Alumni News

Professor Trucios-Haynes Appointed as Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice

Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes has been appointed as Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of Louisville. According to the institute’s mission statement, it advances the work, study and practice of peacebuilding, social justice and violence prevention through the development of innovative educational programs, training, service and research.

“I am committed to the values of the MAI [Muhammad Ali Institute] relating to the promotion of peace and social justice. The MAI focuses on initiatives that support human dignity, foster responsible citizenship, further peace and justice and address the impact of violence in local, state, national and international arenas,” said Professor Trucios-Haynes, who, in addition to her new director’s role, also serves on the Metro Louisville Ethics Commission, as Vice Chair of the board of the ACLU of Kentucky and on its Executive and Litigation Review Committees, and directs an Immigration Externship at the Brandeis School of Law.  “My longstanding work around the social justice issues in immigration law and policy, as well as international human rights law is clearly related to the mission of the [institute]. The opportunity for collaboration with the Ali Institute is particularly exciting.”

One attractive aspect regarding her work for the Ali Institute, said Professor Trucios-Haynes, is gaining the ability to witness and assist the work of Ali Scholars, whom she called “future leaders in their communities.” In the Ali Scholars Program, the students, among their other duties, are expected to select an expert area related to peace or social justice on which to focus, conduct research on a topic related to his or her expert area, and, finally, design and implement a local, national or international project related to his or her expert area. Part of the program also includes a biannual international trip that helps provide the scholars a global perspective on the lessons learned and matters emphasized during the program; this year, nine UofL students in the Ali Scholars Program visited Rwanda, a country only two decades removed from the genocide that occurred within its borders.

With so many great features, staff, and students already, what’s potentially next for the Ali Institute under the direction of Professor Trucios-Haynes?

“I hope to expand the presence of the MAI in the university and local community by focusing on local, national and international impact of violence affecting teens,” she said. “I plan to reinvigorate the faculty resource group to work on research projects related to the impact of violence on teens in our local community. At the national level, I hope the MAI can investigate the issues relating to the violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that has led to the humanitarian crisis of the large scale migration of unaccompanied children and families to the United States.”

Volunteers Transform Law School Courtyards

Check out the transformation that has taken place in the Law School courtyards, to be named the Charles Hebel, Jr., and Carol Hebel Courtyards. The Law School community has turned these previously unused and unattractive spaces into environmentally, humanly, and socially sustainable spaces with (mostly) native landscaping and places to relax and enjoy nature. The landscaping and planting work is done, and in the coming weeks, the courtyards will be power-washed and outdoor furniture will be installed. The soil around the pin oak in the west courtyard will be decompacted later this fall, and eventually hostas will be added around it.  A huge thanks to our donors, Charles Hebel, Jr., a 1955 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, his wife Carol Hebel, and his son Charles Hebel, III, as well as to two University departments – Physical Plant and Communications/Media – which provided major ongoing support for this project. And a huge thanks to all of the members of the Law School community who were involved in conceiving the project, designing the plans, and doing the hard work of preparing the soils, transporting the plants to the law school, and planting the plants. The three dozen volunteers – students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends (including from other academic units) – who worked on the project during the past three weeks include:

Les Abramson

Tony Arnold

Angela Beverly

Ross Bradley

Scott Campbell

Alexandra Chase

Susan Duncan

Jen Ewa

Linda Ewald

Ryan Fenwick

Judy Fischer

Jacob Giesecke

Grace Giesel

James Giesel

Brandon Johnson

Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy Kirkham

Emily Kosse

Maria Kosse

Eric Matthews

Matt McClinton

Tyler Miller

Jon-Paul Moody

Ella Neely

Rick Nowka

Mickey Paul

Debra Reh

Laura Rothstein

Eunice Salazar

Shelley Santry

Bailey Schrupp

Chris Schulz

Allison Frakes Smith

Virginia Smith

Michael Van Sickle

Becky Wimberg

 

The project was featured on WHAS11 and UofL Today as an example of a volunteers giving back to the community.

Come, hang out, and enjoy!

Check Out the Transformed Courtyards!

