Alumni News

Administrative Law Judge and UofL alum Charles Boyer passes away

Judge Charles "Chuck" Robert Boyer died at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Jan. 20.

Judge Boyer was born in Vincennes, Indiana, on Aug. 23, 1940, to the late Robert and Ruth Boyer. He earned his undergraduate degree as well as his J.D. from the University of Louisville in 1962 and 1966, respectively.

After a period of private practice (1966-1974) and serving as Louisville's Assistant City Attorney (1967-1970), Judge Boyer began his career as an Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration. He was eventually appointed as Chief ALJ of the National Office of the Social Security Administration from 1995-2001.

Judge Boyer finished his career as an ALJ in Charlottesville and retired in 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Finch Boyer, four children, Amy Boyer Cox-Klapperich (Kerry) of Charlotttesville, Virginia, Elizabeth Boyer Hightower (Roger) of Seminole, Florida, Christopher Boyer of Louisville, Kentucky, and Scott Boyer (Amy) also of Louisville, Kentucky; and nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Charlottesville, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA 22901.




Sayed Kashua Lecture and Discussion

The University of Louisville Jewish Studies Program warmly invites you to hear novelist, journalist, and screenwriter Sayed Kashua on "The Foreign Mother Tongue: Living and Writing as a Palestinian in Israel" at 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2015, in the Chao Auditorium of Ekstrom Library.  For reservations:

Brandeis alum Howard Fineman named Global Editorial Director of Huffington Post

Huffington Post has appointed Brandeis Alum Howard Fineman to its newly-created Global Editorial Director position. Fineman will be in charge of supervising the company's domestic news coverage, as well as international editions.

In a statement released to the media, Founder/Editor-in-Chief and President Arianna Huffington said:

"The Huffington Post has named Howard Fineman Global Editorial Director, effective immediately. We now have 13 international editions, with more rolling out this year, and Howard will extend his reach from the U.S. to our growing global audience. He will continue to keep tabs on U.S. news coverage, especially politics, as he works to integrate and grow all of our news coverage around the world."

The new position was created to keep up with Huffington Post's expanded international presence. Last year, for example, the company added editions for Greece, India and Morocco.

Fineman is also an NBC/MSNBC news analyst. Prior to his new position, he served as Editorial Director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group. He also spent many years as a reporter, columnist, editor and Deputy Washington Bureau Chief at Newsweek Magazine.

Fineman has interviewed every major presidential candidate since 1985 as well as business and entertainment leaders. His book, The Thirteen American Arguments, was published by Random House in 2008 and was a national best seller.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colgate, Fineman earned an MS from Columbia and a JD law degree from the University of Louisville in 1980 while working as a reporter for The Courier-Journal. In May 2011 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by Colgate University, his college alma mater.

Fineman was the Brandeis School of Law's graduation speaker in 2013 and was named Alumni Fellow in 2011.

Kennedy-appointed US District Attorney and UL Law grad dies

Richard P. "Dick" Stein, from Carmel, Indiana, passed away on Dec. 28. He was born Sept. 2, 1925 in New Albany, Indiana, to William P. Stein and Lillian Russell Stein.

In June 1950, Stein graduated from the University of Louisville and Louisville Law School. He was then admitted to the Indiana Bar, but was recalled to active duty shortly thereafter. During the Korean War, he served as a Lieutenant at a Naval Station in Newport, Rhode Island, before returning home to New Albany to practice law in 1952.

In 1954 and 1958, Stein was elected Prosecuting Attorney for Floyd County. At age 35, he was appointed to US Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana by President John F. Kennedy. Under Kennedy, he received the honor of being allowed to practice in front of the US Supreme Court.

In 1965, Stein was reappointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He resigned in 1966 and was appointed Chairman of the Indiana Public Service Commission.

In 1971, he became Legal Counsel for Eli Lilly and Co. for three years, and then spent 15 years as senior vice president of Public Affairs at the Public Service Company of Indiana (now Duke Energy).

Stein was named a Sagamore of the Wabash five times by five different governors. He was also a member of the Service Club of Indianapolis and former member of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, the Columbia Club, the Athletic Club and the Highland Club.


UL Law grad and District Counsel, US Army Engineer District, passes away

Fred Rager, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, died on Dec. 25. He was born on Oct. 17, 1922 in Jeffersonville to Augustus Marion Rager and Mary Ellen Rager.

