Law School's ACS Named Student Chapter of the Week
Throughout the academic year, the American Constitution Society Student Chapters Department honors a Student Chapter of the Week each week. The chapter is featured on the ACS website and in the ACS weekly bulletin. The Student Chapters of the Week are chapters that have held exceptional programming, have aligned themselves with the priorities of the national office or have established themselves as a premier student group on campus.
The ACS University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law Student Chapter, under the guidance of Faculty Advisors Professor Sam Marcosson and Professor Luke Milligan, recently concluded another successful semester. First, the chapter hosted attorney Tim Arnold, the public advocate who represented José Padilla in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Kentucky v. Padilla. Mr. Arnold engaged students and faculty in a discussion on the “Intersection of Indigent Defense and Immigration.” Next, the chapter, in conjunction with the ACS Kentucky Lawyer Chapter, hosted Congressman John Yarmuth and Georgia State University Law Professor Neil J. Kinkopf for a stimulating discussion on “Gun Control Reform and the Constitution.” In March, the Louisville chapter continued its programming with a discussion on “DOMA and Marriage Equality in 2013,” led by LGTBQ family law attorney Nicole Kersting, and a “Government and Constitutional Law Jobs Panel” co-sponsored with the ACLU-Kentucky student chapter for the law school’s career fair. This panel featured attorney Amy Cubbage, who was involved in litigating the Louisville portion of Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District, as well as Executive Director at the Kentucky Office of the Attorney General Clay Barkley. Finally, in April, Louisville Law Professor Cedric Merlin Powell offered his insights on the Voting Rights Act, Shelby County v. Holder,and the Roberts’ Court’s post-racial constitutionalism. The program was co-sponsored by the law school’s BLSA chapter.
The Louisville chapter has continued to forge connections between students, lawyers, and judges by building a strong partnership and working together with the ACS Kentucky Lawyer chapter. In addition, the chapter has also continued to foster relationships between its members with social events, as well as with other student organizations, such as Lambda Law Caucus, BLSA, and the Environmental Law and Land Use Society.