Alumni News

Lindenberger Joins the The Dallas Morning News' Washington Bureau

Editors at The Dallas Morning News have announced the addition of Michael Lindenberger (Class of 2006) as a financial correspondent to the newspaper's Washington Bureau, beginning this summer. Michael worked at The Courier-Journal while a U of L law student and is a former editor-in-chief of the Louisville Cardinal. From a memo sent to the newspaper staff last week: 

We are pleased to announce that Michael Lindenberger will join the Washington bureau as our new government and business reporter. Michael is a stellar reporter who has covered transportation for The Dallas Morning Newssince 2007. He’ll start after wrapping up a Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University in June.

Trained as an attorney, Michael has put his formidable analytical skills to use exposing waste and management lapses at TxDOT, NTTA and DART. His coverage of lax ethics at the tollway authority prompted sweeping changes, and earned a Philbin Award from the Dallas Bar Association and a Pulitzer nomination from the DMN. After an initial two-year stint at The News, he covered state affairs for The Courier-Journal in his native Kentucky for four years before returning in 2007.

His new beat will be challenging: tracking influence, exploring the intersection of government and Texas business interests in Congress, within regulatory agencies, in the tax code and across the legal system. More generally, he’ll explain how federal decisions affect Texans’ lives and fortunes. Please join us in wishing him well.

~Todd Gillman and Dennis Fulton, The Dallas Morning News


Professor Abrams and Student Greg Justis Present at 2013 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference

Professor Jamie Abrams and Student Gregory Justis both presented papers last weekend at the 2013 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. Professor Abrams' paper, "Enforcing Masculinities at the Border," explored how our immigration laws reinforce dominant masculinities at the border by excluding marginalized masculinities and admitting those who comport with dominant masculinity norms, enforcing masculinity norms at its borders. Greg's paper, "Defining “Union”: The Defense of Marriage Act, Tribal Sovereignty and Same-Sex Marriage," explored the potential impact of DOMA and related legislation on a recent trend towards tribal recognition of same-sex unions throughout the United States, as well as the likely impact of legal recognition on state, federal and tribal law. Congratulations to both of you!!

Helm, '82, Named Outstanding Corporate Counsel Diversity Champion

Congratulations to Lucy Lee Helm, '82, who was honored at the 2013 Corporate Counsel of the Year Awards on April 11!

Ms. Helm is the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Starbucks Corp. She was declared the winner for the Outstanding Corporate Counsel Diversity Champion at an event in Washington. The Louisville Law alum spoke to students at the law school on February 7 for a professional development event.

Source: "Corporate Counsel of the Year 2013 winners announced" (Puget Sound Business Journal)

Kay Wolf, '75, Builds School in Cambodia

Sipping wine at the beach last summer, Orlando lawyer Kay Wolf (class of 1975) was reading an inspiring book and had an epiphany that would lead to building a school in a rural village in Cambodia that bears the name of her law firm: The FordHarrison School.

Working on writing an article on educating women in Third World countries, Wolf was rereading the best-selling book by husband-wife Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Wolf focused on a chapter about Bernard Krisher, who retired from Newsweek and founded World Assistance for Cambodia, and is quoted as saying it’s easier to educate girls than rescue them from brothels. Krisher created the foundation that helps donors build schools in the poorest areas of rural Cambodia for $15,000 each.

Wolf thought: “I could raise $15,000! What a great opportunity for the firm!”

Read more about her venture in "A Florida lawyer’s summer daydream builds a Cambodian school" (The Florida Bar News, Volume 40, Number 5).

Welcome Justice John Paul Stevens!

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law proudly announces our 2013 Brandeis Medal recipient, Justice John Paul Stevens. The medal will be presented at a dinner on April 18, 2013.

