Alumni News

Two Diversity Programs Scheduled for February

The University of Louisville Law School's Diversity Committee is pleased to sponsor two programs in February 2008.

February 5: Health Equity with Dr. Adewale Troutman. For complete details, go to the event's page: www.law.louisville.edu/node/1243 

February 21: Witness to Innocence with Speaker Ray Krone. For complete details, go to the event's page: www.law.louisville.edu/node/1245

For more information on either event, contact Robin Harris, robin.harris@louisville.edu  or 852-6083.

For more on the Diversity Forum Series, click here: www.law.louisville.edu/academics/diversity-forum-series 

Symposium a Success

The University of Louisville Law Review's first symposium was held on Friday, January 18, 2008. The symposium inlcuded speakers from around the country, including Reginald C. Oh, professor of law at Texas Wesleyan University; Gary Orfield, co-founder and director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA; Girardeau A. Spann, professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center; and john a. powell, executive director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University.

Coverage of the Symposium by The Courier-Journal is available at the following site: http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008801190426.

2Ls, 3Ls & 4Ls: CAREER DAY INVITATION

February 2nd -- Saturday morning from 9:00 to 1:00 -- will be Career Day 2008!  Session Selection/Registration forms are available in the student mailroom and in the Career Services offices.  As you know, all first-years are required to attend this event, but remember that upper division students are also most welcome to attend again.

 

When you look at the form, you will notice that there are some new specialty areas including Entertainment and JAG.  And of course, some of the presenters are new this year so you can benefit from additional information AND enhanced networking.

 

Questions? Jerie Torbeck in office #182 (852-6096) or Debra Reh in office #184 (852-6368) 

 

2008 American Inns of Court Warren E. Burger Prize

The Warren E. Burger Prize is awarded to encourage thoughtful practical scholarship in the areas of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism. The American Inns of Court invites professors, students, judges, and other authors to participate in the writing competition by submitting an original, unpublished essay of 10,000 to 25,000 words on a topic of your choice addressing issues of legal excellence, civility, ethics and professionalism. The submission deadline is June 15, 2008.

The author of the winning submission will receive a cash prize of $5,000, and the essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review. The Warren E. Burger Prize will be presented to the author at the American Inns of Court annual Celebration of Excellence in Washington, DC on October 11, 2008.

For more information or questions about the competition, please contact Cindy Dennis, cdennis@innsofcourt.org

To learn more about the American Inns of Court, go to its website: http://www.innsofcourt.org/ 

 For more information about the Warren E. Burger Prize and a list of past recipients, click here.

January 18 Symposium Approved by KBA for 6 Hours CLE

On January 18, 2008, the University of Louisville Law Review will host a symposium on the voluntary school integration cases that were recently decided by the United States Supreme Court, with a particular focus on Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education. The decision of these cases will likely define schools’ ability to encourage diversity and prevent a reversion to segregation. While undoubtedly of great importance around the country, this decision is especially important here in Louisville, where one of the cases originated.

The program has been approved for 6 hours of CLE credit. To learn more about this event, please click here:  http://www.law.louisville.edu/students/lawreview/symposium.

Louisville Law Alumni Are Leaders

Many of the University of Louisville's School of Law have assumed leadership roles in both large and small firms alike. Business First's 2007 Book of Lists names Louisville's 20 largest law firms. Of those 20 firms, nine are led by graduates of UofL's Brandeis School of Law. Below is a list of these alumni and the firms they manage:

  • James S. Goldberg (class of '76) is listed as member in charge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.
  • Donna King Perry (class of '89) is the managing partner for Woodward Hobson & Fulton LLP.
  • James T. Mitchell (class of '95) is one of the managing partners for Conliffe Sandmann & Sullivan PLLC.
  • David M. Cantor (class of '77) is the managing member of Seiller Waterman LLC.
  • Lynch Cox Gilman & Mahan PSC includes two UofL alumni in its management: Scott D. Spiegel (class of '80) is president. Scott R. Cox (class of '75) is secretary and treasurer.
  • Christopher P. O'Bryan (class of '85) is managing partner at O'Bryan Brown & Toner.
  • Weber & Rose PSC includes two alumni in its management: Darryl W. Durham (class of '77) is executive committee chair, and Shelton R. Weber (class of '54) is president.
  • In 2007 Pedley Zielke Gordiner & Pence included alumni Laurence J. Zielke (class of '74) and John K. Gordinier (class of '64) among its managing members.
  • W. Bruce Baird (class of '86) is managing partner for Gwin Steinmetz Miller & Baird PLLC.

Faculty Kudos--January 8, 2008

Professor Jim Jones' article, "Surviving the Scourge of Schizophrenia: A Law Professor's Story," will be published in the Hastings Women's Law Journal.

Professor Jones has also been named to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Louisville board of directors for 2008.

Assistant Dean Keith Sealing was named to the Board of the newly formed AALS Section on Balance in Legal Education. The Section held its first meeting on Saturday, January 5 to discuss the meaning of "balance" in Legal Education in light of the issues raised in the recent publication of the Carnegie Report on Educating Lawyers and the CLEA Report on Best Practices in Legal Education. The Board will undertake the planning of next year's Section Event and a proposed newsletter or blog. 

Professor Lisa Nicholson was placed on the executive committee for the AALS Section on Securities Regulations.

At the AALS conference, Professor Russ Weaver gave a speech on comparative research and participated in committee meetings. He also reached agreements with publishers regarding three new projects.

Professor Judith Fischer has been invited to serve on a National Association of Women Lawyers committee to judge the organization's writing contest.

Professor Scott Campbell's article, "The Civil War Reminiscences of John Marshall Harlan," was published in the November issue of the Journal of Supreme Court History.

Brandeis Documentary Airs on PBS January 14

"Louis Brandeis: The People's Attorney" will air on KET1 on Tuesday, January 8 at 9:00 p.m. and again on KET2 on January 14 at 10:00 p.m.

The documentary, which premiered in November at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law, includes interviews and commentary by Professor Laura Rothstein. For more information on the documentary, click here.

Book Signing with UofL Law School Grad

On Thursday, January 10th at 7 PM, avid woodsman and practicing attorney, Andre Bergeron, will participate in a reading and book signing for his new book, The Devil's Ridge. Bergeron uses the mythic quality of the North American great ape, Sasquatch, or Bigfoot, to craft a gripping page-turner that taps into our primal fears and basic instincts. Reminiscent of stories told around the campfire, The Devil's Ridge will make you wonder what is lurking in the shadows, just beyond the fire's light.

Andre Bergeron earned his Master's degree in English and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville. He practices law in Louisville. The Devil's Ridge is his first novel.

Where: Carmichael's Bookstore
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
502-896-6950

 

 

Louisville Law Class of '67 Alum Profiled in CJ

Larry Franklin (class of 1967) was profiled in the December 30, 2007 Courier-Journal. (Click here for story). Franklin was named Kentucky's best trial lawyer by his peers in 2007. A top litigator in the state, Franklin has settled over 20 cases for $1 million or more.

Of late, Franklin has gained recognition with his work on the Lassiter case, in which he is defending the family against Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom.