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The University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law will host its second daylong Breonna Taylor Symposium on Saturday, Oct. 16, beginning at 9 a.m. in the G. Chad Perry III Grand Courtroom in the law building.

Law professors, criminal justice scholars, judges, attorneys, journalists and activists will discuss the validity of the search warrant in the Breonna Taylor case. Law students Sarah Byres and Bennett Tuleja organized the event with UK Rosenberg Law Professor Blanche Bong Cook.

Each panel will be asked an hour of pre-selected questions followed by 25 minutes of Q&A with the audience.

UK Rosenberg Law Dean Mary J. Davis will provide opening remarks followed by four panels: legal scholars; criminal justice scholars; judges and attorneys; and journalists and activists. Cook will provide closing remarks. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, visit The symposium will be live streamed on Facebook.

The Panels:

Legal Scholars (9:30 - 10:55 a.m.)
Samuel Marcossan (University of Louisville)

Michael Mannheimer (Northern Kentucky University)

Jennifer M. Kinsley (Northern Kentucky University)

Chris Bryant (University of Cincinnati)

Moderator: Blake Sims (Second-year law student)

Criminal Justice Scholars (11 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.)

Dr. Philip Stinson (Bowling Green State University)

Dr. Ebony Ruhland (University of Cincinnati)

Dr. Peter B. Kraska (Eastern Kentucky University)

Moderator: Kennedy Weathers (Third-year law student)

Judges and Attorneys (1 – 2:25 p.m.)
Judge Denise Clayton (Kentucky Court of Appeals)

Judge David Tapp (US Court of Federal Claims)

Sam Aguiar (Breonna Taylor attorney)

Jason Rothrock (Director of Prosecution: Fayette County)

Moderator: Sarah Byres (Second-year law student)

Journalists and Activists (2:30 – 3:55 p.m.)

Tessa Duval (Louisville Courier Journal)

Darcy Costello (Louisville Courier Journal)

Bailey Loosemore (Louisville Courier Journal)

Chanelle Helm (BLM Louisville Organizer)

Tim Findley (Louisville Mayoral Candidate)

Moderator: Bennett Tuleja (Second-year law student)

This is the college’s second daylong symposium about the Breonna Taylor case. In October 2020, UK Rosenberg Law hosted a symposium that probed the legal issues surrounding the case – criminal charges and defenses, search warrant inconsistencies, damages awarded to the family, the federal investigation, and the impact of race on policing.

Bennett Tulega

Bennett Tuleja, student organizer

Sarah Byres

Sarah Byres, student organizer