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50th Anniversary of "I Have A Dream Speech" TODAY

Dear Brandeis Community:


On this 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's famous speech describing his beloved community, let us recommit ourselves to fostering a climate of inclusiveness with principles of mutual respect, fairness and social justice that enables everyone to develop to his or her fullest potential. We recognize that diversity is a fundamental necessity to achieving excellence at Brandeis School of Law.


As part of that commitment:
• We affirm the inherent dignity and value of every person and strive to maintain a climate for work and learning based on mutual respect and understanding.
• We promote differing ideas and a variety of solutions through the inclusion of individuals from all backgrounds, races, genders, sexualities, socio-economics and spiritualties. We encourage open expression within a climate of civility, sensitivity, and mutual respect.
• We strive to eliminate discrimination, marginalization, and exclusion based on race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, disability, religion, national origin or military status.
• We take individual and collective responsibility for helping to eliminate bias and discrimination and for increasing our own understanding of these issues through education, training, and interaction with others.

The university is offering several events today to commemorate this important anniversary. Please join us if you can.
Schedule for Commemoration Events held on August 28th:


1:00 p.m. Panel Discussion - "Reflections on Dr. King's Dream" - Shumaker Research Building, Room 139)
Featuring panelists:


• Dr. Joy Carew (http://louisville.edu/panafricanstudies/faculty-and-staff/joy-g-carew-ph...)
• Mr. Ira Grupper (http://www.crmvet.org/vet/grupper.htm and http://agendas.louisvilleky.gov/sirepub/cache/2/h3jm1fnj1dtnleil4kfyew2d...)
• Mr. Sagar Patagundi (https://www.facebook.com/kentuckydream)
• Dr. Laura Rothstein (http://www.law.louisville.edu/faculty/laura_rothstein)

 

2:15 p.m. - Symbolic March on Belknap Campus will begin at the Clock Tower going to the Ekstrom Library Quad


2:25 p.m. - UofL's International Jazz Quartet performs in Quad (refreshments served)


2:45 p.m. - Afternoon Program - in Quad
• Vice-Provost for Diversity Taylor-Archer -Welcome
• National Anthem led by UofL's Commemoration Chorale
• President Ramsey - Remarks and Welcome
• Keynote address - Raoul Cunningham, President of the Louisville Chapter of the NAACP
• Recital of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech by Odell Henderson

 

Public Service Projects at Orientation Highlight Brandeis Commitment to Service

Before fall semester classes even began, students at UofL's Brandeis School of Law took part in community service projects across the city of Louisville during orientation week. The public service projects included craft painting with residents at Masonic Homes; weeding and mulching an expressway ramp in downtown Louisville for Operation Brightside; painting a children’s playground fence at St. Vincent De Paul; constructing a Habitat for Humanity home in Louisville's West End; caring for animals at the New Albany/Floyd County Animal Shelter; making inspirational cards for Hosparus patients and their families; decorating apartments for new refugee families for Catholic Charities; weeding and invasive removal at Seneca Park for Olmsted Parks Conservancy; baking for residents at Ronald McDonald House; sorting food at Dare to Care Food Bank; assisting with a back-to-school backpack event for Family Scholar House; and processing donations at Habitat ReStore.

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Having orientation include a day of community service began in 2009. It honors the values of Justice Louis D. Brandeis, for whom the law school was named in 1997. Louis D. Brandeis is known as the “people’s attorney” for setting the expectation that all lawyers should provide service to the public. His work included advocacy on behalf of a number of social justice causes through his arguments before the Supreme Court and legislative advocacy on behalf of working conditions and regulation of transportation and other services.

The Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program established in 1990, is one of the first mandatory public service programs in country and is a national model for other programs. All students must complete at least 30 hours of public service to graduate. Our students generally complete substantially more than the 30 hours. Through this work, the law school benefits from the impact of Justice Brandeis, and the community.

The Brandeis School of Law also hosts Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, staged since 2005, to benefit the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation. The Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation 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 Louisville-Jefferson County Women Lawyers Association. This fun event provides 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. Lawlapalooza 2013 will be held Thursday, October 17th, at Phoenix Hill Tavern.

Read more about the students' public advocacy initiatives in "Lawyers Care: It's Not the Job, It's the Person" (Bar Briefs, August 2013)

Moot Court Try-Outs

Try-outs for the National Moot Court Team will be held Thursday and Friday, August 29-30.  Sign-up sheet & details on the Moot Court Board door, or see Professor Marcosson in Room 254.

Welcome Back

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students:

Welcome back and to our 1Ls a warm welcome! I hope this will be a wonderful year for all of you!  As we get closer to celebrating 50 years since Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have A Dream speech, we should dream big both individually and collectively!  Let's make sure our dreams come true and we never forget to help others fulfill their dreams.  I am very excited about the future of this law school and what this year will bring for all of us! Nothing can stop us... not even floods!!  Good luck today!!

Dean Duncan

Rand Paul to Speak

The Benjamin Rush Society, a student group at the Medical School has invited Senator Rand Paul to speak at Kornhauser Auditorium next week August 22 from 12:00-1:00.  He will be speaking on Healthcare Economics and Patient Care and answering audience questions after his speech. 

Fall 2013 Externship Opportunity – For Academic Credit

In-House Counsel - Passport Health Plan Externship:

Prerequisites: 1L curriculum & 40 credit hours.
Three credit hours (12 hours per week at placement site).  Pass/Fail.

Places one student in the Louisville offices of Passport Health Plan.  Passport is a not-for-profit licensed Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) operating a managed care program for the provision of Medicaid services in Louisville and surrounding counties.  The extern will work with the Legal Services Team in Passport’s Compliance Department, and have opportunities to gain knowledge and experience relating to federal and state regulations, and contract law. 

