Alumni News

Bartholomew Selected New Chief Judge of District Court

Louisville Law graduate Judge Judith K. Bartholomew has been chosen chief judge of Jefferson County District Court. Bartholomew replaces Judge Audra Eckerle, who was elected to Jefferson Circuit Court in November 2007.

Louisville Law National Moot Court Teams Shine at Regional Competition

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."

Louisville Law Negotiation Teams Finish Strong in ABA Competition

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.

BLS Students Attend Civil Trial

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.

Are you from Eastern Kentucky...around Carter County?

For May 2008 or December 2007 graduates:

Do you want to have a smalll town solo practice in the not too distant future?  Robert L. Caummisar, a solo practitioner in Grayson, Kentucky, would like to interview you over this coming Christmas break.  His plan is to hire a recent or soon-to-be graduate as a clerk/paralegal with employment as an associate attorney upon bar exam passage.  Then, in 3 to 5 years, you would become a partner; and in 4 to 6 more years, Mr. Caummisar hopes to retire and have you take over his practice and equipped office.

Here's all his contact information: Robert L. Caummisar, Attorney at Law, 301 West Main Street, Grayson KY 41143-1299.  Phone: (606) 474-9522.  Fax: (606) 474-4422.

Brandeis Documentary Has Premiere at Law School

A new documentary about Justice Brandeis had its premiere at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law on November 13, 2008. It also ran all day, November 14. The documentary was commissioned by Savings Bank Life Insurance Company in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of its creation, 1907-2007 and was produced by Stuart Television Productions. The program will air on PBS On January 8, 2008 at 9:00 p.m..

The documentary, Justice Louis D. Brandeis: The People's Attorney, celebrates Brandeis' commitment to public service and was produced by Charles Stuart, recipient of six national Emmys, two Duponts, and various other national awards for producing, investigative reporting, and writing. Charles Stuart visited the law school and photographed many of the papers, photographs and other documents in the Brandeis Papers collection. He consulted with Kurt Metz­meier and Scott Campbell about the collection and interviewed Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport and Laura Rothstein for the documentary. Charles Tachau, '48, grandson of Alfred Brandeis (brother of Louis Brandeis) provided addi­tional family photographs. Appreciation is also expressed to David Ensign, acting dean in 2006, for his support of the project.

The creation of the Savings Bank Life Insurance Company in 1907 was made possible by the legislative groundwork laid by Brandeis. It allowed for sav­ings banks to provide life insurance, and it was in response to the abuses of the life insurance companies of the time. At least one biographer has re­ferred to this as what Brandies considered his greatest achievement. Alfred Lief, Brandeis: The Personal History of an American Ideal 105 (1936).

The documentary will be aired on KET1 on January 8, 2008, at 9 pm. It will air on KET2 on January 14 at 10 pm.

About Louis D. Brandeis

Louis D. Brandeis was born on November 13, 1856, in Louisville, Kentucky. His earliest memories are of his mother serving food to Union soldiers in his front yard. He left Louisville at age 16 and later graduated from Harvard Law School, had a brilliant career as a practicing lawyer and advocate on behalf of numerous public causes, and became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1916, at age 60. He resigned from the Court in 1939, and died in 1941. He chose the University of Louisville's School of Law as the final resting place for his remains. Although he never returned to live in Louisville, family members and their descendants remained in Louisville, and he continued to be connected to his family, to Louisville, to the University of Louisville, and to the Law School. The Law School was renamed the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1997. The Law Library houses the Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941) Papers. The Papers reflect the varied personal and professional interests of a Louisville native, Boston attorney, and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. To access a guide to these papers, click here.

 

LOBBYING AT THE FEDERAL AND STATE LEVELS

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a lobbyist?  Two Louisville Law alums, Nathan Miller, class of 2002 (legislative analyst for the Marijuana Policy Project in Washington DC) and Tim Corrigan, class of 2000 (managing partner for the Rotunda Group LLC, Government Relations for Business, based here in Louisville) will talk with you about this very interesting "alternative use" for your law degree.

Come to room #175 over the noon hour on Monday, November 19th, eat pizza and hear all about what it is like to be a lobbyist at the national, state and local levels.

Kentucky Chief Justice Lambert appointed to national Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has appointed Kentucky Chief Justice Joseph E. Lambert to the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States. The three-year appointment was effective Oct. 15, 2007. Lambert is one of six new members appointed to the 14-member committee. The membership includes state Supreme Court chief justices from Delaware, Kentucky, Montana and Pennsylvania; four U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges; four U.S. District Court judges; one U.S. bankruptcy judge; and one U.S. magistrate judge.

The Judicial Conference of the United States established the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction in 1987 to study proposed changes in federal jurisdiction and to serve as a liaison with the state courts. Topics previously considered by the committee include class action/mass torts, patients' rights, immigration reform, asbestos litigation, private property rights, diversity jurisdiction and habeas corpus procedures. The committee usually meets in January and June of each year to consider pending business and to make recommendations to the Judicial Conference when appropriate.

"I am honored to be appointed by Chief Justice Roberts to this important committee," said Chief Justice Lambert. "Federal and state courts exist to serve the citizens of this nation and their work often overlaps. This committee endeavors to assure that judicial resources are used efficiently and to recognize the distinct role of state and federal courts."

Chief Justice Lambert was elected to the Supreme Court in 1986. In 1998, he became Kentucky's fourth chief justice by a vote of his fellow justices. He has since been elected to two additional four-year terms as chief justice.

Diversity Program on Reproductive Freedom

The Diversity Committee at the Brandeis School of Law presents:

Reproductive Freedom 
Tuesday, November 13 
Noon-1:30
Cox Lounge (2d floor, law school)

Guest Speakers:
Mimi Liu, Attorney, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Washington, D.C.
Fran Ellers, Louisville Writer and Editor
Dona Wells, Interim Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky

Moderator: Randy Strobo, Diversity Committee

Please join us as we hear from three experts on the topic of reproductive freedom:  a Planned Parenthood attorney; the author of an upcoming book on the history of reproductive freedom in Kentucky; and, a local activist who is now serving as Interim Executive Director of the ACLU of Kentucky. A question-and-answer session will follow the speakers' presentations.

Co-sponsored by: The Women's Law Caucus, Women's & Gender Studies (U of L College of Arts & Sciences), Planned Parenthood of Louisville, and The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Robin Harris at 852-6083 robin.harris@louisville.edu.

Help is on the way: Educational Loan Repayment Assistance

The recently passed "College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007," while a work in progress with many details to be finalized, is very well explained by the Fordham Law Financial Aid Office.  With their permission, we have placed a hot link to that site at Student Life (in the column on the right hand side of our home page.)  Then click on Financing Your Education.

 

We also have some hard copies of the soon-to-be-published Law Review article that is mentioned at the end of the explanation.  Stop by Dean Torbeck's office if you would like one.