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Rain Garden Design Charrette

All members of the Law School community are invited to participate in the Law School Rain Garden Design Charrette: Wednesday May 25, 8 am to 5 pm, and Thursday, May 26, 8 am to noon, all in Law School Room 171.

Please come and have input into the redesign and relandscaping of the 2 Law School courtyards to create rain gardens, be more aquatically sustainable, and create compelling community space that we can use and connect to nature!
 
This is your chance for input.  The iterative design charrette process will be led by University stormwater landscaping consultant Jeff Bruce, a national expert.  He is excited about our ideas and vision.  The process seeks our initial input into goals, values, and vision for the courtyards, followed by our positive and negative reactions to several different design concepts attempting to incorporate our values, followed by our positive and negative reactions to an effort to integrate our earlier input and reactions.

The heavy construction (subterranean water infiltration and storage) will occur in July, and we -- the Law School community -- will plant the rain gardens in August, hopefully during Orientation.  Be a part of transforming our environment to become sustainable!

 If you have questions, contact Tony Arnold at tony.arnold@louisville.edu.

 This process is sponsored by the Law School Sustainability Committee and the Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility, as well as University facilities and landscape design offices. 

KY Women's Book Festival Connects Authors and Readers

Kentucky women writers and their readers will gather at the University of Louisville’s Ekstrom Library later this month to discuss the nuts and bolts of writing and publishing.

The Kentucky Women’s Book Festival, now in its fifth year, will be held May 21. University Libraries and the Women’s Center present the festival.

“It’s really an extension of the university’s community-wide focus on literacy, and the fact that the festival is free and open to the public gives everyone the chance to attend,” said Robin Harris, KWBF co-chair and a UofL law librarian.

Here are some highlights from this year’s event:

  • Alanna Nash, journalist and biographer, will give the opening talk. Nash’s latest book, “Baby, Let’s Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him,” is the first book to focus solely on the singer’s complex relationships with women. Her other books have been about Jessica Savitch, Dolly Parton and Col. Tom Parker, Elvis’ manager. Nash also has written for national entertainment and news publications. She lives in Louisville.
  • Tania James, author and film maker, will present the keynote talk at lunch. James’ debut novel, “Atlas of Unknowns,” is about sisterhood and deals with the pressures of cultural experiences played out in family life. The novel was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. James grew up in Louisville and lives in Washington, D.C.
  • Sena Jeter Naslund, author of “Abundance, a Novel of Marie Antoinette,” “Ahab’s Wife,” “Four Spirits” and “Adam & Eve,” will present the closing talk. Naslund is UofL’s writer-in-residence and program director of Spalding University’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. She also lives in Louisville.

Besides these talks, the schedule includes workshops on such topics as writing plays and blogs and getting published. There also will be opportunities for book signing and informal networking.

The festival opens at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The lunch session is the only one that requires registration and has a charge. Registration for it is required by Tuesday, May 17, and can be made by calling the UofL Women’s Center at 502-852-8976. The cost is $16. Students who register for the conference will receive a complimentary box lunch.

Festival sponsors are the UofL Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality, the UofL Commission on the Status of Women, Women Who Write and Class Act federal credit union.

Law librarians, Robin Harris and Virginia Mattingly are members of the KWBF planning committee.

Reprinted with permision from UofL Today (May 3, 2011).

Law School Active in Community Engagement

The Office of Community Engagement's 2005-2010 Progress Report contained a couple of noteworthy articles that pertain to the law school's involvement in its community.

Law School Delivers Justice and Service (page 14)

The Brandeis School of Law is an outstanding example of how UofL’s academic units support the area. Its long history of community engagement includes several public service initiatives, supported by the school’s Samuel L. Greenbaum Public Service Program, in which law students serve at wills clinics, family law clinics and Latino law clinics, volunteer at community centers, in income tax assistance programs and more. The UofL Law Clinic in downtown Louisville is also having a major impact on the community. The clinic is staffed by third-year law students and provides free legal assistance under the supervision of clinic director Shelley Santry, a UofL law professor and former prosecutor in the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office. Since opening its doors in spring 2009, the clinic has handled more than 100 cases, from Emergency Protective Order hearings to divorces and evictions. “There simply is no better way to learn the law than handling real cases and representing real clients,” says law school dean Jim Chen.

C is for Central High School (page 20)

The university also reaches out to area youth through its longest-running school-based partnership, the Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program. UofL law students teach law courses at the high school under the direction of Central teacher Joe Gutmann, who is also a UofL alumnus. Each year about 15 to 25 UofL students participate. Along with teaching assistance, UofL provides mentoring, tutoring and education programs by faculty and members of the legal community.  

 

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.

Forum Featuring UofL's Sustainability Expert

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.