On August 19th David Herzig, the Petrilli Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law, presented Coasean Approach on Inbound Real Estate Investment, at the University of Chicago Junior Faculty Workshop.
Assistant Professor of Law Jamie Abrams has been named the recipient of this year’s university-wide Presidential Exemplary University Multicultural Teaching Award, sponsored by the University of Louisville’s Diversity Programming Committee of Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality. Previous winners of the award include fellow Brandeis School of Law professors Enid Trucios-Haynes and Cedric Powell.
The intent of this teaching award is to affirm, value, honor, and recognize members of the university teaching staff (full- or part-time; undergraduate, graduate and/or professional) who integrate multicultural and global perspectives into their scholarship, teaching practices, curriculum, and research.
Professor Abrams, who has served as an assistant professor at the law school since 2012, was nominated for the award by Dean Susan Duncan, who had personally observed Professor Abrams’ teaching style. Her nomination provided information on the ways in which she incorporates multicultural perspectives into her classroom and scholarship.
Professor Abrams regularly teaches torts, domestic relations, legislation, and a seminar on women and the law; despite the diverse array of topics she teaches, Professor Abrams said that she has, at least, one common goal among all of these classes: “My goal is not just to teach what the law is in a value-neutral, abstract way, but also to push students to think harder about who actually wins and loses based on what the legal rule or standard is…I want to make sure that we pause and reflect on who’s left out of the standard that we just selected and studied.”
This way of thinking is sometimes particularly challenging for students who “often approach the law with a sense of reverence and a really high regard for the study of law, which almost creates a built-in bias because you believe what you’re learning has to be the right way…or that diversity is merely a tangent in the casebook, which is not the case,” said Abrams.
According to Professor Abrams, a straightforward example of the application of her multicultural perspective teaching style can be seen in her domestic relations class, where much of the law is framed around the institution of marriage. From a multicultural perspective, notes Professor Abrams, this framing can be problematic as the institution of marriage explicitly excludes whole members of the population, whereas other people simply choose to opt out of marriage, thereby privileging certain families based upon marriage, and consequently privileging certain families because of class, race, sexual orientation, or other characteristics.
Similarly, when producing her scholarship, Professor Abrams seeks to try out her ideas in workshops in diverse and interdisciplinary settings, immerse herself into the legal context in which she is trying to better understand, and challenge herself to analyze whatever legal issues she is writing about from a variety of different “lenses” rather than starting with a basic assumption about how a law or laws apply to different groups of people.
In fact, this penchant for challenging widely-held assumptions in the practice and study of law likewise served as the basis for Professor Abrams’ forthcoming scholarly piece in 2015, where she argues for reframing the Socratic method at law schools—a method that “disincentivizes inclusion and diverse perspectives” by its inherent nature—and replacing this traditional method with a client-focused approach, where students can think of how a particular precedent would affect one of their clients.
Receiving the award has already affected Professor Abrams: she has been further motivated to continue to incorporate and learn new multicultural perspectives in her teaching and work with the support of her colleagues and mentors in the university community.
Gearing up for Spring 2015 and planning your classes? Consider this opportunity.
How about celebrating spring break of the Spring 2015 semester with service work in Belize? Learn more about this opportunity at UofL’s International Service Learning Program (ISLP) website http://louisville.edu/islp/. Law is one of several participating disciplines. The Law team lead by Dean Susan Duncan will develop restorative justice programs and work in schools and communities outside Dangriga. You can find out about past projects, see photos, and read about the work on the ISLP website. The service is rewarding and the memories last a lifetime! Plus, you’ll earn three hours of academic credit and build useful skills.
The priority deadline for the March 2015 trip is coming up soon on September 29th. Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered if space is available. Encourage your friends to apply along with you! Contact Dr. Joy Hart (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Kandi Walker (email@example.com) if you have questions.
The Law Library's Fall semester schedule begins Monday, August 18. The library will generally be open from 8 AM to 11 PM Monday's thru Thursday's, 8 AM to 6 PM on Friday's, 9 AM to 6 PM on Saturday's and 1 PM to 11 PM on Sunday's.