Prior to graduating from the UL Brandeis School of Law, Rager served in the Army Air Corps, Pacific Theater, in World War II. Upon graduation and through his retirement, Rager served as District Counsel, US Army Engineer District, in Louisville.

He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Frances, and is survived by his children, Laura McKinstry (Richard), Kirtley Cooke (Cheri), of Jeffersonville, and Shellie Fielden (John) of Honolulu; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.



Former salutatorian promoted to membership at Louisville firm

University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law alum, Michael Kleinert, has been promoted to membership in Stites & Harbison, PLLC, as part of the Business Litigation Service Group

He earned his JD, magna cum laude, in 2006. He also was the salutatorian (Edwin O. Davis Award). He is part of a group of 16 attorneys that have been promoted within the Louisville-based firm.



Brandeis alum named Principal of Atlanta firm

Brandeis School of Law alum David Cornett ('00) was recently named a Principal at Atlanta-based firm, Meunier Carlin & Curfman. His elected role became effective Jan. 1.

Cornett recently joined Meunier Carlin & Curfman from General Electric Company. He focuses his practice on patent preparation and prosecution, opinion drafting and IP counseling on a variety of matters, and has a particular interest in the software, automation and energy industries.

"David is an exceptional patent attorney," said Managing Partner, Drew Meunier, in a press release. "Throughout his career, he has exhibited immeasurable talent and zeal, producing impressive results for clients in the electrical space. David will undoubtedly marshal Meunier Carlin & Curfman to further success in the years to come."

After spending over three years as in-house counsel first performing patent and procurement for GE Energy and more recently as IP Counsel for GE Intelligent Platforms, Cornett joined the firm in May. Prior to his career with GE, he worked as a patent attorney at large, intellectual property firms.

He received his BSEE. from the University of Kentucky, and went on to receive his MBA and JD from UL. Prior to becoming an attorney, Cornett worked as an electrical engineer for both Louisville Gas & Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company.

Black Freedom, White Allies & Red Scare: Louisville, 1954

The Law Library is proud to be hosting the exhibit, “Black Freedom, White Allies & Red Scare: Louisville, 1954,” thanks to the generosity of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. This fascinating and moving chronicle of events leading up to and including Carl and Anne Braden’s sedition trial will be open to everyone through January 23, 2015.

If you did not see the exhibit when it was housed at the Louisville Free Public Library during the fall of 2014, you have another chance! Please stop by the Reading Room during any of the library’s operating hours.  And if you want to know more about the Braden’s story, the NPR show “Here and Now” recently ran a detailed story on the 60th anniversary of the case. 

Read more in "Law Library spotlights Louisville's role in civil rights trial".


Endowed Chair in Business Law to be Established

UofL alumnus Lowry Watkins funded the position to honor legacy of William Marshall Bullitt.

The Louis D. Brandeis School of Law has received funding from Lowry Watkins to create the William Marshall Bullitt Endowed Chair in Business Law. Watkins is a graduate of UofL’s College of Business (1968) and Bullitt’s grandson. He has been a longtime supporter of the law school.

Law Dean Susan Duncan expressed appreciation for the gift stating, “Thanks to Lowry, one of our most generous donors, we can forever honor the legacy of one of our most famous graduates, William Marshall Bullitt, and provide student scholarships, moot court experiences, access to important library materials and exposure to top notch faculty.”

Bullitt was a law school alumnus of national prominence who often used his aptitude for math to win cases. Bullitt (1873-1957) served as President Taft’s solicitor general, representing the government in arguments before the U. S. Supreme Court and making headlines for his role in the prosecution of a notorious Soviet spy.

On October 3, 2014 Lowry Watkins joined Duncan at a reception to celebrate the funding of the William Marshall Bullitt Endowed Chair in Business Law. The teaching and research emphasis of the chair will be on finance and business law. The date of the gathering had particular significance for Watkins since it marked the 57th anniversary of Bullitt’s death.

At the event—attended by more than 50 people including undergraduate and law students, local lawyers and faculty and staff—Watkins shared memories of his grandfather.

The law school hopes to fill this position by the fall 2017.

Tax Moot Court Team

The Moot Court Board congratulates Lee Wilson and Katie Halloran on making the the National Tax Moot Court Team. As members of the team, Lee and Katie will write a brief and present arguments as both petitioner and respondent. The competition will take place February 5-7, 2015, in Clear Water Florida. The team is coach by Professor Blackburn, Mark Hahn, and Laurie  McTighe.