Faculty News

Justice John Paul Stevens at the Law School on Thursday

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law proudly announces that Justice John Paul Stevens will receive the prestigious Brandeis Medal at a dinner on April 18, 2013.  Justice Stevens served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1975 until his retirement in 2010.

The law school will host a question and answer session with Justice Stevens in the Allen Courtroom at 1:30 p.m. on April 18. Attendance is free and open to all UofL students. Attendees are asked to please arrive before 1 p.m. and dress appropriately (business-casual attire.)

For more details about the Brandeis Medal Presentation and Dinner, or to make reservations, please visit the Brandeis School of Law Web site.

Justice Stevens and Letter From Birmingham City Jail

Tuesday, April 16, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's, Jr. Letter From Birmingham City Jail. The Los Angeles Times recently wrote about this anniversary and commented:


King's discourse on legal equality rejected the argument that laws favoring the majority were no different than laws protecting a minority. Or, as Justice John Paul Stevens has written, equality does not require us to ignore "the difference between a 'no trespassing' sign and a welcome mat."


During the spring of 1967 Martin Luther King, Jr. visited the law school. This week we will welcome Justice Stevens to the law school to receive the Brandeis Medal. I hope you will join us in room 275 on Thursday for a Q & A with Justice Stevens. Please arrive before 1 p.m. and dress appropriately (business-casual attire).


I also hope all of you will read Martin Luther King's, Jr. letter. The text can be found at: http://www.thekingcenter.org/archive/document/letter-birmingham-city-jai.... We can all still learn from his powerful words and example.

Dean Duncan

Bench & Bar

The March 2013 issue of the Kentucky Bar Association's Bench & Bar is now available online in both PDF and Flip Book format.

In her report, Interim Dean Susan Duncan, showcases the law school's Criminal Law curriculum and Professors Abramson, Weaver, and Milligan, to coincide with the issue's commemoration of the Golden Anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, "the U.S. Supreme Court case extending to state court criminal defendants the right to legal counsel under the Sixth and Fourteenth Amendments."

This issue also includes an article by Professor Luke M. Milligan entitled, "Hugo's Trumpet," a nod to Anthony Lewis's book, Gideon's Trumpet, about the constitutional right to counsel.

Law School Appreciation Week Kick-Off

Join law school students, faculty, staff and alumni out in front of the law school building on the portico for the kick-off to Law School Appreciation Week.

Sign our huge thank you banner to show those who have supported you that you appreciate their contributions.

 

Monday, April 8, from 11:30-2:30

Free Popcorn

The Beginning of the World (Wide Web) As We Know It

Mosaic 1.0, the graphical browser that popularized the World Wide Web in the 1990s, was released 20 years ago this month. While not the first Web browser, Mosaic's importance was its inclusion of images and availability for Windows computers. Previously, Web browsers had been limited to text and the Unix operating system.

An interesting historical footnote: The first Windows Web browser, Cello, was developed by Thomas R. Bruce, co-founder and director of Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute. Tom Bruce is a giant in the very small world of legal education technology.

Business First: Book of Lists

Ever wonder what the current top Louisville law firms are? Or whether they are employing more lawyers than last year? The quickest way to answer those questions is to consult Business First of Louisville’s Book of Lists, an annual compilation of the weekly industry rankings in Louisville’s premier source of business news, and a resource currently available from the University of Louisville Libraries.

Go to UoL's Databases List. Next, choose “B” then Business First Louisville.  That will take you to the forty-odd local business newspapers in the BizLink database.  Louisville’s Business First is located in the highlighted box at the top of the page. Links there allow you to search for articles, view whole recent issues, or look at the most recent Book of Lists.  If you follow that last link, it will take you to the 2012 edition of the BOL. The Top Law Firms table (first released on Dec 28, 2012) is found on page 18 of the printed version, or by entering 24 into the search box online.

For more tips like these, visit the Law Library News for Faculty Archives.

UofL Law Professor Jamie Abrams Weighs in on Proposition 8

Brandeis School of Law Assistant Professor Jamie Abrams joined 37 professors of family law and constitutional law in an amicus brief filed in the United States Supreme Court in Hollingsworth v. Perry. Professor Abrams is one of many Brandeis faculty members influencing legal matters of national importance.


Commonly known as the "Prop 8" case, Oral Arguments are being heard Tuesday, March 26.

Read the brief to which Professor Abrams contributed, or follow the activity on this high profile, nationally significant case at SCOTUSblog.

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.