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Law School Adopts Strategic Plan

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 15:35
!--[if gte mso 9]xml /xml![endif]--!--[if gte mso 9]xml Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /xml![endif]--!--[if gte mso 9]xml /xml![endif]--!--[if gte mso 10] style /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:Table Normal; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:Calibri,sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Times New Roman; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} /style ![endif]-- pAt its April 15 Faculty Meeting, the law school faculty passed its Strategic Plan.  This process began a year ago with the formation of a committee of faculty, staff, and students  and input and advice from a very diverse advisory committee of regional alumni, lawyers, and lawyers practicing in other professions was formed to give feedback to the strategic planning process.   The Strategic Plan is a result of 18 committee meetings, several faculty and staff discussions, student forums, and discussions with the advisory committee, alums, members of the legal profession, and members of the university community.  My thanks to all who provided input into this thoughtful and comprehensive process. A special thanks to the committee and the co-chairs Laura Rothstein and Tony Arnold!!/p pnbsp;/p pThe need for a major strategic planning process was a result of several factors.   These include the significant forces of change affecting legal education, the legal profession, and higher education, which require that the Law School change some aspects of what it is doing if it wishes to meet current and future needs and demands. Among these forces are market forces within legal education and the legal profession, the increasing recognition of the importance of development of professional skills, and changes in public funding of higher education and other resource challenges. The plan is neither a complete rejection of all existing structures and functions nor is it only an incremental change. During the Strategic Planning Process, there was close monitoring of ongoing developments within legal education and the legal profession nationally.  This was also an opportunity for the law school to re-examine its research mission.  The goal was to be a proactive approach resulting in a plan that was flexible and allowed for changes.  It contemplates a continuing role of a Strategic Planning Committee that will review and analyze actions in areas that align with the University of Louisville 2020 Plan and the law school's own mission.  /p pnbsp;/p pThe following is the mission statement that is a revision of the previous mission statement.  This better reflects the current and dynamic goals of the law school./p pbLaw School Mission /b/p pThe University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law is a premiere small public law school with a mission to serve the public. Located in the Louisville urban community, it is part of a large comprehensive research university with a state legislative mandate to be a nationally preeminent metropolitan research university. The Law School is guided by the vision of its benefactor and namesake, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis, to: /p p1. Educate students in skills, knowledge, and values for lifelong effectiveness in solving problems and seeking justice by giving them outstanding opportunities to: /p ul type=discliDevelop knowledge of the basic principles of public and private law; /liliDevelop effective skills of legal analysis and written communication, legal research, conflict resolution, problem solving, and other fundamental skills; /liliUnderstand diverse perspectives that influence and are influenced by the law and its institutions, through a diverse faculty and student body, and through legal research and scholarship; /liliUnderstand their ethical responsibilities as representatives of clients, as officers of the court, and as public citizens responsible for the quality and availability of justice; /li/ul p2. Produce and support research that has a high level of impact on scholarship, law, public policy, and/or social institutions; /p p3. Develop and pursue interdisciplinary inquiry; /p p4. Actively engage the community in addressing public problems, resolving conflicts, seeking justice, and building a vibrant and sustainable future through high-quality research and innovative ideas, and application of research to solve public problems and serve the public; /p p5. Actively engage diverse participants in an academic community of students, faculty, and staff that is strengthened by its diversity and its commitment to social justice, opportunity, sustainability, and mutual respect; and /p p6. Develop and use resources efficiently, effectively, and sustainably to achieve mission-critical goals and strategies and to ensure student access to relatively affordable legal education. /p pnbsp;/p pThe plan includes a revised mission statement and sets out Goals and a detailed set of Strategies in the following areas /p pbEducation and Curriculum: /b In keeping with the mission of a comprehensive public research university in an urban environment, ensure that students develop skills, knowledge, and values for lifelong effectiveness in solving problems and seeking justice.b /b/p pbResearch: /bProduce and support research and scholarship that have a high level of impact on scholarship (i.e., the academic body of knowledge and ideas), law, public policy, and/or social institutions. High-impact scholarship includes a diverse range of scholarship and diverse measures of impact. Impact is achieved collectively as an academic unit of scholars, as well as individually over a period of years. Most scholarly impact is not ascertainable immediately upon publication./p pbInterdisciplinary Inquiry: /bDevelop a strong program of interdisciplinary education, scholarship, and service./p pbCommunity Engagement: /bActively engage the community in addressing public problems, resolving conflicts, seeking justice, and building a vibrant and sustainable future through high-quality research, innovative ideas, and application of research to solve public problems and serve the public./p pbDiversity: /b The Law School will actively engage diverse participants in an academic community that is strengthened by its diversity and its commitment to social justice, opportunity, sustainability, and mutual respect./p pbResources: /bIncrease resources, including developing new sources of funding, that enable the Law School to fulfill the critical aspects of its mission and to achieve its goals and strategies, while also adhering to the Law School's long-standing commitment to students' access to a relatively affordable J.D. program. Use resources efficiently, effectively, and sustainably to maximize outcomes for resources expended, including setting priorities for the use of limited funding, time, effort, and expertise.  Promote sustainability in the Law School community and environment, and build partnerships with the University and broader community to seek sustainability./p pnbsp;/p pThe next step will be for the Strategic Planning Committee to develop specific steps (we identified 92 strategies) that should be taken to implement the plan.  /p pnbsp;/p !--[if gte mso 9]xml /xml![endif]--!--[if gte mso 9]xml Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE /xml![endif]--!--[if gte mso 9]xml /xml![endif]--!--[if gte mso 10] style /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:Table Normal; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:Calibri,sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:Times New Roman; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} /style ![endif]--

