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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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In 1955, Ollen B. Hinnant II became the first African American graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law, overcoming various forms of discrimination while in law school. Hinnant, who died in 2016 at age 85, went on to become the first African American lawyer for State Farm Insurance in Montclair, New Jersey.

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The University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law engaged students, faculty, staff, alumni, and others in discussions about equality and voting through a series of events in October commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment.

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University of Kentucky Libraries has awarded the 2020 UK Libraries Medallion for Intellectual Achievement to Emeritus Professor of Law Robert G. Lawson, a nationally recognized scholar on criminal law and the individual responsible for drafting the state’s laws on crime and punishment.

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Congratulations on finishing a less than conventional semester, and I hope you all enjoy your well-deserved break! The Diversity Committee regrets that the pandemic prevented us from holding our normal end of the semester potluck, so we produced the following video instead: 

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The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has approved the naming of Mary J. Davis as full-time dean of the J. David Rosenberg College of Law effective Jan. 1, 2021. Davis, the Ashland, Inc-Spears Distinguished Research Professor of Law, has been serving as interim dean. She will become the first woman to serve in the role of permanent dean at the college.

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University Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law Professor Joshua A. Douglas, a voting rights and constitutional law expert  interviewed extensively by local and national media outlets before and after the 2020 general election, joined the UK Rosenberg Law Election Law Society via Zoom on Wednesday, Nov. 11 for a Post-Election Debrief.
 

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