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Glen Bagby teaches Advanced Estate Planning. Prof. Bagby is a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in Lexington and a 1969 graduate of the College of Law. He has extensive experience in litigation, trusts and estates, family and business law. He is a frequent speaker in continuing legal education seminars.

Frank T. Becker teaches Equine Law. He is a practitioner in Lexington, specializing in equine and commercial law and litigation, and is also an experienced and certified mediator and arbitrator. He has served as Chair of the Mediation Center of Kentucky and as a hearing officer of the Lexington-Fayette County Human Rights Commission. He was previously a partner in the law firms of Miller, Griffin & Marks and Dinsmore & Shohl. He is a 1979 Coif graduate of the College of Law.

Don Cetrulo teaches Legal Drafting. Prof. Cetrulo is an experienced Lexington attorney and has taught Legal Writing and Legal Drafting at the College of Law for several years. He is a co-author of Kentucky Instructions to Juries and a reviser of the 6th edition. He is a partner at Knox & Cetrulo PLLC in Lexington.

Jennifer Coffman supervises the Judicial Externship. Judge Coffman retired in 2013 from her appointment as Federal District Judge for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky. She served as Chief Judge of the Eastern District from 2007-2012. She is a 1978 graduate of the College of Law.

Rebecca DiLoreto is the supervising attorney for the Children’s Law Center Externship and teaches Children and the Law. She is the Litigation Director for the Children’s Law Center, Inc., a nonprofit legal services center for children with offices in Covington and Lexington. Before coming to the CLC, Professor DiLoreto had a twenty-four year career with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) in indigent defense. She served as Post Trial Division Director for DPA for ten years and was the first director of the Lexington Public Defender’s Office. She has represented young people in juvenile, family and circuit court across the Commonwealth.

Andrew Dorisio teaches Intellectual Property Transactions. He is a member of King & Schickli, PLLC, in Lexington, where his areas of practice include patent, trademark, and copyright law. He is a 1996 graduate of the College of Law.

Janet Graham is the supervising attorney for the Lexington City Attorney Externship. She is the Law Commissioner of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. As the LFUCG’s general counsel, she oversees the preparation of all ordinances, resolutions, contracts, deeds, and other legal documents for the Urban County Government and its related agencies, and the provision of legal advice and assistance to the Mayor, the Chief Administrative Officer, and all departments and divisions within the Government and the Urban County Council, and litigation involving the Urban County Government.

Karen Greenwell teaches Energy and Mineral Law and Policy. She is a partner at Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP in the firm’s Lexington office. Prof. Greenwell has assisted coal, oil, gas and energy industry clients with all manner of transactions, including leasing matters, asset acquisitions and divestitures, corporate mergers and stock acquisitions, and bankruptcy sales. She is a frequent speaker and author for organizations such as the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, the Institute for Energy Law, and the Conference of Government Mining Attorneys.

Pierce Hamblin teaches Litigation Skills, and has been a member of the adjunct faculty for over 30 years. Prof. Hamblin is a partner at Landrum & Shouse LLP in Lexington. In addition to a distinguished practice in all areas of litigation and dispute resolution, Professor Hamblin is a certified mediator through the Mediation Center of Central Kentucky, and has mediated over 4300 cases in the past ten years.

James G. Harralson is teaching Corporation Finance Law. He recently retired from his position as Associate General Counsel for AT&T Mobility, previously was Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Bell South/AT&T, all in Atlanta. Prof. Harralson previously worked in various Bell South and South Central Bell companies and at two law firms in Kentucky. He is a 1979 graduate of the College of Law.

John Hays teaches Negotiating Process. Prof. Hays is a member of Jackson Kelly PLLC in the firm’s Lexington office, and is a 1988 graduate of the College of Law. His practice is primarily focused in construction litigation, contracts and commercial litigation. He also has extensive training and experience as a mediator in construction, commercial, employment and personal injury disputes and is on the CPR Regional Panel of Neutrals, and has served as an arbitrator and is on the Commercial Arbitration Panel for the American Arbitration Association.

Gayle W. Herndon is teaching Corporate Tax. He recently retired as Tax Counsel for Tax Policy and Planning at the General Electric Company in Fairfield, Connecticut. Previously, he served as a Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, and as an attorney and accountant at various private firms. Prof. Herndon is a 1982 Coif graduate of the College of Law.

Paula Holbrook RN, BHS, JD, CPHRM, is the co-supervisor of the UK Health Care Externship. Prof. Holbrook is the Clinical Risk Manager for UKHealthCare. She is a former ICU nurse, who has extensive experience in healthcare as a medical malpractice defense attorney, risk manager, attorney representing state agencies and facilities within the Cabinet for Health & Family Services, and as an Assistant Attorney General in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

Guion Johnstone is the supervising attorney for the Immigration Law Externship. She is Director of the Maxwell Street Legal Clinic. Prof. Johnstone holds JD and MSW degrees from the University of Louisville. Prior to joining Maxwell Street, she worked as a forensic social worker for New York County Defender Services in New York City and as a staff attorney to Hon. Phillip J. Shepherd, Chief Judge of Franklin Circuit Court in Frankfort, KY. During law school, she interned for Immigration Legal Services at Catholic Charities where she assisted immigrant victims of domestic violence with U-Visas and VAWA self-petitions. She has also completed internships at the Legal Aid Society of Louisville, the Federal Community Defenders in Philadelphia, and the Smithsonian’s Latino Center in Washington, D.C.

