Student News

Professor Mark Rothstein Featured on NPR's "Morning Edition"

Mark Rothstein, Brandeis School of Law Professor and Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine, participated in a discussion of low-cost human genome sequencing on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. The discussion centered around ethical dilemmas that may come up if low-cost genetic tests are made available.

Americans Who Tell the Truth :: Visions of Justice and Compassion

The Muhammad Ali Center, in downtown Louisville, is featuring a new exhibit, Americans Who Tell the Truth, from September 1- November 11, 2012. This exhibit, created by artist Robert Shetterly, is dedicated to the belief that a profound sense of citizenship is the best defense of our social, economic, and environmental rights. Portraits and quotes of 40 exemplary American citizens, including Louis Brandeis, are meant to encourage viewers to act peacefully for the common good of their communities and the world.

The artist unveiled his Brandeis portrait at Brandeis School of Law in 2009.

A Reminder About Reserving Rooms

Students:  If you are planning an event or a meeting at the Law School and need to reserve a room or space (including the Mosaic Lobby), please submit a request in advance using the Room Reservation Form online at http://www.law.louisville.edu/students.  Note - You must be logged into the law school Web site to access the room reservation form!

Before submitting a request for a room, please check to make sure the room you are requesting is available.  Look at the Law School’s event calendar (http://www.law.louisville.edu/event) to see what other events are scheduled AND review the Law School’s room calendar (the link is right below the event calendar) to confirm there are no class conflicts or other programs scheduled in the same room.   

If you have questions or need help, please stop by Dean Ballard's office in Room 216.

2013 Brandeis Medal Recipient Announced

Louis D. Brandeis School of Law proudly announces the 2013 Brandeis Medal recipient is Justice John Paul Stevens. The medal will be presented at a dinner on April 18, 2013.

The life work of Justice Stevens is very much in keeping with the values of Justice Brandeis. His service on the Court and his commitment to civility and a balanced approach to issues are values and qualities that Justice Brandeis would have applauded. He shares with Justice Brandeis an interest in antitrust law, free speech, search and seizure, and the role of state governments. His commitment to public service has been honored at many law schools through Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowships.
 
Justice Stevens traces his seat on the Court directly to Justice Brandeis. When Justice Brandeis left the Court, he was replaced by Justice William O. Douglas, and when Justice Douglas retired, Justice Stevens was appointed to that position. Justice Elena Kagan was appointed to replace Justice Stevens. In his 2011 book, Five Chiefs: A Supreme Court Memoir, Justice Stevens describes the history of the Court by reflecting on the five Chief Justices of the Supreme Court with whom he served during his service from 1975 to 2010.
 
The Brandeis Medal is awarded to individuals whose lives reflect Justice Brandeis’ commitment to the ideals of public service. Previous recipients include Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Harry A. Blackmun, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen G. Breyer; Judges A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. and Abner J. Mikva; New York District Attorney Robert Morgenthau; Professors Archibald Cox, Jr.; Professors Samuel Dash and Charles J. Ogletree; civil rights attorney Morris Dees, Jr.; Senator Howard H. Baker; Congressman John Lewis; Brandeis biographer Melvin Urofsky, and legal journalist Linda Greenhouse.
 
The 2013 Brandeis Medal Presentation and Dinner is made possible through funds provided by the Wilson W. and Anne D. Wyatt Distinguished Speakers Endowment.

A Reminder About Reserving Rooms for Events

Students:  If you are planning an event or a meeting at the Law School and need to reserve a room or space (including the Mosaic Lobby), please submit a request in advance using the Room Reservation Form online at http://www.law.louisville.edu/students.  Note - You must be logged into the law school Web site to access the room reservation form!

Before submitting a request for a room, please check to make sure the room you are requesting is available.  Look at the Law School’s event calendar (http://www.law.louisville.edu/event) to see what other events are scheduled AND review the Law School’s room calendar (the link is right below the event calendar) to confirm there are no class conflicts or other programs scheduled in the same room.   

If you have questions or need help, please stop by Dean Ballard's office in Room 216.

University of Louisville Law School Picnic This Weekend - FOOD SPONSORED BY BARBRI

Come have fun and reconnect with friends, faculty, staff and students at UofL's 1st Annual Fall Picnic (sponsored by the SBA). Grilled burgers, hot dogs, vegetarian options, and drinks are provided. There will be cornhole, horse shoes, and croquet. Please bring all your friends and family members! The food for this event was kindly donated by Barbri.

 

When:     Saturday, October 6, 2012

Time:      12:00 - 4:00

Where:    Grawemeyer Park, Belknap Campus (across the oval from the Law School)

Parking:   South Oval Parking Lot (Next to the Natural Sciences Building)

Cost:       Suggestion Donations $10 Adults; $5 Children and Students

 

Any questions? Please contact  Erica Wood or Jacob Giesecke.

