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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:

Brandeis alum Howard Fineman named Global Editorial Director of Huffington Post

Huffington Post has appointed Brandeis Alum Howard Fineman to its newly-created Global Editorial Director position. Fineman will be in charge of supervising the company's domestic news coverage, as well as international editions.

In a statement released to the media, Founder/Editor-in-Chief and President Arianna Huffington said:

"The Huffington Post has named Howard Fineman Global Editorial Director, effective immediately. We now have 13 international editions, with more rolling out this year, and Howard will extend his reach from the U.S. to our growing global audience. He will continue to keep tabs on U.S. news coverage, especially politics, as he works to integrate and grow all of our news coverage around the world."

The new position was created to keep up with Huffington Post's expanded international presence. Last year, for example, the company added editions for Greece, India and Morocco.

Fineman is also an NBC/MSNBC news analyst. Prior to his new position, he served as Editorial Director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group. He also spent many years as a reporter, columnist, editor and Deputy Washington Bureau Chief at Newsweek Magazine.

Fineman has interviewed every major presidential candidate since 1985 as well as business and entertainment leaders. His book, The Thirteen American Arguments, was published by Random House in 2008 and was a national best seller.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colgate, Fineman earned an MS from Columbia and a JD law degree from the University of Louisville in 1980 while working as a reporter for The Courier-Journal. In May 2011 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by Colgate University, his college alma mater.

Fineman was the Brandeis School of Law's graduation speaker in 2013 and was named Alumni Fellow in 2011.

SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Vol 9, No 1

The year's first issue of our SSRN Research Paper series features publications from Professors Jordan, Powell, Rothstein, and Warren.

More information about the RPS:

Professor McNeal chosen as panelist for National Center for Civil and Human Rights event

Brandeis School of Law Professor Laura McNeal has been selected to be a panelist at the "Where Do We Go From Here?" event Jan. 20 at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.

"Where Do We Go From Here" is the title of Dr. Martin Luther King's last presentation and frames the discussion that will take place Jan. 20. The program will mark the rotation of a special collection of Dr. Martin Luther King's papers. This exhibition, titled "Strategies of the Civil Rights Movement," has been on display since Jan. 12 and will continue through May 3.

In addition to McNeal, panelists include youth, educators, community activists and religious leaders. They will examine the relevance and efficacy of lessons, strategies and tools from the Civil Rights era to today's issues of inequality and injustice. McNeal will specifically focus on:

  • How to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline;
  • Effective legal strategies and tools from the Civil Rights era that can be used as a framework for promoting equal educational opportunity in K-12 schools.

McNeal said she accepted the invitation to participate on the panel because of her passion and commitment to equal education opportunity.

"At a very early age my grandmother and namesake, Laura B. McNeal, taught me the power of education. She stressed that education was the great equalizer, a gateway to a future with endless possibilities. My participation in this event allows me to help further the legacy of both Dr. Martin Luther King and my grandmother -- two individuals committed to equality for all," McNeal said.

The event is being co-hosted by The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Hunton & Williams LLP and the Georgia State College of Law.

Kennedy-appointed US District Attorney and UL Law grad dies

Richard P. "Dick" Stein, from Carmel, Indiana, passed away on Dec. 28. He was born Sept. 2, 1925 in New Albany, Indiana, to William P. Stein and Lillian Russell Stein.

In June 1950, Stein graduated from the University of Louisville and Louisville Law School. He was then admitted to the Indiana Bar, but was recalled to active duty shortly thereafter. During the Korean War, he served as a Lieutenant at a Naval Station in Newport, Rhode Island, before returning home to New Albany to practice law in 1952.

In 1954 and 1958, Stein was elected Prosecuting Attorney for Floyd County. At age 35, he was appointed to US Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana by President John F. Kennedy. Under Kennedy, he received the honor of being allowed to practice in front of the US Supreme Court.

In 1965, Stein was reappointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He resigned in 1966 and was appointed Chairman of the Indiana Public Service Commission.

In 1971, he became Legal Counsel for Eli Lilly and Co. for three years, and then spent 15 years as senior vice president of Public Affairs at the Public Service Company of Indiana (now Duke Energy).

Stein was named a Sagamore of the Wabash five times by five different governors. He was also a member of the Service Club of Indianapolis and former member of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, the Columbia Club, the Athletic Club and the Highland Club.


Yosemite Users With Printing Issues

If you have installed Yosemite and are still experiencing printer issues please see me in office 119 or stop by the Help Desk in front of the computer lab on the first floor of the library. We have a script that has been proven to work on multiple laptops to re-enable printing on Yosemite.

UL Law grad and District Counsel, US Army Engineer District, passes away

Fred Rager, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, died on Dec. 25. He was born on Oct. 17, 1922 in Jeffersonville to Augustus Marion Rager and Mary Ellen Rager.

Prior to graduating from the UL Brandeis School of Law, Rager served in the Army Air Corps, Pacific Theater, in World War II. Upon graduation and through his retirement, Rager served as District Counsel, US Army Engineer District, in Louisville.

He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Frances, and is survived by his children, Laura McKinstry (Richard), Kirtley Cooke (Cheri), of Jeffersonville, and Shellie Fielden (John) of Honolulu; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.



YPAL's Legal Ease: Minorities and Women in Law

Looking for a way to connect and learn from some of Louisville's most prominent attorneys? Join us on January 22 for the third edition of Legal-Ease Series. At this lunch series, we will hear from diverse attorneys who have excelled in their areas of practice.  The set-up gives young professionals a comfortable way to interact with our guests, who will share their best career advice.

A buffet lunch will be provided with registration.  Seating is very limited, so REGISTER EARLY!

Confirmed Guests (more to be announced soon):

  • Theresa Canaday - Member at Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Allison Donovan - Member at Stoll Keenon Odgen PLLC
  • Gerald Reynolds - General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary at LG&E and KU
  • Alan Tse - Executive Vice President & General Counsel at Churchill Downs Incorporated

For more information, contact Tiffany Ge at

Former salutatorian promoted to membership at Louisville firm

University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law alum, Michael Kleinert, has been promoted to membership in Stites & Harbison, PLLC, as part of the Business Litigation Service Group

He earned his JD, magna cum laude, in 2006. He also was the salutatorian (Edwin O. Davis Award). He is part of a group of 16 attorneys that have been promoted within the Louisville-based firm.