Alumni News

Louisville Tops CNN's List of U.S. Travel Destinations

Touted as the new Portland and showcasing innovative cuisine and drink and an exciting arts district, Louisville tops CNN's Travel Destinations for 2013 list.

 

 Read more at CNN Travel.

Mark Rothstein Weighs in on Genome Sequencing in Newborns

Limited genome sequencing is being done currently on newborns, but doctors could screen for more genetic conditions and could screen even before birth. But parents could be confronted with confusing or ambiguous data about their baby's health.

Brandeis School of Law Professor Mark Rothstein shares his insight into sequencing a newborn's genome with Rob Stein on National Public Radio in his report, "Genome Sequencing For Babies Brings Knowledge And Conflicts".

Student behind effort to mark historic significance of Brandeis home

Even before he was a student at the University of Louisville, freshman Andrew Segal championed a champion of UofL.


His efforts paid off Dec. 2 when the historical marker he made possible was unveiled at the boyhood home of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis — the namesake for UofL’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

Segal, a Harlan Scholar pursuing an undergraduate degree in political science, said he found out about the Brandeis home while on a 2010 Kesher Kentucky Jewish Louisville tour. Tour guide Allan Steinberg lamented that the building did not have some kind of marker. Before the tour was over, Segal told Steinberg that he would champion an effort to get a historical marker for the home.

His work spanned three years and included navigating the historical marker approval process with various state agencies, raising $2,300 to pay for the marker and rallying community support. Segal, a sophomore at duPont Manual when he started the project, said his mother, Joanne Weeter, and Steinberg helped him immensely.
UofL law professor Laura Rothstein, who attended the unveiling ceremony, said that it’s gratifying to see a student take an interest in Brandeis’ contributions.

“Brandeis helped lay the foundation for many of the civil liberties we enjoy today,” Rothstein said. “So it’s not just important that we remember him because he was a native of Louisville, but also because he helped shaped the social policies of our nation.”

Justice Brandeis was a graduate of Harvard Law School and served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939. He died in 1941 and his remains are in the portico of UofL’s law school.

It’s rewarding to “finally honor one of the greatest Louisvillians and people I have ever had the pleasure to study,” Segal said.

“I hope that the historical highway marker will motivate people to look up more information on Brandeis so they can learn about all of his good works, just like I did,” he said.

 

by Cindy Hess, communications and marketing

Brandeis Boyhood Home Historic Dedication

Justice Brandeis died in 1941 and chose the University of Louisville law school as the final resting place for his remains. An historical marker at the law school provides background about him and his connection to Louisville.  The law school was renamed in his honor as the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1997. 

 

Fifteen years later, the contributions of Justice Brandeis and recognition of his connection to our community are being recognized again.  This time the recognition is through the dedication of a plaque at his boyhood home in Louisville, Ky. where he lived from around age 9 or 10 until he left Louisville after the Civil War. The dedication will take place on December 2, 2012 from 4-5p.m. at the home on Broadway. Scott Campbell, Law Library faculty member at the Brandeis School of Law has authored a blog entry about the Boyhood Home.

 

Louis D. Brandeis was born on November 13, 1856, in Louisville, Kentucky.  His earliest memories are of his mother serving food to Union soldiers in his front yard.  He left Louisville at age 16 and later graduated from Harvard Law School, had a brilliant career as a practicing lawyer and advocate on behalf of numerous public causes, and became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1916, at age 60.  He resigned from the Court in 1939, and died in 1941.  Although he never returned to live in Louisville, family members and their descendants remained in Louisville, and he continued to be connected to his family, to Louisville, to the University of Louisville, and to the Law School.  The Law School was renamed the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1997.
 {from Brandeis at 150:  The Louisville Perspective, Published by Butler Books (2006).}


Congratulations to Andrew Segal, who as a high school senior, decided to make this possible by obtaining the necessary legislative approval and raising the funds to make it possible.  Andrew Segal is now a freshman at the University of Louisville, and a Harlan Scholar, which means that upon completion of the necessary academic and service requirements at UofL, he will be guaranteed admission to the Brandeis School of Law. 

Law Alum Discusses the ACC

As all of you now know UofL is joining the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)!

We are all very excited to be joining the ACC as it is known equally for its outstanding academics. One of our fellow Brandeis School of Law alumni, Howard Fineman, 2011 Alumni Fellow, wrote an excellent article in The Huffington Post about the unique opportunity this conference move provides for our city and our university. To read, "Louisville Arrives, As Sports Boosts Town And Gown", visit Huff Post.

Congratulations 2012 LBA Award Recipients

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law proudly salutes the 2012 Louisville Bar Association Award Recipients

 

Join us in congratulating these outstanding Louisville legal professionals.

 

Hon. Lisabeth Hughes Abramson (L'80)

Judge of the Year

This award is presented to a member of the bench who has shown judicial integrity and professionalism. A nominee for this award has contributed to the community by volunteering in civic organizations to help promote the image of the legal profession and has established a reputation for integrity, scholarship and professionalism.

 

Thomas M. Williams

Justice Martin E. Johnstone Special Recognition Award

This award is the highest recognition bestowed upon an LBA member for outstanding participation and partnership within the legal community. An individual deserving of this award has made a significant impact in the Louisville community through professional or volunteer efforts and exemplifies what it means to be a lawyer.

 

Hon. A. C. McKay Chauvin

Patrick W. Michael (L'87)

Distinguished Service Award

This award is given to an LBA member who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to advancing the practice of law or improving the image of the legal profession through exceptional volunteer efforts.

 

Margaret E. Keane (L'82)

Judge Benjamin F. Shobe Civility & Professionalism Award

Individuals receiving this award have consistently demonstrated adherence to the highest standards of civility, honesty and courtesy in their dealings with clients, opposing parties and counsel, the courts and the general public. They have shown sustained excellence through leadership in the profession.

