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Dean Duncan: Brandeis School of Law is on an upward trajectory

Brandeis School of Law Dean Susan Duncan hosted a Town Hall meeting Wednesday, offering an update on recent endeavors pertaining to the school and providing an opportunity for students to weigh in with their questions and concerns.
 
Dean Duncan kicked off the meeting by highlighting her personal objectives to increase alumni engagement and raise the profile of the school’s faculty and students.
 
For example, she noted that Brandeis students contributed more than 7,000 hours of public service last year. She has also started a new program to encourage faculty members to aim big for their published work, incentivizing them if they land in a top 50 or top 75 journal, and touting their efforts to help change laws, participate in symposiums, ride the media circuit and more.  
 
“You all have some incredible faculty members here. They’re making a huge impact in the legal profession and within the academy,” Dean Duncan said, noting that their efforts are helping to put the school on an upward trajectory. “We have two new professors starting in the fall. We made job offers on a Friday and they both accepted the positions within a day or two. That shows we’re up and coming.”
 
Concerns
 
Dean Duncan was also candid about the issues plaguing law schools around the country, notably the dramatic drop in admissions. The biggest solution, she said, is to do something for students’ debt loads.
 
“We’re not part of the national narrative; we’re not $60,000 a year and we have good employment rates (after graduation),” Dean Duncan said.
 
Dean Duncan has also been engaging alumni constantly and challenging them to donate back to their alma mater.
 
Student concerns
 
Students had the floor following the Dean’s remarks. Among their top concerns and comments were:

  • How to contribute to the upward trajectory. “Join moot court teams and represent us well; fundraise with me; recruit good people,” Dean Duncan said.
  • Increasing marketing to out-of-state students.
  • Student retention, particularly among minority students. Brandeis’ diversity efforts have to be constant, Dean Duncan said. She also highlighted the Diversity Summit in April hosted by the school.

 Dean Duncan also suggested students share Brandeis’ best characteristics, including:

  • The open door policy. “We’re a family. We have a total open door policy.”
  • The close relationship with the bench and bar in Louisville. “Students have access to attorneys and judges because of this awesome relationship. You can’t just get that anywhere.”
  • The public service mission. “This is a big advantage. We have a culture that understands the need for public service.”

“We’re on a great trajectory. You can’t underestimate the ACC thing. We’re not Duke yet but there is no reason we can’t be,” Dean Duncan said. “Our sports teams have gotten there; we can be there too. We just have to keep going. There is enough energy here to do so.”

Property Careers Panel – Tues., February 17 – 4:15-5:45 -- Room 275

What is it like to practice property law? What are some of the areas in which property law is practiced? What courses should students take to be prepared for these areas?

This session introduces law students to some of the particularly interesting areas in which property law is applied and provides information about courses to take and offerings available in 2015-2016. Perspectives from three notable property experts will give insight and guidance about what it is like to practice in certain areas and how to best position oneself for practice in this area. Bios of the panelists are attached.

Panelists will include:

Prof. Tony Arnold - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
Fred Joseph - Stites & Harbison, Of Counsel
Stephen Tullis Porter - Attorney at Law, Steve Porter Realtors

First-year students are required to attend, but this is open to all students.

 

Are You Interested in Immigration Law? Students are Needed for National Immigrant Justice Center Know Your Rights Presentation

This public service opportunity is ideal for students and local community volunteers interested in immigration law. Professor Trucios-Haynes leads a team 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, conducts "Know Your Rights" presentations to approximately 200+ detainees during each visit, and conducts individual in-take interviews of each detainee.

On Wednesday, February 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 171, 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, February 27.

Students interested in attending the training on February 25 and/or going on the jail visit on February 27, should email Prof. Trucios-Haynes directly by no later than Monday, February 16. Her email is ethaynes@louisville.edu. When notifying Prof. Trucios-Haynes, please let her know if you will be attending just the training or both the training and jail visit. Also, let her know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.

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.

A more detailed description of this project is attached, along with some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail. More stories can also be found at: http://www.immigrantjustice.org/tags/these-lives-matter.

Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Summer Fellowship Program - Deadline TODAY Fri., Feb. 13

The deadline for the 2015 Summer Fellowship is TODAY Friday, February 13th. 

Since 2009, the Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Summer Fellowship Program has awarded a dedicated law school student each summer the opportunity to engage in a self-initiated project that strengthens their commitment for advocacy and promotes justice and equality for vulnerable immigrant groups.

