Faculty News

Congratulations to Emily Harris and to Owen Lee Wilson

Congratulations to Emily Harris and to Owen Lee Wilson who were recently selected to represent the Law School as the 2014 Tax Moot Court Team.  The competition includes brief writing (due by 14 January 2014) and oral argument rounds starting Thursday, 6 February 1014, through Saturday, 8 February 2014, in Clearwater Beach, Florida.   Teams from about nineteen law schools will compete.  During all phases of the competition, teams are identified by number, not by their law school.  Separate awards will be given for brief writing and for oral argument. The team is coached by Professor Blackburn, Adjunct Professor Mark Hahn, and Laurie Beth McTighe, a member of the 2013 Tax Moot Court Team.

Imminent Change to ulsecure Wireless Network

From University IT, "Friday evening, November 29th, at approximately 10 p.m., IT will update UofL's wireless security certificate. This means you will need to accept the new certificate the next time you log on to the ulsecure wireless network."

Please visit http://louisville.edu/it/departments/communications/wireless/new-wireless-certificate-information-page for pertinent information and helpful screenshots.

Professor Mark Rothstein on MSNBC – Employer efforts to deal with obese employees

MSNBC – Craig Melvin interview, live from 2:30-3:00 EST on 11/24/13

Employers interested in improving the heath of their employees and reducing health care costs have focused on obesity. Yet, employer encouragement of a healthy diet and a more active lifestyle can lead to health privacy violations and coercion by assessing financial penalties for employees who fail to participate or make progress.

Staff Honored for Outstanding Performance

On November 18, Rebecca Wenning, administrative associate at the Brandeis School of Law, received an Outstanding Performance Award for staff.  She was presented with a plaque and a check for $1,000 from President Ramsey and Provost Willihnganz at a reception at Amelia Place.

Wenning provides administrative support for the law school’s faculty, deans, staff and students. In that role, she supervises one employee and a research assistant in daily operations to provide exceptional customer service, produce accurate materials and effectively meet desired timelines. Wenning is the quintessential team player and always is willing to take on additional tasks that are not part of her job duties. She makes time to volunteer and is heavily involved in the UofL Cares campaign as well as Lawlapalooza, the legal community's annual “Battle of the Bands” fundraiser, and other events at the law school. Wenning always looks for ways to improve not only her skills but also the law school.

Simone Beach, Assistant Director of the Law Clinic, was one of three staff members who received an honorable mention.

Professor Trucios-Haynes to Appear on KET to Discuss ENDA

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act, if enacted by Congress, would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  ENDA was approved by the United States Senate on November 7 and is currently being considered in the House of Representatives.  

On Monday, November 25 at 8 PM, Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes, who is currently the president of the ACLU of Kentucky will be one of several individuals discussing its impact.  Other guests will be Martin Cothran, senior policy analyst for The Family Foundation of Kentucky;  Chris Hartman, director of the Fairness Campaign; and Richard Nelson, executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center. 

Kentucky Tonight programs are archived online, made available via podcast, and rebroadcast on KET, KET KY, and radio. Archived programs, information about podcasts, and broadcast schedules are available at Kentucky Tonight.

Brandeis School of Law Hosts the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition

Forty competitors from law schools throughout the South and Midwest traveled to Louisville the weekend of November 9–10 to compete in an ABA Regional Negotiation Competition, hosted by the Brandeis School of Law.

Tulane University School of Law boasted the best results, as Team L from its law school took home first place, while Team F from Tulane finished in fourth place. Team J from Cumberland Law School at Samford University and Team D from the University of Mississippi College of Law finished in second and third place, respectively.

“I will say that the competitors always impress me in that they have developed relatively effective negotiation skills quickly. They usually only have three to four weeks to prepare for the regionals,” said UofL Law Professor and the Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use Tony Arnold, who served as the Regional Competition Administrator, the main organizer and administrator of the competition at the Brandeis School of Law. “But I always see negotiating methods that any good negotiator would emulate.”

