Provost Shirley Willihnganz announced on May 8 that Susan Duncan would be appointed for an additional three years term as Interim Dean. During the previous two years in which Susan Duncan has served in that role, she has accomplished a great deal and this continued appointment provides the opportunity to continue to place the Brandeis School of Law in a strong position. Her accomplishments are in the areas of fundraising, connections with alumni/ae, physical plant updates, attention to diversity, staff support, and developing a strategic plan. Dean Duncan joined the law school faculty in 1999 and is a 1991 graduate of the law school herself. In accepting the appointment, Dean Duncan stated that, “Serving as the dean for the past two years has been an honor and a privilege. I thank the President, the Provost, and the law school faculty and staff for their faith in me and look forward to working with all of them on advancing our school. The strategic plan sets forth a vision that is very exciting. I know our alumni and friends will help us execute this plan allowing our school to reach new heights.”
Josh Hartsell, a May 2014 graduate has been selected as a finalist to the Presidential Management Fellows Class of 2014. A total of 609 students (518 individuals were selected as PMF Finalists and 91 individuals were selected PMF STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Finalists) were selected. The PMF Program received approximately 7,000 applicants for the 2014 application cycle. Mr. Hartsell will spend the next two years working in Washington, D.C. on international trade policy as part of a leadership development program.
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:
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 502-852-8557.
The Brandeis School of Law is pleased to welcome back Lucy Helm as the 2014 Graduation Speaker. Ms. Helm has been a partner (employee) at Starbucks for more than 13 years. In May 2012 she was appointed executive vice president, general counsel and secretary after serving as interim general counsel. In her role, Ms. Helm leads the Global Law & Corporate Affairs department, including 190 legal and compliance partners (employees) in 14 offices around the world. She also serves as a member of Starbucks senior leadership team and supports the company’s Board of Directors. Ms. Helm is well known for her commitment to diversity and social justice and the National Law Journal recently named her one of America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsels. We are very proud of Ms. Helm!
The course schedules for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 are posted on the Law School webpage under “Academics” at “Resources.” These schedules are tentative and may change prior to registration. Check the webpage for the most current schedule. Contact Associate Dean Nowka if you have any questions.
The LBA's new Human Rights Section was formed with a focus on immigration, civil rights (race, LGBTQ, women), international law and human trafficking. Their second seminar on Civil Rights and the Federal Court 50 Years Later will be held this Friday, March 7. Professor Trucios-Haynes will guide attendees though the right to counsel in international law, specifically the Avena case, a recent SCOTUS decision.
Student registration is just $15. Call the LBA to register for the CLE (502) 583-5314 or visit the Louisville Bar Association.
In "The Mighty Walk" (Liberty Magazine, May/June 2013), 2013 Alumni Fellow, Stephen T. Porter, '68, reflects upon the events that led to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visit to the law school on March 30, 1967.
While on a break from classes at Duke University, he joined thousands of protesters at that monumentous rally in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965. It was there that he bonded with six young African-American college students who gathered together to hear the great orator speak. Just two years later, the legendary civil rights leader accepted the invitation of Mr. Porter and his classmates to speak at the law school.
The march into the city was on streets lined by locals taunting and cursing with racial epithets, but the crowd of marchers dominated the city that day and made its presence felt not only to the local populace and state leaders but also to the nation as a whole. The national press decided to cover this whole event (some claimed it was only because a White minister had been killed). More than 25,000 marchers heard the speakers ask for the right to vote for all citizens of Alabama. Best known of those speeches was certainly the one by Martin Luther King, sometimes referred to as the “How Long, Not Long” or the “Our God Is Marching On” speech.
Visit Liberty Magazine to read the full story.
The public is invited to view several of the rare photos included in the story at a free event on Friday, February 28 to celebrate Black History Month. The Martin Luther King Jr. Photo Dedication & Graduates of Color Reunion will begin at 5:30 PM in the Allen Courtroom.
Law Librarian, Robin Harris, was recently interviewed about the special collection by WFPL News in their report, "University of Louisville to Unveil Never-Before Seen Martin Luther King Jr. Photos". She also participated in a video produced by UofL's Office of Communications & Media, "UofL Remembers MLK visit", that includes testimonials of students who were in attendance on that historic day.
Meet Camilo Ortiz. Camilo joined Brandeis School of Law as an Admissions Counselor in January 2014. He received his B.A. in Liberal Studies from University of California, Riverside and his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law. His primary duty is recruitment, with an emphasis on underrepresented groups and pipeline programs.
Stop by the Admissions Office and introduce yourself.
Celebrate Black History Month with the LBA. Today at 4 p.m., as we celebrate Black History Month, Professor Cedric Merllin Powell will receive the 2014 Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr. Trailblazer Award.
Dr. Tracy K’Meyer, chair of the Department of History at the University of Louisville, will recount the long and multifaceted struggle for school desegregation in Louisville. Dr. K'Meyer is the author of From Brown to Meredith: The Long Struggle for School Desegregation in Louisville, Kentucky.
A reception to honor Professor Powell will begin at 5 p.m. following the program.