Faculty News

Notice about traffic and parking changes beginning May 17

Beginning Monday, May 16, UofL will start an intensive renovation project on The Oval in front of Grawemeyer Hall.  This project will necessitate significant changes to traffic patterns and to parking in this area. 

Beginning May 17, The Oval will become a two-way street, and signs will be posted to direct traffic to the Natural Sciences and Law lots. Traffic patterns will change several times before the project's expected completion on Aug. 15.

Law Students Achieve Success in Vienna

Students from Brandeis School of Law traveled to Vienna, Austria from April 14th to 22nd to compete in the prestigious Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court competition. Over 270 law school teams from six continents took part. The Brandeis School of Law is the only law school from Kentucky or Indiana—and most of the surrounding states—that sent a team to this competition.

The students, Jeff Benedict, Darren Mayberry, Iara Montoro, Joe Tackett and Miran Vila, were effective advocates. According to their coach, Robert Brown, “In their competition against teams from China, Korea, Germany and Ukraine, they demonstrated detailed knowledge of international law as well as international arbitration, and held UofL out as a university that understands global business and law. The team also ranked competitively with schools such as Columbia, Cornell, NYU and Yale.”

The competition and its surrounding educational events serve as an unparalleled networking opportunity for students wishing to understand and become involved in international commercial business and arbitration. The team looks forward to contributing to the growing international climate at the Brandeis School of Law by working with the 2012 team.

BLSA Convocation

SELS and the YMCA Safe Place Services

The YMCA Safe Place Services is a  service branch of the YMCA of Greater Louisville. In 1974 the YMCA of Greater Louisville Shelter House was created to meet the immediate needs of teens who were living on the street; to this day, it is the only shelter specifically for this age group in Louisville and the only place in town where any youth can self refer for services absolutely free of charge.

SELS is conducting a drive to collect items needed by the shelter. It will be extremely easy to donate; there will be a list of needed items in the Mosaic Lobby next to a box where you can drop the donation. The drive will run until the end of April.

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Barbara Thompson, an Unsung Shero

On April 12, Barbara Thompson, Director of Student Records, was presented with an Unsung Shero Award at the 2011 Women of Color Transformation Tea.

The Women of Color Transformation Tea began in 1997 and is an open forum for the diverse spectrum of women of color and friends on UofL campuses.  The Tea affords women an opportunity to empower one another by sharing concerns, problems and positive suggestions.

Ms. Thompson was nominated by Kathy Bean, Robin Harris and Laura Rothstein. To be eligible, the nominee must be a woman of color who is presently a university employee and who has made a significant impact in the lives of women either in the Metro Louisville community or on the University campus.

PuppyPalooza T-shirts

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund will be selling PuppyPalooza t-shirts and tasty baked goods on Thursday, April 14th, from 1pm-4pm. The t-shirts will be $10 each and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Animal Care Society of Louisville, a non-profit organization who's prime purpose is to find new, caring homes for pets whose owners can no longer give them the love or care they need. It is the only no-kill shelter in Louisville.

BSLA Fundraiser for the Louisville Urban League

BLSA invites the law school community to, "Indulge in Caffeine, Cakes, and Cookies...for the Community" on Tuesday, April 12th between the hours of 9 AM - 12:30 PM and 3-5 PM. We will be selling coffee, tea, and baked goods and a portion of our proceeds will be donated to the Louisville Urban League.

Single Stream Recycling Program

The Law School is participating in the University’s new "single stream" recycling program and garbage reduction initiative.


On June 3, 2010, Aaron Boggs of Physical Plant, met with members of our staff and faculty to provide an overview of the program and to answer questions. The program has already been implemented in 35 buildings and within the past quarter, the campus has contributed 50 tons of recycled material. Mr. Boggs mentioned he’s received very few complaints and none pertaining to an increase in insects or clogged drains.

By now, each employee has received a small green receptacle for their personal garbage waste. It’s the employee’s responsibility to empty that container into a larger garbage can in their shared workspace. Our existing office garbage cans will be stripped of their plastic liners, affixed with a label and converted to recycling bins, which will be emptied frequently by the custodial staff. Recycling and garbage bins will be placed in each of the law school’s restrooms, kitchens, classrooms, and common areas. Recycling bins will also be placed near each of the copy machines.

Recyclable Materials

  • Paper products: anything that can be torn, i.e. office paper, newspaper (including inserts), envelopes, folders and spiral notebooks, paperback books, magazines, catalogs and telephone books
  • Cardboard, soda boxes, pizza boxes, and brown bags
  • Plastic: food containers, milk and juice bottles, buckets, PVC narrow neck containers (e.g. spray bottles), and bottle caps
  • Aluminum cans, trays and foil, steel cans and tins

Exceptions: light weight plastic items (e.g. Kroger and Subway bags) should be bundled together, as well as light weight paper items (e.g. sugar packets, envelopes) so that they don’t fly off the sorting machine. Shredded paper should be placed in a plastic bag then tossed into a recycling bin for collection. Currently, only paper back books are recyclable, but the law library is investigating options for recycling hard bound books.

Non-recyclable Materials

  • Human soiled products (e.g. tissues, toilet paper)
  • Food products (e.g. coffee grinds, chicken bones, apple cores)
  • Styrofoam containers
  • Motor oil, insecticide, herbicide or hazardous chemical containers

All containers must be emptied, but they do not need to be rinsed. Nor do the labels need to be removed.

Download this guide for a complete list of everything that’s covered by “Commercial Single Stream Recycling.”

Full Story: "Single-stream recycling program keeps extra 12 tons of materials out of landfill so far" (UofL Today, May 21, 2010)

First Year Oral Advocacy Competition Results

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Congratulations to Brittany Hampton, winner of the 2011 First Year Oral Advocacy Competition!

Appellant, Jamie Jackson, and Appellee, Brittany Hampton, advanced from the first semifinals to compete in the final round on April 8, which was judged by Sixth Circuit U. S. Court of Appeals Judge Danny Boggs, Hardin County Family Court Judge Pamela Addington, and Hardin County Chief Regional Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton.