully worked around the clock to get the petition filed in time (they had one week) to put it in front of the current court.

“Everyone had the opinion that the Supreme Court may not look the same the next term. The uncertainty if we waited was too great and would affect too many people,” she said. “It was intense. It still is.”

Landenwich credits her moot court training at Brandeis – and Professor Sam Marcosson’s coaching – for helping her prepare for some of that intensity. She also said the Louisville legal community in general has rallied around the team.

“There is a lot of support from the law school and the Louisville Bar. There is a definite comradery. The university has played a central role in providing support and knowing that your peers are behind you has helped motivate us through the process,” Landenwich said.

In addition to boasting alumni who will be facing the bench in this landmark civil rights case, Brandeis is also connected via its current students and faculty as well.

“The law school’s involvement in this case embodies the best qualities of our law school in the ‘how’ the people are involved,” said Professor Jamie Abrams, who was part of a team of 56 family law professors who signed and submitted an amicus curiae brief in the Sixth Circuit cases. Abrams worked with a team of Brandeis students to research the underlying Kentucky law. Those students worked for public service hours.

The plaintiff’s legal team is also being supported by students working for pay, student legal scholars, faculty scholars (Professors Sam Marcosson, David Herzig) and more. Additionally, Herzig’s article, “A Taxing Decision: The Supreme Court will rule in favor of gay marriage for the most practical of reasons,” was published by Slate.

“All law schools have faculty who can publish, teach and serve. What we do uniquely is integrate all of them,” Abrams said. “To me, the work on this case embodies everything that we value at Brandeis in terms of how to be a student and a professor and a graduate.  It’s not necessarily what we’re doing but how we’re doing it: we’re getting students involved and engaged and we’re supporting our alumni.”

Since the fall decision, Marcosson has also put together moot courts to prep Landenwich – a throwback to her time as a student – and the others.

“I can’t overstate how much the moot courts and Sam have prepared me for this. It was the most valuable experience I got at law school,” Landenwich said.

Landenwich adds that she is optimistic about the case and said the nation is ready for same-sex marriage. Marcosson’s optimism comes from his personal experience with the legal team.

“I am confident in all of them that they’ll do a brilliant job,” he said. “This just shows that you don’t have to go to the biggest schools to have an opportunity to make a difference on the biggest issues on the biggest stage.”

Brandeis alum named to Frost Brown Todd’s intellectual property group in Nashville

Frost Brown Todd has named Attorney Douglas W. Schelling to its Nashville office and Intellectual Property Practice Group. Schelling joins approximately 50 other professionals on the IP team, and will focus his practice on counseling and representing clients in matters related to patents, trademarks, domain name disputes and trade secrets.

Frost Brown Todd’s IP group recently received recognition as one of the world’s top trademark practices in the 2015 edition of World Trademark Review 1000 and has also been named one of the top patent practices in the region by Chambers USA.

Schelling has an advanced technical background and degree. In addition to his law degree from the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, he has a B.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Kentucky. He leverages this technical background to assist clients across industries in evaluating the patentability of inventions, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, evaluating potential trade and service marks, enforcing trademark rights, preparing and prosecuting applications for trade and service marks nationally and abroad, and drafting and negotiating various intellectual property related agreements.

Frost Brown Todd IP attorneys focus on trademark work as well as patents, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, interactive media, advertising, and first amendment and media. They counsel and represent clients in prosecution, litigation and portfolio management, assist with anti-counterfeiting measures in the U.S. and abroad, and work on cases involving ongoing enforcement efforts for world-famous brands.

Law school deans place friendly wager to kick off March Madness

The University of Louisville Men's Basketball Team will tipoff its NCAA tournament run Friday against the Anteaters of UC-Irvine. The Cardinals are a No. 4 seed, while UC-Irvine is a 13 seed.

To celebrate the matchup, Brandeis Dean Susan Duncan and UC-Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky have agreed to a friendly wager. If the Cards win, Dean Chemerinsky, a prominent constitutional law scholar, has agreed to give a speech at Brandeis (and to supply a bottle of California wine).

If the Anteaters pull off the upset, Dean Duncan will be speaking in Irvine and ponying up a bottle of Kentucky Bourbon.

May the best team win (Go Cards!)

Five prominent Louisvillians tapped as panelists for the Brandeis Medal program

The Brandeis School of Law’s Brandeis Medal presentation and dinner is set for April 8 at the Seelbach Hotel. NYU Law School Professor Arthur R. Miller is this year’s recipient.

Professor Miller is a leading scholar in the field of civil procedure and has authored more than 40 books and articles, including “The Assault on Privacy: Computers, Data Banks, and Dossiers,” warning of the threat to privacy posed by information technology.

