The University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law hosted a daylong Breonna Taylor Symposium in October 2021 in the college’s G. Chad Perry III Grand Courtroom. It was the law school’s second daylong symposium related to the case, following the first symposium in October 2020.
This year, the Kentucky Law Journal’s annual symposium examined issues surrounding the racial wealth gap in the United States, including the history of the racial wealth gap, legal rules that have contributed to its growth, and the tax laws that have exacerbated existing wealth inequalities.
The event was held virtually and in-person in October in the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law’s G. Chad Perry III Grand Courtroom.
Jocelyn Lucero is a third-year law student from Lexington, Kentucky. She is serving as the 2021-2022 editor-in-chief of the UK J. David Rosenberg College of Law’s Kentucky Journal of Equine, Agriculture & Natural Resources Law (KJEARNRL). Lucero has a B.A. in International Relations and Affairs as well as Spanish from Transylvania University. This year, both law journals at the college – including the Kentucky Law Journal – are being led by women of color.
The Kentucky Law Journal will hold its annual symposium from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, in the G. Chad Perry III Grand Courtroom at the UK J. David Rosenberg College of Law. This year’s event is titled, “The Racial Wealth Gap,” and it will explore the legal and historical factors that have contributed to the current state of wealth disparity in the United States that falls largely along racial lines.
The symposium will be held in person and online. Register here to attend virtually.
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.
Jennifer Bird-Pollan, a tax law professor who joined the faculty in 2010, has been named associate dean of academic affairs for the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law, starting May 15.
University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law Interim Dean Mary J. Davis recently announced the creation of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (“DEI”) Student Advisory Board intended to foster communication on issues of racial justice, diversity, and inclusion in the law school community and more broadly.
On Friday, May 14, the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law held a commencement ceremony to honor the Class of 2021 as well as the Class of 2020, which did not receive a commencement ceremony last year because of COVID-19 safety restrictions.
In 1926, John Y. Brown Sr. graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Law. The son of a tenant farmer and the first in his family to attend college, John Y. Brown Sr. used his law degree to become a trial attorney – the career he later said he’d wanted since he was five years old – and a longtime politician.
This was just the beginning of the Brown family’s relationship with the college. Over the next century, four generations of John Y. Browns would graduate from the same law school.
University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg Professor Roberta M. Harding, who became the first female, African American professor at the college when she joined in 1991, retired at the end of the spring 2021 semester. Dean Mary J. Davis recently interviewed Harding about her experience at the law school and her legacy.
The following video is a nearly 9-minute excerpt from their recorded Zoom conversation.
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