The life work of Justice Stevens is very much in keeping with the values of Justice Brandeis. His service on the Court and his commitment to civility and a balanced approach to issues are values and qualities that Justice Brandeis would have applauded. He shares with Justice Brandeis an interest in antitrust law, free speech, search and seizure, and the role of state governments. His commitment to public service has been honored at many law schools through Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowships.
Justice Stevens traces his seat on the Court directly to Justice Brandeis. When Justice Brandeis left the Court, he was replaced by Justice William O. Douglas, and when Justice Douglas retired, Justice Stevens was appointed to that position. Justice Elena Kagan was appointed to replace Justice Stevens. In his 2011 book, Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir, Justice Stevens describes the history of the Court by reflecting on the five Chief Justices of the Supreme Court with whom he served during his service from 1975 to 2010.
The Brandeis Medal is awarded to individuals whose lives reflect Justice Brandeis’ commitment to the ideals of public service. Previous recipients include Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Harry A. Blackmun, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen G. Breyer; Judges A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. and Abner J. Mikva; New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau; Professors Archibald Cox, Jr.; Professors Samuel Dash and Charles J. Ogletree; civil rights attorney Morris Dees, Jr.; Senator Howard H. Baker; Congressman John Lewis; Brandeis biographer Melvin Urofsky, and legal journalist Linda Greenhouse.

The 2013 Brandeis Medal Presentation and Dinner is made possible through funds provided by the Wilson W. and Anne D. Wyatt Distinguished Speakers Endowment. 


Justice John Paul Stevens at the Law School on Thursday

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law proudly announces that Justice John Paul Stevens will receive the prestigious Brandeis Medal at a dinner on April 18, 2013.  Justice Stevens served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1975 until his retirement in 2010.

The law school will host a question and answer session with Justice Stevens in the Allen Courtroom at 1:30 p.m. on April 18. Attendance is free and open to all UofL students. Attendees are asked to please arrive before 1 p.m. and dress appropriately (business-casual attire.)

For more details about the Brandeis Medal Presentation and Dinner, or to make reservations, please visit the Brandeis School of Law Web site.

Justice Stevens and Letter From Birmingham City Jail

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's, Jr. Letter From Birmingham City Jail. The Los Angeles Times recently wrote about this anniversary and commented:

King's discourse on legal equality rejected the argument that laws favoring the majority were no different than laws protecting a minority. Or, as Justice John Paul Stevens has written, equality does not require us to ignore "the difference between a 'no trespassing' sign and a welcome mat."

During the spring of 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr. visited the law school. This week we will welcome Justice Stevens to the law school to receive the Brandeis Medal. I hope you will join us in room 275 on Thursday for a Q & A with Justice Stevens. Please arrive before 1 p.m. and dress appropriately (business-casual attire).

I also hope all of you will read Martin Luther King's, Jr. letter. The text can be found at: We can all still learn from his powerful words and example.

Dean Duncan

Law School Appreciation Week Kick-Off

Join law school students, faculty, staff and alumni out in front of the law school building on the portico for the kick-off to Law School Appreciation Week.

Sign our huge thank you banner to show those who have supported you that you appreciate their contributions.


Monday, April 8, from 11:30-2:30

Free Popcorn

UofL Law Professor Jamie Abrams Weighs in on Proposition 8

Brandeis School of Law Assistant Professor Jamie Abrams joined 37 professors of family law and constitutional law in an amicus brief filed in the United States Supreme Court in Hollingsworth v. Perry. Professor Abrams is one of many Brandeis faculty members influencing legal matters of national importance.

Commonly known as the "Prop 8" case, Oral Arguments are being heard Tuesday, March 26.

Read the brief to which Professor Abrams contributed, or follow the activity on this high profile, nationally significant case at SCOTUSblog.

University of Louisville Law Review Selected to Host National Conference of Law Reviews in 2015

The University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to announce that it has been selected to host the 61st Annual National Conference of Law Reviews in March 2015. The conference allows law journal editors from throughout the nation to gather to exchange ideas and experiences about issues common to student-edited publications. Conference attendees also have the opportunity to hear from the foremost members of the legal community, meet with publishing and other service vendors, and socialize with a diverse group of law review editors from across the United States. Between 250 and 350 student editors attend the conference each year.

This announcement follows a successful week for the Law Review at this year's conference at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, where it was recognized for best practices and innovation in editing. The Law Review presented to an audience of approximately 80 representatives of journals from throughout the nation about steps taken this year to improve the efficiency of the editing process. Following the presentation, at least 25 journals expressed direct interest in at least partially modeling their editing procedures and organizational structure after the University of Louisville Law Review. The presentation will be published in this year's NCLR Best Practices Manual, which will be distributed to hundreds of law journals throughout the country.

This is a big win for the Law Review, the law school and the Louisville community. The Law Review is honored to be selected to host the conference and looks forward to welcoming editors from throughout the nation to Louisville in March 2015.