Faculty News

Courtyards Preparation and Planting: Alumni, Students, Staff, and Faculty Help Needed with Law School

The Law School needs the help of as many alumni, students, staff, and faculty as possible to prepare the Law School courtyards for transformation to beautiful native landscaped spaces and functional gathering/community spaces.  We need LOTS of people to help with preparing the land and soils, transporting plants and flowers (several pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans are ideal), and planting.  We have estimated that this community-building project will take more than 100 person-hours of work.  The days and times for work on the courtyards are:

Prep Work (this is important work – we need plenty of people willing to lend a hand):
   Thursday, June 26: morning, afternoon, and evening
   Friday, June 27: morning
   Saturday, June 28: morning and afternoon
   Sunday, June 29: afternoon and evening

Transporting Plants (part of a caravan – need lots of trucks, vans, SUVs, etc.):
Either Monday, July 7 or Tuesday, July 8 (timing depends on who is available and when the nurseries are open)

Planting:
   Wednesday, July 9: morning, afternoon, and evening
   Thursday, July 10: morning, afternoon, and evening
   Friday, July 11: morning
   Saturday, July 12: morning and afternoon

If you can help at all, please contact Professor Tony Arnold at tony.arnold@louisville.edu or Jen Ewa at jennifer.ewa@gmail.com or (708) 307-4123.  The project is supervised by Jen and Professor Arnold in order to achieve a landscaping plan that was developed by all Law School constituencies in a participatory process and has been funded through the generosity of the Charles Hebel family.  This is a community-wide project that will make the Law School a better place.  Thank you for your help, as we work together to make this project a reality!

Spring Bar Publications

Here's a review of recent law school related news from the Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations.

In the June 2014 issue of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs, Dean Susan Duncan reports on how the "Law School's Strategic Plan Benefits from Legal Community Input" and outlines its mission on page 6.

Highlights from the LBA's May 2014 Bar Briefs include:

  • "Professor Ed Render's Legacy Lives on at the UofL School of Law" by Dean Duncan and Professor Jones (page 6)
  • "Labor & Employment Moot Court Team Enjoys Unprecedented Success" (page 6)
  • "OSHA & Workers' Compensation: Beware Conflating the Two" co-authored by Leah Rupp Smith, '13 (page 18)

More highlights from the LBA's April 2014 Bar Briefs include:

  • Dean Duncan's "Spotlight on UofL School of Law's Environmental Law Education" (page 6)
  • "Getting to the Know the Professor: Q&A with Professor Tom "Fitz" FitzGerald" (page 6)
  • Props for the law school's adjunct professors (page 6)
  • "No Money, Mo' Problems: Researching Federal and State Budgets"

Highlights from the Kentucky Bar Association's May 2014 Bench & Bar include: 

  • "UofL Alumni Serve as Role Models for Future Lawyers in 'Kentucky's' Global Economy" (page 20)
  • "Transactional Lawmeet Team Wins the Regional Competition" (page 20)
  • "On the Move" (page 70)

In the March 2014 issue of the KBA's Bench & Bar, Dean Duncan writes about "The Importance of Municipal Law Society" and touts the faculty's service and leadership in several local civic organizations (page 22). Assistant Professor of Justice Administration, Michael Losavio, reviews "A Basics Handbook on Adobe Acrobat: Adobe Acrobat in One Hour for Lawyers" on page 25. The bi-monthly "On the Move" column beginning on page 54 features news about many of our law school's graduates. Lastly, Ed Render is remembered on page 64.

Both publications are available in the law library. 

SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Vol 8, No 4

Rising 3L Published in Michigan Environmental Law Journal

Michael Hasty's article, "Still Searching for Kennedy's Significant Nexus," was published in the Spring issue of the Michigan Environmental Law Journal (Vol. 32, No. 3, Spring 2014, Issue 95, pages 11-21). His article addresses the implications of Justice Kennedy's “man-in-the-middle” opinion in the 4-1-4 Rapanos case concerning federal regulatory jurisdiction over various types of wetlands under the Clean Water Act. Rapanos and Justice Kennedy's concurrence are regarded as among the most important developments in environmental law, water resources management, and federalism in the U.S. during the past two decades.  
 