Professor McNeal Delivered the Keynote Address at Harvard Law School Conference

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 21:16
span style=font-size: small; font-family: 'Times New Roman'Professor Laura McNeal was invited to give the keynote address at Harvard Law School on April 15 for the quot;/spanspan style=font-size: small; font-family: 'Times New Roman'40 Years After Milliken: Remedying Racial Disparities in Post-Racial Society Conference.quot; Professor McNeal's talk, quot;From Hollow Hope to New Beginnings: Achieving Educational Equity in the Post-Milliken Era,quot; will critique a series of landmark Supreme Court cases to illustrate how the Court's color-blind rhetoric has undermined efforts to achieve substantive equality in K-12 education. Professor McNeal will also be participating in a panel discussion on the barriers to equal education opportunity in the Post-Fischer era./spanspan style=font-size: small; font-family: 'Times New Roman'br //span

Course Schedules for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 09:38
pThe course schedules for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 are posted on the Law School webpage under “Academics” at “Resources.”  These schedules are tentative and may change prior to registration.  Check the webpage for the most current schedule.  Contact Associate Dean Nowka if you have any questions./ppnbsp;/p

Professor Trucios-Haynes to Speak at the Civil Rights CLE this Friday

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 15:09
pspan style=font-size: 10pt; font-family: 'Arial','sans-serif'The LBA's new Human Rights Section was formed with a focus on immigration, civil rights (race, LGBTQ, women), international law and human trafficking. Their second seminar on a href=/node/13659Civil Rights and the Federal Court 50 Years Later/a/span will be held this Friday, March 7.a href=/faculty/enid_trucios-haynes Professor Trucios-Haynes/a will guide attendees though the right to counsel in international law, specifically the Avena case, a recent SCOTUS decision. /ppStudent registration is just $15. Call the LBA to register for the CLE (502) 583-5314 or visit the a href=;cd=41705amp;calview=mLouisville Bar Association/a. /ppnbsp;/p

Reflections of The Mighty Walk

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 17:09
pimg src=/sites/ alt=Stephen T. Porter's picture title=Stephen T. Porter's picture align=left border=10 hspace=10 //p In a href=;The Mighty Walkquot;/a (iLiberty Magazine/i, May/June 2013), 2013 Alumni Fellow, a href= T. Porter, '68/a, reflects upon the  events that led to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s visit to the law school on March 30, 1967. br /br /While on a break from classes at Duke University, he joined thousands of protesters at that monumentous rally in Montgomery, Alabama on March 25, 1965. It was there that he bonded with six young African-American college students who gathered together to hear the great orator speak. Just two years later, the legendary civil rights leader accepted the invitation of Mr. Porter and his classmates to speak at the law school. br /br /blockquoteiThe march into the city was on streets lined by locals taunting and cursing with racial epithets, but the crowd of marchers dominated the city that day and made its presence felt not only to the local populace and state leaders but also to the nation as a whole. The national press decided to cover this whole event (some claimed it was only because a White minister had been killed). More than 25,000 marchers heard the speakers ask for the right to vote for all citizens of Alabama. Best known of those speeches was certainly the one by Martin Luther King, sometimes referred to as the “How Long, Not Long” or the “Our God Is Marching On” speech. /ibr //blockquotebr /Visit a href= Magazine/i/a to read the full story. br /br /The public is invited to view several of the a href= photos/a included in the story at a free event on Friday, February 28 to celebrate Black History Month. a href= Martin Luther King Jr. Photo Dedication amp; Graduates of Color Reunion/a will begin at 5:30 PM in the Allen Courtroom. br /br /Law Librarian, Robin Harris, was recently interviewed about the special collection by iWFPL News/i in their report, a href=;University of Louisville to Unveil Never-Before Seen Martin Luther King Jr. Photosquot;/a. She also participated in a video produced by UofL's Office of Communications amp; Media, a href=;feature=youtu.bequot;UofL Remembers MLK visitquot;/a, that includes testimonials of students who were in attendance on that historic day. 

