Faculty News

Harvard Law Professor joins Authors at the Library series

The Louisville Free Public Library's "Authors at the Library" series welcomes Harvard Law professor and bestselling author Randall Kennedy on Thursday, September 12. The event will be held at 7 PM at the Main Library on York Street.

What precisely is affirmative action, and why is it fiercely championed by some and just as fiercely denounced by others? Does it signify an equalizing opportunity or is it simply reverse discrimination?

These are the questions Harvard Law professor and bestselling author Randall Kennedy seeks to answer in his new book For Discrimination: Race, Affirmative Action and the Law.  The book is a concise and deeply personal account of the policy and history of affirmative action -- analyzing key arguments pro and con, critiquing the impact of Supreme Court decisions, and pondering its future in American society.

Join Randall Kennedy for a discussion of his new book at the Main Library, September 12, at 7 p.m. This is a free event, but tickets are required. Visit their website or call 574-1644.

Moot Court Try-Outs

Try-outs for the National Moot Court Team will be held Thursday and Friday, August 29-30.  Sign-up sheet & details on the Moot Court Board door, or see Professor Marcosson in Room 254.

Welcome Back

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

Welcome back and to our 1Ls a warm welcome! I hope this will be a wonderful year for all of you!  As we get closer to celebrating 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have A Dream speech, we should dream big both individually and collectively!  Let's make sure our dreams come true and we never forget to help others fulfill their dreams.  I am very excited about the future of this law school and what this year will bring for all of us! Nothing can stop us... not even floods!!  Good luck today!!

Dean Duncan

Rand Paul to Speak

The Benjamin Rush Society, a student group at the Medical School has invited Senator Rand Paul to speak at Kornhauser Auditorium next week August 22 from 12:00-1:00.  He will be speaking on Healthcare Economics and Patient Care and answering audience questions after his speech. 

Fall 2013 Externship Opportunity – For Academic Credit

In-House Counsel - Passport Health Plan Externship:

Prerequisites: 1L curriculum & 40 credit hours.
Three credit hours (12 hours per week at placement site).  Pass/Fail.

Places one student in the Louisville offices of Passport Health Plan.  Passport is a not-for-profit licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) operating a managed care program for the provision of Medicaid services in Louisville and surrounding counties.  The extern will work with the Legal Services Team in Passport’s Compliance Department, and have opportunities to gain knowledge and experience relating to federal and state regulations, and contract law. 

The regulatory work pertains to Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse investigations and, as to this work, the Passport Legal Services Team works with the Program Integrity Staff of the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services; the Office of the Inspector General; and the Office of the Attorney General.  Many contract issues also regularly arise due to Passport Health Plan’s many contractual relationships with health care providers. 

The student will work out of the Passport Health Plan offices at 5100 Commerce Crossings Drive in Louisville, and be supervised by a senior member of the Legal Services Team at Passport.  If interested, contact Professor Karen Jordan (karen.jordan@louisville.edu).

New Circulation Manager

Congratulations to Janissa Moore who has been promoted as the Law Library's Circulation Manager!

"Janissa has done incredible work for us for 17 years now. I am extremely grateful to her for agreeing to assume this new role for the law library." ~David Ensign, Director of the Law Library
Janissa succeeds Miriam Schusler-Williams who retired after 30+ years of service to the law library. 

Justice Brandeis Story Debuting on Louisville Life

June 1, 1916 is the 97th anniversary of Justice Brandeis' Senate confirmation. President Woodrow Wilson nominated him to the Supreme Court of the United States on January 28, 1916.

Professor Laura Rothstein was recently interviewed by KET for a story about Justice Louis D. Brandeis.   Special thanks to Scott Campbell, who was very helpful in providing background information for the story. 

In episode 720 of "Louisville Life", the author of Brandeis at 150: The Louisville Perspective talks about former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and his life in Louisville.

You may view the archived video recording at KET's website.

 

 

 

Jim Jones Receives the 2013 David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award

The Dave Nee Foundation has named Professor James T.R. Jones the recipient of the 2013 David S. Stoner Uncommon Counselor Award.

This Award is given annually to a member or members of the legal profession who exhibit extraordinary compassion and concern for their co-workers, family, friends, and community and who also actively fight the stigma of depression and other mental illnesses within the legal field. Professor Jones was commended for his courageous leadership demonstrated by openly sharing his experiences as a person living with bipolar disorder and receiving effective treatment.

The Dave Nee Foundation was created in 2005. It's mission is to eliminate the stigma associated with depression and suicide by promoting and encouraging not only the diagnosis and treatment of depression among young adults, but also the education of young people, their families, and friends about the disease of depression.

Professor Jones was presented with the award at the Foundation’s annual Gala scheduled on November 8, 2013 in New York City.

 

Mark Rothstein Receives Louis D. Brandeis Privacy Award

Patient Privacy Rights, the nation’s leading health privacy advocacy organization, awarded its annual Louis D. Brandeis Privacy Award to Mark A. Rothstein on June 5, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Patient Privacy Rights established the award in 2012 to recognize significant intellectual, cultural, legal, scholarly, and technical contributions to the field of health information privacy. The award is given with the approval of the Brandeis family, and it will be awarded in conjunction with the Third International Summit on the Future of Health Privacy to be held at the Georgetown University Law Center.

Professor Rothstein holds the Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and he also teaches at the Brandeis School of Law of the University of Louisville. He indicated why the award is especially meaningful to him.

“Brandeis  was born in Louisville, and his influence still permeates the city where I live and the university where I work. I am deeply honored to receive an award named after the person whose name is synonymous with privacy.”  

The other 2013 recipient of the Brandeis Privacy Award is Peter Hustinx of the Netherlands, Data Protections Supervisor of the European Union. The 2012 recipients were Congressman Joe Barton of Texas, Congressman Ed Markey of Massachusetts, and the late Professor Alan Westin of Columbia University.

Lawlapalooza 2013: Save the date, mate!

Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's battle of the bands, returns to the Phoenix Hill Tavern, Thursday, October 17, 2013.

Stay tuned for more information, including band registration details.