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Professor McNeal Delivered the Keynote Address at Harvard Law School Conference

Professor Laura McNeal was invited to give the keynote address at Harvard Law School on April 15 for the "40 Years After Milliken: Remedying Racial Disparities in Post-Racial Society Conference." Professor McNeal's talk, "From Hollow Hope to New Beginnings: Achieving Educational Equity in the Post-Milliken Era," will critique a series of landmark Supreme Court cases to illustrate how the Court's color-blind rhetoric has undermined efforts to achieve substantive equality in K-12 education. Professor McNeal will also be participating in a panel discussion on the barriers to equal education opportunity in the Post-Fischer era.

The Class of 2014 Logged Almost 7,000 Public Service Hours

The Class of 2014 performed 6979.5 hours of public service hours. Twenty-seven graduates performed 50 or more hours of public service. Seventeen of those graduates performed 100 or more hours each of public service and two of those students performed more than 300 hours each. Congratulations to Michael Atkinson who was the recipient of the Samuel L. Greenebaum Public Service Award for performing 365 hours of public service at five different public service placements.

Power of Pawsitive Thinking

Ziggy, Howdy, Bella and Ivan have a knack for making people feel “pawsitive” and on April 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., they will join a group of therapy dogs here at the law school to help ease your stress as you gear up for final exams. The dogs are from the non-profit group Pawsibilities Unleashed, and they all look forward to meeting you tomorrow!

Brandeis Inn of Court Student Nominations

The dean can nominate 12 students for pupil membership in the Louis D. Brandeis chapter of the American Inns of Court.  Stated briefly, the Inn's purpose is to promote professional skills and values, with a special emphasis upon ethical and responsible advocacy in state and federal courts.  Each Inn consists of distinguished members of the bench and bar, as well as a limited number of carefully selected students in their final year of law school. 

Student members are required to attend all meetings, which are held monthly on Tuesday evenings.  If you would like to submit your name for possible nomination, please submit a letter of interest to Becky Wimberg at b.wimberg@louisville.edu by Monday, April 21.

Quiet Study Areas

Students are reminded that they are not to engage in loud or disruptive behavior in the library.  With final exams approaching, more students are using the library as a quiet place to study. Please show courtesy to classmates by not talking above a normal conversational tone, or engaging in prolonged conversations. The tables in the reading room on the library's first floor are suitable for group study. Quieter study areas are located on the second floor and lower level. 

New Writing Competitions Have Been Added

Would you like to earn CASH prizes for a paper you are currently writing or have already written? Then don’t forget to check out the Student Writing Competitions page and submit your papers for a chance to receive CASH prizes and possible publication! Essay topics include international business, women’s rights, Native American law or other indigenous groups, privacy and social media, labor and employment law, energy law, tax law, and much more. Cash prizes range from $250 to $5,000, and some prizes include a funded trip to receive the prize. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to win some cash and to be recognized for your hard work!

Make-up Exam Request Forms Deadline - 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 21

If you are planning to take a make-up exam this spring semester, please submit your make-up exam request form by 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 21.

 

Brandeis Medal Events

Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the following events honoring this year's Brandeis Medal recipient, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eugene Robinson, on April 9.

10:30-11 AM: Welcome & Wreath Laying on the portico at the law school's entrance

1-2:20 PM: Open Forum with Eugene Robinson and Enid Trucios-Haynes in Room 275

All members of the law school community are also welcome. 

Central High School Law and Government Magnet Program Dedicate New Courtroom/Classroom

The Law and Government Magnet program was established at Central High School in 1986.  Partnerships with the Louisville Bar Association (beginning in 1992) and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law (beginning in 2001) have built on the success of the program.  Students in the program now serve in summer internships facilitated by the LBA and are taught substantive law and writing skills related to law by law students from the Brandeis School of Law.  In recognition of the success of the program, the Jefferson County Public School System has renovated the law and government magnet classroom to create a courtroom.  The new configuration allows students to practice courtroom skills and to apply what they are learning in that setting. 

Pictured at right are: Professor Laura Rothstein, JCPS Board President Diana Porter, JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens; Central High School Principal Dan Withers, Law Magnet Teacher Joe Gutmann, and Assistant Superintendent Lynn Wheat.

The classroom was dedicated on March 25, 2014, at Central High School. The dedication event included recognition of educators, alumni, and partners by Joe Gutmann (Law & Government teacher at Central), comments by Professor Laura Rothstein about the law school’s partnership, and a Keynote Address by Fred Moore, a 2005 graduate of the Central Law Magnet program, who is now an attorney in the Louisville-Metro Public Defenders Office.  JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens cut the ribbon at the event.  Others joining her for that honor were JCPS School Board President Diana Porter, JCPS Assistant Superindent Lynn Wheat, and Professor Laura Rothstein.  Dean Susan Duncan and several students from the law school joined the celebration.

Learn more by downloading the Central High School Partnership brochure.