Alumni News

Professor Marcosson Speaks at 13th Annual Diversity Forum at Pettit College of Law

Samuel Marcosson, profesor of law, will join Scott Gerber, ONU professor of law, as guest panelists at Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law 13th Annual Diversity Forum.


This year's forum, The 20-Year Legacy of Clarence Thomas on the United States Supreme Court, is sponsored by the Black Law Students Association in conjunction with the Ohio Northern University chapter of the Federalist Society and takes place on Thursday, February 23, 2012.


For more information about this event, contact Ameerah McBride.



Central High School Partnership Interest Session

February 28, 2012, 12:00pm – 1:30pm
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law; room 275
Sponsored by: Central High School Partnership, The Diversity Committee, Black Law Students Association and the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program

Learn how you can be involved in the Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program through Street Law (for public service credit) or Marshall-Brennan Civil Liberties (for academic credit) and other activities in teaching at Central High School Law and Government Magnet.

Current law students involved in the program and students from Central will share their experiences in these programs which began in 2007-2008.

Sponsored by: Central High School Partnership, The Diversity Committee, Black Law Students Association and the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program.

Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson to Speak at Graduation

I am pleased that Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson has accepted our invitation to address the class of 2012 at this spring's commencement ceremony. Very truly yours, Jim Chen

Law School Alumni Hosts New Financial Radio Show


LOUISVILLE, Ky (February 6, 2012) – As Kentuckiana residents examine their portfolios amidst a financial crisis with practically no gains in the stock market for the past decade and interest rates near zero, they would do well to hear what Certified Investment Management Analyst Jeffrey Sexton, '92, has to say. For over two decades this colorful new host has managed money for his clients including rock stars, Fortune 500 companies and large brokerage firms. “I am not an armchair quarterback. I walk the walk and talk the talk when it comes to investing,” said Sexton, Portfolio Manager for the Delux All Cap Stock Fund.

“I hold an MBA from the acclaimed University of Chicago Booth School of Business and studied under a Nobel prize-winning faculty that specializes in finance and economics. The results of my research instilled convictions and taught me the consequences of managing Other People's Money.”

In 1997 Sexton was thrust into the national spotlight when his ethical eye caught the illegal doings of a co-worker at Merrill Lynch. He questioned Henry Blodget, Merrill’s former star Internet stock analyst, during the height of the dot-com era. Sexton’s inquiry led New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and the Securities and Exchange Commission to charge Merrill Lynch and Blodget with civil securities fraud. Blodget agreed to a permanent ban from the securities industry and paid $4 million in fines.

Jeffrey Sexton lives in Louisville with his wife and four children and has a law degree and master’s degree in Economic Statecraft, in addition to his MBA. He practiced securities law for over six years and was a member of the legal team that conducted the Initial Public Offerings for Papa John's Pizza and Rally's Hamburgers, as well as bond offerings for Humana, Vencor and Galen.

Other People’s Money is a one hour show airing every Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. on TalkRadio 1080 WKJK in Louisville, Kentucky. Listen live or via streamline at show will include guests, callers and will air as the Australian and Asian Stock Markets are opening which will give listeners insight about how U.S. financial markets may open hours later on Monday morning New York time.


Contact Information: Carolyn McLean, Producer of “Other People’s Money.”

Dean Chen on ABC News

ABC News Wickard v. Filburn

UofL Law Dean, Jim Chen, was recently interviewed by ABC News about the role that the 1942 case called Wickard v. Filburn will play in the health care law.


Read the whole article at ABC News.


Photo provided by Mary Lou Spurgeon. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Program Honors Jim Runyon

The University of Louisville will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. UofL will observe MLK Day in several ways including a Day of Service and an evening event co-hosted with Simmons College. Longtime UofL staff member Jim Runyon, who died last July, will be honored posthumously at a free public program at The Playhouse at 1 PM Monday.


"A Hidden Madness"

Professor Jones recently published the memoir “A Hidden Madness.” It tells the story of a successful academic who has long struggled, mostly in silence due to fear of stigma, with severe mental illness. He has spoken more than 50 times about “Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment” to groups including university nursing, law, medical and social work students, and won an award for his mental health advocacy efforts.

Thomas T. Johnson, Jr., judge who ruled the Holocaust was fact, dies

Thomas T Johnson, Jr.Thomas T. Johnson, Jr., '49, a Louisville native and graduate of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, passed away on December 28, 2011 in Los Angeles.

Johnson is best known for his ruling, issued in 1981, that the Holocaust was "a fact and not reasonably subject to dispute," in a case brought by an Auschwitz survivor against a Holocaust-denying group.

Johnson was born on Feb. 26, 1923 in Louisville, Ky. and earned degrees in engineering and law (1949) from the University of Louisville before going to work for the U.S. Justice Department.

For more information, read his Los Angeles Times obituary.


Photo courtesy of the Johnson family

Dean Jim Chen's Recent Article Featured in ABA Journal

Dean Jim Chen's paper, "A Degree of Practical Wisdom: The Ratio of Educational Debt to Income as a Basic Measurement of Law School Graduates’ Economic Viability," which discusses law school's return on investment, was featured in the ABA Journal.  Chen's theory focuses on how much a law graduate needs to earn in relation to annual tuition for adequate and good financial viability.  This article was also among the top five to be dowloaded on SSRN for the week.

Dean Chen's paper is featured on National Law Journal, Tax Law Prof Blog (a leading source on legal education and tax law), Wall Street Journal's Law Blog, Constitutional Daily, Stuart L. Pardau's blog "On The 50 Yard Line" and Above the Law.  Many law professor and law student blogs have promoted the paper.

Congratulations Dean Chen!

Twenty-Ninth Annual Carl A. Warns Jr. Labor & Employment Law Institute Call for Proposals and Manuscripts

The Twenty-Ninth Annual Carl A. Warns Jr. Labor & Employment Law Institute invites you to submit a proposal to speak on a labor law or employment law topic. We are accepting proposals on important or cutting-edge developments on issues that are relevant to practitioners. Some suggested topics are: wage and hour issues involving independent contractors and the Internal Revenue Service, the Dukes decision and class actions in employment law, and issues involved in advising those engaged in non-traditional service relationships, rather than traditional employment relationships, about their contracts.

The Institute will take place on June 21 & 22, 2012, at the Downtown Marriott in Louisville, Kentucky. Attendees will be a nice blend of practitioners, public servants, and professors. If you are unfamiliar with Louisville, it is a great place to spend a few days. More information is available at

Proposals must be submitted by midnight Friday, December 30. Based on your proposal, you may receive an invitation to speak at the Institute. Speakers at the Institute will also have the opportunity to submit a manuscript that will be published in the University of Louisville Law Review Warns Institute Colloquium Issue, subject to space availability, a review of quality, and entrance into and compliance with the University of Louisville Law Review Author Agreement. Manuscripts will be due March 1, 2011. Selection of manuscripts for publication will occur in April. All speakers must ultimately have some type of written material, such as an outline, article, or work in progress to include with the conference materials. Please submit your proposals to Ariana Levinson at and copy Elisabeth Fitzpatrick at There is no page limit or standard format for proposals although a short succinct proposal is preferred. You are welcome to send draft manuscripts in addition to your proposal, if you desire.