2014 Alumni Awards Luncheon

September 26, 2014, 11:30am – 1:00pm
Galt House, 140 N 4th St, Louisville, KY 40202
Registration Cost: $50. A discounted rate of $35 (which also includes lunch) for attendees who work in public service or are recent graduates of the law school (5 years or less)

Registration

Agenda

Speaker Bios

Rep. Gregory D. (Greg) Stumbo

Lawrence Grauman Award

After being elected to the House of Representatives in 1980, it took current House Speaker Greg Stumbo only 4 years to reach the powerful position of Majority Floor Leader, making him the youngest Majority Floor Leader in the country. He held that office for 19 years, until he was sworn in as Attorney General in 2004.

After ending his term as Attorney General, Speaker Stumbo was out of public office for only about five weeks before he was elected in a special election to his old House seat representing the 95th District. Speaker Stumbo returned to the House in February 2008 and, in January of 2009, was elected to the office of Speaker of the House, a position he still holds today.

Before becoming Attorney General, he was recognized as one of the best trial attorneys in the state and now has returned to practice law with the firm of Morgan and Morgan, the largest plaintiff’s firm in the nation. 

Those organizations recognizing him for his work include the Kentucky Family Safety Foundation, the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association, the Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, and the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce.  In 2011, he was inducted into the Frankel Hall of Fame by the Lexington Speech and Hearing Center, and each year he also hosts a charity event to raise money and support for the Highlands Center for Autism, which operates in his hometown of Prestonsburg.  

Speaker Stumbo is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a law degree from the University of Louisville. He has three children – Morgan, Brooks, and Kassidy – and is married to the former Mary Karen Henderson.

 

Sen. Robert Stivers

Lawrence Grauman Award

Robert Stivers has served in the General Assembly since 1997. He represents the 25th District, which encompasses Clay, Knox, Lee, Owsley, Whitley, Wolfe counties.

Senator Stivers was elected Senate President in 2013. President Stivers serves as chairman of the Senate Committee on Committees and Rules Committee. He is also the co-chair of the Legislative Research Commission.  

Senator Stivers currently serves as a member of the governing board of the Council of State Government, executive committee member of the Southern Legislative Conference, and member of the National Conference of State Legislatures. 

President Stivers is the recipient of many statewide awards and has been recognized numerous times by his hometown. Senator Stivers won the Kentucky County Attorneys Association’s Legislative Excellence Award in both 2012 and 2007. He also was honored by the Kentucky League of Cities and Operation Unite in 2012. The Associated General Contractors awarded him with the Legislative Award of Merit in 2011 and he was recognized for his work by the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives. In 2010, the Kentucky Assisted Living Facilities Association honored Senator Stivers for his dedication to the most vulnerable. In 2009, Senator Stivers was honored by the Kentucky County Judge-Executive Association and awarded the Public Safety Award from the Department of Public Advocacy.  

Senator Stivers was born on December 24, 1961. He graduated from the University of Kentucky, with a degree in industrial management and minor in economics, and earned his law degree from the University of Louisville. Married to Regina Crawford Stivers, he is a practicing attorney in Manchester and has four children, Joshua, Caroline, Margaret, and Robert. 

 

Jeff Been

Dean's Service Award

Jeffrey A. Been is an attorney and Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society, a non-profit public interest law firm advocating on behalf of the low-income community. He also serves as an adjunct professor for the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law where he teaches classes on poverty law. 

Jeff is a graduate of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana and of the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis.

Prior to his work at Legal Aid, Jeff served as a prosecutor, a judicial law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and on the faculty at the IU Law School—Indianapolis. Jeff founded both the AIDS Legal Project for Indiana Legal Services and the HIV/AIDS Legal Project at the Legal Aid Society. 

Jeff is a member of the Indiana and Kentucky Bar Associations and has served as a board member and officer on various civic and professional organizations, including the Louisville Bar Association, the Louisville Metro Human Relations Commission, Metro United Way, Community Action Partnership, Kentucky Equal Justice Center, Council of Agency Executives, and Doctors and Lawyers for Kids.  Jeff is also a Commissioner on Kentucky’s Access to Justice Commission.

Jeff is the past recipient of the Louisville Bar Association’s Justice Martin E. Johnstone Special Recognition Award. He is also one of the inaugural 2014 Fellows of the Health Meets Justice Fellowship, a national fellowship program designed to encourage the integration of health and legal interventions for low-income client communities.   

