Faculty News

Law Library Acquires "Other People’s Money"

In commemoration of the 156th anniversary of the birth of Louis D. Brandeis, law librarian Kurt Metzmeier, has donated a rare first edition copy of Brandeis’ famous 1914 best-seller Other People’s Money to the law library. While the law library has other copies of this work, including one once owned by Brandeis himself, the donated version is particularly rare because it still has the original dust-jacket.

“In years of book collecting,” Metzmeier notes, “I have only seen one copy of this work that still had its simple utilitarian dust-jacket—and this is it.”

Dust jackets in this era were often discarded so they always add to the monetary value of a rare book, but their greatest value is the historical feeling of seeing them as they first appeared in book stores.

“I was especially excited to pursue and purchase this book and I think our visitors will also enjoy seeing it.”

Everyone deserves a birthday present, even Louis Brandeis.

October’s Mentor Jet Program Proves to be Another Success

Approximately forty University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law students attended the Mentor Jet Program on October 17th in the Cox Lounge. The National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) created the Mentor Jet Program in an effort for law students to connect with leaders in their community. Before the Mentor Jet portion of the program began, Bobby Simpson, current President of the Louisville Bar Association, and Mary Jo Gleason, past director of the law school’s public service program, participated in a panel discussion that was moderated by Professor Laura Rothstein. The panelists discussed what a mentor is, how to find one, and how to be a good mentee. During the Mentor Jet portion mentors were distributed among twelve tables, and in a speed dating-like setting, small groups of one to three students talked with each mentor in five to six minute increments.

Students were able to meet with twelve of the community’s most prominent legal representatives.

Among the panel members were:

  • Terrence Cody, Circuit Court Judge, Floyd County, Indiana
  • Christie Moore, Partner, Bingham, Greenebaum, & Doll
  • Dolly Berry, Family Court Judge, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • McKay Chauvin, Circuit Court Judge, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Bobby Simpson, Senior Counsel, Labor & Employment, GE, and President of the Louisville Bar Association
  • Gina Calvert, Circuit Court Judge, Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Maria Fernandez, Partner, Fernandez & Haynes
  • Kristie Daughtery, Assistant Jefferson County Attorney
  • Mary Jo Gleason, Kentucky Court of Appeals Law Clerk
  • Scott Furkin, Executive Director, Louisville Bar Association
  • Harold Storment, Attorney
  • Linda Speed, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Southern Indiana


The Brandeis School of Law’s Mentor Jet Program is an unmatched experience for 1Ls, in particular, to meet and connect with prominent figures of law in our community in an effort to create long lasting relationships of guidance. A special thanks to law student Courtney Pawley and Associate Dean for Professional Development Kathy Urbach who helped make the event possible.

 

Article by Rachel Ainsworth, Communications Intern. 

Law Students Attend Equal Justice Conference and Career Fair

On October 26th and 27th, the Equal Justice Conference and Career Fair in Washington, D.C. brought together over 1,200 law students with an interest in public service. This year, seven students represented the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law at the conference in hopes to gain a larger understanding and insight to providing public service in the legal field. The students participated in mock and actual interviews, networking, and workshops with a large array of employers and professionals who engage in public service. Among the conference speakers was Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who provided an in-depth keynote session with Judge David Tatel of the U.S. District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

The goal of the Equal Justice Works Conference is to instill the notion that every American deserves the same quality of legal representation while helping to educate law students on how they can help ensure that this service is possible. Brandeis School of Law student Galen Joyce, who was a member of this year’s Equal Justice Conference, stated that “[equal justice] is a professional responsibility, and a moral one, to enable our fellow Americans by creating opportunities for equal access to justice.” Joyce attended the conference so that he could obtain the necessary knowledge to further his understanding of how to promote equal justice when he enters the legal field. According to the Brandeis School of Law’s conference attendee Emily Peeler, “equal representation [may provide] less of a gap in the judicial system between those who can and cannot afford top-notch attorneys.” Peeler’s experience at a non-profit law firm catalyzed her desire to advocate equal justice and her interest in attending the Equal Justice Conference.

The Equal Justice Conference allowed Brandeis School of Law students the opportunity to gain valuable exposure to nationally renowned legal representatives who strive for equal justice. Through this involvement, students left with a better understanding of how to pursue legal careers embodying public service and justice for all.

 

Article by Rachel Ainsworth, Communications Intern.

KBA President Comes to Brandeis

Students, Faculty and Staff:

Please join us in the Cox Lounge at 4 on Wednesday to welcome Doug Myers, the KBA president, to Brandeis.  Doug is an alum of Brandeis and also being awarded one of the Law Alumni Council’s Distinguished Alumni awards in June.  Doug will visit with us and give his perspectives on practicing law and being involved in the KBA.  Students don’t miss out on this important opportunity to network with this well-known attorney. 

Susan Hanley Duncan
Interim Dean

Virginia Mattingly: 2012 Outstanding Chapter Member SLA

Congratulations to Virginia Mattingly, Cybrarian and Associate Professor of Legal Bibliography, who is the recipient of the Special Libraries Association's "2012 Outstanding Chapter Member" for the Kentucky Chapter. Her achievement was acknowledged at the SLA's Fall Business Meeting, Awards & Program on Friday, November 2, 2012 at the Jonathan at Gratz Park restaurant in Lexington, Ky.

James T. Jones Profiled in bp Magazine

Professor James Jones is profiled in a two page story in the Fall 2012 issue of bp Magazine, the foremost publication in the nation discussing bipolar disorder, one of the most significant forms of mental illness in the world.