Emily Jones is the supervising attorney for the Kentucky Refugee Ministries (KRM) Externship. She is the Immigration Attorney at KRM, Inc. Her work includes refugee and immigration assistance, such as applications for citizenship and legal permanent residence, family petitions (to bring family members to the United States), and employment authorization. Prof. Jones is a 2011 graduate of the College of Law. Prior to joining KRM in December 2013, she practiced in the area of foreclosure defense at Community Legal Aid in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Ray Larson supervises the Prosecutorial Internship. Prof. Larson is the Fayette County Commonwealth Attorney and has served the College of Law for many years providing trial and other practical experience for law students as interns in his office.

John McGarvey teaches Secured Transactions. He is a shareholder in Morgan & Pottinger in the firm’s Louisville office. Prof. McGarvey ‘s practice concentrates on secured transactions, municipal law, the representation of banks and other lenders in litigation, and matters under the Uniform Commercial Code. He has been elected to the American Law Institute and was recently appointed chairperson of the Legislative Council of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws. He is a 1973 graduate of the College of Law.

Margaret Pisacano, RN, JD, CPHRM, is the co-supervisor of the UK Health Care Externship. She is Associate General Counsel and Director of Risk Management at UK’s Chandler Medical Center.

Damon Preston is the Deputy Public Advocate and the supervising attorney for the Department of Public Advocacy (DPA) Externship. Prof. Preston is a 1994 graduate of Harvard Law School and began his legal career in the Criminal Appeals Branch of the Legal Aid Society in New York City. After joining DPA in 1997, he worked in the Richmond, Paducah, and Cynthiana trial offices before moving to DPA’s central office in Frankfort in 2004 where he served as Appeals Branch Manager and Trial Division Director prior to being appointed Deputy Public Advocate in January 2011.

Thaletia Routt is the supervising attorney for the UK Office of Legal Counsel Externship. She is Associate General Counsel for the University of Kentucky, and specializes in real estate law and transactions, construction matters, leases, probate matters, development and endowments, bankruptcy, and matters before the Kentucky Board of Claims. She is a 2000 graduate of the UK College of Law.

Thomas Rutledge teaches Business Planning. A Member of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC resident in the firm’s Louisville office, his practice is devoted to organizing, buying and selling businesses and disputes between business owners. A 1990 graduate of UK Law, he is a member of the American Law Institute, is widely published on topics of business organization law, and has served as the drafter of many of Kentucky’s business organization statutes.

Linda Smith is the supervising attorney for the Kentucky Innocence Project Externship. Prof. Smith was a social worker prior to graduating from Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 1994. After working for the Northern Kentucky Legal Aid Society, she moved to the Department Of Public Advocacy (DPA) as a Post-Conviction attorney. After seven years in private practice, Prof. Smith returned to DPA to work in the Capital Trial Branch. Most recently, she served as a staff attorney for Judge Michelle M. Keller, Kentucky Court of Appeals.

Larry Sykes co-teaches Labor Law. He is a member of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC in its Lexington office, and has been with the firm since 1983 upon his graduation from the UK College of Law. He is a member of the Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits Practice. He has extensive experience with claims of race, age and sex discrimination, sexual harassment, disability discrimination, breach of covenants not-to-compete and whistleblower claims under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.

William Thro teaches State Constitutional Law. Professor Thro is the General Counsel for the University of Kentucky. Prior to assuming his present position in 2012, he spent more than twenty years representing public universities including eight years as University Counsel of Christopher Newport University. He was previously Solicitor General of the Commonwealth of Virginia for four years, and in that capacity argued two cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and thirty-three cases in the lower appellate courts. Prof. Thro is a Kentucky native and a 1990 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law. He began his legal career as a judicial clerk to the late Judge Ronald E. Meredith of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in Louisville.

M. Lee Turpin is the supervising attorney for the Fayette County Attorney Externship. Prof. Turpin is First Assistant County Attorney. A 1992 graduate of the College of Law, she served as a judicial clerk for Judge John Adams in Fayette Circuit Court until 1994. Except for several years as a staff attorney with the Division of Natural Resources and Department of Corrections, she has been with the Fayette County Attorney’s Office. She has served as a general prosecutor, Director of the Domestic Violence Unit, and Director of Criminal Prosecution.

Andrea Welker is the supervising attorney for the Children’s Advocacy Today (CAT) Externship, and an attorney with the CAT office in the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. She is a 2009 graduate of the College of Law and also holds an MA in Diplomacy and International Commerce from UK’s Patterson School. She was previously in practice with the law firm of Gordon J. Dill, PSC, a firm devoted to general trial practice, including medical malpractice, employment litigation, domestic relations and criminal defense. Andrea returned to Lexington in 2010 to launch her own law practice shortly before joining CAT.

Jeffrey Yost is teaching Taxation I. He has been a tax partner at Jackson Kelly PLLC in Lexington for 30 years, practicing in individual, partnership, corporate, and charitable tax matters. He is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law and holds an LL.M. in Taxation from Georgetown University.

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