 

Hon. Eddy Coleman

Distinguished Alumnus 

Pike Circuit Judge Eddy Coleman was appointed to his position in April 1995. As a judge he has worked to clear a criminal backlog to meet the American Bar Association’s national standard for promptness. When he took office, the Commonwealth Attorney and the defense lawyers would not discuss a plea bargain until the case was a year old; at the present time, 90% of felony cases in his court are resolved within six months and virtually all of them are resolved within a year.

Through his many years of experience on the bench, Judge Coleman has learned that addiction problems account for many of the people in the criminal justice system. Almost ten years ago, Judge Coleman started the Pike Circuit Drug Court. This program allows a drug addict to exchange time in jail for public work, drug testing and counseling. More recently, Judge Coleman became one of only six judges to participate in a pilot program to strictly supervise probationers who cannot succeed at probation without frequent drug testing and frequent contact with their probation officer. In Kentucky it is called Smart Probation, and it is based on the Hawaiian Hope Probation model. This pilot program may result in a permanent change in the way convicted felons are supervised across the state.

For many years, Judge Coleman has been a member of the Kentucky Circuit Judges’ Education Committee which develops the education programs for his fellow judges including the annual judicial colleges and the orientation program for new judges. He has taught at many of these programs usually focusing on judicial ethics and administrative issues faced by all circuit judges. There are occasionally special meetings held to educate judges on new issues. For example, after the passage of House Bill 463, Judge Coleman helped plan and taught at the meeting where judges were instructed about the many changes House Bill 463 made in the criminal law of Kentucky.

Since 2006, Judge Coleman has represented the state’s circuit judges on the Judicial Conduct Commission. This Commission deals with all complaints filed against Kentucky judges alleging an ethical violation. Judge Coleman sat on the Pike County Project Development Board which was responsible for the planning and building of the new Pike County Judicial Center. He is the Chief Judge of the Pike Circuit Court and the Vice Chief Circuit Judge of the Mountain Region.  He has taught Business Law as an adjunct instructor at the University of Pikeville.

Judge Coleman is a member of the First Baptist Church of Pikeville where he serves as a substitute teacher for his Sunday school class, but most often is in front of the church greeting people who come to Sunday school. Judge Coleman belongs to the Pikeville Rotary Club where he is a Paul Harris Fellow. He is also a past president of the University of Pikeville Alumni Association and a Past Master of Stone Lodge F & AM #890. Judge Coleman has been married to Frances Smith Coleman for 26 years. They have raised one daughter together, Tabatha Beach Leipprandt whose husband, Phillip, is a gastroenterologist at Pikeville Medical Center. 

 

Patricia Walker Fitzgerald

Distinguished Alumna  

Judge FitzGerald has been a Family Court Judge since 1995 when she was appointed to Jefferson Circuit Court by Governor Brereton Jones. She is Chief Judge of the Jefferson Circuit Court, Family Division.    

Because Jefferson County's Family Court has been recognized as a leading model for other states, Judge FitzGerald has spoken in other states about Kentucky's unified family court system, including meeting with the agencies in Washington, D.C. and the Supreme Court of the state of Florida as they considered establishing family courts in those areas. She has consulted with the PEW Commission on several initiatives by that agency.

Judge FitzGerald has been involved in numerous activities related to court improvement over the years.  A few examples of her work include:

  • Judge FitzGerald served two terms as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and has been active with the Council for a number of years.  She has been a frequent faculty member of the NCJFCJ Judicial College in Reno, Nevada and has conducted training for judges in a number of states across the country. Her work with NCJFCJ has included, but is not limited to, such activities as:
  • Advisory Committee, Permanency Planning for Children Department 
  • Interstate Compact on Placement of Children, Sibling Visitation, and Divorce Committees
  • Safe Havens: Supervised Visitation & Safe Exchange Grant Program, National Advisory Committee
  • Lead Judge, NCJFCJ Victim's Model Court Project since 1997

Judge FitzGerald’s other activities have included regular speaking engagements across the country, such as (limited examples):

Speaker, Symposium, NCJFCJ & Child Welfare League of America,

Improving Educational Outcome for Youth in Care, February, 2002

Panelist and speaker at Askew Institute of Abused and Neglected Children Conference: Building Partnerships to Meet Children's Needs, University of Florida, March, 2006

Speaker, Council of Chief Justices' Summit on Child Protection, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2005

Judge FitzGerald is a member of the Kentucky Judicial Education Academy Board and  routinely plans and presents judicial education programs for judges and other professionals in Kentucky.

