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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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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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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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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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