Faculty News

The Constitution in 2020: Religion in the Public Sphere

The Kentucky Lawyer Chapter and the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society present:  "The Constitution in 2020: Religion in the Public" on April 27 at the Louisville Bar Association.

The Constitution in 2020 is a new book edited by Yale Law professors Jack Balkin and Reva Siegel. It is a collection of essays by leading constitutional scholars regarding the directions that constitutional law should take in the decades to come.

Featured Speakers:

  • William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law; Visiting Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School; Member, Board of Directors, American Constitution Society; and Contributing Author, The Constitution in 2020
  • Paul E. Salamanca, Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • David Tachau, Moderator, Partner, Tachau Meek PLC

There will be a reception following the panel discussion. The event is free of charge. 1.0 hours of CLE credit is pending for this event. The cost is $30 for members of the Louisville Bar Association and $60 for nonmembers.

Please RSVP online

This event is co-sponsored by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Kentucky Chapter and the Louisville Bar Association.

Law Clinic Open House

The University of Louisville's Law Clinic serves low income individuals and victims of domestic violence in Jefferson County District and Family Courts and provides an opportunity for third-year law students to practice law under supervision.  During the 2009-2010 academic year, we handled 169 cases. 

On Thursday, April 15, we were joined by friends and partners in celebration of the success of the Law Clinic at an Open House.  We gratefully acknowledge our partners, donors, students and staff who have helped us make an impact in our community.

Campaign Finance & the Supreme Court

On February 23, Professors Joe Tomain and Russ Weaver were interviewed on NPR's State of Affairs. The show's archive is now available at WFPL's website at www.wfpl.org/2010/02/23/campaign-finance-the-supreme-court.

In a 5-4 split, the Supreme Court ruled last month that corporations have the same First Amendment rights as individual citizens where campaign finance is concerned. The decision says that limiting corporate funding of independent political broadcasts in candidate elections is unconstitutional; it overrules established precedents and is predicted to drastically change the way elections are run.

The Brandeis Honor Society presents the Brandeis Medal Lecture

The University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law invites you to honor the latest recipient of the Brandeis Medal.  Melvin I. Urofsky, professor of law and public policy at Virginia Commonwealth University, will deliver the Brandeis Lecture in room 275 on Thursday, April 1, from 1 to 2 p.m.  New members of the Brandeis Society will also be recognized.  A reception will take place in the Cox Lounge immediately after the lecture.

Professor Urofsky's research on the life and jurisprudence of Justice Brandeis has drawn extensively from the archives of the University of Louisville Law Library.  The New York Times has named Professor Urofsky's biography, Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, one of the "most notable books" of 2009.

Although this event is free, your reply to Becky Wenning at 852-1230 will help us ensure adequate seating.

Moot Court Reception

On April 5, 2010, the Brandeis School of Law will host a reception to recognize all the Moot Court Teams that have participated and excelled in competitions over the past academic year and to honor those coaches and facilitators who have supported and enabled the achievements of all participants.

The event will be held in the Career Services Wing (North Lobby) of the Law School and will run from 4:30 PM -  6:00 PM.  Refreshments will be provided and it is not necessary to RSVP.

Please join us as we congratulate the teams, coaches and all those involved in our excellent Moot Court Program. Should you have any questions, please contact Vickie Tencer, Unit Business Manager, at 852-6092.

Thursday's Diversity Forum to Discuss Therapeutic Jurisprudence

The Louisville Bar Association and the law school's Diversity Committee proudly present Professor David B. Wexler, one of the country's foremost authorities on Therapeutic Jurisprudence. This perspective regards the law  itself  (rules of law, legal procedures, and roles of legal actors) as a social force that often produces therapeutic or anti-therapeutic consequences. It does not suggest that therapeutic concerns are more important than other consequences or factors, but does suggest that the law's role as a potential therapeutic agent should be recognized and systematically studied.


