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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.

 

Congratulations Kentucky Mock Trial Teams!!

Congratulations to UofL's Kentucky Mock Trial teams. Both teams advanced to the semi-final rounds, with the team of Dustin Thaker, Christopher Roby, Tonya Appleby, and Colleen Clemons winning the competition. UofL's other semi-finalist team consisted of Ben Weigel, Courtney Clark, Mac Adams, and Diana Kolze. The team was coached by Shelley Lemons.

Kentucky Chief Justice Lambert appointed to national Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction

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.

Diversity Program on Reproductive Freedom

The Diversity Committee at the Brandeis School of Law presents:

Reproductive Freedom 
Tuesday, November 13 
Noon-1:30
Cox Lounge (2d floor, law school)

Guest Speakers:
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 robin.harris@louisville.edu.

SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series

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.

Browse abstracts:
http://www.ssrn.com/link/U-Louisville-LEG.html

Subscribe:
http://hq.ssrn.com/jourInvite.cfm?link=U-Louisville-LEG

Call for Papers: Harper Academic Research Competition

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

Public Service Opportunity: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Clinic

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.

If you cannot attend the Lunch 'n Learn, e-mail Mary Jo Gleason at maryjo.gleason@louisville.edu or Sarah Aronhime at sparon001@louisville.edu for more information.

Requirements to Participate in the Clinic:

  1. Sign up for the clinic anytime after the Lunch 'n Learn by sending an e-mail to Jina Scinta at jina.scinta@louisville.edu . 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.)
  2. 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.
  3. Commit to volunteering at least 30 hours in the clinic.
  4. 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.

Louisville Law Mugs

Starting Thursday November 1, all beverages must be in a Louisville Law mug to be allowed in the Law Library. The mugs are available for $5.00 in the Copy Center on the 2d floor (Room 272).

Notices about the Spring 2008 Externships

Notices about the Spring 2008 Externships:


(1)An informational meeting is scheduled on Tuesday, November 6th at
1:15 – 2:00 p.m. in Room 071.

(2)The application for certification as a student representative by the Supreme Court of
Kentucky must be submitted to Rita Siegwald on or before November 19,
2007.

(3)The Domestic Violence Externship will not be offered.

 

(4) The Legal Aid externship has been added to the latest version of the Spring 2008 schedule.

Spring 2008 Registration Deadlines

The Spring 2008 registration packets will be available from the Student Records office on Wednesday, October 31. Please read them carefully for information about registering for your Spring 2008 courses. Failure to follow the instructions may result in delays in your registration and loss of priority registration. In particular, please be aware of the following dates:

Wednesday, November 7: Employment certification and any applicable Pre-registration forms are due to the Student Records office

Thursday, November 8: Priority registration for full-time 3L students and all part-time students.

Friday, November 9: Priority registration for full-time 2L students.

Monday, November 12: Registration for 1L students

November 13-18: University registration system is closed.