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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. 

Brandeis professor participating in Rutgers event

Brandeis Professor Ariana Levinson will participate in the Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations Mid-Year Fellows Workshop in Honor of Louis O. Kelso in New Brunswick, New Jersey, from Jan. 11-13.

Additionally, on Jan. 11, Professor Levinson will be a panelist for the session: "What Would It Take for Worker Cooperatives to Rapidly Develop in the United States and Are These Conditions Realistic."

On Jan. 13, Professor Levinson will be a discussant on a "Body of Work Presentation: A Jeffersonian Society by Hamiltonian Means: A Blueprint for American Revival" by Professor Robert Hockett of Cornell University School of Law.






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Kentucky ACLU's 60th anniversary exhibit kicks off

The "60 Faces of Liberty" exhibit begins today at the Ekstrom Library, and runs through March 31. The exhibit celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Kentucky ACLU and includes portraits, oral histories, narratives and artifacts to tell the story of the local ACLU affiliate.

"60 Faces of Liberty" is part of a series of public events that are scheduled for this semester that focus on civil rights and first amendment issues defended by the ACLU.

The University of Louisville is sponsoring this event through several departments and programs, including the Brandeis School of Law Partnership with the Central High School Law and Government Magnet program. The partnership with the Kentucky ACLU began in 2007, when the program adopted the Marshall-Brennan Civil Liberties curriculum to be taught by law students to law magnet seniors. The ACLU has provided contributions and other support to the law school's partnership since that time.



Brandeis alum named Principal of Atlanta firm

Brandeis School of Law alum David Cornett ('00) was recently named a Principal at Atlanta-based firm, Meunier Carlin & Curfman. His elected role became effective Jan. 1.

Cornett recently joined Meunier Carlin & Curfman from General Electric Company. He focuses his practice on patent preparation and prosecution, opinion drafting and IP counseling on a variety of matters, and has a particular interest in the software, automation and energy industries.

"David is an exceptional patent attorney," said Managing Partner, Drew Meunier, in a press release. "Throughout his career, he has exhibited immeasurable talent and zeal, producing impressive results for clients in the electrical space. David will undoubtedly marshal Meunier Carlin & Curfman to further success in the years to come."

After spending over three years as in-house counsel first performing patent and procurement for GE Energy and more recently as IP Counsel for GE Intelligent Platforms, Cornett joined the firm in May. Prior to his career with GE, he worked as a patent attorney at large, intellectual property firms.

He received his BSEE. from the University of Kentucky, and went on to receive his MBA and JD from UL. Prior to becoming an attorney, Cornett worked as an electrical engineer for both Louisville Gas & Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company.

Black Freedom, White Allies & Red Scare: Louisville, 1954

The Law Library is proud to be hosting the exhibit, “Black Freedom, White Allies & Red Scare: Louisville, 1954,” thanks to the generosity of the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research. This fascinating and moving chronicle of events leading up to and including Carl and Anne Braden’s sedition trial will be open to everyone through January 23, 2015.

If you did not see the exhibit when it was housed at the Louisville Free Public Library during the fall of 2014, you have another chance! Please stop by the Reading Room during any of the library’s operating hours.  And if you want to know more about the Braden’s story, the NPR show “Here and Now” recently ran a detailed story on the 60th anniversary of the case. 

Read more in "Law Library spotlights Louisville's role in civil rights trial".


Early Withdrawal From a Course

If you are currently enrolled in a course you intend to drop please drop the course as soon as possible. There are students on the waitlist for many courses and the final day for students to add a course is Friday, January 9. If you drop after January 9 no one is able to add that course.

Summer Fellowships with Legal Aid, DPA, Metro PD & Spring Break Mediation Training - Feb. 3 Deadline

The Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program is pleased to announce the opening of the 2015 Fellowship Application Process. Throughout the spring semester, a variety of summer fellowships for Brandeis students will be advertised. Last year over $67,000 was awarded in fellowships allowing students to work in positions locally, nationally and internationally. 1Ls and 2Ls are encouraged to review the materials below and continue to monitor the Daily Docket for updates. The first group of fellowships involves a total of 8 summer positions across three employers and 8 spring break positions in mediation training with Just Solutions.

Available Fellowships:
The Application Period is now Open until February 3rd for the following fellowships:

a. IOLTA/BarBri Fellowships (3 summer positions, $2500 each, with Department of Public Advocacy in any of its Kentucky offices)
b. Samuel L. Greenebaum Fellowship (2 summer positions, $2500 each, with Louisville Metro Public Defender)
c. Ellen Ewing Fellowship ( 3 summer positions, $2500 each, with Louisville Legal Aid)
d. Edwin H. Perry Fellowship (approx. 8 positions over spring break in a week-long Meditation Training Course offered through Just Solutions, valued at $1000 each)

The summer fellowships may be either part time or full time but students must complete 250 hours by the end of the summer. To learn more about the above fellowships, see the attached document entitled "2015 Fellowship Descriptions".

Application Process:
To apply for any of the above fellowships, students must submit a resume, statement of interest and a completed application. Students may obtain the applications for each of the different fellowships from the Document Library on Symplicity. Representatives from the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy (DPA), Metro Public Defender, and Legal Aid will be on campus in February to interview candidates and select recipients for the fellowships. The winners will be notified in March.

Instructions on how to log onto Symplicity and apply for the fellowships are attached. Please be sure to read the instructions and qualifications for each fellowship carefully. Students may apply for all four fellowships but must submit different application for each of the fellowships.

Therefore, to apply for fellowships, students will need the following to assist them: (1) 2015 Fellowship Descriptions; (2) Fellowship Instructions; and (3) the Application Form for each of the fellowships for which they plan to apply. All of these documents are available to students in the Document Library on Symplicity.

Deadline for Posted Fellowships:
The deadline to apply for the above fellowships is Tuesday, February 3, 2015, at midnight. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Scinta, the Public Service Coordinator, in room 180, or contact her at You may also contact Dean Hajek in room 182 or at

Fellowships Available Later in the Spring:
The application periods for the fellowships below have not yet opened, but we encourage students to watch for announcements in the Daily Docket and on the Symplicity homepage for when they will be made available:

a. Public Service Greenebaum Fellowships available February 2015 (9 positions, $2500 each, students secure any summer legal volunteer position and request funding)
b. Johnston Real Estate Law Summer Fellowship available February 2015 (1 position, $5000, student secures summer legal position in real estate/land use)
c. Donan Energy Law Summer Fellowship available February 2015 (1 position, $3500, position is with the Kentucky EEC Legal Dept.)