Judge FitzGerald helped draft Kentucky’s first statewide Family Court Rules of Practice and Procedure which were implemented in 2011; she sits on the Supreme Court Family Court Rules Committee which regularly reviews proposed amendments to the rules. 

 

Cathy Tang

Distinguished Alumna   

Cathy Tang is the Chief Legal Officer of KFC Corporation in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a member of KFC’s senior leadership team, providing strategic advice on a wide range of matters impacting the KFC business, including franchise relations, marketing and advertising initiatives and innovation. Prior to becoming the CLO for KFC in August 2009, Cathy served in a number of legal leadership roles across the YUM! Brands organization, including Managing Director, YUM Global Trademarks/IP and Senior Counsel with Pizza Hut, Inc. in Dallas, Texas, advising on a broad range of legal issues, including marketing and advertising, product development/QA, information technology and franchising matters. Prior to rejoining YUM Brands in 2002, Cathy was a senior attorney with Dell, Inc. in Round Rock, Texas, where she served as senior counsel for Dell's Consumer and Global business segments, focusing on new business development, e-commerce, global sales and marketing initiatives. She started her in-house counsel career with PepsiCo, Inc. as counsel with KFC in Louisville, moving into positions of increasing responsibility with assignments in London (PepsiCo Restaurants International) and Dallas (Pizza Hut). Cathy began her legal career as a litigation associate with the law firm of Stites and Harbison in Louisville.   

Cathy received her B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville.  

She is committed to volunteer work that makes a difference for others in her company, her community and the foodservice industry. She has served on the Board of Directors for several non-profit organizations in Dallas and currently serves on the Board of the Women’s Foodservice Forum and as a Trustee of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy in Louisville. She is also passionate about mentoring the next generation of leaders in business and the community and often presents on the topics of authentic leadership, career development and work life success. Cathy grew up in Dallas, Texas, and is an avid Dallas Cowboys fan. She enjoys cooking, traveling, sports and most of all spending time with her husband, Daniel, and 6-year old son, Jacob.    

 

Greg Cinnamon

Distinguished Alumnus

Greg Cinnamon is a partner in the Atlanta office of Kilpatrick Townsend, an AmLaw 100 law firm. His practice focuses on advising public and private companies and financial sponsors in connection with mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, business dispositions, and commercial activities in the US, Europe, Latin America and Asia. As lead legal counsel, he has negotiated and closed transactions in more than 40 countries.  

He has lived, studied and worked in Shanghai, Manchester UK, and Tokyo. In Tokyo, Greg practiced law with the Tokyo law firm of Mitsui, Yasuda, Wani and Maeda. Before beginning his legal career, Mr. Cinnamon was an internal auditor with RJ Reynolds/Nabisco. He is a frequent speaker at national legal and industry conferences on mergers and acquisitions, investments and joint ventures. Greg speaks conversational Japanese and French. He is a 1986 cum laude graduate of the University of Louisville School of Law and holds a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Kentucky (1981) and an LL.M. in Taxation from Emory University (1994).

Greg has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2009 and has also been listed in Legal 500 and Georgia SuperLawyers. 

 

Scott Furkin

Distinguished Alumnus 

D. Scott Furkin has served as Executive Director of the Louisville Bar Association (LBA) since May 2007. He is responsible for staff management, program planning and operation, implementing board policies and serving as liaison to the courts as well as other local, state and national organizations.

A 1982 graduate of the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law, Scott began his legal career as a staff attorney with the Kentucky Supreme Court. For 15 years thereafter, he was in private practice as a civil trial attorney, earning an AV Martindale-Hubbell rating from his peers. He has also served as Executive Director of the Brain Injury Association of Kentucky and General Counsel to the Administrative Office of the Courts.

Scott is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association as well as a past president of the LBA. He has been involved in bar association activities for more than 25 years, including writing articles for legal publications, lecturing at continuing legal education seminars and volunteering for law-related public service programs. He is currently serving as secretary of a medical-legal partnership known as Doctors & Lawyers for Kids. 

 

Peter L. Schuler

Gail Robinson Award 

Peter L. Schuler graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1972 and Brandeis School of Law in 1975.

In 1976 he began working for the Louisville Metro Public Defender as a staff trial attorney in the Adult Division. In 1981 he became the Chief Juvenile Defender in that office and remained in that position until his retirement in 2013. In addition to handling his own hefty caseload, he supervised attorneys handling juvenile status and public offense cases as well as lawyers representing adults and juveniles in civil commitment cases for mentally ill clients.

During his thirty-seven (37) year career as a public defender, Peter was a tireless advocate in his opposition to the death penalty for adults as well as juveniles. 

