The U.S. Postal Service and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law will honor the city’s native son, Louis D. Brandeis, on what would have been his 153rd birthday.
Brandeis is featured on a new set of commemorative stamps, which also includes U.S. Supreme Court associate justices Joseph Story, Felix Frankfurter and William J. Brennan Jr. Nationally-known graphic designer Ethel Kessler worked with Lisa Catalone-Castro and Rodolfo Castro on the inspired design of the souvenir sheet that incorporates images of the Supreme Court building and a detail from the first page of the United States Constitution.
The presentation will be held at 10 AM on Friday, November 13. Prior to the event, Professor and Distinguished University Scholar Laura Rothstein will be giving an overview of Brandeis with an emphasis on property issues, his distinguished career and his connection to Louisville. The lecture begins at 9 AM and the public is welcome. In addition to Rothstein, Congressman John Yarmuth, Louisville Postmaster Richard Curtsinger, and Dean Chen will present.
“It is an honor to remember such a prominent member of the Louisville community and to celebrate the many contributions he made for our nation,” said Curtsinger.Louis 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.
“Louisville can be proud that Justice Brandeis is so connected to our community and that the values he is known for had their roots here,” said Rothstein.
“The principles and philosophies Brandeis is known for – including rights to privacy, free speech, curtailing big government and big business, balancing regulation with free enterprise – are timely today,” she added. “It is appropriate that his enormous contributions are recognized on this set of commemorative stamps.”
To mark the event, 153 commemorative envelopes with a special postmark — both designed by artist Leslie Friesen — will be available for sale. The envelope features a photo of the Brandeis School of Law as well as one of Brandeis’ famous quotes, “Knowledge is essential to understanding & understanding should precede judging.” The cancellation features a Corinthian capital and the numerals 153 to mark his 153rd birthday. It also features the Louis D. Brandeis commemorative stamp. Each envelope is numbered by the artist. The artist will also be on hand to sign the limited edition artwork. The envelopes are $5.
Professor Laura Rothstein's review of the latest Brandeis biography, Louis D. Brandeis: A Life, by Melvin I. Urofsky was featured in the Courier-Journal this past Sunday. Urofksy is a Brandeis scholar and a professor of law and public policy at Virginia Commonwealth University. Urofsky's Brandeis biography was listed among the New York Times "100 Notable Books of 2009".
"Urofsky's rich and detailed biography often includes a specific reference to a current issue and analyzes it from a Brandeis perspective. He emphasizes how Brandeis dissents have almost all become the prevailing view of the law today, a testament to his prophetic abilities and his enduring values. Even without the author's highlighting, the reader is frequently reminded in reading the book of how much of Brandeis' life work is relevant today." ~Laura Rothstein
The CJ featured a story by Melvin I. Urofsky himself, Louis Brandeis' Louisville: Justice was always a son of Kentucky that includes a brief overview of Brandeis' life and accomplishments and several photos from the law library's collection.
Sunday's paper also includes an editorial by Sam Upshaw, Jr. that draws comparisons to Brandeis' and Obama's career paths and portrays them both as change agents.
The law school will celebrate Brandeis' birthday and commemorative stamp unveiling on Friday, Nov. 13 at 10 AM. The public is welcome to attend.
- New biography pictures Brandeis as teacher (Courier-Journal, November 8, 2009)
- Louis Brandeis' Louisville (Courier-Journal, November 8, 2009)
- Brandeis and Obama: Similar paths to fame (Courier-Journal, November 8, 2009)
Christie Floyd, formerly our Academic Success Director, passed away Wednesday October 21, after an illness. Grief counseling is available at the Counseling Center. Their number is (502) 852-6585. Christie will be missed by all of us.
Those wishing to celebrate Christie's life and work are invited to attend an open visitation to be held at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church at 2822 Frankfort Ave. (map) from 4-8 PM on Friday, October 30, 2009. A private ceremony will be held at Cave Hill Cemetery the following morning.
Here is a brief biography:
Christie graduated from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in 2001. While there, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Brandeis Law Journal. Her Student Note, "Admissibility of Prior Acts Evidence in Sexual Assault and Child Molestation Cases in Kentucky: A Proposed Solution That Recognizes Cultural Context," 38 Brandeis L.J. 133, was published in 1999. She graduated magna cum laude and was named Oustanding Graduate of 2001 by the National Women Lawyers' Association. She accomplished all of this while working full-time, attending classes in the evening and raising a family.
