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Professor Trucios-Haynes to Speak at the Civil Rights CLE this Friday

The LBA's new Human Rights Section was formed with a focus on immigration, civil rights (race, LGBTQ, women), international law and human trafficking. Their second seminar on Civil Rights and the Federal Court 50 Years Later will be held this Friday, March 7. Professor Trucios-Haynes will guide attendees though the right to counsel in international law, specifically the Avena case, a recent SCOTUS decision.

Student registration is just $15. Call the LBA to register for the CLE (502) 583-5314 or visit the Louisville Bar Association.

 

Federal Tax Externship – Summer 2014

The IRS will accept up to three tax externs for the summer 2014 semester.  The application deadline is Monday, 16 March 2014.

Externs will work in the local office of the IRS under the direct supervision of IRS attorneys and Professor Blackburn.  Externs do research and write memos, and they also attend meetings with taxpayers, and sometimes take the lead in representing IRS in meetings with pro se taxpayers.  Externs meet with IRS audit agents, with legal counsel and CPAs representing taxpayers, are involved in trial preparation and some externs represent the IRS in U.S. Tax Court against pro se taxpayers.   

If you would like more information, please contact Professor Blackburn before Monday, 16 March 2014:  tblackburn@louisville.edu or 502-852-6384.

Happy Mardi Gras!!!

All law students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Mosaic Lobby today for the 5th annual Mardi Gras Party!  We'll serve lunch catered by Joe's OK Bayou:  Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans & Rice, Vegetarian Gumbo, and we'll have a faux King Cake from Nord's Bakery.  The buffet will open at 11:45.  The Cake Walk game will begin around 12:20 in Room 175.  All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to play!  The winner will take home a real King Cake from Joe's OK Bayou.  Remember to wear your Mardi Gras beads!

Mardi Gras takes place 46 days before Easter. Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The most famous Mardi Gras celebration is held in New Orleans.  Mardi Gras is an annual celebration called le mardi gras (literally, "fat Tuesday") or le carnaval in French.  Mardi Gras has three official colors:  purple (justice), gold (power), and green (faith).

German Professors Juliane Stephan and Eva Wagner To Visit Law School on Thursday

Please join the International Law Society and the Federalist Society in hosting two German law professors on Thursday, March 6, at 1 p.m. in LL80. While visiting the U.S.,  Professors Stephan and Wagner have offered to give a presentation to all UofL Law School faculty, staff and students, and we of course have graciously accepted.

The presentation will focus on civil rights considered "fundamental" in Germany and how those rights compare and contrast to what we consider to be fundamental rights in America. Once the presentation is over, there will be time for questions concerning the information in the presentation and general questions on the practice of law in Germany. Please consider joining us if you have ever thought of pursuing any form of international law, have any interest in constitutional law, or would just like to see how lawyers practice law in a legal system different from our own.

Please email Isaac Fain if you are positive you can attend the event so the organizers can obtain a preliminary head count. Thank you.

Enjoy a Mardi Gras Celebration on Tuesday!

All law students, faculty, and staff are invited to the Mosaic Lobby on TUESDAY, March 4, for the 5th annual Mardi Gras Party!  We'll serve lunch catered by Joe's OK Bayou:  Jambalaya, Shrimp Creole, Red Beans & Rice, Vegetarian Gumbo, and we'll have a faux King Cake from Nord's Bakery.  The buffet will open at 11:45.  The Cake Walk game will begin at 12:20 in Room 175.  All students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to play!  The winner will take home a real King Cake from Joe's OK Bayou.  Remember to wear your Mardi Gras colors!

Mardi Gras takes place 46 days before Easter. Mardi Gras is the day before Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday. The most famous Mardi Gras celebration is held in New Orleans.  Mardi Gras is an annual celebration called le mardi gras (literally, "fat Tuesday") or le carnaval in French.  Mardi Gras has three official colors:  purple (justice), gold (power), and green (faith).

Lost and Found Inventory - February 2014

Lost and Found items are located in the Law Resource Center (Room 272).

Boston Globe Recognizes Research of UofL Law Professor

Written By Rebecca Sears

Last Sunday's Boston Globe featured a lengthy article on the "modern progressive's moral conundrum" regarding fetal personhood. It was the lead story in the paper’s “Ideas” section. The author drew largely from UofL law professor Luke Milligan’s research on John Rawls and fetal personhood. Professor Milligan is quoted a handful of times in the article.

