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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Former Kentucky Chief Justice Samuel Steinfeld died November 22, 2007, at the age of 101.
Steinfeld was born in 1906. He was raised in Louisville and graduated in 1924 from Male High School. He graduated from the University of Louisville law school in 1928.
Steinfeld served on the Court of Appeals from 1967 to 1975 and became chief justice in 1972. During that time, the Court of Appeals was Kentucky's highest court. The court system was reorganized a in 1975 when a constitutional amendment added an intermediary appeals court and the highest court became the Kentucky Supreme Court. While Steinfeld officially retired from the bench in 1975, he continued to serve as a special judge in Jefferson Circuit Court until 1985 as well as in some appointments in U.S. District Court.
Steinfeld also taught courses at U of L's law school, where he was active in alumni associations. He served as a trustee and president of the alumni association and the Law Alumni Foundation.
Two University of Louisville teams achieved success at the
National Moot Court Regional Competition, November
16-17 in Richmond, Va. One team, made up of third-year students Robyn
Lurding and Claire Parsons, and a second team with third-year Jeff
Nicoson and second-year Steve Mattingly, both had undefeated
records in the Friday preliminary rounds and advanced the Saturday
quarter-finals. Along the way, they knocked off teams from UNC, George
Mason, William & Mary, and Kentucky. Only six of the 20 teams made it through to the quarters, and U of L had two of them.
National Moot Court faculty advisor Professor Sam Marcosson shared his pride in the teams, "I could not have been any prouder of them; they were truly brilliant and they represented the school wonderfully. Congratulations to the two teams for their tremendous performances, both in the prelims and in two close quarter-finals against outstanding teams from Duke."
This last weekend, Nov. 10 and 11, 2007, Louisville Law's Negotiation Team competed in the ABA Regional Negotiation Team Competition held in Valparaiso, IN. The team of Adam Fuller and Elizabeth Powell finished sixth in the 20-team competition.
The team of Scott Powell and David Scott finished second and went on, with three other teams, to the final round. Scott and David then competed in the finals, finished second, and are alternates to the February ABA National Negotiation Team Competition in Los Angeles, California.
The coaches for the Negotiation Teams are Michelle Rudovich and Mary Jo Gleason. Gleason is the director of Louisville Law's Public Service Program. Rudovich works for the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney.
Professor Jennifer Hall's BLS (Basic Legal Skills) class had a unique opportunity to view the civil trial against McDonald's Corporation held in Bullitt County. Hall made arrangements with the Bullitt County Clerk of Court for the class to attend. Hall was pleased with her students' behavior and described the students' enthusiasm as "wonderful."
Hall also noted the positive way in which her class was received in the courtroom, "Everyone working at the Bullitt County Court house treated our class with respect and generous hospitality."
Below, a number of Hall's students stand outside the courthouse.