The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, if enacted by Congress, would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. ENDA was approved by the United States Senate on November 7 and is currently being considered in the House of Representatives.
On Monday, November 25 at 8 PM, Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes, who is currently the president of the ACLU of Kentucky will be one of several individuals discussing its impact. Other guests will be Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst for The Family Foundation of Kentucky; Chris Hartman, director of the Fairness Campaign; and Richard Nelson, executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center.
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On Friday, November 8th, alumni from the class years ending in 3s and 8s came back to the School of Law for tours of the new renovations and a reception. On Saturday, November 9th alumni joined the Dean for a pre-game party before the UofL Men’s Basketball Team took on the College of Charleston. That evening the party continued at class dinners at area restaurants. Thanks to all who attended the reunion weekend events and we look forward to welcoming back the classes ending in 4s and 9s next fall.
Pictured: Class of 1968
"Did you know that attorneys have the highest rates of depression and suicide of any profession and 40% of law students in their third year of school report experiencing symptoms of depression." The Dave Nee Foundation is sponsoring a program they believe will help save lives. Come hear Katherine Bender of the Dave Nee Foundation and Professor Jim Jones discuss this important topic Thursday, November 14, at 11:50 a.m., in room 275.
KYLAP will be on hand, providing lunch and drinks, along with lawyer volunteers, to answer any questions or provide immediate assistance to anyone in distress.
Jeff R. Hawkins, Sullivan, advanced to the office of president-elect of the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) for 2013-14 at the Association’s annual meeting in French Lick on Friday, Oct. 18. His term will expire in October 2014, after which he will become president of the ISBA. As president, he will represent the single largest legal organization in the state.
Hawkins practices law with his wife at Hawkins Law PC, where he and Jennifer are the shareholders, practicing in the areas of estate andbusiness planning, trust and estate administration and elder law. He received his B.S. from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 1988 and his J.D. from the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1992. He was admitted to practice in Indiana in 1992 and in Illinois in 2012. He became a registered civil mediator in Indiana in 2013.
Hawkins is a member of the Sullivan County, Indiana State (member, Board of Governors; chair, House of Delegates; chair, Young Lawyers Section; chair, Probate, Trust & Real Property Section) and American bar associations. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Hawkins is an active member of the Westside Church of Christ (elder, 2005-present) andSullivan Rotary Club (president, 2012-13), and he volunteers for the WabashValley United Way’s “Real Men Read” program by reading to kindergarten students.
This issue also includes:
- "The Mighty Walk: Selma to Montgomery, 1965" by Stephen T. Porter, 2013 Alumni Fellow (page 24)
- "Dream' Speech Continues to Impact Today's Youth" by Jamitra Fulleord, a Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program student (page 18)
- "A tribute to Lee A. Webb, Class of 1997" (page 23)
- "A Lawyer's Guide to Relaxing" (page 4), which may be of interest to students
Both publications are available in the law library.
Our 2013 Alumni Fellow, Steve Porter, is a native Louisvillian. He received his BA from Duke University and returned to Louisville to earn his JD from the Brandeis School of Law.
The Brandeis School of Law has a strong commitment to public service. In 1992 our school was one of the first in the country to adopt public service as a graduation requirement. Although Steve graduated several years before the school adopted the public service requirement, his life work embodies its values. Even before Steve arrived at the Brandeis School of Law, he took a stand against segregation and racial discrimination. During March of 1965 Steve chose to stand up against bigotry and not let hate have the last word. During that spring Steve joined many young people at sit-ins and marches including taking part in the walk from Selma to Montgomery.
Two years later Steve welcomed Martin Luther King Jr. to the Allen Courtroom in the Brandeis School of Law. Recently he shared these civil rights stories with our students and I hope all of you can get Steve to tell them to you.
Steve continued his civil rights activities when as an attorney he defended the JCPS student assignment plan over many years. As the Director of the Crime Commission in the late 60s and early 70s Steve pushed for a public defender system, a new jail, merger of police departments, full-time prosecutors and a revised court system. Steve is also a tireless advocate for fair housing, historical preservation and neighborhood planning. He makes sure neighbors, neighborhood associations, preservation groups and environmental groups are on a level playing field with developer interests in planning and zoning matters.
Please join me in congratulating Steve on his newest honor, the 2013 Brandeis School of Law Alumni Fellow.
The Moot Court Board is proud to host the annual Pirtle-Washer Competition, an oral advocacy competition among students at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Competitors are the finalists from a school-wide preliminary competition evaluated by local practicing attorneys. The semi-final and final round winners are determined by a select panel of judges with extensive judicial experience.
This year's winner is Corey Shiffman, a second year law student and member of the Arbitration Moot Court team. Last year, he was runner up at the First Year Oral Advocacy Competition. He currently works as a law clerk at The Rawlings Group in La Grange and enjoys spending his free time wishing he actually had some. He is glad to be back in Louisville and plans to remain and practice here after graduation.
The annual Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition was created by Law School Dean Marlin Volz in the 1960's to honor the contributions of Benjamin Washer (Dean of Jefferson School of Law, 1929-1950) and Henry Pirtle (founding member of the University of Louisville law faculty in 1846).
Many thanks to Professor Karen Jordan for organizing the competition and also to the judges who donated their time and experience: Judge Irv Maze, Judge Janet Stumbo, Judge Charles Hickman, Justice Lisabeth Abramson, Judge David Bowles, and Judge Stephanie Burke. Without them, the Pirtle-Washer competition would not be possible.
Pictured here: Finalists Corey Shiffman (Appellant) and Lacey Gullett (Appellee). More photos are available on Flickr.
Drum roll please... Lawlapalooza 2013: Law
Is Calling yielded over $2500 from ticket sales, t-shirt sales, the silent auction and band tips!
This tally does not include band registrations and sponsors. The funds
will be used to support the Ellen B. Ewing Foundation.
Battle of the Bands Winners:
Special thanks to The MC5 student emcees (Alexandria Bridges, Jessica Homer, Jeff Perkins, Chipper Peterson, and Corey Shiffman) and a big shout out to 3L, Greg Monzon and his band The Monzonites who performed the first ever Lawlapalooza guitar jam! They also took 3rd place in 2011 as Raisin Brandeis. Kudos to Jerome Neukirch of the Law Library as well for designing the poster and t-shirts.