Alumni News

Professor Andrew Torrance to speak at Law School

You are invited to attend a lecture by The University of Kansas School of Law professor Andrew Torrance. Professor Torrance will be presenting his paper entitled "Patents and Regress in the Useful Arts" on Thursday, October 9, at 12:00 p.m. in the Cox Lounge. Lunch will be provided.

Professor Torrance developed a computer "patent game" that tests the effectiveness of the patent system on innovation, and his paper addresses the results. In addition to presenting his paper, Professor Torrance will demonstrate the patent game and allow audience members to play the game.

Professor Torrance is a graduate of Harvard Law School with a Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University and a B.S. from Queen's University.  Upon graduating from Harvard, Professor Torrance practiced biotechnology patent law at Fish and Richardson LLC, the world's largest intellectual property law firm. Before accepting a position at Kansas, he served as inhouse Patent Counsel at Inverness Medical Innovations, a biotechnology company headquartered in Boston, and he also taught "Biodiversity: Science, Policy, and Law" at Harvard. He conducts research in intellectual property, patent law, biotechnology, bioethics, environmental law, biodiversity, and conservation, and has presented his research worldwide. His research has also appeared in multiple journals including the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review, the Kansas Law Review, and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. The paper that he will be presenting this week has been accepted for publication by the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review.

A wine and cheese reception will be held at Waterfront Park Place on Thursday evening in honor of Professor Torrance. Please contact Mari-Elise Gates at marielise.gates@gmail.com if you are interested in attending.

Lawlapalooza 2008: Thanks to All!

Thanks to all who attended and/or contributed to making Lawlapalooza 2008 a great success.  We don't have dollar totals computed yet, but last night's event may have set a new record.  The winning bands were The Frank Galvin Experience (first place), 100% Legal (second place), and the law school's own Elvis Cardozo and the Attractive Nuisances (third place).

Many thanks, also, to all the students who attended.  We had a great turnout.  As an aside, if you're looking for a cheap, humorous Halloween costume idea, Dean Becker has a gently used pair of parachute pants for sale.

Lawlapalooza 2008 Is Tonight!

Lawlapalooza 2008, the Louisville law community's 4th annual battle of the bands, is tonight at the Phoenix Hill Tavern, 644 Baxter Avenue.  Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the first band begins at 6:30.

The Faculty Resource Center, in room 272, still has plenty of student tickets available -- just five bucks each, limit of two per student -- but they will only be available there until 12 noon today.  After that, students must purchase tickets at the door (same price, same limit) and present a valid student ID card.  General admission tickets are $25 at the door.

Lawlapalooza benefits the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which provides summer fellowships for Louisville Law students to work in the areas of family law, domestive violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

Come on out for fun, fellowship and great music -- and have a laugh at Professor Smith and Deans Hall and Becker.

Meet Judicial Candidates

Have you ever filled out a ballot only to realize that you have never even heard of any of the judicial candidates?  Have you ever sat in class and wondered what exactly a judge does?  Who are these people and what do they do?  How do they get to where they are?  And how much power do they really have over the outcome of a case?  On Tuesday, October 7 at 12:15 in room 275, you can find out.  Join us for lunch and a meet-and-greet of local judicial candidates.  Candidates for District Court, Circuit Court, Appellate Court, and the Kentucky Supreme Court want to introduce themselves to you.  Take this opportunity to meet the individuals who may preside over your future cases.  Sponsored by the Student Bar Association.  Lunch will be provided.

Commemorate Constitution Day

The Law School takes great pride in contributing to the University of Louisville's annual commemoration of Constitution Day. This year's program consists of two videos presenting the views of Law School faculty on recent Supreme Court decisions. Those videos will be posted on this site on or before September 17, 2008. They will also play on monitors at the Law School on September 17.

Other activities include a constitutional curiosities scavenger hunt and a quiz bowl tournament and refreshments hosted by the McConnell Center

Negotiations Class Canceled

Ms. Gleason's Negotiations class is canceled Monday, September 15, 2008.

Tom FitzGerald Wins Heinz Award

The law school is pleased to announce that adjunct law professor, Tom FitzGerald, has received the prestigious 14th annual Heinz Award for the Environment, a national honor that includes a $250,000 prize.

Mr. FitzGerald who has been hailed as Kentucky's environmental watchdog, has taught energy and environmental law at the law school since 1986 and has served as Director of the Kentucky Resources Council since 1984. He has also mentored many students interested in pursuing careers in public service, including Liz Edmondson, '07. "Fitz embodies the law school's vision of public service and has worked tirelessly as the state's premier environmental advocate over the past 25 years."

The Awards were established by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor the memory of her late husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz. They celebrate the accomplishments and spirit of the Senator by recognizing the extraordinary achievements of individuals in the areas of greatest importance to him, including: Arts and Humanities, the Environment, the Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment.  


Heinz Award to Louisville activist (Courier-Journal.com, 09/09/08)

Tom FitzGerald wins the Heinz Award in the Environment (Cardinal Lawyer)

 

 

Watch the Kentucky Supreme Court Webcasts

Watch live webcasts of the Supreme Court of Kentucky's oral arguments at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law at mms://livestream.louisville.edu/remotelive.  Arguments are scheduled for 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Wednesday, September 10, and Thursday, September 11.

The webcasts will also be shown live in room LL77.  The webcasts will be in Windows streaming media format.  You must have Windows Media Player or a compatible player to view the webcasts.

Battling Mental Illness

Mental illness affects 1 in 5 Americans, yet those who suffer from it are the most stigmatized group in the nation.  Read a law student's personal account of her brother's battle.

NAMI—the National Alliance on Mental Illness—works in a number of ways to help those with mental illness.  In particular, NAMI Louisville advocates for those with mental illness in Frankfort, provides support groups for both mental health consumers and their families, trains Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officers to deal with consumers in crisis through its Crisis Intervention Team, and puts on important programs.  This year, NAMI Louisville is bringing Professor Elyn R. Saks of the University of Southern California Law School, author of the acclaimed memoir The Center Cannot Hold:  My Journey Through Madness, which relates her incredibly successful career despite having schizophrenia, to speak at the Law School at noon on October 27.  You can support NAMI Louisville by taking part in the annual NAMI Walk on September 13, with registration starting at 9 AM and the Walk at 11 AM at the Harbor Lawn at Waterfront Park.  The more walkers the better, and Walk participants can also raise money to support NAMI Louisville’s important work by having friends and family pledge to support their Walk efforts.  To register for the Walk, go to http://xrl.us/jimsteam and sign up for the Jim Jones’ A Successful Consumer team. 

KUDOS: Susan Duncan

Professor Susan Duncan participated in a panel on Pro Bono Opportunities and Experiences at the Leadership Through Service Conference.  The conference was held at the American Printing House for the Blind on August 15, 2008.