University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law proudly salutes the 2012 Louisville Bar Association Award Recipients
Join us in congratulating these outstanding Louisville legal professionals.
Hon. Lisabeth Hughes Abramson (L'80)
Judge of the Year
This award is presented to a member of the bench who has shown judicial integrity and professionalism. A nominee for this award has contributed to the community by volunteering in civic organizations to help promote the image of the legal profession and has established a reputation for integrity, scholarship and professionalism.
Thomas M. Williams
Justice Martin E. Johnstone Special Recognition Award
This award is the highest recognition bestowed upon an LBA member for outstanding participation and partnership within the legal community. An individual deserving of this award has made a significant impact in the Louisville community through professional or volunteer efforts and exemplifies what it means to be a lawyer.
Hon. A. C. McKay Chauvin
Patrick W. Michael (L'87)
Distinguished Service Award
This award is given to an LBA member who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to advancing the practice of law or improving the image of the legal profession through exceptional volunteer efforts.
Margaret E. Keane (L'82)
Judge Benjamin F. Shobe Civility & Professionalism Award
Individuals receiving this award have consistently demonstrated adherence to the highest standards of civility, honesty and courtesy in their dealings with clients, opposing parties and counsel, the courts and the general public. They have shown sustained excellence through leadership in the profession.
University of Louisville Law Clinic, Shelley M. Santry, Director
Paul G. Tobin Pro Bono Service Award
This award recognizes the work of LBA members who have unselfishly given time to improve the quality of society through their legal work. Worthy nominees will be LBA members who helped deliver legal services to the disadvantaged through a pro bono program or cause.
Tara W. Hagerty
Judge Richard A. Revell Family Law Practitioner Award
This award is presented to attorneys who have been in the forefront of new developments in the practice of family law. They have exhibited dedication to families and children through work both inside and outside the courtroom. Award recipients have made significant contributions to public service in the area of family law and have demonstrated innovation in the performance of their duties.
Leadership Academy Steering Committee
Committee of the Year
Environmental Law Section
Young Lawyers Section
Section of the Year
The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law is very proud of our moot court negotiation teams' performances in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition in Lansing, Michigan.
The team of Carli Clowers and Jill Smith were third out of 20 teams after the final round, being tied for first after the initial rounds and missing second by only 1 point.
The team of Emily Peeler and Patrick Markey were 8th out of 20 teams.
Both teams earned very high praise from the judges for their negotiation skills and adaptability to a variety of different teams and challenges. The teams were accompanied by student assistant coach and team alternate Cassie Kennedy, who was a highly effective and expert co-coach with Mary Jo Gleason and Professor Tony Arnold. All 5 members of the team worked very hard, making huge strides in their negotiation skills since the first practice.
Pictured, left to right: Emily Peeler, Jill Smith, Carli Clowers, Cassie Kennedy, and Patrick Markey
Doug Myers, KBA president, will meet with students and faculty today at 4 p.m. in the Cox Lounge. We are honored that he is coming to our school to offer advice and tips on how to be involved in the bar.
Please be sure to join us today to welcome him to our school.
The team thanks their coach, Professor Ariana Levinson, for her dedication and guidance. The team's facilitator, who did an amazing job in support of the team's success, was Courtney Pawley. Volunteers who also helped the team achieve their success are Phil Longmeyer, Brittany McKenna, Natalie Smith, Jessica Smith, Jason Vaughn, Phyllis Florman, Dennis Stilger, Steve Smith, Natalie Humphrey, Professor Ed Render, Hiram Ely, Jamie Izlar, Blaine Blood, Lily Chan, Jay Warren, Richard Hornung, and Tony Belak
Pictured left to right: facilitator, Courtney Pawley; team members: Darick Crumbly, Derek Miles, Emily Harris and Brad Johnson; and team coach, Professor Ariana Levinson.
Keep your fingers crossed that the Brandeis School of Law team will be invited to advance to the national competition.
In commemoration of the 156th anniversary of the birth of Louis D. Brandeis, law librarian Kurt Metzmeier, has donated a rare first edition copy of Brandeis’ famous 1914 best-seller Other People’s Money to the law library. While the law library has other copies of this work, including one once owned by Brandeis himself, the donated version is particularly rare because it still has the original dust-jacket.
“In years of book collecting,” Metzmeier notes, “I have only seen one copy of this work that still had its simple utilitarian dust-jacket—and this is it.”
