Now that tax season is over, preliminary numbers are coming in from the 2013 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.
On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, the UK College of Law’s Legal Research and Writing Program hosted the final round of the first-year oral advocacy tournament, which was the culmination of a single-elimination moot court competition in which students made oral arguments relating to their appellate brief problem for the LRW Course. The two final student advocates were Lynsey Freeman, Counsel for the Appellant (Commonwealth of Kentucky) and Quinn Hill, Counsel for Defendant Regina Asher.
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).
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.
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.
Congratulations to the UK College of Law Trial Teams of Jordan Cook Miller, Anthony Pernice, James “Tee” Pennington and Jonathon Fischer for their success and professionalism at the 2013 regional of the National Trial Competition, hosted by the University of Arkansas School of Law. Pennington and Fischer were named regional champions of the competition over 21 other teams from Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and Kentucky. They will compete for a national championship in San Antonio in April.
A paper written by Robert G. Schwemm, Ashland-Spears Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law, has led to the adoption of final regulations by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) endorsing use of the “discriminatory effect” standard under the federal Fair Housing Act.
The College of Law helped to kick off campus Black History Month observances with a lecture from Campbell Law School Assistant Professor Amos Jones, "The Dismantling of De Jure Segregation in Kentucky: How Slave Religion, Strategic Voting, and Creative Lawyering Broke Barriers in a Socially Advanced Border State." The lecture was was co-sponsored by the UK Martin Luther King, Jr.
"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.