On Friday, February 22, 2013, UK law students participating in the Kentucky Innocence Project Studentship met with exoneree Edwin Chandler. Mr. Chandler was wrongfully convicted of manslaughter and robbery for the shooting death and robbery of a convenience store clerk in 1993. At trial, an eyewitness told the jury that Mr. Chandler was not the man he saw in the store on the night of the crime. However, Mr. Chandler provided a confession to police that was used against him at trial.
Congratulations to the UK College of Law Trial Teams of Jordan Cook Miller, Anthony Pernice, James “Tee” Pennington and Jonathon Fischer for their success and professionalism at the 2013 regional of the National Trial Competition, hosted by the University of Arkansas School of Law. Pennington and Fischer were named regional champions of the competition over 21 other teams from Tennessee, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and Kentucky. They will compete for a national championship in San Antonio in April.
A paper written by Robert G. Schwemm, Ashland-Spears Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Law, has led to the adoption of final regulations by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) endorsing use of the “discriminatory effect” standard under the federal Fair Housing Act.
The College of Law helped to kick off campus Black History Month observances with a lecture from Campbell Law School Assistant Professor Amos Jones, "The Dismantling of De Jure Segregation in Kentucky: How Slave Religion, Strategic Voting, and Creative Lawyering Broke Barriers in a Socially Advanced Border State." The lecture was was co-sponsored by the UK Martin Luther King, Jr.
"If I'm not a good Supreme Court justice, blame Bob Lawson. He taught me everything I know." Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Bill Cunningham began his Open Forum with some personal stories of his time at UK Law. Cunningham, a 1969 graduate of the College, reminisced about his nerves when trying a practice case before “Judge” Professor Robert Lawson. He gave a glimpse into the relationships among his fellow justices, stressing the importance of remaining friendly and civil to each other.
We asked UK Law students studying abroad in London this semester to write us letters about their experiences. Check back regularly for more letters!
Ariana Nami '13
Dear Alumni, Staff and Colleagues,
Professor Nicole Huberfeld was quoted in a January 29, 2013 New York Times article, "To Open Eyes, W-2s List Cost of Providing a Health Plan," about the surprise many find when they realize the total cost of their employer-sponsored health coverage.
2013 Judicial Conversation Series
A series of thoughtful and engaging interactions between members of Kentucky's highest court and students praparing for a career in law, each taking place at the University of Kentucky College of Law. Each forum will take place in the College of Law Courtroom.
February 6, 2013 at noon
Justice Bill Cunningham
February 27, 2013 at noon
Justice Daniel J. Venters