Alumni News

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.

Kudos, December 5, 2007

The book Education Stories has been published by Foundation Press. Included in the book is a chapter by Laura Rothstein: "The Story of Southeastern Community College v. Davis: The Prequel to the Television Series ER.

Jim Chen's paper entitled "The Most Dangerous Justice Rides into the Sunset" was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for Litigation, Procedure & Dispute Resolution Journals in early December.

Tony Arnold's paper "The Structure of the Land Use Regulatory System in the United States" was listed on SSRN's Top Ten list for its Political Science Network in late November.

Classroom Renovations Possible Through Generosity of Donors

Significant progress has been made on the renovations in the classroom wing during the last three years. We have completely refurbished the student commons area on the first floor and a number of adjacent spaces--the career services suite, Washer Lounge, the Lively Wilson Oral Advocacy office, two seminar rooms and the auditorium classrooms honoring the legacy of Wilson Wyatt.

The renovation of two more classrooms has been completed this fall. One honors the Class of '79; the other recognizes the distinguished law career and public service contributions of former Louisville mayor Frank W. Burke '48, thanks to a leadership gift from his son-in-law, Dennis Clare '68, and gifts from alumni and Burke's friends. The Frank Burke Classroom will be dedicated during the 2007 Dean's Holiday Reception.

Below are photos from some of our newly renovated classrooms.

The WilsonWyatt Classroom

The Women Lawyers Classroom

Classroom LL75 was dedicated to the graduates of classes 1948 - 1956

Generous contributions have allowed us to upgrade the technology available to faculty and students in our renovated classrooms.

 

Kentucky Supreme Court Oral Arguments Live Online

Kentucky Supreme Court oral arguments are available online. The public can now view live feeds of the arguments. To watch the feeds, go to the Kentucky Supreme Court website, http://www.courts.ky.gov/courts/supreme/ and select the Oral Arguments Calendar from the right-hand menu.

The next scheduled oral arguments are December 12, 2007.

Brown Selected Kentucky Justice Secretary

J. Michael Brown (1979) has been named secretary of Kentucky Governor-elect Steve Beshear's Justice Cabinet. Brown is an attorney with Stites & Harbison. In the past, he has served as Louisville's law director, been a Jefferson District Court judge, and chairman and vice chairman of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority.

In the role of justice secretary, Brown will oversee the Department of Corrections and the Kentucky State Police.

Kudos November 29, 2007

Ariana Levinson's piece "Editing Tips for the Busy Attorney" appears in the November edition of the Kentucky Bench & Bar (available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1031740).

Levinson presented her paper "Lawyering Skills Principles and Methods Offer Insight as to Best Practices for Arbitration" (available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1022065) to the faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Law on November 20, 2007.