Staff News

Thank you, from Tim Hall, Lars Smith and Jim Becker

We want to earnestly thank all of the students, staff and faculty who chipped in to our tip jar and helped us win Lawlapalooza this year.  No doubt, you were our major contributors.  More important, we want to express our deep gratitude to the staff who organize Lawlapalooza year after year, the faculty, and especially to the students who came out in great numbers last Thursday night to support the Judge Ellen Ewing Fund in particular, and the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program in general.

Lawlapalooza makes it possible for one of you to spend a summer as a Ewing Fellow, working at the Legal Aid Society in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, or HIV/AIDS, making contacts with legal professionals, developing invaluable practice skills and most important, giving back by assisting those who cannot afford an advocate on their own. For all its fun, ultimately, this is what Lawlapalooza is about.

Lawlapalooza is absolutely fun, though. The law school, and the broader legal community, doesn't have a comparable, "let your hair down" event like Lawlapalooza. While that's unfortunate, it makes Lawlapalooza unique.  The sense of community and camaraderie — between and among students, staff and faculty — that the event creates every year is wonderful, warm and extraordinary. We're sorry if you missed it, because you really missed out. Fortunately, there's always next year.

Again, many, many thanks to all of you who supported Lawlapalooza this year in any of many ways. We represented you on that stage, and we are very happy and proud to have done so.

— Professor Tim Hall, Professor Lars Smith, Asst. Dean Jim Becker

Distinguished Scholar in Legal Skills and Professionalism to Visit Law School

On Thursday, October 7, Professor Nancy Schultz will give a faculty workshop presentation on teaching legal skills across the curriculum, at noon, in the Cox Lounge.  Professor Schultz will be our Fall 2010 Distinguished Scholar in Legal Skills and Professionalism. 
Professor Schultz is Professor of Law and Director of the Advocacy and Dispute Resolution Program at Chapman University School of Law in California.  She has chaired the ABA's Student Competitions Committee, served as President of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, and was the Director of Legal Writing at George Washington University Law School.  She is the author of three major texts and has spoken extensively on legal skills pedagogy throughout the U.S. and internationally.
This particular presentation supports the Law School's efforts to enhance its legal skills curriculum.

ACS Hosts the General Counsel of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet

The American Constitution Society is hosting David O'Brien Suetholz, the general counsel of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet on Thursday, October 7 at noon in room 175. Lunch will be provided.

Law Is a Battlefield

You won't want to miss Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, at Phoenix Hill Tavern on September 30.

Dean Becker will perform with Professors Tim Hall and Lars Smith as The Subconscionables. 2Ls, Jennifer Siewertsen and Alex White, will emcee the event. Jennifer will also share her experience as the 2010 Ellen B. Ewing Fellow.

Tickets are available at the Law Resource Center in room 272. They're just $5 for students and $20 for general admission. Westlaw will provide a limited supply of bar tickets for students.

The Judge Ellen B. Ewing Fund was established at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 2005 with generous gifts from the Louisville Bar Foundation and the Women Lawyers Association. The fund provides up to $4,000 in summer fellowship funding for a University of Louisville law student to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors: Frost Brown Todd, Logan Lavelle Hunt Insurance & Wealth Management, LLC and Westlaw!

Photo Gallery: Diversity Forum

On Tuesday, September 28, the Diversity Committee hosted three distinguished speakers: Kentucky Supreme Court Associate Justice Lisa Abramson, Judge Denise Clayton, and Louisville NAACP President Raoul Cunningham. The distinguished panelists discussed, "The Importance of Diversity in the Judiciary".

The first program in our Fall 2010 Diversity Forum Series was moderated by Jamie Izlar, 3L, and sponsored by the Black Law Students Association, Lambda Law Caucus, and the Women's Law Caucus.

Photo Gallery

 

Law School Welcomes Distinguished Scholar in Law and Public Policy

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law welcomes Christopher Slobogin as its Fall 2010 Distinguished Scholar in Law and Public Policy.  Professor Slobogin is the Milton Underwood Chair in Law, Professor of Psychiatry, and Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Vanderbilt University.  He will give a faculty workshop on September 30 on "The Future of the Fourth Amendment."  Each semester, the Law School identifies a nationally renowned scholar in law and public policy to give a workshop as part of its Faculty Workshop Series, enhancing the exchange of ideas and intellectual inquiry at the Law School, particularly at the intersetion of law and public policy.

The Importance of Diversity in the Judiciary

 

On Tuesday, September 28, at noon in Room 275 the Diversity Committee hosts three distinguished speakers: Kentucky Supreme Court Associate Justice Lisa Abramson, Judge Denise Clayton, Louisville NAACP President Raoul Cunningham for the next program in our Diversity Forum Series.

Moderator: Jamie Izlar.

Co-sponsors: Black Law Students Association; Lambda Law Caucus; Women's Law Caucus.

Free light lunch available at 11:30. Open to all. 

 

Lawlaplooza Tickets, T-shirts and More

Tickets and t-shirts are on sale now in the Law Resource Center (room 272, across from 275).

