Staff News

Battling Mental Illness

Mental illness affects 1 in 5 Americans, yet those who suffer from it are the most stigmatized group in the nation.  Read a law student's personal account of her brother's battle.

NAMI—the National Alliance on Mental Illness—works in a number of ways to help those with mental illness.  In particular, NAMI Louisville advocates for those with mental illness in Frankfort, provides support groups for both mental health consumers and their families, trains Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officers to deal with consumers in crisis through its Crisis Intervention Team, and puts on important programs.  This year, NAMI Louisville is bringing Professor Elyn R. Saks of the University of Southern California Law School, author of the acclaimed memoir The Center Cannot Hold:  My Journey Through Madness, which relates her incredibly successful career despite having schizophrenia, to speak at the Law School at noon on October 27.  You can support NAMI Louisville by taking part in the annual NAMI Walk on September 13, with registration starting at 9 AM and the Walk at 11 AM at the Harbor Lawn at Waterfront Park.  The more walkers the better, and Walk participants can also raise money to support NAMI Louisville’s important work by having friends and family pledge to support their Walk efforts.  To register for the Walk, go to http://xrl.us/jimsteam and sign up for the Jim Jones’ A Successful Consumer team. 

Kentucky Supreme Court Oral Arguments

The Supreme Court of Kentucky will hear oral arguments in the Allen Courtroom from 9:00 AM to noon on Wednesday, September 10 and Thursday, September 11. All students are welcome to observe. Please refer to the schedule for a list of cases to be heard.

Following the arguments on Wednesday, there will be a short Q&A session in the courtroom after which all law students are invited to have lunch and further discussion with the Justices in the Cox Lounge. Pizza will be served, but bring a beverage.

Following the final oral argument on September 11, the justices will address any questions from the audience on matters not related to the cases just heard or to other pending cases. 

If you're unable to attend, you may tune in for the live webcast.

Sisters in Struggle: Women in the Louisville Civil Rights Movement 1945 - 1975

Newspaper Photograph of a Woman

A display in the reading room of the Law Library showcases several Louisville women who played a vital role in the local civil rights movement. The display tells a story of courage that begins with the integration of libraries and hospitals in the 1940s and 1950s, moves on through the battles for open accommodations and open housing in the 1960s, and ends in 1975 with the implementation of busing to achieve racial integration in the Jefferson County Public Schools.

“Sisters in Struggle” focuses on a few women who made a real difference in our community, from Ruth Booker Bryant to Thelma Stovall to Mae Street Kidd. Several of the women have spoken at the law school as part of our Diversity Forum Series, including Senator Georgia Davis Powers, activist Mattie Jones, and the late Anne Braden. Documents and memorabilia from the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research are displayed in a glass case adjacent to the display. 

The current “Sisters in Struggle” is an updated version of a display that originated at the Ekstrom Library and hung there in the lobby during February and March of 2005. Many thanks to Jami Allen and Kathie Johnson from the Ekstrom Exhibits Committee for their generosity, to Amy Purcell from Special Collections for her assistance, and to the History Department’s Dr. Tracy K’Meyer for her expertise.
Photo of the Sisters In Struggle Exhibit
Special thanks to Dr. Catherine Fosl, Anne Braden’s biographer and Director of U of L’s Braden Institute, for her guidance and for the loan of items from the Braden Collection.

--Robin R. Harris 
 

KUDOS: Susan Duncan

Professor Susan Duncan participated in a panel on Pro Bono Opportunities and Experiences at the Leadership Through Service Conference.  The conference was held at the American Printing House for the Blind on August 15, 2008.

Welcome New Students!

The following photos were taken during orientation on August 13, 2008.

 

Room 275

 

Welcome Session in the newly renovated Room 275.

Mosaic Lobby

New students gather in the Mosaic Lobby.

Mosaic Lobby

Faculty, staff, and students queue for lunch.

Lunch Buffet

Time for a tasty taco buffet.

Lunch Buffet

Today's lunch is sponsored by Republic Bank.

New Students

New students gather outside the lobby.

New Student

New students enjoying a lunch break.

new students under a tree

New students relaxing on the Oval.

new students on the lawn

An impromptu picnic on the lawn.

new students outside

New students take a break in the shade.

Student Lounge

New students gather in the student lounge.

Student Lounge

New students pictured with Louisville Law merchandise.

Law Review Members

Members of the University of Louisville Law Review.

Westlaw Reps

Reps from Westlaw, one of orientation's generous sponsors.

Republic Bank Reps

Representatives from Republic Bank, another generous sponsor.

Dean Keith Sealing

Dean Keith Sealing conducting an orientation session.

Room 275

New students gather in Room 275 for orientation.

Harris Is a Champion 4 Her

Robin Harris

Law Librarian, Robin Harris, oversees circulation and reference, and conducts library classes and tours. But those are just a few of her many talents. She is also an advocate for diversity and women's issues.

On June 21, she will be honored at the Champions 4 Her Walk & Run Festival.

Today's Woman

To learn more about Robin Harris's contributions to the university and our community, visit her profile at the Women's Center.

 

Photo of Robin R. Harris courtesy of Ewa Wojtkowska, TODAY'S WOMAN.

 

 

KUDOS: Cedric Powell

Professor Cedric Merlin Powel has been elected Chair of the Board of Directors of TARC (Transit Authority of River City).

 

KUDOS: Manning Warren

Professor Manning Warren has been appointed to the Louisville Zoo Foundation Board of Trustees.

KUDOS: John Cross & Lars Smith

Kudos to Professor John Cross for his insightful lecture on Justifying "New" Intellectual Property as part of the panel on "New" Forms of IP: trade secrets, geographical indications and traditional knowledge at the Conference on Innovation and Technology in Turku, Finland. Professor Cross also served as a moderator for the panel on IPR Misues and the IP -- Competition Law Interface.

Congratulations to Professor Lars Smith for successfully moderating a session on Private and Commercial Speech on the Internet at the Conference on Innovation and Communications Law in Turku, Finland. The conference was sponsered by the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, Michigan State University College of Law, Drake University School of Law, the IPR University Center, and the University of Turku.

KUDOS: Jim Jones

On July 17, Professor Jim Jones spoke to the clinical staff of Wellspring on “Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment.”