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Marcus Walker Named KLA Scholarship Recipient

Originally published in the November 2012 issue of IN-FO-CUS, the Kentucky Library Association's monthly newsletter.
Submitted by Judith Gibbons, Kentucky Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students Chair

The 2012 recipient of the Kentucky Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students is Marcus Walker. Marcus is a Circulation and Technical Services Assistant at the University of Louisville Law Library. He is using the $1,000 grant to continue studies at the University of Kentucky School of Library and Information Science.

Walker received glowing recommendations from his UofL colleagues. Virginia Mattingly noted that "Marcus is an incredibly thoughtful person who takes great pride in his work...He is passionate about pursuing a career in librarianship."

Robin Harris stated, "Librarianship needs dedicated diligent people like Marcus to fill its ranks in the coming years - bright, young and well-read, with excellent computer skills and a wide knowledge of many facets of library work."

In reviewing the applications, committee member Mark Adler commented, "…his recommendations speak highly of his intellect as well as his interpersonal skills, both of which will be called upon on a daily basis no matter what type of library he works in and in what capacity.” Marcus Walker was the unanimous choice of the committee as the 2012 scholarship recipient.

The Kentucky Library Association Scholarship for Minority Students was created in 2007 for the purpose of increasing the number of minorities pursuing careers in the library profession in Kentucky. The scholarship is for minority candidates who show excellence in scholarship and potential for accomplishment in librarianship. The parameters of the application were recently changed to give the recipient more choices in pursuing higher education. The scholarship will now be granted to a Kentucky student entering or continuing their library education in an American Library Association (ALA) or National Council for Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited library school.


Congratulations Marcus!

Louisville Tops CNN's List of U.S. Travel Destinations

Touted as the new Portland and showcasing innovative cuisine and drink and an exciting arts district, Louisville tops CNN's Travel Destinations for 2013 list.


 Read more at CNN Travel.

Mark Rothstein Weighs in on Genome Sequencing in Newborns

Limited genome sequencing is being done currently on newborns, but doctors could screen for more genetic conditions and could screen even before birth. But parents could be confronted with confusing or ambiguous data about their baby's health.

Brandeis School of Law Professor Mark Rothstein shares his insight into sequencing a newborn's genome with Rob Stein on National Public Radio in his report, "Genome Sequencing For Babies Brings Knowledge And Conflicts".

Student behind effort to mark historic significance of Brandeis home

Even before he was a student at the University of Louisville, freshman Andrew Segal championed a champion of UofL.

His efforts paid off Dec. 2 when the historical marker he made possible was unveiled at the boyhood home of former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis — the namesake for UofL’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.

Segal, a Harlan Scholar pursuing an undergraduate degree in political science, said he found out about the Brandeis home while on a 2010 Kesher Kentucky Jewish Louisville tour. Tour guide Allan Steinberg lamented that the building did not have some kind of marker. Before the tour was over, Segal told Steinberg that he would champion an effort to get a historical marker for the home.

His work spanned three years and included navigating the historical marker approval process with various state agencies, raising $2,300 to pay for the marker and rallying community support. Segal, a sophomore at duPont Manual when he started the project, said his mother, Joanne Weeter, and Steinberg helped him immensely.
UofL law professor Laura Rothstein, who attended the unveiling ceremony, said that it’s gratifying to see a student take an interest in Brandeis’ contributions.

“Brandeis helped lay the foundation for many of the civil liberties we enjoy today,” Rothstein said. “So it’s not just important that we remember him because he was a native of Louisville, but also because he helped shaped the social policies of our nation.”

Justice Brandeis was a graduate of Harvard Law School and served on the U.S. Supreme Court from 1916 to 1939. He died in 1941 and his remains are in the portico of UofL’s law school.

It’s rewarding to “finally honor one of the greatest Louisvillians and people I have ever had the pleasure to study,” Segal said.

“I hope that the historical highway marker will motivate people to look up more information on Brandeis so they can learn about all of his good works, just like I did,” he said.


by Cindy Hess, communications and marketing

Brandeis Boyhood Home Historic Dedication

Justice Brandeis died in 1941 and chose the University of Louisville law school as the final resting place for his remains. An historical marker at the law school provides background about him and his connection to Louisville.  The law school was renamed in his honor as the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1997. 


Fifteen years later, the contributions of Justice Brandeis and recognition of his connection to our community are being recognized again.  This time the recognition is through the dedication of a plaque at his boyhood home in Louisville, Ky. where he lived from around age 9 or 10 until he left Louisville after the Civil War. The dedication will take place on December 2, 2012 from 4-5p.m. at the home on Broadway. Scott Campbell, Law Library faculty member at the Brandeis School of Law has authored a blog entry about the Boyhood Home.


Louis D. Brandeis was born on November 13, 1856, in Louisville, Kentucky.  His earliest memories are of his mother serving food to Union soldiers in his front yard.  He left Louisville at age 16 and later graduated from Harvard Law School, had a brilliant career as a practicing lawyer and advocate on behalf of numerous public causes, and became an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court in 1916, at age 60.  He resigned from the Court in 1939, and died in 1941.  Although he never returned to live in Louisville, family members and their descendants remained in Louisville, and he continued to be connected to his family, to Louisville, to the University of Louisville, and to the Law School.  The Law School was renamed the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1997.
 {from Brandeis at 150:  The Louisville Perspective, Published by Butler Books (2006).}

Congratulations to Andrew Segal, who as a high school senior, decided to make this possible by obtaining the necessary legislative approval and raising the funds to make it possible.  Andrew Segal is now a freshman at the University of Louisville, and a Harlan Scholar, which means that upon completion of the necessary academic and service requirements at UofL, he will be guaranteed admission to the Brandeis School of Law. 

