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Cardmail Forwarding Broken

Any students who have been forwarding their Cardmail account to an external email account, such as Yahoo or Gmail, must read the notice from University IT as they are no longer properly receiving email.


 "This notice is being sent to all CardMail accounts

 ***CardMail forward rule issue ***

As part of the transition to Exchange Online Protection (EOP), Information Technology (IT) has discovered an issue affecting CardMail users. CardMail is no longer honoring forward rules to any external email system. Forwarding rules to are not affected.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as IT continues to work on a resolution to the issue.

Questions: Contact the HelpDesk, 852-7997 or "


 I have received further information from University IT that this issue may not be resolved any time soon and students expect to need to check their Cardmail account for the forseeable future.

Emily Peeler To Serve as Street Law Fellow

Emily Peeler, JD ’13 has been appointed to a fellowship that is a partnership between the National Association of Law Placement and the Street Law Legal Diversity Pipeline Program. The two year position will be in Washington, DC. The Legal Diversity Pipeline program partners law firms with diverse high schools nationally. As a fellow, she will support the program through developing and providing law firms with training and curriculum. She will also facilitate the relationship between the schools and firms. The goal of the program is to teach students about the law and legal careers, encourage them to pursue legal careers, and offer support in that pursuit. 


While a law student at Brandeis School of Law, Emily taught in the law school’s partnership with the Central High School Law and Government Magnet program in the Street Law Program.  That work inspired her interest in continuing to work with diversity pipeline program. “I am very excited to continue working with Street Law and being a part of this great program.” 

Help Needed for Law Scool Courtyards Planting

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,, or student Jen Ewa,, 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.

Donate to the Mark Stanziano Criminal Law Moot Court Fund

Dear Fellow 1982 Brandeis School of Law Classmates:

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of our classmate, Mark Stanziano. Mark was a prominent criminal law attorney and will be missed by so many. As a tribute to our friend we are creating an endowment in his name to permanently fund the criminal law moot court team at the Brandeis School of Law. It will be known as "The Mark Stanziano Criminal Law Moot Court Fund." We hope to keep Mark’s legacy alive by helping students improve their skills in the criminal law field. Dean Susan Duncan assured us this gift would be a wonderful way to help current students continue to have the opportunity to compete annually in this competition. Because it is not endowed the school needs to find funding every year. Please join us in remembering our friend by making a donation today. Several of us are pledging $1,000 gifts, however, any amount you are able to contribute will be appreciated and a wonderful remembrance of Mark.

You can mail a check to JP Davis at:

Office of Development, Brandeis School of Law
2323 South Brook Street
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40208

You can also easily give online. Select "Other" under designation and type in the name of the fund: The Mark Stanziano Criminal Law Moot Court Fund.

In the memory of Mark Stanziano, thank you for your time, consideration, and support.


Tawana Edwards
Maggie Keane
Lucy Helm

Law Library Closed July 4th

The Law Library will be closed Friday, July 4 for Independence Day and will re-open at 9 AM on Saturday. 


Howard Baker, Brandeis Medal Recipient Dies at Age 88

The Brandeis School of Law notes with sadness the passing of Howard Baker, former United States Senator, White House Chief of Staff, and Ambassador to Japan.  In 2005, Senator Baker received the Brandeis Medal from the law school.  The Brandeis Medal was established to recognize individuals whose lives reflect Justice Brandeis’ commitment to the ideals of individual liberty, concern for the disadvantaged, and public service.  It was awarded for the first time in 1982. Previous recipients include Supreme Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Harry Blackmun, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Steven Breyer and John Paul Stevens; Congressman John Lewis, and journalist Eugene Robinson.

Senator Howard H. Baker first received national recognition in 1973 as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Watergate Committee.  Although his most recent service in public life was as U.S. Ambassador to Japan (2001-2004), and he served as President Reagan’s Chief of Staff from February 1987 until July 1988, he is most known for his service in the United States Senate.  The first Republican ever popularly elected to the U.S. Senate from Tennessee, in 1966, he served until 1985, including two terms as Minority Leader (1977-1981) and two terms as Majority Leader (1981-1985).  Following undergraduate studies at the University of the South and Tulane University, he received his law degree from the University of Tennessee.

