Faculty News

USPS Unveils the Brandeis Stamp

On September 22, the United States Postal Service released a series of four new postage stamps commemmorating great United States Supreme Court Justices, including one featuring the law school's namesake Louis D. Brandeis.  The other honorees are William Brennan,  Felix Frankfurter, and Joseph Story.  A story in Legal Times discusses the offering and notes that Thurgood Marshall's son will be at the dedication, along with Chief Justice John Roberts. 

The USPS site provides this mini-biography of Brandeis: “Louis D. Brandeis was the associate justice most responsible for helping the Supreme Court shape the tools it needed to interpret the Constitution in light of the sociological and economic conditions of the 20th century. “If we would guide by the light of reason,” he once exhorted his colleagues, “we must let our minds be bold.” A progressive and champion of reform, Brandeis devoted his life to social justice. He defended the right of every citizen to speak freely, and his groundbreaking conception of the right to privacy continues to impact legal thought today.”

Both Professor Kurt X. Metzmeier and Professor Scott Campbell contributed to this story. More photos and commentary are available at each of their blogs.

 

 

Commemorating Constitution Day

The United States Constitution is not only the basic law of the United States. It has also inspired politicians, philosophers, and ordinary people around the world. Scholars have devoted intense attention to the Constitution, its interpretation by the Supreme Court of the United States, and its impact on the American people.

Constitutional law forms an important part of the Law School's curriculum and research agenda. University of Louisville faculty members have devoted considerable attention to the Constitution, its interpretation, and its social meaning. Lawyers with diverse practices and specializations share a background in constitutional law, which in turn unites the practicing bar in a common civil culture based on the Constitution and its role in American history and politics.

The Law School therefore takes great pride in presenting an annual commemoration of Constitution Day on behalf of the entire University of Louisville. This year's program consists of two video presentations. In the first video, Law School faculty discuss the appointment of Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Professors Laura Rothstein, Judith Fischer, Luke Milligan, Samuel Marcosson, and Cedric Merlin Powell and Dean Jim Chen, joined by Professor John McGinnis of the Northwestern University School of Law, ponder the significance of Justice Sotomayor's arrival on the nation's highest court. In the second video, Professor Joseph Tomain presents Fleeting Expletives and the Shadow of the First Amendment.

We invite other institutions, throughout the Commonwealth of Kentucky and elsewhere, to link to this page and to use its resources in their efforts to commemorate Constitution Day. In addition, we invite students, graduates, and friends of the Law School and of the University of Louisville at large to treat this page as a standing guide to constitutional law. The resources section of this page includes a 21-question constitutional scavenger hunt and a photo gallery depicting constitutional controversies throughout American history.

Finally, we are pleased to provide archives of the Law School's Constitution Day programs from 2008 and 2007.

Louisville Bar Briefs

The law school is prominently featured in the September 2009 issue of Louisville Bar Briefs, a publication of the Louisville Bar Association. It contains an update about the law clinic, a summary of the library's prized collections, a lovely piece by Jim Chen, "Rhapsody in Red and Black", and an outstanding article by Joshua A. Spiers (3L), "Police-Referred Mediation: Filling the Void Between Police Authority and the Court Room". 

Drop by the law library to view a copy of the publication.

CICL2 Conference Proceedings

Several proceedings from the Second Annual Conference on Innovation and Communication Law are now available online. More will be added as they are received.

 

The Second Annual Conference on Innovation and Communication Law, hosted this year by the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, came to a successful close on Saturday, August 22. The two-day conference featured over 50 speakers from four different continents around the world and from local law firms, discussing the role intellectual property and communications law play in the dissemination of information. Professors Cross and Smith, the faculty sponsors for the conference, want to thank everyone involved for their hard work which helped make the conference such a success. They would particularly like to thank Becky Wenning and Vickie Tencer for their assistance in planning and coordinating everything from the logistics of bringing in the speakers to arranging the event at the Marriott; and Jim Becker and Joe Leitsch for ensuring that the technology worked smoothly. They would also like to thank the many students involved in the conference as well, including Mike Swansburg, Mari-Elise Gates and Brian Stempian. None of this would have been possible without everyone's hard work. Well done and thank you!  ~Lars Smith

Diversity Forum to Address ENDA

Keys to the Door: ENDA, Transgender Identity, and Community
September 29, 2009, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, Room 275


Sponsored by the Diversity Committee and the Lambda Law Caucus, with the following co-sponsors: ACLU of KY, ACS, BLSA, Fairness Campaign, Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, SBA, UofL LGBT Services Office.

A  three-person panel will discuss ENDA generally, the case for inclusion of transgender people in ENDA, and the politics of ENDA.  

