Alumni News

Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth Visits Brandeis Law

On Friday, February 22, Congressman John Yarmuth (KY-3) and Professor Neil Kinkopf, of the Georgia State University College of Law, joined Brandeis School of Law students and attorneys from the community for a reasonable conversation about gun control. The event ran a full two hours and every seat was full.

Professor Kinkopf spoke first about the constitutionality of pending gun control legislation. His analysis provided a concise interpretation of the Second Amendment and D.C. v. Heller and predicted that the laws posed no danger of overstepping congressional powers.

Congressman Yarmuth gave insight into the details of the pending measures. He explained his support for laws implementing universal background checks and restrictions on ammunition magazine capacity. The Congressman's remarks were personal and genuine and set the floor for an open and civil discourse amongst the attendees.

After both speakers' remarks, the discussion shifted to questions representing varied perspectives on the topic from those in attendance.

The timing of the event was particularly momentous due to the national spotlight that has been focused on the Congressman regarding his remarks on gun control and the NRA. This program successfully fostered a respectful and productive dialogue on a very polarizing and controversial topic. The event was organized and sponsored by the UofL Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Student Chapter and the Kentucky Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society.

 

Yarmuth Discussion

Professor Kinkopf and Congressman Yarmuth are joined by Brandeis Law Professor Luke Milligan during questions and answers session at the event.

Brandeis Law Professor Giesel Presents at National 20/20 Symposium

Bernard Flexner Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor Grace Giesel, renown for her expertise in the area of professional responsibility, presented "The Attorney-Client Relationship in the Age of Technology," as part of "Ethics 20/20 The Future of Professional Responsibility," a Symposium sponsored by Mississippi College Law Review at the Mississippi College School of Law. Other speakers included University of Oklahoma College of Law Professor Judith Maute, George Mason University School of Law Professor Michael Krauss, University of La Verne College of Law Professor Charles Doskow, and Professor Nathan M. Crystal. The Keynote Address was given by Ellen Rosen, Senior Lead Counsel for the Ethics 20/20 Commission.

Also of note is the publication of her most recent article, Alternative Litigation Finance and the Work-Product Doctrine, by the Wake Forest Law Review. It can be found at 47 Wake Forest Law Review 1083 (2012).

Professor Cross Presents Trademark Remedies in Japan

John Cross, Grosscurth Professor of Law, recently delivered a distinguished lecture to the Faculty of Law at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan.  The talk was titled “Extraterritoriality of Trademark Remedies” and presented the basic thesis that even though trademark rights are generally confined to the borders of the United States, a court dealing with a claim under U.S. trademark law should be able to consider foreign sales in calculating damages—provided those sales affect the goodwill of the trademark owner.

In attendance were the Hokkaido University Faculty of Law, certain graduate students and invited guests from universities and industry in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. Professor Cross spent three days in Sapporo where, in addition to the lecture, he met with several graduate students concerning their Ph.D. theses.

Law Professor Lisa Nicholson to Speak at McKinney Law Symposium

The Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law will host a major national symposium on “Law and the Financial Crisis” on April 5, 2013.
One of the panels slated for that day will examine the potential for the law to prevent the next financial crisis. Professor David Herzig of Valparaiso School of Law will moderate a panel made up of Professor M. Todd Henderson of the University of Chicago School of Law, and Professor Lisa Nicholson of the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Professor Henderson has private sector experience counseling clients on business and regulatory strategy, and he will speak about new strategies for regulation. Professor Nicholson has securities and commercial litigation experience and will speak on the subject of corporate governance.
Former Indiana Senator Evan Bayh will present the keynote address to kick off the event. Senator Bayh’s lecture will focus on his experience with the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs during the financial crisis.
The symposium is sponsored by the Indiana Law Review, a legal periodical edited and managed by students of IU McKinney Law that publishes scholarly articles by professors, judges, and practitioners from throughout the country. Andrea Kochert is editor of a special issue of the Law Review that will contain the proceedings of the symposium.

Congratulations to the Tax Moot Court Team!

Congratulations to Brandeis School of Law students Ahmed Safeeulah and Laurie Beth McTighe on their stellar performance at the Florida Bar Tax Section Moot Court Competition. They went 1-1 after the first day, with their loss coming to the fourth place finisher, to advance to the second day. On the second day, they narrowly lost to the University of Florida, last year's runner-up and one of the top tax programs in the nation. They received rave reviews on their performance from both competitors and coaches.

 

Tax Team

Law School Alumnus, Randal Seago, Remembered

Randal K. Seago, 56, died at his residence Jan. 29, 2013. Mr. Seago received his bachelor's degree from Davidson College in 1979, and received his JD in 1985 from the Brandeis School of Law. He was admitted to the North Carolina Bar Association in 1988, the same year that he began his affiliation with the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Seago earned a reputation as an attorney wholly devoted to and passionate about defending the rights of his clients. Mr. Seago was also a member of American Association for Justice. He has been involved in many high-profile cases in his career, including appellate work that resulted in a significant interpretation of the law in favor of his clients, and was recognized as one of the leading trial attorneys in Western North Carolina. He developed a passion for defending people accused of capital murder, and was a featured speaker last year at the annual seminar devoted to those dedicated to saving people from the death penalty. Despite sometimes incredible odds, he never had a client sentenced to death. Mr. Seago also broke new legal ground in the early 1990s with the use of DNA testing to prove paternity to allow the rightful heir to inherit. He was universally respected in the legal community, and mentored countless younger attorneys how they could learn to be zealous, yet ethical, advocates.

Click here for more information about the funeral arrangements. 

Legal Writing Prof Blog is Fans Favorite

With a whopping 101 votes, the Legal Writing Prof blog, for which UofL Law Professor Judith Fischer is contributing editor, won the ABA Journal Fan Favorites poll of top legal blogs.

 

Professor Fischer is a frequent presenter on professionalism in legal writing. She often shares her expertise about legal writing in articles such as "Is It Good or Bad to Repeat Words?" which was published in the January 2013 issue of Kentucky Bench & Bar Magazine.

 

Congratulations Professor Fischer.

Tori Murden McClure, '95 honored by Center for Women and Families

On February 13, 2013, The Center for Women and Families will honor five “Women of Distinction” at its 26th anniversary Celebration of Service & Survival.

One of this year's honorees is our own alumna, Tori Murden McClure, '95, president of Spalding University. She will be honored as a long-term role model for women and girls in Kentuckiana. Previously, she served as director of the Women’s Center of Volunteers of America, a residential center for homeless women. At Spalding, she supports scholarships for women who are underprivileged and marginalized.

Murden McClure was honored by Brandeis School of Law in 2011 as a Distinguished Alumna at the Annual Brandeis School of Law Alumni Awards Banquet.

 

Professor Shelley Santry, who was this year's recipient of the Mary K Bonsteel Tachau Award, received the same honor in from the Center for Women and Families in 2011.

 

For information or reservations for this years event, please call 502-581-7207.

Sharing, With Sadness, the Passing of Lee Ann Webb, '97 Law Grad

It is with sadness that we share the news of the death of Brandeis School of Law alumna, Lee Ann Webb.

Webb, the wife of Frank Nussbaum, passed away on Wednesday, January 23,2013.

 

Born in Lexington March 14, 1969, Lee graduated from Henry Clay High in 1987 and attended Oberlin College. In 1990 she attended the School of International Training and spent a semester in Ecuador where she developed a deep appreciation for Latin American culture. She received BA's in Spanish and in Latin American Studies from UK and earned her JD from the U of L Law School, where she was Outstanding Woman Law Graduate in 1997.

Upon graduation, she clerked for KY Supreme Court Justice Janet Stumbo. She became an attorney at Stoll Keenon Ogden in Louisville in 2000. Fluent in Spanish, Lee performed pro bono work in both Spanish and English for refugees and recent immigrants and founded the Latino Legal Clinic of Louisville. She was on the Board of the National Society of Hispanic MBA's and on the board of the Hispanic Latino Coalition and of the Hispanic Latino Business Council. She was an early member of The Women's Network, Advocates for Democratic Principles. She was a participant in the Leadership Louisville-2012.  (Source: Courier-Journal)

 

You may read her obituary from the Courier-Journal

UofL Law ABA Arbitration Team Competes in Nationals

 

Brandeis School of Law ABA Arbitration team, Brad Johnson, Darick Crumbly, Derek Miles, and Emily Harris, competed in the ABA National Arbitration Competition on January 25, 2013.

As regional finalists in the Illinois Region ABA Arbitration Competition they were one of only ten teams, out of sixty-two teams nationwide, in the national-level competition.

They competed in front of nine arbitrators, and the written comments of one of those arbitrators best sums up their performance. He stated that the team, “did an excellent job on all aspects of [the] case.” Their coach, Professor Ariana Levinson, is most proud of the team’s professional and ethical presentation. The team received complements repeatedly from the other team members, coaches, and judges on their professionalism and courtesy. They would also like to thank their facilitator, Courtney Pawley, for all her hard work, and Mark Gray and Matt White of Gray and White Law and Grover Potts of Wyatt Tarrant & Combs LLP for the financial support that made their trip possible.