There's a New Face at the Law School

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 10:19
pimg src=/sites/ alt=Camilo M. Ortiz's picture title=Camilo M. Ortiz's picture align=left border=10 hspace=10 //p pbMeet Camilo Ortiz/b.  Camilo joined Brandeis School of Law as an Admissions Counselor in January 2014. He received his B.A. in Liberal Studies from University of California, Riverside and his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law.   His primary duty is recruitment, with an emphasis on underrepresented groups and pipeline programs./ppStop by the Admissions Office and introduce yourself. /p

Professor Powell to Receive Trailblazer Award Today

Tue, 02/25/2014 - 10:13
pCelebrate Black History Month with the LBA.  Today at 4 p.m., as we celebrate Black History Month, Professor Cedric Merllin Powell will receive the 2014 Justice William E. McAnulty, Jr. Trailblazer Award. /ppDr. Tracy K’Meyer, chair of the Department of History at the University of Louisville, will recount the long and multifaceted struggle for school desegregation in Louisville. Dr. K'Meyer is the author of From Brown to Meredith: The Long Struggle for School Desegregation in Louisville, Kentucky./ppA reception to honor Professor Powell will begin at 5 p.m. following the program./p

IT Staff Assisting with KY Bar Exam

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 12:20
pThe IT staff will be out of the office from about 3:00 p.m. Monday, February 24, through the entire day Tuesday, February 25, 2014, to assist with computer administration of the Kentucky Bar Exam in /br /Since February 2008, the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions has used Extegrity's Exam4 for the Kentucky and Multistate Essay Exams. /ppnbsp;/ppGood luck to our graduates taking the Bar Exam! /p

The Law School’s Business Law Society Announces its First Legal Memo Contest

Thu, 02/13/2014 - 14:13
pThe bBusiness Law Society/b at the University of Louisville-Brandeis School of Law is pleased to announce its first Memo Writing Contest.  Due to the generous sponsorship of a local law office in Louisville (Richard Breen Law Offices, owned by a Brandeis alumnus, Richard Breen), participants in the contest are capable of winning up to b$2,000/b in prize money for composing a comprehensive memorandum of law on a real case, for a real client, dealing with real legal issues. The runner-up will win b$1,000/b. The deadline to enter a memo is bMarch 15, 2014/b. /p pThose interested in participating must first become a Business Law Society member (if you are not one already) and read and agree to the contest rules (found on TWEN under “BLS Legal Memo Contest”). You may become a member by paying $10 to Jessica Wilkett, the Business Law Society President. A copy of the memo issues and a statement of facts are also located on the TWEN site. If you have any questions about the contest, please contact Jessica Wilkett at a pThis contest is one of many efforts made by the Business Law Society to expose students to the real-world practice of law and to help them secure employment upon graduation. In the past, the Business Law Society has organized career panels and hosted guest speakers to highlight the different career paths available within “business law.” The Memo Writing Contest in particular was designed to encourage networking among current law students and graduates, and to provide another opportunity for students to showcase their legal writing and research skills. The contest is also a great chance to prove to a (potentially) future employer that the law school produces top-notch students equipped with essential legal skills. Current students should seize this opportunity to display their skills to colleagues, the law school, and the community./p

3L Law Student Sets Example for Adult Learners

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 13:15
pbLisa Matthews, /ba third-year student preparing to graduate this May, is included in an article about adult learners in this month’s ia href=;issueid=409Kentucky Life Magazine/a/i. At 55, Lisa is setting an example for adults who return to college to complete their undergraduate degrees.  After receiving her degree from the University of Louisville, Lisa went on to apply for law school and is now a few months from earning her Juris Doctor degree. You can read more about Lisa in the article “a href=;issueid=409Graduating in Overtime/a.”/p

