Library News

Law Library Staff Recognized

Program Assistant Nancy Baker and Library Assistant Janissa Moore were honored at UofL's annual Staff Recognition Luncheon on October 28 at the Brown & Williamson Club at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

Each year, administration – from the president and provost, to deans and vice presidents – recognize staff who have served the university for 10 years or more. The honor comes first at 10 years and then on every succeeding five-year anniversary, and it includes the luncheon and a gift each employee gets to choose.

This year saw 399 staff members honored. They have a combined service of 7,490 years. Barbara Thompson, the law school's Director of Student Records, was also recognized for 40 years of service.

Full story: "Event honors 399 staff for 7,490 years of service" (UofL Today, October 28)

30 Books Every Lawyer Should Read

The ABA Journal asked 30 prominent lawyers to name a book that they would recommend to other lawyers. A list of books and the lawyers who selected them is available in "30 Lawyers Pick 30 Books Every Lawyer Should Read" (ABA Journal, August 2011).

The books are currently on display in the law library. Each copy is available for check out. The borrowing period was recently extended to one month, plus two renewals.



Repair Work on Front Entrance

A repair crew will be doing some work on the brick floor outside the front entrance.  Beginning Friday, September 30, through Thursday, October 6, the main entrance will be unavailable.  Please use either the east (classroom) or west (library) entrance during this period.

Fall Semester Library Hours

Beginning Monday, August 15, the law library returns to its regular schedule. Ekstrom returns to its regular schedule on Monday, August 22.


August Bar Briefs

Here are some highlights from the August 2011 issue of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs publication.
  • "Hanging Out Your Shingle: Two Young Lawyers Reflect On Starting Their Own Firm" co-authored by Sean Deskins, '08 (p. 6)
  • "Student Attorney Collaboration: Investigating Alternative Dispute Resolution" by Professor Ariana Levinson (p. 9)
  • "Law Schools in the Bluegrass" (p. 10-11)
  • "Presenting the LBA Leadership Academy's Class of 2011", a prestigious list that includes several alumni/ae (p. 15)
  • "Experience By Walking in Ones Shoes...", an article about the annual Summer Law Institute (p. 18)
 A copy is available in the library. Inquire at the Circulation/Reference Desk.

July Bar Briefs

Here are some highlights from the July 2011 issue of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs publication.

  • "School of Law" by Dean Jim Chen (p. 6)
  • "Legal Research: Toys in the Attic" by Kurt Metzmeier (p. 10)
  • "Newly Adopted Uniform Family Law Rules Could Pose Viable Form of ADR" by Jamie Izlar, '11 (p. 14)
  • "A Fifty Year Retrospective of Women in the Legal Profession" (p. 16)
A copy is available in the library. Inquire at the Circulation/Reference Desk.

Book Festival Photo Gallery

Closed Memorial Day

The University of Louisville, the Law School and the Law School Library will be closed Monday, May 30 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.

Summer Hours

During the summer, the library will be open from 8AM to 9 PM Monday through Thursday, 8AM to 6PM on Fridays, 9AM to 6PM on Saturdays and 1PM to 9PM on Sundays. Please refer to our complete list of Library Hours for exceptions.

KY Women's Book Festival Connects Authors and Readers

Kentucky women writers and their readers will gather at the University of Louisville’s Ekstrom Library later this month to discuss the nuts and bolts of writing and publishing.

The Kentucky Women’s Book Festival, now in its fifth year, will be held May 21. University Libraries and the Women’s Center present the festival.

“It’s really an extension of the university’s community-wide focus on literacy, and the fact that the festival is free and open to the public gives everyone the chance to attend,” said Robin Harris, KWBF co-chair and a UofL law librarian.

Here are some highlights from this year’s event:

  • Alanna Nash, journalist and biographer, will give the opening talk. Nash’s latest book, “Baby, Let’s Play House: Elvis Presley and the Women Who Loved Him,” is the first book to focus solely on the singer’s complex relationships with women. Her other books have been about Jessica Savitch, Dolly Parton and Col. Tom Parker, Elvis’ manager. Nash also has written for national entertainment and news publications. She lives in Louisville.
  • Tania James, author and film maker, will present the keynote talk at lunch. James’ debut novel, “Atlas of Unknowns,” is about sisterhood and deals with the pressures of cultural experiences played out in family life. The novel was shortlisted for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. James grew up in Louisville and lives in Washington, D.C.
  • Sena Jeter Naslund, author of “Abundance, a Novel of Marie Antoinette,” “Ahab’s Wife,” “Four Spirits” and “Adam & Eve,” will present the closing talk. Naslund is UofL’s writer-in-residence and program director of Spalding University’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. She also lives in Louisville.

Besides these talks, the schedule includes workshops on such topics as writing plays and blogs and getting published. There also will be opportunities for book signing and informal networking.

The festival opens at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m. The lunch session is the only one that requires registration and has a charge. Registration for it is required by Tuesday, May 17, and can be made by calling the UofL Women’s Center at 502-852-8976. The cost is $16. Students who register for the conference will receive a complimentary box lunch.

Festival sponsors are the UofL Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality, the UofL Commission on the Status of Women, Women Who Write and Class Act federal credit union.

Law librarians, Robin Harris and Virginia Mattingly are members of the KWBF planning committee.

Reprinted with permision from UofL Today (May 3, 2011).