Members of the law school community were asked to share their impressions of the Kentucky Supreme Court's recent visit on September 10-11, 2008.
“I thought it was a great opportunity to sit in on a real case and see the Supreme Court justices do their job,” said Kim Albritton, a senior at Central High School and a participant in the law magnet program, which is part of UofL's Signature Partnership Initiative.
Noelle Rao (2L) shared Ms. Albritton's appreciation, “I think it’s a great opportunity to see the Supreme Court in action.”
See Kentucky Supreme Court visit provides students with unique learning opportunity for more comments from Professors Judith Fischer & Susan Duncan, and Dean Chen.
Professor Jim Jones addresses the walkers at the National Alliance on Mental Illness Louisville 1.5K Walk at Waterfront Park, Saturday, September 13, 2008. University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law staff and students joined Professor Jones' fund raising team for the NAMI walk.
The Law School takes great pride in contributing to the University of Louisville's annual commemoration of Constitution Day. This year's program consists of two videos presenting the views of Law School faculty on recent Supreme Court decisions. Those videos will be posted on this site on or before September 17, 2008. They will also play on monitors at the Law School on September 17.
The law school is pleased to announce that adjunct law professor, Tom FitzGerald, has received the prestigious 14th annual Heinz Award for the Environment, a national honor that includes a $250,000 prize.
Mr. FitzGerald who has been hailed as Kentucky's environmental watchdog, has taught energy and environmental law at the law school since 1986 and has served as Director of the Kentucky Resources Council since 1984. He has also mentored many students interested in pursuing careers in public service, including Liz Edmondson, '07. "Fitz embodies the law school's vision of public service and has worked tirelessly as the state's premier environmental advocate over the past 25 years."
The Awards were established by Teresa Heinz in 1993 to honor the memory of her late husband, U.S. Senator John Heinz. They celebrate the accomplishments and spirit of the Senator by recognizing the extraordinary achievements of individuals in the areas of greatest importance to him, including: Arts and Humanities, the Environment, the Human Condition, Public Policy, and Technology, the Economy and Employment.
Heinz Award to Louisville activist (Courier-Journal.com, 09/09/08)
Tom FitzGerald wins the Heinz Award in the Environment (Cardinal Lawyer)
Watch live webcasts of the Supreme Court of Kentucky's oral arguments at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law at mms://livestream.louisville.edu/remotelive. Arguments are scheduled for 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Wednesday, September 10, and Thursday, September 11.
The webcasts will also be shown live in room LL77. The webcasts will be in Windows streaming media format. You must have Windows Media Player or a compatible player to view the webcasts.
Mental illness affects 1 in 5 Americans, yet those who suffer from it are the most stigmatized group in the nation. Read a law student's personal account of her brother's battle.
NAMI—the National Alliance on Mental Illness—works in a number of ways to help those with mental illness. In particular, NAMI Louisville advocates for those with mental illness in Frankfort, provides support groups for both mental health consumers and their families, trains Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officers to deal with consumers in crisis through its Crisis Intervention Team, and puts on important programs. This year, NAMI Louisville is bringing Professor Elyn R. Saks of the University of Southern California Law School, author of the acclaimed memoir The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness, which relates her incredibly successful career despite having schizophrenia, to speak at the Law School at noon on October 27. You can support NAMI Louisville by taking part in the annual NAMI Walk on September 13, with registration starting at 9 AM and the Walk at 11 AM at the Harbor Lawn at Waterfront Park. The more walkers the better, and Walk participants can also raise money to support NAMI Louisville’s important work by having friends and family pledge to support their Walk efforts. To register for the Walk, go to http://xrl.us/jimsteam and sign up for the Jim Jones’ A Successful Consumer team.
The Supreme Court of Kentucky will hear oral arguments in the Allen Courtroom from 9:00 AM to noon on Wednesday, September 10 and Thursday, September 11. All students are welcome to observe. Please refer to the schedule for a list of cases to be heard.
Following the arguments on Wednesday, there will be a short Q&A session in the courtroom after which all law students are invited to have lunch and further discussion with the Justices in the Cox Lounge. Pizza will be served, but bring a beverage.
Following the final oral argument on September 11, the justices will address any questions from the audience on matters not related to the cases just heard or to other pending cases.
If you're unable to attend, you may tune in for the live webcast.
A display in the reading room of the Law Library showcases several Louisville women who played a vital role in the local civil rights movement. The display tells a story of courage that begins with the integration of libraries and hospitals in the 1940s and 1950s, moves on through the battles for open accommodations and open housing in the 1960s, and ends in 1975 with the implementation of busing to achieve racial integration in the Jefferson County Public Schools.
“Sisters in Struggle” focuses on a few women who made a real difference in our community, from Ruth Booker Bryant to Thelma Stovall to Mae Street Kidd. Several of the women have spoken at the law school as part of our Diversity Forum Series, including Senator Georgia Davis Powers, activist Mattie Jones, and the late Anne Braden. Documents and memorabilia from the Anne Braden Institute for Social Justice Research are displayed in a glass case adjacent to the display.
The current “Sisters in Struggle” is an updated version of a display that originated at the Ekstrom Library and hung there in the lobby during February and March of 2005. Many thanks to Jami Allen and Kathie Johnson from the Ekstrom Exhibits Committee for their generosity, to Amy Purcell from Special Collections for her assistance, and to the History Department’s Dr. Tracy K’Meyer for her expertise.
Special thanks to Dr. Catherine Fosl, Anne Braden’s biographer and Director of U of L’s Braden Institute, for her guidance and for the loan of items from the Braden Collection.
--Robin R. Harris