Faculty News

Ambassador Binh Presents Vietnam-US Trade Relations

On August 27, Binh Q. Nguyen presented his paper, "Harmonization of Law for Economic Development in Vietnam & Impacts for the Vietnam-United States Bilateral Trade Agreement Toward this Process", to the law school's faculty. The 3-part publication was recently featured the University of Louisville School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series at SSRN.

The project is focused on the major efforts & experiences of Vietnam in harmonizing national laws and regulations for the attainment of its development goals during the 1991-2001 period, the impacts of the UN-Vietnam BRA toward the legislative reform process for 2001-2007, and their indications toward future US-Vietnam trade relations.

Ambassador Binh is a visiting Fulbright Scholar from Vietnam and is also the Director of NBC Law Firm in Vietnam.  Some of his accomplishments include Recognition of Excellence by Harvard Law School/ITP; Director General of the Legal Department of MOFA; Ambassador & Permanent  Representative of Vietnam to the UN, CD & WTO in Geneva; Chief Negotiator on Post-war Issues with the US, and in Land-Sea Boundary Delimitations with Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, China, and Cambodia; and Part-time lecturer in some universities abroad (Australia, UK and the US).

2010 Warns Jr. Labor and Employment Law Institute

The conference proceedings and photographs are now are available from the 27th Annual Carl A. Warns Jr. Labor and Employment Law Institute, which featured William Gould, Stanford University Law professor and former Chair of the National Labor Relations Board, as the keynote speaker.

3rd Annual Community Service Day Is a Success!

On August 13, 126 first-year law students participated in the community service day component of orientation.  That equates to 90% participation (126/140)!  They were joined by 10 upper-division law students, 7 staff members, and 8 faculty members.


Photos from the Habitat for Humanity and Family Scholar House projects were prominently featured on UofL's homepage last week. Additionally, a nice article about the New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter project was published in the August 14 issue of The Tribune.

Many thanks to our volunteers!

Catholic Charities: Andrew Beckman, Linh Biscan, Nick Caprino, Ashley Haile, Paige Hamby, Matthew Little, Luke Markushewski,  Sean O'Tormey, John Slayton, Patrick Smith, Audrey Villon, Becky Wenning (Law Resource Center), Kristie Wetterer (2L), Krista Willike

Dare to Care Food Bank: Zach Berry, John Brooks, Elizabeth Fitzpatrick (2L), Bradley Hall, Matthew Kinney, Michael Marks, Laurie Beth McTighe, Angela Nolden, Caroline Ramsey, Brian Smith, Sara Thompson, Josh Waldrop, Sydney Wilson, Becky Wimberg (Assistant to the Dean)

Family Scholar House: Phillip Burrell, Quintin Diggs, Andrea Fagan (3L), Larry Forman, Rebekah Gray, Jimmy Kaufman, Matthew Kaufman, Doug Keil, Professor Ariana Levinson, Yuan Lin, TaKeisha Mink, Thom Stevens (2L), Brian Strunk, Tracy Tan, Ashley Wiggins (SBA Vice President)

Habitat for Humanity: Jim Becker (Dean of Information Technology), Paul Bradford, Jackie Clowers (2L), Willa Fuqua, Vincent Gonzalez, Matthew Johnson, John Jones, Nick Laughlin, Chris Moncrief, Joesph Pierson, Michael Profumo,  Dorothy Rush, Donna Tooill

Historic Locust Grove: Matthew Doran, Jack Hartz, Andrew Lay, Thomas Lutes, Joseph McMahan, Andrew Miller, Marcie Norsworthy, Professor Richard Nowka, Ryan Steirs, Melissa Weinstein, Mackenzie Wallace, Joshua Wong

Hosparus of Louisville: Mara Biliter, Taylor Cooper, Professor Susan Duncan, Jacob Fiesecke, Charles Johnson, Professor David Leibson, Alice Lyon, Kayla Means, Ronald Morton, Jenn Murzyn (3L), Edward O'Brien, Kaitllyn Potzick, Kevin Pride, Scott Redding, Debra Reh (Career Services), Professor Shelley Santry, Amanda Smith, Kathy Urbach (Dean of Career & Public Services), Kyle Winham

Kentucky Refugee Ministries: Professor Kathy Bean, Sabrina Clayton-Stubblefield, Cassandra Kennedy, John LaFollette, Patrick Stubblefield

