Faculty News

Campus Construction

Due to public safety concerns, pedestrian access will be eliminated around the construction site at the northeast corner of Third Street and Eastern Parkway. The Third Street sidewalk from the corner to the Cardinal Shuttle stop just south of the Oval is being closed immediately. The sidewalk from that corner east on Eastern Parkway is being closed up to the Natural Science Building. Also, the Third Street sidewalk south of Eastern Parkway near the Engineering Graphics parking lot will be closed soon for utilities work. During that time pedestrians need to cross Third Street near the entrance to the Engineering Graphics lot, proceed north on Third, and cross back at the Eastern-Third Street intersection. Signs will mark all closures and alternate routes.

Kudos for JLE Member

Congratulations to Connie Barr Archer whose note was chosen for publication in the JLE's January 2011 issue. While the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act has enacted measures for the United States to once again become the leader in higher education attainment rates, one problem with meeting this goal is the scarcity of qualified professors to teach at the university level. With the scarcity due in part to low doctoral enrollments coupled with low and slow doctoral completion rates, Connie’s note discusses steps that legislatures should take to support the doctoral enrollment and completion process without compromising educational standards. Her note is entitled "Addressing the Doctoral Dilemma: How State Legislatures Can Help Solve the Ph.D. Shortage."

Law School Weather-Related Late Start and Early Dismissal Policies

Please see below the Law School policy about weather delays and early cancellations of classes:

  • If the University has a delayed start, any class that normally ends before 10:25 a.m. should be considered canceled.
  • If the University cancels evening classes, any class that normally begins at 4:15 p.m. or later should be considered canceled.

Thank you.  Associate Deans Arnold and Bean

December Bar Briefs

Here are some highlights from the December 2010 issue of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs publication.

  • "From the President's Desk: A Helping Hand" by Laurel S. Doheny, '92 (p. 3)
  • "Jefferson District Court Reorganization" by Hon. Sean R. Delahanty, '80 (p. 4-5)
  • "Longitude" by Dean Jim Chen (p. 6)
  • "Law of the Left" by D. Scott Furkin, '82 (p. 7)
  • "Change Employers Can Count On: The Effects of Healthcare Reform" by Jason Lee and Carole D. Christian, '88 (p. 14-15)
  • "2010 Public Service Committee Year End Briefing" by Michelle Mees Harper, '03 (p. 16)
A copy is available in the library's reserves. 

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Seeks Distinguished Visiting Professor, 2011-12

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law seeks applications from renowned legal educators for a year-long appointment as the Ralph Petrilli Distinguished Visiting Professor for the 2011-12 academic term.  The Petrilli Distinguished Visiting Professor will teach a total of 3 classes.  One of these classes will be the year-long legal writing and analysis course in a small section of about 20 students.  [The legal writing and analysis course is entitled Basic Legal Skills.  It does not include legal research, which is taught in a separate course.  Given that it is a year-long course, the teaching package is the functional equivalent of a 4-course package.]  One course will be Professional Responsibility in an accelerated format in Fall 2011.  The third course, in Spring 2012, could include Domestic Relations (family law), an upper-level skills elective, or a seminar on a mutually agreeable topic.  The successful applicant must be a person "renowned for exceptional contributions to law, legal institutions or legal education."  To apply, please send a letter of interest and a c.v. to Professor Tony Arnold, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development, Brandeis School of Law, Wyatt Hall, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292 or tony.arnold@louisville.edu, no later than January 15, 2011.  Please contact Dean Arnold at his email address or at (502) 852-6388 with any questions.

Salvation Army Angel Tree

The Sports and Entertainment Law Society is sponsoring a Salvation Army Angel Tree.

Please deposit your donated items under the tree in the law school's library by December 8.

Contact Brad Corbin or Cathy Barnes if you have questions.


Academic Success Tip - Analyze the Elements

Analyze each element of the relevant causes of action in your exam  answer.  The depth of your analysis regarding each element will depend on the complexity of the problem.  Forcing yourself to analyze every element will accomplish two things: (1) it will let the professor know that you understand that every element of a cause of action must be proven; and (2) it will force you to consider whether each element has been satisfied, thus avoiding the mistake of failing to discuss a complex problem that, at least on the surface, seemed quite obvious.  (Adapted from Succeeding in Law School by Herbert N. Ramy.)

 

Negotiation Team Wins 2nd Place in ABA Regional Competition

Please congratulate Nicole Crump and Jeff Hall, who won 2nd place in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition this past weekend as one of two teams from the Law School.  The competition was held in Detroit with teams from law schools in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario.

Brandeis at 154

November 13, 2010, marks the 154th birthday of Louis D. Brandeis, for whom the law school is named. 

Louis D. Brandeis was the Supreme Court Justice most responsible for helping the Supreme Court shape the tools it needed to interpret the Constitution in light of the sociological and economic conditions of the 20th century.  A progressive, and champion of reform, Brandeis devoted his life to social justice.

Louisville can be proud that Justice Brandeis, who was born here in 1856 is so connected to our community and that his values had their roots here.  The principles and philosophies that Brandeis is known for – including rights to privacy, free speech, curtailing big government and big business, balancing regulation with free enterprise and a commitment to public service – are timely today. 

In honor of his birthday, a wreath has been placed at the final resting place for Justice Brandeis.  This week two events provide members of our community an opportunity to learn more about Justice Brandeis.  On Wednesday, November 10, 7-9 pm, Mel Urofsky (recipient of the 2009 Brandeis Medal) will speak at the Festival of Jewish Books about his award winning book Louis D. Brandeis:  A Life.  This event will take place at the Jewish Community Center, 3600 Dutchmans Lane.  On Thursday, November 11, at 6 pm, Professor Michael Wolf will deliver the Boehl Lecture on Brandeisian Approach to Land Use.  This event will take place at the Law School, Room 275, at 6 pm, with a reception to follow.

October and November Bar Briefs

Here are some highlights from the 2010 October and November issues of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs publication.
  • "From the President's Desk: Get Your Informed Vote" by Laurel S. Doheny, '92 (Oct, p. 3)
  • "Playing by Kentucky Rules: Researching the Kentucky Rules of Evidence" by Professor Kurt X. Metzmeier, '95 (Oct, p. 7)
  • "Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head..."  (Oct, p. 9)
  • "Recent Changes in Kentucky Condominium Law" by Erik C. Lattig, '06 (Oct, p. 24)
  • "The Louisville Bar Association - A Genuine Success Story" by Frnk P. Doheny Jr., '65 (Nov, p. 3)
  • "Section News: Labor & Employment" by Michael K. Kirk, '84 (Nov, p. 5)
  • "The University of Louisville's 2010 Law Alumni Awards" by Dean Jim Chen (Nov, p. 6)
  • "ICANN's Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy" by Brant Sloan, '10 (Nov, p. 14)
  • "What is a Lawyer Doing in the Clinic?" by Martha J. Hasselbacher, '90 (Nov, p. 17)
  • "Protecting Shareholders From Personal Liability in Nursing Home Lawsuits" by Chelsea Castiglioni, '10 and Michael Sutton (Nov, p. 18)
  • "Lawlapalooza Tour 2010 Rocked" (Nov, p. 21)
Copies are available in the library's reserves.