Law Alumni Awards Banquet
The Waterford Room at the Galt House, 140 N 4th Street, Louisville, KY 40202
Charles W. Hebel, Jr., 1955
Lawrence Grauman Award
Charles Hebel has set a standard of excellence that colleagues and associates strive to follow, and that clients trust. With over 55 years of experience in real estate law, he has demonstrated best practices in real estate closings, planning and zoning, estate planning, corporate and business organizations, and tax deferred exchanges. Charles Hebel has attained a well-earned reputation as one of the region's most accomplished practitioners. He has lectured at University of Louisville, Jefferson Community College, Kentucky Real Estate Commission and the Louisville Board of Realtors.
A native of Louisville, Hebel attended Brandeis School of Law, and graduated Cum Laude in 1955. He is a member of the Louisville, Kentucky and American Bar Associations and serves on various community boards. Hebel has served on the board of various not-for-profit organizations such as Farmington Plantation, Riverside Farnsley-Moreman House, Portland Museum, Louisville Orchestra and, Speed Museum, Decorative Arts and Charter Collectors, and Legacy Society.
Hebel has been married for more than 50 years and has two children and five grandchildren. Hebel and his wife are avid travelers and share a love of fine art, antiques and thoroughbred racing.
Dean's Service Award
Joe Gutmann began his law career in the Office of the Commonwealth's Attorney in November of 1982 where he served as an Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney. Gutmann received his BA from University of Louisville and his JD from Northern Kentucky University. He left the prosecutor’s office in 2005 to teach at Central High School in Louisville when he was asked to serve as the coordinator of Central’s Law and Government Magnet program. In 2007, law students from the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law began assisting in teaching the curriculum at Central under Gutmann’s supervision.
He is known for his dedication and commitment to his students ensuring that they have the tools they need to succeed, that they receive his excellent guidance, and that they can attend special educational events. He is a tireless advocate for his students and is well known for giving them “tough love.” The Central students who are in his class and the law students who teach in the Law Magnet think highly of him. The admiration, affection and respect students have for him doesn’t stop when they graduate. Students often return to him for help and advice.
Gutmann is the recipient of Prosecutor of the Year award from the Commonwealth Attorney's Office in 1986, Prosecutor of the Year award in 1993 from Kentucky Voice for Crime Victims, a Certificate of Appreciation from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for his continued dedication in the fight against drunk-driving, and was recognized in 2010 as the Street Law Educator of the Year.
W. Douglas Myers, 1974
Doug Myers is the current president of the Kentucky Bar Association. He was appointed to the KBA Board of Governors (2005-10) and was elected Vice-President in 2010. Other professional associations he is involved in are Southern Conference of Bar Presidents, Kentucky Justice Association, American Justice Association, American Board of Trial Advocates, American Trial Lawyers Association and the Kentucky Bar Foundation.
Myers received both his MS and BS degrees from Murray State University and his JD from Brandeis School of Law where he was a staff member of the Journal of Family Law and Editor of Louisville Lawyer. Immediately after graduation he was a law clerk to Justice Marvin J. Sternberg, Supreme Court of Kentucky. He currently is with the firm of Deatherage, Myers & Lackey, PLLC.
Myers lives in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, with his wife and three children.
Ronald G. Geary, 1974
Ronald G. Geary has a great love for thoroughbred horses that began when he was in college. Geary is President and Owner of Ellis Park Race Track.
Geary joined ResCare in 1989 and was instrumental in taking the company public in 1992. Under Geary’s leadership, ResCare grew from serving 1,378 persons in six states and Puerto Rico to offering supports to hundreds of thousands in 36 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Canada. ResCare has been named four times as one of Forbes Magazine’s 200 Best Small Companies in America. Geary retired on June 22, 2006, after 16 years as President and CEO of ResCare.
Prior to joining ResCare, Mr. Geary served as President and Consultant to Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary from 1986-1989. He was also involved in government service, holding the positions of Kentucky Secretary of the Revenue Cabinet and member of the executive cabinet in Governor John Y. Brown’s administration. Mr. Geary served as Kentucky’s Assistant Secretary of State from 1989-1990 and Secretary of the Cabinet of Jefferson County from 1984-1985.
Before entering government work, Mr. Geary was a partner in the law firm of Barnett and Alagia. Prior to that time, he founded and served as managing director of the accounting firm of Geary, Balbach and Hardt. Geary also serves on the boards of Ventas (NYSE), First Capital Bank of Kentucky, Appriss, Inc., Pet Suites, Inc., Evansville Icemen, and Louisville Executive Aviation. For several years Geary was an appointed member of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, serving as chairman and member of the investment committee.
