Faculty News

Professor Russ Weaver Invited to Be Scholar-In-Residence for W&L Cybersurveillance Symposium in January

In an effort to  engage many different parts of the university in the discussion on cybersurveillance, cyber security, and national security, Professor Russ Weaver has been invited to spend an additional day at Washington & Lee to serve as a scholar-in-residence. Extended to only one of the symposium participants, as a scholar-in-residence at W & L, Professor Weaver will contribute to the academic life by participating in the symposium, a class in the Law School and a classes on the undergraduate side. Congratulations to Professor Weaver on this honor!

Professor Trucios-Haynes Weighs In on Constitutionality of Immigration Executive Order

Professor Trucios-Haynes joined 134 immigration professors and scholars who declared on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 that President Barack Obama's Executive Order providing temporary immigration relief from deportation to several million noncitizens in the United States is constitutional and within his administrative powers. 


This was reported by APThe Washington Post and New York Times 


Brandeis Professors Discuss Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

Professors Cedric Merlin Powell and Laura McNeal spoke to media recently about the Ferguson grand jury decision. See their comments:

Professor Powell

Professor McNeal



Three Law Faculty Members Recognized By Louisville Bar Organizations for Community Engagement in 2014

On three occasions during 2014, Louisville Bar organizations recognized members of the law faculty for their service and contributions to the legal profession in Louisville.  On February 25, Professor Cedric Merlin Powell, received the Louisville Bar Association’s annual Trailblazer Award, given each year during Black History Month at the Bar Association. On October 2, Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes received the Lee A. Webb Award during the Louisville Bar Association Hispanic Heritage month program. On November 13, Professor Grace Giesel received the Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County Achievement in Excellence (Lifetime Achievement) Award. Ordinarily these awards are given to judges or members of the practicing bar. Having these three awards given to members of the Brandeis School of Law faculty demonstrates that the law school does not exist in an “ivory tower.” This recognition reflects the many contributions law school faculty members make to the Louisville legal community.

SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Vol 8, No 6

The sixth and final issue of our SSRN Research Paper series this year features articles covering issues in healthcare, environmental law, and legal education.
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Professor Grace Giesel Honored by the Women Lawyers Association for Achievement in Excellence

On November 13, Professor Grace Giesel received the Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County Achievement in Excellence (Lifetime Achievement) Award. Professor Giesel is the Flexner Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the Brandeis School of Law. She has a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship and service. Her award from WLA recognizes these achievements, and in particular recognizes the service she has given the Kentucky bench and bar in the area of Professional Responsibility and Ethics. Each spring, she presents a CLE program to the WLA. The award was presented by Professor Laura Rothstein, the 2011 recipient of the award at the WLA luncheon.  In her introductory remarks she noted "Everyone at the law school knows that if you ask Grace to serve in any way, she can be counted on to do an excellent job. My highest test for judging the character of my colleagues is 'would Louis approve.' In the case of Grace, there is no doubt that he would. Today is the birthday of Louis Brandeis, and I know he would be pleased that she receives this honor on his birthday."

Tax Moot Court Team

The Moot Court Board congratulates Lee Wilson and Katie Halloran on making the the National Tax Moot Court Team. As members of the team, Lee and Katie will write a brief and present arguments as both petitioner and respondent. The competition will take place February 5-7, 2015, in Clear Water Florida. The team is coach by Professor Blackburn, Mark Hahn, and Laurie  McTighe.

Mark Rothstein Provides Expertise on Ebola Issues

Mark Rothstein, Boehl Professor of Law and Medicine and Director of the University of Louisville Institute for Bioethics, has been a resource for the national debate on legal, medical, and ethical issues related to individuals in the United States. He has appeared on CNN and been quoted in the Washington Post and other national news outlines. He has commented on the issue of quarantine and other ethical and legal issues that relate to treatment of individuals with Ebola. His comments on this issue were introduced by Congressman John Yarmuth at recent Congressional hearings. His recent publication in the American Journal of Public Health provides a broad perspective about the issues raised by the Ebola epidemic.  

KBA Criminal Law Reform - Third Annual Forum, November 7, Allen Courtroom

Rep. John Yarmuth Provides Perspectives on Immigration Reform Status at Diversity Forum on Women and Children at the Border

More than 51,000 unaccompanied children have crossed our nation’s borders since October 2013, an 88% increase from the previous year. They are fleeing violence and poverty in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Thousands of these children have made their way to Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana and are now awaiting deportation proceedings. On Tuesday, October 28th, an inter-disciplinary group of community activists, practitioners, students, and professors came together with Congressman Yarmuth to discuss responses to this humanitarian crisis. The program was coordinated by the Louisville Bar Foundation/Greenebaum Human Rights Fellows, Janet Lewis (3L) and Katherine Hall (2L). The program discussed the medical and psychological issues facing these immigrants, possible legal remedies available, and ways for the community to get involved. Panelists included Congressman John Yarmuth, 3rd District of Kentucky, Sarah Mills, Immigration Attorney-Kentucky Refugee Ministries, Nima Kulkarni, Louisville Bar Association Section on Human Rights, Jonathan Ruckman, Immigration Attorney-Catholic Charities of Louisville, Inc., James Guinn, Survivors of Torture Recovery Center, Katherine E. Hall, Student Fellow, and Janet A. Lewis, Moderator and Student Fellow.