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Kentucky Law Journal to Host Symposium on The Racial Wealth Gap

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.

UK Rosenberg Law to Host its Second Daylong Breonna Taylor Symposium

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.

Professor Jennifer Bird-Pollan Named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

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.

UK Rosenberg Law Creates Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Advisory Board

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.

College Holds Commencement for UK Rosenberg Law Classes of 2020 and 2021

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.

Four Generations of John Y. Browns Receive Law Degrees at University of Kentucky

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.

Recently Retired Professor Roberta M. Harding Talks with UK Rosenberg Law Dean About Her Career and Legacy

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.

Stories for Mother’s Day from UK Rosenberg Law Alumni

    “Lawyers are sometimes also mothers,” UK Rosenberg Law Dean Mary J. Davis said. “These stories from women graduates of UK Rosenberg Law who are also mothers remind us of the strength, determination, and resilience that lawyering while mothering requires.  Happy Mother's Day to all.”         Denotra Spruill Gunther Class of 1996

Joshua A. Douglas Named Ashland, Inc-Spears Distinguished Research Professor of Law

Joshua A. Douglas has been named an Ashland, Inc.-Spears Distinguished Research Professor of Law, effective July 1, 2020. Douglas, a voting rights and constitutional law expert, is the author of Vote for US: How to Take Back our Elections and Change the Future of Voting, a popular press book that provides hope and inspiration for a positive path forward on voting rights.

UK Rosenberg Law Women’s Law Caucus Recognizes Advocates for Women at Spring Reception

The Women’s Law Caucus, a student organization at the UK J. David Rosenberg College of Law, held its annual spring reception on March 23, honoring Fayette District Court Judge Melissa Murphy, an alumna of the law school; Blanche Bong Cook, Roberg E. Harding Jr. associate professor of law; and second-year law student Sterling T. Crayton. Crayton won the Rebecca Westerfield Award for Excellence in Leadership for his advocacy for women in the legal profession.

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