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Dean Brennen Named to Lawyers Of Color's Power List

David Brennen

By Whitney Harder
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2015) — David A. Brennen, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Law, has been named to the Lawyers of Color's Fourth Annual Power List, a comprehensive catalog of the nation’s most influential minority attorneys and non-minority diversity advocates. Dean Brennen will be profiled in the Lawyers Of Color's Power Issue 2015 and honored at a reception March 18 in Washington, D.C.

"I am truly honored and humbled to be recognized by Lawyers of Color. Lawyers of Color is a young magazine that is doing admirable work in advancing equality," Brennen said. "There have been many in the legal profession who were true trailblazers in the struggle for racial, ethnic, gender and, most recently, sexual preference, equality. In many ways, these struggles continue today. My hope is that organizations such as Lawyers of Color continue to highlight this ongoing human saga, along with its many participants."

Brennen joined UK from the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a professor since 2006, and from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS), where he served a two-year term as deputy director.

Along with nearly 20 years of experience in the classroom, Brennen is regarded as an innovator in the field of nonprofit law. He is co-founder and co-editor of Nonprofit Law Prof Blog, founding editor of Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law Abstracts, co-founder of the AALS Section on Nonprofit and Philanthropy Law and a co-author of one of the first law school casebooks on taxation of nonprofit organizations. Brennen has also authored a number of scholarly articles in relation to diversity, minority status and race.

“Power List” honorees are chosen as a result of the Lawyers of Color editorial team reviewing nominations and researching the legal industry to compile the list. Lawyers of Color, initially founded as "On Being A Black Lawyer," provides news, resources and promotion to minority attorneys. The company has received recognition from the American Bar Association, Thomas Reuters and The National Black Law Student Association.