2012 COMMENCEMENT & CONVOCATION
On Saturday, May 12, 2012, there will be several events honoring the 2012 graduates.
University of Louisville Commencement
On Friday, May 11, the University of Louisville's commencement rehearsal will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the KFC Yum! Center.
All students participating in the University-wide morning ceremony are required to attend the rehearsal to confirm a seat for Commencement.
On Saturday, May 12, the University Commencement processional will start at 9:30 a.m. at the KFC Yum! Center’s Practice Court and the line-up will form at the law school sign. Please join law students as the Brandeis School of Law banner is carried into the KFC Yum! Center. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. President and Mrs. Ramsey will host a reception on the Main Concourse after the Commencement from 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Brandeis School of Law Convocation
The Brandeis School of Law Convocation will be held at The Brown Theatre, 315 W. Broadway, at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 12.
Paid parking is available in the Brown Hotel parking garage off 4th Street near Theatre Square and off 3rd Street just before the corner of 3rd and Broadway. There is also parking available in the parking lot across the street from The Brown Theatre on Broadway. Metered parking may be available on the street.
Graduates should arrive NO LATER THAN 4:00 P.M. AT THE BROWN THEATRE IN THE ROOM TO THE RIGHT OF THE LOBBY.
Please be sure to check-in with the School of Law staff and receive your name card upon entry into the theater. If you are concerned that your name may be mispronounced, please write it out phonetically on your card. Please hold-on to your name card so that you can give it to Dean Cross on stage. If you wish to take some personal photos, pelase do so before the line-up begins since apparel must be turned in immediately following the ceremony.
The class photo is at 4:15 p.m. The SBA will start the line-up in the same area.
Graduates will follow the faculty in a single-file procession to the stage. When Dean Chen asks the class to come forward, the first row will stand and walk to the right area of the stage. At the direction of Dean Cross, please hand your name card to him. He will call your name and you will walk to the professors to be hooded. Do not remove your cap. After receiving your hood, please walk across the stage to Dean Chen for a handshake. A professional photographer will capture this moment (proofs may be viewed online and your photo will be available for purchase.) Walk back to your row and be seated (since the order will be reversed, you will not be sitting in the same seat when you return—you will be on the opposite side of the stage.) A program will be placed on each seat. Please do not take additional programs, purses, etc. on stage.
At the end of the Convocation, there will be a single-file recessional. The class will stand when directed by Dean Chen. Graduates should remain standing at their seats until the Dean leads the recessional.
PLEASE RETURN TO THE LINE-UP ROOM TO RETURN YOUR APPAREL.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR NAME IS CHECKED OFF WHEN YOU RETURN THE CAP/GOWN/HOOD;
YOU WILL BE ASSESSED A SUBSTANTIAL FEE IF YOU FAIL TO DO SO.
You may pick up your academic apparel (cap, gown, and tassel) at The Red Barn on one of the following days: Thursday, May 10, 12-7 p.m., or Friday, May 11, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVE YOUR CAP, GOWN, AND TASSEL IN THE PACKAGE. THE LAW SCHOOL WILL BRING THE HOODS TO CONVOCATION.
As a fundraiser, the Golden Key International Honour Society is selling honor cords to students who are candidates for honors as of the Fall 2011 semester. Eligible students may purchase cords and wear them with their caps and gowns at Commencement and Convocation. Honor cords may be purchased at The Red Barn on Thursday or Friday at the same times listed above for academic apparel. Honor cords are $15.00 each and must be paid by cash or check made payable to the Golden Key International Honour Society. Students who are candidates for Cum Laude (3.2-3.499) should purchase a gold honor cord; Magna Cum Laude (3.5-3.799) should purchase a red honor cord; and Summa Cum Laude (3.8-4.0) should purchase a gold/red honor cord.
THE SBA TRADITIONALLY ASSISTS THE ADMINISTRATION ON GRADUATION DAY
BY LINING UP GRADUATES AND HELPING WITH INSTRUCTIONS.
Grades should be available late Friday afternoon, May 11, on ULink.
CONGRATULATIONS AND ENJOY YOUR GRADUATION!
Please refer to the Line-Up List for details.
Professor Giesel is the newly named Flexner Professor of LawCongratulations to Grace Giesel, appointed Bernard Flexner Professor of Law in recognition of her demonstrated excellence in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service, as well as her commitment to continue this high level of achievement.
“I am honored ... and shall continue to pursue excellence in my teaching,
my scholarship and my service in the coming years.”
