The UK College of Law Federalist Society hosted Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer in September. Commissioner Comer spoke to students about Kentucky's passage of regulatory framework to allow for the legalization of industrial hemp. The Commissioner also spoke on the latest developments on hemp regulation at the federal level and the implications on the agriculture community.
On September 18, College of Law first-year students had an opportunity to hear about how law practitioners use legal writing skills in their careers. The panel, hosted by the Legal Research & Writing Program was attended by Chad Meredith (2007), a Lexington attorney, Cary McCollum, Assistant General Counsel for Alliance Coal, LLC, and Cheryl Morgan (1996), Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the Eastern District of Kentucky.
Justice Albie Sachs
Constitutional Court of South Africa
The Sacred and the Secular: South Africa's Constitutional Court Rules on Same-Sex Marriages 6:30p.m., Friday, April 12, 2013
W.T. Young Library UKAA Auditorium.
Kentucky Deputy Chief Justice Mary C. Noble continued the Judicial Conversation series this week, holding an open forum on Wednesday, April 3. About 30 students gathered to hear her as she gave an overview of the history and processes of the Kentucky court system, followed by a question and answer session moderated by District Court Judge Jennifer Coffman (1978).
Congressman Andy Barr (2001) spoke at the College of Law in an open forum with students on Wednesday, March 27 at 3:00 p.m. about his experiences during his first three months as a freshman Congressman on Capitol Hill.
Before taking questions from students, Barr expressed his appreciation for being able to promote so many of Kentucky's "signature" state interests, such as the equine and bourbon industries. He gave a recap of some of the issues facing the Congress during the recent spate of financial crises.
On Friday, February 22, 2013, UK law students participating in the Kentucky Innocence Project Studentship met with exoneree Edwin Chandler. Mr. Chandler was wrongfully convicted of manslaughter and robbery for the shooting death and robbery of a convenience store clerk in 1993. At trial, an eyewitness told the jury that Mr. Chandler was not the man he saw in the store on the night of the crime. However, Mr. Chandler provided a confession to police that was used against him at trial.
"If I'm not a good Supreme Court justice, blame Bob Lawson. He taught me everything I know." Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham began his Open Forum with some personal stories of his time at UK Law. Cunningham, a 1969 graduate of the College, reminisced about his nerves when trying a practice case before “Judge” Professor Robert Lawson. He gave a glimpse into the relationships among his fellow justices, stressing the importance of remaining friendly and civil to each other.
2013 Judicial Conversation Series
A series of thoughtful and engaging interactions between members of Kentucky's highest court and students praparing for a career in law, each taking place at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Each forum will take place in the College of Law Courtroom.
February 6, 2013 at noon
Justice Bill Cunningham
February 27, 2013 at noon
Justice Daniel J. Venters