Change is good. Especially when it’s long overdue.
That’s the prevailing attitude among faculty, staff and students at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law when it comes to the school’s recent kitchen makeover.
Located on the lower level of the school, the sorely outdated kitchen had not been modernized for decades.
"It was disgusting," said law school Dean Susan Duncan. "The kitchen was the exact same as when I was in law school here in the 1980s. It definitely needed a makeover."
But with budgets exceedingly tight, the kitchen didn’t get remodeled until a donor stepped up to fund the project.
At right, Richard Edwards and law Dean Susan Duncan talk to students in the newly remodeled kitchen.
Richard Edwards, managing partner with Louisville-based law firm Boehl, Stopher & Graves, LLC, provided funds to refurbish the kitchen with new floors, cabinets, paint and appliances. His law firm partner, Ed Stopher, also contributed to the kitchen makeover.
Law school faculty member Linda Ewald also contributed to pay for the industrial size refrigerator.
When Edwards was asked why his firm decided to fund such an unusual project, he said he hoped to make the overall environment more enjoyable for students.
"I wanted to do something that went beyond academics—something to give students a pleasant little break from their studies," said Edwards.
His plan seems to be working well. On any given day, dozens of students use the kitchen and, during lunchtime, nearly every chair is occupied.
While the makeover dramatically transformed the room, one feature remained unchanged: a large, colorful wall mural of school namesake Louis D. Brandeis.
"It’s the only thing in the kitchen that we didn’t want to change," said Duncan.
The Law School has received the opportunity to be a “test” for a free-standing coffee-cappuccino machine. The machine will be located between the soda machines in the basement. There are 26 flavors to choose from and we need your help in deciding which flavor coffees and cappuccinos you would like to see offered. Please complete and submit this survey (ULink login required) no later than 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 13, 2013.
Input from students, staff and faculty is welcome!
This year, we have seen the Supreme Court drastically reduce the protections of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, even as we observe the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington. Despite the tremendous efforts to promote equal education opportunity, many of our public schools remain segregated and many students are raised in impoverished households. The influence of race and poverty on academic achievement are undeniable. On September 5, Professor Laura McNeal will serve on a panel at Harvard Law School with three other distinguished panelists to both reflect on Charles Hamilton Houston's powerful legacy and to assess how we can draw upon that legacy to address the considerable legal challenges to equal opportunity in America.
The latest issue of our SSRN Research Paper series features publications from Professors Levinson, Powell, and Warren.
"Labor Arbitration of Discrimination Claims: Finding a Middle Ground?" by Ariana R. Levinson
"From Louisville to Liddell: Schools, Rhetorical Neutrality, and the Post-Racial Equal Protection Clause" by Cedric Merlin Powell
"The U.S. Securities Fraud Class Action: An Unlikely Export to the European Union" by Manning G. Warren
More information about the RPS:
Dear Brandeis Community:
On this 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's famous speech describing his beloved community, let us recommit ourselves to fostering a climate of inclusiveness with principles of mutual respect, fairness and social justice that enables everyone to develop to his or her fullest potential. We recognize that diversity is a fundamental necessity to achieving excellence at Brandeis School of Law.
As part of that commitment:
• We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.
• We promote differing ideas and a variety of solutions through the inclusion of individuals from all backgrounds, races, genders, sexualities, socio-economics and spiritualties. We encourage open expression within a climate of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect.
• We strive to eliminate discrimination, marginalization, and exclusion based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, disability, religion, national origin or military status.
• We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.
The university is offering several events today to commemorate this important anniversary. Please join us if you can.
Schedule for Commemoration Events held on August 28th:
1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion - "Reflections on Dr. King's Dream" - Shumaker Research Building, Room 139)
• Dr. Joy Carew (http://louisville.edu/panafricanstudies/faculty-and-staff/joy-g-carew-ph...)
• Mr. Ira Grupper (http://www.crmvet.org/vet/grupper.htm and http://agendas.louisvilleky.gov/sirepub/cache/2/h3jm1fnj1dtnleil4kfyew2d...)
• Mr. Sagar Patagundi (https://www.facebook.com/kentuckydream)
• Dr. Laura Rothstein (http://www.law.louisville.edu/faculty/laura_rothstein)
2:15 p.m. - Symbolic March on Belknap Campus will begin at the Clock Tower going to the Ekstrom Library Quad
2:25 p.m. - UofL's International Jazz Quartet performs in Quad (refreshments served)
2:45 p.m. - Afternoon Program - in Quad
• Vice-Provost for Diversity Taylor-Archer -Welcome
• National Anthem led by UofL's Commemoration Chorale
• President Ramsey - Remarks and Welcome
• Keynote address - Raoul Cunningham, President of the Louisville Chapter of the NAACP
• Recital of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech by Odell Henderson
Before fall semester classes even began, students at UofL's Brandeis School of Law took part in community service projects across the city of Louisville during orientation week. The public service projects included craft painting with residents at Masonic Homes; weeding and mulching an expressway ramp in downtown Louisville for Operation Brightside; painting a children’s playground fence at St. Vincent De Paul; constructing a Habitat for Humanity home in Louisville's West End; caring for animals at the New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter; making inspirational cards for Hosparus patients and their families; decorating apartments for new refugee families for Catholic Charities; weeding and invasive removal at Seneca Park for Olmsted Parks Conservancy; baking for residents at Ronald McDonald House; sorting food at Dare to Care Food Bank; assisting with a back-to-school backpack event for Family Scholar House; and processing donations at Habitat ReStore.
Having orientation include a day of community service began in 2009. It honors the values of Justice Louis D. Brandeis, for whom the law school was named in 1997. Louis D. Brandeis is known as the “people’s attorney” for setting the expectation that all lawyers should provide service to the public. His work included advocacy on behalf of a number of social justice causes through his arguments before the Supreme Court and legislative advocacy on behalf of working conditions and regulation of transportation and other services.
The Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program established in 1990, is one of the first mandatory public service programs in country and is a national model for other programs. All students must complete at least 30 hours of public service to graduate. Our students generally complete substantially more than the 30 hours. Through this work, the law school benefits from the impact of Justice Brandeis, and the community.
The Brandeis School of Law also hosts Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, staged since 2005, to benefit the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation. The Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation was established at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 2005 with generous gifts from the Louisville Bar Foundation and the Louisville-Jefferson County Women Lawyers Association. This fun event provides summer fellowship funding for a University of Louisville law student to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Lawlapalooza 2013 will be held Thursday, October 17th, at Phoenix Hill Tavern.
Read more about the students' public advocacy initiatives in "Lawyers Care: It's Not the Job, It's the Person" (Bar Briefs, August 2013)
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.
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!!