Mr. Hasty is a part-time law student and works as a Regulatory Specialist implementing Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the District office located in Louisville. He tells how the Army Corps of Engineers and lower courts have applied Justice Kennedy’s “significant nexus” test in deciding what qualifies as a “water of the United States.” Mr. Hasty also provides some early analysis of the Corps’ and EPA’s proposed rule defining “waters of the United States,” published in the Federal Register on April 21, 2014, as a response to Chief Justice Roberts’s invitation to do so.

Law Library Faculty & Staff Honored

On May 19, faculty members were recognized for their service to the University of Louisville with an awards ceremony at the University Club. Public Services Librarian, Robin Harris, was honored for 30 years of service and  Law Library Director, David Ensign, was honored for 25 years of service.  

Full Story: "Faculty Service Awards add up to more than 1,700 years of service" (UofL Today, May 27, 2014)

In other news, Library Assistant, Marcus Walker, recently received a Masters in Library Science from the University of Kentucky and Circulation Assistant, Jerome Neukirch, was named the law school's Employee of the Month for April 2014.

 

SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Vol 8, No 3

The latest issue of our SSRN Research Paper series features publications from Professors Campbell, Lebron, Sweeny and Weaver.

 More information about the RPS:

Susan Duncan Appointed To Three Year Term as Dean

Provost Shirley Willihnganz announced on May 8 that Susan Duncan would be appointed for an additional three years term as Interim Dean.  During the previous two years in which Susan Duncan has served in that role, she has accomplished a great deal and this continued appointment provides the opportunity to continue to place the Brandeis School of Law in a strong position.  Her accomplishments are in the areas of fundraising, connections with alumni/ae, physical plant updates, attention to diversity, staff support, and developing a strategic plan.  Dean Duncan joined the law school faculty in 1999 and is a 1991 graduate of the law school herself.  In accepting the appointment, Dean Duncan stated that, “Serving as the dean for the past two years has been an honor and a privilege.  I thank the President, the Provost, and the law school faculty and staff for their faith in me and look forward to working with all of them on advancing our school.  The strategic plan sets forth a vision that is very exciting.  I know our alumni and friends will help us execute this plan allowing our school to reach new heights.”

Click here to read the full story. 

Professor Abrams Invited As Gender and Law Blog Guestblogger

Professor Abrams will be contributing to the Gender and the Law Blog this month, drawing upon her expertise in the field. Her scholarly interests include integrating masculinities theory in feminist law reforms such as military integration and domestic violence; examining the tort complexities governing standards of care in childbirth; gendered conceptualizations of citizenship; and legal education pedagogy. She has a forthcoming book chapter on Migrating and Mutating Masculinities in Institutional Law Reforms in Masculinities and Law (Ashgate Press, Martha A. Fineman & Michael Thomson eds., forthcoming 2014). Her article Distorted and Diminished Tort Claims for Women was published in the June 2013 volume of the Cardoza Law Review. Her most recent work, Exposing Alarming Standards of Care in the Treatment of Pregnant Women, is forthcoming in the Florida State Law Review this Fall. She is a frequent presenter at conferences that address issues relating to reproductive justice, tort law and feminism, feminist theory, masculinities theory, and legal education pedagogy. Scholars around the country recognize her expertise. She has signed on to nationally relevant amici briefs, including the Perry v. Hollingsworth same sex marriage case before the United States Supreme Court and a Kentucky Supreme Court case considering the proper role of counsel for children in child custody cases. She is co-editor of a project seeking to re-write United States Supreme Court cases from a feminist perspective based on the earlier Feminist Judgments project in the United Kingdom.

Who Rules Louisville? A Three week intensive Course on the City May 12 to June 2

Who rules Louisville?  Who wants to turn Louisville into a wasteland that is starting to look like the next Detroit in Smoketown and West Louisville?   What kind of policies work that create urban regeneration in places like Old Louisville, East Russell, Norton Commons and NuLu?   What can we learn from the economic success stories of Portland (Oregon), Amsterdam and Australia?   Who and where is the command and control center of Louisville?

We are bringing in the power brokers of Louisville from the rich to the poor, the fourth estate, developers and environmentalists; and many world class urban thinkers.

