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Carolyn S. Bratt - Emeritus 2008

Carolyn Bratt

Carolyn S. Bratt is a Professor of Law Emeritus at the College where she taught since 1975. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Albany and a Coif graduate of Syracuse University. Prior to joining the law school faculty, she was a law clerk to the Presiding Justice of the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division. 

Professor Bratt is a recipient of the UK Great Teacher Award and the William E. Lyons Award for Outstanding Public Service. She has served as a Trustee on the UK Board of Trustees, Chair of the University of Kentucky Senate Council and as a Fellow with the American Council on Education. She was a member of the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. During the 1992-93 academic year, Professor Bratt was on leave as a Fellow with the American Council on Education. 

Professor Bratt has published and lectured widely on issues of equity and fairness as well as on property-related issues. Her articles have appeared in such journals as the University of Illinois Law Forum, theAlbany Law Review, the Kentucky Law Journal and the Journal of Mineral Law and Policy.

Professor Bratt was inducted into the UK College of Law Hall of Fame in 2015.

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Rutheford B Campbell - Emeritus 2019

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Rutheford B Campbell, Jr.  a Professor of Law who has returned to full-time teaching following service from 1988 to 1993 as Dean of the College of Law. He is a graduate of Centre College and a Coif graduate of the College of  he served on the Kentucky Law Journal. In 1971, he received an LL.M.  Harvard Law School. 

Upon leaving  began teaching law at the University of South Carolina, which he left in 1973 to return to the College as a law teacher. Professor Campbell has practiced law as an associate at White & Case in New York City and as a partner with Stoll, Keenon & Park in Lexington. 

Professor Campbell writes and teaches in the securities, economics and corporate law fields and has published numerous works, including articles in the Duke Law Journal, the North Carolina Law Review, and the Washington University Law Quarterly.

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William Fortune - Emeritus 2012


Room 257 College of Law

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William H, Fortune is a 1964 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law. After five years in private practice he began a long career at the UK College of Law in 1969; he retired in 2012 and now teaches as an adjunct. He served the University as Academic Ombud and as Chair of the University Senate and twice served the law school as Associate Dean. In 2001, Professor Fortune was honored as a Great Teacher by the UK Alumni Association. He teaches Criminal Procedure, Evidence and Professional Responsibility.

On three occasions he took leaves from the law school to be a public defender – 1975-76 in the federal court in Los Angeles, 1977-78 in the federal court in Lexington, and 1992-93 in the state court in Pikeville Kentucky. He has taken pro bono cases throughout his career.

Active in bar work throughout his career, Professor Fortune has been a frequent lecturer on issues of legal ethics for the UK College of Law, the Kentucky Bar Association, and the Fayette County Bar Association. For his service to the profession he has been honored as follows:

            2008: the KBA Thomas Spain award for his contribution to continuing legal education;

            2009: the Chief Justice’s Special Service Award for work on the Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct;

            2012: the UK College of Law Hall of Fame

            2014: the Henry T. Duncan Award lifetime achievement award of the Fayette Country Bar Association

            2015: the KBA Young Lawyers Service Award and the KY Public Defense Minister of Justice Award

Professor Fortune currently serves as chair of the KBA Ethics Committee

In addition to journal articles, Professor Fortune's publications include On the Bench, a history of the federal court in the Eastern District of Kentucky, Call Me Mac,a biography of Judge Mac Swinford, Modern Litigation and Professional Responsibility Handbook (with Professors Underwood and Imwinkelried), Psychology and the Legal System (with Professors Greene and Nietzel), and Kentucky Criminal Law (with Professor Lawson). 

