University of Louisville Law Review Symposium

Image: Balance of Powers: Has the Dignity of the State Courts Been Eclipsed?

November 5, 2022

Thank you for your interest in the University of Louisville Law Review's 2022 Symposium, Balance of Power — Has the Dignity of the State Courts Been Eclipsed? In an era of division and partisanship, politicization has permeated every facet of American society, with the legal system being no exception. On one side of the aisle, people are pushing for an exponential increase in federal judicial power — a system of governing with judges. Alternatively, on the other end of the spectrum, is a championing of states' rights and limited federal adjudicative authority. This Symposium seeks to answer two questions: What is the correct relationship between the federal and state courts?, and how are we to foster and perpetuate a symbiotic relationship between the two seemingly irreconcilable court systems?

We have a great variety of speakers participating, each of whom will discuss various doctrines going to the heart of the aforementioned questions. Also, it is with great pride that the University of Louisville Law Review is bringing to the event a judicial panel, comprised of state and federal judges who will be debating the correct relationship between state and federal courts in the afternoon session.

Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
  • Goldberg Simpson
  • Cooper and Friedman
  • Louisville Bar Association

Sponsors' affiliates receive a discounted registration rate. If you are affiliated with one of the above sponsor firms/organizations, do not register here. Instead, contact the appropriate person at your organization.

Become a sponsor!

If you or your organization would like to sponsor the reception by making a monetary contribution, please contact Tracie Cole and/or send a check to Jackie Gutterman at Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292 with "ULLR Symposium" in the memo line. Sponsors will be recognized on this webpage and in all event collateral.

Keynote Speaker

Thomas B. Wine

Thomas B. Wine, first elected as Commonwealth's Attorney of Kentucky's 30th Judicial Circuit in 2012, was elected to a second term in 2018, which will expire January 5, 2025.

Prior to being elected Commonwealth's Attorney, Mr. Wine enjoyed serving in the Justice system as both a prosecutor and a judge. He was sworn in as Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Jefferson County, October 1980, under David L. Armstrong. In 1982 that office awarded him Prosecutor of the Year.

In 1984 he began work at the Kentucky Attorney General's Office. He served as chief of the Leviticus Unit, investigating fraudulent investments in coal and oil tax shelters; was an Assistant in the Special Prosecutions Unit; and served from 1986 until 1987 as the first Director of the Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control Unit.

Mr. Wine returned to the Office of Commonwealth's Attorney in Jefferson County in January 1988 where he served as a Division Chief until December 1990.

Mr. Wine resigned as a prosecutor to run for Jefferson Circuit Court. He was elected in November 1991 and began his first year term on January 6, 1992. In 1997 the Louisville Bar Association recognized him as Judge of the Year. He was re-elected without opposition to serve a second term in 1999. The Jefferson Circuit Court term elected him as Chief Judge in 2000.

In September 2000, Chief Justice Joseph Lambert appointed Mr. Wine to serve on the Jefferson County Racial Fairness Commission. He continues to be a member of that Commission and has served on the subcommittees involving jury selection and setting bonds.

In August 2006, Governor Ernie Fletcher appointed Mr. Wine to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. He was elected to a full term in November 2006. He was appointed by Chief Justice Joseph Lambert to Chair the Kentucky Court of Justice Records Retention Task Force. Chief Justice John Minton of the Kentucky Supreme Court appointed Mr. Wine to serve as the first Chair of the Technology Governance Committee of the Kentucky Court of Justice as well as a member of the County Law Library Task Force.

In January 2012, Mr. Wine resigned from the bench to pursue the opportunity to serve as Jefferson County's top felony prosecutor.

Mr. Wine has been a Master in the American Inns of Court, Louis D. Brandeis Inn and has served as the President of the Inn for 2 years.

In 2009, he received the Fair Administration of Justice Award from the Kentucky Association Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Mr. Wine has volunteered in the Community for several years and in 1996 received the Community Service Award presented by Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. He has volunteered with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and in 2012 received the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award a Boy Scout Council can give to a volunteer.


Closing Remarks3:15 PM

Check-In 8:00 AM
Melanie Jacobs, Dean
Colby Birkes, Senior Symposium Editor
9:00 AM
Session I: Alternative Holdings
Justin Aimonetti
9:15 AM
Break 10:00 AM
Session II: Uniform Standard for Certifying Questions to State Supreme Courts
Bailey Barnes
10:15 AM
Break 11:00 AM
Session III: Federal Courts' Interpretation of Anti-Discrimination Law
Joe Dunman
11:15 AM
Collect Boxed Lunches 12:00 PM
Lunch and Keynote Address
Thomas Wine
12:15 PM
Break 1:00 PM
Session IV: Defects, Political and Social: Abrogating the Supreme Court's Federal General Common Law of Arbitration
Noor-ul-ain S. Hasan
1:15 PM
Break 2:00 PM
Judicial Panel
Justice Laurance Van Meter, Supreme Court of Kentucky
Justice Sarah Campbell, Tennessee Supreme Court
Judge John Bush, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge John Rogers, Senior Judge, U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Judge Benjamin Beaton, U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
2:15 PM



The Seelbach Hilton Louisville
Medallion Ballroom, Salons A and B

500 South 4th Street
Louisville KY 40202


$35 for current Brandeis School of Law students

Includes access to written materials, breakfast and lunch. Parking not included, but a parking garage adjoins the hotel.

Registration Deadline

November 3, 2022
A limited number of day-of registrations may be available.

CLE Credit

The Kentucky Bar Association has approved the Symposium for 5.0 hours of regular (non-ethics) CLE credit.

Refund Policy

Registration fees cannot be refunded, but substitutions are permitted.

Contact Us

Colby Birkes
Senior Symposium Editor