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UK Rosenberg College of Law Hosts Events, Traveling Exhibit to Mark Anniversary of 19th Amendment

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 16, 2020) — To commemorate the centennial of the 19th Amendment, the University of Kentucky J. David Rosenberg College of Law will host multiple events running Monday, Oct. 19, through Friday, Oct. 23, as well as Wednesday, Oct. 28. A traveling exhibit from the American Bar Association (ABA) will be on display in the UK Rosenberg Law building Oct. 19-30.

In addition, the UK Law Library staff recently created a comprehensive website to accompany the ABA 19th Amendment Traveling Exhibit. 

The following programs are virtual and open to the public:

Monday, Oct. 19

noon-1 p.m.

ABA Traveling Exhibit: 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 19th Amendment Kickoff Event 

"100 Years After the 19th Amendment: Their Legacy, and Our Future,” a traveling exhibit created by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress, will be on display in the Rosenberg Law building. The six-banner, free-standing exhibit features historic photos and artifacts, and it details the story of the battle for ratification and outlines the challenges that remain.

Since late last year, the exhibit has traveled from state to state, stopping at law schools, courthouses and libraries across the country. It will be on display Oct. 19-30 and visitors to the exhibit are expected to practice social distancing guidelines.

Speakers include:

  • Mary J. Davis, interim dean and professor, UK Rosenberg College of Law;
  • Roula Allouch, 2006 UK Rosenberg Law graduate, Graydon Law, and member of the ABA Commission on the 19thAmendment;
  • Melanie Goan, UK associate professor of history and Kentucky Women Suffrage Project volunteer;
  • Judge Melissa Murphy, a 2001 UK Rosenberg Law alumna, Fayette District Court; and
  • Caroline Augenstein, UK Rosenberg Law 2021 and UK Women’s Law Caucus president.

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Wednesday, Oct. 21

5:30-6:30 p.m.

UK Rosenberg Law, Libraries and the History of Strong Women on the University Campus 

In the midst of the 2020 presidential election season, the UK Women & Philanthropy Network and UK Rosenberg College of Law invite you to a virtual discussion about the history of women at the University of Kentucky during the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

Speakers include:

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Thursday, Oct. 22  

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Lunch at Rosenberg Law: Faculty Lecture Series 

This event is the first in a new series at the UK J. David Rosenberg College of Law. Interim Dean Mary J. Davis will discuss the state of the law school and the challenges, changes and successes of the past year. We will then welcome Joshua A. Douglas, Ashland, Inc.-Spears Distinguished Research Professor of Law, for a conversation about the upcoming election and voting issues in the news.

Professor Douglas teaches and researches election law and voting rights, civil procedure, constitutional law, and judicial decision-making. His most recent legal scholarship focuses on the constitutional right to vote, with an emphasis on state constitutions, as well as the various laws, rules and judicial decisions impacting election administration. He has also written extensively on election law procedure. 

Speakers include:

  • Mary J. Davis, interim dean and professor, UK Rosenberg College of Law; and 
  • Joshua A. Douglas, Ashland, Inc-Spears Distinguished Research Professor of Law, UK Rosenberg College of Law.

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Wednesday, Oct. 28

noon-1 p.m.

Shall Not Be Denied or Abridged 

UK Rosenberg College of Law Professor Emerita Carolyn S. Bratt will present "Shall Not Be Denied or Abridged," a history of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which established American women’s right to vote. Using artifacts from her own suffrage collection and other sources, Bratt takes us from the beginning of the suffrage movement to the present; explores the strategies women employed on the road to ratification; reveals the movement’s discrimination against women of color and immigrants; and honors the fearlessness, suffering and perseverance it took for women to succeed in gaining the right to vote. As you will learn, the ratification of the 19th Amendment was only beginning; the struggle continues.

Speakers include:

  • Allison I. Connelly, professor and director of the Legal Clinic and H. Wendell Cherry Professor of Law, UK Rosenberg College of Law; and
  • Carolyn S. Bratt, professor emerita, UK Rosenberg College of Law.

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