Staff News

National Library Workers Day

Congratulations to Janissa Moore, the Law Library's Circulation Manager, for her inclusion in the 2015 National Library Workers Day Galaxy of Stars! Janissa Moore has been employed by the University of Louisville for 19 years.

Kudos too to the rest of law library's staff: Jodi Duce, David Minton, Jill Sadowski, and Jerome Neukirch, who are very much appreciated for all the work they do throughout the year!

Law school deans place friendly wager to kick off March Madness

The University of Louisville Men's Basketball Team will tipoff its NCAA tournament run Friday against the Anteaters of UC-Irvine. The Cardinals are a No. 4 seed, while UC-Irvine is a 13 seed.

To celebrate the matchup, Brandeis Dean Susan Duncan and UC-Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky have agreed to a friendly wager. If the Cards win, Dean Chemerinsky, a prominent constitutional law scholar, has agreed to give a speech at Brandeis (and to supply a bottle of California wine).

If the Anteaters pull off the upset, Dean Duncan will be speaking in Irvine and ponying up a bottle of Kentucky Bourbon.

May the best team win (Go Cards!)

The Diversity Committee Presents: Our Country, Appalachia, and The Never-Ending Path To Poverty

On Tuesday, March 3, the Diversity Committee will host a discussion on the current state of poverty in America and the role of law in promoting or hindering economic equality. Although the program will discuss the intersection of poverty and the law from a national perspective, the emphasis will be on the Kentucky region (Louisville and Appalachian) in hopes that it will allow students to truly understand the realities of poverty within our own communities. The program will include a diverse group of panelist from the fields of law, economics, and public interest work. Students with a desire to work with indigent clients through practice public interest law or that will be applying for one of the summer public interests fellowships are strongly encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided! 

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cox Lounge

12-2 PM

 

Suggested Readings:

 “New IRS Data Gives Fresh Look at Income Inequality,” available at http://www.marketwatch.com/story/new-irs-data-give-fresh-look-at-income-inequality-2015-01-29/print

 

“Robert Reich:  10 ways to close the inequality gap,” available at  http://www.salon.com/2014/05/13/robert_reich_10_ways_to_close_the_inequality_gap_partner/

 

“A New Majority Research Bulletin:  Low Income Students Now a Majority in the Nation’s Public Schools,” available at:

http://www.southerneducation.org/Our-Strategies/Research-and-Publications/New-Majority-Diverse-Majority-Report-Series/A-New-Majority-2015-Update-Low-Income-Students-Now

Incoming Editorial Board selected for the University of Louisville Law Review

The Editorial Board of the University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to announce their successors for Volume 54:

   Editor in Chief: Daniel Reed

   Senior Articles Editor: Emily Meyer

   Senior Notes Editor: Emily Irwin

   Articles Editors: Vlad Bursuc, Megan Diffenderfer, Tyler Larson

   Notes Editors: Lindsey Boyd, Kari DiCecco, Katherine Vail

   Articles Selection Editor: Carolyn Purcell

   Online Content Editor: Andrew Weeks

   Executive Editor: Dallas Selvy

   Managing Editor: Ben Jakubowicz

The University of Louisville Law Review is the principal law review publication of the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. Managed exclusively by students, the Law Review is a scholarly publication devoted to developing the law, evaluating legal institutions and analyzing issues of law and public policy. The Law Review features student notes and articles written by nationally and globally recognized experts. The Editorial Board and Staff of the Law Review publish three issues per year and have editorial control over its content.

Congratulations to the newly minted Editorial Board for Volume 54!

Law School Diversity Reception

Join us Wednesday, February 11, as we celebrate Black History Month with fellow alumni at Champion Sports Bar (located in the Downtown Marriott). This pre-game party starts at 5:30.  Come join the fun!

Bellarmine National Trial Competition

Bellarmine University will be hosting a National trial competition the weekend of March 13 to 15, with one round Friday evening from 6:00 pm  to 9:30 pm, second round Saturday morning 9:00 am  to 12:30 pm, the third round Saturday afternoon , 2:00 pm  to 5:30 pm and the final round 9:00 am  to 12:30 pm.  They want to recruit 24 law students who have taken Evidence to be presiding judges  to rule on objections and keep the trials moving forward. Law students will not be scoring judges only presiding judges. Law students will have the opportunity to meet over  a 100 local attorneys during the competition while attending the pretrial judges’ instructions and during the trials. Interested law students need to attend a two-hour judge’s boot camp prior to the tournament conducted by Chris Schaefer and Jim Wagoner.  Interested students should contact:  Jim Wagoner at (502) 582-1381 or
jwagoner@fkplaw.com.  This is a GREAT way to network with practicing attorneys so please consider volunteering.

Law Clinic’s Associate Director honored by UofL for outstanding performance

Simone Beach, Assistant Director of the Law Clinic at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, was honored last week by UofL President James Ramsey at the annual Outstanding Performance Awards Reception.

The award recipients are chosen based on their “hard work, dedication to students and the university, leadership and public service.”

Beach has worked at the Law School for more than 15 years and is a licensed attorney. At the Law Clinic, where the primary work law students handle is to help low-income victims of domestic violence obtain protective orders, she counsels students and clients as they work to achieve the goal of safety for the victim.

Beach is the first face people see when they enter the clinic, which provides a vital service to those unable to afford the services of a private attorney. While each student represents an average of 12 clients, she is involved in every case in some way, meaning her work has impacted an untold number of people who can be more at peace in their daily lives.

Today: "From Brown to the Present: The Road Beyond Michael Brown’s Ferguson and Eric Garner’s Staten Island"

Please join us for the first Diversity Program of the Spring 2015 semester, From Brown to the Present: The Road Beyond Michael Brown’s Ferguson and Eric Garner’s Staten Island: A Conversation about ‘What it Means to be ColorBrave,” Tuesday, January 27.

Click here for complete information and details.

Sayed Kashua Lecture and Discussion

The University of Louisville Jewish Studies Program warmly invites you to hear novelist, journalist, and screenwriter Sayed Kashua on "The Foreign Mother Tongue: Living and Writing as a Palestinian in Israel" at 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 12, 2015, in the Chao Auditorium of Ekstrom Library.  For reservations: https://sayed-kashua.eventbrite.com

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.