Brandeis School of Law Dean Susan Duncan has announced that Professor Cedric Powell has agreed to be the Dean for Research next year.
“Professor Powell's reputation nationally as an excellent scholar and his mentoring experience makes him a great choice,” said Dean Duncan.
Professor Powell has been a lead primary commentator/panelist for the annual John Mercer Langston Black Male Faculty Writing Workshops, and has also spearheaded the Charles Parrish Brother-to-Brother Initiative on campus, which helps recruit, retain and promote African American male staff, faculty and administrators.
Dean Duncan will work with Professor Powell to bring speakers to the law school on a variety of topics. Professor Powell succeeds Professor John Cross in this role.
The Legal Aid Society’s Brush, Bottle and Barrel of the Bluegrass will be held on April 24, from 5:30 to 8:30 at Louisville Collegiate School. All proceeds of this annual event benefit the Legal Aid Society’s mission of “pursuing justice for people in poverty.”
Brandeis School of Law has a connection with the Legal Aid Society through our Brandeis Fellows, the LAS externship, public service placements, and the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Internship in Public Service, which is annually awarded to one of our students.
The Brush, Bottle and Barrel is an evening of sampling Kentucky bourbons, wines and beers and food from local restaurants. In addition there will be a silent auction featuring vacation getaways, sporting events tickets, airline tickets and more. The BBB also functions as the preview party for the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair. You can purchase art objects before the Fair opens to the public on Saturday.
Professor Laura McNeal was quoted in an article that appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle over the weekend, headlined “Video of police shooting isn’t a lock for criminal conviction.”
The article examines the North Charleston, South Carolina, incident on April 4 in which Police Office Michael T. Slager shot and killed Walter L. Scott while he fled from a traffic stop. Video of the incident was caught on a bystander’s cell phone and showed Slager firing off eight shots, four of which hit Scott in the back.
Slager, 33, has been arrested and charged with murder.
The San Francisco Chronicle article questions if video evidence is enough to convict Slager, pointing to previous incidents caught on video that did not yield such results, including last year’s fatal chokehold that killed Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, and the Rodney King case from 1991.
In the latter case, police officers testified that they were defending themselves from an aggressive King. Professor McNeal said that angle is unlikely to be used in the South Carolina case because Scott didn’t appear to pose a threat and was also unarmed.
“I’d be hard-pressed to find a jury that would not convict this officer of murder,” McNeal told the publication, adding that a jury might conclude that Slager didn’t have time to plan the killing and convict him of second-degree murder instead of premeditated first-degree murder.
The law school has arranged externships at many and varied placement sites, each offering unique learning opportunities for students. Amount of academic credit varies, but for each hour of credit earned students ordinarily are expected to devote 56 hours per semester to field work. Students ordinarily should have blocks of 3-4 hours at a time for field work. For fall 2015, the course schedule has been designed so that Tuesday afternoons should be available for most students for part of their externship work. For more information, review the course schedule and see the TWEN course titled “Externship INFORMATION.” Pre-registration forms are available from TWEN, and outside rooms 216 and 287.
Here's a roundup of recent law school related news from the Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations.
Highlights from the LBA's April 2015 Bar Briefs:
- Dean Susan Duncan's April column features "The Brandeis Connection to SCOTUS' Same-Sex Marriage Decision" and "Brandeis Students Gain 'Real Life' Experiences Through College of Business Partnership" (pages 6 & 9).
- Professor Kurt Metzmeier writes about "Homing in on the Home-Rule Rules: Researching Kentucky Municipal and County Law" (page 17)
- "Behind the Bench: Judge Jennifer H. Leibson, Jefferson District Court, Division 5" features Professor Leibson's daughter (page 4).
- Professors Mark Rothstein, JoAnne Sweeny, and Russ Weaver are spotlighted in "Technology and Privacy - 50 years after Griswold v Connecticut" for their work on privacy issues (page 6).
- The Dean's column also includes, "Laboratory for Democracy and Citizenship and the 2015 Brandeis Medal Recipient" (page 6).
- In her monthly column, Dean Duncan reports about the Inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Summit and announces that Arthur Miller has been named the 2015 Brandeis Medalist. Lastly, Professors Laura McNeal and Cedric Powell are spotlighted in "Brandeis Professors Add to Ferguson Discussion" (page 6).
- Photos of the Louisville Law School community are featured in "Bench & Bar Social" (pages 12-13).
- "Diversity and Disability Discrimination: Impact on the Legal Profession" by Professor Laura Rothstein (pages 18-19)
- "Batson v. Kentucky: A Retrospective" by Professor Justin Walker (pages 10-13)
- "Young Lawyers Called to Public Service" may be of interest to Louisville Law students (pages 18-21).
- "Data Breach and the Kentucky Lawyer" by Professor Michael Losavio, UofL Justice Administration
- The bi-monthly UofL column features an introduction to two incoming Louisville Law faculty, Goldburn P. Maynard and Justin Walker. Also included is an announcement about Daniel Cameron, '11, being named Senator McConnell's Legal Counsel (pages 49-50).
- Several graduates are featured in "On the Move" (pages 70-77).
- Robert Franklin Cooper Jr., '38, is honored "In Memoriam". He lived to be 101 years old (page 78).