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Faculty Publications and Impact 2014

Twenty-three faculty members published approximately 98 works in 2013 on topics including professional responsibility, privacy, free speech, trademark, copyright, remedies, employment law, mental illness, disability discrimination and affirmative action. The scholarship that the faculty is publishing is making significant impacts in at least three ways.  There are three types of impact.

  • First, faculty members are influencing knowledge and ideas, as reflected by citations to their scholarship and invitations to speak in national and international scholarly forums.  
  • Second, faculty members are prominent experts who are involved in efforts to reform law and public policy.  
  • Third, faculty scholarship leads to opportunities for faculty to serve on local, regional, and national projects that benefit the community and to contribute their expertise to these public-service projects.   


Of course, often publications have more than one type of impact, but the following summarizes the key impact of recent faculty works.

Scholarship That Influences Knowledge and Ideas:

as reflected by citations to their scholarship and invitations to speak in national and international scholarly forums.  


A series of publications by Professor Tony Arnold from 2011 to 2014 on the emergence of adaptive legal systems for social-ecological resilience have generated great interest my scholars in many disciplines.  His scholarship was the organizing focus of a symposium at the University of Missouri (Columbia) entitled “Environmental Law 4.0: Adaptive and Resilient,” for which Arnold was the keynote speaker.  Based on these works, he was selected as Scholar of the Month by the University of North Carolina Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation, and Resources (CLEAR) for January 2014, and was invited to apply his ideas to water law for a Kansas Law Review symposium and to the concept of resilient cities for both an Idaho Law Review symposium and a series of Biophilic Cities blog posts at the University of Virginia. He was invited to be a core team member for an multi-university, multi-disciplinary research project on adaptive water governance, funded by the National Science Foundation, and to be one of two lead presenters for a panel on “The Law of Resilient Cities” to be held at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools and co-sponsored by the Environmental and State and Local Government Law sections.  Throughout his career, Arnold’s scholarship has been cited over 2,000 times, not only quoted and discussed by prominent scholars in many disciplines but also used by diverse entities like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Kentucky Division of Forestry, the Government of India’s Ministry of Water Resources, the World Bank, the Ohio Homebuilders Association, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of City and County Health Officials, the Sierra Club, the American Planning Association, local neighborhood and watershed groups, and many others.  His recent work on resilient cities is fast getting attention , e.g., his latest article "Resilient Cities and Adaptive Law" has been on several top-ten download lists in a number of different fields on SSRN during summer 2014.

Professor John Cross was invited to serve as a member of the International Advisory Board of the International Review of Law Computers and Technology.  The International Review, published in the United Kingdom, is the oldest publication in the field of computer technology law.  It is distributed in 94 nations.  Cross is an international expert in intellectual property.


Professor Judith Fischer was invited to join a panel at the 2014 National Legal Writing Conference in Philadelphia, where she presented her scholarship on the use and effects of student ratings.  Her scholarship has been downloaded more than 5250 times from the Internet and cited more than 190 times in scholarly publications.

Professor Grace Giesel uses her considerable expertise on professional responsibility and ethics in her publications and presentations.  In March of 2013, she presented on this issue at the Mississippi School of Law as part of a symposium in Ethics 20/20:  The Future ofProfessional Responsibility.  She also presented many CLE hours on ethics to attorneys in Louisville and beyond.


Professor Jim Jones and student Elizabeth Richardson (’14) were invited to speak on mental health care laws and policies and their effects on aging baby boomers as the International Conference on Aging and Society in November 2013.  The American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights featured Professor Jones on its website in October 2013 for his distinguished scholarship and advocacy regarding issues of mental health in the legal profession, including an autobiographical study of his own experiences with mental illness while achieving success as a teacher and scholar.


Two articles by Professor Ariana Levinson have received substantial attention.  Her article What the Awards Tell Us About Labor Arbitration of Employment Discrimination Claims. Published in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 46(3): 789-862;  (2013) was selected by blind review by Vanderbilt law school faculty for presentation at the Branstetter New Voices in Civil Justice Workshop at Vanderbilt Law School.  It has been downloaded 209 times on SSRN and was discussed in a funded grant proposal submitted by the Illinois Institute of Technology to the National Academy of Arbitrators.  As a result of this research she was invited to speak at the ABA Dispute Resolution Section annual meeting.    The President of the National Academy of Arbitrators requested a copy of the article in relation to their project for improving “Best Practices” advice for members who hear employment arbitration cases.  It is cited by Aaron L. Nielson, In Defense of Formal Rulemaking, 75 Ohio State L.J. 237 (2014) and multiple times by Charlotte Garden & Nancy Leong, 81 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 1188 (2013).


