Alumni News

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.

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