Alumni News

Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy

Professor Judith Welch Wegner of the University of North Carolina Law School will present the Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy on "Annexation, Urban Boundaries and Land Use Dilemmas: Learning from the Past and Preparing for the Future" Thursday, January 27 at 6PM in Room 275.

The event is free and open to the public, as well as all members of the Law School and University communities.  No RSVP is required.  A reception will follow.

 

Spotlight on Louisville Law Clinic

In the midst of a court fight with his landlord over an eviction notice, Tom Rankin asked
Jefferson District Court Judge Donald Armstrong if he needed a lawyer.

“It wouldn't hurt,” the judge responded, and on heir way out of the courtroom, Rankin was
approached by a representative of Legal Aid, which provides free legal help to people of
limited income, who said she could refer them to an attorney.

Well, he wasn't actually an “attorney,” officially speaking.

The Rankins were referred to the University of Louisville Law Clinic, where they met with Blake Nolan, a third-year law student, one of eight allowed to practice law last semester at the clinic on Muhammad Ali Boulevard, gaining experience while reaching out to an underserved population.

Nolan had never handled an eviction case, “But he was good,” Rankin said, and worked out an agreement with the landlord that led to the case being dismissed.

“He knew what he was doing,” Rankin said. “I was really impressed with the way he handled everything. … I really don't think I could have done it without him.”

Nolan was participating in a program launched in July 2009 that so far has allowed 25 U of L law students to help nearly 300 clients at no charge in Jefferson County Family and District courts — including 187 victims of domestic violence and their children seeking protective orders.

And the clinic is growing, with a record 15 students enrolled for the semester that began this month.

The clinic is primarily funded by gifts to the university and if the students take the clinic as a course, it is part of their law school tuition and fees. They must have at least 60 credit hours to sign up for the clinic, and receive four credits for their participation. They are able to work as practicing student attorneys through a limited license granted by the Kentucky Supreme Court, and only with supervision. In October, the Center for Women and Families, the Legal Aid Society and Law Clinic received a combined $438,000 in grant money to represent victims of domestic violence, allowing, in part, the funding of four more student attorneys and an additional part-time attorney to supervise them.

Shelley Santry, a U of L law professor and former prosecutor who heads the clinic, said the student attorneys funded by the new grant –— the clinic's share is $110,000 — will focus on custody cases for unmarried, low-income victims of domestic violence.

Many of those victims are unable to afford an attorney, and “No one does those kind of cases pro bono now,” she said. “Custody disputes are difficult, time consuming and often emotional.”

Santry said many schools across the country have long had similar clinics, which allow students who have had two years of learning through courses to “apply what they have learned to real people with real problems.”

“Our nurses,doctors and teachers all practice before they go into the real world,” she said. “Our lawyers don't. They graduate and they're like, ‘Where's the courthouse?' You just can't beat learning by doing in my opinion.”

Nolan, who has handled about 10 cases and will be back this semester at the clinic, agreed. “There's nothing better than getting some real world experience in a courtroom and in front of a judge,” he said.

It's also nice to be able to help people in need, said Julie Purcell, a 25-year-old rdthird-year student from Louisville who in December helped an elderly woman who was being evicted because the rent money she had given to a family member never made it to her landlord.

“It's just awesome,” said Purcell, who has handled about 20 cases, and was able to have the case dismissed, got Adult Protective Services involved and saw the woman moved into new housing.“We're able to learn so much, but at the same time provide a service to people that otherwise wouldn't get it.”

Chief Family Court Judge Patricia Walker FitzGerald said she regularly sees the student attorneys in her courtroom, usually in domestic-violence cases, and has found them to be well-prepared, asking good questions and “doing an excellent job” in often difficult cases.

“They've really stepped up to the plate to do a much needed service,” she said.

And alumni of the program are turning up as prosecutors and public defenders, and several have opened their own firms.

“Most people will graduate without ever having been in a real courtroom in front of a judge,” said Heend Sheth, who graduated in May and is a prosecutor with the Jefferson County Attorney's Office. “… And at the end of the day, you are helping people. You really do get to see your skills manifest in someone else's changed circumstances.”

