Alumni News

Kentucky Lawyers and Judges Share Experiences with Students

As a part of the Partners in Professionalism program sponsored by the University of Louisville School of Law and the Louis D. Brandeis American Inns of Court, a panel of two appellate court judges and two attorneys shared with interested law students what it means to be professional. The presentation, "Beyond the MPRE: What You Need to Know About Being a Professional in the Practice of Law," brought together students and members of the bar to discuss the realities of law practice and the need for civility, discretion, and respect in those who choose this career.

Partners in Professionalism will host three more programs throughout the school year:

  • October 23 - Avoiding the Money - How to Stay Out of Trouble
  • January 29 - What You Need to Know About Clients
  • March 4 - What You Need to Know to Make the Transition from Law School to Practice - Surviving the First Six Months

All Louisville Law students are invited to attend these programs.

The mission of the American Inns of Court is to foster excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. Most Inns concentrate on issues surrounding civil and criminal litigation practice, and include attorneys from a number of specialties. However, there are several Inns that specialize in criminal practice, federal litigation, tax law, administrative law, white-collar crime, bankruptcy, intellectual property, family law, or employment and labor law.


Dean Chen welcomes students and those in the profession to "Partners in Professionalism"

Former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Martin Johnstone shares information about the Louis D. Brandeis American Inns of Court and its mission.

The September 25 panel included (l-r) Judge Thomas Wine, attorney J. Michael Brown, Chief Judge Sara Walter Combs and attorney William E. Johnson.

Attorney Jack Ballantine and Louisville Law students listen to the presentation.

Library Staff Recognized

Three members of the law library's staff were recognized at UofL's 2007 Staff Recognition Years of Service Award luncheon last Friday, September 21. Many thanks to Miriam Schusler-Williams (30 years), Nancy Baker (10 years), and Janissa Moore (10 years).

See: for a complete list of honorees.


Lawlapalooza 2007 Is a Success

On Thursday evening, Lawlapalooza 2007 was held at Phoenix Hill to benefit the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation. The event brought six talented bands together to compete for recognition and a year's bragging rights. As in years past, the winning group was selected based on the amount of money each band was able to raise. This year's event collected more than $5,000 in donations.

Our thanks to the tour's sponsors: Marshall P. Eldred, Jr., Woodward, Hobson & Fulton, and Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs.

Louisville Law School Dean Jim Chen acted as master of ceremonies, introducing each band and urging the crowd to support their favorite bands (and the foundation).  

(Left) Dean Chen introduces The Velvet Kings, with John Sheryak*, Ed Skees*, Greg Curry and Mike Pantoja.


The Tortfeasors (the evening's winning band) includes Steve Frederick*, Carl Frederick*, Laura Landenwich*, Matt Frederick, Dan Chaffin and Joann Pope.


Two-time champs 100% Legal are, in fact, all attorneys: Mark Grundy*, Mark Riddle*, and Ed Skees*, all from Greenebaum Doll & McDonald.

  Shine-Ola, with Dan Canon*, Laura Ellis, and Jim Wheatley
  Cambia, with Justin Clark* and Justin Hersh
  My Darling Asleep, a Celtic band, includes Laurel Fuson*, Marion Halliday*, Henry Austin, Sean Mulhall and Rachel Blanton.

Public Service Program Announcement: Albanian Delegates to Visit Louisville

Nine Albanian delegates who are participating in the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' International Visitors Leadership Program will be meeting with members of the law school community to discuss our public service program and the potential for such a program in Albania. These individuals are traveling the US for approximately 3 weeks discussing "Law Enforcement in the US." They arrive in Louisville on September 30th and depart on October 3rd, 2007. The purpose of the visit is learn about "Law Enforcement in the US," and in addition to a visit to the law school, they will have meetings at Circuit and District Courts, Louisville and Metro Police Department, the Kentucky State Reformatory and Metro Safe.

If anyone has an interest in participating in this event, please contact Mary Jo Gleason,, in the Public Service Office.

