This spring, the University of Kentucky College of Law continued one of its signature pro bono efforts – the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program. Now, tax season is over and the 2014 numbers are in!
This year, a total of 46 volunteers, including 25 law students and two law alumni, prepared and filed 587 tax returns for mostly low income individuals with simple returns. Clients saved an estimated $114,465 in preparation fees and received $579,000 in federal refunds and $110,000 in state refunds.
On Thursday, April 3, the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) held their annual Spring Banquet at the Hilary J. Boone Center to recognize notable alumni, graduating third-year students, and the work of the chapter.
Keynote speaker Roszalyn Akins spoke to alumni, community leaders, students, faculty, and administrators about the BLSA Chapter theme, Reclaiming our Past and Shaping our Future. She noted the importance of community service and building relationships with past, present and prospective members of UK BLSA.
On Monday, April 14, the Law Student Veterans Organization, in conjunction with the Fayette Circuit Court and the Fayette Veterans Treatment Court, hosted a kick-off reception for students and lawyers interested in participating in the Veterans Treatment Court Pro Bono Program – a new program that places law students with attorney-mentors to provide civil legal services to combat veterans being treated by the Fayette County Veterans Treatment Court.
Women’s Law Caucus members Ashley Adkins, Shannon Leahy, Ally Miller and Megan Pigman attended Ms. JD: Passion Forward, the Sixth Annual Conference on Women in Law, held at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, February 21-22, 2014.
It was the first year members of The Women’s Law Caucus attended the conference and the 3L students were ecstatic about the opportunity. They hope that this will be the start of a yearly tradition for the student organization.
“The timing in our 3L year was great!” exclaimed Megan Pigman, President of Women’s Law Caucus.
The UK College of Law Women’s Law Caucus hosted their Annual Spring Luncheon on Thursday, March 6, at the Hilary J. Boone Center to honor Anita M. Britton and Jennifer Bird-Pollan for their outstanding dedication to women in the law.
The Kentucky Law Journal (KLJ) and the Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law (KJEANRL) held their annual banquet on Wednesday, March 26, at the Boone Center. There were roughly 140 attendees, including faculty and members of both journals.
Students considering summer and post-graduation clerkships filled the College of Law Courtroom on Wednesday, March 12, for the Judicial Clerkship Panel. The panel of state and federal judges, representing the trial and appellate levels of the state and federal judiciary, and their law clerks, spent the hour speaking about the benefits of judicial clerkships and encouraging students to submit applications.
The clerkship panel was made up of the following state and federal judges:
The University of Kentucky College of Law served as the host site on Friday, March 14, for Legal Aid University: How Young Lawyers Can Build a Practice and Hone Skills. This free CLE program, put together by the KBA Young Lawyers Division and Kentucky Legal Aid Programs, is offered to lawyers interested in learning basic skills in a variety of high-demand practice areas and who agree to accept at least three pro bono cases from the local legal aid program.
The University of Kentucky College of Law is pleased to announce that the Judicial Conversation Series is back again for Spring 2014. Kentucky Chief Justice John D. Minton will kick off this year’s series on Friday, April 4, at noon, followed by U.S. Tax Court Judge Joseph Goeke on Friday, April 11, at noon. Each forum will be moderated by Judge Jennifer B. Coffman (Retired), Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky.
To start the new year off right, the UK College of Law introduced Raise the Bar, a wellness program for students, faculty and staff. Jane Bloom Grise, Director of Academic Success and Professor of Legal Writing, came up with the idea for a wellness program after attending, A Conversation about Mental Health and Wellness in Law School and the Legal Profession, hosted by KYLAP and the Dave Nee Foundation in November.