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June 22, 2016

While the faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Law spend most of their time preparing students to be lawyers and leaders and producing widely-recognized legal scholarship, they also make time to engage with scholars from other schools across the nation by hosting two visiting speaker series: the Randall-Park Distinguished Speaker and Faculty Brownbag Speaker.  

Both series bring distinguished legal scholars to UK Law to present and discuss their research and ideas, providing important opportunities for junior scholars to share their research, and increasing the profile of the college by introducing UK Law faculty to senior scholars from other schools.

Brian L. Frye, Associate Professor of Law, serves as the chair of the Visiting Speakers Committee. In this role, he coordinates the scheduling of visiting speakers and facilitates their visits. He works with other members of the committee and with the entire UK Law faculty to identify prominent scholars to invite to the college. During the 2015-16 academic year, the following notable scholars accepted the invitation to present their research at UK Law:

  • Zachary Bray, University of Houston Law Center, presented "RLUIPA and the Limits of Religious Institutionalism."
  • Neil H. Buchanan, The George Washington University Law School, presented "Social Security is Fair to All Generations."
  • Antonia Eliason, The University of Mississippi School of Law, presented “Getting to science through law: The evaluation of national administrative law by international tribunals in science-based cases.”
  • Eugene R. Fidell, Yale Law School, presented "To What Extent Can the Constitution be Amended?" and "Military Justice and its Reform."
  • Edward B. Foley, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, presented "Election Ethics: Fair Play in Partisan Competition.
  • Brian L. Frye, University of Kentucky College of Law, with CJ Ryan, Vanderbilt University Peabody College, and Franklin L. Runge, University of Kentucky College of Law, presented “An Empirical Study of the Copyright Practices of American Law Reviews.”
  • Michael J. Gerhardt, University of North Carolina School of Law, presented “Constitutional Arrogance.”
  • Jake Linford, Florida State University College of Law, presented “Are Trademarks Ever Fanciful?”
  • Laura Rosenbury, University of Florida Levin College of Law, presented "A New Law of the Child."
  • Guy A. Rub, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, presented "Zoom In & Zoom Out & Copyright."
  • CJ Ryan, Vanderbilt University Peabody College, presented “Crunching the Numbers: Rethinking Measures of Quality and Value in National Law School Rankings.”
  • Susannah Camic Tahk, University of Wisconsin Law School, presented “Tax-Embedded Programs and Public Opinion.”
  • Richard H. Underwood, University of Kentucky College of Law, presented "Notes from Underground (Sometimes Above Ground Too)."
  • Robin Fretwell Wilson, University of Illinois College of Law, along with Utah State Senator Stuart Adams, presented “Kim Davis and Religious Objectors to Obergefell: In Search of More Civil Solutions” and "Getting Government Out of Marriage Post Obergefell: The Ill-Considered Consequences of Transforming the State's Relationship to Marriage."
  • Patricia J. Zettler, Georgia State University College of Law, presented "Pharmaceutical Federalism."

Additionally, Jay Blanton, University of Kentucky Executive Director of PR and Marketing, presented “UK Law Faculty and the Media.”

“All of the speakers were excellent,” said Prof. Frye. “I personally enjoyed Jake Linford's talk very much, especially because of his creative use of linguistic theory to question the coherence of fundamental trademark doctrine.”

The faculty, who have been very supportive of the speaker series, expressed their pleasure in the number and quality of the speakers from the last academic year. They look forward to engaging with more noteworthy scholars during the 2016-17 year.