Prior to joining U of L, Christie practiced as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney and Deputy Division Chief of the Commonwealth Attorney's Office Domestic Violence/Child Abuse Unit. In that capacity, she also served on the Kentucky Sex Offender Risk Assessment Advisory Board and Kentucky Sex Offender Management Task Force. Christie was instrumental in founding Kentucky's first child advocacy center in 1991 and participated in numerous groups targeting legislative and policy changes in areas of domestic violence and child abuse. She also played a significant role in training new prosecutors and police officers.
Source: Law School Academic Support Blog, friends and colleagues
Those wishing to celebrate Christie's life and work are invited to attend an open visitation to be held at Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, 2822 Frankfort Ave., from 4-8 p.m. Friday October 30, 2009. A private ceremony will be held at Cave Hill Cemetery the following morning.
Details and guestbook are available at Courier-Journal.com.
The Louisville Law Dining Guide contains reviews of the law school community's favorite dining establishments in the city and sourrounding area. It's by no means exhaustive, but it is informative, especially for those of you that are new to town.
The Student Bar Association's favorites include: Third Avenue Café, J. Alexanders, Ramsi's Café On the World, Spinelli's Pizzeria, El Mundo and the Irish Rover. Dean Chen, Michael Ben-Avraham, Scott Campbell and Professors Knowles and Hilyerd each recommend the Santa Fe Grill.
See the dining guide for more reviews, details and directions.
Congratulations to Jim Becker! His entry, "Melinda Becker's Deer Chili", won for the second consecutive year. Following by just a 1/2 vote, was Becky Wimberg's award-winning southwest chili, aka "Becky's Kickin' Chicken Chili".
Thanks so much to all who purchased a meal! A grand total of $317, which will be split among the five charities of the UofL Cares campaign, was raised.
Other tasty entries included:
- Kathy Bean's "Cleveland Art Museum Tomato Basil Soup" and her husband's "Bombay Bob's Vegan Red Lentil Soup"
- Tom Blackburn's "Turkey Chili"
- Becky Wenning's "Homemade Beef Stew"
- Vickie & Leslie Tencers' homemade "Cream of Mushroom Soup"
- Kimberly Ballard's "Vegetarian Chili with Whole Wheat Pasta"
Many thanks to the following individuals who also contributed: Charlene Taylor, Janet Sullivan, Rita Siegwald, Debra Reh, Peggy Bratcher, Jina Scinta, Brandon Hamilton, Brenda Hill, Ariana Levinson, Grace Giesel, Barbara Thompson, Jodi Duce, Kathy Urbach, and Angela Beverly.
If you haven't already made a pledge, we hope you'll do so now. To make a pledge on-line or to print out a form to contribute by mail, visit UofL Cares.
Congratulations to Duffy Trager, winner of the 2009 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition!
The semifinal and final rounds were held on Friday, October 9th in the Allen Courtroom.
Here’s the schedule:
9 AM, Semifinal Round
- Appellant: Duffy Trager
- Appellee: Algeria Ford
10:30 AM, Semifinal Round
- Appellant: Eric Lowe
- Appellee: Barry Dunn
Duffy B. Trager is a native of Louisville. He earned his B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies from Western Kentucky University in 2006. In law school, he competed on the 2008 National Moot Court Team. He is currently Constitutional Law Editor of the Journal of Law and Education, founder and Vice President of the International Law Society and a Marshall - Brennan Fellow. In the summer of 2009, he was awarded an IOLTA Fellowship with Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services. Duffy has recently become an avid runner.
Algeria Ford is a third year law student and the winner of last year’s Pirtle-Washer competition. He has a range of interests including criminal and civil litigation, intellectual property law, and environmental law. He would like to thank his wife for her continued support.
Eric Lowe is from Mt. Washington, Kentucky, but currently lives in the Louisville area. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of the Cumberlands, in Williamsburg, Kentucky, where he played varsity football and competed in Parliamentary Debate. Throughout his career at the Cumberlands, he studied in the areas of Communication and Political Science. Currently, he is a second year evening student and has been employed full time throughout his law school career at Bullitt Central High School. At the law school he participates in various programs and activities such as: University of Louisville Law Review, Moot Court Board, Student Bar Association, and as a member of the Health Law Moot Court Team. He is honored to have been selected to compete in the Pirtle Washer finals and would like to wish all if his fellow competitors congratulations and best wishes.
