Written By Rebecca Sears
Last Sunday's Boston Globe featured a lengthy article on the "modern progressive's moral conundrum" regarding fetal personhood. It was the lead story in the paper’s “Ideas” section. The author drew largely from UofL law professor Luke Milligan’s research on John Rawls and fetal personhood. Professor Milligan is quoted a handful of times in the article.
In the article Milligan explained how the wide use of the fetal ultrasound, beginning in the 1970s, has “forced us to come to terms with the similarities between fetuses and born children.” Milligan suggested in the article that there hasn’t been sufficient reflection on fetal rights within progressive circles. "It has become this conundrum, this intersection of human rights," said Milligan. "It's incumbent on modern progressives to focus on the intersections of those rights, and figure out how best to mediate those conflicting rights."
Professor Milligan explained to me that fetal personhood is a tough issue to write and talk about. He says that “many shy away from it because of the perceived implications for abortion rights--and anytime you get close to the abortion issue (particularly as a man) you invite some backlash.” Milligan clarifies that “fetal personhood is not a thinly-veiled religious claim about abortion; it's not even a conservative claim; rather it's a progressive claim about human rights—the human rights of the fetus.” He explains that “the claim is not grounded in God or tradition, but rather in a humanistic morality—the same morality that drives progressive views on civil rights, capital punishment, immigration, animal rights, and the environment.” Yet for a variety of reasons, Milligan says, “fetal personhood is the progressive issue that dare not speak its name.”
Milligan joined the UofL faculty in 2008 after working as a criminal defense lawyer with the Williams & Connolly law firm in Washington, D.C. Milligan says that “teaching law at UofL is a terrific job. Many of my colleagues are leaders in their fields, and I get to think, write, and speak about the issues I feel are important. There’s nothing I’d rather do with my life.”
In "The Mighty Walk" (Liberty Magazine, May/June 2013), 2013 Alumni Fellow, Stephen T. Porter, '68, reflects upon the events that led to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visit to the law school on March 30, 1967.
While on a break from classes at Duke University, he joined thousands of protesters at that monumentous rally in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965. It was there that he bonded with six young African-American college students who gathered together to hear the great orator speak. Just two years later, the legendary civil rights leader accepted the invitation of Mr. Porter and his classmates to speak at the law school.
The march into the city was on streets lined by locals taunting and cursing with racial epithets, but the crowd of marchers dominated the city that day and made its presence felt not only to the local populace and state leaders but also to the nation as a whole. The national press decided to cover this whole event (some claimed it was only because a White minister had been killed). More than 25,000 marchers heard the speakers ask for the right to vote for all citizens of Alabama. Best known of those speeches was certainly the one by Martin Luther King, sometimes referred to as the “How Long, Not Long” or the “Our God Is Marching On” speech.
Visit Liberty Magazine to read the full story.
The public is invited to view several of the rare photos included in the story at a free event on Friday, February 28 to celebrate Black History Month. The Martin Luther King Jr. Photo Dedication & Graduates of Color Reunion will begin at 5:30 PM in the Allen Courtroom.
Law Librarian, Robin Harris, was recently interviewed about the special collection by WFPL News in their report, "University of Louisville to Unveil Never-Before Seen Martin Luther King Jr. Photos". She also participated in a video produced by UofL's Office of Communications & Media, "UofL Remembers MLK visit", that includes testimonials of students who were in attendance on that historic day.
University IT's personal computer repair service will close permanently April 30, 2014. This change only affects repair for personally purchased computer hardware. Repairs in progress will be completed, but no additional equipment will be accepted for repair after this date. Help with malware removal, passwords and other software-related issues will remain available from the iTech Connect office located on the lower level of Miller Information Technology Center (where McAlister's is located).
Are you interested in the business of sports? This year the Brandeis School of Law and the Black Law Student Association have teamed up with the The College of Education and Human Development's Sport Administration program to support their fifth annual speaker series. The event brings together alumni, students, and leading professionals in the sporting industry. This year’s Speaker Summit will feature various sport industry professionals with experience in sport law, sport communication, and sport administration. This year’s Speaker Summit will be headlined by ESPN’s Jemele Hill. The last panel will include speakers Darren Heitner and Geoffrey Rapp brought in by the law school to talk about legal issue in college sports.
