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Kentucky Women's Book Festival

The UofL Women's Center will present the sixth annual Kentucky Women's Book Festival, Saturday, May 19 (the 3rd Saturday in May) at  Ekstrom Library. This event brings together Kentucky women writers and their readers.

Law school alumnae Tori Murden McClure, '95, Spalding University President and author of A Pearl in the Storm, will deliver the Opening Session at 10 AM.

Mary Ann Taylor-Hall will present the luncheon keynote, “A Very Odd Way To Spend a Life”, and Kentucky's Poet Laureate, Maureen Morehead, will present the closing session.

Additional presenters include:

  • Sara Havens, author of The Bar Belle – "I Want to Write A Book: The Benefits and Challenges of Self-Publishing"
  • Nancy Jensen, author of The Sisters – “Researching the Ordinary in Extraordinary Ways”
  • Deanna O’Daniel – author of Kiss Your Elbow, a Kentucky memoir
  • Kiki Petrosino – Poet and Creative Writing scholar at UofL
  • Sharon Receveur – “Bookmaking, a Thoughtful Process”
  • Glynis Ridley – “The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Biography of the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe”
  • Julie Wade – “Shifting the Gaze: from the Retrospective Memoir to the Coming of Age Narrative”

This year, one lucky festival attendee will win a free Kindle!

If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Virginia Mattingly immediately.

2012 Graduation Day Details

New information about University of Louisville's Commencement and Brandeis School of Law's Convcation have been added to the Current Students page, including information about Commencement practice on Friday night, May 11 and a line-up list for Convocation on Saturday, May 12.

2012 Brandeis School of Law Curriculum Guide

Students and Faculty

Now posted is the University Of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law

Curriculum Guide


This guide will assist you in identifying both foundational and advanced courses
for various subject matters. In addition, the guide showcases our outstanding faculty
members and the cutting edge work they are doing.

I hope you find the guide useful as you plan your law studies and future careers.

Dean Duncan

2012 Graduation Day Details



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.


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.




Apparel Pick-up

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.


Honor Cords

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.


Grades should be available late Friday afternoon, May 11, on ULink.


Please refer to the Line-Up List for details.

Grace Giesel Named Flexner Professor of Law

Professor Giesel is the newly named Flexner Professor of Law

Congratulations 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.

Chen to Step Down as Law School Dean

Dean Chen

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)

Moot Court Client Counselling Victory

Braindeis School of Law and the Moot Court Board would like to congratulate this year’s members of the Client Counseling Teams—Sarah Potter, Brittany McKenna, Matthew Kinney, and Kevin Pride—for their stellar performance at the regional competition held at NKU Chase School of Law. Matthew Kinney and Kevin Pride advanced to the semi-finals with a number 1 seed, but as luck would have it, lost in a head-to-head round to Sarah Potter and Brittany McKenna, who advanced to the finals. Despite a controversial final round, Potter and McKenna emerged as the Region 6 champions. Good luck to Sarah and Brittany as they head to Durham, North Carolina for the National Finals on March 16-17.

Professor Judith Fischer Discusses Gender-neutral Language

UofL Law Professor Judith Fischer presented her data about justices' use of gender-neutral language in 2010 U.S. Supreme Court opinions at a presentation titled The Supreme Court and Gender-Neutral Language: Splitting la Difference. The presentation was on March 10, 2012 for legal writing professors during the Capital Area Legal Writing Conference at Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C.

2012 Brandeis School of Law Convocation

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,
5:00 p.m.
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 Apparel

Place 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 Announcements

Brandeis 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 Convocation

Brandeis 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.

Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth : A Film Screening  

Papers: Stories of Undocumented Youth : A Film Screening 

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.