The American Red Cross is pleased to invite you to attend Law & War: An International Humanitarian Law Workshop at Vanderbilt University Law School on November 8th and 9th. This workshop is a two day intensive introduction to international humanitarian law (IHL) for law students, graduate students, and attorneys. During this training, participants will receive instruction from leading humanitarian law practitioners and explore the law in practice through a series of case studies. Participants will learn about the historical development of the law, conflict classification, restrictions on means and methods of warfare, protections for vulnerable persons during armed conflict, enforcement of IHL and much more.
The workshop and all course materials are provided to accepted students at no cost. Registration is currently open and applications must be submitted by Friday, October 17th. Applications can be found at online at http://redcross.org/lawworkshop. This workshop is a fabulous opportunity for those interested in learning more about, or pursuing a career in international humanitarian law.
Interested students may contact Kimberly Huey for additional information at email@example.com.
You could spend the summer of 2015 as the next Ellen B. Ewing Fellow, assisting the under-represented in practice areas like family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. How can you support this great cause now? Come out to Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, Thursday, October 16, 2014 at the Phoenix Hill Tavern.
Tickets for Lawlapalooza, are on sale now in the Law Resource Center (Room 272), $10 each, and this year's show will feature three bands representing the Brandeis School of Law: The Grateful Decedents, with 3Ls Mina Khalil and Greg Daly; The Perpetual Motions, with 3L Emily DeVuono; and defending champs, The Subconscionables, with 2L Megan Conroy, Prof. Tim Hall and Asst. Dean Jim Becker.
This year’s theme, “A Bran Deis Night,” commemorates 50 years of Beatlemania, with every band performing Beatles favorites. Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the first of eight bands, featuring local attorneys and law students, performs at 6:30.
This annual event brings the Louisville legal community together for a great cause, great music and a lot of fun. Hope to see you there!
As you may already be aware the University will be holding “The Spectacular Event” during the evening of the September 18th at 6:00 p.m. The rain date is on September 19th. Preparation for this event will begin on September 17th and will require traffic lane changes on the Oval. The Oval will be converted into 2-way traffic for both days. Parking & Transportation Services and University Police will have staff on-site to assist. Please keep in mind that on the 18th the Oval will be closed at 5:00 p.m for all traffic. The Oval will reopen at approximately 10:00 p.m.
Get ready for the first Brandeis Brief Break of the year. In addition, we will be dedicating the newly restored courtyard at the same time!
Wednesday, September 24th, 12:15 pm - 2 pm in the Mosaic Lobby and Courtyard.
Comfy Cow Ice Cream will be provided! Stop by an enjoy the ice cream and courtyard.
From University IT ...
Good news! IT has begun the process to restore the integrated address books in both Exchange and CardMail. Over the next week you will begin to see your Exchange and CardMail address books re-populate with names from both email systems. When complete the address books will contain the names of all users who have an active university email account, including faculty, staff, students and retirees. Notification will be sent when the process has completed.
Two noticeable changes from the previous integrated address books:
- For some individuals you will see two entries in the address books. This indicates that person has both an Exchange and CardMail account. When using the address book you should take care to select the appropriate entry.
- Lync sessions created between CardMail and Exchange accounts will now require use of the complete email address, for example, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. You will no longer be able to select entries from the address books.
We thank you for your patience while we addressed the various problems encountered with your email service.
Questions: Contact the HelpDesk at 852-7997 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Band registration for Lawlapalooza 2014, "A Bran Deis Night," began Monday, Sept. 1. Seven bands have already registered, leaving one available slot. If you wish to register your band to participate, go here.
Registered bands include:
- The Grateful Decedents, featuring 3L Mina Khalil
- Mersey Shore
- 100% Legal
- The Bottles
- Irrational Basses, and
- defending champs The Subconscionables, featuring Professor Tim Hall on guitar and Asst. Dean Jim Becker on drums
Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, benefits the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund, which provides summer fellowships for Brandeis School of Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.
Lawlapalooza 2014 will be held Thursday, October 16, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern. Tickets are $10 each and will be on sale soon. This year's theme commemorates 50 years of Beatlemania, with each band performing at least one Beatles song.
The Brandeis School of Law is pleased to welcome two new faces to the law school community this semester, both of whom will be working closely with the student body. Jennifer T. DiSanza arrived in Louisville this summer to become Assistant Dean of Student Life, while Scott A. Hite is pleased to take over as the Director of Academic Success.
Both newcomers wish to forge a strong partnership with the law school’s students, and encourage students to stop by their offices, Rooms 212 (Hite) and 216 (DiSanza) to ask for guidance, information, or just to chat about thelaw school experience.
Here is some brief background information about these individuals:
Jennifer T. DiSanza
Assistant Dean of Student Life
After spending the last 14 years in law school student services at two different schools, the University of Maryland School of Law and Capital University Law School, Jennifer DiSanza arrived in Louisville this summer and said that she has been overwhelmed by the “Southern hospitality” and generosity of the faculty, staff, and students in the short time she’s been in the Bluegrass State.
Dean DiSanza received her law degree from the University of Maryland in 2002, her master’s degree in strategic human resources from Johns Hopkins University in 2005, and her undergraduate degree is in business, specifically human resources, from Miami University in Ohio. In fact, Dean DiSanza enrolled in law school because of her extensive experience in human resources and her desire to “move up the corporate ladder” at a large manufacturing company where she was employed and where everyone in the corporate employee and labor relations department seemed to have a law degree.
