Graduates pictured from left to right are Aaron Marcus, Zackary McKee, Donovan Porter, BLSA President Miranda Ratcliffe, Kiera Hollis, Stephany Hunter, and Gayle Johnson. Also pictured are current BLSA members Whitney Railey and Iman Jackson.
Professor Cedric Merlin Powell was the invited speaker for the 2014 Black Law Student Association Convocation honoring the six BLSA members who are graduating this year. Miranda Ratcliffe (Class of 2015), current BLSA President, introduced Professor Powell. Others who spoke to the graduates were Dean Susan Duncan and Louisville Black Lawyers Association President Lonita Baker. Ms. Ratcliffe then recognized the graduates who each spoke about their experiences and thanked those who had made it possible.
Click here to read Professor Cedric Merlin Powell's remarks, "BLSA Convocation: The Lawyer In a Changing World."
Josh Hartsell, a May 2014 graduate has been selected as a finalist to the Presidential Management Fellows Class of 2014. A total of 609 students (518 individuals were selected as PMF Finalists and 91 individuals were selected PMF STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Finalists) were selected. The PMF Program received approximately 7,000 applicants for the 2014 application cycle. Mr. Hartsell will spend the next two years working in Washington, D.C. on international trade policy as part of a leadership development program.
Students, especially graduating seniors:
Please do not forget to check your student mailboxes in the basement. Take what you need, recycle what you don't need. Clean it out. Thank you!
Who rules Louisville? Who wants to turn Louisville into a wasteland that is starting to look like the next Detroit in Smoketown and West Louisville? What kind of policies work that create urban regeneration in places like Old Louisville, East Russell, Norton Commons and NuLu? What can we learn from the economic success stories of Portland (Oregon), Amsterdam and Australia? Who and where is the command and control center of Louisville?
We are bringing in the power brokers of Louisville from the rich to the poor, the fourth estate, developers and environmentalists; and many world class urban thinkers.
We are inviting speakers for our Introduction to the City class May 12 to June 2:
Congressman John Yarmuth; Mayor Greg Fischer, Metro Councilmembers David James and Tom Owen, Tom Fitzgerald, Kentucky Resources Council, Dr. Julian Ageyman Editor of Local Environments and Professor at Tufts; Wendell Berry, Kentucky book author; Greg Squires George Washington University; Marilyn Melkonian developer of 12,000 affordable houses in 22 cities; Courier Journal Editorial Board members; LEO editors and Louisvilleky.com; Wesley Meares, Georgia Regents University; Larry Gough, green developer; Ricky Jones, Chair Pan African Studies; Cathy Hinko, Director of Metro Housing Council; environmental justice field trip with Russ Barnet, Director of KIESD; field trip to Norton Commons as a new urbanist development; field trip to NuLu to meet with developer and green visionary Gill Holland; Jackie Green, Mayoral candidate; philanthropists such as Edie Bingham and Christy Brown; all are invited to come to our table for peaceful discussion and debate in room 117! We are also teaming up with the Festival of Faiths to attend a few sessions with Julian Ageyman and Wendell Berry and many others we will get you involved in:
Most of these speakers have already been confirmed and some are still trying to fit it into their schedule.
We are still verifying dates and times but we should have a confirmed schedule as we move to the end of the week. We will be reading reports produced by the city.
Introduction to the City: Public Administration, Planning and Policy. session 1: three week session in May
first day- May 12--last day- June 2
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.--with class consent some class times can be adjusted to better fit student schedules
Session 1 (May 12- June 2, 3 week)
Special Topics: The City: Public Admin, Policy, & Planning
UPA680-01/PLAN680-01/PADM683-01 / credit hours: 3
no pre-requisites required, open to all UofL graduates students, advanced undergraduates by permission of instructor.
John I. Gilderbloom is a Professor of Planning at UofL which is ranked as one of the best academic programs in the nation. Dr. Gilderbloom currently directs the multi-million dollar Center for Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods (http://sun.louisville.edu). Dr. Gilderbloom has been honored with numerous awards including the Presidential Medal for Distinguished Faculty Research at the University of Louisville. In an international poll of thousands of Urbanist, planners and architects, Professor Gilderbloom was ranked one of the “top 100 urban thinkers in the world." He enjoys singing in the shower, writing and surfing.
Why do people in West Louisville / Portland have shorten lives by up to ten years on average?
Why does Louisville rank as having some of the worst air, water and soil toxins of any city in the nation?
Why is climate change our most pressing problem we face as a civilization?
Why can't Louisville come up with policy and planning solutions to end these problems?
What cities provide models that create prosperity, fairness, green living and reduces catastrophic climate change?