2L Ashley Mouser, Lawlapalooza Recognized in Latest UofL Magazine

Wed, 02/12/2014 - 11:41
a href= target=_blankimg src=/sites/ align=right style=margin-left: 10px class=box-shadow //a p 2L bAshley Mouser/b, the Brandeis School of Law's 2013 Ellen B. Ewing Fellow, and a href=/lawlapalooza target=_blankbLawlapalooza/b/a, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, which benefits the Ewing Foundation and funds fellowships like Ashley's, were recognized in the Winter/Spring 2014 edition of a href= target=_blankiUniversity of Louisville Magazine/i/a, published by the a href= target=_blankUofL Alumni Association/a. /p p Lawlapoolaza and its student emcees were also mentioned in the February 2014 issue of the ABA’s a href= target=_blankiStudent Lawyer/i magazine/a, p. 36. Request a copy at the law library’s front desk. /p a href=/sites/ src=/sites/ style=margin-top: 20px class=box-shadow width=550 px //a

UofL law school to unveil photos from Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 visit

Tue, 02/11/2014 - 17:25
img src=/sites/ style=margin-bottom: 20px / p After years of digging through photographic archives, the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law is ready to unveil photos taken nearly 50 years ago when Martin Luther King Jr. spoke in the school’s Allen Court Room. /pa href= target=_blank /apa href= target=_blank “We found photos that we didn’t even know existed,” said Robin Harris,/a who chairs the law school’s diversity committee and is a professor of legal bibliography. “Two of the photos show Mrs. King and another shows a close up of Dr. King—which is fairly rare.” /p p A dozen photos will be shown at a href=/node/13217a free, public event Feb. 28/a. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. and is part of the law school’s a href=/node/13217 target=_blankGraduates of Color reunion/a and celebration of Black History Month. /p p Law school Dean Susan Duncan said the photos of King standing at a podium in the courtroom gave her chills. /p p “It’s gratifying to know that King spoke here,” said Duncan. “Because—even 50 years ago—this university was a trailblazer in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness.” /p p Harris said the project was a collaborative effort between the law school and UofL a href=; target=_blankArchives and Special Collections/a. Five of the photos will be permanently displayed in the courtroom’s entrance along with a bronze plaque that commemorates King’s visit. /p p King spoke at the school March 30, 1967, after law student Steve Porter invited him. Porter—now a graduate of the law school—will speak at the February event along with fellow UofL alumnus Andrew Williams and recently retired law professor David Leibson. Porter and Leibson were in the courtroom during King’s visit and Williams was one of dozens of students who squeezed around the courtroom’s windows hoping to glimpse the civil rights leader. /p p All three will share their thoughts and memories about King’s visit during the event. /p

Networking Opportunity

Mon, 02/10/2014 - 13:27
pYPAL (Young Professionals Association of Louisville) is hosting a luncheon on March 5 at the Bristol Downtown.  It is the kick-off of our “Legal-Ease” series, sponsored by SKO.  The intent of the event is to have prominent attorneys have lunch with young attorneys in order to mentor and provide career advice.  At the first event, we are inviting four local judges—Judges Clayton, Stevens, Bisig, and Chauvin.  Law students are welcome to register.  /ppThe link to the event is here:  a href=  If you are a member, you get a discounted registration price.  /p

Closed January 20 for MLK, Jr. Day

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 13:51
pThe Law Library will be closed on Monday, January 20 in observance of a href= Luther King, Jr. Day/a. In celebration of the civil rights leader, a series of events that you won't want to miss have been planned for a href=/node/13096Diversity Week @ Brandeis/a!/pullia href=/library/about/hoursLaw Library Hours/a/lilia href= Library Hours/a/li/ul

R. Kenyon Meyer Re-Elected to Dinsmore's Board of Directors and Appointed to Executive Committee

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 10:07
p class=p1Dinsmore amp; Shohl’s R. Kenyon Meyer has once again been elected to serve on the firm's Board of Directors. Meyer has been a member of the Board since 2011 and has also been appointed to serve on Dinsmore’s Executive Committee.         /pp class=p1Meyer’s extensive litigation experience includes commercial disputes in state and federal courts, wrongful discharge litigation, and trade secrets and restrictive covenant issues on behalf of employees and employers. He represents media entities throughout Kentucky in an advisory capacity and in litigation. Meyer also represents employers and employees in white collar criminal matters, both in the investigation stage and in litigation./p p class=p1Meyer has been listed in iThe Best Lawyers in America /ifor Labor and Employment Litigation. He also has been selected for the Kentucky Super Lawyers® List, the Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Business Lawyers and rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell. Meyer is a Partner in Dinsmore’s Litigation Department. He earned his J.D. from the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame./p p class=p1nbsp;/p p class=p1bAbout Dinsmore amp; Shohl/b/p p class=p1Dinsmore amp; Shohl is comprised of more than 475 attorneys practicing in 13 cities throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. For more than a century, Dinsmore has provided a broad range of integrated services to meet the needs of both large and small businesses as well as institutions, associations, governments, professional firms and individuals. For more information, please visit a href= class=s2./span/p