Professor Wexler serves as director of the International Network on Therapeutic Jurisprudence which is designed to stimulate thought in the area of therapeutic jurisprudence and serves internationally as a clearing house and resource center regarding developments in this field. 

The event is free and open to all and will take place at 11AM on Thursday, April 1. This is the final program of the academic year in the law school's Diversity Forum Series. Professor Wexler will also be interviewed on WFPL's State of Affairs at 1 PM. 

For more information, please contact Robin Harris at 852-6083.  

 

 

Unclaimed Raffle Baskets

Please contact Samantha Thomas-Bush or Jayci Roney if you bid on one of these unclaimed raffle baskets at the SBF Charity Auction & Trivia Night on March 24.

  • 640575- 1L Coffee Basket
  • 640577- 2L Gardening Basket
  • 640597- 4L No Rest for the Weary Basket

OYEZ, OYEZ, OYEZ! The Kentucky Court of Appeals is Now in Session

Honorable Judges Combs, Clayton, Stumbo, Taylor, and VanMeter presiding.  Hosted by the University of Louisville School of Law March 23-24, 2010, in the Allen Courtroom.

The complete docket, along with bios can be found here.

 

 

The law school would like to thank the Kentucky Court of Appeals judges who attended a Q&A session with students on the second day of their appellate proceedings.

As noted by moot court board president Barry Dunn, the Q&A conveniently preceded this weekend's first-year oral advocay competition begins on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Moot Court Board President Barry Dunn introduces the panel.

 

Appellate judges field questions.

(From left to right, Judge Laurence VanMeter, Judge Jeff Taylor and Judge Janet Stumbo.)

 

Students enjoyed the opportunity to ask Kentucky Court of Appeals Judges about the appellate process.

 

Last Chance to Donate Items to Haitian Refugees

Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) is preparing to receive refugees from Haiti through Church World Service within the next few weeks. KRM is seeking monetary contributions and donations of the following items for the furnished apartments where the families will be placed:

  • sofas, kitchen tables, and chairs
  • pots and pans
  • kitchen supplies and silverware
  • lamps and lightbulbs
  • towels, blankets, and sheets
  • bathroom supplies
  • warm coats

The KRM donation truck will transport the donated items to their warehouse on Friday, March 19 at 10:00 AM. There's a collection box in the Mosaic lobby. Contact Rachel Carmona if you have additional questions or call Kentucky Refugee Ministries' office at 502-479-9180 Ext. 15 to make a donation, and Ext. 53 to volunteer. You may also drop off donations at the KRM office at 969 B Cherokee Road, Louisville, between 9 AM and 4 PM. Monday through Friday.

Source: Community challenge - Coming to the aid of Haiti's refugees (Courier-Journal.com, Feb. 8)

Don't Miss the SBF Charity Auction and Trivia Night!

The Student Bar Foundation is hosting its 13th annual Charity Auction and Trivia Night on March 24th at the Seelbach Hotel. Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be available beginning at 5:30 PM. The  trivia starts at 6:30 PM sharp. Please note the change of location.

This event will combine an evening of networking, fundraising and friendly competition among Louisville’s legal minds!  Our goal is to raise money and awareness to benefit two very important programs: the Brandeis School of Law Public Service Summer Fellowships and the Law School’s Partnership with the Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program.

Donations of goods and services are still being sought. A list of suggested donations is available at our website. Some of the amazing auctions items that have already been donated include: a $1000 BARBRI certificate, two attendance passes to Dean Blackburn's classes, Mastering Professional Responsibility and Criminal Procedure Textbooks & Supplements, a $15 Molly Malone's gift certificate and much more.

Tickets are available in the Resource Center across from room 275 or by e-mailing either Samantha Thomas-Bush or Jayci Roney.  The cost is $15 for students and $40 for everyone else. If any student organizations want to reserve a table for trivia, please contact either Samantha or Jayci.  Six to a table for $15 each for a total of $90.