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Diversity Forum: Earth Jurisprudence

Earth Jurisprudence: Awakening to Earth’s Rights: A Festival of Faiths Event

Thursday, November 4, 2010
12:00-1:30 p.m. in Room 275

The next program in our Diversity Forum Series addresses Earth Jurisprudence, which comes from a shift in consciousness that recognizes that the Earth has rights. It is an expansion of legal protection of the Earth community (humans and environment) through various laws and legal instruments. It is a way of viewing the world that recognizes the inherent rights of all beings to exist and participate in the predator-prey relationships and fulfill their purpose in the web of life. Ecologian Thomas Berry said that we need a new jurisprudence today to address the unprecedented ecological challenges facing us at the end of an industrial era.

Presenter:  Patricia Siemen is an attorney and member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. She is the executive director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence cosponsored by the law schools of Barry and St. Thomas Universities where she teaches law.

Free, light lunch available at 11:30 a.m., provided by Expressions of You. Please bring your own drink.

Chili Cook-Off Results

John Shelman and Josh Edlin won this year's Chili Cook-Off, which benefits the UofL Cares Campaign, with their "3-Meat, 4-Bean, Better-than-Jim's Chili." First prize was an impressive jar of cashews, topped by a silly clown hat, plus bragging rights. Congratulations, guys!

Phelps Wins Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition

Congratulations to Courtney Phelps, winner of the 2010 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition! He and Marilyn Osborn Patterson advanced from the semifinal rounds to compete in the final.

Ben Basil, VP for Internal Affairs of the Moot Court Board, organized the competition; Aaron Dyke and Jared Sawyer were bailiffs; and Karen Jordan served as the faculty advisor.

The pairings for the Semi-Finals were as follows:

  • Whitney True, Appellant v. Courtney Phelps, Appellee
  • Thomas Stevens, Appellant v. Marilyn Osborn, Appellee
SEMI-FINAL ROUND JUDGES
FINAL ROUND JUDGES
Photo Gallery

UofL Law Student Interviewed on MSNBC's 'Hardball'

Nicoloe Kersting, UofL Law 3L, Co-Chair, Lambda Law Caucus


Nicole Kersting, UofL Law 3L, Co-Chair, Lambda Law Caucus

UofL Law student Nicole Kersting, 3L, was among those interviewed on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," Monday, October 18, 2010. "Hardball" commenced its "2010 Senate Tour" of college campuses at the University of Louisville, highlighting the nationally prominent race between Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway (D) and Dr. Rand Paul (R).

Responding to recent comments about sexual orientation by Ken Buck, Republican Senate candidate from Colorado, Kersting, of the University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law's Lambda Law Caucus, and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY 3), discussed the emergence of gay rights as an issue during the current campaign season. Chris Matthews' full interview with Congressman Yarmuth and Ms. Kersting is below.

You can also see UofL Law's photo gallery of "Hardball's" visit to UofL.

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Full Episode at MSNBC

Check out UofL Today for more on Chis Matthews' "Hardball" interviews.

The State of Justice in Louisville

All are invited to The Center for the Study of Crime and Justice in Black Communities' (CSCJBC) first community event for the fall of 2010. Join us as we premiere our first documentary "Justice for All." This film by the talented young film maker Stephen "John Doe" Barbour features commentary from scholars, laymen, politicians, and community men and women on pressing issues from education to unemployment to troubling nuances of the prison industrial complex and how these problems impact us all.

Commentary and Q&A with Louisville Circuit Court Judge Brian C. Edwards - former director of CSCJBC, follow the short documentary.

So, join us at 21C Museum Hotel - rated America's best hotel by the readers of Conde Nast (#6 in the world - bet you didn't know that!). Free heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served at the reception from 21C's outstanding menu. The reception begins at 5:30pm and the main event kicks off promptly at 6:30pm.

For more information contact Ricky Jones at (502) 852-0027.

David A. Pike Receives Dean's Service Award


I am very proud to announce that I received the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law 2010 Dean's Service Award at the Law School Alumni Banquet on Wednesday October 6, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky.  The award was presented for our innovative efforts to improve diversity in the legal community.
 
