Faculty News

Kudos for June 11, 2008

Professor Jim Jones' paper entitled, "Severe Mental Illness in the Academy: A Secret Revealed" was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for Health Law Journals during April 2008.

Professor Lisa Nicholson spoke as part of a panel on "Holding Lawyers Accountable for Client Behavior" on May 29 at the ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility. She was cited in the June 11, 2008, report.

Dean Jim Chen spoke to the Isaac Shelby Chapter of the University of Louisville Alumni Association on May 31. The event was picked up in the June 4, 2008, Shelbyville, Ky., newspaper, Sentinel-News.

In addition, Dean Chen has written a chapter entitled "Telecommunications Mergers," which will be included in Competition Policy and Merger Analysis in Deregulated and Newly Competitive Industries at pp. 52-83 (Peter Carstensen & Susan Beth Farmer eds., Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2008).

The 25th Annual Warns Labor & Employment Law Institute was held May 29 and 30. The conference was coordinated by professors Ed Render, Laura Rothstein and Mark Rothstein. UofL Law professor Ariana Levinson spoke at the conference.

Professor Laura Rothstein also spoke at the University of Cincinnati College of Law's April 14, 2008 program, Education Law Stories: The People and Principles Behind Education's Most Contentious Legal Controversies.

Save the Date: Lawlapalooza 2008

Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, will be held Thursday, October 2, 2008, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern. This fun-filled evening of music benefits the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which provides summer fellowships for University of Louisville law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

General admission tickets go on sale August 1 for $20 ($25 at the door) and may be purchased online at www.law.louisville.edu/lawlapalooza. Every purchase isn't just a ticket to a great time. It's a tax-deductible donation to the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation!

To compete, each band must have at least one member who is an attorney or law student. In previous years, bands have run the gamut of musical styles: from Irish folk, to rock and roll, to Klezmer. All interested, or even curious, bands and musicians should check out this page for detailed information and exciting new features.

For more information about Lawlapalooza Tour 2008:

Beth Haendiges
Communications Director
University of Louisville School of Law
Tel: 502-852-5817
E-mail: lawlapalooza@louisville.edu
Web: www.law.louisville.edu/lawlapalooza

Students Offer Services to Community Organizations

As a member of the larger Louisville community, the University of Louisville places a high priority on using its resources to strengthen and transform the local community. Participating in public service projects is common for UofL students, but some students took their involvement a step further this semester by organizing group days and, in some cases, embracing often-overlooked causes.

UofL’s Brandeis School of Law coordinated its first community service day April 5. The idea came about when students voiced interest in a school-wide community service project during the school’s strategic planning process last year.

Read the complete story by Todd Wetzel.

Booksigning with Law School Alumnus

Howard Fineman (class of 1980), Newsweek columnist and MSNBC political analyst will discuss his new book The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates that Inspire and Define our Country at Carmichael's Bookstore on Thursday, May 15th at 7 PM.

Law School Faculty ranks high on SSRN downloads

SSRN has developed a new listing to help measure the "scholarly impact" of authors affiliated to specific law schools. The listing Top Law Schools (beta) uses a number of measures to rank schools, these include:

  1. New Downloads
  2. New Papers
  3. New Downloads Per Paper
  4. Total Downloads
  5. Total Papers
  6. Total Downloads Per Paper
  7. Number of Authors
  8. Total Downloads per Author
  9. New Downloads per Author

Currently, the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law ranks 41 on this listing under New Downloads, with a total of 9,017 new downloads in the past 12 months. (New Downloads identifies the total downloads in the last 12 months of all papers by authors currently affiliated with the school, providing a measure of the current interest in a faculty's work on SSRN, including older papers.) We are ranked 18 in New Downloads per Author, which measures current interest in all of the faculty's work on SSRN, adjusted for the different sizes of different institutions.

