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Passing the Baton – Barbara Lewis and Linda Ewald Recognized for Commitment to Law School and Legal Profession

On September 6, 2012, the Brandeis School of Law faculty and staff members paid tribute to professors Barbara Lewis and Linda Ewald and celebrated their extraordinary service and connection to the law school. Typical of their humble personalities, they specifically asked that the reception at the University Club be limited only to faculty and staff, although a few others who heard about it through the grapevine showed up. They also asked that no one roast or toast them.  That was honored for the most part.  

Please contact Becky Wimberg if you would like to share letters and notes about these amazing women.


If you add up the total number of years each has been connected to the University of Louisville and the Brandeis School of Law (counting years as students – both received their undergraduate and law degrees from UofL), they have an amazing total of 80 years of loyalty!  And that service is not just demonstrated in quantity (number of years), but quality (what they did).  Both Dean Lewis and Professor Ewald, along with former Dean Donald L. Burnett Jr., in 1996 undertook to prepare the Sesquicentennial History of the law school – “An Aim High and A Vision Broad.” Linda Ewald also played a major role in preparing two other history projects – “50 Year Journey:  Struggle, Progress and Inclusion” in conjunction with the Graduates of Color reunion in 2001 and the women’s history project, which is reflected in Women’s History Classroom, which was dedicated in 2003.


Barbara Buchanan Lewis, retired in 2007, but she still regularly teaches courses for her alma mater.  As a law student in an era with few females, she not only broke ground for others who came after her, but in 1961, she served as a staff member on the first volume of the Journal of Family Law, the predecessor of our Louisville Law Journal. Her career in legal education began at the University of Oklahoma after work with the U.S. Corps of Engineers and other practice experience.  She served on that faculty from 1975 to 1982 (as dean from 1981-1982), returning home to Louisville as dean of the University of Louisville School of Law in 1982, serving in that position until 1990, after which she remained on the faculty teaching in the areas of estate and gift tax and estate planning, and more recently in the area of family law.  

According to Linda Ewald, “she had a reputation for being tough.  She expected students to be on time and well prepared – and she did not tolerate baseball caps in class.  Despite the heavy demands she placed on students, she cared deeply about their success.  She not only taught them about the substantive law, but also about the importance of professionalism.  She was a role model and a mentor.  The Student Bar Association created a special teaching award in her honor the year she retired and expressed their appreciation and respect for her in a tribute at graduation.”

Read more on page 16 of the Alumni Magazine

Her record includes a number of awards and recognition, including the UofL Outstanding Performance Award for Achievement in Affirmative Action, The Law Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, an award from Presentation Academy, the Kentucky Bar Association President’s Special Service Award, and the Law Alumni Fellow Award in 2010.  During her tenure as dean, she provided strong leadership in raising funds for faculty fellowship endowments to recognize and retain outstanding faculty members for their teaching, service, and scholarship.  She also initiated the Warns Labor and Employment Law Institute in 1983, a program that still provides an excellent full day CLE program balancing practical and academic presentations for attorneys in the region.  

As the first female dean of the law school (becoming dean when there were only five other law schools in the country with women deans), she paved the way for two other female deans, Laura Rothstein (2000-2005) and Susan Duncan (L’91, present interim dean).  University of Louisville is the only law school to have had three women serve as dean as an AALS Member law school.  Both of her successors have found her to be a great mentor to them in their work.


Linda Sorenson Ewald, retired in 2011, but has remained at the law school to complete a number of service projects.  A 1972 graduate of the law school, she began teaching in 1976 after receiving an LLM from New York University.  She served as Associate Dean from 1981-1984; 1991-2004.  Her leadership was significant in the creation of the Greenebaum Public Service Program in 1990 and the naming of the law school for Justice Louis D. Brandeis in 1997.  She also played a significant role in developing the plan to renovate the classroom wing and commons area, assisting in fund raising and in providing the primary expertise in ensuring that the classrooms were all beautiful as well as functional.

Read more on page 23 of the Faculty Scholarship Catalog

The courses taught by Linda Ewald have included professional ethics, civil procedure, and domestic relations.  Linda Ewald’s service has focused primarily on issues of professional ethics and she has long provided service as a member of the Kentucky Bar Foundation Board, the KBA Ethics 2000 Commission, the KBA Ethics Commission (serving as both vice-chair and chair over the years), and by speaking at numerous local, state, and national conferences about ethics issues.  Most recently she was tapped by the American Bar Association to study the death penalty in Kentucky and make recommendations about whether there are valid concerns about how it is being implemented.  

Like Barbara Lewis, she has been recognized at every level with awards for her work.  These include the law school’s Distinguished Alum award in 2000 and its Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011, the Kentucky Bar Association Justice Thomas Spain Continuing Legal Education Award, the University of Louisville Lifetime Faculty Service Award, the Jefferson County Women Lawyers’ Association Member of the Year Award, the LBA Judge Benjamin F. Shobe Civility and Professionalism Award, and the KBA President’s Special Service Award.

In 2003, on the occasion of her leaving the position of Associate Dean, where she had served for 17 years, then Dean Laura Rothstein noted, “I don’t know what I would have done without her service at this critical time.  She provided enormous time, talent and energy…and has left her mark on the law school and the university in many ways.”

In addition to their commitment to excellence and their loyalty to the law school and their humility in accepting kudos for their work, Barbara Lewis and Linda Ewald also have in common a strong devotion to the interests of students and staff members.  Both are excellent teachers.  Both played a significant role in ensuring that staff members had a staff lounge where they could relax and take a break.  They also have both focused substantial effort on ensuring diversity within the profession.  Dean Lewis did so through her service on the CLEO board of directors and a number of other national organizations and task forces focused on equal opportunities for women.  Professor Ewald has done so through her work on histories of these underrepresented groups and in many other ways.

The Brandeis School of Law is fortunate indeed, to have had these two amazing individuals as such a significant part of its community.  Not only have they been extraordinary in their work and service, they have also ensured through their mentoring and legacy that the baton has been passed and that others can build on the amazing foundation that they have laid.

- Laura Rothstein – 9/22/12

Professor Tony Arnold speaks on Watershed Institutions in the U.S.: Emergence and Evolution.

UofL Law Professor Tony Arnold gave a Wallace Stegner Center Green Bag Lecture at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law on October 16, 2012.  The title of his presentation was “Watershed Institutions in the U.S.: Emergence and Evolution.”

 Watch the video of Professor Arnold's presentation.



MPRE Barbri Class to be Held Saturday; 1L Barbri Books Available for Pick-Up

2/3/4Ls: The Barbri MPRE class will be held at 9 a.m. this Saturday (October 27) in Room 275. MPRE books will be available at the class if you did not pick yours up at Table Day. If you have questions, please e-mail Leah Smith at


1Ls: Barbri books are available for pick-up if you did not get yours at Table Day last week. Please e-mail Leah Smith at to schedule a time/place to pick yours up. 

Clinic Information Session TODAY!!

On Tuesday, October 23, at noon, in Room 275, information will be provided regarding two clinic opportunities for law students at the Brandeis School of Law.  Meet Professor Shelley Santry, Director of the Law Clinic, and Adjunct Professor Mike Slaven, Director of the Entrepreneurship Clinic, as they tell you more about each clinic opportunity and the benefits of participating. 

All students all invited to attend.  Even if you will not have completed 60 hours by the spring semester, this is your opportunity to learn about the requirements to participate in a clinic so you can plan in advance and make sure you have enough credit hours and required courses.

Professor Trucios-Haynes will also briefly discuss the Immigration Externship and how to apply.  Pizza and breadsticks will be provided to attendees.

Don't forget: Hot Coffee Screening and Q&A on Tuesday, October 23!