Masonic Homes: Katie Bennett (2L), Darick Crumbly, Dana Eberle-Dethy, Denise Hall, Trey Jenkins, Jennie Lynch, Victoria O'Grady, Whitney Roth, Professor Laura Rothstein, Jillian Smith,  Stefanie Stolz, Amanda Warford (2L), April Wimberg

New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter: Kimberly Ballard (Dean of Academic Success), Samantha Constantine, Jacob Ford, Emma Franklin, Josh Hartsell, Mary Lu Jessee, Elizabeth Johnson, Gregory Justis, Clay Kennedy, Danielle Yannelli

Operation Brightside: Catherine Barnes (2L), John Brown, Michael Buff, Ryan Driskill, Jennifer Ewa, Ryan Fenwick, Richard Hinton, John Johanboeke, Brandon Johnson, Professor Karen Jordan, Erin Kimla, Virginia Mattingly (librarian), Brian O'Connor, Alston Peek, Jonathan Raymon, Zachary Richards, Lauren Robinson, Ahmed Safeelah, Barney Sutley, Sharon Wright

Ronald McDonald House: Carli Ashe, Carly Baize, Angela Beverly (Admissions), Stephanie Carr, Lauren Claycomb, Sarah Gritton, Courtney McGrew, Luschka Montijo, Andrew Noland, Andrew Phelps

St. Vincent de Paul: Sarah Christianson, Brittany Deskins, Brittany Hampton, Jamie Jackson, Tyler Korus, Chris Rogers (3L), Leah Rupp, Samantha Thomas-Bush (SBA Service Chair), Ashley Trosper

Volunteers' Testimonials

I had a great group of students who went with me to the Ronald McDonald House.  We did chores for the residents living there and we also baked cupcakes and cookies for them as well.  We made pig and monkey cupcakes and reeses pieces cookies.  We did get to talk with one resident at the facility.  She told us her story.  She was staying at the RMH because her 21 year old son went into cardiac arrest and was in a diabetic coma.  He had been in hospice for a week and on that day, they were expecting that he would pass on.  It was heart wrenching to hear a story like that, but so fulfilling to know that we were there doing good works.  I gave her a hug and told her I would pray for her.  Since I have left there she has been on my mind and I wonder how she is doing. 
 
Angela L. Beverly, Ronald McDonald House

Our group went to Catholic Charities and made pillows for the refugees.  We tore open cushions, throw pillows, etc. and used the stuffing to make bed pillows.  I hadn't used a sewing machine for 30 years and I sewed the ends of the bed pillows together so the stuffing didn't fall out.  We talked, laughed and bonded.  It was uplifting to give to others.
 
Becky Wenning, Catholic Charities

I went to Dare to Care to participate in the orientation service project. Everyone worked very hard -- not a slacker in the bunch.
 
There were large empty bins grouped roughly in a square.  In the center of this were many boxes containing assorted food items.  Our job was to empty the boxes and sort the food into the large bins, which were labeled for specific items, such as "cereal," "coffee/tea," "canned beans," "side dishes," etc.
 
After about an hour and a half, the foreman sent us on break.  They had a table large enough to seat all of us.  They provided bottles of cold water.  It was nice to sit for a few minutes and get to know the people around me.  There really was no time for chatter while we were working.
 
When we came back, the foreman asked if we were there until noon.  After some hesitation, someone spoke up and said our assignment was until 11:30 but that most of us could probably stay until noon if needed.  After the break, the work seemed to go much more smoothly.  We had the hang of it, and quickly finished sorting the rest of the food.  We then prepped the empty boxes for the next team of volunteers.  We finished right around 11:30.
 
The foreman, Johnnie, thanked us for our hard work.  He said we had sorted 14,000 lbs of food!  The work was tiring, but very rewarding.  As we were leaving, one of the students said, "This might sound corny, but I just kept thinking, 'some hungry kid is going to get this food.'"
 
Johnnie told us even though he's in his 50's, he wants to go to law school.  He said he hopes to see us next year.  Come on, Johnnie!  We'll leave the light on.

