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|
The following 20 first-year students successfully submitted an Exam4 practice test by 5:00 PM EDT, Monday, September 28, and their names were drawn at random to receive a free ticket, compliments of Professor Kurt "Wolfman" Metzmeier, to Lawlapalooza, Thursday, October 1, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern:
- Batey, Nathan
- Climer, Jeremy
- Donahue, Natalie
- Englert, Whitney
- Esser, Brian
- Fort, Nathan
- Garland, Todd
- Humphrey, Natalie
- Kahn, Melanie
- Leeper, Natalie
- Lewis, Mookie
- Murray, George
- Pickett, Melinda
- Potter, Sarah
- Simonson, Julie
- Smith, Natalie
- Spalding, John
- Theiss, James
- Turner, Chad
- Vinsel, Nancy
The tickets will be placed in your mailboxes this afternoon (Tuesday, September 29). Congratulations to all, and many thanks to Professor Metzmeier!
Join us at the Ekstrom Library east entrance for the annual Banned Books Week Read-in which will be held Monday to Wednesday, September 28-30, from 11 AM - 1 PM Faculty, staff, and students will read aloud from their favorite challenged books. An informational exhibit will also be on display. Join us in celebrating the freedom to read!
University of Louisville officials unveiled the renovated Belknap Campus oval at a press conference September 22, 2009.
The oval has been under reconstruction since 2007. The project includes a cascading fountain, lighting, landscaping and safety features, such as sidewalks, curbs and brickpavers. It was paid for by Transportation Enhancements Program funding through the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and a grant from the University of Louisville Foundation.
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.”
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.