Mr. Geary earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kentucky and a JD from Brandeis School of Law. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of law by the Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary in 1989.
Michael J. Stone, 1977
Michael J. Stone serves as President and Chief Operating Officer of RLI Corp’s insurance subsidiaries; RLI Insurance Co., RLI Indemnity Co., Mt. Hawley Insurance Co., and Contractors Bonding Insurance Co. He is responsible for the overall direction of the companies’ insurance operations.
Stone joined the company in 1996 as Vice-President, Claim. He was promoted to Executive Vice-President in 1998 and was appointed to his current position in 2002. He joined RLI from The Travelers in Hartford, CT where he began his employment in 1977. He worked for Crawford & Co. Insurance Adjusters from 1970 to 1977.
Stone received a bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine College in Louisville and his JD, magna cum laude, from Brandeis School of Law.
Stone sits on the Board of Directors for Methodist Health Services System and South Side Bank, both in Peoria, Iowa Health Systems in DesMoines, Maui Jim, Maui, HI and RLI Corp.
Stephanie Miller, 1981
Stephanie Miller has been successfully practicing admiralty law, dealing primarily with inland river traffic, from barges to casinos as well as ocean traffic, for more than thirty years.
Miller is legally blind, having lost most of her sight while in college. Undaunted, she completed her undergraduate studies and graduated from Brandeis School of Law in 1981. She was admitted to the bar the same year.
While obtaining her undergraduate and law degrees Miller raised three daughters as a single parent. Struggling financially, she was able to juggle her school, work and family life successfully. While in law school, she clerked for the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky. After graduating from law school, she joined the firm of Miller and Miller, becoming a partner. She is respected by her peers and
received an AV rating in Martindale-Hubbell.
While practicing law, Miller served her alma mater as an adjunct instructor and lectured on admiralty law at various continuing legal education programs. Miller served two terms on the Louisville Housing Authority. She has argued cases in the Sixth Circuit, appeared regularly before the District Court of the Western District of Kentucky and various other Federal District Courts, in state circuit courts and the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Miller has been admitted to practice before the Supreme
Court of the United States.
Miller has two daughters who have followed in her footsteps and are practicing law. Another daughter is a nurse practitioner. She is the proud grandmother of four.
Enoch Poon, 1994
Enoch Poon is an entrepreneur who was born in China and grew up in Hong Kong. He is the founder and president of Innovative International LLC of Tampa, Florida. His company specializes in consumer product design and manufacturing. As an inventor and patent holder, his products can be found in most big box retail stores worldwide. He is also the founder and manager of Amstin LLC, a company that specializes in commercial real estate investment and development. He was honored as the Business Person of the Year in 2007 during the International Business Summit in Tampa, Florida. Prior to staring a career in international business, Enoch was an associate attorney with Ogden, Newell & Welch in Louisville and a systems engineer with Humana.
Poon received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from Greenville College, and his JD from Brandeis School, of Law where he was a member of the Journal of Law and Education. He also holds an Executive Certificate in Technology, Operations & Value Chain Management from M.I.T. and is also a licensed U.S. Customs broker and a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designee.
Poon is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and Taiwanese and is a frequent speaker on the subjects of international trade and entrepreneurship. He was a prior president of the Organization of Chinese Americans Kentuckiana Chapter and currently serves as a director of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association in Tampa. He lives in Tampa with his wife, Beth, and their two children. He wants to thank his family for allowing him to achieve the Two Million Milers status from Delta Airlines.
Joshua D. Farley, 2006
At the age of twenty-nine, Josh Farley became one of the youngest attorneys ever to appear before the Supreme Court of the United States on their own petition for certiorari and win; securing an 8-1 victory for the Commonwealth of Kentucky in Kentucky v. King, 131 S.Ct. 1849 (2011). He has filed nearly 250 briefs with the Kentucky Supreme Court and the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and has filed various pleadings, memoranda, and briefs in state circuit courts, federal district courts, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He currently has a second petition for certiorari pending at the Supreme Court of the United States.
Additionally, Farley has twenty-nine published opinions and has appeared for oral argument fifteen times: nine times at the Kentucky Supreme Court, five times at the Kentucky Court of Appeals, and once at the Supreme Court of the United States.
Farley currently is practicing criminal defense, personal injury, medical malpractice, and appellate law with Michael Hawkins & Associates in Frankfort, Kentucky. Prior to joining Michael Hawkins & Associates he was employed for five years as an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Kentucky Attorney General. He is a frequent presenter and speaker on criminal and appellate law, presenting at the 2007 Kentucky Mid-Winter Prosecutors Conference, and the 2010-2012 Kentucky Prosecutors Conferences. Farley has been a guest speaker and lecturer on appellate issues and oral advocacy at University of Vermont Law School, University of Chicago Law School, Brandeis School of Law, and the Kentucky State Government Bar Association. He received specialized training in Supreme Court of the United States Advocacy (2010) and Appellate Advocacy (2011) presented by the National Association of Attorneys General.