Dust jackets in this era were often discarded so they always add to the monetary value of a rare book, but their greatest value is the historical feeling of seeing them as they first appeared in book stores.
“I was especially excited to pursue and purchase this book and I think our visitors will also enjoy seeing it.”
Everyone deserves a birthday present, even Louis Brandeis.
Approximately forty University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law students attended the Mentor Jet Program on October 17th in the Cox Lounge. The National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) created the Mentor Jet Program in an effort for law students to connect with leaders in their community. Before the Mentor Jet portion of the program began, Bobby Simpson, current President of the Louisville Bar Association, and Mary Jo Gleason, past director of the law school’s public service program, participated in a panel discussion that was moderated by Professor Laura Rothstein. The panelists discussed what a mentor is, how to find one, and how to be a good mentee. During the Mentor Jet portion mentors were distributed among twelve tables, and in a speed dating-like setting, small groups of one to three students talked with each mentor in five to six minute increments.
Students were able to meet with twelve of the community’s most prominent legal representatives.
Among the panel members were:
- Terrence Cody, Circuit Court Judge, Floyd County, Indiana
- Christie Moore, Partner, Bingham, Greenebaum, & Doll
- Dolly Berry, Family Court Judge, Jefferson County, Kentucky
- McKay Chauvin, Circuit Court Judge, Jefferson County, Kentucky
- Bobby Simpson, Senior Counsel, Labor & Employment, GE, and President of the Louisville Bar Association
- Gina Calvert, Circuit Court Judge, Jefferson County, Kentucky
- Maria Fernandez, Partner, Fernandez & Haynes
- Kristie Daughtery, Assistant Jefferson County Attorney
- Mary Jo Gleason, Kentucky Court of Appeals Law Clerk
- Scott Furkin, Executive Director, Louisville Bar Association
- Harold Storment, Attorney
- Linda Speed, Executive Director, Community Foundation of Southern Indiana
The Brandeis School of Law’s Mentor Jet Program is an unmatched experience for 1Ls, in particular, to meet and connect with prominent figures of law in our community in an effort to create long lasting relationships of guidance. A special thanks to law student Courtney Pawley and Associate Dean for Professional Development Kathy Urbach who helped make the event possible.
Article by Rachel Ainsworth, Communications Intern.
On October 26th and 27th, the Equal Justice Conference and Career Fair in Washington, D.C. brought together over 1,200 law students with an interest in public service. This year, seven students represented the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law at the conference in hopes to gain a larger understanding and insight to providing public service in the legal field. The students participated in mock and actual interviews, networking, and workshops with a large array of employers and professionals who engage in public service. Among the conference speakers was Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor who provided an in-depth keynote session with Judge David Tatel of the U.S. District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
The goal of the Equal Justice Works Conference is to instill the notion that every American deserves the same quality of legal representation while helping to educate law students on how they can help ensure that this service is possible. Brandeis School of Law student Galen Joyce, who was a member of this year’s Equal Justice Conference, stated that “[equal justice] is a professional responsibility, and a moral one, to enable our fellow Americans by creating opportunities for equal access to justice.” Joyce attended the conference so that he could obtain the necessary knowledge to further his understanding of how to promote equal justice when he enters the legal field. According to the Brandeis School of Law’s conference attendee Emily Peeler, “equal representation [may provide] less of a gap in the judicial system between those who can and cannot afford top-notch attorneys.” Peeler’s experience at a non-profit law firm catalyzed her desire to advocate equal justice and her interest in attending the Equal Justice Conference.
The Equal Justice Conference allowed Brandeis School of Law students the opportunity to gain valuable exposure to nationally renowned legal representatives who strive for equal justice. Through this involvement, students left with a better understanding of how to pursue legal careers embodying public service and justice for all.
Article by Rachel Ainsworth, Communications Intern.
Students, Faculty and Staff:
Please join us in the Cox Lounge at 4 on Wednesday to welcome Doug Myers, the KBA president, to Brandeis. Doug is an alum of Brandeis and also being awarded one of the Law Alumni Council’s Distinguished Alumni awards in June. Doug will visit with us and give his perspectives on practicing law and being involved in the KBA. Students don’t miss out on this important opportunity to network with this well-known attorney.
Susan Hanley Duncan
“It is very liberating to no longer have to hide something that is so central to your being. The fear is gone.”
You may read an excerpt from the magazine online. If you would like to read the whole story, The law school communications office would be happy to loan you a copy of the printed magazine.