Reporter Jason Riley can be reached at (502) 584-2197.

Reprinted with permission.

Source: "Louisville law students gain experience, help underserved through free clinic", by Jason Riley (Courier-Journal, January 23, 2011)

 

Campus Construction

Due to public safety concerns, pedestrian access will be eliminated around the construction site at the northeast corner of Third Street and Eastern Parkway. The Third Street sidewalk from the corner to the Cardinal Shuttle stop just south of the Oval is being closed immediately. The sidewalk from that corner east on Eastern Parkway is being closed up to the Natural Science Building. Also, the Third Street sidewalk south of Eastern Parkway near the Engineering Graphics parking lot will be closed soon for utilities work. During that time pedestrians need to cross Third Street near the entrance to the Engineering Graphics lot, proceed north on Third, and cross back at the Eastern-Third Street intersection. Signs will mark all closures and alternate routes.

December Bar Briefs

Here are some highlights from the December 2010 issue of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs publication.

  • "From the President's Desk: A Helping Hand" by Laurel S. Doheny, '92 (p. 3)
  • "Jefferson District Court Reorganization" by Hon. Sean R. Delahanty, '80 (p. 4-5)
  • "Longitude" by Dean Jim Chen (p. 6)
  • "Law of the Left" by D. Scott Furkin, '82 (p. 7)
  • "Change Employers Can Count On: The Effects of Healthcare Reform" by Jason Lee and Carole D. Christian, '88 (p. 14-15)
  • "2010 Public Service Committee Year End Briefing" by Michelle Mees Harper, '03 (p. 16)
A copy is available in the library's reserves. 

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Seeks Distinguished Visiting Professor, 2011-12

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law seeks applications from renowned legal educators for a year-long appointment as the Ralph Petrilli Distinguished Visiting Professor for the 2011-12 academic term.  The Petrilli Distinguished Visiting Professor will teach a total of 3 classes.  One of these classes will be the year-long legal writing and analysis course in a small section of about 20 students.  [The legal writing and analysis course is entitled Basic Legal Skills.  It does not include legal research, which is taught in a separate course.  Given that it is a year-long course, the teaching package is the functional equivalent of a 4-course package.]  One course will be Professional Responsibility in an accelerated format in Fall 2011.  The third course, in Spring 2012, could include Domestic Relations (family law), an upper-level skills elective, or a seminar on a mutually agreeable topic.  The successful applicant must be a person "renowned for exceptional contributions to law, legal institutions or legal education."  To apply, please send a letter of interest and a c.v. to Professor Tony Arnold, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development, Brandeis School of Law, Wyatt Hall, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292 or tony.arnold@louisville.edu, no later than January 15, 2011.  Please contact Dean Arnold at his email address or at (502) 852-6388 with any questions.

Negotiation Team Wins 2nd Place in ABA Regional Competition

Please congratulate Nicole Crump and Jeff Hall, who won 2nd place in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition this past weekend as one of two teams from the Law School.  The competition was held in Detroit with teams from law schools in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario.

Brandeis at 154

November 13, 2010, marks the 154th birthday of Louis D. Brandeis, for whom the law school is named. 

Louis D. Brandeis was the Supreme Court Justice most responsible for helping the Supreme Court shape the tools it needed to interpret the Constitution in light of the sociological and economic conditions of the 20th century.  A progressive, and champion of reform, Brandeis devoted his life to social justice.

Louisville can be proud that Justice Brandeis, who was born here in 1856 is so connected to our community and that his values had their roots here.  The principles and philosophies that Brandeis is known for – including rights to privacy, free speech, curtailing big government and big business, balancing regulation with free enterprise and a commitment to public service – are timely today. 

