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The College of Law, which was established in 1908, provides a broad‑based professional education designed to prepare students for the private practice of law, for public law practice in state or federal government, and for employment in businesses which utilize legal training. As an integral part of its program, the College, through its faculty, engages in research and writing which supports the teaching function, assists and instructs practicing lawyers, and provides a resource of knowledge and analysis which may be drawn upon by federal and state judicial and legislative bodies in developing and changing the law in response to societal change and current problems. The College of Law's Legal Clinic serves indigent persons in need of legal services. Through its Law Library, Mineral Law Center, the Eastern Mineral Law Foundation and the direct consultation of its faculty, the College provides service and expert assistance to federal and state agencies and legislatures, judges, and practicing lawyers. The school also conducts an extensive program of continuing legal education for the bar and the judiciary. Graduates of the College of Law include state and federal elected officials, members of the state and federal judiciary, law professors, leaders of the organized bar, business and community leaders, and many outstanding practitioners.



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MARY LOUISE GRAHAM, (Dean and W.L. Matthews Professor of Law), born Beeville, Texas, May 20, 1943; admitted to bar, 1977, Texas; 1984 Kentucky. Education: University of Texas (B.A., 1965; J.D., 1977). COURSES: Family Law, Contracts, Children and the Law, Law & Literature. Email:

RICHARD CHRISTIAN AUSNESS, (William T. Lafferty Professor of Law), born Oakland, California, January 15, 1945; admitted to bar, 1968, Florida. Education: University of Florida (B.A., 1966; J.D., 1968); Yale Law School (LL.M., 1973). COURSES: Property, Torts, Trusts & Estates, Products Liability. Email:


DRUSILLA VANSANT BAKERT, (Associate Dean for Admissions, Scholarships and Student Affairs), born Frankfort, Kentucky, December 8, 1952; admitted to bar, 1977, Georgia; 1983, Kentucky. Education: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (A.B., 1974); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1977). Email:


JOHN R. BATT, (Emeritus Professor), born Cumberland, Maryland, May 29, 1934. Education: Johns Hopkins (B.A., 1956); William & Mary (J.D., 1959); Yale (LL.M., 1960). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Law & Psychiatry, Law & Psychological Sciences, Domestic Relations, Family Law, Jurisprudence, Sports Law.


SCOTT R. BAURIES, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Port Jefferson, New York, January 22, 1971; admitted to bar, 2005, Florida. Education: University of West Florida (B.A., 1995); University of South Florida (M.Ed., 2001); University of Florida (J.D., 2005; Ph.D., expected, 2008). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Education Law.


CAROLYN S. BRATT, (Emeritus Professor), born Suffern, New York, May 18, 1943; admitted to bar, 1975, New York; 1976, Kentucky. Education: SUNY at Albany (B.A., 1965); Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Property, Trusts and Estates, Future Interests, Constitutional Law, Gender Discrimination, Education Law. Email:


RUTHEFORD B. CAMPBELL, JR., (Everett H. Metcalf Professor of Law), born Hyden, Kentucky, April 20, 1944; admitted to bar, 1970, New York; 1975, Kentucky. Education: Centre College (B.A., 1966); University of Kentucky (J.D., 1969); Harvard University (LL.M., 1971). COURSES: Business Associations, Corporate, Finance, Securities Regulation, Law and Economics. Email:


W. JONATHAN CARDI, (Dorothy Salmon Professor of Law and Associate Professor), born Morgantown, West Virginia, October 5, 1969; admitted to bar, 1999, West Virginia; 2000 District of Columbia. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1991); University of Iowa College of Law (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Torts, Copyright Remedies, Jurisprudence. Email:


STEPHEN CLOWNEY, (Assistant Professor of Law), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, December 28, 1977. Education: Princeton University (A.B., 2000); Yale University (J.D., 2006). COURSES: Property, Real Estate, Land Use, Trusts and Estates.