"Introduction to the City " is a three week intensive course taught from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. to give a comprehensive overview of the city by looking closely at Louisville's political, planning and policy outcomes of decision making. Half the class is taught outside the classroom with field trips. We will spend time touring the city (walking, biking and bus) and learning about struggling and prosperous neighborhoods. My approach is to study the players who shape the city: elected leaders, government, developers, non-profits, news media, and citizen groups. Our city shapes our life chances but we shape our city: it a dialectic. We will meet with elected officials from our Congressman, Senator, Mayor, Councilmembers, Neighborhood Associations, and non-profits such as Leadership Louisville and Louisville Central Community Center. This class will attempt to understand the root causes of our problems and come up policy prescriptions that work; we will look at bad examples from Havana to Detroit and good examples from Portland to Amsterdam. We will show you how my urbanist colleagues can access a treasure trove of data from Photo Archives, MLS, Deed records, PVA office, Kentucky State Data Center, Planning Department, Health, and Economic Development. Graduate students from Sociology, Geography, Political Science, Planning, History, Art History, Law, Public Health, Women's Studies, Pan African Studies, and Public Administration are welcomed to take this course. We will provide room for advanced undergraduates. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. John Gilderbloom at email@example.com or call him at 502-852-8557.
The Kentucky Women’s Book Festival endeavors to foster a deeper interest in Kentucky women writers and encourage beginning writers to continue their work and strive to grow with each new venture. Kentucky writers include those born in Kentucky but now living elsewhere, if they wish to be identified as Kentuckians, as well as those who, although not born here have made Kentucky home.
The Kentucky Women’s Book Festival is held on the 3rd Saturday of May. This year it marks the 8th annual festival and will be on May 17, 2014 in the Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville. The event is free and open to all. If you would like to purchase a lunch, please call the Women’s Center by May 13 (502) 852-8976 by May 13. (The lunch is $16 and catered by Masterson’s. Those who do not wish to purchase a lunch may still come to the reading.)
Doors open at 9:00 with refreshments and discussion, then the speakers begin in the Elaine Chao Auditorium at 9:30 with George Ella Lyon who will discuss and read from her new book of poetry: Many-Storied House, followed by Bobbie Ann Mason who will read from her latest novel: The Girl in the Blue Beret. There are three consecutive morning sessions: Sonja de Vries, a poet; Alison Atlee, an author; and Jannene Winstead & Leborah Goodwin who have compiled a cookbook with a bit of Louisville history: Recipes and recollections: from the houses Samuel M. Plato Built. Holly Goddard Jones will do a lunchtime reading from her novel The Next Time You See Me. After lunch is a presentation by Sena Jeter Naslund entitled “Knowing the Self Through Knowing the Other,” which will feature the research for her latest novel The Fountain of St. James Court; or Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman, then two more consecutive sessions: Mariam Williams will discuss “Black Arts Movement Pride, Walker’s Womanism and Hillbilly Sisterhood: the African American Women’s Literary Series in the 1990s” and Playwrights Nancy Gall-Clayton & Kathi E. B. Wlllis will present “When Characters Speak.”
Source: UofL Libraries Blog
Lockers for Academic Year 2013-14 must be emptied by May 12. After May 12, locker contents will be emptied and will be deemed property of the Law School.
Please return your locks to Maggie Bratcher, Room 208, from 10am – 2pm. Questions? Contact Maggie Bratcher.
Welcome to the first installment of the law library's Employee Spotlight series, which we're sure will become as wildly popular as Stephen Colbert's Better Know a District.
First up is "Fightin' 3L" Michael Atkinson who has been a student worker since his second semester of law school. While serving as the SBA's Historian and earning Top Grades in three classes, he also managed to perform 365 hours of public service, which earned him the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Award and solidified his super hero law student status.What’s your hometown?
Where did you complete your undergraduate degree and what was your major?
Indiana University Southeast, and I majored in Political Science and International Studies.
What led you to law school and what do you plan to do with your law degree?
At IUS I took a class in Constitutional Rights and Liberties, focusing primarily on the First Amendment. I very much enjoyed discussing constitutional issues, and so decided to go to law school to continue that discussion. After law school I plan work in a field relating to legal research and writing, and eventually pursuing a Master of Library Science degree, as I am interested in becoming a law librarian someday.
What do you enjoy about working in the law library?
The books, for one. Especially when I get to shelve the Supreme Court briefs in the attic with all the other historical volumes. At times I have to remind myself I'm supposed to be shelving the books and not reading them.
What’s your favorite book?
It's very hard to pick just one, but one of my favorites is The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I particularly enjoyed his sense of wit and random hilarity. My other favorites include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, David Copperfield, The Remarkable Journey of Prince Jen by Lloyd Alexander, and The Pushcart War by Jean F. Merrill.
Do you have a favorite quote?
"Everybody was a baby once, Arthur. Oh, sure, maybe not today, or even yesterday. But once. Babies, chum: tiny, dimpled, fleshy mirrors of our us-ness, that we parents hurl into the future, like leathery footballs of hope. And you've got to get a good spiral on that baby, or evil will make an interception!" ~The Tick.
If you could have dinner with anyone dead or alive, who would that be?
Assuming we're referring to real people and not fictional, I would very much like to have a conversation with the aforementioned Douglas Adams and J.R.R. Tolkien. I would also invite Rowan Atkinson (aka Mr. Bean) , Patrick Stewart, and Jennifer Lawrence.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
I have a *blog, hypotheticallywriting.wordpress.com, where I write stories featuring random characters (like the heroic superhero Captain Happily Married) dealing with events such as zombie penguin apocalypses. I've also written a short story and several novels, which I self-published through Amazon.
*Editor's Note: In addition to his fictional short-stories, Michael has also journaled about his Law School Adventures.