Law Alum Discusses the ACC

As all of you now know UofL is joining the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)!

We are all very excited to be joining the ACC as it is known equally for its outstanding academics. One of our fellow Brandeis School of Law alumni, Howard Fineman, 2011 Alumni Fellow, wrote an excellent article in The Huffington Post about the unique opportunity this conference move provides for our city and our university. To read, "Louisville Arrives, As Sports Boosts Town And Gown", visit Huff Post.

Congratulations 2012 LBA Award Recipients

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law proudly salutes the 2012 Louisville Bar Association Award Recipients


Join us in congratulating these outstanding Louisville legal professionals.


Hon. Lisabeth Hughes Abramson (L'80)

Judge of the Year

This award is presented to a member of the bench who has shown judicial integrity and professionalism. A nominee for this award has contributed to the community by volunteering in civic organizations to help promote the image of the legal profession and has established a reputation for integrity, scholarship and professionalism.


Thomas M. Williams

Justice Martin E. Johnstone Special Recognition Award

This award is the highest recognition bestowed upon an LBA member for outstanding participation and partnership within the legal community. An individual deserving of this award has made a significant impact in the Louisville community through professional or volunteer efforts and exemplifies what it means to be a lawyer.


Hon. A. C. McKay Chauvin

Patrick W. Michael (L'87)

Distinguished Service Award

This award is given to an LBA member who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to advancing the practice of law or improving the image of the legal profession through exceptional volunteer efforts.


Margaret E. Keane (L'82)

Judge Benjamin F. Shobe Civility & Professionalism Award

Individuals receiving this award have consistently demonstrated adherence to the highest standards of civility, honesty and courtesy in their dealings with clients, opposing parties and counsel, the courts and the general public. They have shown sustained excellence through leadership in the profession.


University of Louisville Law Clinic, Shelley M. Santry, Director

Paul G. Tobin Pro Bono Service Award

This award recognizes the work of LBA members who have unselfishly given time to improve the quality of society through their legal work. Worthy nominees will be LBA members who helped deliver legal services to the disadvantaged through a pro bono program or cause. 


Tara W. Hagerty

Judge Richard A. Revell Family Law Practitioner Award

This award is presented to attorneys who have been in the forefront of new developments in the practice of family law. They have exhibited dedication to families and children through work both inside and outside the courtroom. Award recipients have made significant contributions to public service in the area of family law and have demonstrated innovation in the performance of their duties.


Cary Stemle

Gavel Award


Leadership Academy Steering Committee

Committee of the Year


Environmental Law Section

Young Lawyers Section

Section of the Year

High Praise for UofL Law's Negotiation Teams

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law is very proud of our moot court negotiation teams' performances in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition in Lansing, Michigan.

The team of Carli Clowers and Jill Smith were third out of 20 teams after the final round, being tied for first after the initial rounds and missing second by only 1 point.

The team of Emily Peeler and Patrick Markey were 8th out of 20 teams.

Both teams earned very high praise from the judges for their negotiation skills and adaptability to a variety of different teams and challenges. The teams were accompanied by student assistant coach and team alternate Cassie Kennedy, who was a highly effective and expert co-coach with Mary Jo Gleason and Professor Tony Arnold. All 5 members of the team worked very hard, making huge strides in their negotiation skills since the first practice.

Congratulations teams.

Pictured, left to right:  Emily Peeler, Jill Smith, Carli Clowers, Cassie Kennedy, and Patrick Markey

Meet KBA President Doug Myers TODAY

Doug Myers, KBA president, will meet with students and faculty today at 4 p.m. in the Cox Lounge.  We are honored that he is coming to our school to offer advice and tips on how to be involved in the bar. 

Please be sure to join us today to welcome him to our school.

Outstanding Performance by Moot Court ABA Arbitration Team

Congratulations to Brandeis School of Law's American Bar Association Arbitration team. Their performance this weekend was truly outstanding. The team was first seed after the preliminary rounds and advanced through the semi-finals to become runner-up at the Chicago, Illinois regional competition (the winner was the Fordham University School of Law team).

The team thanks their coach, Professor Ariana Levinson, for her dedication and guidance. The team's facilitator, who did an amazing job in support of the team's success, was Courtney Pawley. Volunteers who also helped the team achieve their success are Phil Longmeyer, Brittany McKenna, Natalie Smith, Jessica Smith, Jason Vaughn, Phyllis Florman, Dennis Stilger, Steve Smith, Natalie Humphrey, Professor Ed Render, Hiram Ely, Jamie Izlar, Blaine Blood, Lily Chan, Jay Warren, Richard Hornung, and Tony Belak

Pictured left to right: facilitator, Courtney Pawley; team members: Darick Crumbly, Derek Miles, Emily Harris and Brad Johnson; and team coach, Professor Ariana Levinson.

Keep your fingers crossed that the Brandeis School of Law team will be invited to advance to the national competition.