Faculty News

Brandeis Writing Award

The purpose of the Brandeis Writing Award is to promote Justice Brandeis' use of inter-disciplinary materials by recognizing high quality interdisciplinary writing among students at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

The $100 award will be announced at the Senior Awards program, Friday, May 9, and be awarded to the senior who has produced the best interdisciplinary writing. This includes, but is not limited to, papers, law review articles (including notes and comments), briefs, and papers written specifically for this competition. No more than one prize shall be given each year. If it is necessary to give more than one award, because of collaboration or a tie, the prize shall be divided equally between or among the winners. If no work is worthy of the award, then no award shall be given.

Nomination is permitted by students, faculty, and others.

The deadline for submission of work is Tuesday, March 18. Please submit it to Rita Siegwald in Room 204.

Classes and Offices Delayed Again, Wednesday, Feb. 13

Classes and offices at the University of Louisville are on a delayed schedule starting at 10 a.m. today, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008.

For the School of Law, the following schedule will be in effect:

9:00 classes begin at 10 and end at 10:40

10:25 classes begin at 10:50 and end at the usual time

Afternoon classes remain the same. If evening classes are canceled, this pertains only to classes that meet at 5 p.m. or later.

Louisville Law Negotiation Team Wins the Nationals Competition!

Congratulations to our Negotiations Team, which won the national competition held February 8-9 in Los Angeles, Calif. The team has been invited to attend the international competition in London, England, in July as the United States representative. This is the negotiation team's best result in school history.

The ABA Law Student Division's Negotiation Team Competition is designed to promote greater interest among law students in legal negotiation and provides a means for them to practice and improve their negotiating skills. The competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems.

The students who represented the law school at this competition are Scott Powell and David Scott, both 3Ls. Michelle Grant Rudovich and Mary Jo Gleason are the co-coaches.

David Scott (left) Scott Powell (right

Classes and Offices Delayed Tuesday, Feb. 12

Classes and offices at the University of Louisville are on a delayed schedule starting at 10 a.m. today, Feb. 12, 2008.

For the School of Law, the following schedule will be in effect:

9:00 classes begin at 10 and end at 10:40

10:25 classes begin at 10:50 and end at the usual time

Afternoon classes remain the same. If evening classes are canceled, this pertains only to classes that meet at 5 p.m. or later.

Evening Classes Canceled Monday, Feb. 11

Evening classes at the University of Louisville, including the School of Law, are canceled for Monday, Feb. 11, 2008. This only applies to classes beginning at 5:00 pm or later.

Severe Weather Reminder

From the university

The Tuesday forecast is for possible severe weather. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to monitor local media for the latest weather news. The UofL Alert system will be activated only if the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for Jefferson County, Ky. UofL Alert includes emergency messages sent via cell phone text message, campus phones, UofL e-mail accounts and posted on the UofL home page. To see an example of the home page message placement and for more information on UofL Alert, go to http://louisville.edu/alerts

 

From law school IT

Because the forecast for February 5 includes a significant risk of more severe weather, faculty, staff and student organizations may wish to shut down their computers and printers. If we have a serious electrical interruption, shutting down will minimize damage.

For students and instructors in evening classes: The Law Library has a weather radio at the Circulation Desk. If you wish to check on the forecast, the radio is always on.

Kentucky Women's Book Festival

The UofL Women's Center will present the second annual Kentucky Women's Book Festival, Saturday, February 16, at Ekstrom Library. The festival will bring together Kentucky women writers and their readers. Highlights will include talks by Affrilachian writer Crystal Wilkinson and by Courier-Journal columnist Betty Winston Baye. The festival luncheon features bestselling novelist Kim Edwards, author of "The Memory Keeper's Daughter." For more information, visit: www.kwbf.info.

Kudos: Arnold's Book Featured on APA Site

Professor Tony Arnold's new book, Fair and Healthy Land Use: Environmental Justice and Planning, is the featured January selection for the American Planning Association's Planners Book Club. As a Planners Book Club selection, the association provides questions designed to initiate discussion about the concepts covered. These questions can be located here: www.planning.org/APAStore/content/default.aspx?d=729.

Professor Arnold was also interviewed about the book and the role of environmental justice in land use planning for an American Planning Association news podcast scheduled to have been released during the week of January 14 on the APA website's podcast page.

Kudos, January 22, 2008

At the 2008 AALS Annual Meeting in New York City, Susan Hanley Duncan finished her term as chair of the AALS Section on Legal Writing, Reasoning and Research by hosting a luncheon attended by almost 150 colleagues.

While in New York Duncan also chaired the Legal Writing Institute's board meeting and a meeting of the leadership from CLEA, AALL, SALT, ALWD, LWI, and AALS Sections on Clinics and Balance in Legal Education in an effort to find shared areas of interest and identify possible collaborations between the various organizations.

Professor Jim Jones' op-ed piece, "Community Challenge: Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Person in the Office Next Door," was published in The Courier-Journal on January 21, 2008.

Grace Giesel's article, "Client Responsibility for Lawyer Conduct: Examining the Agency Nature of the Lawyer-Client Relationship" was published at 86 Nebraska Law Review 346 (2007).

Jim Chen's article, "The Most Dangerous Justice Rides into the Sunset" (co-authored with Paul H. Edelman) made SSRN's TOP 10 Papers for Law School Research Papers in both Law & Economics and Public Law & Legal Theory (based on the past 60 days, November 23, 2007 to January 22, 2008). Chen is also ranked 63rd in SSRN's list of most downloaded authors under the subject "law" for the past 12 months.

Two Diversity Programs Scheduled for February

The University of Louisville Law School's Diversity Committee is pleased to sponsor two programs in February 2008.

February 5: Health Equity with Dr. Adewale Troutman. For complete details, go to the event's page: www.law.louisville.edu/node/1243 

February 21: Witness to Innocence with Speaker Ray Krone. For complete details, go to the event's page: www.law.louisville.edu/node/1245

For more information on either event, contact Robin Harris, robin.harris@louisville.edu  or 852-6083.

For more on the Diversity Forum Series, click here: www.law.louisville.edu/academics/diversity-forum-series