This event is part of the UofL Pride Week celebration and will include a light lunch from Expressions of You (available at 11:30 AM).

17th Annual Louisville AIDS Walk Sept. 13, 1-5pm

It's not too late to register for the Louisville AIDS Walk! To register, please visit http://louisvilleaidswalk.kintera.org and join the Louisville Law team--registration for the walk is free! Funds raised at this event ensure that those in need continue to receive the food, medical assistance, housing, counseling, legal assistance, and other support services provided by a diverse group of local non-profit organizations. You can collect donations online or bring them to the walk. Join other students and professors in supporting this great community event.

If you are attending the walk, meet downtown at the Belvedere near Main Street at 1.30pm. Come wearing a U of L shirt and look for someone holding a Louisville Law sign.

If you have any questions, contact Sandra Moon at sandra.moon@gmail.com.

Lawlapalooza Tickets on Sale Now

Tickets for Lawlapalooza 2009, the Louisville legal community's annual Battle of the Bands, are on sale now in the Law Resource Center, room 272.  Student tickets are $5 each, and general admission tickets are $20, both in advance and day of show.

Lawlapalooza benefits the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund, which provides summer fellowships for Brandeis School of Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

This year's event will be held Thursday, October 1, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue.  Doors open at 6:00 PM, and the first band takes the stage at 6:30 PM.  The bands competing this year include:

  • Living Proof
  • The Velvetkings
  • The Golden Rockets
  • HeadTap
  • Keltricity
  • Assault With a Deadly Weapon
  • 100% Legal
  • The Ben Fultz Five
For more information, check out the Lawlapalooza Web site.

Tips for Flu Prevention

From the Co-Chairs, Emerging Disease Planning Work Group, Richard Clover, MD, Dean, School of Public Health & Information Sciences, and Larry Owsley, Vice President of Business Affairs

During the summer, the 2009 H1N1 virus continued to spread globally and some local schools are already reporting cases of flu-like illnesses. It is only a matter of time before we see a growth in cases of 2009 H1N1 and the seasonal flu at UofL.

The 2009 H1N1 virus is of particular concern for us because people in their teens and early 20s are among the target groups for this virus. To stay informed as we move into the flu season, be sure to make frequent visits to our flu website

Vaccines for the seasonal flu are expected to be available at UofL by the end of September. UofL provides free seasonal flu vaccines to full time faculty and staff and all students (a nominal fee is charged for part-time faculty, staff, and retirees). The seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against H1N1.

The 2009 H1N1 vaccine is still under development and federal officials say it should be available later this fall. More information about vaccines will be sent out in September.  

Our university is working to minimize the spread of seasonal flu, 2009 H1N1 and other infectious diseases. Hand sanitizing gels are in place in all high traffic areas and campus dining locations. Additionally, sanitizing hand gels are being sent to computer labs. Also, Campus Health Services is distributing thousands of bottles of personal hand sanitizer, along with a seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 prevention guide, to students. We continue to work closely with national, state and local health officials to provide the campus community with the most up-to-date information and guidelines.

But we need your help. Even our best efforts will fall short without the active participation of the campus community. Here are a few things we ask of everyone:
  • Take time to be informed. Information on both the seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 virus is dynamic and evolving. We will send out information periodically; it takes only a few minutes to read an email or a news item on our website. It is especially important for students to routinely check their UofL (Groupwise) email.
  • Do your part to control the spread of viruses. Practice frequent hand washing, cough into your sleeve, keep your work area clean, and practice self-isolation if you become ill.
  • Students living in campus housing with flu symptoms who are within reasonable driving distance should return to their homes or stay with a nearby relative or friend to recuperate. It is recommended that students returning to their homes have someone drive them.
Please take a few minutes to read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on our flu website for basic information on what you can do to fight back against the seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1. We also recommend a visit to the CDC website.

Join the Louisville Law AIDS Walk Team

Founded in 1993, the Louisville AIDS Walk is Kentucky's largest fundraiser for HIV/AIDS. Funds raised at this event ensure that those in need continue to receive the food, medical assistance, housing, counseling, legal assistance, and other support services provided by a diverse group of local non-profit organizations. Sunday, September 13, 1-5 pm is the 17th Annual Louisville AIDS Walk.  Join other students and professors in supporting this great community event. To register, please visit http://louisvilleaidswalk.kintera.org and join the Louisville Law team. For more information, please contact Sandra Moon.

New Policy on Audio-Video Recording of Events

At their meeting yesterday, the faculty adopted a new Policy on Audio-Video Recording of Events.  Student organizations and administrative departments sponsoring events that they wish to have recorded must follow the procedures outlined in the policy.