Alumni News

Professor Powell to Receive Trailblazer Award Today

Celebrate Black History Month with the LBA.  Today at 4 p.m., as we celebrate Black History Month, Professor Cedric Merllin Powell will receive the 2014 Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr. Trailblazer Award.

Dr. Tracy K’Meyer, chair of the Department of History at the University of Louisville, will recount the long and multifaceted struggle for school desegregation in Louisville. Dr. K'Meyer is the author of From Brown to Meredith: The Long Struggle for School Desegregation in Louisville, Kentucky.

A reception to honor Professor Powell will begin at 5 p.m. following the program.

IT Staff Assisting with KY Bar Exam

The IT staff will be out of the office from about 3:00 p.m. Monday, February 24, through the entire day Tuesday, February 25, 2014, to assist with computer administration of the Kentucky Bar Exam in Lexington.

Since February 2008, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions has used Extegrity's Exam4 for the Kentucky and Multistate Essay Exams.

 

Good luck to our graduates taking the Bar Exam!

The Law School’s Business Law Society Announces its First Legal Memo Contest

The Business Law Society at the University of Louisville-Brandeis School of Law is pleased to announce its first Memo Writing Contest.  Due to the generous sponsorship of a local law office in Louisville (Richard Breen Law Offices, owned by a Brandeis alumnus, Richard Breen), participants in the contest are capable of winning up to $2,000 in prize money for composing a comprehensive memorandum of law on a real case, for a real client, dealing with real legal issues. The runner-up will win $1,000. The deadline to enter a memo is March 15, 2014

Those interested in participating must first become a Business Law Society member (if you are not one already) and read and agree to the contest rules (found on TWEN under “BLS Legal Memo Contest”). You may become a member by paying $10 to Jessica Wilkett, the Business Law Society President. A copy of the memo issues and a statement of facts are also located on the TWEN site. If you have any questions about the contest, please contact Jessica Wilkett at jgwilkett@gmail.com.

This contest is one of many efforts made by the Business Law Society to expose students to the real-world practice of law and to help them secure employment upon graduation. In the past, the Business Law Society has organized career panels and hosted guest speakers to highlight the different career paths available within “business law.” The Memo Writing Contest in particular was designed to encourage networking among current law students and graduates, and to provide another opportunity for students to showcase their legal writing and research skills. The contest is also a great chance to prove to a (potentially) future employer that the law school produces top-notch students equipped with essential legal skills. Current students should seize this opportunity to display their skills to colleagues, the law school, and the community.

3L Law Student Sets Example for Adult Learners

Lisa Matthews, a third-year student preparing to graduate this May, is included in an article about adult learners in this month’s Kentucky Life Magazine. At 55, Lisa is setting an example for adults who return to college to complete their undergraduate degrees.  After receiving her degree from the University of Louisville, Lisa went on to apply for law school and is now a few months from earning her Juris Doctor degree. You can read more about Lisa in the article “Graduating in Overtime.”

2L Ashley Mouser, Lawlapalooza Recognized in Latest UofL Magazine

2L Ashley Mouser, the Brandeis School of Law's 2013 Ellen B. Ewing Fellow, and Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, which benefits the Ewing Foundation and funds fellowships like Ashley's, were recognized in the Winter/Spring 2014 edition of University of Louisville Magazine, published by the UofL Alumni Association.

Lawlapoolaza and its student emcees were also mentioned in the February 2014 issue of the ABA’s Student Lawyer magazine, p. 36. Request a copy at the law library’s front desk.

UofL law school to unveil photos from Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 visit

After years of digging through photographic archives, the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law is ready to unveil photos taken nearly 50 years ago when Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in the school’s Allen Court Room.

“We found photos that we didn’t even know existed,” said Robin Harris, who chairs the law school’s diversity committee and is a professor of legal bibliography. “Two of the photos show Mrs. King and another shows a close up of Dr. King—which is fairly rare.”

A dozen photos will be shown at a free, public event Feb. 28. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. and is part of the law school’s Graduates of Color reunion and celebration of Black History Month.

Law school Dean Susan Duncan said the photos of King standing at a podium in the courtroom gave her chills.

“It’s gratifying to know that King spoke here,” said Duncan. “Because—even 50 years ago—this university was a trailblazer in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness.”

Harris said the project was a collaborative effort between the law school and UofL Archives and Special Collections. Five of the photos will be permanently displayed in the courtroom’s entrance along with a bronze plaque that commemorates King’s visit.