The event will be held on Friday, February 28 from 8 AM until 2:20 PM. The schedule of events can be seen here. Registration is $25 for law students, which includes both breakfast and lunch. The place to register for the event is here. The Office of Professional Development is able to defer the cost of registration for the first 10 current law students to register and attend the conference. Bring your registration materials and proof of attendance to Prof. Lars Smith.
Students wishing to attend only the last panel on legal issues in college sports may attend that session for free.
For students interested in further developing skills and distinguishing themselves in the job market, the Law School offers a “Certificate of Accomplishment in Litigation Skills” and a “Certificate of Accomplishment in Transactional Skills” to be awarded as an honor upon graduation. The award of a Certificate is intended to demonstrate to potential employers that the student possesses additional training in lawyering skills and values associated with litigation practice or transactional practice.
Professor Nowka, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, will describe both certificate programs and discuss:
- Eligibility for Participation
- Requirements for Award of a Certificate
- Program curriculum
This is your chance to learn about an opportunity to develop further distinction at the JD level, and to receive recognition for successful completion of a course of study and advanced training in preparation for professional practice. All law students are invited to attend.
Thursday, March 6
Laissez les bons temps rouler
(Let the good times roll!)
All law students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Mosaic Lobby on TUESDAY, March 4, for the 5th annual Mardi Gras Party! We'll serve lunch catered by Joe's OK Bayou: Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans & Rice, Vegetarian Gumbo, and we'll have a faux King Cake from Nord's Bakery. The buffet will open at 11:45. The Cake Walk game will begin at 12:20 in Room 175. All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to play! The winner will take home a real King Cake from Joe's OK Bayou. Remember to wear your Mardi Gras colors!
Mardi Gras takes place 46 days before Easter. Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The most famous Mardi Gras celebration is held in New Orleans. Mardi Gras is an annual celebration called le mardi gras (literally, "fat Tuesday") or le carnaval in French. Mardi Gras has three official colors: purple (justice), gold (power), and green (faith).
Five days and counting to Mardi Gras! All law students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Mosaic Lobby on TUESDAY, March 4, for the 5th annual Mardi Gras Party! We'll serve lunch catered by Joe's OK Bayou: Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans & Rice, Vegetarian Gumbo, and we'll have a faux King Cake from Nord's Bakery. The buffet will open at 11:45. The Cake Walk game will begin at 12:20 in Room 175. The winner will take home a real King Cake from Joe's OK Bayou. Remember to wear your Mardi Gras colors!
The food will be Cajun
The music will flow
Come wearing your beads –
It’s Mardi Gras don’t ya know!
Please join us!
Mosaic Lobby, Tuesday March 4
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
All rising 2Ls and 3Ls are invited to an informative information session on Feb. 25, at 11:50, regarding the Kentucky Innocence Project (KIP) Externship. Students who participate in the KIP Externship learn about investigative techniques, witness interviewing skills, filing post-conviction motions, and evidence handling. Students then go into the field in supervised teams of two or three students to serve the interests of their clients. Students can earn four credit hours during the 2014-15 academic year.
Linda Smith, the Supervising Attorney for KIP, and Jimmer Dudley, the Investigator for KIP, will discuss the Kentucky Innocence Project and how you can participate. This externship is available to rising 2Ls and 3Ls. The Cafe will cater lunch for attendees while it lasts. Please bring your own drink. Room 175
Please join the International Law Society and the Federalist Society in hosting two German law professors on Thursday, March 6, at 1 p.m. in LL80. While visiting the U.S., Professors Stephan and Wagner have offered to give a presentation to all UofL Law School faculty, staff and students, and we of course have graciously accepted.
The presentation will focus on civil rights considered "fundamental" in Germany and how those rights compare and contrast to what we consider to be fundamental rights in America. Once the presentation is over, there will be time for questions concerning the information in the presentation and general questions on the practice of law in Germany. Please consider joining us if you have ever thought of pursuing any form of international law, have any interest in constitutional law, or would just like to see how lawyers practice law in a legal system different from our own.
Please email Isaac Fain if you are positive you can attend the event so the organizers can obtain a preliminary head count. Thank you.