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Central High School Law & Government Magnet Students Competed in National Moot

Five students from the Central High School Law & Government Magnet competed at the Marshall-Brennan National Civil Liberties Moot Court Competition in Philadelphia on March 20-21, 2010.  Keylandance Carpenter, Tevin Payne, Barbie Parker, Corey Thomas and Gabriel Vaughn represented Central and achieved incredible success in the tournament.

Both Barbie Parker and Gabe Vaughn, reached the semi-final round of the competition, which placed each of them among the 16 most outstanding competitors in the entire nation on the side of the case they argued.  Teams came from all over the country, representing Marshall-Brennan programs from Washington, D.C., to Phoenix, and from Boston to Baton Rouge.  Parker’s semi-final round performance left her just barely short of qualifying for the national finals, which would have placed her among the top four students in the entire competition.

The team was coached by Brandeis School of Law students Noelle Rao and Duffy Trager, who accompanied the team to Philadelphia.  Both were third-year students who taught at Central in the Marshall-Brennan program this year as part of the Brandeis School of Law’s Signature Partnership with Central, working with Joe Gutmann, the Law & Government program’s long-time teacher.  Noelle and Duffy were joined in Philadelphia by law school professor and Marshall-Brennan faculty supervisor Sam Marcosson, who also helped coach the students as they prepared for the competition.

“Barbie and Gabe’s performances in particular were terrific,” Marcosson said.  “They proved that our Central students can compete with the very best students from around the country.  And all five students worked hard to prepare, and impressed the judges with their knowledge of the law, the facts of the cases, and ability to deal with tough questions.  They did a great job, and I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

Central High School Law Magnet Program Celebration and Recognition Ceremony

On May 25, 2010, members of the law school community gathered at Central High School's library to celebrate the accomplishments of the Central High School Law Magnet Program. Professor Laura Rothstein, with the assistance of Jina Scinta and Principal Dan Withers, conducted the ceremony.

Renowned portrait artist, Robert Shetterly unveiled reproductions of two paintings from his Americans Who Speak the Truth Collection. He shared quotes from both Justice Louis D. Brandeis and Representative John Lewis during his discussion about the essential principles of a democracy.

Following his remarks,  Joe Gutmann, Central High School Law and Government Magnet Coordinator, presented awards to the program's outstanding students. Professor Sam Marcosson and Noelle Rao, '10 both received awards and standing ovations from the participants. Mary Jo Gleason, Coordinator of the Junior Writing Skills Program, Scott Furkin, Executive Director of the Louisville Bar Association, and Emily Zahn, '08 were also recognized for their contributions.

 

 

Summer Library Hours

During the summer, May 15 to August 15, the law library will generally be open from 8 AM - 9 PM Monday thru Thursday, 8 AM - 6 PM Friday, 9 AM - 6 PM Saturday and 1 PM - 9 PM Sunday. Please refer to our Library Hours for exceptions.

Law Student Leads Way at Commencement

When University of Louisville graduates marched into Freedom Hall May 8 for commencement ceremonies, they followed students carrying colorful banners with each school or college name.

The banners are a handy way for family and friends to separate groups and find their graduate in the crowd. They also are a way to honor students who have been leaders in other ways: banner bearers are each school or college’s “outstanding graduate” for 2010. Each has a high record of scholarship, leadership and service.

Barry Dunn represented the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Dunn served as president of the Moot Court Board, a post of honor that also requires a lot of work. As president, he completed a project to review moot court competitions, evaluate them for the work required and credit hours awarded and draft a plan that equitably allocates credit hours to student competitors. The project normally would be one for a faculty curriculum committee. Dunn also served as the “notes” editor for the University of Louisville Law Review. 

Full Story: "Outstanding students lead way at commencement" (UofL Today,  May 7, 2010)

Wayne Williams' Art Exhibit

Artist Wayne Williams has generously loaned many of the colorful paintings on exhibit in the Reading Room and elsewhere in the Law Library. Mr. Williams is a retired art instructor at St. Xavier High School.
 

