Alumni News

Lunch and Learn on Depression

"Did you know that attorneys have the highest rates of depression and suicide of any profession and 40% of law students in their third year of school report experiencing symptoms of depression."  The Dave Nee Foundation is sponsoring a program they believe will help save lives.  Come hear Katherine Bender of the Dave Nee Foundation and Professor Jim Jones discuss this important topic Thursday, November 14, at 11:50 a.m., in room 275.

KYLAP will be on hand, providing lunch and drinks, along with lawyer volunteers, to answer any questions or provide immediate assistance to anyone in distress.

Jeff R. Hawkins Advances as President-Elect of Indiana State Bar Association

Jeff R. Hawkins, Sullivan, advanced to the office of president-elect of the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) for 2013-14 at the Association’s annual meeting in French Lick on Friday, Oct. 18. His term will expire in October 2014, after which he will become president of the ISBA. As president, he will represent the single largest legal organization in the state.

 

Hawkins practices law with his wife at Hawkins Law PC, where he and Jennifer are the shareholders, practicing in the areas of estate andbusiness planning, trust and estate administration and elder law. He received his B.S. from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 1988 and his J.D. from the University of Louisville’s Louis D. Brandeis School of Law in 1992. He was admitted to practice in Indiana in 1992 and in Illinois in 2012. He became a registered civil mediator in Indiana in 2013.

 

Hawkins is a member of the Sullivan County, Indiana State (member, Board of Governors; chair, House of Delegates; chair, Young Lawyers Section; chair, Probate, Trust & Real Property Section) and American bar associations. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Hawkins is an active member of the Westside Church of Christ (elder, 2005-present) andSullivan Rotary Club (president, 2012-13), and he volunteers for the WabashValley United Way’s “Real Men Read” program by reading to kindergarten students.

 

Recent Bar Publications

Dean Duncan's report in the October 2013 issue of the Louisville Bar Association's Bar Briefs focuses on the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program and the faculty's community engagements as they relate to the publication's ethics and responsibility theme this month (see page 6).

This issue also includes:
  • "The Mighty Walk: Selma to Montgomery, 1965" by Stephen T. Porter, 2013 Alumni Fellow (page 24)
  • "Dream' Speech Continues to Impact Today's Youth" by Jamitra Fulleord, a Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program student (page 18)
  • "A tribute to Lee A. Webb, Class of 1997" (page 23)
  • "A Lawyer's Guide to Relaxing" (page 4), which may be of interest to students
The law school's column in the September issue of the Kentucky Bar Association's Bench & Bar magazine includes a photo contest featuring some of our most recognizable alums (page 30). Submit your guess to Wendy Helterbran and you might win a t-shirt! 3L Justin Brown is also pictured on page 31 for his KBA Student Writing Competition award.

Both publications are available in the law library.

Meet the Law School's Alumni Fellow

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Our 2013 Alumni Fellow, Steve Porter, is a native Louisvillian. He received his BA from Duke University and returned to Louisville to earn his JD from the Brandeis School of Law.

The Brandeis School of Law has a strong commitment to public service. In 1992 our school was one of the first in the country to adopt public service as a graduation requirement. Although Steve graduated several years before the school adopted the public service requirement, his life work embodies its values. Even before Steve arrived at the Brandeis School of Law, he took a stand against segregation and racial discrimination. During March of 1965 Steve chose to stand up against bigotry and not let hate have the last word. During that spring Steve joined many young people at sit-ins and marches including taking part in the walk from Selma to Montgomery.

Two years later Steve welcomed Martin Luther King Jr. to the Allen Courtroom in the Brandeis School of Law. Recently he shared these civil rights stories with our students and I hope all of you can get Steve to tell them to you.

Steve continued his civil rights activities when as an attorney he defended the JCPS student assignment plan over many years. As the Director of the Crime Commission in the late 60s and early 70s Steve pushed for a public defender system, a new jail, merger of police departments, full-time prosecutors and a revised court system. Steve is also a tireless advocate for fair housing, historical preservation and neighborhood planning. He makes sure neighbors, neighborhood associations, preservation groups and environmental groups are on a level playing field with developer interests in planning and zoning matters.

Please join me in congratulating Steve on his newest honor, the 2013 Brandeis School of Law Alumni Fellow.

Corey Shiffman Wins 2013 Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition

The Moot Court Board is proud to host the annual Pirtle-Washer Competition, an oral advocacy competition among students at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. Competitors are the finalists from a school-wide preliminary competition evaluated by local practicing attorneys. The semi-final and final round winners are determined by a select panel of judges with extensive judicial experience.

This year's winner is Corey Shiffman, a second year law student and  member of the Arbitration Moot Court team. Last year, he was runner up at the First Year Oral Advocacy Competition. He currently works as a law clerk at The Rawlings Group in La Grange and enjoys spending his free time wishing he actually had some. He is glad to be back in Louisville and plans to remain and practice here after graduation.

The annual Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition was created by Law School Dean Marlin Volz in the 1960's to honor the contributions of Benjamin Washer (Dean of Jefferson School of Law, 1929-1950) and Henry Pirtle (founding member of the University of Louisville law faculty in 1846).  

Many thanks to Professor Karen Jordan for organizing the competition and also to the judges who donated their time and experience: Judge Irv Maze, Judge Janet Stumbo, Judge Charles Hickman, Justice Lisabeth Abramson, Judge David Bowles, and Judge Stephanie Burke. Without them, the Pirtle-Washer competition would not be possible.

