Faculty News

Professor Grace Giesel Instrumental in Kentucky Supreme Court Opinion

On August 21, the Kentucky Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion affirming Kentucky Bar Association Ethics Opinion E-435. E-435 establishes 1) that it is unethical  for a criminal defense attorney to advise a client with regard to a plea agreement that waives the client’s right to pursue ineffective assistance of counsel claims, and 2) that it is unethical for a prosecutor to propose a plea agreement that requires such a waiver.


Professor Grace Giesel, in her role as Chair of the KBA Ethics Committee, was instrumental in the creation of the opinion. Last September, Professor Giesel presented to the Law School community, in the First Annual Flexner Forum, a discussion of the opinion. The law school community also had the benefit of hosting the Kentucky Supreme Court oral argument on a challenge by the U.S. Attorneys for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky to KBA E-435.

Professor Laura McNeal on CNN

Professor Laura McNeal recently appeared on CNN  as an education law expert on the Michael Brown shooting. Her commentary focused on the need to change existing laws to require police officers to receive training on how to interact with youth. Currently, police officers are using adult policing practices on youth which lead to increased arrests for non-violent crimes such as disorderly conduct.

 

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Bloomberg Businessweek Interviews Professor Ariana Levinson

Professor Ariana Levinson was interviewed by Corey Weinberg of Bloomberg Businessweek for an article he wrote about wearable technology in the workplace. She was selected by Mr. Weinberg because she has written extensively in the area of workplace technology and privacy. The interview is summarized in the article, and Professor Levinson is quoted alongside Professor Ethan Bernstein of Harvard Business School. Read the full article.

Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law Presents at University of Chicago Junior Faculty Workshop

On August 19th David Herzig, the Petrilli Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, presented Coasean Approach on Inbound Real Estate Investment, at the University of Chicago Junior Faculty Workshop.

Professor Jamie Abrams Receives Presidential Exemplary Multicultural Teaching Award

Assistant Professor of Law Jamie Abrams has been named the recipient of this year’s university-wide Presidential Exemplary University Multicultural Teaching Award, sponsored by the University of Louisville’s Diversity Programming Committee of Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality. Previous winners of the award include fellow Brandeis School of Law professors Enid Trucios-Haynes and Cedric Powell. 

The intent of this teaching award is to affirm, value, honor, and recognize members of the university teaching staff (full- or part-time; undergraduate, graduate and/or professional) who integrate multicultural and global perspectives into their scholarship, teaching practices, curriculum, and research. 

Professor Abrams, who has served as an assistant professor at the law school since 2012, was nominated for the award by Dean Susan Duncan, who had personally observed Professor Abrams’ teaching style. Her nomination provided information on the ways in which she incorporates multicultural perspectives into her classroom and scholarship.

Professor Abrams regularly teaches torts, domestic relations, legislation, and a seminar on women and the law; despite the diverse array of topics she teaches, Professor Abrams said that she has, at least, one common goal among all of these classes: “My goal is not just to teach what the law is in a value-neutral, abstract way, but also to push students to think harder about who actually wins and loses based on what the legal rule or standard is…I want to make sure that we pause and reflect on who’s left out of the standard that we just selected and studied.”

This way of thinking is sometimes particularly challenging for students who “often approach the law with a sense of reverence and a really high regard for the study of law, which almost creates a built-in bias because you believe what you’re learning has to be the right way…or that diversity is merely a tangent in the casebook, which is not the case,” said Abrams. 

According to Professor Abrams, a straightforward example of the application of her multicultural perspective teaching style can be seen in her domestic relations class, where much of the law is framed around the institution of marriage. From a multicultural perspective, notes Professor Abrams, this framing can be problematic as the institution of marriage explicitly excludes whole members of the population, whereas other people simply choose to opt out of marriage, thereby privileging certain families based upon marriage, and consequently privileging certain families because of class, race, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.  

Similarly, when producing her scholarship, Professor Abrams seeks to try out her ideas in workshops in diverse and interdisciplinary settings, immerse herself into the legal context in which she is trying to better understand, and challenge herself to analyze whatever legal issues she is writing about from a variety of different “lenses” rather than starting with a basic assumption about how a law or laws apply to different groups of people. 

In fact, this penchant for challenging widely-held assumptions in the practice and study of law likewise served as the basis for Professor Abrams’ forthcoming scholarly piece in 2015, where she argues for reframing the Socratic method at law schools—a method that “disincentivizes inclusion and diverse perspectives” by its inherent nature—and replacing this traditional method with a client-focused approach, where students can think of how a particular precedent would affect one of their clients. 

 

Receiving the award has already affected Professor Abrams: she has been further motivated to continue to incorporate and learn new multicultural perspectives in her teaching and work with the support of her colleagues and mentors in the university community. 

Dean Susan Duncan Selected for 2015 Leadership Louisville Class

The Leadership Louisville Center has selected the Leadership Louisville Class of 2015 — the 36th class of the Center’s signature program for established community leaders. Since 1979, Leadership Louisville has ensured that the community’s most influential and esteemed leaders are knowledgeable about issues, well-networked and passionate about the success of the region. These talented leaders will spend ten months going on exclusive tours and having hands-on experiences, all with area leaders who take on our community’s biggest challenges every day. Armed with new knowledge, connections and perspectives, Leadership Louisville graduates are prepared to take their places as effective community leaders. 

