Alumni News

Brandeis alum named DelCotto Law Group member

Jamie L. Harris has been named a member of the DelCotto Law Group in Lexington. She will focus her practice on individual and business Chapter 11 bankruptcies and workouts.

For the past 8 years, Harris has represented clients in numerous industries including healthcare, nonprofit, trucking, construction, commercial real estate and telecommunications. She is a frequent author and presenter on business insolvency issues.
Harris is a leader in DLG's bankruptcy, business restructuring and debt workout practice areas. She helps companies and individuals expand, reorganize, buy, sell and liquidate. Her practice is focused on clients in transition who need assistance in acquisitions, debt restructuring, refinancing, workouts and turnarounds.
Harris received her bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Centre College and her JD from the Brandeis School of Law.

Incoming Editorial Board selected for the University of Louisville Law Review

The Editorial Board of the University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to announce their successors for Volume 54:

   Editor in Chief: Daniel Reed

   Senior Articles Editor: Emily Meyer

   Senior Notes Editor: Emily Irwin

   Articles Editors: Vlad Bursuc, Megan Diffenderfer, Tyler Larson

   Notes Editors: Lindsey Boyd, Kari DiCecco, Katherine Vail

   Articles Selection Editor: Carolyn Purcell

   Online Content Editor: Andrew Weeks

   Executive Editor: Dallas Selvy

   Managing Editor: Ben Jakubowicz

The University of Louisville Law Review is the principal law review publication of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. Managed exclusively by students, the Law Review is a scholarly publication devoted to developing the law, evaluating legal institutions and analyzing issues of law and public policy. The Law Review features student notes and articles written by nationally and globally recognized experts. The Editorial Board and Staff of the Law Review publish three issues per year and have editorial control over its content.

Congratulations to the newly minted Editorial Board for Volume 54!

Law School Diversity Reception

Join us Wednesday, February 11, as we celebrate Black History Month with fellow alumni at Champion Sports Bar (located in the Downtown Marriott). This pre-game party starts at 5:30.  Come join the fun!

Bellarmine National Trial Competition

Bellarmine University will be hosting a National trial competition the weekend of March 13 to 15, with one round Friday evening from 6:00 pm  to 9:30 pm, second round Saturday morning 9:00 am  to 12:30 pm, the third round Saturday afternoon , 2:00 pm  to 5:30 pm and the final round 9:00 am  to 12:30 pm.  They want to recruit 24 law students who have taken Evidence to be presiding judges  to rule on objections and keep the trials moving forward. Law students will not be scoring judges only presiding judges. Law students will have the opportunity to meet over  a 100 local attorneys during the competition while attending the pretrial judges’ instructions and during the trials. Interested law students need to attend a two-hour judge’s boot camp prior to the tournament conducted by Chris Schaefer and Jim Wagoner.  Interested students should contact:  Jim Wagoner at (502) 582-1381 or  This is a GREAT way to network with practicing attorneys so please consider volunteering.

Brandeis alum named Women of Influence Award winner by Nashville publication

Jennifer Kovalcik, an attorney at Stites & Harbison PLLC, has been named a winner of the 2015 Women of Influence Awards in the category of “Inspiration/Mentor.”

The award is presented by the Nashville Business Journal.

Kovalcik is a member at the firm's Nashville office. She graduated summa cum laude from the Brandeis School of Law in 2002 and was the class valedictorian.

Kovalcik also earned her bachelor’s degree from UofL, graduating with highest honors in Music in Vocal Performance in 1999.

According to the Nashville Business Journal, the Women of Influence Awards honor women who are making a positive impact in Middle Tennessee. Nominations are received from the public and an independent panel of judges consisting of previous Women of Influence award winners select the finalists in 10 categories.

Kovalcik is a trademark and technology attorney. Her practice concentrates on designing and implementing plans for a variety of industries that implicate intellectual property assets, including trademarks, domains, trade secrets, copyrights and software. She also drafts and negotiates software development and licensing agreements among other technology contracts. She is recognized as a “Rising Star” in Mid-South Super Lawyers.

Kovalcik is a board member and Soprano with the Concert Chorale of Nashville. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Trustees for St. Mary Villa Child Development Center volunteers at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University.  She currently serves as Chair of the AIPLA Trademark Law Committee and is the outgoing Program Chair of the Trademark Boot Camp comprehensive training program.

Kovalcik is a former Chair of both the Nashville Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Committee and the Louisville Bar Association Intellectual Property Section and is a Fellow with the Nashville Bar Foundation. 

Ronald Simpson, ’57 grad, passes away in Florida

Ronald Vincent Simpson, of Sarasota, Florida, died on Jan. 4 at his home and surrounded by his family. He was born on Aug. 11, 1930 in Boston.

Simpson earned his law degree from the University of Louisville in 1957. He was a partner of Goldberg & Simpson until his retirement in 1987.

Simpson received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, where he played on the tennis team. He also served in the United States Army in Japan during the Korean conflict.

Merrill Schell, ’76 grad, passes away

Merrill Stephen Schell, 64, of Louisville, passed away on Jan. 13. He received his JD from the University of Louisville’s Law School in 1976, graduating magna cum laude, and was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Upon graduation, Schell joined the firm of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs where he had clerked while in law school. According to his obituary, much of his 36-year legal career was devoted to the practice of corporate law with a specialty in antitrust.

Schell retired from Wyatt in January 2012. He was nominated by his peers in the legal community as one of Louisville’s Top Lawyers in the area of antitrust law.

Schell was a member of the Kentucky Bar Association and the Louisville Bar Association.

Today: "From Brown to the Present: The Road Beyond Michael Brown’s Ferguson and Eric Garner’s Staten Island"

Please join us for the first Diversity Program of the Spring 2015 semester, From Brown to the Present: The Road Beyond Michael Brown’s Ferguson and Eric Garner’s Staten Island: A Conversation about ‘What it Means to be ColorBrave,” Tuesday, January 27.

Click here for complete information and details.

Administrative Law Judge and UofL alum Charles Boyer passes away

Judge Charles "Chuck" Robert Boyer died at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Jan. 20.

Judge Boyer was born in Vincennes, Indiana, on Aug. 23, 1940, to the late Robert and Ruth Boyer. He earned his undergraduate degree as well as his J.D. from the University of Louisville in 1962 and 1966, respectively.

After a period of private practice (1966-1974) and serving as Louisville's Assistant City Attorney (1967-1970), Judge Boyer began his career as an Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration. He was eventually appointed as Chief ALJ of the National Office of the Social Security Administration from 1995-2001.

Judge Boyer finished his career as an ALJ in Charlottesville and retired in 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Finch Boyer, four children, Amy Boyer Cox-Klapperich (Kerry) of Charlotttesville, Virginia, Elizabeth Boyer Hightower (Roger) of Seminole, Florida, Christopher Boyer of Louisville, Kentucky, and Scott Boyer (Amy) also of Louisville, Kentucky; and nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Charlottesville, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA 22901.




Sayed Kashua Lecture and Discussion

The University of Louisville Jewish Studies Program warmly invites you to hear novelist, journalist, and screenwriter Sayed Kashua on "The Foreign Mother Tongue: Living and Writing as a Palestinian in Israel" at 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2015, in the Chao Auditorium of Ekstrom Library.  For reservations: