Alumni News

University of Louisville Law Review Selected to Host National Conference of Law Reviews in 2015

The University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to announce that it has been selected to host the 61st Annual National Conference of Law Reviews in March 2015. The conference allows law journal editors from throughout the nation to gather to exchange ideas and experiences about issues common to student-edited publications. Conference attendees also have the opportunity to hear from the foremost members of the legal community, meet with publishing and other service vendors, and socialize with a diverse group of law review editors from across the United States. Between 250 and 350 student editors attend the conference each year.

This announcement follows a successful week for the Law Review at this year's conference at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan, where it was recognized for best practices and innovation in editing. The Law Review presented to an audience of approximately 80 representatives of journals from throughout the nation about steps taken this year to improve the efficiency of the editing process. Following the presentation, at least 25 journals expressed direct interest in at least partially modeling their editing procedures and organizational structure after the University of Louisville Law Review. The presentation will be published in this year's NCLR Best Practices Manual, which will be distributed to hundreds of law journals throughout the country.

This is a big win for the Law Review, the law school and the Louisville community. The Law Review is honored to be selected to host the conference and looks forward to welcoming editors from throughout the nation to Louisville in March 2015.

Louisville Ranks Among the Best Cities

Louisville residents have known for quite some time that Louisville is one of the best places to live.

Now 2 different organizations are recognizing Louisville's outstanding qualities.

 

Lonely Planet, the online travel guide, named Louisville its number 1 travel destination for 2013. They describe Louisville as "a lively, offbeat cultural mecca on the Ohio River" and cite its youthful population as one of its best assets.

Also recognizing Louisville's greatness is the Web site Under30CEO, which listed Louisville as their 2013 Number 3 best city for young entrepenurs. Of special note is the impact Louisville's universities have on the city's entrepeneurial potential. According to the Kauffman Foundation in 2011 Louisville outperformed the nation in being home to fast growth companies and was among the top states in the nation in terms of new start-up companies formed.

 

T. Kennedy Helm Remembered

Kennedy Helm, chairman at Stites & Harbison and longtime attorney for the Louisville Regional Airport Authority, passed away on Friday, March 15.

Law school Interim Dean, Susan Duncan, remembers him as a giant in Louisville. 

Helm was instrumental in the development of the Lively Wilson Oral Advocacy Program at Brandeis School of Law. He invested his time and was a major supporter of law school diversity efforts. Helm had a keen interest in history and education and strongly supported the Central High School Partnership with Brandeis School of Law.

You may read more about Kennedy Helm at the Courier-Journal.

 

A memorial service for Mr. Helm will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Christ Church Cathedral, 421 South 2nd St. Arrangements are under the direction of Pearson's. 

Roofs Around Campus are Looking Up!

Without question anyone traveling through the oval on UofL's Belknap campus has seen the glint of new copper roofs going up on Grawmeyer Hall and Brandeis School of Law.

Urgent repairs to prevent water damage to the buildings started immediately after the hail storm in April, 2012. Besides the roofing material, such things as skylights, windows and rooftop equipment also sustained damage.

Read more about the repais to many damaged structures around campus at UofL Today.

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.

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