Faculty News

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.

 

Professor McNeal Delivered the Keynote Address at Harvard Law School Conference

Professor Laura McNeal was invited to give the keynote address at Harvard Law School on April 15 for the "40 Years After Milliken: Remedying Racial Disparities in Post-Racial Society Conference." Professor McNeal's talk, "From Hollow Hope to New Beginnings: Achieving Educational Equity in the Post-Milliken Era," will critique a series of landmark Supreme Court cases to illustrate how the Court's color-blind rhetoric has undermined efforts to achieve substantive equality in K-12 education. Professor McNeal will also be participating in a panel discussion on the barriers to equal education opportunity in the Post-Fischer era.

Brandeis Medal Events

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the following events honoring this year's Brandeis Medal recipient, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eugene Robinson, on April 9.

10:30-11 AM: Welcome & Wreath Laying on the portico at the law school's entrance

1-2:20 PM: Open Forum with Eugene Robinson and Enid Trucios-Haynes in Room 275

All members of the law school community are also welcome. 

Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program Dedicate New Courtroom/Classroom

The Law and Government Magnet program was established at Central High School in 1986.  Partnerships with the Louisville Bar Association (beginning in 1992) and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law (beginning in 2001) have built on the success of the program.  Students in the program now serve in summer internships facilitated by the LBA and are taught substantive law and writing skills related to law by law students from the Brandeis School of Law.  In recognition of the success of the program, the Jefferson County Public School System has renovated the law and government magnet classroom to create a courtroom.  The new configuration allows students to practice courtroom skills and to apply what they are learning in that setting. 

Pictured at right are: Professor Laura Rothstein, JCPS Board President Diana Porter, JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens; Central High School Principal Dan Withers, Law Magnet Teacher Joe Gutmann, and Assistant Superintendent Lynn Wheat.

The classroom was dedicated on March 25, 2014, at Central High School. The dedication event included recognition of educators, alumni, and partners by Joe Gutmann (Law & Government teacher at Central), comments by Professor Laura Rothstein about the law school’s partnership, and a Keynote Address by Fred Moore, a 2005 graduate of the Central Law Magnet program, who is now an attorney in the Louisville-Metro Public Defenders Office.  JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens cut the ribbon at the event.  Others joining her for that honor were JCPS School Board President Diana Porter, JCPS Assistant Superindent Lynn Wheat, and Professor Laura Rothstein.  Dean Susan Duncan and several students from the law school joined the celebration.

Learn more by downloading the Central High School Partnership brochure.

 

SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Vol 8, No 2

Women & the Law is the theme for the latest issue of our SSRN Research Paper series, which features publications from Professors Abrams, Fischer, Jordan, and Rothstein.

    More information about the RPS:

    2014 Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy

    Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Land Use Policy
    The University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
    "The Public Trust Doctrine: Our Inherent and Inalienable Property Right"
    Professor Mary Christina Wood, Philip H. Knight Professor of Law
    Faculty Director, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center
    University of Oregon
    Thursday, April 10, 2014
    6:00 p.m.
    Room 275, Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville
    Reception Immediately Following Outside Room 275
    Open to the public (no RSVP needed).

    Mary Christina Wood is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Law and Faculty Director for the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at the University of Oregon. Professor Wood’s primary scholarly and teaching interests focus on natural resources law, climate change, property law, native law, and the environment. Her innovative sovereign trust approach to global climate policy is reshaping how we think about the environment and has been the foundation of atmospheric trust litigation brought on behalf of children nationwide and worldwide. Her most recent landmark work on the subject is Nature’s Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

    The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy is one of several law and policy initiatives in land use and environmental responsibility at the University of Louisville, and is supported by the Herbert Boehl Fund, the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund, and the Center for Land Use & Environmental Responsibility.

    Winter Bar Publications

    The March 2014 issue of Louisville magazine features its annual "Top Lawyers" report. Several of the law school's graduates are listed among the honorees, beginning on page 60. Among those profiled include land use and zoning specialist Deborah A. Bilitski, '95 (page 61), criminal defense attorney Scott C. Cox, '85 (page 64), and social security and disability law attorney Alvin D. Wax, '71 (page 72). 2013 Alumni Fellow, Stephen Porter, is also profiled in "Counsel for Yesteryear" on page 55.

    Here are some more highlights:

    • "What is your favorite courtroom movie?" (page 8)
    • "Thomson Smillie 1942-2014" by Keith L. Runyon, '82 (page 109)

    Tax & Finance Law is the theme of the March 2014 Bar Briefs issue.

    Here are some highlights:

    • "UofL Highlights the Importance of Tax and Finance Law" by Dean Susan Duncan (page 6)
    • "Historically High Estate Tax Exemption Shifts Attention Toward Income Taxes" by Nicholas A. Volk, '09 (page 7)
    • "Crisscross Law: Tax & Finance" by Sabine Kudmani Stovall, '09 (page 15)
    • "Requirements for Disinterment by Private Landowners" by Marlow P. Riedling, '11 (page 20)
    • "Members on the move" (page 23)

    Civil rights and diversity are the theme of the February 2014 Bar Briefs issue.

