Check out the transformation that has taken place in the Law School courtyards, to be named the Charles Hebel, Jr., and Carol Hebel Courtyards. The Law School community has turned these previously unused and unattractive spaces into environmentally, humanly, and socially sustainable spaces with (mostly) native landscaping and places to relax and enjoy nature. The landscaping and planting work is done, and in the coming weeks, the courtyards will be power-washed and outdoor furniture will be installed. The soil around the pin oak in the west courtyard will be decompacted later this fall, and eventually hostas will be added around it. A huge thanks to our donors, Charles Hebel, Jr., a 1955 graduate of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, his wife Carol Hebel, and his son Charles Hebel, III, as well as to two University departments – Physical Plant and Communications/Media – which provided major ongoing support for this project. And a huge thanks to all of the members of the Law School community who were involved in conceiving the project, designing the plans, and doing the hard work of preparing the soils, transporting the plants to the law school, and planting the plants. The three dozen volunteers – students, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends (including from other academic units) – who worked on the project during the past three weeks include:
Mr. & Mrs. Jeremy Kirkham
Allison Frakes Smith
Michael Van Sickle
The project was featured on WHAS11 as an example of a volunteers giving back to the community: http://www.whas11.com/community/Group-of-volunteers-work-to-change-landscape-at-UofLs-Law-school-266634091.html. Come, hang out, and enjoy!
The Law School is seeking students, faculty, staff, and alums to help with planting about 300 new plants and flowers in the Law School courtyards, July 9-12 in the mornings (8:30-Noon). Our greatest need is for volunteers in the morning of Thursday, July 10. If you can help, please email Professor Tony Arnold, firstname.lastname@example.org, or student Jen Ewa, email@example.com, or just show up at the courtyards. Thank you for your help in transforming our courtyards into beautiful, environmentally sustainable, community gathering spaces that can be well utilized by our entire Law School community.
Courtyards Preparation and Planting: Alumni, Students, Staff, and Faculty Help Needed with Law SchoolPosted June 25th, 2014 by Rebecca B. Wimberg
The Law School needs the help of as many alumni, students, staff, and faculty as possible to prepare the Law School courtyards for transformation to beautiful native landscaped spaces and functional gathering/community spaces. We need LOTS of people to help with preparing the land and soils, transporting plants and flowers (several pickup trucks, SUVs, and vans are ideal), and planting. We have estimated that this community-building project will take more than 100 person-hours of work. The days and times for work on the courtyards are:
Prep Work (this is important work – we need plenty of people willing to lend a hand):
Thursday, June 26: morning, afternoon, and evening
Friday, June 27: morning
Saturday, June 28: morning and afternoon
Sunday, June 29: afternoon and evening
Transporting Plants (part of a caravan – need lots of trucks, vans, SUVs, etc.):
Either Monday, July 7 or Tuesday, July 8 (timing depends on who is available and when the nurseries are open)
Wednesday, July 9: morning, afternoon, and evening
Thursday, July 10: morning, afternoon, and evening
Friday, July 11: morning
Saturday, July 12: morning and afternoon
If you can help at all, please contact Professor Tony Arnold at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jen Ewa at email@example.com or (708) 307-4123. The project is supervised by Jen and Professor Arnold in order to achieve a landscaping plan that was developed by all Law School constituencies in a participatory process and has been funded through the generosity of the Charles Hebel family. This is a community-wide project that will make the Law School a better place. Thank you for your help, as we work together to make this project a reality!
Here's a review of recent law school related news from the Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations.
In the June 2014 issue of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs, Dean Susan Duncan reports on how the "Law School's Strategic Plan Benefits from Legal Community Input" and outlines its mission on page 6.