King spoke at the school March 30, 1967, after law student Steve Porter invited him. Porter—now a graduate of the law school—will speak at the February event along with fellow UofL alumnus Andrew Williams and recently retired law professor David Leibson. Porter and Leibson were in the courtroom during King’s visit and Williams was one of dozens of students who squeezed around the courtroom’s windows hoping to glimpse the civil rights leader.

All three will share their thoughts and memories about King’s visit during the event.

Networking Opportunity

YPAL (Young Professionals Association of Louisville) is hosting a luncheon on March 5 at the Bristol Downtown.  It is the kick-off of our “Legal-Ease” series, sponsored by SKO.  The intent of the event is to have prominent attorneys have lunch with young attorneys in order to mentor and provide career advice.  At the first event, we are inviting four local judges—Judges Clayton, Stevens, Bisig, and Chauvin.  Law students are welcome to register. 

The link to the event is here:  https://www.ypal.org/Events/March-Legal-Ease.  If you are a member, you get a discounted registration price. 

R. Kenyon Meyer Re-Elected to Dinsmore's Board of Directors and Appointed to Executive Committee

Dinsmore & Shohl’s R. Kenyon Meyer has once again been elected to serve on the firm's Board of Directors. Meyer has been a member of the Board since 2011 and has also been appointed to serve on Dinsmore’s Executive Committee.        

Meyer’s extensive litigation experience includes commercial disputes in state and federal courts, wrongful discharge litigation, and trade secrets and restrictive covenant issues on behalf of employees and employers. He represents media entities throughout Kentucky in an advisory capacity and in litigation. Meyer also represents employers and employees in white collar criminal matters, both in the investigation stage and in litigation.

Meyer has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Labor and Employment Litigation. He also has been selected for the Kentucky Super Lawyers® List, the Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers and rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell. Meyer is a Partner in Dinsmore’s Litigation Department. He earned his J.D. from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

 

About Dinsmore & Shohl

Dinsmore & Shohl is comprised of more than 475 attorneys practicing in 13 cities throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. For more than a century, Dinsmore has provided a broad range of integrated services to meet the needs of both large and small businesses as well as institutions, associations, governments, professional firms and individuals. For more information, please visit www.dinsmore.com.

Louisville Bar Association Elects Wyatt Attorneys For Leadership Roles

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys, and UofL Law School graduates, have been elected Section leaders for the Louisville Bar Association for 2014. The LBA’s Sections offer professional development and interaction for lawyers practicing the same areas of law. Rosalind Cordini has been elected Health Law Section Chair and R. Benjamin Straus, Real Estate Section Vice Chair.  

Rosalind Cordini is a member of Wyatt’s Health Care Service Team. She has extensive experience with matters dealing with hospital administration and regulatory oversight. Ms. Cordini advises healthcare clients in areas related to contracts, HIPAA, EMTALA, fraud and abuse, licensure, medical staff matters and various other patient care and regulatory matters. Ms. Cordini took a statewide leadership role in addressing the "HB1" law, participating in discussions with regulators and legislators, providing testimony, and suggesting revisions to "HB1" and its associated regulations. 2011 - J.D., magna cum laude, University of Louisville

R. Benjamin Straus is a member of Wyatt’s Real Estate & Lending Service Team. He concentrates his practice on commercial lending transactions and the sale, acquisition, leasing and development of commercial property. 2009 - J.D., University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law.

 

About Wyatt

Wyatt is a full-service regional law firm with approximately 200 lawyers and offices in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; New Albany, Indiana; Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee; and Jackson, Mississippi. Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs is a member of the DuPont Legal Network, Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms, and Advance Law. For more information about Wyatt, please visit www.wyattfirm.com.

Brandeis School of Law Seeking Visiting Professor for 2014-15

The Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville seeks to hire a visitor for the 2014-15 academic year.  Primary areas of curricular need are tax, decedents' estates and related courses.  Other curricular needs may include commercial law and/or family law.  The visitor will teach four courses during the 2014-15 academic year.  Both entry-level and experienced applicants will be considered.  Salary will be commensurate with experience.
 
The University of Louisville is located in Louisville, Kentucky.  Louisville is a city of 1.3 million with vibrant arts, educational, medical and business communities, and was named Lonely Planet's Top US Travel Destination for 2013.  Information about the law school is available at the school's website at http://www.law.louisville.edu/.  For further information about the school, or to apply, please contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Timothy S. Hall, at hallt@louisville.edu or (502) 852-6830.
 
The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race,age, religion, sex, disability, color, sexual orientation, national origin or veteran status.  Applications from individuals who will contribute to the diversity of our law school are encouraged.