Tickets cost $5 for students (including spouses, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc.) and $20 for general admission. They’ll also be available at the door.

T-shirts are $10. BONUS: Students who purchase a t-shirt and wear it to the show will also receive their first drink free, compliments of Westlaw!

We hope to see you at Lawlapalooza 2010 on September 30th for an evening of great music and great fun for a great cause, and be sure to bring plenty of cash to vote for your favorite band!

What Is Lawlapalooza?

Lawlapalooza is a full-on, no-holds-barred, Texas-steel-cage, loser-leave-town Battle of the Bands featuring Louisville attorneys (and occasionally law students), rocking out to raise money for a great cause. Proceeds from Lawlapalooza benefit the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which provides local summer fellowships for University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS. Ewing Fellowships are awarded under the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program.

Lawlapalooza began in 2005 in collaboration with the Jefferson County Women Lawyers Association, and to date has raised over $25,000 and provided invaluable practice experience for four Ewing Fellows.

Lawlapalooza 2010 will be held Thursday, September 30th at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue. Doors open at 6:00 PM, and the first band takes the stage at 6:30. Both new and returning bands will perform, featuring attorneys from:

  • Greenebaum Doll McDonald
  • Stoll Keenon Ogden
  • Borowitz & Goldsmith
  • Fultz Maddox Hovious & Dickens
  • Clay Frederick Adams, and
  • Brandeis School of Law*
*Professors Tim Hall and Lars Smith and Assistant Dean Jim Becker will be performing, along with Professor Hall’s wife, Stephanie, as The Subconscionables.

The bands’ musical styles this year range from “funky bluegrass” to country to rock and blues, and each will perform a 20-minute set. Fans vote for their favorite band by throwing money in their tip jar. The band with the most money in its jar at the end of the night wins a trophy and bragging rights until next year.

This year, Lawlapalooza will be hosted by law students Alex White and Jennifer Siewertsen, our 2010 Ewing Fellow, who spent her summer working in the Legal Aid Society of Louisville’s Family Law Unit.

Tickets, T-shirts and More

Tickets and t-shirts are on sale now in the Law Resource Center (room 272, across from 275).

Tickets cost $5 for students (including spouses, partners, boyfriends, girlfriends, etc.) and $20 for general admission. They’ll also be available at the door.

T-shirts are $10 and will also be on sale Tuesday, September 21, from 5:15-7:15 PM, and Wednesday, September 22nd, from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM, in the Mosaic Lobby. Available sizes now are L and XL, but we’ve ordered more and expect to have S, M and 2XL by the end of this week.

BONUS: Students who purchase a t-shirt and wear it to the show will also receive their first drink free, compliments of Westlaw!

We hope to see you at Lawlapalooza 2010 on September 30th for an evening of great music and great fun for a great cause, and be sure to bring plenty of cash to vote for your favorite band!

Constitution Day Commemoration


Barry Faulkner, The Constitution
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

United States Constitution, preamble



[W]e must never forget that it is a constitution we are expounding.

McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 U.S. (4 Wheat.) 316, 407 (1819)



Constitution

The United States Constitution is not only the basic law of the United States. It has also inspired politicians, philosophers, and ordinary people around the world. Scholars have devoted intense attention to the Constitution, its interpretation by the Supreme Court of the United States, and its impact on the American people.

Constitutional law forms an important part of the Law School's curriculum and research agenda. University of Louisville faculty members have devoted considerable attention to the Constitution, its interpretation, and its social meaning. Lawyers with diverse practices and specializations share a background in constitutional law, which in turn unites the practicing bar in a common civil culture based on the Constitution and its role in American history and politics.

The Law School therefore takes great pride in presenting an annual commemoration of Constitution Day on behalf of the entire University of Louisville. This year's program consists of a collection of videos that provide commentary on recent developments in the Supreme Court of the United States and in lower federal courts. Jim Chen, Samuel Marcosson, Luke Milligan, Laura Rothstein and Joseph Tomain review a significant year of developments in American constitutional law.

2010 Constitution Day Program

  • Luke M. Milligan, Introduction
  • Jim Chen, McDonald v. City of Chicago: The States and the 2nd Amendment
  • Samuel A. Marcosson, The California Same-Sex Marriage Case
  • Luke M. Milligan, City of Ontario v. Quon
  • Laura Rothstein, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez
  • Joseph A. Tomain, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

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Legal notice: This page is composed in compliance with section 111 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004, Pub. L. No. 108-447, § 111, 118 Stat. 2809, 3344-45 (2004), more colloquially known as the "Constitution Day" statute. See also Notice of Implementation of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17 of Each Year, 70 Fed. Reg. 29,727 (May 24, 2005).

Section 111 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act states in relevant part: "Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution." Section 111 further requires that Constitution Day be commemorated on September 17, in honor of the day in 1787 on which the Constitution was signed. In a year in which September 17 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, Constitution Day may be commemorated during the preceding or following week.