By: Whitney Harder
The American Bar Association calls on each lawyer to render at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services per year. In the 2014-2015 academic year, University of Kentucky College of Law students went well above and beyond that to serve Kentuckians.
The Class of 2015 was the first class to participate in the newly created UK Law Legacy Program. The class raised more than $1,000 as part of a pay-it-forward initiative to build a philanthropic spirit while students are still in law school.
On Friday, May 8, 2015, the University of Kentucky College of Law held its Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2015. Family and friends gathered in the Singletary Center for the Arts to honor and celebrate the graduating students.
As UK Law students leave the classroom and enter the workforce for summer employment opportunities, the Law Librarians want to make sure they are well equipped with the knowledge needed to excel in their positions.
This effort gave birth to the Clerk/Associate Research Insights Bootcamp (C.R.I.B). Five instructional sessions focusing on different areas of research were offered to help students sharpen their skills. Takeaways from the program included:
The University of Kentucky College of Law recently honored the hard work and dedication of the officers, members, advisors, and coaches of the Moot Court Board and Trial Advocacy Board (TAB), as well as many first-year students in connection with their Legal Research and Writing (LRW) Clubs. The Litigation Banquet recognizes the students who have excelled in both written and oral advocacy.
UK Law students Jacob (Jake) Cassady and David Harper recently competed at the Fortieth Annual Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition hosted by Fordham Law School in New York City.
The UK College of Law chapter of the Federalist Society hosted its inaugural spring banquet at Jefferson Davis Inn on April 1. Nearly thirty members of the chapter and other law students attended to hear U.S. Representative Andy Barr (a former University of Kentucky College of Law Federalist Society chapter president) speak on his time at the University of Kentucky and how federalism principles influence his votes in Congress.
Third year UK Law students Jamie Houston and Staci Miller took advantage of their Spring Break to develop and enhance skills that will better prepare them for their future legal careers. Houston and Miller traveled to Portland, OR over Spring Break to compete in the Nelson Mandela International Negotiations Competition (NMINC) in conjunction with the 47th National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) Convention.
“Competing in the International Negotiations Competition was an awesome experience and Portland was absolutely beautiful,” Ms. Miller said.
By: Whitney Harder
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 31, 2015) — Lounging on beautiful beaches, cruising the Caribbean and even international volunteer trips have become today's popular Spring Break pastimes for college students. A less common excursion is spending the week providing legal aid in Eastern Kentucky. But this year, two University of Kentucky College of Law students opted for the latter, providing a much needed service many may not think of when "alternative spring breaks" come to mind.
Current third-year students Stuart Michael and Rhett Dillon Quarles made the most of their Spring Break by earning law school credit while taking in the the sites of London, England. Both students took advantage of the study abroad program offered through the UK College of Law and earned academic credit by studying Corporate Law under Justice Randy J. Holland of the Delaware Supreme Court.