Staff News

Lawlapalooza 2008 Is Tonight!

Lawlapalooza 2008, the Louisville law community's 4th annual battle of the bands, is tonight at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue.  Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the first band begins at 6:30.

The Faculty Resource Center, in room 272, still has plenty of student tickets available -- just five bucks each, limit of two per student -- but they will only be available there until 12 noon today.  After that, students must purchase tickets at the door (same price, same limit) and present a valid student ID card.  General admission tickets are $25 at the door.

Lawlapalooza benefits the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which provides summer fellowships for Louisville Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestive violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

Come on out for fun, fellowship and great music -- and have a laugh at Professor Smith and Deans Hall and Becker.

Congratulations Jodi Duce

Jodi Duce

Jodi Duce, the law school's Unit Business Manager, is a recipient of the University's prestigious Outstanding Performance Award in the Professional/Administrative Staff category.

"Duce is an integral part of the Law Library team. Her tasks include coordinating financial operation of the Law Library, managing budgets and accounts and ordering and maintaining equipment and supplies. Even with the financial turmoil that came from the state budget cuts, she found ways to cut the immediate budget and developed a plan for the future for the recurring budget. Duce also co-chaired Brandeis School of Law’s first Community Service Day. Her nominator credited her with leadership, cooperativeness and dependability."

More Award Winners: Ramsey Recognizes Staff for Outstanding Performance

Meet Judicial Candidates

Have you ever filled out a ballot only to realize that you have never even heard of any of the judicial candidates?  Have you ever sat in class and wondered what exactly a judge does?  Who are these people and what do they do?  How do they get to where they are?  And how much power do they really have over the outcome of a case?  On Tuesday, October 7 at 12:15 in room 275, you can find out.  Join us for lunch and a meet-and-greet of local judicial candidates.  Candidates for District Court, Circuit Court, Appellate Court, and the Kentucky Supreme Court want to introduce themselves to you.  Take this opportunity to meet the individuals who may preside over your future cases.  Sponsored by the Student Bar Association.  Lunch will be provided.

Diversity Forum Series

Immigration: Debunking the Myths, the first program in the 2008-09 Diversity Forum Series takes place at 12 noon Tuesday, 9/23.

The program will feature:

A light lunch from Expressions of You will be available at 11:30 AM.

Reflections on the KY Supreme Court's Visit

Kentucky Supreme Court Oral Arguments

Members of the law school community were asked to share their impressions of the Kentucky Supreme Court's recent visit on September 10-11, 2008.

“I thought it was a great opportunity to sit in on a real case and see the Supreme Court justices do their job,” said Kim Albritton, a senior at Central High School and a participant in the law magnet program, which is part of UofL's Signature Partnership Initiative.

Noelle Rao (2L) shared Ms. Albritton's appreciation, “I think it’s a great opportunity to see the Supreme Court in action.”

See Kentucky Supreme Court visit provides students with unique learning opportunity for more comments from Professors Judith Fischer & Susan Duncan, and Dean Chen.

 


Classes and Offices Returning to Normal Schedules

Beginning at 1:40 PM, Wednesday, September 17, 2008, all UofL classes and offices are returning to their normal schedules.

Jim Jones Speaks at NAMI Walk

Jim Jones speaks to attendees at the NAMI Walk

 

Professor Jim Jones addresses the walkers at the National Alliance on Mental Illness Louisville 1.5K Walk at Waterfront Park, Saturday, September 13, 2008.  University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law staff and students joined Professor Jones' fund raising team for the NAMI walk.

Commemorate Constitution Day

The Law School takes great pride in contributing to the University of Louisville's annual commemoration of Constitution Day. This year's program consists of two videos presenting the views of Law School faculty on recent Supreme Court decisions. Those videos will be posted on this site on or before September 17, 2008. They will also play on monitors at the Law School on September 17.

Other activities include a constitutional curiosities scavenger hunt and a quiz bowl tournament and refreshments hosted by the McConnell Center

Negotiations Class Canceled

Ms. Gleason's Negotiations class is canceled Monday, September 15, 2008.

Tom FitzGerald Wins Heinz Award

The law school is pleased to announce that adjunct law professor, Tom FitzGerald, has received the prestigious 14th annual Heinz Award for the Environment, a national honor that includes a $250,000 prize.

Mr. FitzGerald who has been hailed as Kentucky's environmental watchdog, has taught energy and environmental law at the law school since 1986 and has served as Director of the Kentucky Resources Council since 1984. He has also mentored many students interested in pursuing careers in public service, including Liz Edmondson, '07. "Fitz embodies the law school's vision of public service and has worked tirelessly as the state's premier environmental advocate over the past 25 years."

The Awards were established by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor the memory of her late husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz. They celebrate the accomplishments and spirit of the Senator by recognizing the extraordinary achievements of individuals in the areas of greatest importance to him, including: Arts and Humanities, the Environment, the Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment.  


Heinz Award to Louisville activist (Courier-Journal.com, 09/09/08)

Tom FitzGerald wins the Heinz Award in the Environment (Cardinal Lawyer)