This last weekend, Nov. 10 and 11, 2007, Louisville Law's Negotiation Team competed in the ABA Regional Negotiation Team Competition held in Valparaiso, IN. The team of Adam Fuller and Elizabeth Powell finished sixth in the 20-team competition.
The team of Scott Powell and David Scott finished second and went on, with three other teams, to the final round. Scott and David then competed in the finals, finished second, and are alternates to the February ABA National Negotiation Team Competition in Los Angeles, California.
The coaches for the Negotiation Teams are Michelle Rudovich and Mary Jo Gleason. Gleason is the director of Louisville Law's Public Service Program. Rudovich works for the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney.
Professor Jennifer Hall's BLS (Basic Legal Skills) class had a unique opportunity to view the civil trial against McDonald's Corporation held in Bullitt County. Hall made arrangements with the Bullitt County Clerk of Court for the class to attend. Hall was pleased with her students' behavior and described the students' enthusiasm as "wonderful."
Hall also noted the positive way in which her class was received in the courtroom, "Everyone working at the Bullitt County Court house treated our class with respect and generous hospitality."
Below, a number of Hall's students stand outside the courthouse.
A new documentary about Justice Brandeis had its premiere at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law on November 13, 2008. It also ran all day, November 14. The documentary was commissioned by Savings Bank Life Insurance Company in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of its creation, 1907-2007 and was produced by Stuart Television Productions. The program will air on PBS On January 8, 2008 at 9:00 p.m..
The documentary, Justice Louis D. Brandeis: The People's Attorney, celebrates Brandeis' commitment to public service and was produced by Charles Stuart, recipient of six national Emmys, two Duponts, and various other national awards for producing, investigative reporting, and writing. Charles Stuart visited the law school and photographed many of the papers, photographs and other documents in the Brandeis Papers collection. He consulted with Kurt Metzmeier and Scott Campbell about the collection and interviewed Rabbi Joe Rooks Rapport and Laura Rothstein for the documentary. Charles Tachau, '48, grandson of Alfred Brandeis (brother of Louis Brandeis) provided additional family photographs. Appreciation is also expressed to David Ensign, acting dean in 2006, for his support of the project.
The creation of the Savings Bank Life Insurance Company in 1907 was made possible by the legislative groundwork laid by Brandeis. It allowed for savings banks to provide life insurance, and it was in response to the abuses of the life insurance companies of the time. At least one biographer has referred to this as what Brandies considered his greatest achievement. Alfred Lief, Brandeis: The Personal History of an American Ideal 105 (1936).
The documentary will be aired on KET1 on January 8, 2008, at 9 pm. It will air on KET2 on January 14 at 10 pm.
About Louis D. Brandeis
Louis D. Brandeis was born on November 13, 1856, in Louisville, Kentucky. His earliest memories are of his mother serving food to Union soldiers in his front yard. He left Louisville at age 16 and later graduated from Harvard Law School, had a brilliant career as a practicing lawyer and advocate on behalf of numerous public causes, and became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1916, at age 60. He resigned from the Court in 1939, and died in 1941. He chose the University of Louisville's School of Law as the final resting place for his remains. Although he never returned to live in Louisville, family members and their descendants remained in Louisville, and he continued to be connected to his family, to Louisville, to the University of Louisville, and to the Law School. The Law School was renamed the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1997. The Law Library houses the Louis Dembitz Brandeis (1856-1941) Papers. The Papers reflect the varied personal and professional interests of a Louisville native, Boston attorney, and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. To access a guide to these papers, click here.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. has appointed Kentucky Chief Justice Joseph E. Lambert to the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction of the Judicial Conference of the United States. The three-year appointment was effective Oct. 15, 2007. Lambert is one of six new members appointed to the 14-member committee. The membership includes state Supreme Court chief justices from Delaware, Kentucky, Montana and Pennsylvania; four U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals judges; four U.S. District Court judges; one U.S. bankruptcy judge; and one U.S. magistrate judge.
The Judicial Conference of the United States established the Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction in 1987 to study proposed changes in federal jurisdiction and to serve as a liaison with the state courts. Topics previously considered by the committee include class action/mass torts, patients' rights, immigration reform, asbestos litigation, private property rights, diversity jurisdiction and habeas corpus procedures. The committee usually meets in January and June of each year to consider pending business and to make recommendations to the Judicial Conference when appropriate.
"I am honored to be appointed by Chief Justice Roberts to this important committee," said Chief Justice Lambert. "Federal and state courts exist to serve the citizens of this nation and their work often overlaps. This committee endeavors to assure that judicial resources are used efficiently and to recognize the distinct role of state and federal courts."
Chief Justice Lambert was elected to the Supreme Court in 1986. In 1998, he became Kentucky's fourth chief justice by a vote of his fellow justices. He has since been elected to two additional four-year terms as chief justice.
The Diversity Committee at the Brandeis School of Law presents:
Tuesday, November 13
Cox Lounge (2d floor, law school)
Mimi Liu, Attorney, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Washington, D.C.
Fran Ellers, Louisville Writer and Editor
Dona Wells, Interim Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky
Moderator: Randy Strobo, Diversity Committee
Please join us as we hear from three experts on the topic of reproductive freedom: a Planned Parenthood attorney; the author of an upcoming book on the history of reproductive freedom in Kentucky; and, a local activist who is now serving as Interim Executive Director of the ACLU of Kentucky. A question-and-answer session will follow the speakers' presentations.
Co-sponsored by: The Women's Law Caucus, Women's & Gender Studies (U of L College of Arts & Sciences), Planned Parenthood of Louisville, and The American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky.
This program is free and open to the public.
For more information, please contact Robin Harris at 852-6083 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are pleased to announce that the University of Louisville, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law has joined the Social Science Research Network (SSRN). The first issue of our Legal Studies Research Papers Series is now available and features publications from six of our esteemed faculty members.
The Institute for Humane Studies invites essays that explore the topic listed below from any disciplinary perspective. The suggested length for papers is 3,500 words. Entrants may wish to address institutions, technology, information, social and political organization, human nature, psychology, history, philosophy, culture, or arts and literature in their work.
2008 Topic: What factors lead to prosperity, progress, and human flourishing?
Graduate students may submit published or unpublished work on the topic.Finalists may present their research at the 2008 Social Change Workshop.
Details, PDF flyers, and the online submission forms are available at http://www.theihs.org/grants_and_contest/id.1416/default.asp
Deadline: January 31, 2008
Interested in helping indigent clients, including immigrants and refugees, prepare their taxes in pring 2008 while earning public service credit? If so, please read the following:
Lunch 'n Learn on Wednesday, November 14, 2007, at 12:10 p.m. in Room 177. Carrie VanWinkle, associate director of Americana Community Center, will provide detailed information about the clinic and what is expected of student volunteers.
Requirements to Participate in the Clinic:
- Sign up for the clinic anytime after the Lunch 'n Learn by sending an e-mail to Jina Scinta at email@example.com . E-mails sent to Ms. Scinta prior to the Lunch 'n Learn will not be considered. (You do not have to attend the Lunch 'n' Learn in order to participate in the clinic.)
- Attend the mandatory training session on January 12, 2008. The training session will last approximately 8 hours and be held at the Americana Community Center.
- Commit to volunteering at least 30 hours in the clinic.
- Indicate on your reservation form fluency in any language besides English.
NOTE: Space is limited, and graduating students who need public service credit will be given priority. If you meet the criteria for priority treatment, you must indicate that in your e-mail to Ms. Scinta. Students who are not selected will be placed on a waiting list.