 

University of Louisville Law Clinic, Shelley M. Santry, Director

Paul G. Tobin Pro Bono Service Award

This award recognizes the work of LBA members who have unselfishly given time to improve the quality of society through their legal work. Worthy nominees will be LBA members who helped deliver legal services to the disadvantaged through a pro bono program or cause. 

 

Tara W. Hagerty

Judge Richard A. Revell Family Law Practitioner Award

This award is presented to attorneys who have been in the forefront of new developments in the practice of family law. They have exhibited dedication to families and children through work both inside and outside the courtroom. Award recipients have made significant contributions to public service in the area of family law and have demonstrated innovation in the performance of their duties.

 

Cary Stemle

Gavel Award

 

Leadership Academy Steering Committee

Committee of the Year

 

Environmental Law Section

Young Lawyers Section

Section of the Year

High Praise for UofL Law's Negotiation Teams

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law is very proud of our moot court negotiation teams' performances in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition in Lansing, Michigan.


The team of Carli Clowers and Jill Smith were third out of 20 teams after the final round, being tied for first after the initial rounds and missing second by only 1 point.


The team of Emily Peeler and Patrick Markey were 8th out of 20 teams.


Both teams earned very high praise from the judges for their negotiation skills and adaptability to a variety of different teams and challenges. The teams were accompanied by student assistant coach and team alternate Cassie Kennedy, who was a highly effective and expert co-coach with Mary Jo Gleason and Professor Tony Arnold. All 5 members of the team worked very hard, making huge strides in their negotiation skills since the first practice.

Congratulations teams.

Pictured, left to right:  Emily Peeler, Jill Smith, Carli Clowers, Cassie Kennedy, and Patrick Markey

Outstanding Performance by Moot Court ABA Arbitration Team

Congratulations to Brandeis School of Law's American Bar Association Arbitration team. Their performance this weekend was truly outstanding. The team was first seed after the preliminary rounds and advanced through the semi-finals to become runner-up at the Chicago, Illinois regional competition (the winner was the Fordham University School of Law team).

The team thanks their coach, Professor Ariana Levinson, for her dedication and guidance. The team's facilitator, who did an amazing job in support of the team's success, was Courtney Pawley. Volunteers who also helped the team achieve their success are Phil Longmeyer, Brittany McKenna, Natalie Smith, Jessica Smith, Jason Vaughn, Phyllis Florman, Dennis Stilger, Steve Smith, Natalie Humphrey, Professor Ed Render, Hiram Ely, Jamie Izlar, Blaine Blood, Lily Chan, Jay Warren, Richard Hornung, and Tony Belak

Pictured left to right: facilitator, Courtney Pawley; team members: Darick Crumbly, Derek Miles, Emily Harris and Brad Johnson; and team coach, Professor Ariana Levinson.

 
Keep your fingers crossed that the Brandeis School of Law team will be invited to advance to the national competition.

Law Library Acquires "Other People’s Money"

In commemoration of the 156th anniversary of the birth of Louis D. Brandeis, law librarian Kurt Metzmeier, has donated a rare first edition copy of Brandeis’ famous 1914 best-seller Other People’s Money to the law library. While the law library has other copies of this work, including one once owned by Brandeis himself, the donated version is particularly rare because it still has the original dust-jacket.

“In years of book collecting,” Metzmeier notes, “I have only seen one copy of this work that still had its simple utilitarian dust-jacket—and this is it.”

Dust jackets in this era were often discarded so they always add to the monetary value of a rare book, but their greatest value is the historical feeling of seeing them as they first appeared in book stores.

“I was especially excited to pursue and purchase this book and I think our visitors will also enjoy seeing it.”

Everyone deserves a birthday present, even Louis Brandeis.

October’s Mentor Jet Program Proves to be Another Success

Approximately forty University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law students attended the Mentor Jet Program on October 17th in the Cox Lounge. The National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) created the Mentor Jet Program in an effort for law students to connect with leaders in their community. Before the Mentor Jet portion of the program began, Bobby Simpson, current President of the Louisville Bar Association, and Mary Jo Gleason, past director of the law school’s public service program, participated in a panel discussion that was moderated by Professor Laura Rothstein. The panelists discussed what a mentor is, how to find one, and how to be a good mentee. During the Mentor Jet portion mentors were distributed among twelve tables, and in a speed dating-like setting, small groups of one to three students talked with each mentor in five to six minute increments.

Students were able to meet with twelve of the community’s most prominent legal representatives.

Among the panel members were:

  • Terrence Cody, Circuit Court Judge, Floyd County, Indiana
  • Christie Moore, Partner, Bingham, Greenebaum, & Doll
  • Dolly Berry, Family Court Judge, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • McKay Chauvin, Circuit Court Judge, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Bobby Simpson, Senior Counsel, Labor & Employment, GE, and President of the Louisville Bar Association
  • Gina Calvert, Circuit Court Judge, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Maria Fernandez, Partner, Fernandez & Haynes
  • Kristie Daughtery, Assistant Jefferson County Attorney
  • Mary Jo Gleason, Kentucky Court of Appeals Law Clerk
  • Scott Furkin, Executive Director, Louisville Bar Association
  • Harold Storment, Attorney
  • Linda Speed, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Southern Indiana


The Brandeis School of Law’s Mentor Jet Program is an unmatched experience for 1Ls, in particular, to meet and connect with prominent figures of law in our community in an effort to create long lasting relationships of guidance. A special thanks to law student Courtney Pawley and Associate Dean for Professional Development Kathy Urbach who helped make the event possible.

 

Article by Rachel Ainsworth, Communications Intern.