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U.S. E.P.A. Conference on Sustainable Redevelopment in the Ohio Valley

On October 3rd, I attended the U.S. E.P.A. Conference on Sustainable Redevelopment in the Ohio Valley.  The conference was held at the Brown Hotel from October 1-3 and featured various speakers, many from Louisville, who discussed the benefits and challenges of using sustainable redevelopment to promote public health, environmental protection, and successful communities. 

The part of the conference I attended addressed the barriers to promoting sustainable development in communities.  Professor Tony Arnold identified several barriers to sustainable redevelopment in his presentation, including politics, psychology, and injustice, and addressed strategies to overcome these.  Additionally, Professor Peter Meyer of the University of Louisville discussed economic barriers to implementing sustainable development practices.  He noted several indirect economic benefits of sustainable development practices such as better public health from an improvement in air quality and decreased energy costs associated with energy efficiency.  He also noted that governments spend money on infrastructure to build sprawling communities, while this expense is not necessary when redeveloping areas that already contain infrastructure.  Overall, the conference provided knowledge and tools that people and communities can employ to encourage sustainable development and protect the environment and the health of communities.

KUDOS

Professor Jim Jones been elected to the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Association of Kentucky (Mental Health America of Kentucky).

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Career Services resume request, writing competitions & job fair

Several items deserve your consideration:

1. Full-time Associate position for Dec 2007 or May 2008 graduates. McMurry & Livingston, a Paducah law firm, has requested that we collect application material from interested soon-to-be graduates. Give us your resume, a copy of your law school transcript & a writing sample by the deadline of Friday, November 16th. Indicate your intention to apply by signing the sheet in the Career Services library. To learn about this firm, go to their website: <www.lawyersforyourlife.com.>

2. Two writing competitions:

A. Global Warming. How Litigation Can Make a Difference. $5000+ prize. "Intent-to-enter" deadline: January 31, 2008. See the poster in the Career Services library for more information or go to <www.publicjustice.net>

B. The Genocide Convention at Sixty. $1500+ prize. Submission deadline: January 20, 2008. Run by Chapman University School of Law students. See the poster in the Career Services library for more information.

3. Fall 2007 University-wide Career Fair. Tuesday, October 30th from 11:00 to 3:00 in the SAC Multi-purpose room. More info? See the poster in the bulletin board next to #182's door.

4. Teach for America. TFA is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates who commit to teach in urban and rural public schools for two years. Info session at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 1st in the SAC W303A. Free food.

 

Plans for First Annual Louisville Law Community Service Project

Last year, during the strategic planning process, it was proposed that the law school have a community service project for everyone - the entire law school community. To that end, you are now invited to a planning meeting to help determine the who, what, where, when, how, & why of the first annual faculty, staff, and student Louisville Law community service project. We would like everyone with ideas, enthusiasm, and desire to attend one of the two meetings to organize the event.

The meetings will be facilitated by Mary Jo Gleason and Virginia Smith. If you have questions before the meetings, please speak with them. The meetings are scheduled for October 30, in Room 171, at 12:10 and 5:30 p.m. (You only need to attend one meeting - we wanted to offer times that would work for almost all our constituents.)

McConnell Center launches new book as part of civic literacy efforts

Dr. George Nash will be launching his latest book entitled Books and the Founding Fathers on Friday, October 19, 2007 at the McConnell Center, 2nd floor of Ekstrom Library. He will be happy to sign your free copy between 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Nash received his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. He is the author of five books, including a multivolume biography of Herbert Hoover and the Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945. Free copies of his book will be available throughout the day. Stop by and get your copy and meet the author!

KUDOS

Andy Long gave a CLE presentation for the Environmental Law Section of the Louisville Bar Association on October 16.  He discussed the US Supreme Court's decision in Massachusetts v EPA.

Tony Arnold's paper entitled, "The Structure of the Land Use Regulatory System in the United States" was recently listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for  LSPLCL: Structure of Government & Political Theory (Topic). To view the abstract and download statistics go to: http://papers.ssrn.com/abstract=1020305.

KLA Appoints New Editor

UofL Law Librarian, Robin Harris, has been appointed as the newest editor of Kentucky Libraries, a publication of the Kentucky Library Association.

KUDOS

Tony Arnold spoke on overcoming psychological, political, and environmental justice obstacles to sustainable redevelopment of contaminated properties at the U.S. E.P.A. conference on Sustainable Redevelopment in the Ohio Valley, which was held Oct. 1-3. HeI also served on the planning committee for the conference, which had an attendance of over 200.

Tony Arnold was quoted in a September 20 Louisville Courier-Journal article on the settlement of a lawsuit between West Louisville residents and Zeon over air pollution.

The Law School's team that participated in a Habitat for Humanity rehab project in West Louisville on August 25 was featured in a news feature on both August 25 evening news broadcasts on WLKY.  The feature story showed Law School students, staff, and faculty hard at work on interior painting, as well as highlighting the fact that the Law School has provided over $25,000 in pro bono land-use, environmental, and real-estate research services to Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville.

KUDOS

On September 20, Andy Long gave a guest lecture in the College of Business to economics professor Jose Fernadez's "Law and Economics" course.  Andy discussed the use of property rights in environmental regulation, focusing on the cap and trade program for sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides (the Acid Rain Program) established under the Clean Air Act.

Virginia Smith was a co-presenter of "University of Louisville Libraries Digital Collections: Connecting Communities and Collections," a program at the Kentucky Library Association's annual meeting, September 19-22, 2007.

Bob Stenger conducted three classes in the School of Medicine's Introduction to Clinical Medicine course for second-year medical students on September 4, 11& 13.  They discussed medical cases which raised issues of bioethical and professionalism; the students made presentations which the other students and I critiqued.
 
In addition, Bob participated on a panel ["Development and Changes in Values and Ethics in Today's Society"] as part of the LBA's Leadership Academy: Ethics, Justice and Values, at Bellarmine University on September 21.

The Kentucky Law Blog has reprinted Jim Jones' review of Elyn Saks' book, The Center Cannot Hold:  My Journey Through Madness.