In addition to the presentation of the Brandeis Medal, this year’s event will also include a Fred Friendly-style policy debate on current issues of privacy. The debate will include five panelists, all well-known in the Louisville community, who will be presented with a hypothetical that encourages them (through Professor Miller’s probing) to wrestle with these issues. The panelists represent a wide spectrum of perspectives and experiences and include:

Betty Baye: Known for her op-ed pieces in the Courier-Journal covering race, politics and social justice. Baye recently served as an adjunct lecturer at Bellarmine University. She has also served as chairperson of UofL's Dr. Joseph McMillan National Conference on the Black Family in America. She graduated with honors from Hunter College and received her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she was taught by Fred Friendly.

Hon. Denise Clayton: The first black woman to serve on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, where she continues to serve. She previously worked as an attorney with the IRS, as director of student legal services at the University of Louisville, and as associate director of the Legal Aid Society. She graduated cum laude from Defiance College and received her law degree from the Brandeis School of Law.

Greg Haynes: Recognized in 2013 as one of the “Top 10 lawyers in Kentucky.” At Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, he focuses his practice in commercial and business litigation. A graduate of Davidson College and the University of Kentucky College of Law, his legal career began in the U.S. Department of Justice and later as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (1971-74) in the Eastern District of Virginia. Haynes served as President of the Louisville Bar Association in 2011.

David Jones Jr.: Serves as President of the Board of Jefferson County Public Schools. He also founded Chrysalis Ventures to provide venture capital to promising growth companies in the region. A graduate of Yale University (B.A. and J.D.), his commitment to public service led to his service on the JCPS Board beginning in 2012.

Bill Stone: The longtime President of the Louisville Plate Glass Company. A graduate of the University of Michigan, he is highly regarded for his broad range of community and national activities, including on the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, and now on the Board of Overseers. He twice led the Kentucky delegation to the White House Conference on Small Business.

Registration for the Brandeis Medal Presentation and Dinner can be done online by visiting http://louisville.edu/law/events.

More information about the event: 

April 8, 2015, 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Seelbach Hotel, 500 South 4th Street, Downtown Louisville
Sponsored by: Brandeis School of Law
Registration Cost: $60

2010 Brandeis graduate serving in Middle East as JAG in US Air Force

Captain Jerred Kelly, a 2010 Brandeis School of Law graduate, is serving as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the United States Air Force and is currently deployed to Al Udeid Air Base in the Middle East.

Kelly, who also worked in the admissions office while he was a student, is part of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing Legal Office in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He will be stationed in the Middle East until July.

As evidenced by the photo he sent, Kelly said he is doing his best to spread the Cardinal Cheer around his deployed location.

Brandeis graduate named Senator McConnell’s Legal Counsel

Daniel Cameron, a 2011 Brandeis School of Law graduate, has been named as Legal Counsel for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. His first official day in the role was March 2.

The position seems like a natural fit for Cameron, a native of Elizabethtown. When he was a senior in high school, he was accepted into the McConnell Scholarship Program at UofL. The opportunity allowed him to spend some time with the Senator, also a UofL alum, during his undergraduate years.

“When I first met him, I knew he was somebody I wanted to emulate. I have held him in high regard since the first time I met him,” Cameron said.

Cameron, who was also a member of the UoL Football Team during this time, developed an interest for government and law. He eventually landed an opportunity to intern for Senator McConnell in Washington, D.C., where he gained foundational experience at the federal level.

He interned again for Senator McConnell – this time as legal counsel – during the summer of his second year at Brandeis. Cameron spent that time under the wing of then-Chief Legal Counsel Russell Coleman.

“From that moment on, I knew if the opportunity ever presented itself, I would give it strong consideration,” Cameron said. “I really enjoyed that experience."

Cameron first graduated cum laude from Brandeis, clerked for a Federal Judge in the Eastern District of Kentucky, Gregory Van Tatenhove, and eventually took a position in the Business Litigation Service Group at Louisville’s Stites & Harbison, where he spent a little over a year.

The McConnell opportunity presented itself in January. Cameron said he prayed about it, talked to his parents, Von and Sandra, as well as his close friends and colleagues at Stites & Harbison.

“I was taken aback by the opportunity to work for the majority leader of the U.S. Senate. I was surprised and humbled and honored all at the same time. I will be forever grateful that he extended this opportunity to me,” Cameron said.

He admits the leap from business litigation to Washington, D.C. will be big, but said the new job is a natural fit, consistent with his interest in policy issues.

“When you add on it the bonus of getting to work on behalf of the folks of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, it’s a special opportunity that doesn’t present itself on a regular basis. Working and serving Senator McConnell is a dream come true,” Cameron said. “And serving the people of Kentucky is a double dream come true.”

Cameron is a member of the Brandeis School of Law Alumni Council. He said the school prepared him well for the role and his professors helped him develop the appropriate analytical skills.

“They taught me how to think about policy- and law-related issues and how to articulate those points with respect to the law,” Cameron said. “The biggest impact they have had was to give me confidence that I can take on these roles – to clerk for a Federal Judge, to go to a big law firm in Kentucky and to work for the Senate Majority Leader.”