Brandeis School of Law is Proud of Our Alumni Who Are Serving on UL’s Alumni Association

The full slate for the 2014-16 board of directors for the Alumni Association is as follows:


Tony Fortwengler, 66S, president (executive committee)
Chris Puffer, 93B, president-elect (executive committee)
Barbara Gaines Nichols, 67SC, secretary (executive committee)

At-Large Directors

Ernest Brooks, 96A
Keith Cartwright, 83L

Greg Cinnamon, 86L
Sean Deskins, 04A, 07L

Dr. Amy Farnsworth, 66DMD

Sgt. Danny Glidewell, 86JA

Kathy Goodin, 83B

Josh Hillman, 04S, 05GS

Kelly Hodges, 93B, 01GB

Dr. Lowell Katz, 68A, 72MD

Doug Kemper, 86A

Mitch Matamoros, 75K

Terina Matthews, 93E (executive committee)

Dan Murphy, 05B

Tommy Nolan, 03B (executive committee)

Ex-Officio Directors (non-voting members)

Marie Abrams, 59A (board of trustees)

Bob Benson, 69L (board of trustees)

Josh Hawkins, interim executive director (executive committee)

Reggie Van Stockum, 79A, 79L immediate past president (executive committee)

Kathleen Smith, 70B, 05GE (faculty/staff representative)

Lubna Hindi, president of SOAR (Student Organization for Alumni Relations)

Courtyards Preparation and Planting: Alumni, Students, Staff, and Faculty Help Needed with Law School

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 or Jen Ewa at 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!

University of Louisville Law Review Rankings Soar

The University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to report the findings of Washington & Lee's latest submissions and rankings.

At the close of this survey period, which included volumes 50 and 51, the law review's rankings among all domestic ranked journals were as follows:

  • Overall Ranking: 241/987 (top 24.4%)
  • Impact: 255/987 (top 25.8%)
  • Citations in Journal Articles: 211/987 (top 21.4%) Currency Factor: 167/987 (top 16.9%) Citation of Articles in Cases: 290/897 (top 29.4%)
  • Cost: 191/987 (top 19.4%)
At the close of the previous survey period, which included volume 49 (2011-2012), the law review's rankings were as follows:
  • Overall Ranking: 318/967 (top 33%)
  • Impact: 400/967 (top 41.4%)
  • Citations in Journal Articles: 234/992 (top 23.6%)
  • Currency Factor: 402/976 (top 41.2%)
  • Citation of Articles in Cases: 334/992 (top 33.6%)
  • Cost: 191/820 (top 23.3%)

Since volumes 50 and 51 were published, the University of Louisville Law Review has improved its rankings in every single category. See the attached document for explanation of categories.

This 38% improvement in the publication's impact factor would not have been possible without the strong efforts of the recent editorial boards. The effect of wise decisions and changes are sometimes not really felt until long after the decision-makers have moved on. Congratulations and thanks to Mike Swansburg (Volume 48), Tommy Sturgeon (Volume 49) and Elisabeth Fitzpatrick (Volume 50) and their Boards! ~Eddie O'Brien, Volume 51 Editor in Chief

In related news, the University of Louisville Law Review was selected to host the 61st annual National Conference of Law Reviews in 2015.  

Employee Spotlight: Bailey Schrupp

Next up is rising "Fightin' 3L" Bailey Schrupp. She's the President of the Environmental Law & Land Use Society and Notes Editor of the Journal of Animal and Environmental Law . In addition to working in the law library, Bailey's got a busy summer ahead serving as the Donan Energy Law Fellow and volunteering as a Coordinator for the Jefferson County Teen Court Program. 

What’s your hometown?

Radcliff, Kentucky

Where did you complete your undergraduate degree and what was your major?

Campbellsville University, Political Science major and History minor 

What led you to law school and what do you plan to do with your law degree?

I either want to go on to get my masters of Library Science and become a law librarian or I want to get my LLM in Environmental Law and then work for the State or Federal Goverment doing environmental work.

What do you enjoy about working in the law library?

The books! I am history nerd so any time I get to shelve older treatises downstairs I end up reading them.

What’s your favorite book?

It would be impossible to pick one, but my favorites are The Harry Potter series, The Great Gatsby, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Angels & Demons by Dan Brown. I also liked , "I am Malala" by Malala Yousafzai. 

Do you have a favorite quote?

"Why, sometimes I've believed six impossible things before breakfast". ~Alice in Wonderland

If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would that be?

If we are talking historical figures I would say JFK or Jackie Kennedy. If not then it would have to be Reese Witherspoon or Emma Watson. 

Do you have any pets?

I have a toy poodle named Choco and two cats, Kelsey and Leonardo Da Vinci (we call him Leo though).