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Louisville Bar Foundation Provides Grant for Central High Partnership Textbook

Louisville Bar Foundation Provides Grant for Writing Skills Textbook for Central High School Partnership


The Louisville Bar Foundation has provided funding to support law student work in the preparation of a Writing Skills Textbook to be used in conjunction with the Writing Skills program coordinated by Mary Jo Gleason at Central.  The four students who will be working on this under the guidance of Mary Jo Gleason are Jillian Smith, John Brown, Rebekah Gray, and Robin Rice, will complete the work in time for use in the fall 2013 semester program for the juniors in the Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program.  This support demonstrates, again, the value of partnerships and collaborations.  The Louisville Bar Association has long been a partner in the Central High School pipeline program.

UofL Law Professor Laura McNeal Comments on Connecticut School Shooting

Brandeis School of Law faculty member Laura McNeal, a school safety expert, weighs in on Connecticut school shooting in this Courier-Journal article.

Laura McNeal, an assistant professor at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law and senior fellow at Harvard Law School’s Charles Hamilton Houston Institute, said the conversation has mostly focused on high schools, but will now encompass elementary schools.

McNeal, who specializes in school safety issues, believes Friday’s shooting may cause more schools to seriously consider installing metal detectors, a measure that has been controversial.

“I say that with caution,” she said. “Obviously, we don’t want to create elementary schools that feel like prisons, but I think with today’s technology we can set them up to where they don’t look like traditional metal detectors.”

McNeal envisions metal detectors incorporated into door frames to soften their presence. Such measures, however, create new questions — How would hundreds of students with car keys, metal zippers or other metal objects be screened? — but McNeal thinks the shootings will spur the willingness to tackle such issues.

“I don’t think we can ignore the dangers that lurk out there,” she said. “I strongly believe everyone has a stake and will support improving school safety.”


University of Louisville Law Review Publishes Fall 2012 Issue

Congratulations to the editorial board and staff of the University of Louisville Law Review for publishing Issue 1 of Volume 51. More than 1,500 hours of work, done throughout the fall and summer, went into this issue.

At 200 pages, Issue I features three articles and three student-authored notes:


Discretion & Deference in Senate Consideration of Judicial Nominations
Caprice Roberts, Professor of Law, West Virginia University College of Law

Evidence-Based Litigation Reform

Mark Spottswood, Assistant Professor of Law, Florida State University College of Law 

Government RX -- Back to the Future in Science Funding? The Next Era in Drug Development

Michael J. Malinowski, Ernest R. and Iris M. Eldred Professor of Law,
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University


Crossing the Line in Tight Budget Times: The State Constitutional Implications of Diverting Limited Public Funds to Charter Schools in Kentucky

Leah Rupp Smith

From Smartphones to Stingrays: Can the Fourth Amendment Keep Up with the 21st Century? 

Brittany Hampton

Comparing the Education Bubble to the Housing Bubble: Will Universities be Too Big to Fail? 

April Wimberg

Copies of Issue 1 are available on reserve in the UofL Law Library, and on Westlaw and Lexis Nexis. The journal is cited as 51 U. Louisville L. Rev. 1. 

Jim Chen Named one of the Most Influential Legal Educators in the Country

The National Jurist preLaw magazine has named the 25 Most Influential People in Legal Education. The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law professor Jim Chen made the list. Congratulations Professor Chen!


Read the whole story at The National Jurist.

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.