Her article on Social Media, Privacy, and the Employment Relationship: The American Experience in Spanish Labour Law & Employment Relations Journal (SLLERJ) 2(1):15-31, EISSN: 2255-2081, Madrid, Universidad Carlos III (2013) resulted in an invitation to speak at a workshop at Universidad Carlos II de Madrid.  Social Media, Privacy, and the Employment Relationship:  The American Experience,” Workshop: Electronic Challenges: Regulating Social Networking in the Modern Workplace, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, December 2012.  She was also invited to present on it at Fordham Law School, where it was recorded for C-SPAN as a panelist on “Employee Online Activity and the Right to Monitor,” Seventh Law & Information Society Symposium:  Privacy and Employment in the Digital Society, Center on Law and Information Policy at Fordham Law School, New York, New York, March 2013, broadcast by C-SPAN and available at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Fordham.  Additionally she was invited to present it at SEALS.  Panelist, “The Merger of Workplace Privacy, Employer Policies, and Technological Innovation,” Southeastern Association of Law Schools Annual            Conference, Palm Beach, Florida, August 2013 and as part of a CLE for the Louisville Bar Association in May 2013.  It has been downloaded172 times on SSRN.  It is cited by AB Munoz Ruiz, Social Networking: New Challenges in the Modern Workplace, Spanish Labour Law & Employment Relations Journal (SLLERJ) 2(1):32-40, EISSN: 2255-2081, Madrid, Universidad Carlos III (2013) and by William A. Herbert, Can’t Escape from the Memory: Social Media & Public Sector Labor Law, 40 N. Ky. L. Rev. 431 (2013).


Professor Laura McNeal was invited to give the keynote address at Harvard Law School in April 2014 for the "40 Years After Milliken: Remedying Racial Disparities in Post-Racial Society Conference."  The article based on the presentation will be published in the Harvard Journal on Race and Ethnic Justice.



Professor Luke Milligan’s research on the original Fourth Amendment within one month of publication the article in the Hastings Law Journal in April 2014 has been assigned in a Criminal Procedure class at the University of Illinois College of Law; it has been the subject of a Federalist Society luncheon in downtown Louisville; and it has been cited by Professor Chris Slobogin of Vanderbilt Law School in an article forthcoming in the Georgetown Law Journal.  It has also lead to an invitation to present his thesis at the University of Michigan Law School in February 2015.  These indicia of prominent attention to Milligan’s recent article are quite rapid by the standards of legal scholarship, where impact can take much longer to develop, thus suggesting that his ideas will be quite influential over time.  In addition, a February 2014 Boston Globe feature on the “modern progressive’s moral conundrum” regarding fetal personhood drew extensively on Milligan’s earlier research on John Rawls and fetal personhood, and quoted Milligan several times.


Professor Cedric Merlin Powell was invited to serve as a Plenary Session Speaker at a major 2014 symposium on the meaning of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, held at the Washburn University Center for Law and Government in Topeka, KS, the city from which the Brown case arose.  The symposium critically assessed the landmark case on its 60th anniversary.  Professor Powell’s invitation was a result of his nationally recognized scholarship on critical race theory, structural inequality, and the use of rhetorical neutrality in civil rights cases.  Professor Powell’s scholarship has been cited in numerous scholarly articles and books.  Perhaps most notably, the renowned philosopher Jeremy Waldron cited Professor Powell’s scholarship in the publication of his Oliver Wendell Holmes Lectures at Harvard University, The Harm in Hate Speech (Harvard University Press, 2012).  Professor Powell has established himself as a path-breaking and critical voice on affirmative action, critical race theory, school integration, and the First Amendment.


His essay titled Gideon v. Wainwright: Process, Substance, and the Illusion of Fairness  was published in the inaugural online edition of the Louisville Law Review (52 U. Louisville L. Rev. Online 1 (2013), www.louisvillelawreview.org).  This volume of essays won the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (“KACDL”) Media Award.  The articles were also reprinted in The Advocate, Kentucky Journal of Criminal Justice Education & Research (October 15, 2013). 