ALLISON CONNELLY, (Associate Professor and Director College of Law Legal Clinic), born Ashland, Kentucky, December 22, 1951; admitted to bar, 1983, Kentucky. Education: University of Kentucky (B.A., 1980); University of Kentucky College of Law (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Legal Clinic, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Trial Process, Litigation Skills, Legal Writing. Email:


HELANE DAVIS, (Assistant Professor and Director of the Law Library), born Harvey, IL, October 11, 1960; admitted to bar, 1987, Minnesota. Education: Northwestern University (B.A., 1982); University of Iowa (J.D., 1985); University of Washington (M.L.I.S. 2004). COURSES: Legal Research. Email:


MARY J. DAVIS, (Stites and Harbison Professor of Law), born Martinsville, Virginia, January 29, 1957; admitted to bar, 1985, Virginia; 1988, North Carolina. Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1979); Wake Forest University (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Torts, Products Liability, Conflict of Laws. Email:


ANDREA L. DENNIS, (Assistant Professor), born 1972; admitted to bar, 1998, Maryland; 1999, District of Columbia. Education: University of MarylandCollege Park (B.S., 1994); New York University (J.D., 1997). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Children and the Law, Family Law. Email:


WILLIAM HILNER FORTUNE, (Robert G. Lawson Professor of Law), born Lexington, Kentucky, May 9, 1940; admitted to bar, 1964, Kentucky; 1975, California. Education: University of Kentucky (A.B., 1961; LL.B., 1964). COURSES: Evidence, Professional Responsibility, Criminal Procedure, Criminal Law. Email:


CHRISTOPHER W. FROST, (Frost, Brown, Todd Professor), born 1960; admitted to bar, 1986, Illinois; 1999, Kentucky. Education: University of Kentucky (B.B.A., 1983; J.D., 1986). COURSES: Commercial Law, Contracts, Corporate Finance, Corporate Reorganization, Creditors' & Debtors' Rights, Law and Economics. Email:


EUGENE ROGER GAETKE, (Thomas P. Lewis Professor of Law), born St. Paul, Minnesota, September 12, 1948; admitted to bar, 1974, Minnesota. Education: University of Minnesota (B.A., 1971; J.D., 1974). COURSES: Contracts, Legal Ethics. Email:


ALVIN L. GOLDMAN, (Emeritus Professor), born New York, New York, February 27, 1938; admitted to bar, 1963, New York; 1969, Kentucky. Education: Columbia (A.B., 1959); New York University (LL.B., 1962). COURSES: Labor Law, Employment Law, Negotiations, Constitutional Law. Email:


ROBERTA MARIA HARDING, (W.L. Matthews Professor of Law), born New York, New York, March 3, 1960; admitted to bar, 1986, California. Education: University of San Francisco (B.S., B.A., 1981); Harvard (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Remedies, Capital Punishment, Prisoner's Rights, Human Rights. Email:


MICHAEL P. HEALY, (Dorothy Salmon Professor of Law, Robert G. Lawson and William H. Fortune Professor of Law), born New York, New York, August 17, 1956; admitted to bar, 1985, Pennsylvania; 1985, District of Columbia. Education: Williams College (B.A., 1978); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Environmental Law, Torts, Legislation, Administrative Law, Land Use Planning. Email:


NICOLE HUBERFELD, (Wilburt D. Ham Professor of Law and Associate Professor), born Annapolis, Maryland; admitted to bar, 1998, New Jersey; 2000, New York. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1995); Seton Hall Law School (J.D., 1998). COURSES: Health Law, Constitutional Law.


MARK F. KIGHTLINGER, (James and Mary Lassiter Professor of Law and Associate Professor), born Holden, Massachusetts, September 14, 1959; admitted to bar, 1991, Washington DC; 1993, Court of International Trade; 1993, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; 1996‑2001, Brussels Flemish Bar "B" List. Education: Williams College (B.A., 1981); Cambridge University (B.A., 1983; M.A. 1995); Yale Law School (JD, 1988); Yale University (Ph.D. 1991). COURSES: Contracts, Administrative Law, International Trade, Internet Law, Philosophy of Law. Email:


ROBERT G. LAWSON, (Charles S. Cassis Professor of Law), born Logan, West Virginia, July 15, 1938; admitted to bar, 1963, Kentucky. Education: Berea College (B.S., 1960); University of Kentucky (J.D., 1963). COURSES: Criminal Law, Evidence, Civil Procedure. Email:


THOMAS P. LEWIS, (Emeritus Professor), born Ashland, Kentucky, March 26, 1930; admitted to bar, 1954, Kentucky; 1974, Massachusetts. Education: University of Kentucky (B.A., 1957; J.D., 1954); Harvard Law School (S.J.D., 1964). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Civil Procedure. Email:


DOUGLAS C. MICHAEL, (Associate Dean, Edward T. Breathitt Professor), born Omaha, Nebraska, December 8, 1957; admitted to bar, 1984, California; 1988, District of Columbia. Education: Stanford University (A.B., 1979); University of California (M.B.A., 1982; J.D., 1983). COURSES: Accounting, Banking, Business Associations. Email:


KATHRYN LYNN MOORE, (H. Wendell Cherry Professor of Law), born Florida, December 5, 1961; admitted to bar, 1989, Pennsylvania; 1989, Washington D.C.; 1999, Kentucky. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1983); Cornell Law School (J.D., 1988). COURSES: Property, Land Use Planning, Employee Benefits, State & Local Tax. Email:


MELYNDA J. PRICE, (Assistant Professor), born Houston, Texas, March 31, 1973; admitted to bar, 2002, Texas. Education: Prairie View A&M University (B.S., 1995); University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 2002); University of Michigan (Ph.D., 2006). COURSES: Torts, Law and Social Science, Immigration, Law and Popular Culture. Email:


JOHN MARSHALL ROGERS, (Emeritus Professor), born Rochester, New York, June 26, 1948; admitted to bar, 1975, District of Columbia; 1980, Kentucky. Education: Stanford University (B.A., 1970); University of Michigan Law School (J.D., 1974). COURSES: Constitutional Law, International Law, Administrative Law, Torts. Email:


PAUL E. SALAMANCA, (James and Mary Lassiter Professor of Law, Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs Professor of Law), born Boston, Massachusetts, December 3, 1961; admitted to bar, 1989, Massachusetts; 1993, New York. Education: Dartmouth College (A.B., 1983); Boston College Law School (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Federal Courts, Criminal Procedure. Email:


ROBERT G. SCHWEMM, (Ashland Professor of Law), born July 9, 1945; admitted to bar, 1971, Illinois, 1977, Kentucky. Education: Amherst College (B.A., 1967); Harvard Law School (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure. Email:


RICHARD HARVEY UNDERWOOD, (Spears‑Gilbert Professor of Law), born Columbus, Ohio, December 18, 1948; admitted to bar, 1976, Ohio; 1984, Kentucky. Education: Ohio State (B.S., 1969; J.D., 1976). COURSES: Ethics, Evidence, Insurance, Trial Advocacy, Health Law.


STEPHEN J. VASEK JR., (Associate Professor), born Chicago, Illinois, May 29, 1940; admitted to bar, 1966, Illinois; 1974, Kentucky. Education: Northwestern University (B.S., 1961; J.D., 1966); Harvard (LL.M., 1969). COURSES: Tax, Estates & Trusts, Estate Planning, International Business Law. Email:


ALLAN W. VESTAL, (Professor), born Iowa City, Iowa, December 3, 1953; admitted to bar, 1982, Iowa. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1976; J.D., 1979). COURSES: Antitrust, Close Business Transactions, Commercial Transactions, Dev. in Business Organization Law, Introduction to Lawyer's Role. Email:


HAROLD ROY WEINBERG, (Wyatt, Tarrant and Combs Professor), born Louisville, Kentucky, November 15, 1943; admitted to bar, 1969, Ohio (Inactive status); 1985, Kentucky. Education: Case Western Reserve University (A.B., 1966; J.D., 1969); University of Illinois (LL.M., 1975). COURSES: Antitrust, Intellectual Property, Uniform Commercial Code. Email:


SARAH N. WELLING, (Wendell H. Ford Professor of Law), born Chicago, Illinois, September 9, 1952; admitted to bar, 1979, Illinois; 1984, Kentucky. Education: University of Wisconsin (B.A., 1974); University of Kentucky (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Federal Criminal Law. Email:


RICHARD AXEL WESTIN, (Laramie L. Leatherman Distinguished Professor of Tax Law), born 1945; admitted to bar, 1972, California; 1992, Texas. Education: Columbia College (B.A., 1967; M.B.A., 1968); University of Pennsylvania (J.D., 1972). COURSES: Business Planning, Corporations, Environmental Taxes, Federal Taxation, International Taxation, Income Tax Planning, Tax Policy.