Glen S. Bagby teaches Advanced Estate Planning. Mr. Bagby is a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in Lexington and a 1969 graduate of the College of Law. He has extensive experience in litigation, trusts and estates, family and business law. He is a frequent speaker in continuing legal education seminars.
Amanda Bear teaches the Children's Law Center Externship. She is the Managing Attorney of the Children’s Law Center in Lexington, Kentucky. Prior to joining CLC, she spent over ten years with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy as a Staff Attorney, Juvenile Specialist, and the Directing Attorney for the Maysville and Nicholasville Trial Offices. Amanda has experience in both juvenile and adult criminal cases, including complex youthful offender and death penalty cases. While at DPA, she was actively involved in Juvenile Law Education and the training of new attorneys. In addition to her work at DPA, Amanda spent two years as an adjunct professor for Morehead University in both the Sociology and Legal Studies Departments. A life-long Kentucky resident, she attended Morehead State University as an Undergraduate and received her JD from Chase College of Law. When she isn’t protecting the rights of kids at work, she stays busy taking care of her six energetic kids at home.
Don Cetrulo teaches Legal Drafting. Prof. Cetrulo has taught Legal Writing and Legal Drafting at the College of Law since 2006. He is a co-author of Kentucky Instructions to Juries and the reviser of the 5th edition. He previously served as a Kentucky Commissioner of The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He is a partner in the law firm of Knox & Cetrulo PLLC in Lexington.
Marianna Clay teaches Civil Pretrial Practice. She has served in various capacities in the Commonwealth before coming to the UK College of Law to teach. She was a staff attorney for the Kentucky Court of Appeals, an Assistant United States Attorney, a Senior Litigation Counsel for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and as the Assistant Director for Civil Litigation instruction at the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina, a residential training facility for Department of Justice attorneys nationwide. Professor Clay is a 1978 UK College of Law valedictorian, the first woman to earn that honor at UK, and graduated Order of the Coif.
Jennifer Coffman supervises the Judicial Externship. Judge Coffman retired in 2013 from her appointment as Federal District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. She served as Chief Judge of the Eastern District from 2007-2012. She is a 1978 graduate of the College of Law and an inaugural (1996) inductee into the College’s Hall of Fame.
Julia Costich, J.D., Ph.D. a professor in the Dept. Health Services Management, and also serves as associate director of the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center. She teaches in the Master of Health Administration and Master of Public Health programs, and serves as director of the Graduate Certificate in Improving Healthcare Value. Her current research focuses on legal and policy issues in public health and health care. She is a coif graduate of the UK College of Law and practiced in the public and private sectors before returning to the UK faculty in 1998.
Rebecca DiLoreto is the supervising attorney for the Institute for Compassion in Justice Externship and teaches Family Law and Children and the Law. She is the Executive Director of the Institute for Compassion in Justice. Prior, Professor DiLoreto had a twenty-four year career with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) in indigent defense. She served as Post Trial Division Director for DPA for ten years and was the first director of the Lexington Public Defender’s Office. She also served as the Litigation Director for the Children’s Law Center, Inc. She has represented young people in juvenile, family and circuit court across the Commonwealth.
Tim Feld teaches Civil Pretrial Practice. He was named General Counsel of Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI) in 2018. Previously, he was a founding partner at Feld & Hassman and practiced in workers’ compensation, personal injury defense, product liability litigation, bad faith, and civil rights litigation. He is a 2001 graduate of the College of Law.
Karen Greenwell teaches Energy and Mineral Law and Policy. She is a partner at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP in the firm’s Lexington office. Professor Greenwell has assisted coal, oil, gas and energy industry clients with all manner of transactions, including leasing matters, asset acquisitions and divestitures, corporate mergers and stock acquisitions, and bankruptcy sales. She is a frequent speaker and author for organizations such as the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Institute for Energy Law, and the Conference of Government Mining Attorneys.
John R. Hayne is the First Assistant County Attorney. He is a native of Charleston, WV, but moved to Lexington and graduated from Paul Dunbar High School. He is a 2003 graduate of Transylvania University with a B.A. . He earned his M.S. from the University of Kentucky in 2004, and his J.D. University of Kentucky, College of Law in May 2007. Prior to joining the Fayette County Attorney's Office in August 2008, John was the staff attorney for Judge Thomas Clark of the Fayette Circuit Court. John also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Lexington office of the U.S. Attorney from 2014-16.
John Hays teaches Negotiating Process. Prof. Hays is a member of Jackson Kelly PLLC in the firm’s Lexington office, and is a 1988 coif graduate of the College of Law. He has experience representing clients in a wide range of litigation matters, but for the past twenty years he has focused his practice in construction litigation and transactions. He also has extensive training and experience as a mediator in construction, commercial, employment and personal injury disputes and regularly serves as an arbitrator in construction and commercial cases. He is a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals and the Commercial Arbitration Panel for the American Arbitration Association. He is a frequent author and lecturer on topics related to construction law and alternative dispute resolution.