Please note that in addition Labor Day (September 1), the Law Library is closed on Sunday, August 24, due to traffic issues caused by the annual Iron Man triathalon.
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The Leadership Louisville Center has selected the Leadership Louisville Class of 2015 — the 36th class of the Center’s signature program for established community leaders. Since 1979, Leadership Louisville has ensured that the community’s most influential and esteemed leaders are knowledgeable about issues, well-networked and passionate about the success of the region. These talented leaders will spend ten months going on exclusive tours and having hands-on experiences, all with area leaders who take on our community’s biggest challenges every day. Armed with new knowledge, connections and perspectives, Leadership Louisville graduates are prepared to take their places as effective community leaders.
The Leadership Louisville program will begin in August 2014 and run through May 2015. The sixty members of the Leadership Louisville Class of 2015 are: (View photo roster)
Patrick Armstrong, Kentucky Derby Festival; Duane Battcher, Donan; Cleo Battle, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau; Brian Bingham, Louisville and Jefferson County Metropolitan Sewer District; Regina Blake, Zelkova Strategic Partners; John Brown, PNC Bank; Steve Bryant, RunSwitch PR; Neil Budde, The Courier-Journal; Divya Cantor, M.D., Wellpoint; Lisa Causarano, Junior League of Louisville; Jason Clark, VIA Studio; Robert Couch, M.D., Greater Louisville Medical Society; Jennie Jean Davidson, Better Together Strategies, LLC;
Sundeep Dronawat, Ph.D., POS on CLOUD; Susan Duncan, University of Louisville; Maggie Elder, Metro United Way; Meredith Erickson, The Norton Foundation, Inc.; Mark Farmer, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP; Marjorie Farris, Stites & Harbison, PLLC; Billy Fowler, The Benefits Firm; James Frazier, M.D., Norton Healthcare; Dawne Gee, WAVE 3; Rob Givens, RPG Consulting; Ankur Gopal, Interapt; Bert Griffin, Spalding University; Mark Grindstaff, Brown-Forman Corporation; Jason Groneck, GBBN Architects; Mike Guyer-Wood, Muhammad Ali Center; Bethany Heckel, Kosair Charities; Dewey Hensley, Ph.D., Jefferson County Public Schools; Cara Hicks, Louisville Ballet;
Tony Holland, Poe Companies; Stephen Houston, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC; Maria Hughes, Humana, Inc.; Pattie Imperial, Fifth Third Bank; Kevin Joynt, CPA, Deloitte; Jackie Keating, Dare to Care Food Bank; Charles Keckler, Baptist Healthcare System, Inc.; Adam Kempf, Norton Healthcare; Christine Koenig, CPA, DMLO; Peter Kremer, Bellarmine University; Brian Long, DuPont; Kathy Minx, Humana, Inc.; Tim Newton, Papa John's International; Steve Phillips, LG&E and KU Energy LLC; Tyra Redus, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet; Janet Reilly, US Bank;
Sadiqa Reynolds, Louisville Metro Government; Chris Robinson, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Rick Smith, KentuckyOne Health; Christie Spencer, Passport Health Plan; Steve Stragand, Messer Construction Co.; Jason Stuecker, Forcht Bank; Gary Tyler, Louisville Business First; Thomas Wheatley, Woodmen of the World; Jaleigh White, Hilliard Lyons; Scott Williamson, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary; Thomas Wobbe, The Underwriters Group; Julie Wood, GE Appliances; and Jason Zachariah, Kindred Healthcare, Inc.
About the Leadership Louisville Center:
Created in 1979, the Leadership Louisville Center is the region’s most valuable resource for leadership development and civic engagement. Its mission is to grow and connect a diverse network of leaders who serve as catalysts for a world-class community through dynamic programming and strong community connections. Over 6,000 community leaders have graduated from the Center’s programs that include Leadership Louisville, Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville and Bingham Fellows. In 2011, the Leadership Louisville Center was recognized as one of the top seven community leadership programs in the U.S. in a benchmark study by the Center for Creative Leadership, the “gold standard” global provider of executive leadership education and research.