Staff News

Negotiation Team Wins 2nd Place in ABA Regional Competition

Please congratulate Nicole Crump and Jeff Hall, who won 2nd place in the ABA Regional Negotiation Competition this past weekend as one of two teams from the Law School.  The competition was held in Detroit with teams from law schools in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Ontario.

Brandeis at 154

November 13, 2010, marks the 154th birthday of Louis D. Brandeis, for whom the law school is named. 

Louis D. Brandeis was the Supreme Court Justice most responsible for helping the Supreme Court shape the tools it needed to interpret the Constitution in light of the sociological and economic conditions of the 20th century.  A progressive, and champion of reform, Brandeis devoted his life to social justice.

Louisville can be proud that Justice Brandeis, who was born here in 1856 is so connected to our community and that his values had their roots here.  The principles and philosophies that Brandeis is known for – including rights to privacy, free speech, curtailing big government and big business, balancing regulation with free enterprise and a commitment to public service – are timely today. 

In honor of his birthday, a wreath has been placed at the final resting place for Justice Brandeis.  This week two events provide members of our community an opportunity to learn more about Justice Brandeis.  On Wednesday, November 10, 7-9 pm, Mel Urofsky (recipient of the 2009 Brandeis Medal) will speak at the Festival of Jewish Books about his award winning book Louis D. Brandeis:  A Life.  This event will take place at the Jewish Community Center, 3600 Dutchmans Lane.  On Thursday, November 11, at 6 pm, Professor Michael Wolf will deliver the Boehl Lecture on Brandeisian Approach to Land Use.  This event will take place at the Law School, Room 275, at 6 pm, with a reception to follow.

Diversity Forum: Earth Jurisprudence

Earth Jurisprudence: Awakening to Earth’s Rights: A Festival of Faiths Event

Thursday, November 4, 2010
12:00-1:30 p.m. in Room 275

The next program in our Diversity Forum Series addresses Earth Jurisprudence, which comes from a shift in consciousness that recognizes that the Earth has rights. It is an expansion of legal protection of the Earth community (humans and environment) through various laws and legal instruments. It is a way of viewing the world that recognizes the inherent rights of all beings to exist and participate in the predator-prey relationships and fulfill their purpose in the web of life. Ecologian Thomas Berry said that we need a new jurisprudence today to address the unprecedented ecological challenges facing us at the end of an industrial era.

Presenter:  Patricia Siemen is an attorney and member of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. She is the executive director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence cosponsored by the law schools of Barry and St. Thomas Universities where she teaches law.

Free, light lunch available at 11:30 a.m., provided by Expressions of You. Please bring your own drink.

Legal Education - The Role of the Bench, the Bar and the Academy

The Kentucky Lawyer Chapter, the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society and the Louisville Bar Association present:
 
Legal Education - The Role of the Bench, the Bar and the Academy

Featuring:
Dennis Honabach
Dean, Salmon P. Chase College of Law,
Northern Kentucky University

With an introduction by:
The Honorable Boyce F. Martin, Jr.
Judge, Sixth Circuit,
United States Court of Appeals

Thursday, November 4, 2010
5:30 p.m.
Louisville Bar Association
600 W. Main Street
Louisville, KY

CLE credit of 1 hour is available for $30 to Louisville Bar Association members. If you would like to purchase CLE please click here. (Please note that a warning page may appear. However, the Registration page is secure, click on "go to page anyway" to continue to the registration page).

This event is free of charge to non-lawyers and lawyers not seeking CLE credit.

Join us as Dean Honabach and Judge Martin discuss the role of the judiciary, the bar associations and law schools in meeting the needs of our law school graduates in this demanding economy.

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.