On Friday, February 21, the Intellectual Property Law Society hosted guest speaker Lisa Mueller, who spoke about Patent Trolls, with roughly 20 College of Law students. Ms. Mueller is a partner in Michael Best’s Intellectual Property Practice Group and a member of the Life Sciences and Chemical Industry Group.
During her presentation she covered the damaging effects that patent trolls have, not only on corporations, but also on small businesses that use products that infringe upon the patent owner’s invention.
On Tuesday, February 18, SPILF hosted one of their hottest fundraising events of the year – the Annual Chili Cook-Off. Around 100 students, faculty and staff attended this year’s event to help raise a total of $538.00.
Each year SPILF sponsors various fundraisers to raise money for the summer grant for UK Law students, host a speaker series of attorneys in various public interest fields at UK Law, sponsor public service projects, and organize other social events for UK Law students to promote public interest.
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.
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.
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.