He worked to limit the Commonwealth’s ability to try young offenders as adult criminals in circuit court. 

He worked with community leaders to establish diversion programs, such as Restorative Justice Louisville, in an attempt to keep young offenders from being prosecuted in the criminal justice system. 

His was also a persistent voice for the deinstitutionalization of status offenders.

In 2012 he was named to and served on Governor Beshear’s Juvenile Justice Task Force, which aimed to improve the way Kentucky deals with status offenders.

On August 9, 2013 he obtained a not guilty jury verdict in Jefferson Circuit Court in the nationally publicized murder trial of Joshua Young.

In 1999 Peter received the In Re Gault Award from the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy. 

He was given the Juvenile Justice Award by the KACDL in 2005. 

In 2013 he was honored by the LBA with its Professionalism and Excellence Award.

Throughout his career Peter was guided by his Office’s founding principle “to provide the best legal defense that money can’t buy”.

Upon his retirement, Peter and his wife, Debra Moore, moved to Coeur d’Alene, ID in order to be with their family, including four (4) grandchildren. 

 

Cinnamon Butler

Recent Alumna Award

Cinnamon Butler began her legal career in 2007 as a prosecutor for the Jefferson County Attorney's Office. In 2009, she moved to the District of Columbia to work for the United States Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights. Here, she writes final agency decisions on civil rights discrimination complaints. 

In 2012, Butler was featured in the Black Enterprise magazine regarding her career in agriculture law. She received her BS in Agriculture from the University of Kentucky and JD from the University of Louisville. 

In the fall of 2013, Butler was selected to participate in the Presidential Management Council where she contributed to the development of the 2015 President's Budget for the White House Office of Management and Budget.   

Licensed in Kentucky and DC, Butler has been a featured speaker on property rights and estate planning at the annual Kentucky Small, Limited Resource, and Minority Farmers Conference in Frankfort, Kentucky and provides pro bono services at the Probate Resource Center in the District of Columbia.  

 

Professor Samuel A. Marcosson

Excellence in Teaching 

Professor Marcosson graduated from Yale Law School in 1986. After clerking for Judge George C. Pratt on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, he joined the appellate staff at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C., where he spent the next eight years briefing and arguing cases in the federal courts of appeals. During that time, Professor Marcosson also helped to design and conduct the EEOC's training program for its employees after enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act before it went into effect in 1992.

Since joining the faculty, Professor Marcosson's research and writing has concentrated on constitutional law (especially the Fourteenth Amendment), and the civil rights issues facing lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and transgendered people. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Lesbian and Gay Legal Association, and was the programming coordinator for its annual conference in 1998.  Professor Marcosson currently serves on the Coordinating Committee of the Fairness Campaign, Louisville's long-standing LGBT civil rights organization.

In 2002, Professor Marcosson published the book, Original Sin: Clarence Thomas and the Failure of the Constitutional Conservatives. It takes a critical look at the record of the Supreme Court's most conservative members, examining whether they have been consistent in applying their "originalist" method of constitutional interpretation, especially in the landmark case deciding the presidential election of 2000.

From 2004-2006, he served as the School of Law's Associate Dean for Student Life.  From 2005 through 2011-12, his Professor Marcosson chaired the law school's Admissions Committee, and in so doing helped welcome each year's incoming first year class.

Professor Marcosson teaches Constitutional Law, Sexual Orientation and the Law, Employment Discrimination, and Criminal Law. 

 

Rebecca B. Wimberg

Outstanding Staff Member

Becky Wimberg is Assistant to the Dean at the Brandeis School of Law. She started working at the law school on January 2, 1974 as a receptionist. Shortly thereafter, she became secretary to Assistant Dean Steve Smith. She has worked under six deans: Jim Merritt, Hal Wren, Barbara Lewis, Don Burnett, Laura Rothstein, and Jim Chen; four interim deans: Steve Smith, Norvie Lay, David Ensign, and Susan Duncan; and at least seventeen associate deans: Steve Smith, Norvie Lay, Linda Ewald, Les Abramson, Bill Dolson, Jackie Kanovitz, David Leibson, Tom Blackburn, Cedric Powell, Enid Trucios-Haynes, Sam Marcosson, Kathy Bean, John Cross, Tony Arnold, Susan Duncan, Tim Hall, and Rick Nowka. She has seen thousands of students graduate.

Becky is the recipient of the 2004 University of Louisville Outstanding Performance Award.  In her time away from the Law School, she enjoys traveling, quilting, and spending time with her grandchildren.