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UK Law Dean with Stites & Harbison

The University of Kentucky College of Law is pleased to announce a $1 million gift from Stites & Harbison, PLLC to support current and future UK Law students as well as the major rebuild of the now-completed Law Building. The second-floor Main Commons, a prime collaboration area in the center of the building, will be named for Stites & Harbison in recognition of the gift.

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Joshua A. Douglas, Thomas P. Lewis Professor of Law, is the recipient of the 2019 Duncan Teaching Award at the University of Kentucky College of Law.

Every year, a UK Law faculty member is recognized for excellence in the classroom, courtesy of the Robert M. and Joanne K. Duncan Faculty Improvement Fund, which was established in 1982 to promote outstanding teaching performance at the college.

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University of Kentucky College of Law Director of the Office of Continuing Legal Education, Kevin P. Bucknam, was honored for 25 years of service, on July 26, 2019, during the UK Law CLE 46 Annual Midwest-Midsouth Estate Planning Institute.

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True to his aim, Fortenbery has been named one of four U.S. Supreme Court Fellows for the 2019-2020 term. Mark Cornelison | UK Photo.

In 2017, Seth Fortenbery was completing his third year of law school at the University of Kentucky. With the pressure of graduation mounting, not everyone was eyeing a fellowship aimed, not only at recent law school graduates, but also mid-career professionals.

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University of Kentucky College of Law Assistant Dean of Community Engagement & Diversity Daniel P. Murphy, Jr., was awarded the 2019 Nathaniel R. Harper Award, on June 14, 2019, during the Kentucky Bar Association’s Membership Luncheon. 

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University of Kentucky Provost David Blackwell has named Professor Mary J. Davis to the position of interim dean of the College of Law.

Dean David A. Brennen has been selected to participate in the American Council on Education's (ACE) Fellows Program, the longest running leadership development program in the United States.  At the conclusion of the fellowship year, Brennen will return to UK with new knowledge and skills that contribute to capacity-building efforts, along with a network of peers across the country and abroad.

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On Friday, May 3, the University of Kentucky College of Law held its Commencement Ceremony to honor and celebrate the momentous milestones of the Class of 2019.  166 eager and remarkable law students walked across the stage in the Singletary Center for the Arts ready to claim their award for three years of hard work: A UK Law diploma.

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The University of Kentucky’s One Day for UK, a 24-hour day of giving celebrated on April 17, netted over $1M from 3,262 gifts, including $15,612 allocated for law school projects. 

In its first year, the goal of One Day for UK was to raise awareness about the campaign and to encourage giving for the University of Kentucky. The online, social-media-driven campaign centered around community outreach, including reconnecting with alumni, engaging young alumni and motivating its strongest supporters to make a gift to any college, unit or cause of their choice.

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On June 12, 2019, alumni, family and friends gathered at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky to honor the 2019 UK Law Alumni Association Hall of Fame inductees and Alumni Award recipients. 

The UK Law Alumni Association Hall of Fame was established to acknowledge graduates of the College whose extraordinary professional success and contributions, profound positive influence on the College of Law, and high degree of character and integrity are recognized by their peers. 

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April 24, 2019
This tax season the University of Kentucky College of Law continued one of its signature pro bono efforts – the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program.  Law student volunteers along with accounting students and an alumna provided free assistance with Tax preparations and filings to mostly low-income individuals with simple returns, as well as foreign students and scholars.

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