After graduating from Yale with a degree in Economics, Professor Giesel attended Emory University School of Law and graduated with distinction and as a member of the Order of the Coif. While at Emory, Professor Giesel was a managing editor of the Emory Law Journal. In 1988 she joined the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law faculty. In 1999 Professor Giesel was named a Distinguished University Teaching Professor and since 2005 Professor Giesel also has been the James R. Merritt Professor.
Learn more about Professor Giesel’s scholarship by visiting her faculty profile.
Jim Chen is resigning as dean of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law effective June 30.
Dean since 2007, Chen plans to take one year of administrative leave. He will retain his appointment as a member of the law faculty.
“It’s been the privilege of my professional life to serve as dean of the UofL law school,” Chen said.
University Provost Shirley Willihnganz credited Chen with several key accomplishments, including converting the night school to a part-time program, establishing a legal clinic and improving fundraising.
“Dean Chen has a strong legal background,” Willihnganz said. “We hope he will agree to share his extensive knowledge of commerce and health law to help us move forward with key initiatives in other areas of the university.”
-- Reprinted from UofL Today (April 20, 2012)
2012 Brandeis School of Law Convocation
The University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law 2012 convocation ceremony will be held
Saturday, May 12, 2012,
The Brown Theatre (315 W. Broadway).
All May 2012, August 2012 and December 2012 graduates are welcome to participate in the ceremony. August 2011 and December 2011 graduates may also participate.
If you are planning to attend the May 2012 School of Law Convocation, you must order your apparel by midnight, Saturday, March 31.
If you have any questions about ordering your graduation attire, please contact either Barbara Thompson or Rita Siegwald.
Graduation ApparelPlace your order for graduation apparel with Herff Jones.
The deadline to order your graduation apparel is Saturday, March 31, 2012 at midnight. You must know your school/college, the correct name of your degree and major, and all sizes to fit the robe. Style, colors and trim are determined by the University of Louisville according to standards for academic apparel. Your tassel color (and hood- if master or doctorate) is determined by the degree you will be awarded. A complete list of degree names and colors is provided from the left menu Degree Tassel and Hood Trim Color.
After submitting your order, you will receive a confirmation message with your order number. Your confirmation number is your proof of purchase, so please have the number available when picking up your apparel. The Red Barn distribution staff will have a complete list of orders.
You must use a valid debit or credit card to place your order for apparel.
J.D. Custom Rental (Tam, Gown, Tassel, and Hood) is $87.90 + tax
Here is additional information on apparel ordering.
Graduation AnnouncementsBrandeis School of Law has coordinated with the Balfour Company to create a customized law school graduation announcement. The University of Louisville's seal will be gold engraved on the front of the announcement with your name and degree printed inside (see sample text). The price list is available on the Balfour web site. You may order your announcements by visiting the Balfour Web site and select Find Your School to see the available graduation announcement packages, or contacting Balfour at 800-BALFOUR (800-225-3687).
Law school graduation announcements are available only through Balfour. They cannot be ordered through the University of Louisville or the Brandeis School of Law.
Guest Lodging for 2012 Law School ConvocationBrandeis School of Law has made arrangements with the Brown Hotel to supply hotel rooms for your guests staying in Louisville for Law School convocation. Rooms are $139 per night plus tax for deluxe guestrooms from May 11-13, 2012. Please refer to the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law when making reservations.
Be sure to pass this information along to any family or friends you have visiting from out of town.
April 10, 2012, Noon – 1:30pm
University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law, room 275
Sponsored by the Brandeis School of Law Diversity Committee, Latin American and Latino Studies (College of Arts & Sciences), Hispanic Latino Coalition of Louisville, UofL DREAMERs Chapter
The film, Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth, illuminates some of the insurmountable struggles that undocumented children and their families face living in the United States. An estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school every year in the United States with little or no opportunity for higher education or ever garnering gainful employment. The DREAM Act (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors)addresses the situation of students who came to the U.S. with their parents as young children and who were constitutionally guaranteed a free elementary and secondary education, only to graduate from high school and become unlawfully present when they turn 18 years old.
Free, light lunch available at 11:30am.
Open to all.
Congratulations Professor Levinson
Ariana Levinson, assistant professor of law, has been selected to receive the Corey Rosen Research Fellowship from Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations. The fellowship will be used for the study of employee ownership, profit sharing, and broad-based stock options in corporations and in society within the United States.
The period of the fellowship is July, 2012 to June, 2013.
Thanks to Paige Hamby, Doug Keil, and Cortney Hardy, who helped with the brief binding and to Becky Wenning for her assistance. Also, appreciation to the 1Ls who used the service.
This effort raised $600, which will provide scholarships to four Central students to the Summer Law Institute sponsored by the Louisville Bar Association, the Brandeis School of Law, and Bellarmine University for about 28 high school students each summer.