Paula Holbrook RN, BHS, JD, CPHRM, is the co-supervisor of the UK Health Care Externship. Prof. Holbrook is the Associate General Counsel and Clinical Risk Manager for UKHealthCare. She is a former ICU nurse, who has extensive experience in healthcare as a medical malpractice defense attorney, risk manager, attorney representing state agencies and facilities within the Cabinet for Health & Family Services, and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.
Emily Jones is the supervising attorney for the Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) Externship. She is the Immigration Attorney at KRM, Inc. Her work includes refugee and immigration assistance, such as applications for citizenship and legal permanent residence, family petitions (to bring family members to the United States), and employment authorization. Prof. Jones is a 2011 graduate of the College of Law. Prior to joining KRM in December 2013, she practiced in the area of foreclosure defense at Community Legal Aid in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Christine is the supervising attorney for the Kentucky Innocence Project Externship. She is the current Kentucky Innocence Project Education Staff Attorney at the Department of Public Advocacy, with a primary focus on forensic science and its implications in the criminal justice system. She has spent her entire legal career in indigent defense, first as a trial attorney in DPA’s Elizabethtown Trial Office and then as a post-conviction attorney at the Tennessee Office of the Post-Conviction Defender in Nashville, TN, representing indigent clients on Tennessee’s Death Row. Upon her return to Kentucky in 2017, she was a trial attorney in DPA’s Frankfort Trial Office before accepting her dual position at KIP and the Education Branch of DPA in January 2019. She is actively involved in training attorneys and developing curriculum and resource materials on a variety of legal topics. An Ohio native, Christine is a 2012 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio and is licensed in Kentucky and Tennessee.
In 2016, Ian McClure became the Director of the University of Kentucky's Office of Technology Commercialization. Ian began his career as a Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) and Intellectual Property (IP) transactions attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP in Louisville. Following private practice, he helped raise over $20M and built a start-up company in Chicago focused on technology and IP licensing. Most recently, Ian was Vice President of IP Strategy for Black Stone IP, an investment bank headquartered in San Francisco focused on IP-rich M&A, IP deals and technology-driven transactions. In parallel, he has taught Global IP Management and Maximizing IP Value as an Adjunct Professor at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Ian has published extensively in law and business journals related to the intersection of IP, business process, and corporate governance, including with top IP & Technology law reviews such as UC Berkeley, Fordham University, and Santa Clara University. He has presented to numerous symposiums and conferences on IP licensing, valuation, risk and strategy, and currently chairs the Regulatory Committee of the Licensing Executives Society (LES). For his work as an academic, entrepreneur and IP transactions specialist, Ian has been named by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) Magazine to the IP Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists (2012-present). Ian graduated cum laude with a degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University, magna cum laude with a JD from Chapman University School of Law, and a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property Law (L.L.M.) from DePaul University College of Law.
George Miller co-teaches Labor Law. He is a Partner at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP in Lexington, where he is a member of the firm's Labor & Employment Service Team. He concentrates his practice in the areas of labor and employment law and eminent domain law. Prof. Miller is a 1984 graduate of the College of Law. His previous teaching experience includes Legal Writing, Philosophy of Law, and Jurisprudence.
Margaret Pisacano, RN, JD, CPHRM, is the co-supervisor of the UK Health Care Externship. She is Associate General Counsel and Director of Risk Management for UK HealthCare, overseeing Risk operations throughout UK HealthCare. Prior to her graduation from the UK College of Law in 1989, she was as a registered nurse with experience in a variety of clinical areas. She worked as a medical malpractice defense attorney in private practice for eighteen years before joining the University of Kentucky in 2007. As Director of Risk Management for the Medical Center, she manages all medical malpractice litigation brought against the University of Kentucky Medical Center and its affiliated hospitals, clinics, and healthcare providers and provides legal counsel to the Medical Center on a wide range of enterprise and operational risk issues. She has been a frequent lecturer and presenter on medical risk issues and malpractice avoidance issues throughout her legal career.
Lou Anna Red Corn, Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney, supervises the Commonwealth Attorney Externship Program. Lou Anna was appointed Commonwealth Attorney in September of 2016, after serving as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney since 1987. Before becoming a prosecutor, Lou Anna worked as a public defender in Eastern Kentucky. Lou Anna has tried over 225 felony cases to juries, including 51 homicide prosecutions and she and her assistants provide law students the opportunity to participate in and better understand the criminal justice system as a prosecutor. Lou Anna is a 1984 graduate from the University of Kentucky College of Law.
Steven Rouse teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution. He comes to Kentucky from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he was a Visiting Lecturer from 2009 to 2011. Previously, he was clerk to U.S. District Judge Sharon Blackburn of the Northern Disrict of Alabama, and practiced with Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago in that firm’s litigation department. Prof. Rouse is a magna cum laude graduate of Northwestern University School of Law.
Thaletia Routt is the supervising attorney for the UK Office of Legal Counsel Externship. She is Associate General Counsel for the University of Kentucky, and specializes in real estate law and transactions, construction matters, leases, probate matters, development and endowments, bankruptcy, and matters before the Kentucky Board of Claims. She is a 2000 graduate of the UK College of Law.
