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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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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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UK Rosenberg Law’s Rachele Yohe Celebrates Longtime Dream

Growing up in Lexington, Kentucky, Rachele Yohe watched Law & Order, Blue Bloods, and NCIS, and dreamed about becoming a lawyer.

None of her relatives were lawyers. But when they asked 7-year-old Rachele what career she wanted when she became an adult, she told them about her goal. She told everyone who would listen.

A self-described “total nerd,” Rachele not only admired TV lawyers but also read about influential American lawyers in the history books from her personal collection.

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Chynna Hibbitts is well known for student leadership within the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law.

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UK Rosenberg Law Students Place Second in Employee Benefits Competition

University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law students Jacob Ludwig and Zachary Holt placed second earlier this year in the Ellen A. (Nell) Hennessy Employee Benefits Moot Court Competition at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. The team also won best brief runner-up.

Catholic Law and the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel hosted the third annual competition in which participants address cutting-edge employee benefits issues. Seven teams competed, including two from Catholic Law. Catholic Law and UK Rosenberg Law teams competed in the finals.

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It’s been an unprecedented transition — moving every class at the University of Kentucky to a remote learning format, mostly online. 

Creating a “new normal” for an entire campus community is a daunting task. But together, faculty, staff and students have risen to the challenge — exemplifying what’s truly possible in the face of adversity.

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American College of Bankruptcy Recognizes Third-Year UK Rosenberg Law Student

The American College of Bankruptcy recently announced Marina Danielle Kirtland, a third-year student at the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law, as its Sixth Circuit 2020 Distinguished Law Student.

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Amanda Krugler and Scott Sullivan holding Tax Challenge Award

Third-year law students Amanda Krugler and Scott Sullivan of the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law were awarded first place in the American Bar Association’s 19th Annual Law Student Tax Challenge, J.D. Division, in February.

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Mary C. Noble speaking to admitted students

The University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law recently hosted 21 admitted students, including high-performing students from Kentucky and a diverse group of students from across the country, for the annual Dean’s Scholars Summit.

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