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Sayed Kashua Lecture and Discussion

The University of Louisville Jewish Studies Program warmly invites you to hear novelist, journalist, and screenwriter Sayed Kashua on "The Foreign Mother Tongue: Living and Writing as a Palestinian in Israel" at 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2015, in the Chao Auditorium of Ekstrom Library.  For reservations:

Brandeis alum Howard Fineman named Global Editorial Director of Huffington Post

Huffington Post has appointed Brandeis Alum Howard Fineman to its newly-created Global Editorial Director position. Fineman will be in charge of supervising the company's domestic news coverage, as well as international editions.

In a statement released to the media, Founder/Editor-in-Chief and President Arianna Huffington said:

"The Huffington Post has named Howard Fineman Global Editorial Director, effective immediately. We now have 13 international editions, with more rolling out this year, and Howard will extend his reach from the U.S. to our growing global audience. He will continue to keep tabs on U.S. news coverage, especially politics, as he works to integrate and grow all of our news coverage around the world."

The new position was created to keep up with Huffington Post's expanded international presence. Last year, for example, the company added editions for Greece, India and Morocco.

Fineman is also an NBC/MSNBC news analyst. Prior to his new position, he served as Editorial Director of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group. He also spent many years as a reporter, columnist, editor and Deputy Washington Bureau Chief at Newsweek Magazine.

Fineman has interviewed every major presidential candidate since 1985 as well as business and entertainment leaders. His book, The Thirteen American Arguments, was published by Random House in 2008 and was a national best seller.

A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Colgate, Fineman earned an MS from Columbia and a JD law degree from the University of Louisville in 1980 while working as a reporter for The Courier-Journal. In May 2011 he was awarded an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters by Colgate University, his college alma mater.

Fineman was the Brandeis School of Law's graduation speaker in 2013 and was named Alumni Fellow in 2011.

SSRN Legal Studies Research Paper Series, Vol 9, No 1

The year's first issue of our SSRN Research Paper series features publications from Professors Jordan, Powell, Rothstein, and Warren.

More information about the RPS:

Professor McNeal chosen as panelist for National Center for Civil and Human Rights event

Brandeis School of Law Professor Laura McNeal has been selected to be a panelist at the "Where Do We Go From Here?" event Jan. 20 at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.

"Where Do We Go From Here" is the title of Dr. Martin Luther King's last presentation and frames the discussion that will take place Jan. 20. The program will mark the rotation of a special collection of Dr. Martin Luther King's papers. This exhibition, titled "Strategies of the Civil Rights Movement," has been on display since Jan. 12 and will continue through May 3.

In addition to McNeal, panelists include youth, educators, community activists and religious leaders. They will examine the relevance and efficacy of lessons, strategies and tools from the Civil Rights era to today's issues of inequality and injustice. McNeal will specifically focus on:

  • How to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline;
  • Effective legal strategies and tools from the Civil Rights era that can be used as a framework for promoting equal educational opportunity in K-12 schools.

McNeal said she accepted the invitation to participate on the panel because of her passion and commitment to equal education opportunity.

"At a very early age my grandmother and namesake, Laura B. McNeal, taught me the power of education. She stressed that education was the great equalizer, a gateway to a future with endless possibilities. My participation in this event allows me to help further the legacy of both Dr. Martin Luther King and my grandmother -- two individuals committed to equality for all," McNeal said.

The event is being co-hosted by The National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Hunton & Williams LLP and the Georgia State College of Law.

Kennedy-appointed US District Attorney and UL Law grad dies

Richard P. "Dick" Stein, from Carmel, Indiana, passed away on Dec. 28. He was born Sept. 2, 1925 in New Albany, Indiana, to William P. Stein and Lillian Russell Stein.

In June 1950, Stein graduated from the University of Louisville and Louisville Law School. He was then admitted to the Indiana Bar, but was recalled to active duty shortly thereafter. During the Korean War, he served as a Lieutenant at a Naval Station in Newport, Rhode Island, before returning home to New Albany to practice law in 1952.

In 1954 and 1958, Stein was elected Prosecuting Attorney for Floyd County. At age 35, he was appointed to US Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana by President John F. Kennedy. Under Kennedy, he received the honor of being allowed to practice in front of the US Supreme Court.

In 1965, Stein was reappointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He resigned in 1966 and was appointed Chairman of the Indiana Public Service Commission.

In 1971, he became Legal Counsel for Eli Lilly and Co. for three years, and then spent 15 years as senior vice president of Public Affairs at the Public Service Company of Indiana (now Duke Energy).

Stein was named a Sagamore of the Wabash five times by five different governors. He was also a member of the Service Club of Indianapolis and former member of the American Legion, the Knights of Columbus, the Columbia Club, the Athletic Club and the Highland Club.


Yosemite Users With Printing Issues

If you have installed Yosemite and are still experiencing printer issues please see me in office 119 or stop by the Help Desk in front of the computer lab on the first floor of the library. We have a script that has been proven to work on multiple laptops to re-enable printing on Yosemite.

UL Law grad and District Counsel, US Army Engineer District, passes away

Fred Rager, of Jeffersonville, Indiana, died on Dec. 25. He was born on Oct. 17, 1922 in Jeffersonville to Augustus Marion Rager and Mary Ellen Rager.

