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Professor Tony Arnold speaks on Watershed Institutions in the U.S.: Emergence and Evolution.

UofL Law Professor Tony Arnold gave a Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag Lecture at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law on October 16, 2012.  The title of his presentation was “Watershed Institutions in the U.S.: Emergence and Evolution.”

 Watch the video of Professor Arnold's presentation.



Brandeis School of Law Participates in Louisville AIDSWalk

Brandeis School of Law was proud to be represented by a team of faculty, students, friends and family at the 2012 Louisville AIDSWalk on Sunday, October 15. The team raised over $700 to be used to fund AIDS services in the Louisville community. Among those walking with the team were faculty members Jamie Abrams and Sam Marcosson, and students Kevin Boswell, Arelene Grullon, Jess Homer, Christopher Jenkins, and Benjamin Siegel.


Federalist Society Wins Award for Most Improved Chapter

The University of Louisville Student Chapter of the Federalist Society recently won the Benjamin Franklin Spring Breakout award, also called the “Freddie”, for the most improved chapter.

The primary purpose of the Federalist Society is to educate the legal community about how limited government, judicial restraint, and personal freedom can greatly benefit society. It is a national organization with lawyer chapters in 65 cities throughout the country and student chapters at every accredited law school in America. “One of our goals for this year is to get a group of students together to travel to the National Student Symposium at the University of Texas,” said Kyle Winham, President of the Louisville Chapter. “In the future, we hope to grow our chapter so that we can continue to attract prominent speakers.”

The Federalist Society sponsors a variety of programs including panels, debates, and speeches which are free and open to the public. They also often cosponsor programs with other organizations like the Christian Legal Society and the International Law Society. “I think we won the award because of the excellent programs that the Federalist Society officers, April Wimberg, Rebekah Gray, Brandon Johnson, and Vince Kline organized last year,” said Kyle Winham. Programs last year included debates on constitutional originalism, The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Healthcare, and an open discussion with Robert Patton, General Counsel from Lexmark. “The Federalist Society improves the law school experience for students by giving them the opportunity to hear, meet, and ask questions of prominent speakers from all over the country,” said Kyle Winham.

The Louisville Chapter has several exciting programs planned for the rest of the semester. On October 29th, Professor Bradley Smith of Capital University will speak at the program, "Does Citizens United Undermine Democracy?" On November 8th, Professor Blumstein of Vanderbilt Law School and Professor Marcosson of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law debate whether race can be used in undergraduate admissions selection at the “Fisher vs. University of Texas” program.

- Zachary Martin
English Department
University of Louisville

Law Professor Mark Rothstein quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Brandeis School of Law Professor Mark Rothstein was quoted in Paul Basken's article Genetics Research May Slow Without Privacy Protections, Federal Plan Warns on The Chronicle of Higher Education.

In the article, which discusses privacy issues that are coming to light as advancements in genetic tesing capabilities are being realized, Professor Rothstein questions moving too quickly to make genetic testing available without attending to concerns such consistency in testing labs and lack of training for testing professionals.

Brandeis School of Law Recognized at the UofL's 4th Annual Community Engagement Awards

The Community Engagement Awards event honors a student, a faculty member, and a community partner for outstanding community engagement.

The Community Partner Award was presented to Wayside Christian Mission, which is the area's largest homeless shelter.  The awards program noted that 
"Through the creative reasoning of some of the university's most innovative educators, individuals and families in the care of Wayside are benefitting from a number of programs designed to help the city's most vulnerable residents become productive, self-supporting citizens living drug and alcohol free lives."

The partnership is an interdisciplinary program in which 20 UofL faculty and staff and over 200 students participated this past year.  The units involved included the Brandeis School of Law, the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Business, Kent School of Social Work, School of Nursing, University Libraries, VP of Student Affairs, and VP of Information Technology.

