Distinguished Lectures, CLE Events and Forums
The law school hosts major lecture series each year, as well as the Warns-Render Labor and Employment Law Institute and Estate Planning Institute, bringing in national speakers from many different backgrounds and professions.
The Brandeis Medal and Lecture Series is funded by the Wilson W. Wyatt Distinguished Speakers Endowment. It honors a recipient chosen for his or her devotion to economic, social or political justice and advancing the cause of public service in the legal profession. Past recipients have included Supreme Court Justices John Paul Stevens, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan, Hon. Janet Reno, Eugene Robinson and Senator Howard Baker.
The Boehl Distinguished Lecture Series in Land Use Policy is funded by the Boehl endowment and brings a nationally prominent scholar in land use law and policy to the University every semester to deliver a major public lecture and to meet with groups of faculty, students, and members of the community.
Continuing Legal Education
Diversity Forum Series
The University of Louisville's Brandeis School of Law has a longstanding commitment to diversity as evidenced by the Diversity Committee, which has played a major role in changing the culture of the law school.
Former Dean Donald Burnett first established an ad hoc committee on diversity issues in fall 1992. That group evolved into today's committee, which develops programming that supports race and gender diversity, inclusiveness and equality.
To date the committee has organized programs on everything from affirmative action, disability rights and gay marriage to immigration law, elder law, the death penalty, sexual harassment, the separation of church and state, domestic violence, racial profiling, voting rights, racial fairness in the Jefferson County courts, minority entrepreneurship, the Family Court Amendment and reproductive rights. In 2017, the committee sponsored a panel discussion on cooperative economics, diversity and the law.
The committee co-sponsors several other events each academic year with the Black Law Students Association, the Lambda Law Caucus and the Women's Law Caucus; other campus departments such as Women's and Gender Studies; and off-campus organizations including the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and the Clothesline Project.
The committee also brings in nationally prominent speakers, including Angela Davis and the late Anne Braden. All events are free and open to the public. More information is available by contacting Robin Harris by email or at 502-852-6083.