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Featured Book Release: "The Beats"

The Beats: A Graphic History book jacket

The Law Library's own Jerome Neukirch is a featured illustrator of the new book "The Beats: A Graphic History" (Harvey Pekar et al, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009). In its review of the book, Publishers Weekly writes that "Jerome Neukirch's art for the bio of proto-beat Slim Brundage [is] the artistic standout illustrations" of the book. The book will go on sale March 17 and is already available for pre-purchase on Amazon.com.

Call for Papers

Second Annual Conference on Innovation and Communication Law
Louisville, KY USA
August 21 and 22, 2009

The University of Louisville will host the second annual Conference on Innovation and Communication Law on August 21 and 22, 2009.  The Conference, a follow-up to the 2008 conference held in Turku, Finland, is a cooperative effort of the University of Louisville School of Law, University of Turku Faculty of Law, Drake University Law School, Michigan State University College of Law, and the IPR Center in Helsinki, Finland.  The conference sponsors seek proposals for presentations from those in academics, government, and industry.

This year's conference will focus mainly on the role intellectual property and communications law play in the dissemination of information.  As a result, discussion will focus less on the creation of rights, and more on how the legal system helps (or hinders) the development of knowledge.  For example, we anticipate one or more sessions dealing with licensing and franchising issues.  Other possible topics might include the role of intellectual property registration, the law governing trade secrets and confidential information, remedy issues, and the special case of university inventions and works.  Because many of the participants will come from countries other than the United States, proposals with an international or comparative law perspective are especially encouraged.

Anyone interested in presenting at the conference should submit a written abstract of the topic (not to exceed two letter size or A4 pages) via e-mail to one of the following:


To be ensured of full consideration, proposals should be submitted no later than May 2, 2009.

The University of Louisville Law Review will produce a symposium issue of papers submitted at the conference. Presenters are encouraged to prepare articles setting out, or expanding upon, the subject of their presentations. The final draft of the paper would be due a few weeks after the conference.

Details concerning accommodation, registration, travel, and the like will be available shortly on the conference website.

Community Service Day Project Update

Three projects have been chosen for the 2nd Annual Community Service Day on April 4.

The Student Animal Legal Defense Fund has organized a project at the Animal Care Society, Louisville's only no-kill animal shelter; the Women's Law Caucus has organized a project with the Family Scholar House; and members of the Environmental Law & Land Use Society have arranged a clean-up project with Olmsted Parks Conservancy.

We will also be collecting donated items for the Animal Care Society and the Kentucky Foster Care & Special Needs Adoption Program Recruitment and Certification program the week prior to the event.

Donations and monetary contributions are still needed for door prizes, food, and beverages for the kick-off party that morning. Please contact Virginia Smith if you'd like to help out.

Photo Gallery: Partners in Professionalism

"What You Need to Know About Clients"

The panel discussion addressed various client issues, including where to find them, how to keep the good ones, how to spot the bad ones, how to bill and how to avoid bar complaints.

Speakers included distinguished lawyers from large firms, small firms and the Kentucky Bar Association who are members of the Louis D. Brandeis Inn of Court.

Members of the Panel
Audience

Spring 2009 CLE Programs

Three more exciting CLE programs are being offered this spring.

Online registration is now available for each.

Recent graduates and law school students are invited and strongly encouraged to attend the program on April 10. Current students may attend the program portion free of charge. Lunch will be available for a small fee. 

Program Date and time Location CLE hours Cost Brochure Online registration
Should Lawyers Use Independent Contractors to Handle Client Affairs? April 10
11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m.
Masterson's, 1830 South Third Street 2 hours (1 ethics hour) $50 for CLE credit; $15 for lunch. pdf Register
12th Annual Estate Planning Institute April 24
8 a.m.- 5 p.m.
University Club, University of Louisville 7 hours (2 ethics hours) $225 pdf Register
26th Annual Carl A. Warns, Jr., Labor and Employment Law Institute June 18-19
7:45 a.m.-4 p.m.
Louisville Marriott Downtown Hotel, 280 West Jefferson Street 13.25 hours (2 ethics hours) $395. 10% discount for multiple registrations and early registration by May 1. pdf Register

Immigration Law Moot Court Team Competes

Congratulations to Ted Farrell and Rachel Carmona for participating in the Immigration Law Coot Court Competition at NYU Law School over the weekend.  They were among the top six teams after the preliminary round and they competed in the quarter final round of the competition.