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Eugene R. Gaetke - Emeritus 2018

Professor Gaetke received both his undergraduate and law degrees with honors from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining the University of Kentucky Law faculty in 1978, he was in private practice and served as a Special Assistant Attorney General in Minnesota. His scholarly articles have appeared in such journals as the George Washington Law ReviewVanderbilt Law ReviewNorth Carolina Law Review, and Hastings Law Journal, among others. He currently teaches courses in Contracts and Professional Responsibility, and in 2005 was honored to receive the University of Kentucky Great Teacher Award. He has served as a visiting law professor at Indiana University and the University of Iowa. In 2011, he was named a Fulbright Scholar and taught at the law school of the University of Maribor, Slovenia. He has served as the UK College of Law both as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (1994-97) and as its Acting Dean (1999-2000).

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Alvin L. Goldman - Emeritus 2008

Alvin Goldman

Alvin L. Goldman is a Professor of Law Emeritus at the College where he taught Labor Law, Employment Law, Constitutional Law and Negotiations. He joined the faculty in 1965. Prior to teaching, he practiced with Parker Chapin & Flattau in New York City. He is a graduate of Columbia University and the New York University School of Law where he served on the NYU Law Review and as an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow. He was Professor-in Residence at the National Labor Relations Board (1967-68), Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute for Labor Law, Leuven University, Belgium (1973), and visiting professor of law at the University of California at Davis (1976-77). 

Professor Goldman has published several books including the texts, Settling for More: Mastering Negotiating Strategies and Techniques, Negotiation: Theory and Practice (with Professor Rojot of the University of Paris) a casebook,Legal Protection for the Individual Employee (with Professor Finkin of Illinois, Professor Summers of Pennsylvania and Professor Dau-Schmidt of Indiana) a treatise, Labor and Employment Law in the United States and book chapters, and pieces in journals including the NYU Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, the Industrial Relations Law Journal, and the Comparative Labor Law Journal

Though retired from teaching, Professor Goldman continues to publish legal articles and book chapters, is co-U.S reporter for International Labour Law Reports, and serves as an arbitrator in labor-management disputes.

Professor Goldman resides in Denver, CO.

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Louise E. Graham - Emeritus 2019

Professor Graham was born in Beeville, Texas and attended public schools there. She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Latin American Studies in 1964 and from the University of Texas School of Law in 1977. She clerked for J. Homer Thornberry of the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit. She was awarded the Great Teacher Award from the University of Kentucky in 1989. She is the co-author, along with the late Judge James E. Keller, of Kentucky Domestic Relations, published by West, as well as other articles involving family law.

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Robert G. Lawson - Emeritus 2015

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Room 259 College of Law

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Robert G. Lawson, Professor of Law, has a B.S. Degree from Berea College and a J.D. Degree from the University of Kentucky. He has been a faculty member of the College of Law since 1966, with two periods of service as Dean: 1971-73 and 1982-88. He received the University of Kentucky Great Teacher Award in 1971 and again in 2001 in addition, he received in 2001 the Outstanding Professor Award that is granted each year to one professor from the state’s several public universities by the Kentucky Advocates for Higher Education. On March 11, 2015, the Kentucky Senate honored Professor Lawson with a resolution in recognition of his retirement from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Professor Lawson has been extensively involved in law reform efforts in Kentucky, acting as principal drafter of both the Kentucky Penal Code and the Kentucky Rules of Evidence. Recently, he has focused on problems in the state’s prisons and jails. For his work in this area, he has received a Special Recognition Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement Award from the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy, and The Judge Charles Mengle Allen Advocate for Fair Criminal Justice Award from the Prodigal Ministries, a prisoner advocacy organization.

Prof. Lawson is the author of a number of articles and books, including Handbook on Kentucky Evidence Law (4th ed. 2003) and Beverly Hills—The Anatomy of a Nightclub Fire (1984).   

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John M. Rogers - Emeritus 2002

John Rogers

John Marshall Rogers is a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  Before joining the court and taking emeritus status at UK, he was a Professor of Law at the College, where he  taught since 1978.   He practiced as an appellate attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C. from 1974 to 1978. He served as a visiting professor at the Department of Justice from 1983 to 1985. Judge Rogers was twice a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in the People's Republic of China, in Beijing in 1987-88 and in Guangzhou in 1994-95.