Minorities are underrepresented in the legal community, which has the potential to undermine faith in the legitimacy of the American legal system. Although bar associations have uniformly called for action to address this state of affairs, there are very few effective programs to combat this phenomenon.
 
Our program involves a continuing partnership between the Pike Legal Group, PLLC and the Black Law Students Association designed to build the organizations's capacity to attract new minority students to law school and to improve chances of success for existing law students.  

Here is what Dean Chen said when he advised me of the Award, "No one else among that group of non-alumni has come close to what you've done for my students and my school.  I deeply appreciate your generosity toward the Black Law Students Association.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you toward the larger goal of advancing diversity -- at our school, in our state's bar, and in our profession at large."
 
This is an important cause.  If you would like to learn more about ways to improve diversity in the legal profession or support our effort, please contact me.
 
Sincerely,
David A. Pike



     

Photos from the Alumni Awards Banquet

Judge Edwin Schroering, Gregory Cinnamon, and Jim Chen

PHOTO GALLERY

On October 6, invited guests attended the 2010 Alumni Awards Banquet to honor several individuals who have made significant contributions to the legal community and to the work of the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law.

Among the distinguished honorees were Barbara Lewis, the 2010 Alumni Fellow and Tom Blackburn, recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award. Additionally, the following faculty were acknowledged as the first recipients of the Jonathan N. Helfat Endowment Award: Karen Jordan, Les Abramson, and Tony Arnold.

Many thanks to the staff, faculty, alumni, students and members of the Black Law Students Association who planned and attended the event.

Lawlapalooza Tour 2010 Rocked!

 
Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the 6th Annual Battle of the Bands! Over $4300 was raised for the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund.

Congratulations to Dean Becker, Professor Smith, Professor Hall and his wife, Stephanie, of The Subconscionables, who took first place! They were followed by The Fiduciaries in second place and 100% Legal in third.
 

Thank you, from Tim Hall, Lars Smith and Jim Becker

We want to earnestly thank all of the students, staff and faculty who chipped in to our tip jar and helped us win Lawlapalooza this year.  No doubt, you were our major contributors.  More important, we want to express our deep gratitude to the staff who organize Lawlapalooza year after year, the faculty, and especially to the students who came out in great numbers last Thursday night to support the Judge Ellen Ewing Fund in particular, and the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program in general.

Lawlapalooza makes it possible for one of you to spend a summer as a Ewing Fellow, working at the Legal Aid Society in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, or HIV/AIDS, making contacts with legal professionals, developing invaluable practice skills and most important, giving back by assisting those who cannot afford an advocate on their own. For all its fun, ultimately, this is what Lawlapalooza is about.

Lawlapalooza is absolutely fun, though. The law school, and the broader legal community, doesn't have a comparable, "let your hair down" event like Lawlapalooza. While that's unfortunate, it makes Lawlapalooza unique.  The sense of community and camaraderie — between and among students, staff and faculty — that the event creates every year is wonderful, warm and extraordinary. We're sorry if you missed it, because you really missed out. Fortunately, there's always next year.

Again, many, many thanks to all of you who supported Lawlapalooza this year in any of many ways. We represented you on that stage, and we are very happy and proud to have done so.

— Professor Tim Hall, Professor Lars Smith, Asst. Dean Jim Becker

Distinguished Scholar in Legal Skills and Professionalism to Visit Law School

On Thursday, October 7, Professor Nancy Schultz will give a faculty workshop presentation on teaching legal skills across the curriculum, at noon, in the Cox Lounge.  Professor Schultz will be our Fall 2010 Distinguished Scholar in Legal Skills and Professionalism. 
Professor Schultz is Professor of Law and Director of the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Program at Chapman University School of Law in California.  She has chaired the ABA's Student Competitions Committee, served as President of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and was the Director of Legal Writing at George Washington University Law School.  She is the author of three major texts and has spoken extensively on legal skills pedagogy throughout the U.S. and internationally.
This particular presentation supports the Law School's efforts to enhance its legal skills curriculum.