Alumni News

Represent, for the Unrepresented.

You could spend the summer of 2015 as the next Ellen B. Ewing Fellow, assisting the under-represented in practice areas like family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. How can you support this great cause now? Come out to Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Phoenix Hill Tavern.

Tickets for Lawlapalooza, are on sale now in the Law Resource Center (Room 272), $10 each, and this year's show will feature three bands representing the Brandeis School of Law: The Grateful Decedents, with 3Ls Mina Khalil and Greg Daly; The Perpetual Motions, with 3L Emily DeVuono; and defending champs, The Subconscionables, with 2L Megan Conroy, Prof. Tim Hall and Asst. Dean Jim Becker.

This year’s theme, “A Bran Deis Night,” commemorates 50 years of Beatlemania, with every band performing Beatles favorites. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the first of eight bands, featuring local attorneys and law students, performs at 6:30.

This annual event brings the Louisville legal community together for a great cause, great music and a lot of fun. Hope to see you there!

The Dean's Newsletter - Fall 2014

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Oval Closed Tomorrow

As you may already be aware the University will be holding “The Spectacular Event” during the evening of the September 18th at 6:00 p.m. The rain date is on September 19th. Preparation for this event will begin on September 17th and will require traffic lane changes on the Oval. The Oval will be converted into 2-way traffic for both days. Parking & Transportation Services and University Police will have staff on-site to assist. Please keep in mind that on the 18th the Oval will be closed at 5:00 p.m for all traffic. The Oval will reopen at approximately 10:00 p.m.

Mark Your Calendar - Courtyard Dedication and First Brandeis Brief Break Ice Cream Social!!

Get ready for the first Brandeis Brief Break of the year.  In addition, we will be dedicating the newly restored courtyard at the same time!


Wednesday, September 24th, 12:15 pm - 2 pm in the Mosaic Lobby and Courtyard.


Comfy Cow Ice Cream will be provided!  Stop by an enjoy the ice cream and courtyard.

Brandeis Alum Wins Lifetime Achievement Award From ABA

Lawlapalooza Band Registration Begins!

Band registration for Lawlapalooza 2014, "A Bran Deis Night," began Monday, Sept. 1. Seven bands have already registered, leaving one available slot. If you wish to register your band to participate, go here.

Registered bands include:

Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, benefits the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund, which provides summer fellowships for Brandeis School of Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

Lawlapalooza 2014 will be held Thursday, October 16, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern. Tickets are $10 each and will be on sale soon. This year's theme commemorates 50 years of Beatlemania, with each band performing at least one Beatles song.

Dean Susan Duncan Selected for 2015 Leadership Louisville Class

The Leadership Louisville Center has selected the Leadership Louisville Class of 2015 — the 36th class of the Center’s signature program for established community leaders. Since 1979, Leadership Louisville has ensured that the community’s most influential and esteemed leaders are knowledgeable about issues, well-networked and passionate about the success of the region. These talented leaders will spend ten months going on exclusive tours and having hands-on experiences, all with area leaders who take on our community’s biggest challenges every day. Armed with new knowledge, connections and perspectives, Leadership Louisville graduates are prepared to take their places as effective community leaders. 

The Leadership Louisville program will begin in August 2014 and run through May 2015.  The sixty members of the Leadership Louisville Class of 2015 are: (View photo roster)

Patrick Armstrong, Kentucky Derby Festival; Duane Battcher, Donan; Cleo Battle, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau; Brian Bingham, Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District; Regina Blake, Zelkova Strategic Partners; John Brown, PNC Bank; Steve Bryant, RunSwitch PR; Neil Budde, The Courier-Journal; Divya Cantor, M.D., Wellpoint; Lisa Causarano, Junior League of Louisville; Jason Clark, VIA Studio; Robert Couch, M.D., Greater Louisville Medical Society; Jennie Jean Davidson, Better Together Strategies, LLC;


Sundeep Dronawat, Ph.D., POS on CLOUD; Susan Duncan, University of Louisville; Maggie Elder, Metro United Way; Meredith Erickson, The Norton Foundation, Inc.; Mark Farmer, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP; Marjorie Farris, Stites & Harbison, PLLC; Billy Fowler, The Benefits Firm; James Frazier, M.D., Norton Healthcare; Dawne Gee, WAVE 3; Rob Givens, RPG Consulting; Ankur Gopal, Interapt; Bert Griffin, Spalding University; Mark Grindstaff, Brown-Forman Corporation; Jason Groneck, GBBN Architects; Mike Guyer-Wood, Muhammad Ali Center; Bethany Heckel, Kosair Charities; Dewey Hensley, Ph.D., Jefferson County Public Schools; Cara Hicks, Louisville Ballet;


Tony Holland, Poe Companies; Stephen Houston, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC; Maria Hughes, Humana, Inc.; Pattie Imperial, Fifth Third Bank; Kevin Joynt, CPA, Deloitte; Jackie Keating, Dare to Care Food Bank; Charles Keckler, Baptist Healthcare System, Inc.; Adam Kempf, Norton Healthcare; Christine Koenig, CPA, DMLO; Peter Kremer, Bellarmine University; Brian Long, DuPont; Kathy Minx, Humana, Inc.; Tim Newton, Papa John's International; Steve Phillips, LG&E and KU Energy LLC; Tyra Redus, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet; Janet Reilly, US Bank;


Sadiqa Reynolds, Louisville Metro Government; Chris Robinson, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Rick Smith, KentuckyOne Health; Christie Spencer, Passport Health Plan; Steve Stragand, Messer Construction Co.; Jason Stuecker, Forcht Bank; Gary Tyler, Louisville Business First; Thomas Wheatley, Woodmen of the World; Jaleigh White, Hilliard Lyons; Scott Williamson, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; Thomas Wobbe, The Underwriters Group; Julie Wood, GE Appliances; and Jason Zachariah, Kindred Healthcare, Inc.