Professor Powell was recently invited to publish his work in the Harvard Journal on Race and Ethnic Justice based on a symposium held at Harvard in April 2014.  He was also invited to present his views on neturality in a “post-racial” world for a symposium at Texas A&M in November 2014, focusing on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the 60th anniversary of the Brown decision.


Professor Laura Rothstein, not only served as a panelist or speaker at four different sessions at the February 2014, 35th Annual National Conference on Higher Education Law and Policy sponsored by Stetson University Law School, but she also was invited to be the Honorary Chair of the conference. This honor reflects her longstanding commitment to increasing the understanding of higher education legal issues. In 2011 she was honored by the conference with the William A. Kaplin Award for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy.  One of her panels was reported on by the July 2014 edition of Campus Legal Advisor:  Interpreting the Law for Higher Education Administrators in an article “Limit fraternity housing liabilities,” which referenced Professor Rothstein’s recommendations about accommodations and architectural barrier issues in fraternity and sorority settings.


In addition, Professor Rothstein’s article “Forty Years of Disability Policy in Legal Education and the Legal Profession:  What Has Changed and What Are the New Issues?,” published in 2014 in the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, was  the focal article around which a symposium issue of the journal was organized and from which a call for papers went out to other scholars. One prominent scholar, blogging about this article, wrote; “What Laura doesn't say in her essay -- but I will say here -- is that many if not most of the changes she describes in her essay have happened in large part because she pushed hard for them -- not just in her scholarship but in the trenches -- and often despite fierce opposition from entrenched interests or from equally powerful inertia.  Laura is a law school professor who has made a profound difference in the lives not only of her students, but in society at large.” This paper has been listed for several weeks as an SSRN's Top Ten download list for: Disability Law eJournal.


Professor JoAnne Sweeney’s paper proposal, "Balancing Anti-Terrorism Laws and Human Rights in the U.S. and U.K," was chosen as one of the four papers for the International Human Rights panel at the Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools.


In one recent article, Professor Russ Weaver focused on the problem of “border searches” and the protection of privacy in border contexts.  R. Weaver, Administrative Searches, Technology & Personal Privacy, 22 Wm. & Mary Bill Rt. J. 571 (2013).  The article was written for an Administrative Law symposium hosted by the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal.  Historically, customs and immigration officials have exercised very broad authority to search individuals who enter the United States, as well as to examine all of the things that they bring them.  However, the exercise of such broad authority is potentially objectionable if applied to the various electronic devices that individuals now carry across international borders (e.g., laptops, cellphones, ipads, iphones and smart phones).  These devices often contain a great deal of data and information that the individual may prefer to keep private.  So, the question is whether customs officials have an unfettered right to review the data stored on electronic devices, as well as to copy it.  Customs officials have taken the position that electronic devices are no different than anything else, and therefore they have broad authority to review and copy information contained on such devices.  This article questions whether the government’s current attitude is consistent with the Fourth Amendment and traditional notions of privacy.  The article is valuable to policymakers considering the authority of customs officials.

           Much of his scholarly work deals with freedom of expression, and the intersection of speech and technology.  His recently-issued book, R. Weaver, From Gutenburg to the Internet: Free Speech, Advancing Technology and the Implications for Democracy (Carolina Academic Press 2013)), examines the evolution of speech technologies over the centuries, and notes that so-called “gatekeepers” (e.g., newspaper editors and reporters) have historically limited and controlled the ability of ordinary people to engage in mass communication.  The book argues that the development of personal computers (PCs), and the Internet (and, of course, various handheld Internet devices), have transformed communication, and led to dramatic democratic changes all over the world.  From the Arab Spring to the election of President Obama, the Internet has transformed the political process by enabling ordinary people to communicate with each other, and has therefore led to a decline in the importance of the traditional gatekeepers.  In addition, the Internet has led to new forms of news organizations, including online newspapers and blogs.  While there are plenty of problems with Internet communication, the Internet and PCs have moved us much closer to our democratic ideals.

            In another recent article, he deals with the question of whether governments can or should regulate Internet communications.  R. Weaver, Duncan Fairgrieve & F. Lichere, The Creation of Transnational Structures Governing Internet Communication, 78 Mo. L. Rev. 527 (2013).  A number of foreign leaders (e.g., former French President Nicholas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel) have called for Internet restrictions, as well as for international cooperation to impose such restrictions.  Of course, the difficulty is that the ability of the United States to cooperate in imposing such restrictions is limited by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which protects freedom of expression. In this article, the authors analyze free speech differences between the U.S., France and England, and draw conclusions regarding how those differences limit the ability of the three governments to enter into international agreements regulating the Internet. 