    Here are some highlights:

    • "Diversity Among Top Priorities at Brandeis" by Dean Susan Duncan (page 6)
    • "Bench & Bar Social" photo gallery (page 12)
    • "This Year's Honorees" (page 14)
    • "Crisscross Law" by Sabine Kudmani Stovall, '09 (page 21)
    • "Members on the move" (page 23)

    Legal Issues for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Community is the theme of the January 2014 issue of Bench & Bar. The law school's column mentions Professors Laura Rothstein, Jamie Abrams, Sam Marcosson and how they're exploring LGBT issues in their curriculum. Greg Justis, 3L, is also cited for his paper, "Defining Union: The Defense of Marriage Act, Tribal Sovereignty and Same-Sex Marriage".

    Several Louisville alums are featured in "Who, What, When & Where" on page 43 and Thomas E. Schweitz's, '90, bio appears "In Memoriam" on page 52.

    Each publication is available in the law library.

    Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program to Dedicate New Courtroom/Classroom

    The Law and Government Magnet program was established at Central High School in 1986.  Partnerships with the Louisville Bar Association (beginning in 1992) and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law (beginning in 2001) have built on the success of the program.  Students in the program now serve in summer internships facilitated by the LBA and are taught substantive law and writing skills related to law by law students from the Brandeis School of Law.  Central students have participated in national court competitions through the program and two students placed first and second nationally in 2011.  

    In recognition of the success of the program, the Jefferson County Public School System has renovated the law and government magnet classroom to create a moot court space.  The new configuration will allow students to practice courtroom skills and to apply what they are learning in that setting.  The classroom will be dedicated on March 25, 2014, at 11:00 am at Central High School.  Superintendent Donna Hargens will cut the ribbon at the event.  Fred Moore is the first Central student to participate in the program developed by the Brandeis School of Law to receive a law degree.  He is now an attorney in the Public Defender’s Office and he will deliver remarks on this special occasion.  

    Everyone who has been involved with the Central Partnership is encouraged to attend. 

    Trustees Award

    The Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville established The Trustees Award in 1989 to honor faculty who individually impact the future of our students.  (Note:  in the world you are but one person, but to one person you are the world.)  The award is intended to recognize faculty (full- or part-time; undergraduate, graduate, or professional; even groups of faculty) who have had, currently or in the past, an extraordinary impact on students.  The recipient will receive a $5,000 cash award and a commemorative plaque, which will be presented at University Commencement ceremonies in May, 2014. A plaque will also be placed in the Student Activities Center in honor of the recipient.  Members of the Board of Trustees provide the cash award through personal gifts to the University of Louisville Foundation, Inc.  The 2014 award will be announced prior to Commencement.  All faculty (with the exception of previous winners - Abramson and Arnold) are eligible to receive this award.  Nominations will be accepted from any member of the University community (faculty/students/staff/administrators/ Trustees) until March 18, 2014.

    The nomination must consist of the Nomination Form and letters of support outlining the nominee’s qualifications and contributions to the University community. The award form can be downloaded at http://www.louisville.edu/president/trustees/TrusteeAward.doc.

    Nominations should be submitted to The Trustees Award Committee, Board of Trustees, University of Louisville, 102 Grawemeyer Hall, Belknap Campus, Louisville, KY 40292.

    Brandeis Law School Team Wins Chicago Regional Transactional Competition

    UofL Louis D. Brandeis School of Law’s Transactional LawMeet team has won the Chicago Regional Round of the 2014 competition.  Team members Kiera Hollis (3L) and Michael McGee (3L) were coached by Professor Lisa Nicholson.  This victory came in just the second year of the Law School’s participation in this competition.  Unlike the typical law school moot court competition that focuses on litigation skills, the Transactional LawMeet Competition is designed to allow students who have an interest in corporate law-related matters to match skills and wits in drafting and negotiating transactional documents.

    During the course of the two-month Regional Competition, team members were tasked with drafting a Supplemental Indemnification Agreement (as well as providing a subsequent mark-up of opposing counsel's proposed Agreement) in connection with third-party intellectual property claims that arose on the eve of their client's execution of a Stock Purchase Agreement.  The law students also participated in two separate hours-long conference calls with their client to ensure that the resulting proposed document would meet the client's objectives.  The Regional Competition concluded on February 28, 2014, when the team met in Chicago, IL for two rounds of face-to-face negotiations against assigned teams of opposing counsels -- one from the University of Kansas -- where they successfully scored a 1st place ranking for their efforts in representing their client, NSPC.

    As a result, Kiera Hollis and Michael McGee will be participating in the National Rounds in New York, NY on April 4-5, 2014.  This is truly a spectacular feat in light of the fact that only 14 of the 84 participating teams advanced to the next round.  The National Rounds will be hosted by the law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

    The UofL team also would like to extend congratulations to the University of Kansas team for advancing to the National Rounds as well.  See you in New York!