About the Leadership Louisville Center:

Created in 1979, the Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement. Its mission is to grow and connect a diverse network of leaders who serve as catalysts for a world-class community through dynamic programming and strong community connections. Over 6,000 community leaders have graduated from the Center’s programs that include Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville and Bingham Fellows. In 2011, the Leadership Louisville Center was recognized as one of the top seven community leadership programs in the U.S. in a benchmark study by the Center for Creative Leadership, the “gold standard” global provider of executive leadership education and research. 

Congratulations to Brandeis 1995 Grad Named Louisvillian of the Year

Tori Murden McClure is the president of Spalding University, in Louisville, Kentucky. Spalding University offers twenty-seven degree programs at the bachelor, master, and doctoral level, to more than 2,000 students. From 2004 through 2009 she served as the vice president of external relations, enrollment management, and student affairs at Spalding University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College, a Master of Divinity from Harvard University, and her juris doctor from the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. In 2005, she earned her master of fine arts in writing from Spalding University. Her non-fiction book, A Pearl in the Storm, was published by Harper-Collins in 2009.

A passionate world adventurer and humanitarian, Ms. McClure is best known as the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She was also the first woman and first American to travel over land to the geographic South Pole. An avid mountaineer, Ms. McClure has climbed on several continents. She is a fully certified emergency medical technician in both urban and wilderness areas, and is a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), where she currently serves as the chair of the board of trustees.

Professor Trucios-Haynes Appointed as Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice

Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes has been appointed as Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of Louisville. According to the institute’s mission statement, it advances the work, study and practice of peacebuilding, social justice and violence prevention through the development of innovative educational programs, training, service and research.

“I am committed to the values of the MAI [Muhammad Ali Institute] relating to the promotion of peace and social justice. The MAI focuses on initiatives that support human dignity, foster responsible citizenship, further peace and justice and address the impact of violence in local, state, national and international arenas,” said Professor Trucios-Haynes, who, in addition to her new director’s role, also serves on the Metro Louisville Ethics Commission, as Vice Chair of the board of the ACLU of Kentucky and on its Executive and Litigation Review Committees, and directs an Immigration Externship at the Brandeis School of Law.  “My longstanding work around the social justice issues in immigration law and policy, as well as international human rights law is clearly related to the mission of the [institute]. The opportunity for collaboration with the Ali Institute is particularly exciting.”

One attractive aspect regarding her work for the Ali Institute, said Professor Trucios-Haynes, is gaining the ability to witness and assist the work of Ali Scholars, whom she called “future leaders in their communities.” In the Ali Scholars Program, the students, among their other duties, are expected to select an expert area related to peace or social justice on which to focus, conduct research on a topic related to his or her expert area, and, finally, design and implement a local, national or international project related to his or her expert area. Part of the program also includes a biannual international trip that helps provide the scholars a global perspective on the lessons learned and matters emphasized during the program; this year, nine UofL students in the Ali Scholars Program visited Rwanda, a country only two decades removed from the genocide that occurred within its borders.

With so many great features, staff, and students already, what’s potentially next for the Ali Institute under the direction of Professor Trucios-Haynes?

“I hope to expand the presence of the MAI in the university and local community by focusing on local, national and international impact of violence affecting teens,” she said. “I plan to reinvigorate the faculty resource group to work on research projects related to the impact of violence on teens in our local community. At the national level, I hope the MAI can investigate the issues relating to the violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that has led to the humanitarian crisis of the large scale migration of unaccompanied children and families to the United States.”

Volunteers Transform Law School Courtyards

Check out the transformation that has taken place in the Law School courtyards, to be named the Charles Hebel, Jr., and Carol Hebel Courtyards. The Law School community has turned these previously unused and unattractive spaces into environmentally, humanly, and socially sustainable spaces with (mostly) native landscaping and places to relax and enjoy nature. The landscaping and planting work is done, and in the coming weeks, the courtyards will be power-washed and outdoor furniture will be installed. The soil around the pin oak in the west courtyard will be decompacted later this fall, and eventually hostas will be added around it.  A huge thanks to our donors, Charles Hebel, Jr., a 1955 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, his wife Carol Hebel, and his son Charles Hebel, III, as well as to two University departments – Physical Plant and Communications/Media – which provided major ongoing support for this project. And a huge thanks to all of the members of the Law School community who were involved in conceiving the project, designing the plans, and doing the hard work of preparing the soils, transporting the plants to the law school, and planting the plants. The three dozen volunteers – students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends (including from other academic units) – who worked on the project during the past three weeks include:

Les Abramson

Tony Arnold

Angela Beverly

Ross Bradley

Scott Campbell

Alexandra Chase

Susan Duncan

Jen Ewa

Linda Ewald

Ryan Fenwick

Judy Fischer

Jacob Giesecke

Grace Giesel

James Giesel

Brandon Johnson

Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy Kirkham

Emily Kosse

Maria Kosse

Eric Matthews

Matt McClinton

Tyler Miller

Jon-Paul Moody

Ella Neely

Rick Nowka

Mickey Paul

Debra Reh

Laura Rothstein

Eunice Salazar

Shelley Santry

Bailey Schrupp

Chris Schulz

Allison Frakes Smith

Virginia Smith

Michael Van Sickle

Becky Wimberg


The project was featured on WHAS11 and UofL Today as an example of a volunteers giving back to the community.

Come, hang out, and enjoy!