Alumni News

Louisville Law Class of '67 Alum Profiled in CJ

Larry Franklin (class of 1967) was profiled in the December 30, 2007 Courier-Journal. (Click here for story). Franklin was named Kentucky's best trial lawyer by his peers in 2007. A top litigator in the state, Franklin has settled over 20 cases for $1 million or more.

Of late, Franklin has gained recognition with his work on the Lassiter case, in which he is defending the family against Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom.

Kudos, December 5, 2007

The book Education Stories has been published by Foundation Press. Included in the book is a chapter by Laura Rothstein: "The Story of Southeastern Community College v. Davis: The Prequel to the Television Series ER.

Jim Chen's paper entitled "The Most Dangerous Justice Rides into the Sunset" was listed on SSRN's Top Ten download list for Litigation, Procedure & Dispute Resolution Journals in early December.

Tony Arnold's paper "The Structure of the Land Use Regulatory System in the United States" was listed on SSRN's Top Ten list for its Political Science Network in late November.

Classroom Renovations Possible Through Generosity of Donors

Significant progress has been made on the renovations in the classroom wing during the last three years. We have completely refurbished the student commons area on the first floor and a number of adjacent spaces--the career services suite, Washer Lounge, the Lively Wilson Oral Advocacy office, two seminar rooms and the auditorium classrooms honoring the legacy of Wilson Wyatt.

The renovation of two more classrooms has been completed this fall. One honors the Class of '79; the other recognizes the distinguished law career and public service contributions of former Louisville mayor Frank W. Burke '48, thanks to a leadership gift from his son-in-law, Dennis Clare '68, and gifts from alumni and Burke's friends. The Frank Burke Classroom will be dedicated during the 2007 Dean's Holiday Reception.

Below are photos from some of our newly renovated classrooms.

The WilsonWyatt Classroom

The Women Lawyers Classroom

Classroom LL75 was dedicated to the graduates of classes 1948 - 1956

Generous contributions have allowed us to upgrade the technology available to faculty and students in our renovated classrooms.

 

Kentucky Supreme Court Oral Arguments Live Online

Kentucky Supreme Court oral arguments are available online. The public can now view live feeds of the arguments. To watch the feeds, go to the Kentucky Supreme Court website, http://www.courts.ky.gov/courts/supreme/ and select the Oral Arguments Calendar from the right-hand menu.

The next scheduled oral arguments are December 12, 2007.

Brown Selected Kentucky Justice Secretary

J. Michael Brown (1979) has been named secretary of Kentucky Governor-elect Steve Beshear's Justice Cabinet. Brown is an attorney with Stites & Harbison. In the past, he has served as Louisville's law director, been a Jefferson District Court judge, and chairman and vice chairman of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority.

In the role of justice secretary, Brown will oversee the Department of Corrections and the Kentucky State Police.

Kudos November 29, 2007

Ariana Levinson's piece "Editing Tips for the Busy Attorney" appears in the November edition of the Kentucky Bench & Bar (available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1031740).

Levinson presented her paper "Lawyering Skills Principles and Methods Offer Insight as to Best Practices for Arbitration" (available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1022065) to the faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Law on November 20, 2007.

Samuel Steinfeld, former state chief justice, dies at 101

Former Kentucky Chief Justice Samuel Steinfeld died November 22, 2007, at the age of 101.

Steinfeld was born in 1906. He was raised  in Louisville and graduated in 1924 from Male High School. He graduated from the University of Louisville law school in 1928.

Steinfeld served on the Court of Appeals from 1967 to 1975 and became chief justice in 1972. During that time, the Court of Appeals was Kentucky's highest court. The court system was reorganized a in 1975 when a constitutional amendment added an intermediary appeals court and the highest court became the Kentucky Supreme Court. While Steinfeld officially retired from the bench in 1975, he continued to serve as a special judge in Jefferson Circuit Court until 1985 as well as in some appointments in U.S. District Court.

Steinfeld also taught courses at U of L's law school, where he was active in alumni associations. He served as a trustee and president of the alumni association and the Law Alumni Foundation.

Bartholomew Selected New Chief Judge of District Court

Louisville Law graduate Judge Judith K. Bartholomew has been chosen chief judge of Jefferson County District Court. Bartholomew replaces Judge Audra Eckerle, who was elected to Jefferson Circuit Court in November 2007.

Louisville Law National Moot Court Teams Shine at Regional Competition

Two University of Louisville teams achieved success at the National Moot Court Regional Competition, November 16-17 in Richmond, Va. One team, made up of third-year students Robyn Lurding and Claire Parsons, and a second team with third-year Jeff Nicoson and second-year Steve Mattingly, both had undefeated records in the Friday preliminary rounds and advanced the Saturday quarter-finals. Along the way, they knocked off teams from UNC, George Mason, William & Mary, and Kentucky. Only six of the 20 teams made it through to the quarters, and U of L had two of them.

National Moot Court faculty advisor Professor Sam Marcosson shared his pride in the teams, "I could not have been any prouder of them; they were truly brilliant and they represented the school wonderfully. Congratulations to the two teams for their tremendous performances, both in the prelims and in two close quarter-finals against outstanding teams from Duke."

Louisville Law Negotiation Teams Finish Strong in ABA Competition

This last weekend, Nov. 10 and 11, 2007, Louisville Law's Negotiation Team competed in the ABA Regional Negotiation Team Competition held in Valparaiso, IN. The team of Adam Fuller and Elizabeth Powell finished sixth in the 20-team competition.

The team of Scott Powell and David Scott finished second and went on, with three other teams, to the final round. Scott and David then competed in the finals, finished second, and are alternates to the February ABA National Negotiation Team Competition in Los Angeles, California.

The coaches for the Negotiation Teams are Michelle Rudovich and Mary Jo Gleason. Gleason is the director of Louisville Law's Public Service Program. Rudovich works for the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney.