As a member of the larger Louisville community, the University of Louisville places a high priority on using its resources to strengthen and transform the local community. Participating in public service projects is common for UofL students, but some students took their involvement a step further this semester by organizing group days and, in some cases, embracing often-overlooked causes.
UofL’s Brandeis School of Law coordinated its first community service day April 5. The idea came about when students voiced interest in a school-wide community service project during the school’s strategic planning process last year.
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Currently, the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law ranks 41 on this listing under New Downloads, with a total of 9,017 new downloads in the past 12 months. (New Downloads identifies the total downloads in the last 12 months of all papers by authors currently affiliated with the school, providing a measure of the current interest in a faculty's work on SSRN, including older papers.) We are ranked 18 in New Downloads per Author, which measures current interest in all of the faculty's work on SSRN, adjusted for the different sizes of different institutions.
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I’d like to thank and acknowledge the following people for making the first Louisville Law Community Service Day such a success!
The Law School ● Law Library ● Laura Rothstein ● Ariana Levinson ● Scott Campbell ● Robin Harris ● Student Bar Foundation
Brian Pollock – Brightside, Inc.
Megan Renwick – Metro Animal Services
Kelly Oates & Emily Zahn – Wayside Christian Mission
Students: Simone Beach, Katie Bell, Brittany Ducker, Ashley Duncan, Algeria Ford, Janae’ Martin, Rexena Napier, Kelly Oates, Brian Pollock, Noelle Rao, Chad Reid, Megan Renwick, Zach Taylor, and Emily Zahn.
Faculty & Staff: Nancy Baker, Simone Beach, Kathy Bean, Jodi Duce, Mary Jo Gleason, Beth Haendiges, Arianna Levinson, Marilyn Peters, Jina Scinta, and Mike Valentine.
Marie Barron, Kathy Bean, Lauren Bean, Katie Bell, Justin Brewer, Scott & Beth Campbell, Jim Chen, Laura Clemmons, Andrew Downey, Ashley Duncan, Rebecca Ellingsworth, Brian Fayman, Algeria Ford, Tim Hall, Ebert Haegele, Scott Justice, Forrest Kuhn, Arianna Levinson, Janae’ Martin, Christopher McDavid, Rexena Napier, Kelly Oates, Becca O’Neil, Bradley Palmer, Brian Pollock, Noelle Rao, Debra Reh, Megan Renwick, Jim Schmidt, Jennifer Schultz & Keith Duncan, Keith Sealing, Mike Swansburg, Barbara Thompson, Adam Watson, and Emily Zahn.
See also: Students Offer Services to Community Organizations by Todd Wetzel (May 1, 2008)
Professor Mark Rothstein is quoted in a March 23 New York Times Magazine article on medical privacy and concerns about protecting personal health information.
Professor Lisa H. Nicholson has been invited to serve on the 2009 AALS New Law Teachers Workshop Planning Committee.
Professor Tony Arnold was invited to participate in the Courier-Journal's "Lunch With" feature, with Keith Runyon and Jill Keeney. The feature it runs Fridays on the C-J editorial page. Arnold's feature, which will cover the environment, the law and community, is scheduled to run before Earth Day 2008.
Professor Laura Rothstein will speak at the "2008 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium," which will be held April 10 and 11, 2008 in Baltimore. Rothstein will be on the Friday Panel, "The State of Disability Law in the United States in 2008: How Full Is the Glass?" Professor Rothstein will also speak at the University of Cincinnati College of Law's event, "Education Law Stories: The People and Principles Behind Education's Most Contentious Legal Controversies." Rothstein will speak on Southeastern Community College v. Davis.
Professor Jim Jones' January 21 Courier-Journal op-ed piece, "Mental Illness, Stigma, and the Person in the Office Next Door," was reprinted in February Wellspring newsletter.
The Law Review editorial body has reviewed a host of submissions for its upcoming edition. The final decisions have been made. Congratulations to the following people for being selected for publication in the Vol. 47 of the University of Louisville Law Review.
- Julia Riehm McGuffey, Best Note
- A. Nicholas Nasier, Honorable Mention
- Megan K. Reese, Honorable Mention
- Matt Lynch
- Christopher Thomas McDavid
- Stephen J. Mattingly
- Matthew Piekarski
- Caroline Lynch Pieroni
- Megan D. Randolph
- Megan L. Renwick
- Dustin Thacker
- Maya R. Warrier
- Jennifer Kristen Weinhold
- Andrew Young
On April 5, 2008, the law school community will embark upon its first annual day of collective public service. The initiative arose from student input into the university’s strategic planning process. The purpose of this event is to highlight the law school's commitment to community service, provide significant services, have fun, and make new acquaintances in our law school community.
Participants in the planning process identified three focus areas:
Animal Rights & Animal Issues
Women, Children, Homeless, & the Underserved
All students, staff and faculty are encouraged to participate by contributing donated items to one of the organizations listed below or to volunteer their time to one of the designated projects.
To kick off the event, we’ll be hosting a complimentary continental style breakfast in the Mosaic Lobby at 10 AM on Saturday, April 5. Coffee, juice, and pastries will be provided. Those present will be eligible to win one of the many door prizes!
Lend A Helping Hand
Volunteers may choose from a variety of projects. Sign up sheets will be available in each mail room and the Mosaic Lobby during the week preceding April 5th, or you may sign up online. You’re also welcome to show up that day without a reservation. Volunteers are encouraged to show their team spirit by wearing a piece of University of Louisville or Brandeis School of Law apparel.
The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund has arranged for a variety of activities including dock cleaning, rewiring kennel doors, and painting the new “get acquainted” space. This project will take place at a shelter near campus beginning at 11 AM. Volunteers will also receive a tour of the shelter and an opportunity to walk some of the dogs. Contact Megan Renwick for details.
Departure time: 10:45 AM; carpooling available. You may be painting, so dress appropriately.
Departure time: 10:45 AM or meet the group at 11 AM @ 822 East Market. Wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty.
The Environmental Law & Land Use Society has arranged for a clean-up project at Central Park. Volunteers will walk from campus to Central Park along Third Street and back along Fourth Street, cleaning up as they go. Contact Brian Pollock for details.
Departure time: 10:30 AM. It may rain, so dress appropriately. Garbage bags will be provided, but you might want to bring some gloves.
Make a Donation
During the week of March 31 – April 5, collection bins will be placed in the Mosaic Lobby of the Law School in Wyatt Hall. Following, is a list of items requested by each organization.
During the months of March and April, the Center is collecting towels, washcloths, diapers, underwear, socks and bras. We’re also collecting cell phones & cell phone chargers. Additionally, you can help by donating goods that meet their immediate needs: cribs and mattresses, crib sheets, pacifiers and bottles, & infant toys.
Items include: toilet paper, conditioner, face wash, deodorant, dental floss, tooth brushes, pull-ups, Kleenex tissues, paper towels, sponges, soap, face wash, lotion, shampoo, household cleaners, napkins, tampons, maxi pads, light bulbs, lamps, children's coloring/activity books, computer printer paper, batteries for Leap Pad learning system, etc.
We’re collecting aluminum cans, plastic bottles, glass bottles, newspapers, and cardboard.
Last week two full-size umbrellas were turned in to Lost & Found. Don't wait for the next monsoon! Claim your umbrella now.
In addition, a Criminal Procedure book and the supplement were found in room 080.
On March 11, Professor James T. R. Jones, Professor of Law at the University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law, spoke on "Severe Mental Illness in the Academy: A Law Professor's Story" at the Gould School of Law of the University of Southern California. Pictured in the photo to the left are Professor Jones and Professor Elyn R. Saks, Associate Dean for Research and Orrin B. Evans Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Gould School of Law at the University of Southern California and Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine.
Professor Jones, who has bipolar disorder, wrote "Walking the Tightrope of Bipolar Disorder: The Secret Life of a Law Professor"; Professor Saks, who has schizophrenia, wrote the acclaimed memoir The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness (2007). Professors Jones and Saks are the only law professors in the United States publicly to acknowledge having severe mental illnesses.
This photograph was taken by Kathleen Murphy Jones, Esq. on March 11, 2008 at the Gould School of Law shortly before Professor Jones delivered his talk entitled "Severe Mental Illness in the Academy: A Law Professor's Story."
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1) Miller Information Technology Center room 109 reception area
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