When University of Louisville graduates marched into Freedom Hall May 8 for commencement ceremonies, they followed students carrying colorful banners with each school or college name.
The banners are a handy way for family and friends to separate groups and find their graduate in the crowd. They also are a way to honor students who have been leaders in other ways: banner bearers are each school or college’s “outstanding graduate” for 2010. Each has a high record of scholarship, leadership and service.
Barry Dunn represented the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Dunn served as president of the Moot Court Board, a post of honor that also requires a lot of work. As president, he completed a project to review moot court competitions, evaluate them for the work required and credit hours awarded and draft a plan that equitably allocates credit hours to student competitors. The project normally would be one for a faculty curriculum committee. Dunn also served as the “notes” editor for the University of Louisville Law Review.
Full Story: "Outstanding students lead way at commencement" (UofL Today, May 7, 2010)
The Thirteenth Annual Estate Planning Institute will be held May 28 at the University Club and Alumni Center.
Program topics include:
- New Partnership Long Term Care Update and Medicaid 2010 Update
- Developments in Professional Responsibility
- Little Known and Unexpected Income Tax Issues Arising in Everyday Estate Planning Situations
- Contested Issues in Kentucky
- Current Wealth Transfer Tax Problems
The Institute will provide 7.0 hours of CLE credit from the Kentucky (approved) and Indiana Bar Associations (pending approval).
On May 15, women writers and readers from around Kentucky will gather at the University of Louisville's Ekstrom Library for the Kentucky Women's Book Festival to talk books, poems, short stories and other types of writing.
The festival, now in its fourth year, is a unique opportunity for writers and readers to meet face to face and talk about their craft. Speakers at this year's festival include Affrilachian author Crystal Wilkinson and Sarah Gorham, president of Sarabande Books. Sessions are free to attend, but lunch is $16 and requires advance reservations. Register by calling 502-852-8976.
UofL Today caught up with Women’s Center director Mary Karen Powers, one of the event’s organizers, to talk about the festival.
Read the full story: "20 Minutes about the Kentucky Women's Book Festival" by Brandy Warren (UofL Today, April 21, 2010)
The 9th Annual BLSA Convocation will be held on Friday, May 7th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Allen Courtroom. All BLSA members, friends and family, alumni, and the entire Brandeis Law School community are invited to attend!
A moot court team from the UofL Brandeis School of Law recently won a national championship in the New York University Immigration Law Competition, placing first out of 16 teams from around the country.
Law students Duffy Trager and Rachel Carmona argued for the team, which had to take on a case involving recidivism in immigration law. Maria Mourad worked on the brief and preparation for oral arguments.
"We really put ourselves through the paces before we got there," said Trager of the team's intense preparation for the event.
Carmona agreed that the secret to their success was practice, practice and more practice. "The more practice you can get, the better your chances-and we practiced all the time," said Carmona, who credited the team's coach, professor Enid Trucios-Haynes, and facilitator Jamie Izlar for preparing them.
UofL teams placed second in the International Commercial Arbitration competition at Loyola University and the Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Competition. A UofL team also submitted the national second-place brief in the Saul Lefkowitz National Trademark Competition.
The university also had semi-finalist teams in the American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition, the National Animal Law competition and the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Competition (Intellectual Property Law) and quarter finalists in the National Health Law Moot Court Competition and the Florida Bar Association National Tax Law Competition.
The law school had 18 moot court teams this year that included 50 to 60 students-all second-year law students or higher. Faculty members as well as local attorneys coach and facilitate the teams.
Full Story: "National Champs: Moot court team continues strong tradition" by Kevin Hyde (UofL Today, April 29, 2010)
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.
- 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.
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.
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.