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How to Start, Research, and Complete Your Legal Writing Requirement

Kurt Metzmeier, Associate Director of the Law Library, will present "How to Start, Research and Complete Your Legal Writing Requirement" as required for graduation and set forth by the Student Handbook.

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Professor Levinson leverages fellowships to research employee ownership programs

Brandeis School of Law Professor Ariana Levinson participated in the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations Mid-Year Fellows Workshop in New Brunswick, New Jersey, earlier this month.

She also served as a panelist for the session titled "What Would It Take for Worker Cooperatives to Rapidly Develop in the United States and Are These Conditions Realistic,” and as a discussant for "Body of Work Presentation: A Jeffersonian Society by Hamiltonian Means: A Blueprint for American Revival," by Professor Robert Hockett of Cornell University School of Law.

Professor Levinson first became involved in the Rutgers’ fellowship program three years ago, when she “took a shot in the dark” and applied. She not only was accepted that first time, she also received a $5,000 fellowship and her article was subsequently published in UNLV’s Law Review.

A year later, Professor Levinson received a $25,000 fellowship from the Rutgers’ school. She has used that money to research employee ownership programs, including the Cincinnati Union Co-op Initiative.

Each year, Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations hosts two workshops – one in the winter at its home campus in New Jersey, and one in the summer in San Diego. Professor Levinson will attend the summer program this year as well.

She said the events feature the foremost experts in employee ownership from around the world, including Joseph Blasi, the distinguished professor at Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations in charge of the fellowship program..
“It is an honor to be chosen for them,” she said.

Professor Levinson credits her participation in Rutgers’ program for networking opportunities that have been presented for the Brandeis School of Law. For example, Richard Freeman, the Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University, has agreed to keynote the Warns-Render Labor & Employment Law Institute June 10-12 at the Seelbach Hotel.

Freeman coauthored “The Citizen’s Share: Putting Ownership Back Into Democracy,” with Joseph Blasi and Doug Kruse, also a distinguished professor at the Rutgers’ School of Management and Labor Relations.

Professor Levinson anticipates the continuation of participation as long as she’s invited. The events complement her area of focus – unions and employee ownership.

“Unions are on the decline in this country. Employee ownership, in particular worker owned cooperatives, offers employees a means of having a voice and control. It hasn’t been studied by a significant number of Labor Law professors. That’s why we need this research in the Labor Law field,” she said. “I’ve been interested in this topic for a long time. I like to see more employees having a say in their place of employment. The result is that corporations go back to their original intention of contributing to the community rather than short-term profit.”

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Please Join Us for "From Brown to the Present: The Road Beyond Michael Brown’s Ferguson and Eric Garner’s Staten Island"

Please join us for the first Diversity Program of the Spring 2015 semester, From Brown to the Present: The Road Beyond Michael Brown’s Ferguson and Eric Garner’s Staten Island: A Conversation about ‘What it Means to be ColorBrave,” Tuesday, January 27.

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US District Court Judge Heyburn named as Brandeis commencement speaker

United States District Court Judge John G. Heyburn II has been named as this year’s commencement speaker for the Brandeis School of Law, which will take place May 9 at the Brown Theatre downtown.

Judge Heyburn was nominated to serve on the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in March 1992 by President George H.W. Bush. He served as Chief Judge on the court from 2001-2008.

“We are thrilled Judge Heyburn will be part of the graduation festivities.  During his long tenure, Judge Heyburn has been a pioneer for justice and issued many groundbreaking decisions on a wide variety of important topics.  As a pillar of our legal community, we know his advice to our new graduates will be invaluable to them as they embark on their future careers,” said Brandeis School of Law Dean Susan Duncan.

Judge Heyburn grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1970 he received his A.B. from
Harvard University where he majored in history and received seven varsity letters in cross
country and track, and completed three Boston Marathons. In 1976, he received his J.D. from
the University of Kentucky, where he was a member of the National Moot Court team.

From 1976 until his appointment to the bench, Judge Heyburn was associated with the
law firm of Brown, Todd & Heyburn (now Frost Brown Todd). He was a partner at the firm
from 1982 to 1992. His legal practice focused on civil litigation, with an emphasis on problems
within the construction industry. Judge Heyburn also served as special counsel to then Jefferson
County Judge Executive Mitch McConnell.

He was also active in civic and political affairs in Kentucky, including serving as a delegate to the 1984 and 1988 Republican National Convention.

In March, 1992, President Bush nominated Judge Heyburn to the U.S. District Court. The United States Senate confirmed his appointment in August, 1992.

In 1994, Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed Judge Heyburn to serve on the Budget Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, which develops the appropriations request for the entire federal judiciary. In January, 1997, the Chief Justice appointed Judge Heyburn as Chair of the Budget Committee. He served in that position until December, 2004.

Judge Heyburn testified to the House and Senate each year to explain the judiciary policies and its budgetary needs. He has spoken throughout the country about the budget process and the requirements of an independent judiciary.