Louisville Bar Association Elects Wyatt Attorneys For Leadership Roles

Tue, 01/14/2014 - 09:51
p class=p1Wyatt, Tarrant amp; Combs, LLP is pleased to announce that two of its attorneys, and UofL Law School graduates, have been elected Section leaders for the Louisville Bar Association for 2014. The LBA’s Sections offer professional development and interaction for lawyers practicing the same areas of law. Rosalind Cordini has been elected Health Law Section Chair and R. Benjamin Straus, Real Estate Section Vice Chair.  /p p class=p1bRosalind Cordini/b is a member of Wyatt’s Health Care Service Team. She has extensive experience with matters dealing with hospital administration and regulatory oversight. Ms. Cordini advises healthcare clients in areas related to contracts, HIPAA, EMTALA, fraud and abuse, licensure, medical staff matters and various other patient care and regulatory matters. Ms. Cordini took a statewide leadership role in addressing the quot;HB1quot; law, participating in discussions with regulators and legislators, providing testimony, and suggesting revisions to quot;HB1quot; and its associated regulations. 2011 - J.D.,i magna cum laude/i, University of Louisville/p p class=p1bR. Benjamin Straus/b is a member of Wyatt’s Real Estate amp; Lending Service Team. He concentrates his practice on commercial lending transactions and the sale, acquisition, leasing and development of commercial property. 2009 - J.D., University of Louisville, Brandeis School of Law./pp class=p1nbsp;/p p class=p1bAbout Wyatt/b/p p class=p1Wyatt is a full-service regional law firm with approximately 200 lawyers and offices in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky; New Albany, Indiana; Memphis and Nashville, Tennessee; and Jackson, Mississippi. Wyatt, Tarrant amp; Combs is a member of the a href= Legal Network/a, a href= Mundi/a, the world’s leading association of independent law firms, and a href= Law/a. For more information about Wyatt, please visit a href=

Brandeis School of Law Seeking Visiting Professor for 2014-15

Fri, 01/10/2014 - 12:42
The Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville seeks to hire a visitor for the 2014-15 academic year.  Primary areas of curricular need are tax, decedents' estates and related courses.  Other curricular needs may include commercial law and/or family law.  The visitor will teach four courses during the 2014-15 academic year.  Both entry-level and experienced applicants will be considered.  Salary will be commensurate with / br /The University of Louisville is located in Louisville, Kentucky.  Louisville is a city of 1.3 million with vibrant arts, educational, medical and business communities, and was named Lonely Planet's Top US Travel Destination for 2013.  Information about the law school is available at the school's website at  For further information about the school, or to apply, please contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Timothy S. Hall, at a or (502) / br /The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race,age, religion, sex, disability, color, sexual orientation, national origin or veteran status.  Applications from individuals who will contribute to the diversity of our law school are encouraged.

Resource Center Closed 1 - 4 Today

Wed, 01/08/2014 - 09:12
The Resource Center, as well as many offices, will be closed today from 1 to 4 p.m. for Professor Render's funeral service.

In Memoriam of Professor Ed Render

Mon, 01/06/2014 - 12:39
pWe are deeply saddened to report that Professor Render passed away on Saturday, January 4, at Baptist East Hospital after a short battle with cancer.  A funeral service celebrating his life will be held on January 8 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church.  Memorial gifts may be made to the Edwin R. Render Scholarship Fund at the Law School.  Professor Render was a good, compassionate person  who positively affected countless people in his 45+ years at the Law School.  He will be greatly missed by many./ppYou can read the complete obituary here:/ppa href=;pid=1688972 target=_blankuspan style=color: #0066cc/span/u/auspan style=color: #0066cca href=;pid=168897210amp;fhid=29361;pid=168897210amp;fhid=29361/a/spana href=;pid=168897210amp;fhid=29361/a/ua href=;pid=168897210amp;fhid=29361/aa href=;pid=168897210amp;fhid=29361/aua href=;pid=168897210amp;fhid=29361/aspan style=color: #0066cca href=;pid=168897210amp;fhid=29361/aa href=;pid=168897210amp;fhid=2936110amp;fhid=29361/a/span/u./ppnbsp;/p

Law School Closed Monday, January 6

Sun, 01/05/2014 - 19:36
pDue to severe weather, offices will be closed and classes canceled on Monday, January 6, 2014./ppnbsp;/p