Highlights from the LBA's May 2014 Bar Briefs include:
- "Professor Ed Render's Legacy Lives on at the UofL School of Law" by Dean Duncan and Professor Jones (page 6)
- "Labor & Employment Moot Court Team Enjoys Unprecedented Success" (page 6)
- "OSHA & Workers' Compensation: Beware Conflating the Two" co-authored by Leah Rupp Smith, '13 (page 18)
More highlights from the LBA's April 2014 Bar Briefs include:
- Dean Duncan's "Spotlight on UofL School of Law's Environmental Law Education" (page 6)
- "Getting to the Know the Professor: Q&A with Professor Tom "Fitz" FitzGerald" (page 6)
- Props for the law school's adjunct professors (page 6)
- "No Money, Mo' Problems: Researching Federal and State Budgets"
Highlights from the Kentucky Bar Association's May 2014 Bench & Bar include:
- "UofL Alumni Serve as Role Models for Future Lawyers in 'Kentucky's' Global Economy" (page 20)
- "Transactional Lawmeet Team Wins the Regional Competition" (page 20)
- "On the Move" (page 70)
In the March 2014 issue of the KBA's Bench & Bar, Dean Duncan writes about "The Importance of Municipal Law Society" and touts the faculty's service and leadership in several local civic organizations (page 22). Assistant Professor of Justice Administration, Michael Losavio, reviews "A Basics Handbook on Adobe Acrobat: Adobe Acrobat in One Hour for Lawyers" on page 25. The bi-monthly "On the Move" column beginning on page 54 features news about many of our law school's graduates. Lastly, Ed Render is remembered on page 64.
Both publications are available in the law library.
The latest issue of our SSRN Research Paper series features articles covering timely issues in healthcare, human rights, family law and legal education.
- Intestate Inheritance and Stepparent Adoption: A Reappraisal by Jim Jones
- Creating a More Dangerous Branch: How the United Kingdom's Human Rights Act Has Empowered the Judiciary and Changed the Way the British Government Creates Law by JoAnne Sweeny
- Disability Discrimination Law: The Impact on Legal Education and the Legal Profession by Laura Rothstein
- The Latest Challenge to Health Privacy: Health Care Consolidation by Mark Rothstein
More information about the RPS:
Mr. Hasty is a part-time law student and works as a Regulatory Specialist implementing Section 404 of the Clean Water Act for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the District office located in Louisville. He tells how the Army Corps of Engineers and lower courts have applied Justice Kennedy’s “significant nexus” test in deciding what qualifies as a “water of the United States.” Mr. Hasty also provides some early analysis of the Corps’ and EPA’s proposed rule defining “waters of the United States,” published in the Federal Register on April 21, 2014, as a response to Chief Justice Roberts’s invitation to do so.
On May 19, faculty members were recognized for their service to the University of Louisville with an awards ceremony at the University Club. Public Services Librarian, Robin Harris, was honored for 30 years of service and Law Library Director, David Ensign, was honored for 25 years of service.
Full Story: "Faculty Service Awards add up to more than 1,700 years of service" (UofL Today, May 27, 2014)
In other news, Library Assistant, Marcus Walker, recently received a Masters in Library Science from the University of Kentucky and Circulation Assistant, Jerome Neukirch, was named the law school's Employee of the Month for April 2014.
The latest issue of our SSRN Research Paper series features publications from Professors Campbell, Lebron, Sweeny and Weaver.
- Sexting and Freedom of Expression: A Comparative Approach by JoAnne Sweeny
- For Better and For Better: The Case for Abolishing Civil Marriage by Anibal Rosario Lebron
- Democracy v. Concentrated Wealth: In Search of a Louis D. Brandeis Quote by Peter Scott Campbell
- Administrative Searches, Technology and Personal Privacy by Russell L. Weaver
More information about the RPS:
Provost Shirley Willihnganz announced on May 8 that Susan Duncan would be appointed for an additional three years term as Interim Dean. During the previous two years in which Susan Duncan has served in that role, she has accomplished a great deal and this continued appointment provides the opportunity to continue to place the Brandeis School of Law in a strong position. Her accomplishments are in the areas of fundraising, connections with alumni/ae, physical plant updates, attention to diversity, staff support, and developing a strategic plan. Dean Duncan joined the law school faculty in 1999 and is a 1991 graduate of the law school herself. In accepting the appointment, Dean Duncan stated that, “Serving as the dean for the past two years has been an honor and a privilege. I thank the President, the Provost, and the law school faculty and staff for their faith in me and look forward to working with all of them on advancing our school. The strategic plan sets forth a vision that is very exciting. I know our alumni and friends will help us execute this plan allowing our school to reach new heights.”