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U.S. News Best Law School Rankings Top 100



University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law moves up in the rankings; From 99 to 89 in the Top 100 Law Schools Rankings according to U.S. News & World Report.




Levinson Receives Corey Rosen Research Fellowship

Congratulations Professor Levinson

Ariana Levinson, assistant professor of law, has been selected to receive the Corey Rosen Research Fellowship from Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. The fellowship will be used for the study of employee ownership, profit sharing, and broad-based stock options in corporations and in society within the United States.

The period of the fellowship is July, 2012 to June, 2013.

Fundraiser for Central High School - Kudos to Courtney Pawley

Kudos to Courtney Pawley for the brief binding fundraiser.  She worked three days binding briefs to raise funds for Central High School Law Magnet student scholarships to the Summer Law Institute.
Thanks to Paige Hamby, Doug Keil, and Cortney Hardy, who helped with the brief binding and to Becky Wenning for her assistance.  Also, appreciation to the 1Ls who used the service.
This effort raised $600, which will provide scholarships to four Central students to the Summer Law Institute sponsored by the Louisville Bar Association, the Brandeis School of Law, and Bellarmine University for about 28 high school students each summer.

"A Hidden Madness" Receives Rave Reviews

A Hidden Madness, the recently published memoirs of professor James T. Jones, has not only sold more than 100 copies in one month and received a five-star rating at, it has been positively reviewed by several blogers, including A Book A Day Review and Book Critics.


From Gabrielle Wheelers review on A Book A Day:

"His decision to publish this book, given the character of the disease, shows an even greater bravery. Much as he wanted to to help others suffering from bipolar disorder, he was afraid."


Be sure to stay up-to-date on the status of Jones' book by regularly checking in at his blog.

Law Review Members Selected for Volume 51 Editorial Board

The Editorial Board of Volume 50 of the University of Louisville Law Review would like to present their successors for the Editorial Board of Volume 51:

  • Editor in Chief - Eddie O'Brien
  • Senior Articles Editor - Lauren Claycomb
  • Senior Notes Editor - Spencer Brooks
  • Executive Editor - Stephanie Carr
  • Managing Editor - Amanda Smith
  • Article Selection Editor - Clay Talley
  • Articles Editors - Carli Clowers, Matt Doran, and Patrick Smith
  • Notes Editors - Ashley Haile, Jack Hartz, and Ben Lowry

Congratulations to those selected for the Editorial Board and best wishes for the upcoming volume!

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.