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On Friday, May 14, the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law held a commencement ceremony to honor the Class of 2021 as well as the Class of 2020, which did not receive a commencement ceremony last year because of COVID-19 safety restrictions. Hundreds gathered – distanced and masked – at UK’s Memorial Coliseum for an in-person celebration, following a year marked by in-person and online classes and numerous virtual events.

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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.

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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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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 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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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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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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The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has voted to accept the gift commitment of $20 million from J. David Rosenberg and to officially rename the College of Law as the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law.

Rosenberg and his wife, Dianne, have pledged $20 million to fund an endowment and non-endowed gift to support student scholarships, faculty recruitment and retention, as well as programs for the college. The new permanent endowed fund will be named the J. David Rosenberg College of Law Endowment.

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