In honor of his birthday, a wreath has been placed at the final resting place for Justice Brandeis.  This week two events provide members of our community an opportunity to learn more about Justice Brandeis.  On Wednesday, November 10, 7-9 pm, Mel Urofsky (recipient of the 2009 Brandeis Medal) will speak at the Festival of Jewish Books about his award winning book Louis D. Brandeis:  A Life.  This event will take place at the Jewish Community Center, 3600 Dutchmans Lane.  On Thursday, November 11, at 6 pm, Professor Michael Wolf will deliver the Boehl Lecture on Brandeisian Approach to Land Use.  This event will take place at the Law School, Room 275, at 6 pm, with a reception to follow.

Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy: Private Property and Public Protection


 
Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy
Phi Beta Kappa Lecture
The University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Private Property and Public Protection:
The Brandeisian Alternative


Professor Michael Allan Wolf
Nelson Chair in Local Government Law
University of Florida Levin College of Law

Thursday, November 11, 2010
6:00 p.m.


Room 275, Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville
Open to the public; reception to follow (no RSVP needed)
 
 
Michael Allan Wolf, Ph.D., J.D., is the Richard E. Nelson Chair in Local Government Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. A legal historian and nationally recognized expert on the intersection of land use and environmental law, Professor Wolf is the General Editor of the most widely cited property law treatise, Powell on Real Property, the co-author of a major casebook on land use planning and the environment, and author of The Zoning of America: Euclid v. Ambler (2008), a history of the landmark zoning case and its impact on land use in the U.S. Professor Wolf received his B.A. from Emory University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and his Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization from Harvard University.

The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy is one of several law and policy initiatives in land use and environmental responsibility at the University of Louisville, and is supported by the Herbert Boehl Fund and the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund. This lecture is co-sponsored by the University of Louisville Phi Beta Kappa Speakers’ Committee. This lecture is given in honor of the birthday of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, Louisville native for whom the Law School is named.

Industrialized Farming Policies and Practices

Law Review Symposium on Intellectual Property Law

The University of Louisville Law Review

Symposium on Intellectual Property Law

When: November 5, 2010, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location: University Club, 2001 S. Brook St (call 502-852-6996 for directions)

Hosted by: University of Louisville Law Review

 

CLE Event

 

On November 5, 2010, University of Louisville Law Review will host its 3rd annual Symposium on Intellectual Property Law. The symposium will focus on current developments, contested issues, and proposed improvements in intellectual property law. For sponsorship, registration, or additional information, please contact Jennifer Monarch, Symposium & Alumni Relations Editor, at jennifer.monarch@gmail.com or 270-617-4041.

 The University of Louisville Law Review would like to thank this year's sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors

Lexis Nexis
Middleton

Gold Sponsors

Greenebaum Humana

Seiller Wyatt

Silver Sponsors

IP Today

 

The University of Louisville Law Review is honored to welcome this year's speakers:

 

Katja Weckström

Researcher, Assistant of Civil Law

L.L.D Candidate University of Turku Faculty of Law

University of Turku Faculty of Law, Finland

"Liability for Trademark Infringement for Internet Service Providers"

 

Megan Carpenter

Associate Professor of Law

Texas Wesleyan School of Law

"Calling 'Bulls**t' on the Lanham Act: Time to Remove the 2(a) Bar for Scandalous, Immoral, and Disparaging Marks"

 

Doris Estelle Long

Professor and Chair, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, and Privacy Group

The John Marshall Law School

"Rebooting Trademarks for the 21st Century"

 

Mark Janis

Professor of Law and Ira C. Batman Faculty Fellow

Indiana University Maurer School of Law

"Functionality in Design Patent Law"

 

John Cross

Grosscurth Professor of Law

University of Louisville

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

"The Role of State Law in Trademark"

 

Lars Smith

Stallings Professor of Law

University of Louisville

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

"Remedies Under the Lanham Act: Is an Update Needed?"

 

Joseph Tomain

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

University of Louisville

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

"First Amendment, Forth Estate, & Hot News: Unfair Competition Is Not a Remedy for the Journalism Crisis"

 

All of the preceding authors will present their articles at the live symposium on November 5, 2010. Their articles will be published in the Law Review's Volume 49, Issue 4 in Summer 2011.

The University of Louisville Law Review would also like to thank the Student Bar Association and the Student Government Association for its support.