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.
The Kentucky Innocence Project hosted Dr. Greg Davis, a professor in the University of Kentucky College of Medicine’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, on Friday, February 14, in the College of Law courtroom. Students from the University of Kentucky, University of Louisville and Chase gathered to listen to Dr. Davis discuss his role as the Kentucky State Medical Examiner.
On Wednesday, November 6th, Professor Jennifer Kreder from Northern Kentucky University presented a talk about Nazi-era Art Litigation, an area in which she has significant experience having previously worked on such litigation. The timing of her presentation could not have been more perfect with the recent uncovering of 1,400 stolen works of art, including works by Picasso and Matisse, discovered in a Munich apartment of a now deceased wartime art dealer.
On November 12, 2013, the University of Kentucky College of Law hosted “Journey to America: Immigration Law and Refugees in Lexington.” The speakers included Ms. Guione Johnstone, immigration lawyer and Program Director of Maxwell Street Legal Clinic, Ms. Dabney Parker, Volunteer Coordinator at Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM), and Mrs. Nicole Tshibangu, a Congolese refugee.
More than 90 health law lawyers were in attendance at the University of Kentucky College of Law on November 7 & 8, 2013, participating in UK/CLE’s “Kentucky Health Law Institute”. The Institute was co-chaired by former health law practitioner and now Judge Frank H. McCartney of Flemingsburg, and Theodore T. Myre, Jr. of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs.
The UK College of Law Federalist Society hosted Congressman Thomas Massie in November (KY-4). Congressman Massie spoke to students about his work in the U.S. House of Representatives, discussing a range of topics including internet taxation and CISPA, the NSA, electric cars, and industrial hemp.
Over 100 of the Commonwealth’s leading banking law counsel were in attendance at the UK College of Law’s 33rd Annual Conference on Legal Issues for Financial Institutions held on Friday, September 27th. Among the presenters at this year’s Conference were UK College of Law Hall of Fame member, John T. McGarvey of Morgan & Pottinger, and Timothy Divis, Chief Regional Counsel of the FDIC in Chicago. William T. Repasky of Frost Brown Todd served as Chair of this year’s program and a luncheon presentation was provided during the Conference by Charles A.
The University of Kentucky College of Law’s Appalachian Law Caucus, American Constitution Society, and Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Law (KJEANRL) sponsored a Mountain Caucus Forum on Thursday, September 19. The seven-member panel included Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, Senator Robin Webb and State Representatives Leslie Combs, Tim Couch, Tanya Pullin, John Short, and Jimmy Stewart.
The UK College of Law Federalist Society hosted Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer in September. Commissioner Comer spoke to students about Kentucky's passage of regulatory framework to allow for the legalization of industrial hemp. The Commissioner also spoke on the latest developments on hemp regulation at the federal level and the implications on the agriculture community.
On September 18, College of Law first-year students had an opportunity to hear about how law practitioners use legal writing skills in their careers. The panel, hosted by the Legal Research & Writing Program was attended by Chad Meredith (2007), a Lexington attorney, Cary McCollum, Assistant General Counsel for Alliance Coal, LLC, and Cheryl Morgan (1996), Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the Eastern District of Kentucky.