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La Tasha Buckner graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law, now the UK J. David Rosenberg College of Law, in 2000. She currently serves as Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s chief of staff and general counsel and previously served as assistant deputy attorney general. Buckner is a native of Glasgow, Kentucky. She began her career as a state prosecutor in the office of longtime Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson. Buckner is the first person to hold both the general counsel and chief of staff positions simultaneously in Kentucky.

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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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BLSA students at Indiana Supreme Court

University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law students Asia Ellis, Anthony Franklin, Taylor Kennedy and Toria Levy finished in fourth place, out of 61 teams, in the National Black Law Student Association Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition.

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It is an exciting time to be part of the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law. In the fall, our law community experienced a once-in-a-lifetime semester with big changes and big wins. This newsletter is an opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been and celebrate our successes. It is also an opportunity to look toward the future.

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March 2020

Class Notes

John T. McGarvey (1973) was appointed as Uniform Commercial Code committee chair by the Uniform Law Commission for a two-year term. McGarvey has served as Kentucky’s legislative liaison for the ULC since 2006.

C. Edward Hastie (1974), an attorney with Morgan Pottinger McGarvey, was recognized for Trusts and Estates and Litigation-Trusts and Estates in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

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Earlier this year, Vice President Mike Pence swore in University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law alumna Aurelia Skipwith as director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate to her new position, Skipwith previously served as the deputy assistant secretary for fish and wildlife and parks at the Department of the Interior.​

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University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law students have embraced community service as an essential part of their education. In the fall, among other activities, students made sandwiches for the hungry, collected pennies for families in need, and delivered school supplies to one of the poorest counties in the country.

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