“It is very liberating to no longer have to hide something that is so central to your being. The fear is gone.”


You may read an excerpt from the magazine online. If you would like to read the whole story, The law school communications office would be happy to loan you a copy of the printed magazine.

First Faculty Showcase: Professor Cedric Merlin Powell

Professor Cedric Merlin Powell is the speaker at the first Faculty Showcase, a series of events organized by the Student Bar Association to highlight the outstanding work of the Brandeis School of Law faculty.  The topic for this showcase is: Critiquing Neutrality: Critical Perspectives on Schools, the First Amendment, and Affirmative Action in a Post-Racial World.  Professor Powell writes that the talk will “offer a critique of color-blind constitutionalism and post-racial constitutionalism on three levels focusing on schools, the First Amendment, and affirmative action.”  He has been writing about this topic since 1995, and this talk builds upon his previous work in that it “argue[s] that there is an integrated theory that unifies not only my analysis, but the Court's jurisprudence.”  Powell’s most recent article, “Harvesting New Conceptions of Equality:  Opportunity, Results, and Neutrality” was published in the Saint Louis University Law Review.  The showcase is scheduled for 5:30pm to 7pm on November 7th, and the event is free and open to the public.

Cassie Kennedy Named October SBA Student of the Month

The Brandeis School of Law Student Bar Association would like to congratulate Cassie Kennedy for being selected as Student of the Month for October. Cassie is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Law and Education and serves as an Executive Board Advisor for the Student Bar Foundation. She competed on the Criminal Law Moot Court team and represented UofL in the American Bar Association's negotiation competition. In addition to her activities at school, Cassie also volunteers her time to the Central High School partnership as a writing skills mentor and has been involved with the Kentucky Refugee Ministries as a community resources and volunteer coordinator. Cassie is currently a law clerk at the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.

The Student of the Month is recognized for his or her dedication to increasing the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law's reputation. The SBA Public Relations Chair facilitates this award and current SBA members are not eligible to win the Student of the Month. Any law student, faculty, or staff may nominate a student and SBA will vote to approve the award.

If you would like to nominate a student for Student of the Month, you may submit a nomination.



Congratulations, again, to Cassie!

 

University honors 2012 Parents of the Year

 

Mary Jo and Greg Donnelly of Lakeside Park, Ky., received the 2012 Parent of the Year Award on Oct. 20. Their daughter Tiffany, is a 1L here at the Brandeis School of Law.

The award, now in its fifth year, is designed to let students recognize their parents for the help and support they've given throughout the students' lives. Students nominate their parents by letter during the fall semester.

In her letter, Tiffany said her parents are “the most selfless human beings I have ever known. My parents have shown by example how to be kind to others and how to live with integrity. They have sacrificed their personal desires, interests, and financial gains to give me a life better than their own.”

She wrote that her parents came to her aid this summer when she had to leave her job in New York City to have surgery in Kentucky before starting law school. They moved her back into her childhood home at the same time her grandmother, who has dementia and Parkinson's disease, also lived with them and required their around-the-clock attention.

“What makes them special is that they go out of their way to help anybody,” Tiffany said last week. “When people are struggling, my parents do what they can to be of service. That’s a powerful message to have grown up with.”

Mary Jo said she was surprised to receive the award, noting that it’s her daughter who is the real “gem.” She and her husband thought they were coming to the ceremony simply because they had been among the many parents who were nominated. She didn’t realize that her daughter had written the winning letter until midway through. 

“You already feel like a winner because your kid took the time to nominate you,” Mary Jo said. “It was just such an honor to be there.”

There were 48 parent nominees for the award this year; 29 participated in the awards ceremony during Homecoming at Damon’s Grill in the Swain Student Activities Center.

During the ceremony, Michael Mardis, dean of students, welcomed and recognized each of the parents.

In thanking the parents for committing themselves to their sons and daughters and for showing support for their decision to attend UofL, Mardis said that the Parent of the Year award reception is one of his favorite events of the year.

"Parents, each of you are the foundation. You are the ones who build them up," Mardis said.

Before recognizing the parents, Mardis read selections from some of the nomination letters, which perhaps were the first time students publicly stated how they love and appreciate their parents. The letters included such comments as:

  • My parents have shown by example how to be kind to others and to live with integrity.
  • My parents are immigrants and left everything so that my sister and I can have a life full of opportunity, freedom and everything they didn't have when they were growing up.
  • My mom fostered my passion and interests, allowing me to discover my own path; giving me the freedoms she did not have as a child.
  • My mom has gone from a tolerant mom of a gay son to accepting her son and his community
  • My parents have made so many sacrifices for me throughout my life, but those made to help me attend the University of Louisville are by far the most selfless and meaningful.
  • I have very few favorite memories that don't include her, could not have made it to this point in my education without her, and cannot picture my life apart from her.
  • She is endlessly supportive, the best listener, advice giver, shoulder to cry on, and Diet Coke provider.
  • My mother has been nothing less than heroic from the beginning.

“When reading all the submitted essays, a common theme is the how giving and loving these parents are,” Mardis said. “These parents are selfless passing on love, knowledge and trust that shapes their children and impacts many others.”

 

Professor Abramson Wins SBA Pumpkin Wars

Congratulations to Professor Abramson, winner of the SBA Pumpkin War. Professor Abramson narrowly edged out Professor Levinson by 31 cents, for a total of $37.31.

All funds collected benefit events and programs sponsored by SBA.

A big thank you to all of those who contributed, all of the professors who volunteered to participate, and especially Professor Abramson for being such a good sport.