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Representative Massie with Professor Salamanca and Students

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.

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John T. McGarvey at the 33rd Annual Banking Law Conference

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.

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UK Law Student Elizabeth Combs speaking before the forum

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.

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Commissioner Comer with Federalist Society Students

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.

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Cheryl Morgan and Cary McCollum speak to students

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.

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The College of Law proudly welcomes:
Justice Albie Sachs
Constitutional Court of South Africa
The Sacred and the Secular: South Africa's Constitutional Court Rules on Same-Sex Marriages 6:30p.m., Friday, April 12, 2013
W.T. Young Library UKAA Auditorium.

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Justice Noble

Kentucky Deputy Chief Justice Mary C. Noble continued the Judicial Conversation series this week, holding an open forum on Wednesday, April 3. About 30 students gathered to hear her as she gave an overview of the history and processes of the Kentucky court system, followed by a question and answer session moderated by District Court Judge Jennifer Coffman (1978).

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Congressman Barr

Congressman Andy Barr (2001) spoke at the College of Law in an open forum with students on Wednesday, March 27 at 3:00 p.m. about his experiences during his first three months as a freshman Congressman on Capitol Hill.

Before taking questions from students, Barr expressed his appreciation for being able to promote so many of Kentucky's "signature" state interests, such as the equine and bourbon industries. He gave a recap of some of the issues facing the Congress during the recent spate of financial crises.

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On Friday, February 22, 2013, UK law students participating in the Kentucky Innocence Project Studentship met with exoneree Edwin Chandler. Mr. Chandler was wrongfully convicted of manslaughter and robbery for the shooting death and robbery of a convenience store clerk in 1993. At trial, an eyewitness told the jury that Mr. Chandler was not the man he saw in the store on the night of the crime. However, Mr. Chandler provided a confession to police that was used against him at trial.

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"If I'm not a good Supreme Court justice, blame Bob Lawson. He taught me everything I know." Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham began his Open Forum with some personal stories of his time at UK Law. Cunningham, a 1969 graduate of the College, reminisced about his nerves when trying a practice case before “Judge” Professor Robert Lawson. He gave a glimpse into the relationships among his fellow justices, stressing the importance of remaining friendly and civil to each other.

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