Join the Brandeis School of Law's Law Students for Justice (Student Chapter of the Kentucky Justice Association) for a very special Public Screening of the Award Winning Legal Documentary Hot Coffee on Tuesday, October 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Room 275 of the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.  A Q & A session with Hot Coffee Director Susan Saladoff will immediately follow the screening.


For more information about this showing, please contact Law Students for Justice President Ashley Haile at


Background information:  Everyone has heard of the infamous McDonald’s coffee lawsuit.  It is often cited as an example of the problems in our legal system, but is it a fair assessment?  The award winning film Hot Coffee reveals what really happened to Stella Liebeck, the Albuquerque grandmother who spilled coffee on herself and sued McDonald’s, while exploring the media frenzy that ensued.  The film, which was directed by attorney Susan Saladoff, also analyzes and discusses the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system.   The film premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival on January 24, 2011, and later aired on HBO on June 27, 2011 as a part of HBO films documentary summer series.

Information Session on Tuesday: Law Clinic and Entrepreneurship Clinic

On Tuesday, October 23, at noon, in Room 275, information will be provided regarding two clinic opportunities for third year law students:  the Entrepreneurship Clinic and the Law Clinic.  Professor Shelley Santry, Director of the Law Clinic, and Adjunct Professor Mike Slaven, Director of the Entrepreneurship Clinic, will be on hand to answer your questions and to tell you more about each clinic opportunity. 

All students all invited to attend.  Even if you will not have completed 60 hours by the spring semester, this is your opportunity to learn about the requirements to participate in a clinic so you can plan in advance and make sure you have enough credit hours and required courses.

Professor Trucios-Haynes will also briefly discuss the Immigration Externship and how to apply.  Pizza will be provided to attendees.


MCB Environmental Law Team Selected

The following students have been selected to compete in the Pace University National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition:

Michael Gray
Ella Neely
Erica Rice

Please join the Moot Court Board in congratulating these students and wishing them the best of luck in the competition!

Pirtle-Washer Congratulations!

Congratulations to Stephanie Carr, the 2012 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Champion, Pete Lay, the 2012 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Runner-up, and Samantha Constantine and Paige Hamby, 2012 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Semi-Finalists. The judges were extremely impressed with the oral advocacy skills of all the competitors.

Why Does the Right to Counsel Matter?

Ed Monahan Public Advocate This is 40th year of Kentcky's DPA and the 50th anniversary of Gideon is approaching. Join ACS and Kentucky's Public Advocate Ed Monahan to discuss the constitutional right to counsel and why it remains important. Ed Monahan is Kentucky Public Advocate of the Department of Public Advocacy, Kentucky's statewide public defender program representing 161,000 clients in Kentucky's 120 counties at trial and post-trial. He is Chair of the American Council of Chief Defenders, the nation's chief defenders. Monahan was co-counsel in Gall v. Parker, 231 F.3d 265 (6th Cir. 2000) and Kordenbrock v. Scroggy, 919 F.2d 1091 (6th Cir. 1990) (en banc) both decisions found the death sentences unconstitutional. Monahan was counsel in Binion v. Commonwealth, 891 S.W.2d 383 (Ky. 1995) (constitutional right to mental health expert). This Tuesday, October 23, 12:00. Room 175. Lunch will be served from Zaytun

It's Time for Another Brandeis "Brief" Break!

We are now in the 10th week of classes!  It's time to enjoy another break.

Please join your classmates and faculty and staff members at the next Brandeis "Brief" Break this Thursday, October 25, at 4:00 p.m. in the Cox Faculty Lounge.  Put down your books, take a breather, and enjoy some pumpkin pie and conversation.

Jack Wheat, a member and former Co-Chair (2000-2012) of the Intellectual Property & Technology Service Group at Stites & Harbison, will be our guest and looks forward to meeting with students at the event.  Mr. Wheat is a graduate of the Law School and also coaches the Trademark Law Moot Court team.  Please be sure to introduce yourself on Thursday.

See you there!