 

Social Science Research Network (SSRN) is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of social science research. Each of SSRN's networks encourages the early distribution of research results by publishing submitted abstracts and by soliciting abstracts of top quality research papers around the world

 

Kudos: Volunteers

I’d like to thank and acknowledge the following people for making the first Louisville Law Community Service Day such a success!

DONORS

The Law School ● Law Library ● Laura Rothstein ● Ariana Levinson ● Scott Campbell ● Robin Harris ● Student Bar Foundation

 

PROJECT COORDINATORS

Brian Pollock – Brightside, Inc.

Megan Renwick – Metro Animal Services

Kelly Oates & Emily Zahn – Wayside Christian Mission

 

PLANNING PARTICIPANTS & FACILITATORS

Students: Simone Beach, Katie Bell, Brittany Ducker, Ashley Duncan, Algeria Ford, Janae’ Martin, Rexena Napier, Kelly Oates, Brian Pollock, Noelle Rao, Chad Reid, Megan Renwick, Zach Taylor, and Emily Zahn.

Faculty & Staff: Nancy Baker, Simone Beach, Kathy Bean, Jodi Duce, Mary Jo Gleason, Beth Haendiges, Arianna Levinson, Marilyn Peters, Jina Scinta, and Mike Valentine.

 

VOLUNTEERS

Marie Barron, Kathy Bean, Lauren Bean, Katie Bell, Justin Brewer, Scott & Beth Campbell, Jim Chen, Laura Clemmons, Andrew Downey, Ashley Duncan, Rebecca Ellingsworth, Brian Fayman, Algeria Ford, Tim Hall, Ebert Haegele, Scott Justice, Forrest Kuhn, Arianna Levinson, Janae’ Martin, Christopher McDavid, Rexena Napier, Kelly Oates, Becca O’Neil, Bradley Palmer, Brian Pollock, Noelle Rao, Debra Reh, Megan Renwick, Jim Schmidt, Jennifer Schultz & Keith Duncan, Keith Sealing, Mike Swansburg, Barbara Thompson, Adam Watson, and Emily Zahn.

 


 

See also: Students Offer Services to Community Organizations by Todd Wetzel (May 1, 2008)

Kudos for the week ending April 11, 2008

Professor Mark Rothstein is quoted in a March 23 New York Times Magazine article on medical privacy and concerns about protecting personal health information. 

Dean Jim Chen's article "Biolaw: Cracking the Code" will be published in 55:4 Kansas L. Review (forthcoming 2008). 

Professor Lisa H. Nicholson has been invited to serve on the 2009 AALS New Law Teachers Workshop Planning Committee. 

Professor Tony Arnold was invited to participate in the Courier-Journal's "Lunch With" feature, with Keith Runyon and Jill Keeney. The feature it runs Fridays on the C-J editorial page. Arnold's feature, which will cover the environment, the law and community, is scheduled to run before Earth Day 2008. 

Professor Laura Rothstein will speak at the "2008 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium," which will be held April 10 and 11, 2008 in Baltimore. Rothstein will be on the Friday Panel, "The State of Disability Law in the United States in 2008: How Full Is the Glass?" Professor Rothstein will also speak at the University of Cincinnati College of Law's event, "Education Law Stories: The People and Principles Behind Education's Most Contentious Legal Controversies." Rothstein will speak on Southeastern Community College v. Davis

Professor Jim Jones' January 21 Courier-Journal op-ed piece, "Mental Illness, Stigma, and the  Person in the Office Next Door," was reprinted in February Wellspring newsletter.

 

University of Louisville Law Review Publication Decisions for 2008-09

The Law Review editorial body has reviewed a host of submissions for its upcoming edition. The final decisions have been made. Congratulations to the following people for being selected for publication in the Vol. 47 of the University of Louisville Law Review.