We are inviting speakers for our Introduction to the City class May 12 to June 2:

Congressman John Yarmuth;  Mayor Greg Fischer, Metro Councilmembers David James and Tom Owen, Tom Fitzgerald, Kentucky Resources Council, Dr. Julian Ageyman Editor of Local Environments and Professor at Tufts; Wendell Berry, Kentucky book author; Greg Squires George Washington University; Marilyn Melkonian developer of 12,000 affordable houses in 22 cities; Courier Journal Editorial Board members; LEO editors and Louisvilleky.com; Wesley Meares, Georgia Regents University;  Larry Gough, green developer;  Ricky Jones, Chair Pan African Studies; Cathy Hinko, Director of Metro Housing Council;  environmental justice field trip with Russ Barnet, Director of KIESD;  field trip to Norton Commons as a new urbanist development;   field trip to NuLu to meet with developer and green visionary Gill Holland;  Jackie Green, Mayoral candidate;  philanthropists such as Edie Bingham and Christy Brown; all are invited to come to our table for peaceful discussion and debate in room 117!  We are also teaming up with the Festival of Faiths to attend a few sessions with Julian Ageyman and Wendell Berry and many others we will get you involved in: 

http://www.centerforinterfaithrelations.org/sacred-earth-sacred-self/

Most of these speakers have already been confirmed and some are still trying to fit it into their schedule.

We are still verifying dates and times but we should have a confirmed schedule as we move to the end of the week.    We will be reading reports produced by the city. 

Fine Print:

Introduction to the City:  Public Administration, Planning and  Policy.   session 1: three week session in May

first day- May 12--last day- June 2

5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.--with class consent some class times  can be adjusted to better fit student  schedules

Session 1 (May 12- June 2, 3 week)

Special Topics: The City: Public Admin, Policy, & Planning

UPA680-01/PLAN680-01/PADM683-01   /  credit hours: 3

no pre-requisites required, open to all UofL graduates students, advanced undergraduates by permission of instructor. 

John I. Gilderbloom is a Professor of  Planning  at UofL which is ranked as one of the best academic programs  in the nation.  Dr. Gilderbloom currently directs the multi-million dollar  Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods (http://sun.louisville.edu). Dr. Gilderbloom  has been honored with numerous awards  including the Presidential Medal for Distinguished Faculty Research at the University of Louisville.    In an international poll of thousands of Urbanist, planners and architects, Professor Gilderbloom was ranked one of the “top 100 urban thinkers in the world."  He enjoys singing in the shower, writing and surfing. 

Why?

Why do people in West Louisville / Portland have shorten lives by up to ten years on average?

Why does Louisville rank as having some of the worst air, water and soil toxins  of any city in the nation?

Why is climate change our most pressing problem we face as a civilization?

Why can't Louisville come up with policy and planning solutions to end these problems?

What cities provide models that create prosperity, fairness, green living and reduces catastrophic climate change?

"Introduction to the City " is a three week intensive course taught from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. to  give a comprehensive  overview of the city by looking closely at Louisville's political, planning and policy outcomes of decision making.  Half the class is taught outside the classroom with field trips.  We will spend  time touring the city (walking, biking and bus) and learning about struggling and prosperous neighborhoods.   My  approach is to study the players who shape the city:  elected leaders, government, developers, non-profits, news media,  and citizen groups. Our city shapes our life chances but we shape our city: it a dialectic.   We will meet with elected officials from our Congressman, Senator, Mayor, Councilmembers, Neighborhood Associations, and non-profits such as Leadership Louisville and Louisville Central Community Center. This class will attempt to understand the root causes of our problems and come up policy prescriptions that work; we will look at bad examples from Havana to Detroit and good examples from Portland to Amsterdam. We will show you how my urbanist colleagues can access a treasure trove  of data from Photo Archives, MLS, Deed records, PVA office, Kentucky State Data Center, Planning Department, Health, and Economic Development.  Graduate students from Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Planning, History, Art History, Law, Public Health, Women's Studies, Pan African Studies, and Public Administration are welcomed  to take this course.    We will provide room for advanced  undergraduates.     If you have any questions, please contact Dr. John Gilderbloom at jigild01@louisville.edu or call him at 502-852-8557.

Professor Cedric Merlin Powell Receives LBA Trailblazer Award

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.  Previous recipients include the late Justice William E. McAnulty Jr. and numerous other distinguished lawyers, jurists, and public officials.  Professor Powell is the first member of the legal education community to be recognized by this award. Professor Powell’s remarks in receiving the award spoke of the essential principle of “empathy” in addressing issues of race.

I am deeply humbled and honored to receive this award.  Not only is it profound to me that I am receiving an award named after one of the Commonwealth’s greatest jurists, I also share this great honor with a group of distinguished members of the Louisville and Kentucky bars.  I am especially honored to be the first law professor to receive this great privilege. 

Read more of his remarks here.