According to the American Bar Association, the competition aims to showcase the legal negotiations skills of participating law students, who, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems. The simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side.

Fifty-five judges, composed of alumni, members of the legal community, and non-lawyer negotiators from the Louisville community dedicated their time and aided the competitors in their pursuit of practical professional skills development by giving feedback.

Arnold cited this reason as one of the most important benefits of the law school being able to serve as host for this competition, in addition to the opportunity for highlighting the strength of the negotiation program at the Brandeis School of Law, which has experienced success on the national stage in recent years, as well as sharing the beauty and rich history of a law school with former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis’ presence so clearly felt around the building.  

Other regional competition hosts this year included William & Mary Law School, Emory University School of Law, the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and the William Mitchell College of Law, where UofL’s two negotiation teams competed so as to avoid any perceived bias that may have resulted with a panel of judges from Louisville. The team of Ryan Ballard and Jeff Hellman placed 6th overall, while the team of Emily Peeler and Patrick Markey placed 9th overall, out of 24 teams. UofL Adjunct Professor Mary Jo Gleason was the coach, and Alex Russell was the alternate and student coach. 

The first place team from each regional competition, of which there are ten, will advance to the National Finals, which are scheduled for Feb. 7–8 in Chicago. Additional invitations will be extended to teams to create a multiple of four.

“All the students who participate as competitors each year, or even as alternates and student assistant coaches, benefit greatly in the development of their negotiation skills, regardless of whether they advance to nationals,” Arnold said. “It's a really great skills competition, and I'm glad that [the Brandeis School of Law] participate[s] regularly.”

Faculty Member and Student Present on Aging and Society

On November 9, 2013 Professor Jim Jones and 3L student Elizabeth Richardson presented at the International Conference on Aging and Society. They spoke about the effects of mental health care laws and policies on baby boomers and ensuring adequate mental health care. 

Lunch and Learn on Depression

"Did you know that attorneys have the highest rates of depression and suicide of any profession and 40% of law students in their third year of school report experiencing symptoms of depression."  The Dave Nee Foundation is sponsoring a program they believe will help save lives.  Come hear Katherine Bender of the Dave Nee Foundation and Professor Jim Jones discuss this important topic Thursday, November 14, at 11:50 a.m., in room 275.

KYLAP will be on hand, providing lunch and drinks, along with lawyer volunteers, to answer any questions or provide immediate assistance to anyone in distress.

Recent Bar Publications

Dean Duncan's report in the October 2013 issue of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs focuses on the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program and the faculty's community engagements as they relate to the publication's ethics and responsibility theme this month (see page 6).

This issue also includes:
  • "The Mighty Walk: Selma to Montgomery, 1965" by Stephen T. Porter, 2013 Alumni Fellow (page 24)
  • "Dream' Speech Continues to Impact Today's Youth" by Jamitra Fulleord, a Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program student (page 18)
  • "A tribute to Lee A. Webb, Class of 1997" (page 23)
  • "A Lawyer's Guide to Relaxing" (page 4), which may be of interest to students
The law school's column in the September issue of the Kentucky Bar Association's Bench & Bar magazine includes a photo contest featuring some of our most recognizable alums (page 30). Submit your guess to Wendy Helterbran and you might win a t-shirt! 3L Justin Brown is also pictured on page 31 for his KBA Student Writing Competition award.

Both publications are available in the law library.

Wake Forest Dean Visits the Brandeis School of Law

 

 

One of the nation's leading legal educators and scholars, Blake Morant, Dean of the Wake Forest University School of Law, addressed issues of personal ethics vs. professional ethics in a Caudill-Little Lecture open to the entire Law School on Tuesday, October 8. His lecture was titled "Sir Thomas More's Dilemma of Conscience: Understanding the Conflict Between Personal Beliefs and Professional Expectations." Read his bio