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Bad Weather Policy--Evening Exams

If the University cancels evening classes during Law School exam weeks or cancels classes beginning at 4:00 p.m., evening final exams are cancelled. The Law School will notify students of the make-up date for any cancelled exam.

Bad Weather Exam Policy

If the University cancels or delays classes during Law School exam weeks the exam schedule will be changed as follows. If classes are cancelled for the day, all exams on that day are cancelled and we will notify all students of the date and time for the make-up.  If classes are delayed until 10:00 a.m., all day exams are postponed one hour.  Exams scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. will start at 10:00 a.m.  Exams scheduled to start at 1:00 p.m. will start at 2:00 p.m.  Exams scheduled to start at 6:00 p.m. are not postponed and will start at 6:00 p.m. 

If the weather prevents you from attending a scheduled exam, notify the Dean on Duty for that exam period, either Dean Duncan 852-6373; Dean DiSanza, 852-8956; or Dean Nowka, 852-6386.  The Dean on Duty schedule is attached.

4:00 p.m., Monday, November 24 - Deadline to submit make-up exam request forms

If you are planning to take a make-up exam this FALL semester, please submit your make-up exam request form to Student Records by 4:00 p.m., Monday, November 24, 2014.

The form is attached and there are forms on the wall outside of Rm. 217.  If you have questions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records.

Three Law Faculty Members Recognized By Louisville Bar Organizations for Community Engagement in 2014

On three occasions during 2014, Louisville Bar organizations recognized members of the law faculty for their service and contributions to the legal profession in Louisville.  On February 25, Professor Cedric Merlin Powell, received the Louisville Bar Association’s annual Trailblazer Award, given each year during Black History Month at the Bar Association. On October 2, Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes received the Lee A. Webb Award during the Louisville Bar Association Hispanic Heritage month program. On November 13, Professor Grace Giesel received the Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County Achievement in Excellence (Lifetime Achievement) Award. Ordinarily these awards are given to judges or members of the practicing bar. Having these three awards given to members of the Brandeis School of Law faculty demonstrates that the law school does not exist in an “ivory tower.” This recognition reflects the many contributions law school faculty members make to the Louisville legal community.

Monday, November 24, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. - Deadline To Submit Your Make-up Exam Request Form

If you are planning to take a make-up exam this FALL semester, please submit your make-up exam request form to Student Records by 4:00 p.m., Monday, November 24, 2014.

The form is attached and there are forms on the wall outside of Rm. 217.  If you have questions, please contact Barbara Thompson in Student Records.

SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Vol 8, No 6

The sixth and final issue of our SSRN Research Paper series this year features articles covering issues in healthcare, environmental law, and legal education.
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Professor Grace Giesel Honored by the Women Lawyers Association for Achievement in Excellence

On November 13, Professor Grace Giesel received the Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County Achievement in Excellence (Lifetime Achievement) Award. Professor Giesel is the Flexner Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor at the Brandeis School of Law. She has a distinguished record of teaching, scholarship and service. Her award from WLA recognizes these achievements, and in particular recognizes the service she has given the Kentucky bench and bar in the area of Professional Responsibility and Ethics. Each spring, she presents a CLE program to the WLA. The award was presented by Professor Laura Rothstein, the 2011 recipient of the award at the WLA luncheon.  In her introductory remarks she noted "Everyone at the law school knows that if you ask Grace to serve in any way, she can be counted on to do an excellent job. My highest test for judging the character of my colleagues is 'would Louis approve.' In the case of Grace, there is no doubt that he would. Today is the birthday of Louis Brandeis, and I know he would be pleased that she receives this honor on his birthday."

Tax Moot Court Team

The Moot Court Board congratulates Lee Wilson and Katie Halloran on making the the National Tax Moot Court Team. As members of the team, Lee and Katie will write a brief and present arguments as both petitioner and respondent. The competition will take place February 5-7, 2015, in Clear Water Florida. The team is coach by Professor Blackburn, Mark Hahn, and Laurie  McTighe.

Mark Rothstein Provides Expertise on Ebola Issues

Mark Rothstein, Boehl Professor of Law and Medicine and Director of the University of Louisville Institute for Bioethics, has been a resource for the national debate on legal, medical, and ethical issues related to individuals in the United States. He has appeared on CNN and been quoted in the Washington Post and other national news outlines. He has commented on the issue of quarantine and other ethical and legal issues that relate to treatment of individuals with Ebola. His comments on this issue were introduced by Congressman John Yarmuth at recent Congressional hearings. His recent publication in the American Journal of Public Health provides a broad perspective about the issues raised by the Ebola epidemic.