Prior to graduating from the UL Brandeis School of Law, Rager served in the Army Air Corps, Pacific Theater, in World War II. Upon graduation and through his retirement, Rager served as District Counsel, US Army Engineer District, in Louisville.

He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Frances, and is survived by his children, Laura McKinstry (Richard), Kirtley Cooke (Cheri), of Jeffersonville, and Shellie Fielden (John) of Honolulu; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.



YPAL's Legal Ease: Minorities and Women in Law

Looking for a way to connect and learn from some of Louisville's most prominent attorneys? Join us on January 22 for the third edition of Legal-Ease Series. At this lunch series, we will hear from diverse attorneys who have excelled in their areas of practice.  The set-up gives young professionals a comfortable way to interact with our guests, who will share their best career advice.

A buffet lunch will be provided with registration.  Seating is very limited, so REGISTER EARLY!

Confirmed Guests (more to be announced soon):

  • Theresa Canaday - Member at Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Allison Donovan - Member at Stoll Keenon Odgen PLLC
  • Gerald Reynolds - General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary at LG&E and KU
  • Alan Tse - Executive Vice President & General Counsel at Churchill Downs Incorporated

For more information, contact Tiffany Ge at

Former salutatorian promoted to membership at Louisville firm

University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law alum, Michael Kleinert, has been promoted to membership in Stites & Harbison, PLLC, as part of the Business Litigation Service Group

He earned his JD, magna cum laude, in 2006. He also was the salutatorian (Edwin O. Davis Award). He is part of a group of 16 attorneys that have been promoted within the Louisville-based firm.



Law Library spotlights Louisville's role in civil rights trial



In October, the Brandeis School of Law’s Allen Court Room hosted a reenactment of the sensationalized Carl Braden trial of 1954, in which Braden was sentenced to 15 years in prison for sedition after he and his wife Anne purchased a home for an African American family in the Louisville area that is now Shively. The reenactment was part of a series of events to mark the 60th anniversary of the Wade/Braden story, which quickly became a formative event for Louisville and the nation as citizens grappled with a fledgling Civil Rights movement. 

To commemorate the trial – and the events leading up to it – UL’s Law Library is featuring the exhibit, “Black Freedom, White Allies & Red Scare: Louisville, 1954.” The closing date is set for Jan. 30. 

Also on that day, Professors Laura Rothstein and Jamie Abrams will host their classes in the library where Cate Fosl, director of the UofL Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, will provide an overview of the exhibit and historical context about the Braden/Wade story. Fosl is also Anne Braden’s biographer and her book, “Subversive Southerner” was a co-winner of the Oral History Association’s Book Award in 2003.

Sedition charges

The historical context essentially begins in March of 1954 when Andrew and Charlotte Wade ask whites Carl and Anne Braden to help purchase a home after realtors repeatedly refused to sell to the African American family. The Bradens closed on a home in what is now Shively in May and hand the keys over to the Wades who were the only African Americans in the neighborhood. 

Shortly after their move-in date, the Wade house was bombed and crosses were burned on the lawn. 

Carl and Anne Braden were subsequently accused of staging the purchase and bombing as part of a communist plot to take over the state government.

The case went to trial and Carl Braden was charged with sedition. At the time, working for racial integration was interpreted by many Southern whites to be an embrace of communism.  Braden was sentenced to 15 years and served eight months.

Unable to live in the damaged house and still facing harassment, the Wades, who had a toddler and a newborn at the time, moved out of their house.  

Following the trial, the Bradens continued to fight for social justice, supporting civil rights, desegregation and labor issues, among other efforts. They were both arrested numerous times while protesting and landed on the FBI investigation list because of their alleged ties to the Communist party. 

Carl Braden died in 1975. Prior to her death in 2006, Anne Braden was the University of Louisville’s first visiting scholar in Race and Gender Studies. 

The exhibit and its significance

The exhibit itself features photos and archival materials from the home purchase, the trial Carl Braden’s imprisonment, the years following the case and the events of the era that strongly influenced the case. The exhibit is the result of a collaboration between the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research, the University of Louisville Archives & Special Collections, Louisville Free Public Library and Courier-Journal Media.

Robin Harris, public services librarian and professor of legal bibliography, said the exhibit is a good example of UL’s commitment to diversity. 

“Well before the topic of diversity became mainstream, the university was working on it and the law school in particular has been a leader in diversity efforts for more than 20 years. All of the deans have been committed,” Harris said. “This exhibit is not only a good example of that, but also a good example of its commitment to interdisciplinary studies.” 

The interdisciplinary angle comes from Fosl, who is a faculty member in the women’s and gender studies program within the College of Arts and Science. 

Harris adds that, from a historical perspective, the exhibit also provides a powerful narrative about a “seminal event” in Louisville and US history. 

“It’s been 60 years since this happened and it’s really important for people of all ages to know about this trial, from the purchase to the bombing to the trial, particularly from a law perspective,” Harris said. “We’re fortunate to have it here on display. It’s a fitting tribute to the role that Louisville had in the Civil Rights movement.” 

More information about the story is available on NPR’s “Here and Now,” available online.

The exhibit will next appear at the White Privilege Conference, March 11-15 at Louisville’s Galt House.