Becky Wimberg, Dare to Care Food Bank

August Bar Briefs

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

  • "Is Legal Education About to Change?" by Susan Hanley Duncan (p. 1)
  • "From the President's Desk: All in the Family" by Laurel S. Doheny, '92 (p. 3)
  • "The Writ (and Wrong) of Habeas Corpus" by Rebecca J. O'Neill, '09 (p. 10)
  • "I Finished the Bar Exam - Now What? Five Tips for New Laywers" by A. Nicholas Naier, '09 (p. 24)
  • "Law Schools in the Bluegrass: University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law" (p. 18-19)
  • "10th Annual Summer Law Institute" (p. 26)
A copy is available in the library's reserves.

Judge-in-Residence

Justice Bill Cunningham will be the Law School's judge-in-residence on Monday, August 23.  Students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend a community-wide forum from 11:30 to 12:15 in room LL75.   Pizza will be provided.
  
Please join us in welcoming Justice Cunningham to the Law School and making the most of his visit.

Professor Marcosson Quoted in "Time" Magazine

Professor Marcosson was recently quoted in a Time magazine article, "Why California's Gay-Marriage Ban Was Upended" (August 5, 2010).

"The opinion is strong, first because it is carefully grounded in the factual record made by the parties," constitutional scholar Samuel Marcosson of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law tells TIME. "Judge Walker used the combination of fundamental rights and equal-protection analysis. I don't think there is a better federal constitutional argument to be made. The question is whether we currently have a Supreme Court truly prepared to rule in favor of these arguments."

The article was written by Michael A. Lindenberger, a 2006 graduate of the University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

Notice of UofL's Smoke-Free Campus Policy

***Starting Tuesday, June 1, 2010, the designated smoking areas ceased to exist and the policy will be fully enforced on all campuses.

On November 19, 2009 the University of Louisville instituted a policy that prohibits smoking on all campuses.

There are many reasons why we've instituted this policy:

- Public health: Smoking harms both the smoker and people around the smoker.
- Employee satisfaction: More and more UofL employees are complaining about walking through smoke to enter buildings and about cigarette butt litter.
- Inequity: Many employees also have pointed out the inequity in having a smoking ban only on one campus.

Smoking is an individual choice. This, however, may be an opportunity for many of you who want to stop smoking. Both our Get Healthy Now employee health management initiative and our Campus Health Center can connect you with classes and products that can help you quit. Humana has made a generous offer to partially cover the costs of smoking cessation support, so we will offer an array of products, including pills, patches and gum, as well as behavioral support to people who want to quit. 

Shirley Willihnganz
University Provost

Annual BLSA Back to School Cookout

You're invited to the Annual Black Law Students Association Back to School Cookout!

Saturday August 14, 2010
12-5 PM
Thurman Hutchinson Park on River Road

RSVP to Courtney Phelps and indicate the number of guest coming.

Law Student Appointed to Council for Postsecondary Education

Governor Steve Beshear has appointed Aaron Price, 3L, to serve on the Council for Postsecondary Education, following his nomination by SGA President Sana Abhari. Student body presidents made four nominations to fill a vacant post; two of those went to Beshear for consideration. This appointment will allow Price to present a student voice on the many issues the CPE board handles. Price received his bachelor's degree from UofL and is enrolled in the Brandeis School of Law.

Full Story: Student Aaron Price appointed to Council for Postsecondary Education  (UofL Today, August 5, 2010)

 

Law Student Receives Prestigious National Security Scholarship

Five University of Louisville students and an alumnus recently earned national security related scholarships. Most of the winners will travel to other countries as part of the scholarship award.

Jeffrey Benedict, now a second-year law student and 2008 Mitchell scholar, is one of two students that received National Security Education Program David L. Boren scholarships for the 2009-10 academic year. Participants must complete a national security-related service requirement for the Boren Fellowship.

Since 2005, 10 UofL students or graduates have received Boren scholarships. The scholarship funds between three months and two years of study in a country of national security interest for students studying languages and subjects of particular national security relevance. Benedict is studying intensive intermediate-level Turkish and regionally-focused law classes while completing his fellowship in Istanbul this summer.

Benedict earned a Master of Arts degree from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth in Musicology with First-Class Honors. He graduated summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 2007, where he received many awards for his research on the practice of espionage by musicians throughout European history. Benedict is a First Lieutenant in the Army Reserves and looks forward to being placed in the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps upon completion of law school. He will return to school on August 24.

Source: Six students receive prestigious national security scholarships (May 14th, 2009)