Faculty News

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.

 

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.