Faculty News

Check Out the Transformed Courtyards!

Check out the transformation that has taken place in the Law School courtyards, to be named the Charles Hebel, Jr., and Carol Hebel Courtyards.  The Law School community has turned these previously unused and unattractive spaces into environmentally, humanly, and socially sustainable spaces with (mostly) native landscaping and places to relax and enjoy nature.  The landscaping and planting work is done, and in the coming weeks, the courtyards will be power-washed and outdoor furniture will be installed.  The soil around the pin oak in the west courtyard will be decompacted later this fall, and eventually hostas will be added around it.  A huge thanks to our donors, Charles Hebel, Jr., a 1955 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, his wife Carol Hebel, and his son Charles Hebel, III, as well as to two University departments – Physical Plant and Communications/Media – which provided major ongoing support for this project.  And a huge thanks to all of the members of the Law School community who were involved in conceiving the project, designing the plans, and doing the hard work of preparing the soils, transporting the plants to the law school, and planting the plants.  The three dozen volunteers – students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends (including from other academic units) – who worked on the project during the past three weeks include:

Les Abramson
Tony Arnold
Angela Beverly
Ross Bradley
Scott Campbell
Alexandra Chase
Susan Duncan
Jen Ewa
Linda Ewald
Ryan Fenwick
Judy Fischer
Jacob Giesecke
Grace Giesel
James Giesel
Brandon Johnson
Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy Kirkham
Emily Kosse
Maria Kosse
Eric Matthews
Matt McClinton
Tyler Miller
Jon-Paul Moody
Ella Neely
Rick Nowka
Mickey Paul
Debra Reh
Laura Rothstein
Eunice Salazar
Shelley Santry
Bailey Schrupp
Chris Schulz
Allison Frakes Smith
Virginia Smith
Michael Van Sickle
Becky Wimberg

The project was featured on WHAS11 as an example of a volunteers giving back to the community: http://www.whas11.com/community/Group-of-volunteers-work-to-change-landscape-at-UofLs-Law-school-266634091.html.  Come, hang out, and enjoy!

Help Needed for Law Scool Courtyards Planting

The Law School is seeking students, faculty, staff, and alums to help with planting about 300 new plants and flowers in the Law School courtyards, July 9-12 in the mornings (8:30-Noon).  Our greatest need is for volunteers in the morning of Thursday, July 10.  If you can help, please email Professor Tony Arnold, tony.arnold@louisville.edu, or student Jen Ewa, jennifer.ewa@gmail.com, or just show up at the courtyards.  Thank you for your help in transforming our courtyards into beautiful, environmentally sustainable, community gathering spaces that can be well utilized by our entire Law School community.

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.