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Public health, law schools to host forum on HIV, criminal prosecutions

HIV criminalization refers to criminal statutes that apply only to people with HIV, and the sometimes heightened sentences people with the disease face in court. This is a topic of concern among public health organizations and HIV policy leaders.

In an effort to join the conversation, the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences and the UofL Louis D. Brandeis School of Law will host a free public forum Oct. 2 at the Louisville Metro Department of Health and Wellness, 400 E. Gray St.

“The degree to which we as a community accept diversity goes a long way in determining our collective quality of life,” said UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences Dean Craig Blakely. “Part of the university’s mission is to provide teachable moments, and this forum provides an educational opportunity to stimulate discussion about a complex topic that impacts subsets of our community differently.”

Kentucky Department for Public Health HIV/AIDS Program Branch Manager Karen Sams and UofL law professor Samuel A. Marcosson will provide the health and legal context of this multi-faceted issue.

“Social justice is the cornerstone of our law school,” said Susan Duncan, Dean of the Brandeis School of Law. “That’s one of the reasons we are especially pleased to contribute to this important forum, and we want to do our part to help the public better understand what it means to be HIV positive.”

Speakers also will include organizers of the Sero Project, Sean Strub and Robert Suttle. Strub will discuss his perspective on HIV criminalization and why he advocates for reform, while Suttle will share his personal story of prosecution and incarceration on a nondisclosure charge in Louisiana. His story is portrayed in the short film HIV is Not a Crime, which will be shown the night of the forum.

LGBT Center Director and Assistant Provost for Diversity Brian Buford said Pride Week, UofL’s celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, is a great time to engage in these conversations.

“The idea that people with HIV can face criminal charges for how and when they disclose their status may come as a surprise to many, even some in the LGBT community—that is why it’s important to host a public dialogue. The awareness of threats can be the catalyst for improvement,” Buford said.

The forum begins with a reception at 5:30p.m., followed by presentations at 6 p.m. Other event partners are the UofL LGBT Center, the Graduate Program in Bioethics & Medical Humanities, the ACLU of Kentucky and the Fairness Campaign.

Source: UofL Today (September 26, 2013)

Law School to co-host forum on HIV, criminal prosecutions

HIV criminalization refers to criminal statutes that apply only to people with HIV, and the sometimes heightened sentences people with the disease face in court. This is a topic of concern among public health organizations and HIV policy leaders.

In an effort to join the conversation, the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences and the Law School will host a free public forum at 5:30 on Oct. 2 at the Louisville Metro Department of Health and Wellness, 400 E. Gray St.

Kentucky Department for Public Health HIV/AIDS Program Branch Manager Karen Sams and Professor Sam Marcosson will provide the health and legal context of this multi-faceted issue. 


Diversity Forum – Tuesday, October 22 @ Noon in Room 275

The Black Law Students Association and the Diversity Committee invite everyone to our October 22 forum, Before “Bombingham” and Beyond Trayvon. Speakers will include Prof. Enid Trucios-Haynes and Mr. Anthony Smith, Director of Safe Neighborhoods (a position recommended by the city’s violence prevention task force last year). Prof. Laura McNeal will moderate the program.

A free, light lunch will be available in the hall outside of Room 275 @11:45 a.m.

Windows 8 User Best Practice

Windows 8 users please be aware that the Internet Explorer app available on the Start screen is not the same as the Internet Explorer program (IE) available through the Desktop. The Desktop version of IE is sometimes required for certain web-based programs to work correctly like Ulink, Blackboard, and Tegrity. To avoid lost work and confusion the best practice is to use the IE program via the Desktop and not the app for student related work.

Law school kitchen gets extreme makeover

Change is good. Especially when it’s long overdue.

That’s the prevailing attitude among faculty, staff and students at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law when it comes to the school’s recent kitchen makeover.

Located on the lower level of the school, the sorely outdated kitchen had not been modernized for decades.

"It was disgusting," said law school Dean Susan Duncan. "The kitchen was the exact same as when I was in law school here in the 1980s. It definitely needed a makeover."

But with budgets exceedingly tight, the kitchen didn’t get remodeled until a donor stepped up to fund the project.

At right, Richard Edwards and law Dean Susan Duncan talk to students in the newly remodeled kitchen.

Richard Edwards, managing partner with Louisville-based law firm Boehl, Stopher & Graves, LLC, provided funds to refurbish the kitchen with new floors, cabinets, paint and appliances. His law firm partner, Ed Stopher, also contributed to the kitchen makeover.

Law school faculty member Linda Ewald also contributed to pay for the industrial size refrigerator.

When Edwards was asked why his firm decided to fund such an unusual project, he said he hoped to make the overall environment more enjoyable for students.

"I wanted to do something that went beyond academics—something to give students a pleasant little break from their studies," said Edwards.

His plan seems to be working well. On any given day, dozens of students use the kitchen and, during lunchtime, nearly every chair is occupied.

While the makeover dramatically transformed the room, one feature remained unchanged: a large, colorful wall mural of school namesake Louis D. Brandeis.

"It’s the only thing in the kitchen that we didn’t want to change," said Duncan.

Cappuccino, Baby!

The Law School has received the opportunity to be a “test” for a free-standing coffee-cappuccino machine. The machine will be located between the soda machines in the basement. There are 26 flavors to choose from and we need your help in deciding which flavor coffees and cappuccinos you would like to see offered. Please complete and submit this survey (ULink login required) no later than 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 13, 2013.

Input from students, staff and faculty is welcome!

Professor Laura McNeal discusses legacy of Charles Hamilton Houston at Harvard Law School

This year, we have seen the Supreme Court drastically reduce the protections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, even as we observe the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Despite the tremendous efforts to promote equal education opportunity, many of our public schools remain segregated and many students are raised in impoverished households. The influence of race and poverty on academic achievement are undeniable. On September 5, Professor Laura McNeal will serve on a panel at Harvard Law School with three other distinguished panelists to both reflect on Charles Hamilton Houston's powerful legacy and to assess how we can draw upon that legacy to address the considerable legal challenges to equal opportunity in America.

SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Vol 7, No 4

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:


50th Anniversary of "I Have A Dream Speech" TODAY

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)
Featuring panelists:

• 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


Public Service Projects at Orientation Highlight Brandeis Commitment to Service

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.

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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)