Alumni News

Jude Wolford joins UofL Law as Academic Success Director

We proudly welcome Jude Wolford, the new Academic Success Director, who will begin at UofL Law on Monday, July 2. 
 
Jude received her Juris Doctor from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1990. She has worked in both the public and private sectors. In 2007, Jude sat for the Kentucky Bar Exam, after her family moved back to Louisville.  For the last three years, Jude has worked as an associate at McMasters Keith, Inc.

Duncan named Interim Dean of Law School

Susan DuncanSusan Duncan, associate dean of academic affairs and faculty development at the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, has been named interim dean of the school effective July 1.

Provost Shirley Willihnganz announced Duncan’s appointment after consulting with law school faculty and staff and discussions with President James Ramsey. Duncan will succeed the former dean, Jim Chen, who is expected to return to the law faculty after a year’s leave.

A member of the law school faculty since 1997, Duncan has been associate dean for a year and is a former chair of the Commission on the Status of Women. Her teaching and research interests are in lawyering skills, education law and restorative practices. Duncan's scholarship has focused primarily on issues surrounding children, including the need for anti-bullying laws and laws protecting children from online pornography.

Nationally, Duncan has served in leadership positions on several boards that focus on the development of new legal writing professors. She received the Louisville Bar Association 2010 Distinguished Service Award for chairing numerous LBA committees.

She earned her undergraduate degree at Miami University and her law degree from the Brandeis School of Law.

Duncan Named Interim Dean

Dear Colleagues and Students:
 
I am deeply honored and humbled to announce that the President and Provost have named me Interim Dean beginning July 1, 2012.  I am very optimistic about the future of our law school. Who could not be with such talented faculty members, staff, and students!!  I look forward to working as a team to keep improving the law school. 

Finally, I join the Provost in thanking Dean Chen for his service and many contributions to our school.

Thank you again!
 
Susan Duncan

UofL Law Professors Publish Kentucky Legal Research

UofL Law Library professors William A. Hilyerd, Kurt X. Metzmeier and David J. Ensign proudly announce the forthcoming release of their new book,  Kentucky Legal Research.
book cover
From the publisher: Kentucky Legal Research has been written to help beginning legal researchers develop an understanding of basic skills and techniques for finding Kentucky and federal law, and to provide experienced researchers with a convenient, comprehensive reference guide to Kentucky legal resources.

Kentucky Legal Research can be used as a textbook for teaching both first-year and advanced legal research courses, and in paralegal instruction. It is written in clear language with a process-oriented approach designed to make complex procedures accessible to readers. The first chapter discusses the research process and the rudiments of legal analysis. Following chapters discuss the state constitution, researching judicial opinions in law reporters, statutory research, finding the legislative history of statutes, and administrative law. The book concludes with chapters on court rules, updating with citators, secondary sources, and online legal research. There is an appendix that briefly discusses legal citation under Kentucky rules and customs, the Bluebook, and the ALWD manual.

For more information, or to order the book,
please visit the Carolina Academic Press.

Central Magnet program and UofL Signature Partnership Celebrate Milestones

The partnership with the Central High School Law and Government Magnet program celebrated its tenth anniversary this year during Black History Month as a part of the LBA Annual Trailblazer Event.  The LBA also celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the Summer Law Internship program at the event. The Partnership continues to grow and succeed.  Each year approximately 30 law students and 20 faculty and staff members join with members of the legal community to provide a comprehensive array of academic programming, skills development, and special programs with the goal of building the pipeline to the legal profession and government involvement.

The program, an initiative with West Louisville, is one of the University of Louisville’s Signature Partnership programs.  The Signature Partnership Initiative also celebrated its five-year anniversary earlier this month.

2012 Graduation Day Details

New information about University of Louisville's Commencement and Brandeis School of Law's Convcation have been added to the Current Students page, including information about Commencement practice on Friday night, May 11 and a line-up list for Convocation on Saturday, May 12.

2012 Brandeis School of Law Curriculum Guide

Students and Faculty

Now posted is the University Of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law

Curriculum Guide

 

This guide will assist you in identifying both foundational and advanced courses
for various subject matters. In addition, the guide showcases our outstanding faculty
members and the cutting edge work they are doing.

I hope you find the guide useful as you plan your law studies and future careers.

Dean Duncan

2012 Graduation Day Details

2012 COMMENCEMENT & CONVOCATION



CONGRATULATIONS! 

On Saturday, May 12, 2012, there will be several events honoring the 2012 graduates.

 

 

University of Louisville Commencement

On Friday, May 11, the University of Louisville's commencement rehearsal will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center.

All students participating in the University-wide morning ceremony are required to attend the rehearsal to confirm a seat for Commencement.

