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Professor Trucios-Haynes to Speak at the Civil Rights CLE this Friday

The LBA's new Human Rights Section was formed with a focus on immigration, civil rights (race, LGBTQ, women), international law and human trafficking. Their second seminar on Civil Rights and the Federal Court 50 Years Later will be held this Friday, March 7. Professor Trucios-Haynes will guide attendees though the right to counsel in international law, specifically the Avena case, a recent SCOTUS decision.

Student registration is just $15. Call the LBA to register for the CLE (502) 583-5314 or visit the Louisville Bar Association.


Boston Globe Recognizes Research of UofL Law Professor

Written By Rebecca Sears

Last Sunday's Boston Globe featured a lengthy article on the "modern progressive's moral conundrum" regarding fetal personhood. It was the lead story in the paper’s “Ideas” section. The author drew largely from UofL law professor Luke Milligan’s research on John Rawls and fetal personhood. Professor Milligan is quoted a handful of times in the article.

In the article Milligan explained how the wide use of the fetal ultrasound, beginning in the 1970s, has “forced us to come to terms with the similarities between fetuses and born children.” Milligan suggested in the article that there hasn’t been sufficient reflection on fetal rights within progressive circles. "It has become this conundrum, this intersection of human rights," said Milligan. "It's incumbent on modern progressives to focus on the intersections of those rights, and figure out how best to mediate those conflicting rights."

Professor Milligan explained to me that fetal personhood is a tough issue to write and talk about. He says that “many shy away from it because of the perceived implications for abortion rights--and anytime you get close to the abortion issue (particularly as a man) you invite some backlash.” Milligan clarifies that “fetal personhood is not a thinly-veiled religious claim about abortion; it's not even a conservative claim; rather it's a progressive claim about human rights—the human rights of the fetus.” He explains that “the claim is not grounded in God or tradition, but rather in a humanistic morality—the same morality that drives progressive views on civil rights, capital punishment, immigration, animal rights, and the environment.” Yet for a variety of reasons, Milligan says, “fetal personhood is the progressive issue that dare not speak its name.”       

Milligan joined the UofL faculty in 2008 after working as a criminal defense lawyer with the Williams & Connolly law firm in Washington, D.C. Milligan says that “teaching law at UofL is a terrific job. Many of my colleagues are leaders in their fields, and I get to think, write, and speak about the issues I feel are important. There’s nothing I’d rather do with my life.”  

Reflections of The Mighty Walk

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In "The Mighty Walk" (Liberty Magazine, May/June 2013), 2013 Alumni Fellow, Stephen T. Porter, '68, reflects upon the  events that led to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visit to the law school on March 30, 1967.

While on a break from classes at Duke University, he joined thousands of protesters at that monumentous rally in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965. It was there that he bonded with six young African-American college students who gathered together to hear the great orator speak. Just two years later, the legendary civil rights leader accepted the invitation of Mr. Porter and his classmates to speak at the law school.

The march into the city was on streets lined by locals taunting and cursing with racial epithets, but the crowd of marchers dominated the city that day and made its presence felt not only to the local populace and state leaders but also to the nation as a whole. The national press decided to cover this whole event (some claimed it was only because a White minister had been killed). More than 25,000 marchers heard the speakers ask for the right to vote for all citizens of Alabama. Best known of those speeches was certainly the one by Martin Luther King, sometimes referred to as the “How Long, Not Long” or the “Our God Is Marching On” speech.

Visit Liberty Magazine to read the full story.

The public is invited to view several of the rare photos included in the story at a free event on Friday, February 28 to celebrate Black History Month. The Martin Luther King Jr. Photo Dedication & Graduates of Color Reunion will begin at 5:30 PM in the Allen Courtroom.

Law Librarian, Robin Harris, was recently interviewed about the special collection by WFPL News in their report, "University of Louisville to Unveil Never-Before Seen Martin Luther King Jr. Photos". She also participated in a video produced by UofL's Office of Communications & Media, "UofL Remembers MLK visit", that includes testimonials of students who were in attendance on that historic day. 

University IT Closing Computer Repair April 30

University IT's personal computer repair service will close permanently April 30, 2014. This change only affects repair for personally purchased computer hardware. Repairs in progress will be completed, but no additional equipment will be accepted for repair after this date. Help with malware removal, passwords and other software-related issues will remain available from the iTech Connect office located on the lower level of Miller Information Technology Center (where McAlister's is located).

UofL Sport Administration Speaker Summit

Are you interested in the business of sports? This year the Brandeis School of Law and the Black Law Student Association have teamed up with the The College of Education and Human Development's Sport Administration program to support their fifth annual speaker series. The event brings together alumni, students, and leading professionals in the sporting industry. This year’s Speaker Summit will feature various sport industry professionals with experience in sport law, sport communication, and sport administration. This year’s Speaker Summit will be headlined by ESPN’s Jemele Hill. The last panel will include speakers Darren Heitner and Geoffrey Rapp brought in by the law school to talk about legal issue in college sports.