In the article Milligan explained how the wide use of the fetal ultrasound, beginning in the 1970s, has “forced us to come to terms with the similarities between fetuses and born children.” Milligan suggested in the article that there hasn’t been sufficient reflection on fetal rights within progressive circles. "It has become this conundrum, this intersection of human rights," said Milligan. "It's incumbent on modern progressives to focus on the intersections of those rights, and figure out how best to mediate those conflicting rights."

Professor Milligan explained to me that fetal personhood is a tough issue to write and talk about. He says that “many shy away from it because of the perceived implications for abortion rights--and anytime you get close to the abortion issue (particularly as a man) you invite some backlash.” Milligan clarifies that “fetal personhood is not a thinly-veiled religious claim about abortion; it's not even a conservative claim; rather it's a progressive claim about human rights—the human rights of the fetus.” He explains that “the claim is not grounded in God or tradition, but rather in a humanistic morality—the same morality that drives progressive views on civil rights, capital punishment, immigration, animal rights, and the environment.” Yet for a variety of reasons, Milligan says, “fetal personhood is the progressive issue that dare not speak its name.”       

Milligan joined the UofL faculty in 2008 after working as a criminal defense lawyer with the Williams & Connolly law firm in Washington, D.C. Milligan says that “teaching law at UofL is a terrific job. Many of my colleagues are leaders in their fields, and I get to think, write, and speak about the issues I feel are important. There’s nothing I’d rather do with my life.”  

Reflections of The Mighty Walk

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In "The Mighty Walk" (Liberty Magazine, May/June 2013), 2013 Alumni Fellow, Stephen T. Porter, '68, reflects upon the  events that led to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visit to the law school on March 30, 1967.

While on a break from classes at Duke University, he joined thousands of protesters at that monumentous rally in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965. It was there that he bonded with six young African-American college students who gathered together to hear the great orator speak. Just two years later, the legendary civil rights leader accepted the invitation of Mr. Porter and his classmates to speak at the law school.

The march into the city was on streets lined by locals taunting and cursing with racial epithets, but the crowd of marchers dominated the city that day and made its presence felt not only to the local populace and state leaders but also to the nation as a whole. The national press decided to cover this whole event (some claimed it was only because a White minister had been killed). More than 25,000 marchers heard the speakers ask for the right to vote for all citizens of Alabama. Best known of those speeches was certainly the one by Martin Luther King, sometimes referred to as the “How Long, Not Long” or the “Our God Is Marching On” speech.

Visit Liberty Magazine to read the full story.

The public is invited to view several of the rare photos included in the story at a free event on Friday, February 28 to celebrate Black History Month. The Martin Luther King Jr. Photo Dedication & Graduates of Color Reunion will begin at 5:30 PM in the Allen Courtroom.

Law Librarian, Robin Harris, was recently interviewed about the special collection by WFPL News in their report, "University of Louisville to Unveil Never-Before Seen Martin Luther King Jr. Photos". She also participated in a video produced by UofL's Office of Communications & Media, "UofL Remembers MLK visit", that includes testimonials of students who were in attendance on that historic day. 

University IT Closing Computer Repair April 30

University IT's personal computer repair service will close permanently April 30, 2014. This change only affects repair for personally purchased computer hardware. Repairs in progress will be completed, but no additional equipment will be accepted for repair after this date. Help with malware removal, passwords and other software-related issues will remain available from the iTech Connect office located on the lower level of Miller Information Technology Center (where McAlister's is located).

UofL Sport Administration Speaker Summit

Are you interested in the business of sports? This year the Brandeis School of Law and the Black Law Student Association have teamed up with the The College of Education and Human Development's Sport Administration program to support their fifth annual speaker series. The event brings together alumni, students, and leading professionals in the sporting industry. This year’s Speaker Summit will feature various sport industry professionals with experience in sport law, sport communication, and sport administration. This year’s Speaker Summit will be headlined by ESPN’s Jemele Hill. The last panel will include speakers Darren Heitner and Geoffrey Rapp brought in by the law school to talk about legal issue in college sports.

The event will be held on Friday, February 28 from 8 AM until 2:20 PM. The schedule of events can be seen here. Registration is $25 for law students, which includes both breakfast and lunch. The place to register for the event is here. The Office of Professional Development is able to defer the cost of registration for the first 10 current law students to register and attend the conference. Bring your registration materials and proof of attendance to Prof. Lars Smith.

Students wishing to attend only the last panel on legal issues in college sports may attend that session for free.