Having moved multiple times for the company in a five-year span, Dean DiSanza wanted an assurance that she could stay in Baltimore to complete her law degree in Maryland, but the company responded that she would, unfortunately, miss out on promotion opportunities as a result.
“It was at that time, I ‘accidentally’ fell into student services, because I was active at my law school alma mater, and the soon-to-be Assistant Dean of Student Affairs needed a director,” DiSanza said. “It was an almost seamless transition from HR to student services.”
DiSanza regards her career move into student services as the best decision she’s ever made.
“I believe the partnership between student life and academics is core to the mission of the school, without one, the other suffers,” she said. “Students need support in all aspects of their law school education, and that is what Student Life is here to do. As student advocates, Student Life personnel are here to listen to issues, concerns and stressors, and try to help students cope with the things that happen while in law school. My mantra is, ‘life happens while you are in law school.’ You can’t expect everything around you to stop for three years, while you are getting your degree. That’s where we come in.”
When she’s not exploring new places, listening to live music, or visiting with family, friends, or her dog in her spare time, Dean DiSanza is committed to collaborating among the different constituencies at the law school, overseeing and enhancing the extra- and co-curricular activities at the school, and improving the overall learning experience here at Brandeis.
Her number one tip for students? “If you are having trouble, do not wait; seek out assistance as soon as you feel something isn’t right.”
Scott A. Hite
Director of Academic Success
In his new role as Director of Academic Success, what he describes as the “perfect fit,” Scott Hite has so many tips for how to be successful in law school, that he found it difficult to think of just one when pressed for answer. That said, Hite settled on reminding students to “stay diligent,” because “diligence will carry over to your professional career.”
“I have already noticed how much the students respect the professors, so creating a solid partnership between my office and the students is a fundamental ongoing objective of mine,” he said. “I want to make sure that every student views my office as a resource for opportunity and success while they attend law school. My door must be open to them, and I must be always approachable.”
A native of nearby Bardstown, Hite has been drawn to a career involving the law since childhood. One decade after earning his undergraduate degree in English and mass communications at Bellarmine University, one decade later, Hite attended and graduated from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. While in Lansing, Hite clerked at a small criminal defense firm, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and for then-Attorney General Jennifer Granholm, who later served as the Governor of Michigan. In Louisville, Hite has externed at the Louisville Public Defender Office, in addition to serving as an applications consultant for LexisNexis for a number of years and as an associate attorney for a small insurance defense firm. Most recently, Hite returned to Bellarmine to earn his master’s degree in communications.
When not helping students in their law school pursuits, you can find Hite, an avid golfer, finishing a travel and review book on the top public golf courses in Kentucky, cycling the back roads of Oldham County, collecting batch bourbon, or cheering on his favorite sports teams at his home in Prospect, where he lives with his wife and four dogs.
The Law Library's Fall semester schedule begins Monday, August 18. The library will generally be open from 8 AM to 11 PM Monday's thru Thursday's, 8 AM to 6 PM on Friday's, 9 AM to 6 PM on Saturday's and 1 PM to 11 PM on Sunday's.
Please note that in addition Labor Day (September 1), the Law Library is closed on Sunday, August 24, due to traffic issues caused by the annual Iron Man triathalon.
Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes has been appointed as Director of the Muhammad Ali Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of Louisville. According to the institute’s mission statement, it advances the work, study and practice of peacebuilding, social justice and violence prevention through the development of innovative educational programs, training, service and research.
“I am committed to the values of the MAI [Muhammad Ali Institute] relating to the promotion of peace and social justice. The MAI focuses on initiatives that support human dignity, foster responsible citizenship, further peace and justice and address the impact of violence in local, state, national and international arenas,” said Professor Trucios-Haynes, who, in addition to her new director’s role, also serves on the Metro Louisville Ethics Commission, as Vice Chair of the board of the ACLU of Kentucky and on its Executive and Litigation Review Committees, and directs an Immigration Externship at the Brandeis School of Law. “My longstanding work around the social justice issues in immigration law and policy, as well as international human rights law is clearly related to the mission of the [institute]. The opportunity for collaboration with the Ali Institute is particularly exciting.”
One attractive aspect regarding her work for the Ali Institute, said Professor Trucios-Haynes, is gaining the ability to witness and assist the work of Ali Scholars, whom she called “future leaders in their communities.” In the Ali Scholars Program, the students, among their other duties, are expected to select an expert area related to peace or social justice on which to focus, conduct research on a topic related to his or her expert area, and, finally, design and implement a local, national or international project related to his or her expert area. Part of the program also includes a biannual international trip that helps provide the scholars a global perspective on the lessons learned and matters emphasized during the program; this year, nine UofL students in the Ali Scholars Program visited Rwanda, a country only two decades removed from the genocide that occurred within its borders.
With so many great features, staff, and students already, what’s potentially next for the Ali Institute under the direction of Professor Trucios-Haynes?
“I hope to expand the presence of the MAI in the university and local community by focusing on local, national and international impact of violence affecting teens,” she said. “I plan to reinvigorate the faculty resource group to work on research projects related to the impact of violence on teens in our local community. At the national level, I hope the MAI can investigate the issues relating to the violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador that has led to the humanitarian crisis of the large scale migration of unaccompanied children and families to the United States.”