Faculty News

Nominate your favorite faculty member

The Board of Trustees established the Trustees Award in 1989 to recognize faculty who have had an extraordinary impact on students.  The Board encourages the University community to nominate faculty who have demonstrated this trait.  All faculty (with the exception of previous winners) are eligible to receive this award.  The Chair of this Committee has asked that we write and encourage you to nominate a faculty member for this prestigious award. Additional information, including the nomination form, is located at http://louisville.edu/president/trustees/TrusteeAward.doc.   Deadline for submission of materials isJanuary 31, 2009.  Thank you for your consideration in making a nomination!

 

The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy

Professor Timothy Beatley will deliver the Boehl Distinguished Lecture in Lan Use Policy on February 12 at 6:00 PM in room 275 of the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law.  Beatley, the Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, is a nationally renowned expert on environmental planning and policy.  He will speak on "Green Urbanism:  Planning for Sustainable and Resilient Cities."

Professor Beatley believes that cities hold much potential for addressing global environmental issues, for reconnecting us to nature and to each other, and for dramatically reducing our ecological footprints while at the same time creating highly livable environments. He argues for what he calls Green Urbanism: creative urban planning and design strategies that, among other things, bring nature back into urban neighborhoods, incorporate locally-produced renewable energy into the urban fabric, and nurture new local and regional sources of the food and materials needed to sustain urban populations.  Beatley also believes cities can be profoundly re-earthed and that green urban living and design hold the best hope for a more sustainable and resilient future. Beatley will review the experiences of leading cities in Europe and North America that are moving in the direction of green urbanism and will describe a number of innovative green planning ideas, projects and policies found in these most exemplary places.  Beatley is the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities at the University of Virginia, and received his Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He is the author of many books on environmental policy and planning, including The Ecology of Place (Island Press 1997, with Kristy Manning), Green Urbanism: Learning from European Cities (Island Press 2000), Green Urbanism Down Under (Island Press 2008) and Resilient Cities (Island Press 2009, with Peter Newman and Heather Boyer).

The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy is one of several law and policy initiatives in land use and environmental responsibility at the University of Louisville, and is supported by the Herbert Boehl Fund and the Kentucky Research Challenge Trust Fund.  This event is co-sponsored by the School of Urban & Public Affairs, which has applied for 1 credit towards the AICP CM requirement

A reception will follow the lecture.

Law School Office Closings for Holidays

The Law School administrative offices will be closed during the University's official holidays. This includes the following times:

Thanksgiving: from noon on Wednesday, November 26 through Thanksgiving weekend

Winter Break: from December 24 until Monday, January 5, 2009.

 

Please note that the Law School offices DO NOT re-open before the start of Spring 2009 classes, which also begin January 5, 2009. Therefore, students or faculty needing services or information from the Office of Student Records, the IT staff, the Faculty Resource Center, the Assistant or Associate Deans' offices or other law school administrative offices should be sure to contact those offices well in advance of the holiday, as the first few days of the semester will undoubtedly be very busy. Thank you for your cooperation and patience.

Alumni Holiday Party and Class of 1979 Classroom Dedication

A highlight of the Law School's December 12, 2008, holiday party was the dedication of the Class of 1979 Classroom. Now redesignated Room 079, the Class of 1979 Classroom is the only room in the Law School whose renovation has been funded by contributions by a single class.

Photo Gallery and Video Footage

 

Santa's Court Toy Drive

The Law School will once again be participating in the LBA's toy drive.  Santa’s Court Toy Drive benefits children not adopted from Salvation Army Angel Trees.  Many of those not chosen will be older children, so please gear your purchases toward boys and girls 10 and over.

When you do your holiday shopping, remember to pick up something for the toy drive.  Please bring new, unwrapped gifts to the Dean's Office or the Law School Copy Center.

Your participation will certainly make the holiday season a little brighter for many local children! Thank you!

Kudos from Kentucky Harvest

Last week, Professor Manning Warren and his son Sebrand, a 10th grader at DuPont Manual, delivered 25 bags of canned goods donated by UofL Law School students as part of a Kentucky Harvest food delivery run to St. Joseph’s Children’s Home. Below is a copy of the letter of appreciation that he received from the organization.

The law school's participation in the Kentucky Harvest Food Drive was organized by members of Phi Alpha Delta and Section 2.

 

Kentucky Harvest logo

Dear Staff and Students,

On behalf of Kentucky Harvest I’d like to offer thanks for the 4000 cans of food and assorted items you donated to Kentucky Harvest. Your donation will be taken to an area shelter or mission in Louisville, KY. Our motto is “People Helping People” and with your aid we can certainly live out that statement. Best wishes, and thanks once again for your kindness.

Sincere Regards,

Marc F. Curtis
Director of Operations
Kentucky Harvest

 

Blood Drive at HR

Human Resources is sponsoring a blood drive on Tuesday, December 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Contact Greta Bramer at 852-7591 or Donna Ernst at 852-6538 for an appointment.

National Arbitration Competition Results

Professor Ariana Levinson provided the following report on the regional competition of the Third Annual National Arbitration Competition that took place at NKU's Chase College of Law in Highland Heights, KY on November 14-16, 2008.

“I would like to congratulate the arbitration competition team on their great performance at the ABA arbitration competition this past weekend.  It was the first time each member of the team had competed, yet they managed to secure an arbitrator judge’s vote in each of the two rounds.  Their evaluation forms include many positive comments.  Here are some highlights.  Lily Chan and Josh Speirs prepared a “well organized” opening statement and summation.  They made “good use of evidence” and gave a “well done professional and ethical presentation.”  Mike McIntire’s direct examination included “good chronological organization of questions and proof,” and on cross he did well by showing “possible bias.”  His partner, Colleen Goodman, gave a “superior” opening with “great organization” and a “good timeline” that was “great on remedies.”  All participants were repeatedly congratulated on how well-prepared their witnesses were.  I have every expectation that next year Lily and Josh will make use of their experience to advance the team to the semi-finals.”

Antivirus 2009 Alert

In recent weeks, a significant number of students, and some staff, have acquired Antivirus 2009, a malware app that purports to be anti-spyware software.  Antivirus 2009 originates from Web sites that users visit, which warn the user he/she has no antispyware protection and prompt him/her to install Antivirus 2009.

If you suspect your computer is infected, faculty and staff should contact Joe Leitsch (852-2560, joe.leitsch@louisville.edu), and students should see John Shelman in room 119.  Infections are indicated by a red circle with an "X" in it in the system tray, lower right corner of the Windows Desktop.

The IT staff recommend avoiding malware infections by installing and keeping up to date the University's distribution of of Symantec Endpoint Protection (formerly Symantec Antivirus), which is available for free download from iTechXpress.

As a general rule, any Web site or browser pop-up that warns that you do not have antivirus and/or antispyware protection and then prompts you to install an application to protect your computer is lying.  Lying, lying, lying.

Congratulations Jamie Izlar

Jamie Izlar Jamie Izlar, 1L, was honored at the Sixth Annual Elizabeth Cady Stanton Awards Luncheon on November 13, 2008.

Ms. Izlar received the Dr. M. Celeste Professional Development Award, which is given to UofL graduate students for travel or other professional development needs who best demonstrate how well their intended use of the award supports the mission of the Women’s Center and Dr. Nichols’ legacy. Jamie intends to use the award next summer to conduct research that will facilitate community engagement in the Dominican Republic.

The award is named in honor of M. Celeste Nichols, student, scholar, mentor, and professor. She was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from UofL’s English Department. Dr. Nichols taught African American literature and basic writing at UofL, Kentucky State University, and at Bellarmine University.