Because of his work on these and other topics, he has been invited to give several prestigious lectures and hold courtesy visiting appointments at several universities in Europe, including the University of Aix-Marseille (France), the Institute of the Americas in Paris (France), and the University of Lisbon (Portugal).  He continues to serve as the Executive Director of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS).

Scholarship That Results in Becoming Prominent Experts Involved in Efforts to Reform Law and Public Policy


Professor Jamie Abrams has participated in drafting and submitting an amicus brief in the Bourke v. Beshear case arguing in support of marriage equality for gays and lesbians.  She is joined by 37 other nationally recognized scholars in family law and constitutional law on this brief.  Her work was recognized by the University of Louisville Multicultural Teaching Award in September 2014.


Professor Laura McNeal has worked with the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School since 2012 where she conducts national empirical legal studies that explore the intersection of law, education reform, and school disciplinary policies.  The Office of Civil Rights for the U.S. Department of Education has expressed great interest in the implicit bias study and is monitoring the progress of her research.  If the intervention reduces levels of implicit bias as predicted among school administrators, teachers, staff, and resource officers, the Office of Civil Rights has expressed interest in using the intervention tools in consent decrees and the remedies stage of Title VI lawsuits for schools with disparities in school disciplinary referrals throughout the country.  Thus, the findings of this research study will have national impact on the litigation of Title VI complaints.  


Several of Professor Laura Rothstein’s articles were cited  by the Iowa Supreme Court in its June 27, 2014 opinion in Palmer College of Chiropractic v. Davenport Civil Rights Commission.   The Court cited her articles Disability Law and Higher Education:  A Road Map for Where We’ve Been and Where We May be Heading,  63 Md. L. Rev. 122, 142 (2004) and  Health Care Professionals with Mental and Physical Impairments, 41 St. Louis U.L.J. 973, 995 (1997).  The case involved admission of a blind student to a chiropractice school and the Court referenced her work on the importance of making individualized determinations in such cases.


Professor Rothstein’s work on mental health history questions in licensing of lawyers has been considered by policymakers in Ohio.  She will be a speaker at the May 2015 ABA Conference on Professional Responsibility on this topic.


Professor Mark Rothstein is frequently called upon to provide expertise on a range of bioethics issues.   On April 26, 2013, he testified before Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The hearing was part of a series of hearings devoted to protected public safety in light of the Newtown shootings in December 2012.  His testimony is available on C-Span.   As a result of his scholarship on epigenetics, he was invited to serve as a member of the Bioethics Workgroup of the International Human Epigenome Consortium, an international collaboration to facilitate epigenome research.  In part as a result of his articles in JAMA and Genetics in Medicine that criticize the American College Genetics and Genome recommendation to return genetic sequence information to patients (regardless of whether they want it), the ACMB modified its recommendation to allow patients to opt out of such disclosures.  He has been interviewed by the media about the ethical issues related to the Ebola outbreak in Africa.  


Professor Shelley Santry helped to author the anti-stalking bill before the Kentucky Legislature.



Scholarship Leading to Service on Local, Regional, and National Projects of Benefit to the Community and Contributing Expertise to Public Service Projects 


Professor Jamie Abrams was appointed to the Kentucky Equal Justice Center's Board of Directors.  In recognition of her work, the University of Louisville has named her to receive the Multicultural Teaching Award in fall 2014.


As a nationally recognized expert on legal ethics, Professor Grace Giesel authors ethics opinions for the Kentucky Bar Association (KBA) and is a frequent speaker at CLE programs on matters of professional responsibility.  In Fall 2013, she presented the first annual Flexner Forum to the Law School community, on "The Story of Kentucky Bar Association Ethics Opinion 435:  The Ethics of Plea Bargains that Waive Claims of Ineffective Assistance of Counsel."  The opinion was one that she authored and was the subject of a case before the Kentucky Supreme Court, which was argued at the Law School.  She also oversees the Commonwealth’s Hotline system on ethics issues for the Kentucky bar. 


Professor Tony Arnold has been invited to serve on the National Advisory Council of The City Project, which is a nationally renowned organization that seeks socially just land-use and environmental conditions in urban areas and is headquartered in Los Angeles.  Arnold’s scholarship on environmental justice and urban planning led to this invitation to advise The City Project.  Arnold was also elected Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy, Kentucky Chapter, where his work on ecosystem conservation is useful.


