The Kentucky Bar Association, the Louisville Bar Association and the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville will host a1-day program entitled Why Choose Law: Diversity Matters. This program is aimed at encouraging Kentucky high school and college students of diverse backgrounds to become lawyers and practice in Kentucky by exposing them to practitioners, law school professors, and judges. It is targeted to students who are from groups typically underrepresented in law school classes, to include racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, varied religious affiliations, geographic, socio-economic backgrounds, and sexual orientation groups.
The program will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. 25 high school juniors & seniors and 25 college/university students from Kentucky will be selected to participate. Admission for this program is on a space-available basis and applications must be submitted by January 31, 2015. The application is included below. If you have specific questions or need additional information about the program, please contact Mark Flores at 859-244-7529 (direct) or 859-231-0000.
UofL alumnus Lowry Watkins funded the position to honor legacy of William Marshall Bullitt.
The Louis D. Brandeis School of Law has received funding from Lowry Watkins to create the William Marshall Bullitt Endowed Chair in Business Law. Watkins is a graduate of UofL’s College of Business (1968) and Bullitt’s grandson. He has been a longtime supporter of the law school.
Law Dean Susan Duncan expressed appreciation for the gift stating, “Thanks to Lowry, one of our most generous donors, we can forever honor the legacy of one of our most famous graduates, William Marshall Bullitt, and provide student scholarships, moot court experiences, access to important library materials and exposure to top notch faculty.”
Bullitt was a law school alumnus of national prominence who often used his aptitude for math to win cases. Bullitt (1873-1957) served as President Taft’s solicitor general, representing the government in arguments before the U. S. Supreme Court and making headlines for his role in the prosecution of a notorious Soviet spy.
On October 3, 2014 Lowry Watkins joined Duncan at a reception to celebrate the funding of the William Marshall Bullitt Endowed Chair in Business Law. The teaching and research emphasis of the chair will be on finance and business law. The date of the gathering had particular significance for Watkins since it marked the 57th anniversary of Bullitt’s death.
At the event—attended by more than 50 people including undergraduate and law students, local lawyers and faculty and staff—Watkins shared memories of his grandfather.
The law school hopes to fill this position by the fall 2017.
Professor Cedric Merlin Powell suggests the flawed justice system needs to be part of the discussion in understanding why people are protesting.
James A. Becker, assistant dean for information technology, has been selected to participate in the Provost’s 2015 Staff Leadership Academy, which gives participants knowledge related to university administration and assists them in developing leadership qualities to prepare them for future leadership roles, which they can apply in current and future positions at the university. Academy candidates are nominated by vice presidents and deans, chosen from among staff who serve or have served in supervisory or project management roles, demonstrated an interest in learning about leadership, and are forward thinkers who possess strong communication and critical thinking skills. The Academy consists of monthly workshops on leadership topics, group work to complete a capstone project, individual work with a mentor, and a graduation ceremony.
Lars Smith, Stallings Professor of Law, gave a talk in November at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. The interdisciplinary conference that brings together scholars interested in Legal, Managerial, and Economic aspects of innovation was the forum for his presentation on "Legal Regulation of Bitcoins."
The FBA Section on Taxation would like to announce the 2015 Donald C. Alexander Writing Competition. Law students may submit any original paper concerning federal taxation between 20 and 50 double spaced pages. Seminar papers and articles submitted (but not yet selected for publication) to law reviews, journals, or other competitions are eligible.
Winning authors receive $2,000 or $1,000 and a trip to the FBA's Annual Tax Law Conference in Washington, D.C. Entries may be submitted to Marcellus Howard at firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is January 5, 2015.