Louisville AIDS Walk

Last year our Brandeis School of Law AIDS Walk team did an amazing job of raising money and standing out in the community.   Let's do it again!!  This year the Louisville AIDS Walk is on Sunday, Sept. 30.  A special guest will be John Yarmuth.  Please register and join our team (Brandeis School of Law) by going to and "join an existing team."  Start collecting donations from anyone you think would like to give.  Also, be on the lookout for the next few weeks if you would like to donate at our table in the lobby.  If you have any questions, contact Candace Kenyon at


Jim Chen, Will Hilyerd, and Virginia Smith each published short articles in the July 2007 edition of the Bench & Bar. That issue was dedicated to Legal Education.  "Serving all Kentuckians: Making Legal Education Available to our Rural and Minority Communities" by Dean James M. Chen, Dean Dennis R. Honabach and Dean Allan W. Vestal.  "Legal Education and the Building of a Better Commonwealth" by Dean James M. Chen.  "IT and Legal Education" by Will Hilyerd, Thomas Hughes, Michael Losavio, and Virginia M. Smith.
Susan Kosse was recently reappointed to the Commission on the Status of Women by President Ramsey.  She also was elected vice-chair for the next two years.

David Leibson put on a program for Dr. Jeff Callen, Head of Dermatology at the U of L Med School, some residents and med students which would introduce them to some of the basic concepts of tort law.  He prepared problems dealing with duty in general, informed consent, medical battery, duty to warn or help, etc.
Grace Giesel took part in a CLE presentation sponsored by the LBA Solo/Small Firm Practice Section.  She presented "Professional Responsibility Issues for Small Firm Practice."
Jim Jones' review of Professor Elyn R. Saks's book "The Center Cannot Hold:  My Journey Through Madness,"  appeared on page A9 of the September 15 Courier-Journal.

Pirtle-Washer Moot Court

Preliminary rounds of the Pirtle-Washer Moot Court competition are the morning of September 29 at the Hall of Justice and the semi-final and final rounds are on October 5 in the Allen Courtroom.  First-year students can serve as bailiffs on September 29 and thus see the same type of oral arguments they will be doing next spring in Basic Legal Skills.

Softball Results

As Tom Hanks pointed out, "There's no crying in baseball." The "Rookies" 1L team managed to pull out a slim 19-11 victory over the Veterans last Saturday at Churchill Park before a near-sellout crowd of faculty, staff, significant others, two Dachshunds, a Boxer, and a Border Collie. The Veterans succumbed to their more youthful opponents despite near-error-free fielding and the help of a "ringer" Chris Thompson, son of Registrar Barbara Thompson. Watch the Daily Docket for news of future softball and other sporting events.

Abramson Chosen for Kentucky Supreme Court

Kentucky Appellate Court Judge Lisabeth Hughes Abramson has been selected by Governor Ernie Fletcher to take the place of the late Justice William McAnulty on the state's Supreme Court. Abramson will be sworn in on Monday, September 10, 2007.

Abramson earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Louisville, graduating in 1977 with highest honors. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1980 and was named the Outstanding Graduate of her law school class. Before serving as a judge, she practiced law for 15 years, concentrating on business and commercial litigation.

Announcing the Dean's Athletic Circle

The University of Louisville School of Law hereby announces the Dean's Athletic Circle. The DAC will endeavor to stage events that unite the Law School and the rest of the Cardinal Nation behind our mutual love of sports in general and UofL athletics in particular.

In a very real sense, two exciting events will kick off the Dean's Athletic Circle this weekend:

  1. Law School softball: Saturday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m. A team of wily "veterans" -- featuring upper-division students, the Dean, faculty, and staff -- will take on a "rookie" team of first-year law students at Churchill Park Softball Field. Spectators are welcome.
  2. UofL Women's Soccer vs. Butler University: Sunday, Sept. 9, 1 p.m. This Sunday's match against Butler is the Law School's special day with the University of Louisville's women's soccer team. The match will take place at Cardinal Park. Dean Jim Chen will perform the ceremonial first kick. Students, graduates, and friends of the Law School are encouraged to support our Cardinals in force. Special thanks to Coach Karen Ferguson for this opportunity to unite the Law School community in support of UofL women's soccer.
    Students, staff, faculty and alumni are invited to attend the game for free. Please print out the coupon below and present it at the gate: