On May 8, 2008, Judge Denise Clayton ('76) was honored with the Louisville Bar Association's Trailblazer Award. The award was developed by the LBA Diversity Task Force to honor those who have made significant strides in promoting diversity in the profession.
Clayton became the first black woman appointed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in October 2007. She represents the 4th Appellate District, Division 2.
Prior to her appointment to the Court of Appeals, Clayton was chief circuit judge for Jefferson County, where she had been a circuit judge for nearly seven years. She was the first black woman to be a Kentucky Circuit Court judge. She had previously served in Jefferson County as a judge for District Court, Family Court and Drug Court.
Clayton began her legal career as an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service. She spent nine years in private practice and was the Legal Aid Society of Louisville's associate director before becoming a Jefferson County District Court judge in 1996.
United States District Judge Charles R. Simpson III ('70) has been appointed chair of the federal judiciary's International Judicial Relations Committee. As chair of this committee, Simpson will coordinate the federal judiciary's relationship with foreign judiciaries and the organizations involved in expanding the rule of law and the administration of justice.
Simpson has a long history of involvement in relations with judiciaries of other countries. In 2000, he extablished the first Sister Court relationship with a federal court in the United States and a foreign court when the Western District of Kentucky partnered with acourt in Pula, Croatia.
On May 6, 2008, the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law hosted a Kentucky Authors Forum conversation with United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Justice Breyer partook in a live interview with WFPL, followed by an open forum moderated by the law school's own Professor Sam Marcosson.
Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, took his seat in 1994. His book Active Liberty is based on the Tanner Lectures on Human Values that Justice Breyer delivered at Harvard University in 2004. In Active Liberty, Breyer argues that the Constitution's lasting brilliance is that its principles may adapt to cope with current situations.
Justice Breyer's WFPL Interview
Members of the law school faculty.
Justice Breyer with Professor Macosson
On Friday, May 9, members of the law school's graduating class came together with family and friends to be recognized for their work in law school and to celebrate the completion of this phase in their education.
The law school has a rich history of both academic excellence and service to the community. Our graduates exemplify these characteristics. We are proud to honor them at the close of their education.
A copy of the Awards program can be downloaded by clicking here.
The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law is saddened to report the passing of Judge Kathleen Voor Montano, class of '87. Montano was 46 years old.
Montano had worked for more than 10 years as a judge in the Jefferson Court system. She was profiled in a UofL Alumni Magazine article, "She'll Be the Judge," which noted her strength in mediation and dedication to family.
For more information about Montano's passing, please visit the Courier Journal website.
SSRN has developed a new listing to help measure the "scholarly impact" of authors affiliated to specific law schools. The listing Top Law Schools (beta) uses a number of measures to rank schools, these include:
- New Downloads
- New Papers
- New Downloads Per Paper
- Total Downloads
- Total Papers
- Total Downloads Per Paper
- Number of Authors
- Total Downloads per Author
- New Downloads per Author
Currently, the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law ranks 41 on this listing under New Downloads, with a total of 9,017 new downloads in the past 12 months. (New Downloads identifies the total downloads in the last 12 months of all papers by authors currently affiliated with the school, providing a measure of the current interest in a faculty's work on SSRN, including older papers.) We are ranked 18 in New Downloads per Author, which measures current interest in all of the faculty's work on SSRN, adjusted for the different sizes of different institutions.
Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research. Each of SSRN's networks encourages the early distribution of research results by publishing submitted abstracts and by soliciting abstracts of top quality research papers around the world
The KBA February 2008 bar results are in, and UofL's graduates performed very well. Among candidates who took the exam, our graduatespassed at an overall rate of 82 percent (the overall pass rate for all candidates was 68 percent) First-time candidates from UofL passed at a rate of 87 percent while the the general pool's pass rate for first-time candidates was 76 percent.
Congratulations to the University of Louisville's newest members of the Kentucky bar!
Professor Mark Rothstein is quoted in a March 23 New York Times Magazine article on medical privacy and concerns about protecting personal health information.
Professor Lisa H. Nicholson has been invited to serve on the 2009 AALS New Law Teachers Workshop Planning Committee.
Professor Tony Arnold was invited to participate in the Courier-Journal's "Lunch With" feature, with Keith Runyon and Jill Keeney. The feature it runs Fridays on the C-J editorial page. Arnold's feature, which will cover the environment, the law and community, is scheduled to run before Earth Day 2008.
Professor Laura Rothstein will speak at the "2008 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium," which will be held April 10 and 11, 2008 in Baltimore. Rothstein will be on the Friday Panel, "The State of Disability Law in the United States in 2008: How Full Is the Glass?" Professor Rothstein will also speak at the University of Cincinnati College of Law's event, "Education Law Stories: The People and Principles Behind Education's Most Contentious Legal Controversies." Rothstein will speak on Southeastern Community College v. Davis.
Professor Jim Jones' January 21 Courier-Journal op-ed piece, "Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Person in the Office Next Door," was reprinted in February Wellspring newsletter.