Faculty News

Russ Weaver appointed Associate Dean for Research & Development

Dear Colleagues:
I am pleased to announce Russ Weaver agreed to be our Associate Dean for Research and Development.  This is a one year service obligation. The duties include:
  • promoting excellence in scholarship and teaching;
  • facilitating and coordinating scholarly activities including workshops;
  • leading mentoring efforts; and
  • publicizing the scholarly activities of the faculty.
As you all know, Russ has an impressive list of scholarship and many connections around the country and the world. I look forward to his efforts to advance our scholarly and teaching missions. He will be working closely with the law school's Faculty Excellence committee to develop ideas to help all of us. Please join me in thanking him for taking this on next year.
Susan Hanley Duncan
Interim Dean

Michael Hicks joins UofL Law as Workstation & Server Manager

The UofL Law Information Technology Department welcomes Michael R. Hicks as Workstation and Server Manager. He is a Louisville native and holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Louisville. Mr. Hicks has worked in Information Technology for fifteen years, most recently, since 2007, for the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University's Health Sciences campus. Mr. Hicks will be responsible for maintaining the hardware and updating software on desktop computers in offices, classrooms, labs, the Law Clinic, and public and other spaces; and file, print and application servers. He joined us Monday, July 2.

Jude Wolford joins UofL Law as Academic Success Director

We proudly welcome Jude Wolford, the new Academic Success Director, who will begin at UofL Law on Monday, July 2. 
Jude received her Juris Doctor from State University of New York at Buffalo in 1990. She has worked in both the public and private sectors. In 2007, Jude sat for the Kentucky Bar Exam, after her family moved back to Louisville.  For the last three years, Jude has worked as an associate at McMasters Keith, Inc.

Duncan named Interim Dean of Law School

Susan DuncanSusan Duncan, associate dean of academic affairs and faculty development at the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, has been named interim dean of the school effective July 1.

Provost Shirley Willihnganz announced Duncan’s appointment after consulting with law school faculty and staff and discussions with President James Ramsey. Duncan will succeed the former dean, Jim Chen, who is expected to return to the law faculty after a year’s leave.

A member of the law school faculty since 1997, Duncan has been associate dean for a year and is a former chair of the Commission on the Status of Women. Her teaching and research interests are in lawyering skills, education law and restorative practices. Duncan's scholarship has focused primarily on issues surrounding children, including the need for anti-bullying laws and laws protecting children from online pornography.

Nationally, Duncan has served in leadership positions on several boards that focus on the development of new legal writing professors. She received the Louisville Bar Association 2010 Distinguished Service Award for chairing numerous LBA committees.

She earned her undergraduate degree at Miami University and her law degree from the Brandeis School of Law.

Duncan Named Interim Dean

Dear Colleagues and Students:
I am deeply honored and humbled to announce that the President and Provost have named me Interim Dean beginning July 1, 2012.  I am very optimistic about the future of our law school. Who could not be with such talented faculty members, staff, and students!!  I look forward to working as a team to keep improving the law school. 

Finally, I join the Provost in thanking Dean Chen for his service and many contributions to our school.

Thank you again!
Susan Duncan

UofL Law Professors Publish Kentucky Legal Research

UofL Law Library professors William A. Hilyerd, Kurt X. Metzmeier and David J. Ensign proudly announce the forthcoming release of their new book,  Kentucky Legal Research.
book cover
From the publisher: Kentucky Legal Research has been written to help beginning legal researchers develop an understanding of basic skills and techniques for finding Kentucky and federal law, and to provide experienced researchers with a convenient, comprehensive reference guide to Kentucky legal resources.

Kentucky Legal Research can be used as a textbook for teaching both first-year and advanced legal research courses, and in paralegal instruction. It is written in clear language with a process-oriented approach designed to make complex procedures accessible to readers. The first chapter discusses the research process and the rudiments of legal analysis. Following chapters discuss the state constitution, researching judicial opinions in law reporters, statutory research, finding the legislative history of statutes, and administrative law. The book concludes with chapters on court rules, updating with citators, secondary sources, and online legal research. There is an appendix that briefly discusses legal citation under Kentucky rules and customs, the Bluebook, and the ALWD manual.

For more information, or to order the book,
please visit the Carolina Academic Press.

Central Magnet program and UofL Signature Partnership Celebrate Milestones

The partnership with the Central High School Law and Government Magnet program celebrated its tenth anniversary this year during Black History Month as a part of the LBA Annual Trailblazer Event.  The LBA also celebrated the twentieth anniversary of the Summer Law Internship program at the event. The Partnership continues to grow and succeed.  Each year approximately 30 law students and 20 faculty and staff members join with members of the legal community to provide a comprehensive array of academic programming, skills development, and special programs with the goal of building the pipeline to the legal profession and government involvement.

The program, an initiative with West Louisville, is one of the University of Louisville’s Signature Partnership programs.  The Signature Partnership Initiative also celebrated its five-year anniversary earlier this month.

Resource Center Hours, Friday, May 25th

The Resource Center will be open 8am - 12:45pm on Friday, May 25th. 

Professor Arnold's Students Win Award for Tree Canopy Plan

Ten University of Louisville graduate students developed a plan to enlarge Louisville Metro’s urban tree canopy that not only has received a state award but also has contributed to the city’s efforts to plant and better care for trees.

Students in Tony Arnold’s “Land Use and Planning Law” class spent four months developing the 71-page plan in spring 2011 as a service learning project.

They were Evan Conder, Andria Marie Heard, Robert Klump, Amanda Strong and Jason Reynolds from urban planning and Waleed Bahouth, Riley Duck, Tina Nance, Julia Taylor and Brian Weber from law. Arnold, a professor of law and urban planning, holds the Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use at UofL.

The students used aerial photos and other data to analyze the tree canopy in the Louisville Metro area inside the Watterson Expressway and recommended ways to increase it from 27 percent to 40 percent.

Their work received an outstanding student project award from the Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association.

“It also was a key factor in getting our tree advisory commission started,” said Katy Schneider, a mayor’s office volunteer who co-chairs the commission. The Louisville Metro Tree Advisory Commission, which Mayor Greg Fischer formed last fall, has set a goal of planting more trees and taking better care of existing ones.

“It was tremendously valuable to us because the students had done so much of the research,” Schneider said. “It put trees on the radar of the policy-makers and decision-makers.”

Echoing what the students found, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported in early May that Louisville is becoming an “urban heat island” because it has too much pavement and too few trees.

People who are interested in learning more about the topic can attend a talk titled “Trees, Cities and Climate Change: How Louisville Can Cool Itself Down.”

Brian Stone, a Georgia Institute of Technology professor who is studying rising urban temperatures across the country, will speak June 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Glassworks Building, 815 W. Market St.

UofL’s Urban Design Studio sponsors Stone’s talk. Admission is free, but advance registration is required.

~Reprinted from UofL Today (May 15, 2012).

2012 Graduation Day Details

New information about University of Louisville's Commencement and Brandeis School of Law's Convcation have been added to the Current Students page, including information about Commencement practice on Friday night, May 11 and a line-up list for Convocation on Saturday, May 12.