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Brandeis Documentary Airs on PBS January 14

"Louis Brandeis: The People's Attorney" will air on KET1 on Tuesday, January 8 at 9:00 p.m. and again on KET2 on January 14 at 10:00 p.m.

The documentary, which premiered in November at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law, includes interviews and commentary by Professor Laura Rothstein. For more information on the documentary, click here.

Book Signing with UofL Law School Grad

On Thursday, January 10th at 7 PM, avid woodsman and practicing attorney, Andre Bergeron, will participate in a reading and book signing for his new book, The Devil's Ridge. Bergeron uses the mythic quality of the North American great ape, Sasquatch, or Bigfoot, to craft a gripping page-turner that taps into our primal fears and basic instincts. Reminiscent of stories told around the campfire, The Devil's Ridge will make you wonder what is lurking in the shadows, just beyond the fire's light.

Andre Bergeron earned his Master's degree in English and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville. He practices law in Louisville. The Devil's Ridge is his first novel.

Where: Carmichael's Bookstore
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206
502-896-6950

 

 

Louisville Law Class of '67 Alum Profiled in CJ

Larry Franklin (class of 1967) was profiled in the December 30, 2007 Courier-Journal. (Click here for story). Franklin was named Kentucky's best trial lawyer by his peers in 2007. A top litigator in the state, Franklin has settled over 20 cases for $1 million or more.

Of late, Franklin has gained recognition with his work on the Lassiter case, in which he is defending the family against Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom.

Kudos, December 5, 2007

The book Education Stories has been published by Foundation Press. Included in the book is a chapter by Laura Rothstein: "The Story of Southeastern Community College v. Davis: The Prequel to the Television Series ER.

Jim Chen's paper entitled "The Most Dangerous Justice Rides into the Sunset" was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for Litigation, Procedure & Dispute Resolution Journals in early December.

Tony Arnold's paper "The Structure of the Land Use Regulatory System in the United States" was listed on SSRN's Top Ten list for its Political Science Network in late November.

Classroom Renovations Possible Through Generosity of Donors

Significant progress has been made on the renovations in the classroom wing during the last three years. We have completely refurbished the student commons area on the first floor and a number of adjacent spaces--the career services suite, Washer Lounge, the Lively Wilson Oral Advocacy office, two seminar rooms and the auditorium classrooms honoring the legacy of Wilson Wyatt.

The renovation of two more classrooms has been completed this fall. One honors the Class of '79; the other recognizes the distinguished law career and public service contributions of former Louisville mayor Frank W. Burke '48, thanks to a leadership gift from his son-in-law, Dennis Clare '68, and gifts from alumni and Burke's friends. The Frank Burke Classroom will be dedicated during the 2007 Dean's Holiday Reception.

Below are photos from some of our newly renovated classrooms.

The WilsonWyatt Classroom

The Women Lawyers Classroom

Classroom LL75 was dedicated to the graduates of classes 1948 - 1956

Generous contributions have allowed us to upgrade the technology available to faculty and students in our renovated classrooms.

 

Kentucky Supreme Court Oral Arguments Live Online

Kentucky Supreme Court oral arguments are available online. The public can now view live feeds of the arguments. To watch the feeds, go to the Kentucky Supreme Court website, http://www.courts.ky.gov/courts/supreme/ and select the Oral Arguments Calendar from the right-hand menu.

The next scheduled oral arguments are December 12, 2007.

LBA Santa's Court Toy Drive

The Law School has once again agreed to participate in the LBA Santa's Court Toy Drive. This is a drive to provide toys for the children not selected from the Salvation Army Angel Tree. The majority of the children not selected are older, so please gear your gifts toward older boys and girls. Some examples are games, sports equipment, watches, curling iron or makeup.

 

The deadline to donate is December 11. You may bring items to Becky Wimberg, Room 202.

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.