Alumni News

CLE Opportunities in June

For those members of the KBA in Louisville, the Louisville Bar Association will have numerous CLE opportunities in June. Please feel free to visit their website for more information: http://www.loubar.org/index.cfm.

Kudos, June 24, 2008

Professor James T.R. Jones presented "Severe Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Value of Treatment" for the Psychopathology class of the Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, June 4, 2008.  

The May 2008 Women Lawyer's Association's annual legal ethics seminar was presented by Professor Grace M. Giesel.  Her presentation was titled "Recent Developments in Legal Ethics: Mass Tort Settlements, Metadata and Other Topics."

In addition to their regular duties, a number of law school faculty provide CLE presentations to the bar at the Louisville Bar Association. The following presentations were given during the first six months of 2008:

"Obtaining Racial Diversity in Our Schools without Using Race-Two Steps Forward, or Ten Steps Back" by Professor Cedric M. Powell was presented on February 28, 2008.

"Using the Internet to Locate Legal Information" by Professor Will Hilyerd was presented on May 12, 2008.

"Annual Spring Ethics CLE" was presented by Professor Grace Giesel on May 16, 2008.

Dean Jim Chen presented "Public Service Lawyering, By the Rules," to the local bar on June 4, 2008.

"Decoding the Kentucky Constitution" will be presented by Professor Kurt Metzmeier on June 30, 2008.

Torbeck Honored at Metroversity Awards Ceremony

Assistant Dean for Career Services Jerie Torbeck was honored at a Metroversity Awards Ceremony in the category of Outstanding Faculty of Adult Learners.

Save the Date: Lawlapalooza 2008

Lawlapalooza, the Louisville legal community's annual battle of the bands, will be held Thursday, October 2, 2008, at the Phoenix Hill Tavern. This fun-filled evening of music benefits the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation, which provides summer fellowships for University of Louisville law students to work in the areas of family law, domestic violence and spouse abuse, and HIV/AIDS.

General admission tickets go on sale August 1 for $20 ($25 at the door) and may be purchased online at www.law.louisville.edu/lawlapalooza. Every purchase isn't just a ticket to a great time. It's a tax-deductible donation to the Judge Ellen B. Ewing Foundation!

To compete, each band must have at least one member who is an attorney or law student. In previous years, bands have run the gamut of musical styles: from Irish folk, to rock and roll, to Klezmer. All interested, or even curious, bands and musicians should check out this page for detailed information and exciting new features.

For more information about Lawlapalooza Tour 2008:

Beth Haendiges
Communications Director
University of Louisville School of Law
Tel: 502-852-5817
E-mail: lawlapalooza@louisville.edu
Web: www.law.louisville.edu/lawlapalooza

Law School Seeking Assistant Dean for Admissions

The Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville is seeking an experienced professional to serve as its Assistant Dean for Admissions. The candidate will direct the daily operations of the law school's student Admissions Recruiting Office; develop and implement recruitment strategies; coordinate with the Faculty Admissions Committee; represent the school at regional and state recruitment forums; oversee the Harlan Scholars program and facilitate the professional growth of reporting staff personnel. The Assistant Dean will also coordinate scholarship awards with the Chair of the Admissions Committee, and serve as a liaison with the University's Financial Aid Office.

The Brandeis School of Law is part of a dynamic urban university and admits an entering class of approximately 140 students each year. It is committed to maintaining a diverse student body and providing an educational experience focused on public service, interdisciplinary study, and public policy development.

The position requires a Juris Doctor degree and three years of related experience. Additional experience may be used on a one-to-one basis to offset the educational requirements. Candidate must have previous experience in law school admissions or related work. Position requires regional and statewide travel. Review of applications will begin immediately as they are received. Salary $54,150 plus outstanding benefits.

The application process will begin June 15 and conclude July 6. To apply, visit the university's HR site: http://louisville.edu/jobs/ and select View/apply for Staff Positions.

Central High School Students Meet Supreme Court Justice

On May 6, 2008, the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law hosted a Kentucky Authors Forum conversation with United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. As part of the law school's Signature Partnership program, students from Louisville's Central High School were able to attend the forum along with UofL faculty, staff and students. These high school students enjoyed a rare opportunity to meet with a sitting U.S. Supreme Court justice. Following the forum, Justice Breyer took some time to talk to the Central High students and to pose for a group photo.

Through the Central Law and Government magnet program, students at Central High School have been provided a variety of enrichment activities - attending moot court competitions, attending speaker events, visiting the law school for a day of introduction to the law school, and participating in a writing competition. Such activities are hoped to "spark the interest" of students in becoming lawyers.

Alumni Class Notes Updated

Our alumni Class Notes Page has been updated. The information listed on this page will be published in our 2008 print Alumni Magazine. If you have any additional information you wish to share with other alums, please contact Beth Haendiges.

Clayton Receives LBA Trailblazer Award

Judge Denise ClaytonOn May 8, 2008, Judge Denise Clayton ('76) was honored with the Louisville Bar Association's Trailblazer Award. The award was developed by the LBA Diversity Task Force to honor those who have made significant strides in promoting diversity in the profession.

Clayton became the first black woman appointed to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in October 2007. She represents the 4th Appellate District, Division 2.

Prior to her appointment to the Court of Appeals, Clayton was chief circuit judge for Jefferson County, where she had been a circuit judge for nearly seven years. She was the first black woman to be a Kentucky Circuit Court judge. She had previously served in Jefferson County as a judge for District Court, Family Court and Drug Court.

Clayton began her legal career as an attorney with the Internal Revenue Service. She spent nine years in private practice and was the Legal Aid Society of Louisville's associate director before becoming a Jefferson County District Court judge in 1996.

 

Judge Simpson Named Chair of International Judicial Relations Committee

United States District Judge Charles R. Simpson III ('70) has been appointed chair of the federal judiciary's International Judicial Relations Committee. As chair of this committee, Simpson will coordinate the federal judiciary's relationship with foreign judiciaries and the organizations involved in expanding the rule of law and the administration of justice.

Simpson has a long history of involvement in relations with judiciaries of other countries. In 2000, he extablished the first Sister Court relationship with a federal court in the United States and a foreign court when the Western District of Kentucky partnered with acourt in Pula, Croatia.

Law School Hosts Open Forum with Justice Stephen Breyer

On May 6, 2008, the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law hosted a Kentucky Authors Forum conversation with United States Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Justice Breyer partook in a live interview with WFPL, followed by an open forum moderated by the law school's own Professor Sam Marcosson.

Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, took his seat in 1994. His book Active Liberty is based on the Tanner Lectures on Human Values that Justice Breyer delivered at Harvard University in 2004. In Active Liberty, Breyer argues that the Constitution's lasting brilliance is that its principles may adapt to cope with current situations.

Justice Breyer's WFPL Interview


The audience prepares for forum.

Members of the law school faculty.

Justice Breyer with Professor Macosson