Faculty News

Yoga in the Law School

Feeling a little stressed out?  Yoga may help.  The Law School will offer free yoga classes starting the Wednesday after Labor Day.  The one-hour classes will commence on Wednesday, September 7, at 11:50 a.m. in Room LL77, and be held every Monday and Wednesday at 11:50 until October (at which time we may change the times to make the classes available to others).

Loren Crawford, an experienced instructor, will teach the classes.  Loren emphasizes that no prior experience or knowledge of yoga is required or expected (although we do hope that participants realize the difference between yoga, on the one hand, and "yoghurt", "Yogi Berra", and "Yogi Bear" on the other).  Complete novices are especially welcome.

The Law School will provide mats.  Participants should wear comfortable clothes (feel free to change into shorts or sweats).

As an added incentive for students to participate, every student who attends the first session and signs the attendance sheet will be entered into a drawing for a lavish and glitzy prize.

Hope to see you in Room LL77 on the 7th!

CardSafety Phone App

Concerned about safety and security on campus?  Want to know what to do the next time a water main breaks? UofL's IT Department offers a free smartphone app, called CardSafety, that you may find helpful.  The app includes:

  • interactive maps for both Belknap (main) and Health Sciences campuses
  • what to do in case of 20 different types of emergencies
  • an automatic dialer for campus security and 911
  • links to UofL emergency web sites
Versions of the app are available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry operating system.  You may download the app here 

Welcome Professor Sweeny

JoAnne Sweeny comes to Louisville from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law where she was a Westerfield Fellow and taught legal research and writing as well as a seminar in comparative constitutional law. She also recently completed her PhD in law at Queen Mary, University of London. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Criminology from the University of California at Irvine. After graduating Order of the Coif from the University of Southern California Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Ferdinand F. Fernandez at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Professor Sweeny then practiced as an employment litigator at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP before venturing further into academia. While at Queen Mary, Professor Sweeny taught British constitutional law and legal writing skills to first year law students.

Professor Sweeny's research interests are wide-ranging but focus mainly on the problem of how law cannot keep up with technology or changing historical circumstances. Her current scholarly pursuits include international constitutional law, criminal law and legal history. Professor Sweeny is currently researching criminal law issues such potential constitutional challenges to the prosecution of teenagers under child pornography laws because they have "sexted" each other nude or erotic photos of themselves. Her most recent publication, "The United Kingdom's Human Rights Act: Using its Past to Predict its Future" is a comparative constitutional law piece that uses legal history techniques and social science theories such as Rational Choice Theory and Social Movement Theory to analyze the factors that led to the creation of the Human Rights Act in the UK and may also lead to its repeal in the near future. Her past articles have focused on emerging wage and hour problems that result from the practical problems of modern working situations, as well as the civil procedure issues inherent in the imposition of appellate sanctions for frivolous appeals.

Professor Sweeny begins teaching classes in the Fall 2011 semester.

Orientation Community Service Is a Success!

On August 12, 117 first-year law students participated in the community service day component of orientation. That equates to 90% participation!  They were joined by 8 upper-division law students, 6 staff members, and 8 faculty members.

The volunteers lent a helping hand at 10 non-profit organizations, including  Catholic Charities, Dare to Care Food Bank, Family Scholar House, Habitat for Humanity, Hosparus of Louisville, Masonic Homes, New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter, Operation Brightside, Ronald McDonald House, and St. Vincent de Paul.

Oval Renovation Nears Completion

The pavers and sod will be down, and The Oval renovation project essentially will be finished by Monday, Aug. 15. Oval traffic will return to its normal one-way pattern on Monday, as well.

Reprinted from UofL Today (August 12, 2011).


August Bar Briefs

Here are some highlights from the August 2011 issue of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs publication.
  • "Hanging Out Your Shingle: Two Young Lawyers Reflect On Starting Their Own Firm" co-authored by Sean Deskins, '08 (p. 6)
  • "Student Attorney Collaboration: Investigating Alternative Dispute Resolution" by Professor Ariana Levinson (p. 9)
  • "Law Schools in the Bluegrass" (p. 10-11)
  • "Presenting the LBA Leadership Academy's Class of 2011", a prestigious list that includes several alumni/ae (p. 15)
  • "Experience By Walking in Ones Shoes...", an article about the annual Summer Law Institute (p. 18)
 A copy is available in the library. Inquire at the Circulation/Reference Desk.

July Bar Briefs

Here are some highlights from the July 2011 issue of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs publication.

  • "School of Law" by Dean Jim Chen (p. 6)
  • "Legal Research: Toys in the Attic" by Kurt Metzmeier (p. 10)
  • "Newly Adopted Uniform Family Law Rules Could Pose Viable Form of ADR" by Jamie Izlar, '11 (p. 14)
  • "A Fifty Year Retrospective of Women in the Legal Profession" (p. 16)
A copy is available in the library. Inquire at the Circulation/Reference Desk.

In Memoriam of Jim Runyon

The law school mourns the loss of our maintenance man and good friend, Jim Runyon, who passed away on Monday, July 11.

Services were held Friday, July 15 at St. Stephen Church. Contact Vickie Tencer at 852-6092 if you'd like to contribute to UofL's collection for Jim's family
or to send your condolences.

His obituary and guest book are available at the Courier-Journal.

Announcing New Law Review Members

Congratulations to the students selected as First-year Members of Volume 50 of the University of Louisville Law Review!

  • Carli Ashe
  • Spencer Brooks
  • Stephanie Carr
  • Lauren Claycomb
  • Jackie Clowers
  • Matthew Doran  
  • David Erhart
  • Rebekah Gray
  • Ashley Haile
  • Brittany Hampton  
  • Joshua Hartsell                
  • Nathaniel Hartz
  • John LaFollette             
  • Ben Lowry
  • Ronald Morton
  • Eddie O’Brien                  
  • Sarah Potter                   
  • Caroline Ramsey
  • Amanda Smith
  • Jillian Smith
  • Leah Rupp Smith
  • Patrick Smith
  • Clay Talley
  • April Wimberg

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