The Leadership Louisville program will begin in August 2014 and run through May 2015.  The sixty members of the Leadership Louisville Class of 2015 are: (View photo roster)

Patrick Armstrong, Kentucky Derby Festival; Duane Battcher, Donan; Cleo Battle, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau; Brian Bingham, Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District; Regina Blake, Zelkova Strategic Partners; John Brown, PNC Bank; Steve Bryant, RunSwitch PR; Neil Budde, The Courier-Journal; Divya Cantor, M.D., Wellpoint; Lisa Causarano, Junior League of Louisville; Jason Clark, VIA Studio; Robert Couch, M.D., Greater Louisville Medical Society; Jennie Jean Davidson, Better Together Strategies, LLC;

 

Sundeep Dronawat, Ph.D., POS on CLOUD; Susan Duncan, University of Louisville; Maggie Elder, Metro United Way; Meredith Erickson, The Norton Foundation, Inc.; Mark Farmer, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP; Marjorie Farris, Stites & Harbison, PLLC; Billy Fowler, The Benefits Firm; James Frazier, M.D., Norton Healthcare; Dawne Gee, WAVE 3; Rob Givens, RPG Consulting; Ankur Gopal, Interapt; Bert Griffin, Spalding University; Mark Grindstaff, Brown-Forman Corporation; Jason Groneck, GBBN Architects; Mike Guyer-Wood, Muhammad Ali Center; Bethany Heckel, Kosair Charities; Dewey Hensley, Ph.D., Jefferson County Public Schools; Cara Hicks, Louisville Ballet;

 

Tony Holland, Poe Companies; Stephen Houston, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC; Maria Hughes, Humana, Inc.; Pattie Imperial, Fifth Third Bank; Kevin Joynt, CPA, Deloitte; Jackie Keating, Dare to Care Food Bank; Charles Keckler, Baptist Healthcare System, Inc.; Adam Kempf, Norton Healthcare; Christine Koenig, CPA, DMLO; Peter Kremer, Bellarmine University; Brian Long, DuPont; Kathy Minx, Humana, Inc.; Tim Newton, Papa John's International; Steve Phillips, LG&E and KU Energy LLC; Tyra Redus, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet; Janet Reilly, US Bank;

 

Sadiqa Reynolds, Louisville Metro Government; Chris Robinson, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Rick Smith, KentuckyOne Health; Christie Spencer, Passport Health Plan; Steve Stragand, Messer Construction Co.; Jason Stuecker, Forcht Bank; Gary Tyler, Louisville Business First; Thomas Wheatley, Woodmen of the World; Jaleigh White, Hilliard Lyons; Scott Williamson, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; Thomas Wobbe, The Underwriters Group; Julie Wood, GE Appliances; and Jason Zachariah, Kindred Healthcare, Inc.

About the Leadership Louisville Center:

Created in 1979, the Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement. Its mission is to grow and connect a diverse network of leaders who serve as catalysts for a world-class community through dynamic programming and strong community connections. Over 6,000 community leaders have graduated from the Center’s programs that include Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville and Bingham Fellows. In 2011, the Leadership Louisville Center was recognized as one of the top seven community leadership programs in the U.S. in a benchmark study by the Center for Creative Leadership, the “gold standard” global provider of executive leadership education and research. 

Professor Trucios-Haynes Appointed as Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice

Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes has been appointed as Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of Louisville. According to the institute’s mission statement, it advances the work, study and practice of peacebuilding, social justice and violence prevention through the development of innovative educational programs, training, service and research.

“I am committed to the values of the MAI [Muhammad Ali Institute] relating to the promotion of peace and social justice. The MAI focuses on initiatives that support human dignity, foster responsible citizenship, further peace and justice and address the impact of violence in local, state, national and international arenas,” said Professor Trucios-Haynes, who, in addition to her new director’s role, also serves on the Metro Louisville Ethics Commission, as Vice Chair of the board of the ACLU of Kentucky and on its Executive and Litigation Review Committees, and directs an Immigration Externship at the Brandeis School of Law.  “My longstanding work around the social justice issues in immigration law and policy, as well as international human rights law is clearly related to the mission of the [institute]. The opportunity for collaboration with the Ali Institute is particularly exciting.”

One attractive aspect regarding her work for the Ali Institute, said Professor Trucios-Haynes, is gaining the ability to witness and assist the work of Ali Scholars, whom she called “future leaders in their communities.” In the Ali Scholars Program, the students, among their other duties, are expected to select an expert area related to peace or social justice on which to focus, conduct research on a topic related to his or her expert area, and, finally, design and implement a local, national or international project related to his or her expert area. Part of the program also includes a biannual international trip that helps provide the scholars a global perspective on the lessons learned and matters emphasized during the program; this year, nine UofL students in the Ali Scholars Program visited Rwanda, a country only two decades removed from the genocide that occurred within its borders.

With so many great features, staff, and students already, what’s potentially next for the Ali Institute under the direction of Professor Trucios-Haynes?

“I hope to expand the presence of the MAI in the university and local community by focusing on local, national and international impact of violence affecting teens,” she said. “I plan to reinvigorate the faculty resource group to work on research projects related to the impact of violence on teens in our local community. At the national level, I hope the MAI can investigate the issues relating to the violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that has led to the humanitarian crisis of the large scale migration of unaccompanied children and families to the United States.”

Volunteers Transform Law School Courtyards

Check out the transformation that has taken place in the Law School courtyards, to be named the Charles Hebel, Jr., and Carol Hebel Courtyards. The Law School community has turned these previously unused and unattractive spaces into environmentally, humanly, and socially sustainable spaces with (mostly) native landscaping and places to relax and enjoy nature. The landscaping and planting work is done, and in the coming weeks, the courtyards will be power-washed and outdoor furniture will be installed. The soil around the pin oak in the west courtyard will be decompacted later this fall, and eventually hostas will be added around it.  A huge thanks to our donors, Charles Hebel, Jr., a 1955 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, his wife Carol Hebel, and his son Charles Hebel, III, as well as to two University departments – Physical Plant and Communications/Media – which provided major ongoing support for this project. And a huge thanks to all of the members of the Law School community who were involved in conceiving the project, designing the plans, and doing the hard work of preparing the soils, transporting the plants to the law school, and planting the plants. The three dozen volunteers – students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends (including from other academic units) – who worked on the project during the past three weeks include:

Les Abramson

Tony Arnold

Angela Beverly

Ross Bradley

Scott Campbell

Alexandra Chase

Susan Duncan

Jen Ewa

Linda Ewald

Ryan Fenwick

Judy Fischer

Jacob Giesecke

Grace Giesel

James Giesel

Brandon Johnson

Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy Kirkham

Emily Kosse

Maria Kosse

Eric Matthews

Matt McClinton

Tyler Miller

Jon-Paul Moody

Ella Neely

Rick Nowka

Mickey Paul

Debra Reh

Laura Rothstein

Eunice Salazar

Shelley Santry

Bailey Schrupp

Chris Schulz

Allison Frakes Smith

Virginia Smith

Michael Van Sickle

Becky Wimberg

 

The project was featured on WHAS11 and UofL Today as an example of a volunteers giving back to the community.

Come, hang out, and enjoy!

Check Out the Transformed Courtyards!

Check out the transformation that has taken place in the Law School courtyards, to be named the Charles Hebel, Jr., and Carol Hebel Courtyards.  The Law School community has turned these previously unused and unattractive spaces into environmentally, humanly, and socially sustainable spaces with (mostly) native landscaping and places to relax and enjoy nature.  The landscaping and planting work is done, and in the coming weeks, the courtyards will be power-washed and outdoor furniture will be installed.  The soil around the pin oak in the west courtyard will be decompacted later this fall, and eventually hostas will be added around it.  A huge thanks to our donors, Charles Hebel, Jr., a 1955 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, his wife Carol Hebel, and his son Charles Hebel, III, as well as to two University departments – Physical Plant and Communications/Media – which provided major ongoing support for this project.  And a huge thanks to all of the members of the Law School community who were involved in conceiving the project, designing the plans, and doing the hard work of preparing the soils, transporting the plants to the law school, and planting the plants.  The three dozen volunteers – students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends (including from other academic units) – who worked on the project during the past three weeks include:

Les Abramson
Tony Arnold
Angela Beverly
Ross Bradley
Scott Campbell
Alexandra Chase
Susan Duncan
Jen Ewa
Linda Ewald
Ryan Fenwick
Judy Fischer
Jacob Giesecke
Grace Giesel
James Giesel
Brandon Johnson
Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy Kirkham
Emily Kosse
Maria Kosse
Eric Matthews
Matt McClinton
Tyler Miller
Jon-Paul Moody
Ella Neely
Rick Nowka
Mickey Paul
Debra Reh
Laura Rothstein
Eunice Salazar
Shelley Santry
Bailey Schrupp
Chris Schulz
Allison Frakes Smith
Virginia Smith
Michael Van Sickle
Becky Wimberg

The project was featured on WHAS11 as an example of a volunteers giving back to the community: http://www.whas11.com/community/Group-of-volunteers-work-to-change-landscape-at-UofLs-Law-school-266634091.html.  Come, hang out, and enjoy!

Help Needed for Law Scool Courtyards Planting

The Law School is seeking students, faculty, staff, and alums to help with planting about 300 new plants and flowers in the Law School courtyards, July 9-12 in the mornings (8:30-Noon).  Our greatest need is for volunteers in the morning of Thursday, July 10.  If you can help, please email Professor Tony Arnold, tony.arnold@louisville.edu, or student Jen Ewa, jennifer.ewa@gmail.com, or just show up at the courtyards.  Thank you for your help in transforming our courtyards into beautiful, environmentally sustainable, community gathering spaces that can be well utilized by our entire Law School community.