Alumni News

Law School's Diversity Programs Recognized at 2008 President's Diversity Vision Award

The Law School has been named the first runner-up in a campus-wide competition for the 2008 President's Diversity Vision Award. Visit the Cardinal Lawyer for more information.

SBF Donates $5,000 to Law Clinic

SBF DonationOn March 6, 2008, the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law received $5,000 from the Student Bar Foundation for the school's new law clinic. This contribution will support the initial start-up of the clinic, scheduled for late 2008.

Emily Zahn, president of the Student Bar Foundation, explains the foundation's decision to support the clinic: "The new Law Clinic embodies The Student Bar Foundation's mission to deliver legal services to the indigent, support legal education, and improve the legal profession by providing citizen access to the justice system. We hope by supporting the clinic, we offer more opportunities for law students to be involved in public service in an ongoing and significant way."

The Law Clinic epitomizes the University of Louisville's commitment to preparing its graduates for instant and lasting impact in the workplace and the community at large. Dean Jim Chen remarks, "There simply is no better way to learn the law than handling real cases and representing real clients."

Stallings Professor of Law Lars S. Smith (pictured left) will act as director of the University of Louisville's law clinic during the 2008-09 school year. "Lars brings talent, experience, and vision to the University of Louisville Law Clinic. Throughout his academic career, he has maintained solid footing in the world of law practice. His experience in business and intellectual property law makes him uniquely well suited to supervise clinical operations that advance community development and assist lower-income individuals, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations," explains Dean Chen.

In addition to this generous student donation, the clinic has received grants from Kentucky Iolta and the Louisville Bar Foundation.

Law Review Announces Editorial Board for Volume 47

The University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to announce the Editorial Board for Volume 47:

Editor in Chief: Megan Renwick
Senior Articles Editor: Jennifer Weinhold
Senior Notes Editor: Steve Mattingly
Symposium and Alumni Relations Editor: Christopher McDavid
Articles Editors: Julia McGuffey, Mark Melvin, Megan Randolph
Notes Editors: Sarah Mikowski, Megan Reese, Andrew Young
Managing Editor: Mary Hulefeld
Executive Editor: Blake Chambers
Associate Editors-Articles: Caroline Pieroni, Jason Schwalm, Heather Stone
Associate Editors-Notes: Nicole Comi, Amy Jay, Emily Lamb

Great Swag at the SBF Auction!

The Student Bar Foundation's Silent Auction will be held at the Louisville Bar Association on March 6, 2008. The organization has gathered numerous great items to auction off that night, including gift certificates to fine restaurants and to galleries around town.

The Student Bar Foundation is the charitable giving arm of the Student Bar Association.  Its mission is to raise and distribute funds for student fellowships for law-related public service work with a focus on: delivery of legal services to the poor and indigent; Law-related public education; and/or improvement of the judiciary, the legal profession, and citizen access to the justice system.

The organization provides public service grants to students seeking to serve the community. 

Join us at the auction to bid on fabulous items and to support the SBF's mission. 

To review the current list of auction items, please visit the SBF's auction page.

Kudos for February 2008

Andy Long gave a presentation at William & Mary School of Law on February 2 as a participant in the William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review's symposium.  He spoke on the relevance of international environmental law for U.S. domestic climate change litigation.

Dean Jim Chen's paper entitled, "Mastering Eliot's Paradox: Fostering Cultural Memory in an Age of Illusion and Allusion" was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for American Literature.

Ariana Levinson served as a brief judge for American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and has been asked to serve on the judging panel again in 2009.

Jim Jones' paper entitled, "Severe Mental Illness in the Academy: A Secret Revealed" was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for Health Economics Evaluation Methods in February 2008.

Law School Negotiations Team Recognized on UofL Website

UofL's negotiations team's national win has been recognized by the university. To view the story, click here: http://php.louisville.edu/news/news.php?news=1111.

Brandeis Speaker to Leave New York Times

Brandeis Lecturer Linda Greenhouse has accepted a buyout offer from the New York Times. Further details can be viewed on the Houston Chronicle website.

Greenhouse will speak at the March 5 Brandeis Lecture. Click here for details

Louisville Law Recognized for Use of Blogs

A post by J. Robert Brown on the blog Race to the Bottom offers his support of law school and law faculty blogs by stating:

Particularly with the plethora of online journals and periodicals, a blog can lead to media inquiries, increasing the profile of the faculty member and his or her law school. While the references may or may not impress academia, they may well influence practicing attorneys and judges, some of whom may fill out the US News survey, alumni and prospective students. With prospective students increasingly obtaining information online, blogs will reach many in this audience as well, particularly if attracted by the substantive area of the blog.

Brown also notes the efforts of Dean Jim Chen and Louisville's law faculty to use blogging as a means of communicating with the legal community:

It is clear, therefore, that [Chen] is seeking to infuse a blogging culture at the law school and is using the Internet to promote the institution and the faculty. We shall see if Louisville moves up in the rankings.

To read Brown's post, click here.

McAnulty Tribute Offers Time to Remember, Time to Celebrate

On February 27, 2008, BLSa and the Unviversity of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law presented a Scholarly Tribute honoring Justice William McAnulty, Jr. The event, held at the Louisville Bar Association, provided members of the Louisville legal community with an opportunity to remember and celebrate the work of Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr.

The tribute opened with remarks by community leaders including Justice Lisabeth Abramson, Steve Trager, and Judge Ben Shobe. Following these comments, the winners of the Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr. Essay Contest at Central High School, sponsored by the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, were announced, and Dean Jim Chen shared information about the McAnulty Scholarship fund. The evening ended with the unveiling of a portrait of Justice McAnulty painted by UofL fine arts professor Mark Priest. The portrait will hang in the School of Law.

BLSA members welcoming attendees Justice Abramson with William McAnulty, III
Portrait of Justice William E. McAnulty

 

Voice Mail at University of Louisville

Throughout the last week of February, the University of Louisville's voice mail system has experienced technical difficulties. If you have left a message for a member of the law school faculty or staff in the early part of this week, we ask that you call your party again, or contact them via email. Email addresses can be found on faculty and staff websites, which are listed under the law school directory.