Alumni News

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. 

Law Students Attend Equal Justice Conference and Career Fair

On October 26th and 27th, the Equal Justice Conference and Career Fair in Washington, D.C. brought together over 1,200 law students with an interest in public service. This year, seven students represented the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law at the conference in hopes to gain a larger understanding and insight to providing public service in the legal field. The students participated in mock and actual interviews, networking, and workshops with a large array of employers and professionals who engage in public service. Among the conference speakers was Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who provided an in-depth keynote session with Judge David Tatel of the U.S. District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

The goal of the Equal Justice Works Conference is to instill the notion that every American deserves the same quality of legal representation while helping to educate law students on how they can help ensure that this service is possible. Brandeis School of Law student Galen Joyce, who was a member of this year’s Equal Justice Conference, stated that “[equal justice] is a professional responsibility, and a moral one, to enable our fellow Americans by creating opportunities for equal access to justice.” Joyce attended the conference so that he could obtain the necessary knowledge to further his understanding of how to promote equal justice when he enters the legal field. According to the Brandeis School of Law’s conference attendee Emily Peeler, “equal representation [may provide] less of a gap in the judicial system between those who can and cannot afford top-notch attorneys.” Peeler’s experience at a non-profit law firm catalyzed her desire to advocate equal justice and her interest in attending the Equal Justice Conference.

The Equal Justice Conference allowed Brandeis School of Law students the opportunity to gain valuable exposure to nationally renowned legal representatives who strive for equal justice. Through this involvement, students left with a better understanding of how to pursue legal careers embodying public service and justice for all.


Article by Rachel Ainsworth, Communications Intern.

KBA President Comes to Brandeis

Students, Faculty and Staff:

Please join us in the Cox Lounge at 4 on Wednesday to welcome Doug Myers, the KBA president, to Brandeis.  Doug is an alum of Brandeis and also being awarded one of the Law Alumni Council’s Distinguished Alumni awards in June.  Doug will visit with us and give his perspectives on practicing law and being involved in the KBA.  Students don’t miss out on this important opportunity to network with this well-known attorney. 

Susan Hanley Duncan
Interim Dean

Virginia Mattingly: 2012 Outstanding Chapter Member SLA

Congratulations to Virginia Mattingly, Cybrarian and Associate Professor of Legal Bibliography, who is the recipient of the Special Libraries Association's "2012 Outstanding Chapter Member" for the Kentucky Chapter. Her achievement was acknowledged at the SLA's Fall Business Meeting, Awards & Program on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the Jonathan at Gratz Park restaurant in Lexington, Ky.

James T. Jones Profiled in bp Magazine

Professor James Jones is profiled in a two page story in the Fall 2012 issue of bp Magazine, the foremost publication in the nation discussing bipolar disorder, one of the most significant forms of mental illness in the world.

“It is very liberating to no longer have to hide something that is so central to your being. The fear is gone.”

You may read an excerpt from the magazine online. If you would like to read the whole story, The law school communications office would be happy to loan you a copy of the printed magazine.

First Faculty Showcase: Professor Cedric Merlin Powell

Professor Cedric Merlin Powell is the speaker at the first Faculty Showcase, a series of events organized by the Student Bar Association to highlight the outstanding work of the Brandeis School of Law faculty.  The topic for this showcase is: Critiquing Neutrality: Critical Perspectives on Schools, the First Amendment, and Affirmative Action in a Post-Racial World.  Professor Powell writes that the talk will “offer a critique of color-blind constitutionalism and post-racial constitutionalism on three levels focusing on schools, the First Amendment, and affirmative action.”  He has been writing about this topic since 1995, and this talk builds upon his previous work in that it “argue[s] that there is an integrated theory that unifies not only my analysis, but the Court's jurisprudence.”  Powell’s most recent article, “Harvesting New Conceptions of Equality:  Opportunity, Results, and Neutrality” was published in the Saint Louis University Law Review.  The showcase is scheduled for 5:30pm to 7pm on November 7th, and the event is free and open to the public.

Cassie Kennedy Named October SBA Student of the Month

The Brandeis School of Law Student Bar Association would like to congratulate Cassie Kennedy for being selected as Student of the Month for October. Cassie is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law and Education and serves as an Executive Board Advisor for the Student Bar Foundation. She competed on the Criminal Law Moot Court team and represented UofL in the American Bar Association's negotiation competition. In addition to her activities at school, Cassie also volunteers her time to the Central High School partnership as a writing skills mentor and has been involved with the Kentucky Refugee Ministries as a community resources and volunteer coordinator. Cassie is currently a law clerk at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.

The Student of the Month is recognized for his or her dedication to increasing the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law's reputation. The SBA Public Relations Chair facilitates this award and current SBA members are not eligible to win the Student of the Month. Any law student, faculty, or staff may nominate a student and SBA will vote to approve the award.

If you would like to nominate a student for Student of the Month, you may submit a nomination.

Congratulations, again, to Cassie!