Farley received his bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and his JD from Brandeis School of Law. While in law school, Josh was inducted into the Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels and the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry. Following law school, Josh worked at Boehl Stopher & Graves in Louisville, Kentucky prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office.
Excellence in Teaching
Luke Milligan is an Associate Professor of Law at Brandeis School of Law. He joined the faculty in 2008. Professor Milligan teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Law & Religion, and Jurisprudence. His scholarship centers on how judges make rules regulating the criminal justice system. Milligan’s articles have been published by Boston University Law Review, Cardozo Law Review, Emory Law Journal, Georgia Law Review, and Washington & Lee Law Review, among others. He is a member of University of Louisville's Faculty Senate and Kentucky’s Public Advocacy Commission.
Prior to joining the faculty at Brandeis, Milligan was a litigator at Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. His practice focused on white-collar criminal defense and complex civil litigation matters. Before his time with Williams & Connolly he served as law clerk to Judge Edith Brown Clement of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Martin L.C. Feldman of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Milligan is an honors graduate of Emory Law School, where he was articles editor of the Emory Law Journal. He also worked on antitrust investigations at the U.S. Department of Justice and death penalty matters at the Carter Center.
In recent years Milligan has been a visiting professor at Emory Law School and a visiting lecturer at the University of Turku (Finland) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa.
Outstanding Staff Member
Barbara Thompson is the Director of Student Records at Brandeis School of Law. She started working at the law school in 1971 as a faculty secretary and records clerk. Thompson says "… because of the students, faculty and staff here at the law school I can say that I have a job that I truly love. I am very privileged to work with such dedicated faculty and staff who keep things here at the law school running smoothly."
Thompson has a passion for giving back to the community through volunteer work. She has dedicated many years of volunteer service to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana, Rockford Lane Youth Sports in Louisville, Canine Companion for Independence where she helped raise funds to support training service dogs, Spouse Abuse Center and Center for Women & Families, YMCA, Noe Middle School Sports Club Program, The Family Place, Ormsby Heights Baptist Church, Farnsley Neighborhood Place, Oak Lea Neighborhood Association, and presently with Exit 0 feeding the homeless.
She is the recipient of an Unsung Shero Award, presented to her at the 2011 Women of Color Transformation Tea. The Women of Color Transformation Tea is an open forum for the diverse spectrum of women of color and friends and began in 1997 at University of Louisville. The Tea affords women an opportunity to empower one another by sharing concerns, problems and positive suggestions. She is also the recipient of the 1995 University of Louisville Outstanding Performance Award and the Black Law Student Association's Special Recognition Award for 40 years of service.
Kevin McNally, 1976
Gail Robinson Award
In this new award, honoring Gail Robinson, we first honor the award’s namesake.
Ms. Gail Robinson was a 1976 graduate of our law school. Robinson was a long time employee of the Department of Public Advocacy and will be remembered for her numerous contributions but especially for her work with Kentucky’s juvenile law. Ms. Robinson was a tireless advocate for Kentucky’s youth and mentored many attorneys who represented children. This award will be given to an alum who has dedicated his or her career to public interest law.
The first recipient of the Gail Robinson Award is Kevin McNally, an attorney in private practice in Frankfort, Kentucky. He specializes in capital litigation, particularly at the trial level, having been involved in many death penalty trials in Kentucky and other states. He represented an Arizona client who had spent 14 years on death row before winning an acquittal in June of 1995. In 1997, another client was found not guilty in a cross-racial carjacking/murder, one of the few acquittals in a potential federal death penalty case. McNally formerly headed the capital trial unit for the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy.
McNally has spoken on a variety of topics related to capital litigation and criminal law in more than thirty states. He has argued two cases before the Supreme Court of the United States, and numerous cases before other appellate courts.
McNally serves as a Federal Death Penalty Resource Counsel, a position he has held since 1992. He became the Director of the Project in 2006. FDPRC coordinate the defense of federal capital cases throughout the country.
Formerly an instructor at the University of Kentucky School of Law, he received his JD from Brandeis School of Law in 1976, magna cum laude. McNally is a founding member of the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Please come to the Alumni Awards and visit with your colleagues, classmates, staff and faculty of the law school to help us celebrate the accomplishments of these UofL Brandeis School of Law Alumni/ae!
See you on June 19th!