Professor Virginia Mattingly was elected President-Elect of the Special Libraries Association's Kentucky Chapter.


Professor Luke Milligan is a Commissioner of the Department of Public Advocacy Commission of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and serves as the inaugural Brandeis Fellow at the Louisville Metro Public Defender's Office in Fall 2014.

Professor Lisa H. Nicholson was appointed to serve on the "Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods' Police Initiatives Workgroup" by Anthony D. Smith, Director for Safe Neighborhoods (Office of Mayor Greg Fischer).  The Workgroup is charged to "Work on building stronger relationships between Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) and community members as well as identifying and encouraging implementation of best practices from across the country.”  She also serves as Chair of the "Police-Centered Initiatives Task Group."  This group has been working to develop initiatives and action steps that will assist LMPD officers in better understanding and interacting with members of the community.  Their focus has been on ways to improve community relations, increase interpersonal interactions and address cross-cultural issues, and implicit bias.


Professor Cedric Merlin Powell has applied his concepts about racial justice to real-world problems through community engagement and service for many years, including serving as Board Chair of the Transit Authority of River City (TARC) for many years, Board member of the National Institute for Restorative Justice, a member of the ACLU Legal Review Committee, and Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.  The Louisville Bar Association presented Powell with its 2014 Trailblazer Award for his leadership on issues of race and justice.


In 2014, Professor Laura Rothstein is serving as the Brandeis Fellow working with the Legal Aid Society and the Doctors and Lawyers for Kids program to develop policies and practices for the school system in working with low income children identified as having health problems that relate to special education needs.


Professor Mark Rothstein received in 2014 a two year grant from the National Institutes of Health to study international collaborations on health privacy issues. The grant reflects his expertise and reputation on issues of bioethics issues.


Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes serves as President of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky.  She is a distinguished expert in immigrant rights, constitutional law, and civil rights and liberties.  She has been named to serve as the Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute at the University of Louisville from 2014 to 2016.  She received the Louisville Bar Association Hispanic Heritage Month Award for Distinguished Service on October 2, 2014.  



Law & War—An International Humanitarian Law Workshop

The American Red Cross is pleased to invite you to attend Law & War: An International Humanitarian Law Workshop at Vanderbilt University Law School on November 8th and 9th.  This workshop is a two day intensive introduction to international humanitarian law (IHL) for law students, graduate students, and attorneys.  During this training, participants will receive instruction from leading humanitarian law practitioners and explore the law in practice through a series of case studies.  Participants will learn about the historical development of the law, conflict classification, restrictions on means and methods of warfare, protections for vulnerable persons during armed conflict, enforcement of IHL and much more.

The workshop and all course materials are provided to accepted students at no cost. Registration is currently open and applications must be submitted by Friday, October 17th.  Applications can be found at online at http://redcross.org/lawworkshop. This workshop is a fabulous opportunity for those interested in learning more about, or pursuing a career in international humanitarian law.

Interested students may contact Kimberly Huey for additional information at kimberly.huey@redcross.org.

Resilient Communities and War on Poverty To Be Addressed in Boehl Lecture

Professor Tony Arnold, Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use, will give a lecture on “The War on Poverty (50 Years Later) and Resilient Communities” on Tuesday, October 14, 2014, at 12:00 Noon, in Room 275 of the Brandeis School of Law. The lecture is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be served, but attendees should bring their own drinks. There is no need to RSVP.

The lecture, part of the Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy, will start with a Kentucky connection. In 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson visited Inez, KY, shortly after launching the War on Poverty, one of our nation’s most ambitious initiatives. In the past 50 years, the War on Poverty has had both critics and supporters, both failures and successes. In framing poverty as something to be fought and defeated, though, our policies have failed to focus on building resilience and adaptive capacity among low-income communities, which are affected by their natural and physical environments and land use patterns, according to Arnold. Resilient communities are ones that are able to adapt to changing conditions and surprise disturbances, such as floods, drought, urban heat island effects, economic downturns, mortgage foreclosure crises, and the like.





Professor Tony Arnold, the inaugural holder of the Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use at the University of Louisville, is among the nation’s leading experts on social-ecological resilience and governance institutions. He teaches in both the Brandeis School of Law and the Department of Urban and Public Affairs and directs the interdisciplinary Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility. He has worked on poverty issues with low-income urban and rural communities throughout his personal and professional life.  

