2019 Brandeis Dinner and Medal

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October 16, 2019

Cocktails (cash bar): 5-6 p.m.
Dinner and Presentation: 6-8:30 p.m.

The Brandeis Medal is awarded to people whose lives reflect a commitment to individual liberty, concern for the disadvantaged and public service. The honor is given in tribute to Justice Louis D. Brandeis, a former U.S. Supreme Court justice from Louisville and the namesake for the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

About Bob Woodward

Bob Woodward is an associate editor of The Washington Post, where he has worked since 1971. He has shared in two Pulitzer Prizes, first in 1973 for the coverage of the Watergate scandal with Carl Bernstein, and second in 2003 as the lead reporter for coverage of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

He has authored or coauthored 19 books, all of which have been national non-fiction bestsellers. Thirteen of those have been #1 national bestsellers. He has written books on nine of the most recent presidents, from Nixon to Trump. Fear: Trump in the White House (2018) was both a New York Times and international #1 bestseller. It broke the 94-year first-week sales record of its publisher, Simon & Schuster, and sold over two million copies its first three months in the U.S. alone.

Bob Schieffer of CBS News has said, "Woodward has established himself as the best reporter of our time. He may be the best reporter of all time."

Robert Gates, former director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense, said in 2014 that he wished he’d recruited Woodward into the CIA, saying of Woodward, "He has an extraordinary ability to get otherwise responsible adults to spill [their] guts to him…his ability to get people to talk about stuff they shouldn’t be talking about is just extraordinary and may be unique."

In 2018, David Von Drehle wrote, "What [Theodore] White did for presidential campaigns, Post Associate Editor Bob Woodward has done for multiple West Wing administrations — in addition to the Supreme Court, the Pentagon, the CIA and the Federal Reserve."

Woodward lives in Washington D.C. He has two daughters and is married to the journalist Elsa Walsh.

National journalist and Louisville Law graduate Howard Fineman will moderate a discussion with Bob Woodward.

About Howard Fineman

Howard Fineman reports and writes for NBCNews.com and is an on-air analyst for NBC News and MSNBC. He is on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and is the author of a best-selling history, The Thirteen American Arguments. He is a 1980 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Law.

Fineman joined NBCNews.com in 2018 after nearly eight years at Huff Post (formerly Huffington Post). In a succession of leadership jobs culminating in global editorial director, he helped grow a SoHo-based startup with 20 million readers into a company with 17 editions in 12 languages and 150 million readers worldwide. Before HuffPost, Fineman was a chief political correspondent, columnist, senior editor and deputy Washington bureau chief at Newsweek.

As a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School, Fineman teaches courses on media, politics and American society.



Louisville Marriott Downtown
Kentucky Ballroom

280 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202


Individual registration:
By Oct. 9, 2019: $100
Oct. 10-16, 2019: $125
Tables (seating for 8):
By Oct. 9, 2019: $1,000 per table
Oct. 10-16, 2019: $1,250 per table

Registration Deadline

Oct. 16, 2019 (discount for registration by Oct. 9)

Refund Policy

Registration fees cannot be refunded, but substitutions are permitted.

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