Judge Rogers is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University and a Coif law graduate of the University of Michigan, where he served on the iMichigan Law Review. Professor Rogers' publicattions on international, constitutional, and administrative law have appeared in journals such as the Duke Law Journal, theMichigan Law Review, and the American Journal of International Law.  He has co-authored a casebook on Administrative Law with Professors Healy (UK) and Krotozinski (U. Ala.).  His book on the interplay of international and domestic law is entitled International Law and United States Law (Ashcroft 1999).  

Judge Rogers served as the College's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 1991 to 1994.

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Robert G. Schwemm - Emeritus 2019

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Robert G.  Schwemm is an Everett H. Metcalf, Jr Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky College of Law. He has also held the title of Ashland-Spears Distinguished Research Professor.  Prior to becoming a law professor, Professor Schwemm practiced with Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C., and then served as chief trial counsel for the Leadership Council for Metropolitan Open Communities in Chicago, Illinois. He is a graduate of Amherst College and the Harvard Law School. Professor Schwemm teaches civil procedure, constitutional law, and civil rights.

His publications include a treatise entitled Housing Discrimination: Law and Litigation and numerous articles in leading law reviews throughout the country. His litigation experience includes three cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. The scheme also served as Acting Dean of the College of Law in 1998-99.

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Stephen J. Vasek, Jr. - Emeritus 2012

Stephen J. Vasek is an Associate Professor of Law and has taught at the College since 1969. He was also Assistant Dean of the College. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration and a law degree from Northwestern University where he served on the Northwestern University Law Review. In addition, he received an LL.M. degree from the Harvard Law School. 

He worked in the tax department of Arthur Andersen & Co. Professor Vasek teaches numerous courses in the taxation, business, and international fields. His publications include articles in the Prentice-Hall Taxation of International Operations, the Kentucky Law Journal, the Journal of Mineral Law & Policy and the Journal of Comparative Law.


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Harold R. Weinberg - Emeritus 2016

Harold R. Weinberg - Professor Emeritus

Harold R. Weinberg taught at the College from 1972 to 2016. Prior to coming to the College he practiced law with Ulmer, Berne, Laronge, Glickman & Curtis (now Ulmer & Berne) in Cleveland, Ohio. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University and a Coif graduate of its School of Law where he served on the Editorial Board of the Case Western Reserve Law Review. He holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Illinois. In 1987 he served as a visiting professor at the University of Virginia and in 1978 to 1979 he was a fellow in the Law and Economics Program at the University of Chicago. 

Professor Weinberg is a scholar in the areas of uniform commercial code, antitrust, legal drafting and intellectual property. 

He has published pieces in numerous journals including the Tulane Law Review, the Journal of Legal Studies, the Minnesota Law Review, the Business Lawyer, and the Journal of Intellectual Property Law

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Richard A. Westin - Emeritus 2015

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Richard A. Westin, Professor of Law, joined the College of Law faculty in 1998. He was a member of the faculty of the University of Houston College of Law from 1984 until 1998, where he taught in the areas of business and tax law. He holds B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Columbia University and was graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School as a member of Order of the Coif. 

Professor Westin has published a number of books on tax law, including Federal Tax Planning(Shepards'/McGraw Hill 1990), Federal Income Taxation of Business Enterprises (with J. McNulty and R. Beck, 1995), Tax Fraud and Money Laundering (with R. Hishon and B. Green, 1993), and International Taxation of Electronic Commerce (Kluwer, 2000), as well as numerous book chapters and articles. He is presently working on two books, Federal Income Taxation of Individuals (Aspen/Little Brown, with Prof. J. McNulty of Berkeley Law School) and Federal Officeholders, a study for foreign students of the selection, control and removal of federal judges, legislators and executives. 

He is currently a member of the International Fiscal Association and a consultant to the United Nations, the Russian Federation, the Canadian Ministry of Mines & Energy and the People's Republic of China.

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