The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy is sponsored by the Herbert Boehl Fund and the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund. Co-sponsors at the University of Louisville are: the Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility; the Center for Environmental Policy and Management; the Planning Student Organization; the Master of Public Administration Students; the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research; the Law School Diversity Committee; the Sustainability Scholars Roundtable; the Environmental Law and Land Use Society; & the Office of Community Engagement. The Lecture will be a Law School Diversity Event.

Represent, for the Unrepresented.

You could spend the summer of 2015 as the next Ellen B. Ewing Fellow, assisting the under-represented in practice areas like family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. How can you support this great cause now? Come out to Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Phoenix Hill Tavern.

Tickets for Lawlapalooza, are on sale now in the Law Resource Center (Room 272), $10 each, and this year's show will feature three bands representing the Brandeis School of Law: The Grateful Decedents, with 3Ls Mina Khalil and Greg Daly; The Perpetual Motions, with 3L Emily DeVuono; and defending champs, The Subconscionables, with 2L Megan Conroy, Prof. Tim Hall and Asst. Dean Jim Becker.

This year’s theme, “A Bran Deis Night,” commemorates 50 years of Beatlemania, with every band performing Beatles favorites. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the first of eight bands, featuring local attorneys and law students, performs at 6:30.

This annual event brings the Louisville legal community together for a great cause, great music and a lot of fun. Hope to see you there!

The Dean's Newsletter - Fall 2014

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Oval Closed Tomorrow

As you may already be aware the University will be holding “The Spectacular Event” during the evening of the September 18th at 6:00 p.m. The rain date is on September 19th. Preparation for this event will begin on September 17th and will require traffic lane changes on the Oval. The Oval will be converted into 2-way traffic for both days. Parking & Transportation Services and University Police will have staff on-site to assist. Please keep in mind that on the 18th the Oval will be closed at 5:00 p.m for all traffic. The Oval will reopen at approximately 10:00 p.m.

SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Vol 8, No 5

The latest issue of our SSRN Research Paper series features articles by Professors Arnold, Levinson, Milligan and Mark Rothstein.

More information about the RPS:

Mark Your Calendar - Courtyard Dedication and First Brandeis Brief Break Ice Cream Social!!

Get ready for the first Brandeis Brief Break of the year.  In addition, we will be dedicating the newly restored courtyard at the same time!


Wednesday, September 24th, 12:15 pm - 2 pm in the Mosaic Lobby and Courtyard.


Comfy Cow Ice Cream will be provided!  Stop by an enjoy the ice cream and courtyard.

From University IT: Integrated Address Books Being Restored

From University IT ...

Good news! IT has begun the process to restore the integrated address books in both Exchange and CardMail. Over the next week you will begin to see your Exchange and CardMail address books re-populate with names from both email systems. When complete the address books will contain the names of all users who have an active university email account, including faculty, staff, students and retirees. Notification will be sent when the process has completed.

Two noticeable changes from the previous integrated address books:

  • For some individuals you will see two entries in the address books. This indicates that person has both an Exchange and CardMail account. When using the address book you should take care to select the appropriate entry.
  • Lync sessions created between CardMail and Exchange accounts will now require use of the complete email address, for example, imuserid@exchange.louisville.edu or imuserid@cardmail.louisville.edu. You will no longer be able to select entries from the address books.

We thank you for your patience while we addressed the various problems encountered with your email service.

Questions: Contact the HelpDesk at 852-7997 or helpdesk@louisville.edu.

UofL Grant Takes Aim at Legal Barriers That Hinder Genetic Research

University of Louisville law and medicine professor Mark A. Rothstein has received a two- year $612,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to foster international collaboration on genetic research while maintaining human rights and privacy.

Rothstein is an expert on the legal and ethical issues raised by genetic research—including compiling large collections of biological specimens.

“International collaboration in genetic research is extremely valuable in advancing understanding and developing new therapies,” Rothstein said. “We need to make sure that essential privacy laws don't unnecessarily interfere with research."

Rothstein has a joint appointment at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law and the School of Medicine. He holds the Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine and is the founding director of the university’s Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law. He frequently writes and comments on issues of bioethics, genetics and health privacy.

Rothstein will conduct the research with co-investigator Bartha Maria Knoppers, a medicine professor and director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Legal experts from 26 countries will take part in the research effort.

Their findings and recommendations will take aim at removing legal impediments to international collaboration on health research and be published in the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics in 2016.