Alumni News

2L Ashley Mouser, Lawlapalooza Recognized in Latest UofL Magazine

2L Ashley Mouser, the Brandeis School of Law's 2013 Ellen B. Ewing Fellow, and Lawlapalooza, 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 University of Louisville Magazine, published by the UofL Alumni Association.

Lawlapoolaza and its student emcees were also mentioned in the February 2014 issue of the ABA’s Student Lawyer magazine, p. 36. Request a copy at the law library’s front desk.

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

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.

“We found photos that we didn’t even know existed,” said Robin Harris, 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.”

A dozen photos will be shown at a free, public event Feb. 28. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. and is part of the law school’s Graduates of Color reunion and celebration of Black History Month.

Law school Dean Susan Duncan said the photos of King standing at a podium in the courtroom gave her chills.

“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.”

Harris said the project was a collaborative effort between the law school and UofL Archives and Special Collections. Five of the photos will be permanently displayed in the courtroom’s entrance along with a bronze plaque that commemorates King’s visit.

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.

All three will share their thoughts and memories about King’s visit during the event.

Networking Opportunity

YPAL (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. 

The link to the event is here:  https://www.ypal.org/Events/March-Legal-Ease.  If you are a member, you get a discounted registration price. 

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

Dinsmore & 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.        

Meyer’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.

Meyer has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 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.

 

About Dinsmore & Shohl

Dinsmore & 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 www.dinsmore.com.

Louisville Bar Association Elects Wyatt Attorneys For Leadership Roles

Wyatt, Tarrant & 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.  

Rosalind Cordini 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 "HB1" law, participating in discussions with regulators and legislators, providing testimony, and suggesting revisions to "HB1" and its associated regulations. 2011 - J.D., magna cum laude, University of Louisville

R. Benjamin Straus is a member of Wyatt’s Real Estate & 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.

 

About Wyatt

Wyatt 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 & Combs is a member of the DuPont Legal Network, Lex Mundi, the world’s leading association of independent law firms, and Advance Law. For more information about Wyatt, please visit www.wyattfirm.com.

Brandeis School of Law Seeking Visiting Professor for 2014-15

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 experience.
 
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 http://www.law.louisville.edu/.  For further information about the school, or to apply, please contact Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Timothy S. Hall, at hallt@louisville.edu or (502) 852-6830.
 
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

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

We 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.

You can read the complete obituary here:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/louisville/obituary.aspx?n=edwin-r-render&pid=168897210&fhid=2936110&fhid=29361.

 

Law School Closed Monday, January 6

Due to severe weather, offices will be closed and classes canceled on Monday, January 6, 2014.

 

Recent Bar Publications

Here's a review of recent local publications from the Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations.

Highlights from the Louisville Bar Association's January 2014 Bar Briefs include:

  • "Brandeis Professors Travel The World" (page 6)
  • "LBA Adopts Human Rights Law Section" by A. Holland Houston, '94 (page 7)
  • "Congratluations to the LBA's 2013 Leadership Academy" picturing Louisville Law alums (page 10)
  • "2013 LBA Award Recipients" featuring Louisville Law alums (page 17)
  • "Members on the move" (page 24)
  • "Crisscross Law: Courts and the Constitution" by Sabine Kudmani Stovall, '09 (page 21)
"Spotlight on UofL's Intellectual Property and Business Law Education" is the focus of Dean Susan Duncan's report in the Decemer 2013 issue of the Bar Briefs. The faculty expertise of Professors Cross, Ensign, Nicholson, Smith, are Warren are noted. Her report also mentions the success of the Entrepreneurship Cinic's participation in the Global Venture Labs Investment Competition and recent moot court competitions.

More highlights from the December 2013 Bar Briefs:
  • "The Old Man of the Internet: Thomas.gov and the Promise of Online Legislative Research Fulfilled" by Professor Kurt Metzmeier (page 15)
  • "The Fractious Federal Circuit: The Federal Circuit Has Lost its Unifying Mojo; Will That Doom  Computer-Based Patents?" by James R. Higgins Jr., '78 (page 10)
  • "Potential Pitfalls in Taking a Patent Assignment at Face Value" by Scott W. Higdon, '08 (page 18)
  • "Going Solo? Be Prepared" by Bryan R. Armstrong, '07 (page 23)
  • "Crisscross Law: Technology & IP" by Sabine Kudmani Stovall, '09 (page 25)
  • "Members on the move" (page 28)
In the November 2013 Bench & Bar issue, Dean Duncan reports about Justice Brandeis' earliest memories of his mother serving Union soldiers on the front lawn. Fittingly, the anniversary of his birth was celebrated on Veteran's Day this past year. Her report goes on to include the military's importance and impact on the law school throughout its history and concludes with a photograph of the law school's newest student veterans.

More highlights from the November 2013 Bench & Bar:
  • "A Place to Begin for Advising on Cloud Computing: Thomas Shaw's Cloud Computing for Lawyers and Executives: A Global Approach, 2nd Ed., ABA Publishing" by Michael Losavio, Assistant Professor of Justice Administration at UofL (page 23)
  • "On the Move" (page 60)
Both publications are available in the law library.