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Brown Selected Kentucky Justice Secretary

J. Michael Brown (1979) has been named secretary of Kentucky Governor-elect Steve Beshear's Justice Cabinet. Brown is an attorney with Stites & Harbison. In the past, he has served as Louisville's law director, been a Jefferson District Court judge, and chairman and vice chairman of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority.

In the role of justice secretary, Brown will oversee the Department of Corrections and the Kentucky State Police.

Kudos November 29, 2007

Ariana Levinson's piece "Editing Tips for the Busy Attorney" appears in the November edition of the Kentucky Bench & Bar (available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1031740).

Levinson presented her paper "Lawyering Skills Principles and Methods Offer Insight as to Best Practices for Arbitration" (available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1022065) to the faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Law on November 20, 2007.

Samuel Steinfeld, former state chief justice, dies at 101

Former Kentucky Chief Justice Samuel Steinfeld died November 22, 2007, at the age of 101.

Steinfeld was born in 1906. He was raised  in Louisville and graduated in 1924 from Male High School. He graduated from the University of Louisville law school in 1928.

Steinfeld served on the Court of Appeals from 1967 to 1975 and became chief justice in 1972. During that time, the Court of Appeals was Kentucky's highest court. The court system was reorganized a in 1975 when a constitutional amendment added an intermediary appeals court and the highest court became the Kentucky Supreme Court. While Steinfeld officially retired from the bench in 1975, he continued to serve as a special judge in Jefferson Circuit Court until 1985 as well as in some appointments in U.S. District Court.

Steinfeld also taught courses at U of L's law school, where he was active in alumni associations. He served as a trustee and president of the alumni association and the Law Alumni Foundation.

Bartholomew Selected New Chief Judge of District Court

Louisville Law graduate Judge Judith K. Bartholomew has been chosen chief judge of Jefferson County District Court. Bartholomew replaces Judge Audra Eckerle, who was elected to Jefferson Circuit Court in November 2007.

Louisville Law National Moot Court Teams Shine at Regional Competition

Two University of Louisville teams achieved success at the National Moot Court Regional Competition, November 16-17 in Richmond, Va. One team, made up of third-year students Robyn Lurding and Claire Parsons, and a second team with third-year Jeff Nicoson and second-year Steve Mattingly, both had undefeated records in the Friday preliminary rounds and advanced the Saturday quarter-finals. Along the way, they knocked off teams from UNC, George Mason, William & Mary, and Kentucky. Only six of the 20 teams made it through to the quarters, and U of L had two of them.

National Moot Court faculty advisor Professor Sam Marcosson shared his pride in the teams, "I could not have been any prouder of them; they were truly brilliant and they represented the school wonderfully. Congratulations to the two teams for their tremendous performances, both in the prelims and in two close quarter-finals against outstanding teams from Duke."

Leopard & Wireless

Students with Macs who have recently upgraded OS X from Tiger (10.4) to Leopard (10.5) are advised to update to 10.5.1, which Apple released last week.  From our initial testing, it appears that this update resolves the problem with connecting to the University's wireless network and makes the connection persistent.

To update, click the Apple icon, then "Check for Updates." 

Kudos November 2007

On October 15, 2007, Professor Laura Rothstein spoke at the University of Vermont's 17th Annual Conference on Legal Issues in Higher Education. Professor Rothstein spoke on the following topics: "Millennial Students and ADA Updates"; "High Risk Student Behavior"; and "Managing High Risk Student Behavior on Your Campus."

Professor Tony Arnold's monograph Fair and Healthy Land Use: Environmental Justice and Planning has been published by the American Planning Association.

Professor Arnold spoke at the LBA CLE "Environmental Justice: Current Developments" on November 13.

Ariana Levinson's paper entitled, "Lawyering Skills Principles and Methods Offer Insight as to Best Practices for Arbitration" was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for MRN Negotiations & Dispute Resolution Network and NEG Subject Matter Journals throughout much of November 2007.

Lisa Nicholson's paper entitled, "Making In-Roads to Corporate General Counsel Positions: It's Only a Matter of Time?" was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for MRN Corporate Strategy & Business Policy Network and POL Subject Matter Journals in November 2007.

Louisville Law Negotiation Teams Finish Strong in ABA Competition

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.

BLS Students Attend Civil Trial

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.

Brandeis Documentary Has Premiere at Law School

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.