On Saturday, May 12, the University Commencement processional will start at 9:30 a.m. at the KFC Yum! Center’s Practice Court and the line-up will form at the law school sign. Please join law students as the Brandeis School of Law banner is carried into the KFC Yum! Center.  The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. President and Mrs. Ramsey will host a reception on the Main Concourse after the Commencement from 12:30-1:30 p.m.

 

 

Brandeis School of Law Convocation

The Brandeis School of Law Convocation will be held at The Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.  

Paid parking is available in the Brown Hotel parking garage off 4th Street near Theatre Square and off 3rd Street just before the corner of 3rd and Broadway. There is also parking available in the parking lot across the street from The Brown Theatre on Broadway. Metered parking may be available on the street.

Graduates should arrive NO LATER THAN 4:00 P.M. AT THE BROWN THEATRE IN THE ROOM TO THE RIGHT OF THE LOBBY. 

Please be sure to check-in with the School of Law staff and receive your name card upon entry into the theater.  If you are concerned that your name may be mispronounced, please write it out phonetically on your card. Please hold-on to your name card so that you can give it to Dean Cross on stage.  If you wish to take some personal photos, pelase do so before the line-up begins since apparel must be turned in immediately following the ceremony.

The class photo is at 4:15 p.m. The SBA will start the line-up in the same area.  

Graduates will follow the faculty in a single-file procession to the stage. When Dean Chen asks the class to come forward, the first row will stand and walk to the right area of the stage. At the direction of Dean Cross, please hand your name card to him. He will call your name and you will walk to the professors to be hooded. Do not remove your cap.  After receiving your hood, please walk across the stage to Dean Chen for a handshake. A professional photographer will capture this moment (proofs may be viewed online and your photo will be available for purchase.) Walk back to your row and be seated (since the order will be reversed, you will not be sitting in the same seat when you return—you will be on the opposite side of the stage.)  A program will be placed on each seat. Please do not take additional programs, purses, etc. on stage.
   
At the end of the Convocation, there will be a single-file recessional. The class will stand when directed by Dean Chen. Graduates should remain standing at their seats until the Dean leads the recessional.

PLEASE RETURN TO THE LINE-UP ROOM TO RETURN YOUR APPAREL.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS CHECKED OFF WHEN YOU RETURN THE CAP/GOWN/HOOD;
YOU WILL BE ASSESSED A SUBSTANTIAL FEE IF YOU FAIL TO DO SO.

 

Apparel Pick-up

You may pick up your academic apparel (cap, gown, and tassel) at The Red Barn on one of the following days: Thursday, May 10, 12-7 p.m., or Friday, May 11, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVE YOUR CAP, GOWN, AND TASSEL IN THE PACKAGE. THE LAW SCHOOL WILL BRING THE HOODS TO CONVOCATION.      
                                                    

Honor Cords

As a fundraiser, the Golden Key International Honour Society is selling honor cords to students who are candidates for honors as of the Fall 2011 semester.  Eligible students may purchase cords and wear them with their caps and gowns at Commencement and Convocation.  Honor cords may be purchased at The Red Barn on Thursday or Friday at the same times listed above for academic apparel.  Honor cords are $15.00 each and must be paid by cash or check made payable to the Golden Key International Honour Society.  Students who are candidates for Cum Laude (3.2-3.499) should purchase a gold honor cord; Magna Cum Laude (3.5-3.799) should purchase a red honor cord; and Summa Cum Laude (3.8-4.0) should purchase a gold/red honor cord.

THE SBA TRADITIONALLY ASSISTS THE ADMINISTRATION ON GRADUATION DAY
BY LINING UP GRADUATES AND HELPING WITH INSTRUCTIONS.

Grades should be available late Friday afternoon, May 11, on ULink.

CONGRATULATIONS AND ENJOY YOUR GRADUATION!

Please refer to the Line-Up List for details.

Basic Skills Mediation Training

Grace Giesel Named Flexner Professor of Law

Professor Giesel is the newly named Flexner Professor of Law

Congratulations to Grace Giesel, appointed 
Bernard Flexner Professor of Law in recognition of her demonstrated excellence in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service, as well as her commitment 
to continue this high level of achievement.

 

“I am honored ... and shall continue to pursue excellence in my teaching,
my scholarship and my service in the coming years.”


After graduating from Yale with a degree in Economics, Professor Giesel attended Emory University School of Law and graduated with distinction and as a member of the Order of the Coif. While at Emory, Professor Giesel was a managing editor of the Emory Law Journal. In 1988 she joined the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law faculty. In 1999 Professor Giesel was named a Distinguished University Teaching Professor and since 2005 Professor Giesel also has been the James R. Merritt Professor.
Learn more about Professor Giesel’s scholarship 
by visiting her faculty profile.