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Career Services and Public Service Dean Selected

The University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law welcomes new Assistant Dean for Career Services and the Public Service Program Kathy Urbach. In this role, Urbach will assist students in obtaining part-time positions while in school and full-time legal employment upon graduation; she will also direct the Law School's Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program. Urbach will join the law school on July 7, 2008.

Urbach is a Louisville native. She received her juris doctor from Georgia State University in 1991. She has experience in nonprofit management, legal services, and career and public service programs at law schools in Florida. Between 1998 and 2003, Urbach was at the University of Florida's Levin College of Law. During her tenure there, she served as Director and Assistant Director of the Public Service and Pro Bono Programs and as Assistant Dean of Career Services. Most recently, she worked as a career counselor for Florida Coastal School of Law.

 

UofL Law Review Announces 2008-09 Members

The University of Louisville Law Review has selected members for 2008-09. There were nearly fifty very talented applicants, and the selection process was extremely difficult. Thank you to everyone who applied, and congratulations to the new members of Volume 47:

Adam Stotts

Jennifer Tarrance

Allyson Emley

Jessica Richards

Andrew Palmer

Kassendra Glynn

Barry Dunn

Kristin Bourland

Brian Pollock

Leah Campbell

Brian Stempien

Lucie Small

Chad Propst

Mari-Elise Gates

Chelsea Castiglioni

Megan Hastings

Courtney King

Michael Swansburg

David Haney

Natalie Nerland

David Kincaid

Rexena Napier

Eric Burnette

Richard Elder

Ian Richetti

Sabina Kudmani

Jenna Glasscock

Trista Moss

 

All new members should check their e-mail in the near future for information regarding member orientation on Saturday, June 14. Again, congratulations, and welcome to the University of Louisville Law Review!

Central High School Students Meet Supreme Court Justice

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. As part of the law school's Signature Partnership program, students from Louisville's Central High School were able to attend the forum along with UofL faculty, staff and students. These high school students enjoyed a rare opportunity to meet with a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice. Following the forum, Justice Breyer took some time to talk to the Central High students and to pose for a group photo.

Through the Central Law and Government magnet program, students at Central High School have been provided a variety of enrichment activities - attending moot court competitions, attending speaker events, visiting the law school for a day of introduction to the law school, and participating in a writing competition. Such activities are hoped to "spark the interest" of students in becoming lawyers.

Alumni Class Notes Updated

Our alumni Class Notes Page has been updated. The information listed on this page will be published in our 2008 print Alumni Magazine. If you have any additional information you wish to share with other alums, please contact Beth Haendiges.

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.