The regulatory work pertains to Medicaid fraud, waste and abuse investigations and, as to this work, the Passport Legal Services Team works with the Program Integrity Staff of the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services; the Office of the Inspector General; and the Office of the Attorney General.  Many contract issues also regularly arise due to Passport Health Plan’s many contractual relationships with health care providers. 

The student will work out of the Passport Health Plan offices at 5100 Commerce Crossings Drive in Louisville, and be supervised by a senior member of the Legal Services Team at Passport.  If interested, contact Professor Karen Jordan (karen.jordan@louisville.edu).

New Circulation Manager

Congratulations to Janissa Moore who has been promoted as the Law Library's Circulation Manager!

"Janissa has done incredible work for us for 17 years now. I am extremely grateful to her for agreeing to assume this new role for the law library." ~David Ensign, Director of the Law Library
Janissa succeeds Miriam Schusler-Williams who retired after 30+ years of service to the law library. 

Lawlapalooza 2013: Save the date, mate!

Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's battle of the bands, returns to the Phoenix Hill Tavern, Thursday, October 17, 2013.

Stay tuned for more information, including band registration details. 

Tony Arnold Wins University Trustees Award

Professor Tony Arnold’s innovative educational methods and “unparalleled devotion to students” have won him the University of Louisville’s 2013 Trustees Award. The annual award, selected by the Board of Trustees, recognizes a faculty member for extraordinary impact on students and is considered by many to be the highest honor the University bestows on a faculty member. Arnold will receive a plaque and a $5,000 cash award and will give a speech at the University Commencement ceremonies in May 2013.

Arnold is the Boehl Chair in Property and Land Use at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. He holds an affiliated appointment in the Department of Urban and Public Affairs and directs the Center for Land Use and Environmental Responsibility.

Twenty-nine of Arnold’s former students in law and urban planning wrote letters of support for Interim Dean Susan Duncan’s nomination of Arnold. When news of his selection was posted on Facebook, hundreds of his former students “liked” or commented on it.

The fact that Arnold remains connected with his former students, many of whom he counts as friends, says a lot about the importance of mentoring to him. He is grateful for the positive, lasting influence of his own mentors, which has motivated him to make mentoring a core part of his role as a teacher. He often goes out of his way to be available to help students. One student described Arnold as “a compassionate professor and mentor that always goes above and beyond his call of duty to see students succeed.” A former student talked about how Arnold’s belief in her helped her to overcome her under-confidence as an African American woman from a western Kentucky farm family. With his encouragement and support, she received a national fellowship from the American Association of University Women and went on to realize her dream of working on agriculture policy and justice with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, DC. Others wrote about how he connected them with a job or internship opportunity. Many students credited their professional and personal success to Arnold’s mentoring.

His students praised his innovative experiential-learning methods that integrate intellectual rigor with development of practical skills. They stated that his methods should be a national model for legal education and that his courses were among the best they had ever had. He teaches a Land Use and Planning Law class in which interdisciplinary teams of law and urban planning students work on service-learning projects for government agencies or nonprofit organizations. Many of these projects have actually influenced public policy, and one – an urban tree canopy plan for Louisville – won a statewide planning award. His Real Estate Transactions class is structured around simulated negotiation and drafting of complex transactional documents based on real-world examples. Student after student wrote about how they were able to use practical skills learned in Arnold’s classes in the professional world, but also were able to see issues deeply, critically, and from multiple disciplines.

Students also expressed great enthusiasm for Arnold’s field-study land and water conservation seminars, in which he organizes many extensive field trips that take students to the sites of real-world environmental issues, where they discuss them with the participants. One student wrote, “It is one thing to learn about the conservation efforts taking place at the Green River dam in the classroom; it is quite another thing to learn about them at the riverside from the people on the ground. The courses were extraordinary and Professor Arnold really highlighted the intersection of the law and extra-legal disciplines as a vehicle for collaborative problem solving.”

Arnold is not only a distinguished teacher and mentor but also an internationally renowned multidisciplinary scholar. He received the University’s top award for outstanding research and scholarship in the social sciences in 2011, and his publications have been cited by scholars, policy-makers, and professionals over 1700 times. Arnold’s students articulated the tremendous value of being taught by a prominent expert. His obvious enthusiasm for his subject matter has created a positive and effective learning environment, as well as research innovations that are influencing our ideas and institutions.

University Trustee Bruce Henderson stated that Arnold’s “approach to scholarship, teaching and practice is cutting-edge, dynamic, multi-dimensional, and practical.” Arnold states that he hopes to make a positive difference in the world, not only through his own research and public service but also through the impact that he has on the education and lives of his students.

Arnold received his Bachelor of Arts with Highest Distinction from the University of Kansas in 1987, and his Doctor of Jurisprudence with Distinction from Stanford University in 1990. After five years in law practice, he returned to Stanford Law School as a Teaching Fellow in 1995-96. He has taught at several universities and joined the University of Louisville in 2005.

 

Professor Abrams and Student Greg Justis Present at 2013 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference

Professor Jamie Abrams and Student Gregory Justis both presented papers last weekend at the 2013 Midwest Political Science Association Annual Conference. Professor Abrams' paper, "Enforcing Masculinities at the Border," explored how our immigration laws reinforce dominant masculinities at the border by excluding marginalized masculinities and admitting those who comport with dominant masculinity norms, enforcing masculinity norms at its borders. Greg's paper, "Defining “Union”: The Defense of Marriage Act, Tribal Sovereignty and Same-Sex Marriage," explored the potential impact of DOMA and related legislation on a recent trend towards tribal recognition of same-sex unions throughout the United States, as well as the likely impact of legal recognition on state, federal and tribal law. Congratulations to both of you!!