Central High Law and Government Program Students Visit Law School

Justice Breyer with Central High StudentsThe Law School Community welcomes our visitors from Central High School today.  The juniors and seniors enrolled in the Law and Government Magnet program at Central will be at the law school for their annual field trip to the law school.  The seniors will tour the campus and learn about the college admissions process.  The juniors will participate in a mock property class in the Allen Courtroom taught by Professor Laura Rothstein.  Law students teaching in the Street Law, Writing Skills, or Marshall Brennan program at Central, and any other law students are welcome to sit in from 10 to 11 for the class.  First year students will have the opportunity to learn about how to participate in the partnership program this coming spring at the annual Central High School interest session on February 12.
 
The Central students will attend the noontime Diversity Forum, which is a panel about Ending the Violence in West Louisville.  It will be in Room 275.

Road2Recovery Stop for Wounded Veterans

UofL President James Ramsey, Army and Air Force ROTC cadets and the Cardinals Pep Band will gather on the Belknap Campus Oval Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 8:30 a.m. to cheer on a group of wounded veterans riding bikes from Cincinnati to Nashville. Some 200 veterans have signed up to pedal more than 300 miles in a Road2Recovery ride meant to challenge them physically, mentally and emotionally and help them bond with peers. We’ve invited the news media to cover their 15-minute stop here.
 
If you are at the Law School that morning, step outside for just a few minutes to support the veterans as they begin the Louisville-Elizabethtown leg of their journey. 
 
Dr. Ramsey will greet the cyclists at The Thinker at 8:30 a.m. Then, ROTC cadets will give them water bottles, fruit and energy bars. The cyclists are scheduled to leave campus at 8:45 a.m.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN IMMIGRATION LAW? STUDENTS ARE NEEDED FOR NATIONAL IMMIGRANT JUSTICE CENTER “KNOW YOUR RIGHTS” PRESENTATI

This public service opportunity is ideal for students and local community volunteers interested in immigration law. Professor Trucios-Haynes and a recent alum & local immigration attorney, Becca O'Neill, lead teams of volunteers on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail where immigration detainees are held in the custody of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) bureau of the Department of Homeland Security. Trained students, with the supervision of Prof. Trucios-Haynes and Becca O'Neill, conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to approximately 200+ detainees during each visit, and conduct individual in-take interviews of each detainee.

On Thursday, October 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 177, Prof. Trucios-Haynes will hold a training here at the law school to train students to go on monthly visits to the Boone County Jail to conduct "Know Your Rights" presentations to detainees. The next jail visit will be on Friday, October 19. Students interested in attending the training on October 18 and/or going on the jail visit on October 19, should email Becca O'Neill directly by Friday, October 5. A list of students must be submitted to the jail ten days before the visit. Her email is boneill@oneillimmigrationlaw.com.

Students whose schedules do not allow them to visit the jail on Fridays can still take the training. All students are welcome. Once you have been trained you can attend a Friday visit when you are available. Attached are some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail along with a more detailed description of the project. More stories can also be found at: http://www.immigrantjustice.org/tags/these-lives-matter.

All future trainings will be conducted the third Thursday of the month, with jail visits on the third Friday of the month after the training. When notifying Ms. O'Neill, please let her know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.

If you are a student who has already been trained and would like to attend the Friday visit on October 19, please e-mail Becca O'Neill by Friday, October 5, as well, so she can add your name to the list. 

Students will receive public service credit for the training and site visits. Students will also be able to count their travel time to and from the Boone County Jail. Interested students should see Jina Scinta to obtain a Reservation Form to sign up to receive public service credit. You can also e-mail her at jina.scinta@louisville.edu. Students can also contact Prof. Trucios-Haynes at ethaynes@louisville.edu with any questions.

First One-Day Immigration Law Clinic

The first one-day immigration law clinic in Kentucky to assist applicants for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) was held at the Brandeis School of Law on Saturday, September 29, 2012. This event was organized by the Kentucky Dream Coalition (KDC), Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes, and local immigration law attorneys, Jonathan Bialosky of the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, and Emi Ramirez, an alum working with Kentucky Refugee Ministries, and sponsored by KDC and ACLU-KY.

Local immigration lawyers volunteered to meet one-on-one with potential applicants. Under the DACA program, undocumented persons who were under the age of 31 as of June 15, 2012 and came to the United States before reaching their 16th birthday may apply for deferred action to avoid deportation and may apply for employment authorization. See www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Resources/daca.pdf for more information.

Law student volunteers assisted in conducting initial screenings on the day of the clinic, sat-in with attorneys on interviews, and reviewed application forms and documents before potential applicants met with an attorney. Future clinics will be held in Louisville and Kentucky, and there will be opportunities for law students to volunteer and receive public service credit. Special thanks to Michael Profumo. He volunteered to coordinate law students and participated in the clinic.