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Chili Cook-Off Results

John Shelman and Josh Edlin won this year's Chili Cook-Off, which benefits the UofL Cares Campaign, with their "3-Meat, 4-Bean, Better-than-Jim's Chili." First prize was an impressive jar of cashews, topped by a silly clown hat, plus bragging rights. Congratulations, guys!

College Democrats to host Bill Clinton on the Oval November 1

Former President Bill Clinton and Jack Conway, Kentucky attorney general and democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, will be guests of the University of Louisville College Democrats Monday, November 1, for a free, public talk on the Belknap Oval outside the law school.

Clinton and Conway are expected to arrive at about 6 p.m.

The Oval will be closed to incoming traffic at 3 p.m.

UofL faculty, staff and students who park on the Oval and in the Grawemeyer/Natural Science, Law School and Southern Police Institute lots need to move their cars from the area by 3:30 p.m. or must remain in place until after the event, which could be as late as 10 p.m.

Faculty and students with evening classes in buildings that face the Oval should enter through the back entrances.

Public parking will be available in the Engineering Graphics lot just south of Eastern Parkway on Third Street and across from Reynold's Lofts. Stadium parking also will be available, and people can take the campus shuttle to the Ekstrom Library bus stop.

No signs will be allowed at the event.
 
Look for updates to this information in UofL Today.

Law School Sustainability Committee

The Law School is starting a Sustainability Committee of students, faculty, and staff to develop ways to make the Law School environment and practices more environmentally sustainable.  Sustainability is a focus of major efforts on campus, and this Committee will have Law School-focused activities and also will work with University-wide sustainability efforts.  If you are interested in participating, please let either Dean Arnold, tony.arnold@louisville.edu (Room 213), or Dean Bean, kathybean@louisvile.edu (Room 216) know of your interest.  The Committee will form and start planning activities in early January, after the Spring semester begins.

Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment

On Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at noon in Room 275 of the Brandeis School of Law, the Speaker's Bureau of MHAKY (Mental Health America of Kentucky, a/k/a the Mental Health Association of Kentucky) will present the next topic in our Diversity Forum Series, "Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment," a panel program featuring: Professor James T. R. Jones; George Walton, Esq.; and Dr. Rif El-Mallakh. These speakers include those with severe mental illness and an experienced psychiatrist from the Medical School.  Each panel member will speak, and then the entire panel will address questions. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Diversity Committee and the Student Health Law Association and is free and open to all. Complimentary pizza, provided by MHAKY, will be available at 11:30 AM outside of Room 275. Please bring your own drink.

Phelps Wins Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition

Congratulations to Courtney Phelps, winner of the 2010 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition! He and Marilyn Osborn Patterson advanced from the semifinal rounds to compete in the final.

Ben Basil, VP for Internal Affairs of the Moot Court Board, organized the competition; Aaron Dyke and Jared Sawyer were bailiffs; and Karen Jordan served as the faculty advisor.

The pairings for the Semi-Finals were as follows:

  • Whitney True, Appellant v. Courtney Phelps, Appellee
  • Thomas Stevens, Appellant v. Marilyn Osborn, Appellee
SEMI-FINAL ROUND JUDGES
FINAL ROUND JUDGES
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UofL Law Student Interviewed on MSNBC's 'Hardball'

Nicoloe Kersting, UofL Law 3L, Co-Chair, Lambda Law Caucus


Nicole Kersting, UofL Law 3L, Co-Chair, Lambda Law Caucus

UofL Law student Nicole Kersting, 3L, was among those interviewed on MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews," Monday, October 18, 2010. "Hardball" commenced its "2010 Senate Tour" of college campuses at the University of Louisville, highlighting the nationally prominent race between Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway (D) and Dr. Rand Paul (R).

Responding to recent comments about sexual orientation by Ken Buck, Republican Senate candidate from Colorado, Kersting, of the University of Louisville's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law's Lambda Law Caucus, and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY 3), discussed the emergence of gay rights as an issue during the current campaign season. Chris Matthews' full interview with Congressman Yarmuth and Ms. Kersting is below.

You can also see UofL Law's photo gallery of "Hardball's" visit to UofL.

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Full Episode at MSNBC

Check out UofL Today for more on Chis Matthews' "Hardball" interviews.

The State of Justice in Louisville

All are invited to The Center for the Study of Crime and Justice in Black Communities' (CSCJBC) first community event for the fall of 2010. Join us as we premiere our first documentary "Justice for All." This film by the talented young film maker Stephen "John Doe" Barbour features commentary from scholars, laymen, politicians, and community men and women on pressing issues from education to unemployment to troubling nuances of the prison industrial complex and how these problems impact us all.

Commentary and Q&A with Louisville Circuit Court Judge Brian C. Edwards - former director of CSCJBC, follow the short documentary.

So, join us at 21C Museum Hotel - rated America's best hotel by the readers of Conde Nast (#6 in the world - bet you didn't know that!). Free heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served at the reception from 21C's outstanding menu. The reception begins at 5:30pm and the main event kicks off promptly at 6:30pm.

For more information contact Ricky Jones at (502) 852-0027.

David A. Pike Receives Dean's Service Award


I am very proud to announce that I received the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law 2010 Dean's Service Award at the Law School Alumni Banquet on Wednesday October 6, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky.  The award was presented for our innovative efforts to improve diversity in the legal community.
 
Minorities are underrepresented in the legal community, which has the potential to undermine faith in the legitimacy of the American legal system. Although bar associations have uniformly called for action to address this state of affairs, there are very few effective programs to combat this phenomenon.
 
Our program involves a continuing partnership between the Pike Legal Group, PLLC and the Black Law Students Association designed to build the organizations's capacity to attract new minority students to law school and to improve chances of success for existing law students.  

Here is what Dean Chen said when he advised me of the Award, "No one else among that group of non-alumni has come close to what you've done for my students and my school.  I deeply appreciate your generosity toward the Black Law Students Association.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you toward the larger goal of advancing diversity -- at our school, in our state's bar, and in our profession at large."
 
This is an important cause.  If you would like to learn more about ways to improve diversity in the legal profession or support our effort, please contact me.
 
Sincerely,
David A. Pike



     

Photos from the Alumni Awards Banquet

Judge Edwin Schroering, Gregory Cinnamon, and Jim Chen

PHOTO GALLERY

On October 6, invited guests attended the 2010 Alumni Awards Banquet to honor several individuals who have made significant contributions to the legal community and to the work of the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law.

Among the distinguished honorees were Barbara Lewis, the 2010 Alumni Fellow and Tom Blackburn, recipient of the Excellence in Teaching Award. Additionally, the following faculty were acknowledged as the first recipients of the Jonathan N. Helfat Endowment Award: Karen Jordan, Les Abramson, and Tony Arnold.

Many thanks to the staff, faculty, alumni, students and members of the Black Law Students Association who planned and attended the event.

Lawlapalooza Tour 2010 Rocked!

 
Thanks to everyone who attended and contributed to the 6th Annual Battle of the Bands! Over $4300 was raised for the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund.

Congratulations to Dean Becker, Professor Smith, Professor Hall and his wife, Stephanie, of The Subconscionables, who took first place! They were followed by The Fiduciaries in second place and 100% Legal in third.