Pictured here: Finalists Corey Shiffman (Appellant) and Lacey Gullett (Appellee). More photos are available on Flickr.

Lawlapalooza Raises Over $2500!

Lawlapalooza 2013 Photo Gallery @ Flickr

Magnolia Photo Booth Co. Gallery

Drum roll please... Lawlapalooza 2013: Law Is Calling yielded over $2500 from ticket sales, t-shirt sales, the silent auction and band tips! This tally does not include band registrations and sponsors. The funds will be used to support the Ellen B. Ewing Foundation

Battle of the Bands Winners:

Special thanks to The MC5 student emcees (Alexandria Bridges, Jessica Homer, Jeff Perkins, Chipper Peterson, and Corey Shiffman) and a big shout out to 3L, Greg Monzon and his band The Monzonites who performed the first ever Lawlapalooza guitar jam! They also took 3rd place in 2011 as Raisin Brandeis. Kudos to Jerome Neukirch of the Law Library as well for designing the poster and t-shirts.

UofL only Kentucky stop for King Center Imaging Project exhibit

In October 1960, Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. sat in the Fulton County, Ga., jail although the charges brought against him had been dropped. Louisvillians Carl and Anne Braden were outraged and sent King a telegram of support on Oct. 24.

That telegram and more documents related to Louisville and other parts of Kentucky are part of the King Center’s online digital archive. JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s Technology for Social Good program made the archive possible.

The University of Louisville will host a traveling exhibit about the imaging project and archive Oct. 21 through Oct. 25 in the east lobby of Ekstrom Library. Hours are 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 21; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Oct. 22 through Oct. 24; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 25. Admission is free and public.

The interactive exhibit showcases digital images of key documents from King’s correspondence, speeches and sermons. Playing off King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, visitors also can write their dreams on a card and post them on the Dream Wall section of the exhibit. The cards later will be digitized and saved for posterity as part of The King Center’s archive.

UofL is the only Kentucky stop on the exhibit’s current schedule. The exhibit’s content dovetails with UofL’s new multi-year initiative, Project Progress. Starting later this month, the university will have special programming to look back and reflect on what was taking place in the Civil Rights Movement each year from 1963 to 1968 and then look at where society is now.

For more information, contact Janene Zaccone, (502) 852-6171.

Professor Trucios-Haynes Moderates Discussion with Congressman John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis, Georgia’s 5th Congressional District Representative, is the only speaker at the 1963 March on Washington still living today and the author of “March,” a graphic novel. In 2000, Congressman Lewis was the recipient of the Brandeis Medal. Pictured here are Professor Trucios-Haynes with Congressman Lewis and her students, Zackary McKee, Stephany Hunter, and Iman Jackson following the October 15 on campus visit. Four students from the Central High School Law and Government Magnet program, along with magnet teacher Joe Gutmann, were also invited guests to the on-campus visit. Professor Trucios-Haynes moderated the afternoon program. This event was part of Congressman Lewis's visit to Louisville for the Kentucky Author Forum where he shared his remarkable story as one of the key figures of the Civil Rights Movement. At the evening event, Congressman Lewis was interviewed by Rachel Maddow.

 

The event provided those present to see first hand why John Lewis is such an icon for the civil rights movement and how his energy, commitment, and dedication, continue to inspire all Americans to advocate for social justice and civil rights.

Lawlapalooza T-Shirts and Tickets on Sale Now!

It's back, and it's here.  Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's battle of the bands, returns this Thursday, October 17 at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Eight bands will compete, taking the stage on the half hour beginning at 6:30. To compete, each band must include at least one lawyer or law student, and this year, the Brandeis School of Law has two horses in the race: The Monzonites, featuring 3L Derek Monzon and 2013 grad Matt Doran, and defending champs The Subconscionables, featuring Associate Dean Tim Hall and Assistant Dean Jim Becker.

Does the world really need lawyers trying to rock? Well, yes, because Lawlapalooza is a wicked fun fundraiser for the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Program. Proceeds benefit the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which funds summer fellowships for Brandeis School of Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

Bonus: Five of your fellow students -- Alexandria Bridges and Jessica Homer, pictured at left in this year's very cool Lawlapalooza t-shirt, and Jeff Perkins, Chipper Peterson and Corey Shiffman are hosting the event as MCs. Come out and support the home team!

T-shirts and tickets will be on sale in the Mosaic Lobby one more time:TODAY, Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm They're also on sale in the Law Resource Center (Room 272), Monday through Thursday, 8 am - 5:30 pm, or get your ticket at the door. Each is only ten bucks, and the first 100 students through the door get their first drink free, compliments of Westlaw (so bring your student ID, too).

So, come out and mingle with Louisville's legal community, hear some great music, have fun with friends in our new-this-year photo booth, and have an amazing time at Lawlapalooza 2013.

 

Professor Jim Jones Spotlighted by ABA Commission on Disability Rights

The American Bar Association Commission on Disability Rights has recognized Professor James T.R. Jones for his professional accomplishments while combatting bipolar disorder life-long.  Since publicly disclosing his illness in 2007, and describing it in his 2011 memoir, A Hidden Madness, Professor Jones has become an advocate for others in the legal profession who also struggle with mental illness and its stigma.

Read the full profile of Professor Jones and learn more about his moving story.