  • Julia Riehm McGuffey,  Best Note
  • A. Nicholas Nasier,  Honorable Mention
  • Megan K. Reese,  Honorable Mention
  • Matt Lynch
  • Christopher Thomas McDavid
  • Stephen J. Mattingly
  • Matthew Piekarski
  • Caroline Lynch Pieroni
  • Megan D. Randolph
  • Megan L. Renwick
  • Dustin Thacker
  • Maya R. Warrier
  • Jennifer Kristen Weinhold
  • Andrew Young

2008 Louisville Law Community Service Day

On April 5, 2008, the law school community will embark upon its first annual day of collective public service. The initiative arose from student input into the university’s strategic planning process. The purpose of this event is to highlight the law school's commitment to community service, provide significant services, have fun, and make new acquaintances in our law school community.

Participants in the planning process identified three focus areas:

Animal Rights & Animal Issues

Women, Children, Homeless, & the Underserved

Environmental Issues

All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate by contributing donated items to one of the organizations listed below or to volunteer their time to one of the designated projects.

Celebrate

To kick off the event, we’ll be hosting a complimentary continental style breakfast in the Mosaic Lobby at 10 AM on Saturday, April 5. Coffee, juice, and pastries will be provided. Those present will be eligible to win one of the many door prizes!

Lend A Helping Hand

Volunteers may choose from a variety of projects. Sign up sheets will be available in each mail room and the Mosaic Lobby during the week preceding April 5th, or you may sign up online. You’re also welcome to show up that day without a reservation. Volunteers are encouraged to show their team spirit by wearing a piece of University of Louisville or Brandeis School of Law apparel.

Metro Animal Services

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund has arranged for a variety of activities including dock cleaning, rewiring kennel doors, and painting the new “get acquainted” space. This project will take place at a shelter near campus beginning at 11 AM. Volunteers will also receive a tour of the shelter and an opportunity to walk some of the dogs. Contact Megan Renwick for details.

Departure time: 10:45 AM; carpooling available. You may be painting, so dress appropriately.

Wayside Christian Mission

The Student Bar Association is making arrangements to assist at Wayside Christian Mission. Projects may include serving lunch and providing general cleaning services. Contact Kelly Oates for details.

Departure time: 10:45 AM or meet the group at 11 AM @ 822 East Market. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty.

 

Brightside Inc.

The Environmental Law & Land Use Society has arranged for a clean-up project at Central Park. Volunteers will walk from campus to Central Park along Third Street and back along Fourth Street, cleaning up as they go. Contact Brian Pollock for details.

Departure time: 10:30 AM. It may rain, so dress appropriately. Garbage bags will be provided, but you might want to bring some gloves.

Make a Donation

During the week of March 31 – April 5, collection bins will be placed in the Mosaic Lobby of the Law School in Wyatt Hall. Following, is a list of items requested by each organization.

Metro Animal Services

Metro Animal Services seeks donations of pet supplies, medical supplies, and household items.

Click here for a complete wish list.

Center for Women & Families

During the months of March and April, the Center is collecting towels, washcloths, diapers, underwear, socks and bras. We’re also collecting cell phones & cell phone chargers. Additionally, you can help by donating goods that meet their immediate needs: cribs and mattresses, crib sheets, pacifiers and bottles, & infant toys.

Click here for a complete wish list.

Project Women

As part of their annual community service project, the Women’s Law Caucus is gathering items for the Project Women Hygiene Drive.

Items include: toilet paper, conditioner, face wash, deodorant, dental floss, tooth brushes, pull-ups, Kleenex tissues, paper towels, sponges, soap, face wash, lotion, shampoo, household cleaners, napkins, tampons, maxi pads, light bulbs, lamps, children's coloring/activity books, computer printer paper, batteries for Leap Pad learning system, etc.

Click here for a complete wish list.

Metro Recycling

We’re collecting aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, newspapers, and cardboard.

Questions?

Contact Virginia Smith or Jina Scinta if you'd like to get involved or to request more information.

What Was Lost Has Been Found

Last week two full-size umbrellas were turned in to Lost & Found. Don't wait for the next monsoon!  Claim your umbrella now. 

In addition, a Criminal Procedure book and the supplement were found in room 080.