David Royse teaches Law and Economics. He is a partner in the Lexington firm of Ransdell, Roach, and Royse. Professor Royse has represented individuals and families in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases and has also handled major litigation for many of Kentucky’s top businesses. He represented five families of victims in the crash of Comair 5191 and was appointed by U.S. Judge Karl Forester as Plaintiffs’ Liaison Counsel for the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in that litigation. He has served as a Special Justice on the Kentucky Supreme Court on multiple occasions. He is a 1998 Coif graduate of the College of Law.
Tom Rutledge teaches Business Planning. He is a member of the Louisville, Kentucky and American Bar associations. In 2004, he was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. He has authored numerous published articles and serves as the editor of the American Bar Association's LLC & Partnership Reporter (formerly known as the "PUBOGRAM"), which is the newsletter for the Committee on LLCs, Partnerships and Unincorporated Entities. Tom has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law and is a Fellow at the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law.
Joe Savage teaches Litigation Skills. He is an experienced trial attorney with his own office in Lexington. Mr. Savage has taught this course for many years, as well as courses in insurance and medical liability law. He has been elected to the American College of Trial Lawyers, The International Society of Barristers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a 1964 graduate of the College of Law, and a 2003 inductee to the College’s Hall of Fame.
Susan Speckert is Commissioner of Law for the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. Prior to joining LFUCG, she served as General Counsel to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, as an assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Lexington, and as an associate at the law firm Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC. She is a graduate of Loyola University (New Orleans) School of Law.
Larry Sykes co-teaches Labor Law. He is a member of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC in its Lexington office, and has been with the firm since 1983 upon his graduation from the UK College of Law. He is a member of the Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Practice. He has extensive experience with claims of race, age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, breach of covenants not-to-compete and whistleblower claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. He has been teaching Labor Law at the College of Law since 2009.
Judge Gregory F. Van Tatenhove has served as a District Court Judge in the Eastern District of Kentucky since his confirmation by the United States Senate on December 21, 2005. Prior to his appointment to the Court, Judge Van Tatenhove served over four years as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. He has been an adjunct professor at the College of Law since the Spring Semester of 2017, where he teaches Crime and Punishment: Sentencing Policy and Procedure (LAW 902). Judge Van Tatenhove is presently a member of the University of Kentucky College of Law Board of Visitors as well as the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation board. Past service includes a term as President of the Asbury University Alumni Board and Vice-Chair of the Asbury Board of Trustees. He is also a Member of the Kentucky Bar Association Commission on the Future of Law Practice.
Todd Varellas teaches Medical Liability. In 2014, Todd was selected by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys as one of the Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys in Kentucky under the age of 40, after being nominated and selected for the top 50 by the organization’s independent selection committee, which led to his being then selected as one of the top 10 in Kentucky by its board of governors.
Previously in 2012, Todd was selected by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40, as one of the top 40 trial lawyers under the age of 40 practicing in Kentucky. Membership in the Top 40 under 40 is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to 40 attorneys in each state who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a lawyer under the age of 40 as of January 1. Attorneys selected for membership must also focus their practice in the areas of civil plaintiff or criminal defense law and they must be in good standing with the state bar association. In addition to his active trial practice, Todd has also been lead counsel or co-counsel in multiple cases appealed to the Supreme Court of Kentucky and Kentucky Court of Appeals.
After becoming a lawyer and before joining Varellas & Varellas, Todd clerked on the Supreme Court of Kentucky, completing a one-year clerkship for Justice Mary C. Noble (now Associate Chief Justice of the Supreme Court). Todd previously worked in the areas of civil litigation in Lexington and trial defense in Washington, D.C.
Todd attended law school after being awarded a full academic scholarship for law school, including the top fellowship awarded by the Graduate School, the Charles T. Wethington, Jr. Fellowship, and a multi-year scholarship awarded by the College of Law. While in law school, he took advantage of opportunities to develop his litigation and trial skills and his understanding of the litigation process.
In addition to his experience in the legal field, prior to law school Todd’s international and national experience includes studying in Athens, Greece, traveling to Mexico and South America, teaching English as a second language to high school students in Shanghai, China, where he gave the commencement address, and interning for his Congressman on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, Lexington, Kentucky
B.A., University of Kentucky (summa cum laude)
Paco Villalobos teaches Litigation Skills. He was appointed in 2018 as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Previously, Prof. Villalobos served as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney, first in Madison and Clark Counties, and later in Fayette County. He is a 2011 graduate of the College of Law, and a veteran of and coach of the College’s championship Intrastate Trial Team. In 2019 he received the College’s Trial Advocacy Board Mentorship Award.
Andrea Welker is the supervising attorney for the Children’s Advocacy Today (CAT) Externship, and an attorney with the CAT office in the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. She is a 2009 graduate of the College of Law and also holds an MA in Diplomacy and International Commerce from UK’s Patterson School. She was previously in practice with the law firm of Gordon J. Dill, PSC, a firm devoted to general trial practice, including medical malpractice, employment litigation, domestic relations and criminal defense. Andrea returned to Lexington in 2010 to launch her own law practice shortly before joining CAT.
Charles Wisdom teaches Federal Appellate Advocacy and Federal Criminal Law. He is Chief of the Appellate Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky in Lexington.