Tracey Roberts, assistant professor at the Brandeis School of Law, is new to Louisville and to the University of Louisville.
She's started a group called Louisville Faculty and Friends to help newcomers connect with other people in the community. UofL Today recently asked her about the group and herself.
UofL Today: Last year, you were a research affiliate with Vanderbilt University's Climate Change Research Network and held a fellowship with the Searle-Kauffman Institute for Law, Innovation and Growth. Before that, you practiced law in Georgia and Colorado. What brought you to Louisville?
Roberts: I have always wanted to teach law. At the University of Louisville, I feel that I am in a position to make an important contribution through my research and teaching to both academia and (hopefully) generations of students, attorneys and policy-makers. It is particularly gratifying to be doing this work back in my home state. I am originally from Franklin, Ky., a small town along the southern border, south of Bowling Green. I was also a member of the Kentucky Bar for nine years, though I practiced law elsewhere.
UofL Today: What is Louisville Faculty & Friends?
Roberts: Louisville Faculty & Friends is a social group designed to integrate faculty into the broader Louisville community, provide informational resources to newcomers, encourage cross-disciplinary and public-private collaboration, and generally have fun in Louisville and surrounds.
UofL Today: How can people get involved?
Roberts: Everyone should feel free to join our Louisville Faculty & Friends Google group.
Full Story: "20 Minutes with Tracey Roberts on faculty newcomer group" (UofL Today, September 14, 2010)
Lawlapalooza 2010 t-shirts and tickets will be on sale in the Mosaic Lobby ...
- Thursday, September 16 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm,
- Tuesday, September 21 from 5:15 to 7:15 pm, and
- Wednesday, September 22 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
T-shirts are $10. Student tickets are $5, and general admission tickets are $20.
Bonus: Every student who wears his/her Lawlapalaooza 2010 t-shirt to the show, Thursday, September 30 at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, gets his/her first drink FREE, compliments of Westlaw.
Enjoy the Lawlapalooza 2010 Commercial:
- "Ethics and Elder Law" by Bernard M. Faller, '01 (p. 1)
- "From the President's Desk: Freedom Sings" by Laurel S. Doheny, '92 (p. 3)
- "Notes from the Wasteland: All I Really Need to Know About Law, I Learned from ABC's Prime-time Schedule" by Jim Chen (p. 6)
- "Avoiding the Weary Time: Expediting Claims with the Use of On the Record Requests" by Gregory T. Schmidt, '03, and Jaime L. Patterson, '08 (p. 11)
Jennifer Siewertsen, 2L, shares her experience as the 2010 Ellen B. Ewing Fellow.
As a first year law student the law seemed like an intangible idea, an abstract thought presented in casebooks and lectures. The cases and the discussions have names and titles, but not faces or stories. For someone propelled into law with a background in social justice and advocacy, this pursuit of a faceless justice left a lot to be desired. I never imagined that in ten short weeks, my purpose and interest in the law would be renewed and redirected towards family law.
As the 2010 Ellen Ewing Fellow I was thrust headfirst into Legal Aid’s Family Law Unit. Working with a small and dedicated group of people, I worked with a variety of complex family and legal issues. I immediately began meeting clients and sifting through cases. What I found wasn’t a question presented or an issue, but individual people struggling to find safety for themselves and their children from domestic abuse. What may have been another day at the office for me was often a life-changing moment in the life of a client.
I spent the summer doing many of the same duties as any other law clerk, researching, writing, and observing in court. However, what I got out of the experience was wholly unique. The opportunity to interact with clients on a personal level and see legal issues through a human lens has given me a renewed sense of purpose for this upcoming school year. Though my time spent with the Legal Aid Society as the Ellen Ewing fellow was brief, the impact of that experience will be life-long.
Ms. Siewertsen is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and a 2008 Graduate of Centre College with a Bachelor’s in Religion as well as Government. She's active on the 2010 National Moot Court Team and the Moot Court Board as well as a candidate for membership in the Journal of Law and Education. She was a runner-up in the 2010 First Year Appellate Advocacy Competition (pictured above).
Jennifer and her classmate, Alex White, will emcee Lawalapalooza on September 30 at Phoenix Hill Tavern.
Law librarian, Robin Harris, wrote an article for the Fall 2010 issue of The Women's Center News, entitled "Spotlight: Professor Kathleen Bean" (p. 3). Click here for the full story.
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).
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.
- Photo & Video Gallery
- Additional Photos
- "Helping in and out of the court room" (video)
- "Strokes of Kindness: U of L students paint New Albany-Floyd County Animal Shelter" (The Tribune)
- Volunteers' Testimonials
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
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
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)
Please join us in welcoming Justice Cunningham to the Law School and making the most of his visit.