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.
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.
David A. Pike
Judge Edwin Schroering, Gregory Cinnamon, and Jim Chen
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.
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.
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
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!
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.