The Fellowship awards $2,500 to a law student to work on an immigration related student-initiated project. Applicants must submit a project proposal with an organization willing to host the student for 10 weeks during the summer. The student's proposal must include a collaborative plan with the host organization to partially match the Fellowship award in the amount of $1,500. This matching may be done by either direct stipend by the host organization or through other means, e.g., law school public interest funding, independent fundraising, etc. This ensures that the student will receive a total funding in the amount of $4,000.

Log on to Symplicity for more details.

 

Are You Interested in Immigration Law? Students are Needed for National Immigrant Justice Center Know Your Rights Presentation

This public service opportunity is ideal for students and local community volunteers interested in immigration law. Professor Trucios-Haynes leads a team 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, conducts "Know Your Rights" presentations to approximately 200+ detainees during each visit, and conducts individual in-take interviews of each detainee.

On Wednesday, February 25 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Room 171, 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, February 27.

Students interested in attending the training on February 25 and/or going on the jail visit on February 27, should email Prof. Trucios-Haynes directly by no later than Monday, February 16. Her email is ethaynes@louisville.edu. When notifying Prof. Trucios-Haynes, please let her know if you will be attending just the training or both the training and jail visit. Also, let her know if you speak a second language, although it is not necessary.

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.

A more detailed description of this project is attached, along with some compelling stories giving examples of some cases that have gone through the Boone County Jail. More stories can also be found at: http://www.immigrantjustice.org/tags/these-lives-matter.

TODAY! MentorJet Program, Hosted by the Women's Law Caucus and the Office of Professional Development

Attention all students!

The Women's Law Caucus and the Office of Professional Development will be hosting the MentorJet Program TODAY in the Cox Lounge from 5:30-7:30. Dinner will be provided. This is a spectacular event where students will have the opportunity to meet fifteen local judges and attorneys.

The format of the evening is set up similar to speed dating, where students will move from table to table to chat with judges such as Judge Clayton, Judge Delahanty, Judge Brown, Judge Chauvin, Judge Dee McDonald, Judge Tom McDonald, and attorneys such as Laura Landenwich, Wil Nefzger, Karen Faulkner, and several more. This is a great way to network within the Louisville community, so don't miss out! We're looking forward to seeing you there!

Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Summer Fellowship Program - Deadline Fri., Feb. 13

Since 2009, the Michael Maggio Immigrants' Rights Summer Fellowship Program has awarded a dedicated law school student each summer the opportunity to engage in a self-initiated project that strengthens their commitment for advocacy and promotes justice and equality for vulnerable immigrant groups.

The Fellowship awards $2,500 to a law student to work on an immigration related student-initiated project. Applicants must submit a project proposal with an organization willing to host the student for 10 weeks during the summer. The student's proposal must include a collaborative plan with the host organization to partially match the Fellowship award in the amount of $1,500. This matching may be done by either direct stipend by the host organization or through other means, e.g., law school public interest funding, independent fundraising, etc. This ensures that the student will receive a total funding in the amount of $4,000.

The deadline for the 2015 Summer Fellowship is Friday, February 13th.

Log on to Symplicity for more details.

 

Property Careers Panel – Tues., February 17 – 4:15-5:45 -- Room 275

What is it like to practice property law? What are some of the areas in which property law is practiced? What courses should students take to be prepared for these areas?

This session introduces law students to some of the particularly interesting areas in which property law is applied and provides information about courses to take and offerings available in 2015-2016. Perspectives from three notable property experts will give insight and guidance about what it is like to practice in certain areas and how to best position oneself for practice in this area. Bios of the panelists are attached.

Panelists will include:

Prof. Tony Arnold - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law
Fred Joseph - Stites & Harbison, Of Counsel
Stephen Tullis Porter - Attorney at Law, Steve Porter Realtors

First-year students are required to attend, but this is open to all students.

Co-Sponsored by the Office of Professional Development 

 

MentorJet RSVP Deadline EXTENDED!

WLC has several open spots left for students to participate in the MentorJet program TONIGHT (Thursday) at 5:30 in the Cox Lounge. Fazoli's and homemade desserts will be provided. 

This is a spectacular event where students will have the opportunity to meet and talk with fifteen local attorneys and judges. No matter what year you are, you do not want to miss this networking event! If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Megan McDonald (megan.mcdonald@louisville.edu). Dressing business casual is suggested. 

 

See you there!  

U.S. Air Force JAG Information Session

If you are interested in a career with the U.S. Air Force JAG, please attend the general information session at Noon in the Brandeis Room (112) and meet with Lt. Col. Polly Sandness.