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University of Louisville Law Review Unveils New Web Presence, Announces Gideon v. Wainwright Commemorative Series

The University of Louisville Law Review is pleased to announce the launch of its new web presence,, which will serve as the home for the Law Review's new online component, the University of Louisville Law Review Online. The launch of the new online component culminates more than a year of planning and development by the outgoing and incoming Editorial Boards. The website was designed and built by Harlen Compton, Online Content Editor for Volume 52.

The University of Louisville Law Review Online will serve as a complement to the Law Review's print edition. Created by the Editorial Boards for Volumes 51 and 52, the online component is intended to facilitate robust discussion of our print content and prompt commentary on timely issues of law and policy, recent judicial decisions, and legislative developments. It will feature work from accomplished practitioners, judges, professors, and students alike, offering non-traditional law review articles, responsive essays, case reviews, book reviews, and other commentary. Online pieces will be published on a rolling basis under an expedited editorial schedule that facilitates timely responses to hot-button issues.

In addition to publishing online exclusives, is also the official web presence of the University of Louisville Law Review. The website features over 1,150 pages of archived content from print issues of the Law Review, available at no charge, and provides the most up-to-date information about the Law Review's publications, membership, events, and initiatives.

We are pleased to announce the publication of our first online-exclusive materials, a series of six articles commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark Gideon v. Wainwright decision. These pieces were written in connection with this summer's program at the Kentucky Bar Association's Annual Convention, “The Gideon Decision: Constitutional Mandate or Empty Promise? Does the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court Decision Deserve a Celebration?” Read on for a brief introduction to the Gideon series provided by Daniel T. Goyette, Chief Public Defender for Louisville and Jefferson County Metro, and Executive Director of the Louisville-Jefferson County Public Defender Corporation. Please visit to access these interesting and timely articles.

The University of Louisville Law Review is the recipient of the 2013 KACDL Media Award  in recognition of the inaugural edition of the University of Louisville Law Review Online in which a series of articles commemorating the 50th anniversary of the landmark Gideon v. Wainwright decision were published. The award is presented to a reporter, editor, author, publication or organization that has informed Kentucky citizens about the critical constitutional roles of criminal defense lawyers, public defenders or criminal defense organizations in ensuring the individual liberties guaranteed by our Bill of Rights. The Awards Committee unanimously agreed that the law school, the law review, its editors and staff are richly deserving of this recognition for focusing attention on the importance of the right to counsel in our system of justice and the continuing challenge of making the mandate of Gideon a meaningful reality in our courts.

The award will be presented during the Association's 27th Annual Criminal Defense Law Seminar and Conference at 12:15 p.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013, at The Galt House Hotel.