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University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law Professor Scott R. Bauries was recently awarded the 2020 Duncan Teaching Award.

The award is presented annually, courtesy of the Robert M. and Joanne K. Duncan Faculty Improvement Fund, to a UK Rosenberg Law faculty member for excellence in the classroom. The Robert M. and Joanne K. Duncan Faculty Improvement Fund was established in 1982 to promote outstanding teaching performance at the law school. Recipients of the Duncan Teaching Award are selected by the dean of the college with emphasis placed on student evaluations.

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The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities is exploring the legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in its most recent interview with retired Judge Jennifer Coffman on “Over Yonder: Conversations with Artists and Scholars on Social Distancing.” Ginsburg is considered the "architect of the legal fight for women's rights."

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UK Rosenberg Law alumni Melissa Moore Murphy '01 and Daniel (Danny) Murphy Jr. '98 were featured in the Aug. 26 edition of Business Lexington. Melissa Moore Murphy, Fayette County district court judge, appeared on the cover. Judge Murphy and Danny Murphy, UK Rosenberg Law’s senior assistant dean of community engagement & operations/chief diversity officer, were featured in a story, titled “Pillars of Community,” inside the publication.

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Thomas “Tom” Kerrick has had a long and distinguished 40-year career as an attorney, culminating in his swearing in as president of the Kentucky Bar Association on July 1.

Kerrick, who earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1977 and his law degree in 1980 from the University of Kentucky, considers the education and support he received at UK instrumental in any success he has had. This is why he has continued to support the university and the J. David Rosenberg College of Law.

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Herb Stapleton and his teams at the FBI have stayed busy as cyber criminals attempt to take advantage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Stapleton, a section chief in the FBI’s Cyber Division, oversees the Cyber Criminal Operations section, and he is often called to educate the public about cyber scams. He recently appeared on the Today show and has presented during webinars and virtual presentations for various groups, including a hospital association and the National Association of Attorneys General.

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The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees today approved the University Research Professorships for the 2020-21 academic year.

The purpose of the University Research Professorship program is to recognize and publicize research accomplishments of scholars across the full range of disciplines at UK. The award amount is $10,000 for one year, to be used to further the research, scholarship and creative endeavors of the awardee.  

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University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto and Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear joined UK J. David Rosenberg College of Law faculty, staff and alumni to celebrate the Class of 2020 in a video released on May 8.

The commencement ceremony on May 8 was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing restrictions. However, UK Rosenberg Law Interim Dean Mary Davis said she plans to one day shake each student’s hand in person and look them in the eye as she congratulates them.

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An open letter to our students: Your law professors see your hurt, your pain and your fear. We have also witnessed your anger and frustration confronting the systemic social injustice fostered by unjust laws, policies, and politicians. But this is a golden moment; a moment when the whole world is watching. We know that you aspire to be the embodiment of what is right in this country.

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University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law graduate Kyle Schroader of Hartford, Kentucky, recently recalled how out of place he felt when he started law school.

“I didn’t know how it all worked,” he said. “You’re entering a world where there are a lot of people whose entire families are lawyers. There are a lot of people who understand the system. So, it was hard for me, coming from a pretty blue-collar family in rural Western Kentucky, to enter this world of big law firms and clerkships and old money and things that I didn’t know a lot about.”

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The UK J. David Rosenberg College of Law held a virtual 5K, Race Judicata, the weekend of May 16-17 to raise money for the Law Student Emergency Fund, which provides financial resources for current students experiencing unexpected hardship because of an emergency or crisis.

More than 50 people participated, including faculty, staff, alumni and friends, and the event raised more than $3,000 for the fund. In addition to donating, participants were asked to complete a 5K on their own and share photos on social media using the hashtag, #RaceJudicataUKY.

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