“Lawyers are sometimes also mothers,” UK Rosenberg Law Dean Mary J. Davis said. “These stories from women graduates of UK Rosenberg Law who are also mothers remind us of the strength, determination, and resilience that lawyering while mothering requires. Happy Mother's Day to all.”
Denotra Spruill Gunther
Class of 1996
Joshua A. Douglas has been named an Ashland, Inc.-Spears Distinguished Research Professor of Law, effective July 1, 2020. Douglas, a voting rights and constitutional law expert, is the author of Vote for US: How to Take Back our Elections and Change the Future of Voting, a popular press book that provides hope and inspiration for a positive path forward on voting rights.
The Women’s Law Caucus, a student organization at the UK J. David Rosenberg College of Law, held its annual spring reception on March 23, honoring Fayette District Court Judge Melissa Murphy, an alumna of the law school; Blanche Bong Cook, Roberg E. Harding Jr. associate professor of law; and second-year law student Sterling T. Crayton.
Crayton won the Rebecca Westerfield Award for Excellence in Leadership for his advocacy for women in the legal profession.
The Appalachian Law Caucus at the UK J. David Rosenberg College of Law recently collected supplies and monetary donations for communities affected by severe flooding in Eastern Kentucky.
The caucus collected $2,200 in monetary gifts in just 36 hours. Students used the money to purchase cleaning supplies, non-perishable foods, hygiene items, and more. Some supplies were donated by other student organizations at the UK Rosenberg College of Law.
UK J. David Rosenberg College of Law students Shantale Davis and Ashlei McPherson, both first-year law students, recently placed first in the 2021 Law Student Diversity Virtual Case Competition hosted by Cincinnati-based law firm Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL in partnership with the University of Cincinnati College of Law’s Center for Professional Development.
University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law second-year law student Kelly Daniel will serve as the first Black editor-in-chief of the college’s Kentucky Law Journal (KLJ) for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Daniel, a native of Boston, recalls one of her most memorable experiences in law school when, during her first year, she and other members of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, to attend a small gathering hosted by alumnus Steven Reed (’86).
Sarah Howard Jenkins (’82) serves as the Charles C. Baum Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law. In 2017, the University of Kentucky College of Law, now the UK J. David Rosenberg College of Law, inducted Jenkins into its Alumni Hall of Fame.
As an academic-legal professional, Jenkins has devoted her time and energy to challenging her students to develop a commitment to diligence and competence in the study and practice of the law. But Jenkins wasn’t always certain that she would become an attorney.
Born and raised in inner-city North Philadelphia, John G. McNeill recalls a lawyer who visited his elementary school of predominately Black teachers.
“One of my teachers in fourth grade brought in this white lady who was a lawyer to talk to our class,” McNeill said. The lawyer didn’t talk about the courtroom dramas on TV. “She talked about the little things, like looking at documents, lease contracts, apartment contracts, and installment agreements.”
The University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law in Lexington, Kentucky, in partnership with the United States Holocaust Museum, is pleased to offer a complimentary social justice initiative CLE program, “Law, Justice, and the Holocaust: How the Courts Failed Germany."
This timely program will be offered as a live, interactive webinar on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, from 1:15 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and will provide two (2) hours of continuing legal education credit.
There is no fee for this important educational webinar.
The University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law’s Kentucky Law Journal hosted its annual symposium virtually on Feb. 5. This year’s theme was sex trafficking and opioids. The all-day symposium featured attorneys, investigators, law professors from across the country, representatives from organizations that help victims, and other experts on the topic. UK Rosenberg Law students served as moderators and panelists.