Alumni News

Professor Mark Rothstein Featured on NPR's "Morning Edition"

Mark Rothstein, Brandeis School of Law Professor and Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine, participated in a discussion of low-cost human genome sequencing on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. The discussion centered around ethical dilemmas that may come up if low-cost genetic tests are made available.

Americans Who Tell the Truth :: Visions of Justice and Compassion

The Muhammad Ali Center, in downtown Louisville, is featuring a new exhibit, Americans Who Tell the Truth, from September 1- November 11, 2012. This exhibit, created by artist Robert Shetterly, is dedicated to the belief that a profound sense of citizenship is the best defense of our social, economic, and environmental rights. Portraits and quotes of 40 exemplary American citizens, including Louis Brandeis, are meant to encourage viewers to act peacefully for the common good of their communities and the world.

The artist unveiled his Brandeis portrait at Brandeis School of Law in 2009.

2013 Brandeis Medal Recipient Announced

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law proudly announces the 2013 Brandeis Medal recipient is 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.

Central High Law and Government Program Students Visit Law School

Justice Breyer with Central High StudentsThe Law School Community welcomes our visitors from Central High School today.  The juniors and seniors enrolled in the Law and Government Magnet program at Central will be at the law school for their annual field trip to the law school.  The seniors will tour the campus and learn about the college admissions process.  The juniors will participate in a mock property class in the Allen Courtroom taught by Professor Laura Rothstein.  Law students teaching in the Street Law, Writing Skills, or Marshall Brennan program at Central, and any other law students are welcome to sit in from 10 to 11 for the class.  First year students will have the opportunity to learn about how to participate in the partnership program this coming spring at the annual Central High School interest session on February 12.
 
The Central students will attend the noontime Diversity Forum, which is a panel about Ending the Violence in West Louisville.  It will be in Room 275.

Road2Recovery Stop for Wounded Veterans

UofL President James Ramsey, Army and Air Force ROTC cadets and the Cardinals Pep Band will gather on the Belknap Campus Oval Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 8:30 a.m. to cheer on a group of wounded veterans riding bikes from Cincinnati to Nashville. Some 200 veterans have signed up to pedal more than 300 miles in a Road2Recovery ride meant to challenge them physically, mentally and emotionally and help them bond with peers. We’ve invited the news media to cover their 15-minute stop here.
 
If you are at the Law School that morning, step outside for just a few minutes to support the veterans as they begin the Louisville-Elizabethtown leg of their journey. 
 
Dr. Ramsey will greet the cyclists at The Thinker at 8:30 a.m. Then, ROTC cadets will give them water bottles, fruit and energy bars. The cyclists are scheduled to leave campus at 8:45 a.m.

Congratulations Professor Giesel and Dean Duncan

Professor Grace Giesel and Interim Dean Susan Duncan have been appointed to the 2013 KBA Annual Convention Planning Committee. They join other lawyers from across the Commonwealth to plan the Annual Convention, which will will take place in June, 2013.

Professor Tony Arnold elected to Nature Conservancy of Ky. Board

Tony Arnold, Professor of Law and Boehl Chair in Property & Land Use, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy of Kentucky. His 3-year term begins January 1, 2013. The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. It has more than 1 million members worldwide. The Kentucky chapter has protected more than 140,000 acres of lands and natural resources throughout the Commonwealth since 1975.

Read more about Professor Arnold's accomplishments at his law school profile.

Congratulations to KBA Writing Competition Winner Leah Rupp Smith

Leah Rupp Smith, Brandeis School of Law 3L, recently won the Kentucky Bar Association Writing Competition with her submission titled "Standing Your Ground: The Happy Medium Buried in Kentucky's Common Law." Her submission focused on Kentucky's Stand Your Ground statutes enacted in 2006 as compared to the similar law in Florida, which recently has been in the national spotlight following the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Kentucky common law, later codified in the state's pre-2006 Penal Code, already provided that a "Kentuckian never runs." Gibson v. Commonwealth, 34 S.W.2d 936 (Ky. 1931). The analysis centers on whether this standard strikes a more appropriate balance between requiring a defendant using self-defense to prove he or she had no means of safe retreat (the Model Penal Code approach) and providing presumptions in the law favoring a defendant using self-defense (Kentucky's--and Florida's--current approach in the Stand Your Ground statutes).

Orientation Week Boasts Successful Community Service Day

Hosparus

 

This year, approximately 111 first year law students volunteered for a service project (79% participation).  We also had 6 faculty, 5 staff members, and 8 upper-division law students volunteer (see lists, below).  Students completed projects for the following 12 area organizations:
 

  • Habitat for Humanity ReStore
  • Olmsted Parks Conservancy
  • Masonic Homes
  • Family Scholar House
  • Dare to Care Food Bank
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • Catholic Charities
  • Hosparus of Louisville
  • New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Operation Brightside

 
Faculty Participation
Professor Rothstein – Masonic Homes
Professor Abrams – Family Scholar House
Professor Bean – Family Scholar House
Dean Duncan – Ronald McDonald House
Professor Levinson – Hosparus
Virginia Mattingly – New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter
 
Staff Participation
Angela Beverly – Habitat ReStore
Becky Wimberg – Dare to Care Food Bank
Kimberly Ballard – Hosparus
Nakia Strickland – Hosparus
Becky Wenning – Operation Brightside
 
Upper-Division Student Participation
Jacob Giesecke
Dorrie Rush
Derek Miles
Dani Smith
Erica Wood
Brandon Johnson
Brian Strunk
Jamie Hafley

  

 

    

 

Legal advocate for Children, Gail Robinson, dies at age 61

To the Law School Community:
 
The Brandeis School of Law is deeply saddened by the passing away of Gail Robinson. Ms. Robinson was a 1976 graduate of our law school. Ms. Robinson was a long time employee of the Department of Public Advocacy and will be remembered for her numerous contributions but especially for her work with Kentucky’s juvenile law. Ms. Robinson was a tireless advocate for Kentucky’s youth and mentored many attorneys who represented children. Please be sure to read the article in the Courier Journal today that chronicles the many important cases she tried including a case involving the youngest death row inmate in the United States. In fact, many of her cases involved the death penalty. 
 
The Brandeis School of Law is committed to training thoughtful, civic-minded lawyers who play active roles in their communities. Since 1990, all students at the Law School have been required to complete at least thirty hours of public service through the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program. Although Ms. Robinson graduated before this requirement, she dedicated her life to 1) addressing the needs of persons of limited means; 2) securing and protecting civil rights and liberties; and 3) improving the law. The law school is very proud of Ms. Robinson for her unwavering commitment to using her law degree to improve the lives of others. We are grateful for her example of how to lead a life devoted to public service.  She will be missed by many people, and the law school community joins those who mourn the loss of this friend and colleague.
 
Susan Duncan
Interim Dean