Photo Gallery: Passing the Baton

Diversity Forum Series: Passing the Baton - Current and Future Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement in Louisville - February 24, 2009

 Photo Credit: Michael ben-Avraham

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Adreienne Henderson
BLSA President, Adrienne Henderson
Denise Clayton
Gerald Neal
Judge Denise Clayton
Senator Gerald Neal
Philip Bailey
Cheri Bryant Hamilton
Journalist Philip Bailey
Councilwoman Cheri Bryant Hamilton
Audience Members
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Photo Gallery: University of Louisville Law Review Symposium

University of Louisville Law Review Symposium: First Amendment Issues in Emerging Technology - February 20, 2009

 

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Christopher McDavid
Dean James Chen
Dean David F. Partlett
Christopher McDavid kicks off the symposium.
Dean James Chen delivers the opening address.
Keynote speaker, Emory law school Dean David F. Partlett
David Partlett
Panelists
Session 1: Advances in Speech Technology and the Implications for Society
Session 2: Regulating Potentially Harmful Speech
Kurt Metzmeier
Ellen Podgor
Ilya Shapiro
Moderator Kurt Metzmeier
Professor Ellen Podgor
Cato Institute Fellow Ilya Shapiro
Susan Duncan
Udo Fink
Arnold Loewy
Moderator Susan Duncan
Professor Udo Fink
Professor Arnold Loewy
Panelists
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Session 3: Regulating "Hate Speech" & Holocaust Denial
Session 4: The Shifting Nature of Speech Technology
Blake Morant
Paul Secunda
Dean Blake Morant
Professor Paul Secunda
Eric Segall
James Chen
Professor Eric Segall
Dean James Chen
Conference Attendees
Conference Registrants
Conference Attendees
Members of UofL's Law Review

New Databases

The University Libraries has subscribed to two new databases, which replace the print journals. Both are provided by EBSCOhost.

Race Relations Abstracts
Includes records covering essential areas related to race relations, including ethnic studies, discrimination, immigration studies, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.

Urban Studies Abstracts
Includes records covering essential areas related to urban studies: urban affairs, community development, urban history, and other areas of key relevance to the discipline.

 

Animal Law Moot Court Results

The Animal Law Moot Court Competition was held at Harvard University this past weekend. The University of Louisville sent two moot court teams: Lauren Bean/Rexena Napier and Sarah Haegele/Melissa McHendrix. Additionally, Ebert Haegele competed in the closing argument competition. All competitors performed very well and impressed the judges. Final scores are not out yet, but unofficially both moot court teams went 1-1 against top teams such as Duquesne, Berkeley (Winner of Best Brief), and New Mexico.

Out of 16 teams, only four make the semi-finals and unfortunately neither UofL team advanced among such tough competition. The judges were quite impressed with UofL's preparation. Lauren Bean was complimented on her controlled demeanor and steady pace while delivering her argument. The judges were very complimentary of the policy behind Rexena Napier's argument and her quick responses to their questions. Sarah Haegele impressed the judges with her poise and ability to remain relaxed under intense pressure. The judges complimented Melissa McHendrix on her ability to withstand difficult questioning while choosing her battles wisely and refocusing the judges on her core argument.

"Daddy, they shot the dogs," uttered Ebert Haegele dramatically to begin his closing argument about two family pets that were shot. He did this in front of six jury members from the Harvard Law Community. Ebert impressed them with his level of preparation and all thought his argument was very logical. They also loved his visual aids (they looked like a million bucks). In a battle where mere points separated the competitors, Ebert was not able to advance to the finals. Overall, the University of Louisville was very well represented by this group of competitors who garnered the respect of many in the animal law community over the weekend.

Be sure to congratulate these fine competitors for their tremendous effort and preparation. Special thanks to Professors Marcosson, Liebson, and Cross for their help in the team's preparation.