Alumni News

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

Honoring Owsley Brown Frazier

The Brandeis School of Law joins others at the University of Louisville and in our city in remembering with sadness Owsley Brown Frazier.  Mr. Frazier was a 1960 graduate of our law school, and in 2002 he was honored as the Brandeis School of Law Alumni Fellow.  This honor is bestowed by the faculty each year recognizing contributions to the school, the profession, and the community.  He had retired from the vice chairmanship of Brown-Forman Corp. in 2000 but remained connected to the company.   He was a life member of the UofL Board of Overseers and involved in many other ways with the university.  He had been recognized many times for his philanthrophy and community involvement.
 
When he was presented with the Alumni Fellow award, it was noted that he was an example of how an individual can use a legal background in another field such as business and how that reflected our interdisciplinary philosophy of legal education.  In accepting the award, he visited the law school and spoke with groups of students and faculty and shared his perspectives.
 
We are grateful for his generosity and his example.  He will be missed by everyone, and certainly within the law school community.

Lecture on William Marshall Bullitt

Students, Faculty, Staff and Alumni: 

Brandeis School of Law has many important alumni that we are proud to claim.  No doubt, William Marshall Bullitt, Solicitor General of the United States is among this group. 

Join us on August 21, 2012 for a reception to honor Louisville attorney, Mark Davis. Mr. Davis, author of the seminal biography of UofL Law alumnus, Solicitor General of the United States, William Marshall Bullitt, will speak to alumni, faculty, staff and students about the life and work of Solicitor General Bullitt. The author forum will take place in the Cox Lounge of Wyatt Hall from 12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. 

Judge Heyburn suggested in his review of the book why you might want to be there:

  • To learn the blueprint for becoming one of the nation’s great lawyers.
  • To understand the origins of many of Kentucky’s major law firms.
  • To get an illuminating peek at Kentucky’s and particularly Louisville’s history in the first half of the Twentieth Century.
  • To learn about the author’s first unusual encounter with Mr. Bullitt.

For more information about Mark Davis, and his subject, Mr. Bullitt, follow this link to a website concerning the biography: http://solicitorgeneralbullitt.com/.

Please RSVP to Sarah Humphrey, 502-852-0092, or sarah.humphrey@louisville.edu.

Russ Weaver appointed Associate Dean for Research & Development

Dear Colleagues:
 
I am pleased to announce Russ Weaver agreed to be our Associate Dean for Research and Development.  This is a one year service obligation. The duties include:
 
  • promoting excellence in scholarship and teaching;
  • facilitating and coordinating scholarly activities including workshops;
  • leading mentoring efforts; and
  • publicizing the scholarly activities of the faculty.
 
As you all know, Russ has an impressive list of scholarship and many connections around the country and the world. I look forward to his efforts to advance our scholarly and teaching missions. He will be working closely with the law school's Faculty Excellence committee to develop ideas to help all of us. Please join me in thanking him for taking this on next year.
 
Susan Hanley Duncan
Interim Dean

Michael Hicks joins UofL Law as Workstation & Server Manager

The UofL Law Information Technology Department welcomes Michael R. Hicks as Workstation and Server Manager. He is a Louisville native and holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Louisville. Mr. Hicks has worked in Information Technology for fifteen years, most recently, since 2007, for the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University's Health Sciences campus. Mr. Hicks will be responsible for maintaining the hardware and updating software on desktop computers in offices, classrooms, labs, the Law Clinic, and public and other spaces; and file, print and application servers. He joined us Monday, July 2.

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.