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Clayton Receives LBA Trailblazer Award

Judge Denise ClaytonOn May 8, 2008, Judge Denise Clayton ('76) was honored with the Louisville Bar Association's Trailblazer Award. The award was developed by the LBA Diversity Task Force to honor those who have made significant strides in promoting diversity in the profession.

Clayton became the first black woman appointed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in October 2007. She represents the 4th Appellate District, Division 2.

Prior to her appointment to the Court of Appeals, Clayton was chief circuit judge for Jefferson County, where she had been a circuit judge for nearly seven years. She was the first black woman to be a Kentucky Circuit Court judge. She had previously served in Jefferson County as a judge for District Court, Family Court and Drug Court.

Clayton began her legal career as an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service. She spent nine years in private practice and was the Legal Aid Society of Louisville's associate director before becoming a Jefferson County District Court judge in 1996.

 

Judge Simpson Named Chair of International Judicial Relations Committee

United States District Judge Charles R. Simpson III ('70) has been appointed chair of the federal judiciary's International Judicial Relations Committee. As chair of this committee, Simpson will coordinate the federal judiciary's relationship with foreign judiciaries and the organizations involved in expanding the rule of law and the administration of justice.

Simpson has a long history of involvement in relations with judiciaries of other countries. In 2000, he extablished the first Sister Court relationship with a federal court in the United States and a foreign court when the Western District of Kentucky partnered with acourt in Pula, Croatia.

Law School Hosts Open Forum with Justice Stephen Breyer

On May 6, 2008, the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law hosted a Kentucky Authors Forum conversation with United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Justice Breyer partook in a live interview with WFPL, followed by an open forum moderated by the law school's own Professor Sam Marcosson.

Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, took his seat in 1994. His book Active Liberty is based on the Tanner Lectures on Human Values that Justice Breyer delivered at Harvard University in 2004. In Active Liberty, Breyer argues that the Constitution's lasting brilliance is that its principles may adapt to cope with current situations.

Justice Breyer's WFPL Interview


The audience prepares for forum.

Members of the law school faculty.

Justice Breyer with Professor Macosson

 

 

Summer Classes--Last Day to Drop with 100% Tuition Reduction

The last day to withdraw from summer classes with 100% tuition reduction is Friday, May 16.

The last day to add a summer class is Friday May 16. 

Awards Program Honors Successes; Graduates Celebrate Completion of Program

On Friday, May 9, members of the law school's graduating class came together with family and friends to be recognized for their work in law school and to celebrate the completion of this phase in their education.

The law school has a rich history of both academic excellence and service to the community. Our graduates exemplify these characteristics. We are proud to honor them at the close of their education.

A copy of the Awards program can be downloaded by clicking here.





 

 

 

Students Offer Services to Community Organizations

As a member of the larger Louisville community, the University of Louisville places a high priority on using its resources to strengthen and transform the local community. Participating in public service projects is common for UofL students, but some students took their involvement a step further this semester by organizing group days and, in some cases, embracing often-overlooked causes.

UofL’s Brandeis School of Law coordinated its first community service day April 5. The idea came about when students voiced interest in a school-wide community service project during the school’s strategic planning process last year.

Read the complete story by Todd Wetzel.

Booksigning with Law School Alumnus

Howard Fineman (class of 1980), Newsweek columnist and MSNBC political analyst will discuss his new book The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates that Inspire and Define our Country at Carmichael's Bookstore on Thursday, May 15th at 7 PM.

Attention Graduates

Friday, May 9, the law school will host its Senior Honors Program at 5 p.m. in the Allen Courtroom, followed by a graduation reception in the Student Commons from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Please rsvp to Simone Beach sbeach@louisville.edu or 502-852-6366 no later than Monday, May 5.

Congratulations to all of you for making it through the program. We hope to see youat the party.

Journal of Law and Education extends deadline to April 25

The Journal of Law and Education has extended the deadline for completed application to April 25. Applications for the 2008-2009 Journal of Law and Education are available now in the Student Mailroom. Being a member of the JLE offers an opportunity to become published in a well-known journal. Further, you can expand your network while gaining valuable writing experience, impressive resume credentials, and writing samples for prospective employers.

The JLE operates under the belief that grades are not as important as excellent writing skills, dependability and strong interest, so any student who plans on attending classes through Spring 2009 is encouraged to apply. We are accepting over 30 candidates, so our acceptance rate is very high. Moreover, you can be a member of both journals at Brandeis.

The application packet simply contains a personal information sheet and a small sample case for which you will write an abstract. Applications are due on Friday, April 25. If you have any questions, contact Kevin J. Graves at kjgrav02@louisville.edu. Thank you and good luck.

Kaplan PMBR Courses

Students can continue to sign up for Kaplan PMBR courses.  The rates for May 2008 graduates are $999 Comprehensive, $799 6 Day Foundation, $499 3 Day Final Review.  The sooner you enroll the sooner your bar review materials can be shipped.  The bar review workbooks are used in May, June, and July so don't wait too long to enroll!  Please see your Kaplan PMBR student representatives (Natalie Etienne, Karin Moore Irwin, Maya Warrier, Will Corrigan, and Kathleen Johnson) for additional information and assistance in enrolling.