Barry Dunn is a Columbia, Kentucky, native who received his undergraduate education at Lindsey Wilson College before obtaining an M.A. in political science from the University of Cincinnati. Mr. Dunn came to law school after teaching eighth grade social studies. He currently serves as President of the Moot Court Board and Notes Editor for the University of Louisville Law Review. Mr. Dunn is also a member of the school's National Moot Court Competition team. Mr. Dunn has worked for the law firms Stoll Keenon Ogden and Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs. After law school, he hopes to clerk for a federal judge for one year before practicing litigation.
Each semifinal round was judged by the following three judge panel:
- Judge John Heyburn - United States District Court
- Chief Circuit Judge Charles Hickman - Kentucky Circuit Court
- Professor Leslie W. Abramson - University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law
- Professor Karen A. Jordan - University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law
Appellant, Duffy Trager, and Appellee, Barry Dunn, advanced to the final round at 1 PM, which was judged by the following:
Lively Wilson was an admired and respected member of the legal profession who made a significant impact on the judicial system in Southern Indiana and Kentucky. A native of Kentucky and a Harvard Law School graduate, he was a role model and mentor to an entire generation of lawyers in the region.
As a member of the Stites & Harbison firm in Louisville since 1953, Lively Wilson had a national reputation for his commitment to civility and professionalism by both civil and criminal trial lawyers. He spoke about the importance of professionalism when he delivered the law school’s 2005 commencement address.
His reflections about his practice in Kentucky are included in “Kentucky Lawyers Speak: Oral History from Those Who Lived It,” the recently published book of interviews with seventy-four Kentucky lawyers. In 1995, Lively Wilson and Dean Donald Burnett founded the Louis D. Brandeis Inns of Court.
As a tribute to his example, in 2003 Edward H. Stopher, and the firm of Boehl Stopher & Graves and the Stites & Harbison firm, through the leadership of T. Kennedy Helm III, provided support to create the Lively M. Wilson Oral Advocacy Program. The fund provided for furnishing the Moot Court office and establishing an endowment to fund participation in oral advocacy competitions. Other major support came from Ronald E. Christian ’83 and the estate of Arnold Robinson ’61.
On July 22, 2009, Lively Wilson lost his valiant three-year battle with cancer. Kennedy Helm’s email to the community noted that “Lively’s most recent gift to us was the example of optimism, grace and dignity he exhibited every day that he fought his illness.”
Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the 5th Annual Battle of the Bands! Nearly $4500 was raised for the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund.
Congratulations to third-year students Andrew Henson and Forrest Kuhn! Assault with a Deadly Weapon is the first student band ever to win first place in the Lawlapalooza Battle of the Bands. They were followed by 100% Legal in second place and Keltricity in third.
Many thanks to our silent auction bidders! Bekah Soule won a night's accommodation at the Louisville Marriott Downtown. Will Nefzger won a night's accommodation at the Seelbach Hilton. Becky Wenning won the original Guitar Player painting by Schuyler Olt and Vicki Senior won his Trumpet Player painting.
We will be honoring the following individuals for their tremendous accomplishments:
- Alumni Fellow – Justice Lisabeth Hughes Abramson
- Lawrence Grauman Award – Robert L. Ackerson
- Distinguished Alumni/ae Award – Mary E. Barrazotto, Ronald E. Meisburg, Judge Geoffrey P. Morris, Kathleen Pellegrino, Shelton R. Weber
- Recent Alumnus/a Award – Demetrius "D" Holloway
- Dean’s Service Award – Thomas M. Williams
- Excellence in Teaching Award - Kathleen S. Bean
Banquet will be held at the Seelbach Hilton at 500 Fourth Street. The
event will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed at
6:30 p.m. by dinner and the program.
We look forward to sharing this special time with you. Reservations may be made online or by contacting Peggy Bratcher by email or by phone at (502) 852-1669.
Diversity Forum Series: Keys to the Door: ENDA, Transgender Indentity, and Community - September 29, 2009
|Dean Chen opens the program.|
|Moderator, Lucas Vance introduces the panel.||Brian Buford, Director of LGBT Services|
|Gil Reyes||Dawn Wilson||Morgan Ransdell|