Library News

Congratulations Jessica

Former library student worker, Jessica Milling ('09), gave birth to a baby girl on Sunday, February 1. 

Prior to her delivery, Jessica served as the law school's Faculty Research Assistant Program (FRAP) representative. Under the supervision of Professor Hilyerd, she played an integral part in formatting and verifying the citations for inclusion in the forthcoming catalog of faculty scholarship. Ben Silver has since filled that position.

Law Library Open with Reduced Hours This Weekend

Due to inclement weather, the law library will be operating on reduced hours this weekend.  The library will be open 10-5 on Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday.

It will reopen on its normal schedule Monday, February 2, 2009.

 

 

Law Library Launches Its Digital Collection

The Law Library, in conjunction with University of Louisville Libraries, is pleased to announce the launch of the first phase of its digital collection, which draws on the library’s varied collections.

The first titles of the Law Library Collection to be made available are William Littell's Statute Law of Kentucky, which compiles all the legal enactments relating to Kentucky from its beginning as a district of Virginia to 1819, and Report of the Debates and Proceedings of the Convention for the Revision of the Constitution of the State of Kentucky (1849), a rare transcript of the debates of the convention that drafted Kentucky's third constitution.

Other upcoming collections will reproduce the original plates of H. Levin's Lawyers and Lawmakers of Kentucky (1897), and will digitize the early class composites of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, starting with prints from the 1890s. In the future, the Law Library digital collection will dip into the institution's archival collections, reproducing scrapbooks kept by Malvina Harlan that document the life and times of Justice John Marshall Harlan.

See the press release for the full story.

 

Congratulations Jodi Duce

Jodi Duce

Jodi Duce, the law school's Unit Business Manager, is a recipient of the University's prestigious Outstanding Performance Award in the Professional/Administrative Staff category.

"Duce is an integral part of the Law Library team. Her tasks include coordinating financial operation of the Law Library, managing budgets and accounts and ordering and maintaining equipment and supplies. Even with the financial turmoil that came from the state budget cuts, she found ways to cut the immediate budget and developed a plan for the future for the recurring budget. Duce also co-chaired Brandeis School of Law’s first Community Service Day. Her nominator credited her with leadership, cooperativeness and dependability."

More Award Winners: Ramsey Recognizes Staff for Outstanding Performance

Sisters in Struggle: Women in the Louisville Civil Rights Movement 1945 - 1975

Newspaper Photograph of a Woman

A display in the reading room of the Law Library showcases several Louisville women who played a vital role in the local civil rights movement. The display tells a story of courage that begins with the integration of libraries and hospitals in the 1940s and 1950s, moves on through the battles for open accommodations and open housing in the 1960s, and ends in 1975 with the implementation of busing to achieve racial integration in the Jefferson County Public Schools.

“Sisters in Struggle” focuses on a few women who made a real difference in our community, from Ruth Booker Bryant to Thelma Stovall to Mae Street Kidd. Several of the women have spoken at the law school as part of our Diversity Forum Series, including Senator Georgia Davis Powers, activist Mattie Jones, and the late Anne Braden. Documents and memorabilia from the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research are displayed in a glass case adjacent to the display. 

The current “Sisters in Struggle” is an updated version of a display that originated at the Ekstrom Library and hung there in the lobby during February and March of 2005. Many thanks to Jami Allen and Kathie Johnson from the Ekstrom Exhibits Committee for their generosity, to Amy Purcell from Special Collections for her assistance, and to the History Department’s Dr. Tracy K’Meyer for her expertise.
Photo of the Sisters In Struggle Exhibit
Special thanks to Dr. Catherine Fosl, Anne Braden’s biographer and Director of U of L’s Braden Institute, for her guidance and for the loan of items from the Braden Collection.

--Robin R. Harris 
 

Harris Is a Champion 4 Her

Robin Harris

Law Librarian, Robin Harris, oversees circulation and reference, and conducts library classes and tours. But those are just a few of her many talents. She is also an advocate for diversity and women's issues.

On June 21, she will be honored at the Champions 4 Her Walk & Run Festival.

Today's Woman

To learn more about Robin Harris's contributions to the university and our community, visit her profile at the Women's Center.

 

Photo of Robin R. Harris courtesy of Ewa Wojtkowska, TODAY'S WOMAN.

 

 

Booksigning with Law School Alumnus

Howard Fineman (class of 1980), Newsweek columnist and MSNBC political analyst will discuss his new book The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates that Inspire and Define our Country at Carmichael's Bookstore on Thursday, May 15th at 7 PM.

Harris Recognized for Work with the Women's Center

Public Services Librarian and Professor of Legal Bibliography Robin Harris was recognized in the March 2008 Today's Woman for her work at the University of Louisville's Women's Center. Harris' role in founding the Kentucky Women's Book Festival, one of the many programs made possible by the center. The mission of the Women's Center is to build alliances with campus and community groups in order to promote equality, increase women's self-reliance, and heighten the understanding of women's contributions to all societies

The Center is participating in the Champions4Her Walk, Run & Festival on June 21, 2008.

 

Kudos: Diversity Award

Congratulations to Law Librarian, Robin Harris, who along with Dean Chen, was present to accept the first-runner up prize of $5,000 for the inaugural President's Diversity Vision Award at a ceremony on Monday, March 17.

Ms. Harris is Chair of the law school's Diversity Committee whose mission is to to develop programming that supports race and gender diversity, inclusiveness and equity.

The award is intended to recognize cumulative efforts to advance diversity and inclusion at UofL since the 2003 inception of the university-wide diversity plan “Achieving Our Highest Potential.”

Kentucky Women's Book Festival

The UofL Women's Center will present the second annual Kentucky Women's Book Festival, Saturday, February 16, at Ekstrom Library. The festival will bring together Kentucky women writers and their readers. Highlights will include talks by Affrilachian writer Crystal Wilkinson and by Courier-Journal columnist Betty Winston Baye. The festival luncheon features bestselling novelist Kim Edwards, author of "The Memory Keeper's Daughter." For more information, visit: www.kwbf.info.