The latest issue of our SSRN Research Paper series features publications from Professors Levinson, Powell, and Warren.
"Labor Arbitration of Discrimination Claims: Finding a Middle Ground?" by Ariana R. Levinson
"From Louisville to Liddell: Schools, Rhetorical Neutrality, and the Post-Racial Equal Protection Clause" by Cedric Merlin Powell
"The U.S. Securities Fraud Class Action: An Unlikely Export to the European Union" by Manning G. Warren
More information about the RPS:
Dear Brandeis Community:
On this 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's famous speech describing his beloved community, let us recommit ourselves to fostering a climate of inclusiveness with principles of mutual respect, fairness and social justice that enables everyone to develop to his or her fullest potential. We recognize that diversity is a fundamental necessity to achieving excellence at Brandeis School of Law.
As part of that commitment:
• We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.
• We promote differing ideas and a variety of solutions through the inclusion of individuals from all backgrounds, races, genders, sexualities, socio-economics and spiritualties. We encourage open expression within a climate of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect.
• We strive to eliminate discrimination, marginalization, and exclusion based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, disability, religion, national origin or military status.
• We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.
The university is offering several events today to commemorate this important anniversary. Please join us if you can.
Schedule for Commemoration Events held on August 28th:
1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion - "Reflections on Dr. King's Dream" - Shumaker Research Building, Room 139)
• Dr. Joy Carew (http://louisville.edu/panafricanstudies/faculty-and-staff/joy-g-carew-ph...)
• Mr. Ira Grupper (http://www.crmvet.org/vet/grupper.htm and http://agendas.louisvilleky.gov/sirepub/cache/2/h3jm1fnj1dtnleil4kfyew2d...)
• Mr. Sagar Patagundi (https://www.facebook.com/kentuckydream)
• Dr. Laura Rothstein (http://www.law.louisville.edu/faculty/laura_rothstein)
2:15 p.m. - Symbolic March on Belknap Campus will begin at the Clock Tower going to the Ekstrom Library Quad
2:25 p.m. - UofL's International Jazz Quartet performs in Quad (refreshments served)
2:45 p.m. - Afternoon Program - in Quad
• Vice-Provost for Diversity Taylor-Archer -Welcome
• National Anthem led by UofL's Commemoration Chorale
• President Ramsey - Remarks and Welcome
• Keynote address - Raoul Cunningham, President of the Louisville Chapter of the NAACP
• Recital of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech by Odell Henderson
Before fall semester classes even began, students at UofL's Brandeis School of Law took part in community service projects across the city of Louisville during orientation week. The public service projects included craft painting with residents at Masonic Homes; weeding and mulching an expressway ramp in downtown Louisville for Operation Brightside; painting a children’s playground fence at St. Vincent De Paul; constructing a Habitat for Humanity home in Louisville's West End; caring for animals at the New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter; making inspirational cards for Hosparus patients and their families; decorating apartments for new refugee families for Catholic Charities; weeding and invasive removal at Seneca Park for Olmsted Parks Conservancy; baking for residents at Ronald McDonald House; sorting food at Dare to Care Food Bank; assisting with a back-to-school backpack event for Family Scholar House; and processing donations at Habitat ReStore.
Having orientation include a day of community service began in 2009. It honors the values of Justice Louis D. Brandeis, for whom the law school was named in 1997. Louis D. Brandeis is known as the “people’s attorney” for setting the expectation that all lawyers should provide service to the public. His work included advocacy on behalf of a number of social justice causes through his arguments before the Supreme Court and legislative advocacy on behalf of working conditions and regulation of transportation and other services.
The Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program established in 1990, is one of the first mandatory public service programs in country and is a national model for other programs. All students must complete at least 30 hours of public service to graduate. Our students generally complete substantially more than the 30 hours. Through this work, the law school benefits from the impact of Justice Brandeis, and the community.
The Brandeis School of Law also hosts Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, staged since 2005, to benefit the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation. The Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation was established at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 2005 with generous gifts from the Louisville Bar Foundation and the Louisville-Jefferson County Women Lawyers Association. This fun event provides summer fellowship funding for a University of Louisville law student to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Lawlapalooza 2013 will be held Thursday, October 17th, at Phoenix Hill Tavern.
Read more about the students' public advocacy initiatives in "Lawyers Care: It's Not the Job, It's the Person" (Bar Briefs, August 2013)
What precisely is affirmative action, and why is it fiercely championed by some and just as fiercely denounced by others? Does it signify an equalizing opportunity or is it simply reverse discrimination?
These are the questions Harvard Law professor and bestselling author Randall Kennedy seeks to answer in his new book For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action and the Law. The book is a concise and deeply personal account of the policy and history of affirmative action -- analyzing key arguments pro and con, critiquing the impact of Supreme Court decisions, and pondering its future in American society.
Join Randall Kennedy for a discussion of his new book at the Main Library, September 12, at 7 p.m. This is a free event, but tickets are required. Visit their website or call 574-1644.
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:
Welcome back and to our 1Ls a warm welcome! I hope this will be a wonderful year for all of you! As we get closer to celebrating 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have A Dream speech, we should dream big both individually and collectively! Let's make sure our dreams come true and we never forget to help others fulfill their dreams. I am very excited about the future of this law school and what this year will bring for all of us! Nothing can stop us... not even floods!! Good luck today!!
In-House Counsel - Passport Health Plan Externship:
Prerequisites: 1L curriculum & 40 credit hours.
Three credit hours (12 hours per week at placement site). Pass/Fail.
Places one student in the Louisville offices of Passport Health Plan. Passport is a not-for-profit licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) operating a managed care program for the provision of Medicaid services in Louisville and surrounding counties. The extern will work with the Legal Services Team in Passport’s Compliance Department, and have opportunities to gain knowledge and experience relating to federal and state regulations, and contract law.
The regulatory work pertains to Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse investigations and, as to this work, the Passport Legal Services Team works with the Program Integrity Staff of the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services; the Office of the Inspector General; and the Office of the Attorney General. Many contract issues also regularly arise due to Passport Health Plan’s many contractual relationships with health care providers.
The student will work out of the Passport Health Plan offices at 5100 Commerce Crossings Drive in Louisville, and be supervised by a senior member of the Legal Services Team at Passport. If interested, contact Professor Karen Jordan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Congratulations to Janissa Moore who has been promoted as the Law Library's Circulation Manager!
"Janissa has done incredible work for us for 17 years now. I am extremely grateful to her for agreeing to assume this new role for the law library." ~David Ensign, Director of the Law Library
Janissa succeeds Miriam Schusler-Williams who retired after 30+ years of service to the law library.
June 1, 1916 is the 97th anniversary of Justice Brandeis' Senate confirmation. President Woodrow Wilson nominated him to the Supreme Court of the United States on January 28, 1916.
Professor Laura Rothstein was recently interviewed by KET for a story about Justice Louis D. Brandeis. Special thanks to Scott Campbell, who was very helpful in providing background information for the story.
In episode 720 of "Louisville Life", the author of Brandeis at 150: The Louisville Perspective talks about former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and his life in Louisville.
You may view the archived video recording at KET's website.