Additionally, in June, 2007, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Judge Heyburn as Chair of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. The Panel decides whether cases in districts around the country, including many nationwide class actions, should be consolidated and the appropriate site for consolidation. Judge Heyburn has spoken on the subject of class action litigation and the role of the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Judge Heyburn’s seven-year term expired in October, 2014.

Judge Heyburn has presided over many noteworthy cases during his time on the bench, including two that have reached the United States Supreme Court:

  • In 2007, the Supreme Court considered the appeal arising from Judge Heyburn’s opinion in the Jefferson County School assignment case;
  • In 2014, the Court granted certiorari in two gay marriage cases which originated from opinions by Judge Heyburn.
Judge Heyburn is married to the former Martha Blackledge Keeney who has retired from her ophthalmology practice. They have two sons.

Professor Abramson appointed to Center of Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee

Professor Les Abramson has been appointed to be on the advisory committee for the Center of Judicial Ethics. The Center is part of the National Center of State Courts in Arlington, Virginia.

The Center for Judicial Ethics is a clearinghouse for information about judicial ethics and discipline. It provides research support for the conduct commissions that investigate complaints of judicial misconduct and tracks opinions issued by ethics advisory committees.  

According to its website, the CJE responds to hundreds of requests for information from reporters, judges, lawyers and others each year.  The CJE publishes the Judicial Conduct Reporter and other resources on judicial ethics.  Every two years, the CJE presents the National College on Judicial Conduct and Ethics.  As a private organization, the CJE does not have the authority to discipline or investigate judges. The CJE became part of the NCSC in 2014, following the dissolution of the American Judicature Society.

Professor Abramson’s primary teaching areas are criminal procedure and civil procedure.

Professor Weaver chosen as panelist for 'Cybersurveillance in the Post-Snowden Age' event

Brandeis Professor Russell Weaver is serving as a Scholar in Residence today and Friday at Washington and Lee University's School of Law.

He will also speak at Washington and Lee University's 2015 Lara D. Gass Symposium, Jan. 23 and 24 in Lexington, Virginia. This year's symposium topic is "Cybersurveillance in the Post-Snowden Age."

According to the Washington and Lee University website, the speakers will address the architecture of cybersurveillance tools at the disposal of the NSA and other agencies in the midst of a big data revolution. The participants will examine various policy and legislative proposals that have been recommended in the aftermath of these leaks. Particular attention will be paid to the constitutional interests at stake, as well as the balancing of secrecy and national security objectives with transparency interests and privacy protections.

The event will also consider the potential impact of government and corporate responses to the Snowden disclosures: current litigation, legislative reform efforts, executive action and compliance approaches, corporate and technological adaptations and other responses.

Professor Weaver will be a panelist during the Saturday morning session titled "Interpreting the Fourth Amendment after Snowden."

More information about the event is available on the Washington and Lee University's Frances Lewis Law Center website.



Administrative Law Judge and UofL alum Charles Boyer passes away

Judge Charles "Chuck" Robert Boyer died at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Jan. 20.

Judge Boyer was born in Vincennes, Indiana, on Aug. 23, 1940, to the late Robert and Ruth Boyer. He earned his undergraduate degree as well as his J.D. from the University of Louisville in 1962 and 1966, respectively.

After a period of private practice (1966-1974) and serving as Louisville's Assistant City Attorney (1967-1970), Judge Boyer began his career as an Administrative Law Judge with the Social Security Administration. He was eventually appointed as Chief ALJ of the National Office of the Social Security Administration from 1995-2001.

Judge Boyer finished his career as an ALJ in Charlottesville and retired in 2012.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Finch Boyer, four children, Amy Boyer Cox-Klapperich (Kerry) of Charlotttesville, Virginia, Elizabeth Boyer Hightower (Roger) of Seminole, Florida, Christopher Boyer of Louisville, Kentucky, and Scott Boyer (Amy) also of Louisville, Kentucky; and nine grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Charlottesville, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA 22901.




Tips on How to Start and Complete a Seminar Paper for Writing Requirement Credit

Tips on How to Start and Complete a Seminar Paper for Writing Requirement Credit

Presented by Kurt Metzmeier, Associate Director and Professor of Legal Bibliography at the UofL Brandeis Law Library 

January 27, 12:00-1:00 p.m. Room 177  

*Lunch will be provided in the form of free pizza sponsored by the Office of Academic Success. 


Attaining your professional degree of J.D. requires the fulfillment of a writing requirement.  So how do you start that process? How do you pick a suitable topic?  What sources do you use and where do you go for research?

Professor Metzmeier will cover all of these questions along with providing time-saving tips on how to start, execute, and complete this important core requirement.  


Sayed Kashua Lecture and Discussion

The University of Louisville Jewish Studies Program warmly invites you to hear novelist, journalist, and screenwriter Sayed Kashua on "The Foreign Mother Tongue: Living and Writing as a Palestinian in Israel" at 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2015, in the Chao Auditorium of Ekstrom Library.  For reservations: