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Meet the Law School's Alumni Fellow

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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.

Corey Shiffman Wins 2013 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition

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.

Lawlapalooza Raises Over $2500!

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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.

UofL only Kentucky stop for King Center Imaging Project exhibit

In October 1960, Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. sat in the Fulton County, Ga., jail although the charges brought against him had been dropped. Louisvillians Carl and Anne Braden were outraged and sent King a telegram of support on Oct. 24.

That telegram and more documents related to Louisville and other parts of Kentucky are part of the King Center’s online digital archive. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Technology for Social Good program made the archive possible.

The University of Louisville will host a traveling exhibit about the imaging project and archive Oct. 21 through Oct. 25 in the east lobby of Ekstrom Library. Hours are 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 21; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 22 through Oct. 24; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 25. Admission is free and public.

The interactive exhibit showcases digital images of key documents from King’s correspondence, speeches and sermons. Playing off King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, visitors also can write their dreams on a card and post them on the Dream Wall section of the exhibit. The cards later will be digitized and saved for posterity as part of The King Center’s archive.

UofL is the only Kentucky stop on the exhibit’s current schedule. The exhibit’s content dovetails with UofL’s new multi-year initiative, Project Progress. Starting later this month, the university will have special programming to look back and reflect on what was taking place in the Civil Rights Movement each year from 1963 to 1968 and then look at where society is now.

For more information, contact Janene Zaccone, (502) 852-6171.

Professor Trucios-Haynes Moderates Discussion with Congressman John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis, Georgia’s 5th Congressional District Representative, is the only speaker at the 1963 March on Washington still living today and the author of “March,” a graphic novel. In 2000, Congressman Lewis was the recipient of the Brandeis Medal. Pictured here are Professor Trucios-Haynes with Congressman Lewis and her students, Zackary McKee, Stephany Hunter, and Iman Jackson following the October 15 on campus visit. Four students from the Central High School Law and Government Magnet program, along with magnet teacher Joe Gutmann, were also invited guests to the on-campus visit. Professor Trucios-Haynes moderated the afternoon program. This event was part of Congressman Lewis's visit to Louisville for the Kentucky Author Forum where he shared his remarkable story as one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement. At the evening event, Congressman Lewis was interviewed by Rachel Maddow.


The event provided those present to see first hand why John Lewis is such an icon for the civil rights movement and how his energy, commitment, and dedication, continue to inspire all Americans to advocate for social justice and civil rights.

Lawlapalooza T-Shirts and Tickets on Sale Now!

It's back, and it's here.  Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's battle of the bands, returns this Thursday, October 17 at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Eight bands will compete, taking the stage on the half hour beginning at 6:30. To compete, each band must include at least one lawyer or law student, and this year, the Brandeis School of Law has two horses in the race: The Monzonites, featuring 3L Derek Monzon and 2013 grad Matt Doran, and defending champs The Subconscionables, featuring Associate Dean Tim Hall and Assistant Dean Jim Becker.

Does the world really need lawyers trying to rock? Well, yes, because Lawlapalooza is a wicked fun fundraiser for the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program. Proceeds benefit the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which funds summer fellowships for Brandeis School of Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

Bonus: Five of your fellow students -- Alexandria Bridges and Jessica Homer, pictured at left in this year's very cool Lawlapalooza t-shirt, and Jeff Perkins, Chipper Peterson and Corey Shiffman are hosting the event as MCs. Come out and support the home team!

T-shirts and tickets will be on sale in the Mosaic Lobby one more time:TODAY, Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm They're also on sale in the Law Resource Center (Room 272), Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 5:30 pm, or get your ticket at the door. Each is only ten bucks, and the first 100 students through the door get their first drink free, compliments of Westlaw (so bring your student ID, too).

So, come out and mingle with Louisville's legal community, hear some great music, have fun with friends in our new-this-year photo booth, and have an amazing time at Lawlapalooza 2013.


Professor Jim Jones Spotlighted by ABA Commission on Disability Rights

The American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights has recognized Professor James T.R. Jones for his professional accomplishments while combatting bipolar disorder life-long.  Since publicly disclosing his illness in 2007, and describing it in his 2011 memoir, A Hidden Madness, Professor Jones has become an advocate for others in the legal profession who also struggle with mental illness and its stigma.

Read the full profile of Professor Jones and learn more about his moving story. 

Congratulations to Bart Darrell L'87

Brandeis School of Law congratulates Bart Darrell L’87 on appointment as Kentucky Wesleyan College's new Vice President for External Services. Read more about Mr. Darrell's achievement.

Law Resource Center Hours - Oct. 14-18

Law Resource Center Hours - Oct. 14-18, 2013

Monday-Thursday - 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Friday - 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 



Brandeis School of Law Congratulates Its Alums

UofL Brandeis law graduates are making a difference in Louisville.

Three people on Business First newspaper’s recent Forty Under 40 list hold a UofL law degree.

The 40 honorees “have demonstrated through their career accomplishments and willingness to give back that they will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Greater Louisville,” wrote Tom Monahan, president and publisher of Business First of Louisville, in an opening to a special Forty Under 40 section of the Sept. 27 issue.

  • Chris Colson, 36, executive director—global development, associate general counsel-legal, Texas Roadhouse Inc., JD, UofL.
  • Michelle B. Coughlin, 37, attorney, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, JD, UofL.
  • Rebecca A. Weis, 29, attorney, Stites & Harbison PLLC, JD, UofL.

NFocus Magazine (October issue) profiles 5 women in its article titled "Empowering Women." Three of the 5 are UL law grads:

  • Angela McCormick Bisig, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge
  • Laura Douglas, LG & E Vice President Corporate Responsibility and Community Affairs
  • Tori Murden McClure, President, Spalding University