Source: "Community engagement awards recognize UofL service efforts near, afar" (UofL Today, October 15, 2012)

Davis Hunter Named September SBA Student of the Month

The Brandeis School of Law Student Bar Association congratulates Davis Hunter for being selected the Student of the Month for September, 2012. Davis was nominated by his peers and selected by the SBA to be recognized for his contributions as a proactive member of the Brandeis School of Law. Davis is also a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and a BARBRI Representative for the law school.


The Student of the Month is recognized for his or her dedication to increasing the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law's reputation. The SBA Public Relations Chair facilitates this award and current SBA members are not eligible to win the Student of the Month. Any law student, faculty, or staff may nominate a student and SBA will vote to approve the award.

If you would like to nominate a student for Student of the Month, you may submit a nomination.

Congratulations, again, to Davis!

Professor Mark Rothstein Featured on NPR's "Morning Edition"

Mark Rothstein, Brandeis School of Law Professor and Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine, participated in a discussion of low-cost human genome sequencing on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. The discussion centered around ethical dilemmas that may come up if low-cost genetic tests are made available.

Americans Who Tell the Truth :: Visions of Justice and Compassion

The Muhammad Ali Center, in downtown Louisville, is featuring a new exhibit, Americans Who Tell the Truth, from September 1- November 11, 2012. This exhibit, created by artist Robert Shetterly, is dedicated to the belief that a profound sense of citizenship is the best defense of our social, economic, and environmental rights. Portraits and quotes of 40 exemplary American citizens, including Louis Brandeis, are meant to encourage viewers to act peacefully for the common good of their communities and the world.

The artist unveiled his Brandeis portrait at Brandeis School of Law in 2009.

2013 Brandeis Medal Recipient Announced

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law proudly announces the 2013 Brandeis Medal recipient is Justice John Paul Stevens. The medal will be presented at a dinner on April 18, 2013.

The life work of Justice Stevens is very much in keeping with the values of Justice Brandeis. His service on the Court and his commitment to civility and a balanced approach to issues are values and qualities that Justice Brandeis would have applauded. He shares with Justice Brandeis an interest in antitrust law, free speech, search and seizure, and the role of state governments. His commitment to public service has been honored at many law schools through Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowships.
Justice Stevens traces his seat on the Court directly to Justice Brandeis. When Justice Brandeis left the Court, he was replaced by Justice William O. Douglas, and when Justice Douglas retired, Justice Stevens was appointed to that position. Justice Elena Kagan was appointed to replace Justice Stevens. In his 2011 book, Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir, Justice Stevens describes the history of the Court by reflecting on the five Chief Justices of the Supreme Court with whom he served during his service from 1975 to 2010.
The Brandeis Medal is awarded to individuals whose lives reflect Justice Brandeis’ commitment to the ideals of public service. Previous recipients include Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Harry A. Blackmun, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen G. Breyer; Judges A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. and Abner J. Mikva; New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau; Professors Archibald Cox, Jr.; Professors Samuel Dash and Charles J. Ogletree; civil rights attorney Morris Dees, Jr.; Senator Howard H. Baker; Congressman John Lewis; Brandeis biographer Melvin Urofsky, and legal journalist Linda Greenhouse.
The 2013 Brandeis Medal Presentation and Dinner is made possible through funds provided by the Wilson W. and Anne D. Wyatt Distinguished Speakers Endowment.

Central High Law and Government Program Students Visit Law School

Justice Breyer with Central High StudentsThe Law School Community welcomes our visitors from Central High School today.  The juniors and seniors enrolled in the Law and Government Magnet program at Central will be at the law school for their annual field trip to the law school.  The seniors will tour the campus and learn about the college admissions process.  The juniors will participate in a mock property class in the Allen Courtroom taught by Professor Laura Rothstein.  Law students teaching in the Street Law, Writing Skills, or Marshall Brennan program at Central, and any other law students are welcome to sit in from 10 to 11 for the class.  First year students will have the opportunity to learn about how to participate in the partnership program this coming spring at the annual Central High School interest session on February 12.
The Central students will attend the noontime Diversity Forum, which is a panel about Ending the Violence in West Louisville.  It will be in Room 275.