Check out the transformation that has taken place in the Law School courtyards, to be named the Charles Hebel, Jr., and Carol Hebel Courtyards.  The Law School community has turned these previously unused and unattractive spaces into environmentally, humanly, and socially sustainable spaces with (mostly) native landscaping and places to relax and enjoy nature.  The landscaping and planting work is done, and in the coming weeks, the courtyards will be power-washed and outdoor furniture will be installed.  The soil around the pin oak in the west courtyard will be decompacted later this fall, and eventually hostas will be added around it.  A huge thanks to our donors, Charles Hebel, Jr., a 1955 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, his wife Carol Hebel, and his son Charles Hebel, III, as well as to two University departments – Physical Plant and Communications/Media – which provided major ongoing support for this project.  And a huge thanks to all of the members of the Law School community who were involved in conceiving the project, designing the plans, and doing the hard work of preparing the soils, transporting the plants to the law school, and planting the plants.  The three dozen volunteers – students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends (including from other academic units) – who worked on the project during the past three weeks include:

Les Abramson
Tony Arnold
Angela Beverly
Ross Bradley
Scott Campbell
Alexandra Chase
Susan Duncan
Jen Ewa
Linda Ewald
Ryan Fenwick
Judy Fischer
Jacob Giesecke
Grace Giesel
James Giesel
Brandon Johnson
Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy Kirkham
Emily Kosse
Maria Kosse
Eric Matthews
Matt McClinton
Tyler Miller
Jon-Paul Moody
Ella Neely
Rick Nowka
Mickey Paul
Debra Reh
Laura Rothstein
Eunice Salazar
Shelley Santry
Bailey Schrupp
Chris Schulz
Allison Frakes Smith
Virginia Smith
Michael Van Sickle
Becky Wimberg

The project was featured on WHAS11 as an example of a volunteers giving back to the community: http://www.whas11.com/community/Group-of-volunteers-work-to-change-landscape-at-UofLs-Law-school-266634091.html.  Come, hang out, and enjoy!

Emily Peeler To Serve as Street Law Fellow

Emily Peeler, JD ’13 has been appointed to a fellowship that is a partnership between the National Association of Law Placement and the Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program. The two year position will be in Washington, DC. The Legal Diversity Pipeline program partners law firms with diverse high schools nationally. As a fellow, she will support the program through developing and providing law firms with training and curriculum. She will also facilitate the relationship between the schools and firms. The goal of the program is to teach students about the law and legal careers, encourage them to pursue legal careers, and offer support in that pursuit. 

 

While a law student at Brandeis School of Law, Emily taught in the law school’s partnership with the Central High School Law and Government Magnet program in the Street Law Program.  That work inspired her interest in continuing to work with diversity pipeline program. “I am very excited to continue working with Street Law and being a part of this great program.” 

Help Needed for Law Scool Courtyards Planting

The Law School is seeking students, faculty, staff, and alums to help with planting about 300 new plants and flowers in the Law School courtyards, July 9-12 in the mornings (8:30-Noon).  Our greatest need is for volunteers in the morning of Thursday, July 10.  If you can help, please email Professor Tony Arnold, tony.arnold@louisville.edu, or student Jen Ewa, jennifer.ewa@gmail.com, or just show up at the courtyards.  Thank you for your help in transforming our courtyards into beautiful, environmentally sustainable, community gathering spaces that can be well utilized by our entire Law School community.

Donate to the Mark Stanziano Criminal Law Moot Court Fund

Dear Fellow 1982 Brandeis School of Law Classmates:

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our classmate, Mark Stanziano. Mark was a prominent criminal law attorney and will be missed by so many. As a tribute to our friend we are creating an endowment in his name to permanently fund the criminal law moot court team at the Brandeis School of Law. It will be known as "The Mark Stanziano Criminal Law Moot Court Fund." We hope to keep Mark’s legacy alive by helping students improve their skills in the criminal law field. Dean Susan Duncan assured us this gift would be a wonderful way to help current students continue to have the opportunity to compete annually in this competition. Because it is not endowed the school needs to find funding every year. Please join us in remembering our friend by making a donation today. Several of us are pledging $1,000 gifts, however, any amount you are able to contribute will be appreciated and a wonderful remembrance of Mark.

You can mail a check to JP Davis at:

Office of Development, Brandeis School of Law
2323 South Brook Street
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40208

You can also easily give online. Select "Other" under designation and type in the name of the fund: The Mark Stanziano Criminal Law Moot Court Fund.

In the memory of Mark Stanziano, thank you for your time, consideration, and support.

