UK Law Notes Online: April 2016

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UK LAW NOTES ONLINE APRIL 2016

ANOTEFROM THEDEAN It’s officially Spring and the UK College of Law is in full swing. I am so proud of the students, alumni and faculty who make up our college family and look forward to recognizing their accomplishments in the coming months. On April 28, we will honor our faculty at a faculty scholarship reception. On May 6, we will honor the Class of 2016, who will become alumni as they walk across the stage at commencement. Finally, we will honor our distinguished alumni on May 11 at our Annual Hall of Fame and Alumni Awards Reception. You can read about recent faculty accomplishments on our website at www.law.uky.edu. Some notable accomplishments include Professor Brian Frye receiving a 2016 Sponsored Scholarship Grant from the Institute for IP & Information Law, Professor Mary Davis being appointed as Distinguished University Research Professor and Professor Melynda Price receiving the Law and Public Affairs Fellowship to study at Princeton University next year. I hope you will join fellow alumni and students at our sixth annual golf tournament on May 16 that raises funds for student scholarships and summer public interest opportunities. As always, I hope this newsletter finds you and your loved ones well. David A. Brennen Dean and Professor of Law

UK LAW HOSTS CIVIL RIGHTS ACT SYMPOSIUM The University of Kentucky College of Law and the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights were proud to host the “Civil Rights Act Symposium” commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act. The event brought in nationally respected speakers, judges, lawyers and activists prominent in the civil rights arena including Honorable Jenean Hampton, Lt. Governor of Kentucky and the first African American to hold statewide office in Kentucky’s history; Honorable Andy Beshear, Attorney General of Kentucky; and keynote speaker Honorable Patricia Timmons-Goodson, Vice-Chair of the U.S. Commission on Human Rights and former Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of North Carolina. “I believe, as those who have come before me, that our strength lies in our differences,” said Beshear. “That we as a state become culturally and economically richer as we become more diverse.” The College of Law was honored to have the Kentucky School for the Deaf’s Signing Choir perform at the symposium. Also present were students from local high schools and middle schools who participated in the discussions led by our panelists. The Kentucky Civil Rights Act remains to be one of the most significant pieces of legislation to be passed in the last 50 years.