Louis D. Brandeis School of Law proudly announces the 2013 Brandeis Medal recipient is Justice John Paul Stevens. The medal will be presented at a dinner on April 18, 2013.
The life work of Justice Stevens is very much in keeping with the values of Justice Brandeis. His service on the Court and his commitment to civility and a balanced approach to issues are values and qualities that Justice Brandeis would have applauded. He shares with Justice Brandeis an interest in antitrust law, free speech, search and seizure, and the role of state governments. His commitment to public service has been honored at many law schools through Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowships.
Justice Stevens traces his seat on the Court directly to Justice Brandeis. When Justice Brandeis left the Court, he was replaced by Justice William O. Douglas, and when Justice Douglas retired, Justice Stevens was appointed to that position. Justice Elena Kagan was appointed to replace Justice Stevens. In his 2011 book, Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir, Justice Stevens describes the history of the Court by reflecting on the five Chief Justices of the Supreme Court with whom he served during his service from 1975 to 2010.
The Brandeis Medal is awarded to individuals whose lives reflect Justice Brandeis’ commitment to the ideals of public service. Previous recipients include Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Harry A. Blackmun, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen G. Breyer; Judges A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. and Abner J. Mikva; New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau; Professors Archibald Cox, Jr.; Professors Samuel Dash and Charles J. Ogletree; civil rights attorney Morris Dees, Jr.; Senator Howard H. Baker; Congressman John Lewis; Brandeis biographer Melvin Urofsky, and legal journalist Linda Greenhouse.
The 2013 Brandeis Medal Presentation and Dinner is made possible through funds provided by the Wilson W. and Anne D. Wyatt Distinguished Speakers Endowment.
The Central students will attend the noontime Diversity Forum, which is a panel about Ending the Violence in West Louisville. It will be in Room 275.
If you are at the Law School that morning, step outside for just a few minutes to support the veterans as they begin the Louisville-Elizabethtown leg of their journey.
Dr. Ramsey will greet the cyclists at The Thinker at 8:30 a.m. Then, ROTC cadets will give them water bottles, fruit and energy bars. The cyclists are scheduled to leave campus at 8:45 a.m.
Read more about Professor Arnold's accomplishments at his law school profile.
Leah Rupp Smith, Brandeis School of Law 3L, recently won the Kentucky Bar Association Writing Competition with her submission titled "Standing Your Ground: The Happy Medium Buried in Kentucky's Common Law." Her submission focused on Kentucky's Stand Your Ground statutes enacted in 2006 as compared to the similar law in Florida, which recently has been in the national spotlight following the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Kentucky common law, later codified in the state's pre-2006 Penal Code, already provided that a "Kentuckian never runs." Gibson v. Commonwealth, 34 S.W.2d 936 (Ky. 1931). The analysis centers on whether this standard strikes a more appropriate balance between requiring a defendant using self-defense to prove he or she had no means of safe retreat (the Model Penal Code approach) and providing presumptions in the law favoring a defendant using self-defense (Kentucky's--and Florida's--current approach in the Stand Your Ground statutes).
This year, approximately 111 first year law students volunteered for a service project (79% participation). We also had 6 faculty, 5 staff members, and 8 upper-division law students volunteer (see lists, below). Students completed projects for the following 12 area organizations:
- Habitat for Humanity ReStore
- Olmsted Parks Conservancy
- Masonic Homes
- Family Scholar House
- Dare to Care Food Bank
- Ronald McDonald House
- Catholic Charities
- Hosparus of Louisville
- New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter
- Habitat for Humanity
- St. Vincent de Paul
- Operation Brightside
Professor Rothstein – Masonic Homes
Professor Abrams – Family Scholar House
Professor Bean – Family Scholar House
Dean Duncan – Ronald McDonald House
Professor Levinson – Hosparus
Virginia Mattingly – New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter
Angela Beverly – Habitat ReStore
Becky Wimberg – Dare to Care Food Bank
Kimberly Ballard – Hosparus
Nakia Strickland – Hosparus
Becky Wenning – Operation Brightside
Upper-Division Student Participation
The Brandeis School of Law is deeply saddened by the passing away of Gail Robinson. Ms. Robinson was a 1976 graduate of our law school. Ms. Robinson was a long time employee of the Department of Public Advocacy and will be remembered for her numerous contributions but especially for her work with Kentucky’s juvenile law. Ms. Robinson was a tireless advocate for Kentucky’s youth and mentored many attorneys who represented children. Please be sure to read the article in the Courier Journal today that chronicles the many important cases she tried including a case involving the youngest death row inmate in the United States. In fact, many of her cases involved the death penalty.
The Brandeis School of Law is committed to training thoughtful, civic-minded lawyers who play active roles in their communities. Since 1990, all students at the Law School have been required to complete at least thirty hours of public service through the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program. Although Ms. Robinson graduated before this requirement, she dedicated her life to 1) addressing the needs of persons of limited means; 2) securing and protecting civil rights and liberties; and 3) improving the law. The law school is very proud of Ms. Robinson for her unwavering commitment to using her law degree to improve the lives of others. We are grateful for her example of how to lead a life devoted to public service. She will be missed by many people, and the law school community joins those who mourn the loss of this friend and colleague.
For more information, please contact Professor Jordan.
The Brandeis School of Law joins others at the University of Louisville and in our city in remembering with sadness Owsley Brown Frazier. Mr. Frazier was a 1960 graduate of our law school, and in 2002 he was honored as the Brandeis School of Law Alumni Fellow. This honor is bestowed by the faculty each year recognizing contributions to the school, the profession, and the community. He had retired from the vice chairmanship of Brown-Forman Corp. in 2000 but remained connected to the company. He was a life member of the UofL Board of Overseers and involved in many other ways with the university. He had been recognized many times for his philanthrophy and community involvement.
When he was presented with the Alumni Fellow award, it was noted that he was an example of how an individual can use a legal background in another field such as business and how that reflected our interdisciplinary philosophy of legal education. In accepting the award, he visited the law school and spoke with groups of students and faculty and shared his perspectives.
We are grateful for his generosity and his example. He will be missed by everyone, and certainly within the law school community.