Sincerely,

Tawana Edwards
Maggie Keane
Lucy Helm

Howard Baker, Brandeis Medal Recipient Dies at Age 88

The Brandeis School of Law notes with sadness the passing of Howard Baker, former United States Senator, White House Chief of Staff, and Ambassador to Japan.  In 2005, Senator Baker received the Brandeis Medal from the law school.  The Brandeis Medal was established to recognize individuals whose lives reflect Justice Brandeis’ commitment to the ideals of individual liberty, concern for the disadvantaged, and public service.  It was awarded for the first time in 1982. Previous recipients include Supreme Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Harry Blackmun, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Steven Breyer and John Paul Stevens; Congressman John Lewis, and journalist Eugene Robinson.

Senator Howard H. Baker first received national recognition in 1973 as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee.  Although his most recent service in public life was as U.S. Ambassador to Japan (2001-2004), and he served as President Reagan’s Chief of Staff from February 1987 until July 1988, he is most known for his service in the United States Senate.  The first Republican ever popularly elected to the U.S. Senate from Tennessee, in 1966, he served until 1985, including two terms as Minority Leader (1977-1981) and two terms as Majority Leader (1981-1985).  Following undergraduate studies at the University of the South and Tulane University, he received his law degree from the University of Tennessee.

Brandeis School of Law is Proud of Our Alumni Who Are Serving on UL’s Alumni Association

The full slate for the 2014-16 board of directors for the Alumni Association is as follows:



Officers



Tony Fortwengler, 66S, president (executive committee)
Chris Puffer, 93B, president-elect (executive committee)
Barbara Gaines Nichols, 67SC, secretary (executive committee)



At-Large Directors



Ernest Brooks, 96A
Keith Cartwright, 83L

Greg Cinnamon, 86L
Sean Deskins, 04A, 07L


Dr. Amy Farnsworth, 66DMD

Sgt. Danny Glidewell, 86JA

Kathy Goodin, 83B

Josh Hillman, 04S, 05GS

Kelly Hodges, 93B, 01GB

Dr. Lowell Katz, 68A, 72MD

Doug Kemper, 86A

Mitch Matamoros, 75K

Terina Matthews, 93E (executive committee)

Dan Murphy, 05B

Tommy Nolan, 03B (executive committee)



Ex-Officio Directors (non-voting members)



Marie Abrams, 59A (board of trustees)

Bob Benson, 69L (board of trustees)

Josh Hawkins, interim executive director (executive committee)

Reggie Van Stockum, 79A, 79L immediate past president (executive committee)

Kathleen Smith, 70B, 05GE (faculty/staff representative)

Lubna Hindi, president of SOAR (Student Organization for Alumni Relations)

Courtyards Preparation and Planting: Alumni, Students, Staff, and Faculty Help Needed with Law School

The Law School needs the help of as many alumni, students, staff, and faculty as possible to prepare the Law School courtyards for transformation to beautiful native landscaped spaces and functional gathering/community spaces.  We need LOTS of people to help with preparing the land and soils, transporting plants and flowers (several pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans are ideal), and planting.  We have estimated that this community-building project will take more than 100 person-hours of work.  The days and times for work on the courtyards are:

Prep Work (this is important work – we need plenty of people willing to lend a hand):
   Thursday, June 26: morning, afternoon, and evening
   Friday, June 27: morning
   Saturday, June 28: morning and afternoon
   Sunday, June 29: afternoon and evening

Transporting Plants (part of a caravan – need lots of trucks, vans, SUVs, etc.):
Either Monday, July 7 or Tuesday, July 8 (timing depends on who is available and when the nurseries are open)

Planting:
   Wednesday, July 9: morning, afternoon, and evening
   Thursday, July 10: morning, afternoon, and evening
   Friday, July 11: morning
   Saturday, July 12: morning and afternoon

If you can help at all, please contact Professor Tony Arnold at tony.arnold@louisville.edu or Jen Ewa at jennifer.ewa@gmail.com or (708) 307-4123.  The project is supervised by Jen and Professor Arnold in order to achieve a landscaping plan that was developed by all Law School constituencies in a participatory process and has been funded through the generosity of the Charles Hebel family.  This is a community-wide project that will make the Law School a better place.  Thank you for your help, as we work together to make this project a reality!

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