LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 12, 2015) – Law students from thirteen different law schools and four different states made the trip to Lexington to compete for a chance to participate in the National Trial Competition, the most prestigious trial competition in the nation. The University of Kentucky College of Law and the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Trial Lawyers co-hosted the regional competition at the Fayette District and Circuit Courthouses Feb. 6-8.
Members of the Election Law Society and Professor Josh Douglas spent approximately eight hours on November 4, 2014 covering potential legal issues arising during the tabulation of the election results and posting stories in real time regarding these issues on their analysis blog.
The Kentucky Journal for Equine, Agriculture and Natural Resources Law and the Appalachian Law Society hosted Evan Smith at the UK College of Law on November 20, 2014. Smith discussed “Black Lung Law & Policy: An Introduction to Disease, Law, and Current Issues.”
Smith is a graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He received a 2013 Skadden Fellowship to build upon Appalachian Citizens' Law Center’s representation of coal miners and their families in mine safety and black lung cases and to specialize in appellate advocacy.
The University of Kentucky College of Law hosted Chief Judge Tracey Wise from the Eastern District of Kentucky United States Bankruptcy Court on October 22 as part of the College of Law’s 2014-2015 Judicial Conversation Series. Judge Wise met with members of the Women’s Law Caucus for breakfast and discussed challenges she faces in her judiciary role as a female in a predominantly male position. She encouraged the Women’s Law Caucus members to continue pursuing their dreams, whether it’s practicing law or becoming a judge, and assured them it is possible to balance family and career.
Trey Grayson (Law ’97), the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce CEO, spoke to Professor Josh Douglas' election law class on Monday, November 17 about his service on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration (the Bauer-Ginsburg Commission).
Before becoming President of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Grayson was director of the Harvard University Institute of Politics. Prior to that, he served two terms as Kentucky Secretary of State.
Grayson holds an MBA and JD from the University of Kentucky.
The University of Kentucky College of Law Election Law Society, a law student organization, and election law professor, Joshua A. Douglas, announce the first of its kind at UK – an Election Analysis Blog.
The University of Kentucky College of Law Moot Court team competed with 14 other schools during the Earle E. Zehmer Moot Court Competition held in Orlando, Florida August 19-21. UK's team was comprised of third year law students, Laken Gilbert of Fleming County, Ky., and Courtney Rosser of Maysville, Ky. While the team was able to argue twice, they were eliminated before moving into a top eight spot. Professor Paul Salamanca served as the faculty sponsor for this competition.
The University of Kentucky College of Law and the Patterson School of Diplomacy were pleased to welcome to campus, in partnership with U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove (UK Law ’89), five judges from Turkey on September 23, 2014. The judges (Ayise Kalem, Murat Oner, Seckin Kocer, Volkan Muftuoglu, and Zekiye Ozturk) served on a panel with Judge Van Tatenhove, Professor Cortney Lollar, and Professor Marianna Jackson Clay as moderator. They discussed the similarities and differences between the judicial and legal education systems of Turkey and the United States.
Katherine Beyer, a third year law student at the University of Kentucky College of Law from Richmond, VA, won first place in the 2014 IDEA Student IP Writing Competition. Her article, “Hyper-Linking Content as Copyright Infringement: Not Worth All the Hype,” will be published in IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review this fall.
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.