20 Minutes about the Kentucky Women's Book Festival

On May 15, women writers and readers from around Kentucky will gather at the University of Louisville's Ekstrom Library for the Kentucky Women's Book Festival to talk books, poems, short stories and other types of writing.

The festival, now in its fourth year, is a unique opportunity for writers and readers to meet face to face and talk about their craft. Speakers at this year's festival include Affrilachian author Crystal Wilkinson and Sarah Gorham, president of Sarabande Books. Sessions are free to attend, but lunch is $16 and requires advance reservations. Register by calling 502-852-8976.

UofL Today caught up with Women’s Center director Mary Karen Powers, one of the event’s organizers, to talk about the festival.

Read the full story: "20 Minutes about the Kentucky Women's Book Festival" by Brandy Warren (UofL Today, April 21, 2010)

BLSA Convocation

The 9th Annual BLSA Convocation will be held on Friday, May 7th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in the Allen Courtroom.  All BLSA members, friends and family, alumni, and the entire Brandeis Law School community are invited to attend!

Moot Court Teams Meet National Success

A moot court team from the UofL Brandeis School of Law recently won a national championship in the New York University Immigration Law Competition, placing first out of 16 teams from around the country.

Law students Duffy Trager and Rachel Carmona argued for the team, which had to take on a case involving recidivism in immigration law. Maria Mourad worked on the brief and preparation for oral arguments.

"We really put ourselves through the paces before we got there," said Trager of the team's intense preparation for the event.
Carmona agreed that the secret to their success was practice, practice and more practice. "The more practice you can get, the better your chances-and we practiced all the time," said Carmona, who credited the team's coach, professor Enid Trucios-Haynes, and facilitator Jamie Izlar for preparing them.

UofL teams placed second in the International Commercial Arbitration competition at Loyola University and the Kentucky Intrastate Mock Trial Competition. A UofL team also submitted the national second-place brief in the Saul Lefkowitz National Trademark Competition.

The university also had semi-finalist teams in the American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition, the National Animal Law competition and the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Competition (Intellectual Property Law) and quarter finalists in the National Health Law Moot Court Competition and the Florida Bar Association National Tax Law Competition.

The law school had 18 moot court teams this year that included 50 to 60 students-all second-year law students or higher. Faculty members as well as local attorneys coach and facilitate the teams.
 

Full Story: "National Champs: Moot court team continues strong tradition" by Kevin Hyde (UofL Today, April 29, 2010)

The Constitution in 2020: Religion in the Public Sphere

The Kentucky Lawyer Chapter and the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society present:  "The Constitution in 2020: Religion in the Public" on April 27 at the Louisville Bar Association.

The Constitution in 2020 is a new book edited by Yale Law professors Jack Balkin and Reva Siegel. It is a collection of essays by leading constitutional scholars regarding the directions that constitutional law should take in the decades to come.

Featured Speakers:

  • William P. Marshall, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law; Visiting Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School; Member, Board of Directors, American Constitution Society; and Contributing Author, The Constitution in 2020
  • Paul E. Salamanca, Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law
  • David Tachau, Moderator, Partner, Tachau Meek PLC

There will be a reception following the panel discussion. The event is free of charge. 1.0 hours of CLE credit is pending for this event. The cost is $30 for members of the Louisville Bar Association and $60 for nonmembers.

Please RSVP online

This event is co-sponsored by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, Kentucky Chapter and the Louisville Bar Association.

Law Clinic Open House

The University of Louisville's Law Clinic serves low income individuals and victims of domestic violence in Jefferson County District and Family Courts and provides an opportunity for third-year law students to practice law under supervision.  During the 2009-2010 academic year, we handled 169 cases. 

On Thursday, April 15, we were joined by friends and partners in celebration of the success of the Law Clinic at an Open House.  We gratefully acknowledge our partners, donors, students and staff who have helped us make an impact in our community.