The event will be held on Friday, February 28 from 8 AM until 2:20 PM. The schedule of events can be seen here. Registration is $25 for law students, which includes both breakfast and lunch. The place to register for the event is here. The Office of Professional Development is able to defer the cost of registration for the first 10 current law students to register and attend the conference. Bring your registration materials and proof of attendance to Prof. Lars Smith.

Students wishing to attend only the last panel on legal issues in college sports may attend that session for free.

Congratulations to Professor Sweeny

Congratulations to Professor JoAnne Sweeny on the birth of her son, Redmond George French on February 21! 

He weighs 7 pounds & 9 ounces. Both he and his mother are doing well.

There's a New Face at the Law School

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Meet Camilo Ortiz.  Camilo joined Brandeis School of Law as an Admissions Counselor in January 2014. He received his B.A. in Liberal Studies from University of California, Riverside and his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.   His primary duty is recruitment, with an emphasis on underrepresented groups and pipeline programs.

Stop by the Admissions Office and introduce yourself. 

Professor Powell to Receive Trailblazer Award Today

Celebrate Black History Month with the LBA.  Today at 4 p.m., as we celebrate Black History Month, Professor Cedric Merllin Powell will receive the 2014 Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr. Trailblazer Award.

Dr. Tracy K’Meyer, chair of the Department of History at the University of Louisville, will recount the long and multifaceted struggle for school desegregation in Louisville. Dr. K'Meyer is the author of From Brown to Meredith: The Long Struggle for School Desegregation in Louisville, Kentucky.

A reception to honor Professor Powell will begin at 5 p.m. following the program.

IT Staff Assisting with KY Bar Exam

The IT staff will be out of the office from about 3:00 p.m. Monday, February 24, through the entire day Tuesday, February 25, 2014, to assist with computer administration of the Kentucky Bar Exam in Lexington.

Since February 2008, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions has used Extegrity's Exam4 for the Kentucky and Multistate Essay Exams.


Good luck to our graduates taking the Bar Exam!

A Look at Professor Cedric Merlin Powell: Bridging the Gap Between the Brandeis School of Law and the Louisville Community

By Rebecca Sears

The Brandeis School of Law recognizes the value of community engagement for both faculty and students. Faculty members like Professor Cedric Merlin Powell are setting this example by giving back to the community. Professor Powell has taught at Brandeis for what will be twenty-one years in August. In regards to public service, he believes the school truly lives out the spirit of Justice Brandeis through their commitment to serving the community.

“We embody Justice Brandeis’s spirit by encouraging students to be the public lawyer he believed in. We also are one of the few law schools which require service to graduate. This is a great motivator for students to become involved,” Powell said. “Being connected to the local community is a win-win situation for law students. Their training and public interest work will ultimately make them better lawyers.”

While Professor Powell encourages student engagement, he is strongly connected to the Louisville community as well. For the past ten years, Powell has served on the TARC board and is currently the board’s chair. He says, “Leadership Louisville is how I got started with TARC. They’ve been around for 25-30 years and allow individuals to see all of the community, to choose where they would like to get involved. It is a great program.” Powell attends monthly meetings and also dedicates his time to special TARC projects. In his ten years, he has helped the board provide efficient, economical, and environment friendly transportation to the city. When discussing his work with TARC, Powell expressed “I am most proud of our team effort. Every façade of TARC is a team: from the mechanical to implementation to planning to drivers, we are working with the same goals in mind.” Between teaching at the law school and dedicating his time to TARC, Professor Powell is bridging the gap between the local community and the law school. He is, without a doubt, continuing the long-standing tradition of public service at the school. 

When asked his favorite thing about his work in the community, he enthusiastically responded: “When we come up with something to better public transportation. For instance, when we replace old buses with new ones or introduce a new route to the public.” Recently, TARC introduced a new express route connecting downtown Louisville to Sellersburg, Indiana. The goal is to develop a link between Ivy Tech College and downtown Louisville. TARC hopes to encourage education for those who may be working in the Louisville area by providing viable transportation options. In working with TARC, Professor Powell is now even working to create state connections as well. 

Professor Cedric Merlin Powell is most certainly bridging the gap between the local community and law school. His work with TARC will have lasting impacts as he continues to improve the city’s public transportation system. Recently, the Louisville Bar Association recognized his service to the community with the Trail Blazer Award and the YMCA acknowledged his work in their youth achievers program. With his example, students will continue striving to be the public service lawyer Justice Brandeis encouraged and envisioned.