3L Charles Rust is going beyond the basics of learning about criminal law and constitutional law at Chase. As a student in the W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology, he is also learning about financial accounting and law office technology. And there is more:
“The Lunsford Academy helped me develop the insight necessary to approach theoretical issues in a more pragmatic manner,” he says.
Charles plans to combine what he learns in traditional law school courses with his innovative courses in the Lunsford Academy into a career that could include working with the judiciary or a mix of litigation and transactional law. Whatever direction he chooses, he expects his Lunsford Academy experience to help him make a smooth transition from law student to lawyer.
Bob Furnier has practiced law nearly 35 years in firms of all sizes with a national practice focusing on complex litigation. During his career, he has represented individuals, corporations, and governmental entities in matters implicating many areas of the law, including antitrust, banking, bankruptcy, class actions, environmental, insurance coverage, mass tort, medical devices and malpractice, products liability, and sports. Along the way, he has managed law firms or participated in law firm leadership. In 2012, he cofounded the Furnier Muzzo Group, a law firm with offices in Ohio and Illinois.
Most notably, he served as an Assistant Special Prosecutor appointed by the Ohio Attorney General to investigate and prosecute crimes associated with the demise of the state’s savings and loan industry in 1985. He later represented Hamilton County, Ohio in antitrust litigation against the National Football League concerning the Paul Brown Stadium lease. After the country’s economic crisis in 2009, he led a group of litigators retained by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to investigate the collapse of a dozen banks in five states. Finally, he had the honor to represent Senator Roland Burris for two years on various matters, including arguing before U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals as to whether a special election should be held to fill the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.
Even before becoming the Director for the W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology at the Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law, Bob has had a strong interest in technology and the law. After regularly attending ABA TECHSHOW over 15 years, he became Vice Chair of the TECHSHOW Board. He has also served on the ABA e-Lawyering Task Force, created a legal startup company, worked on a team that won the Second Legal Startup Weekend held in Seattle, Washington in 2013, and has taught law and technology at the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Aside from serving with the ABA on its TECHSHOW Board, Bob is a Commissioner on the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Legal Profession, a member of the ABA Law Practice Division Council, Chair of the Division’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, and a member of the ABA Women Rainmakers Board.
Jeannine Abukhater Lambert has served in various capacities at NKU Chase College of Law since graduating in 2011. She worked in the alumni and advancement offices and, most recently, in communications. She is licensed to practice law in Kentucky and opened the Law Office of J. Abukhater Lambert in October 2012 practicing in immigration, criminal, and family law. Prior to attending law school, Jeannine worked in event planning with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and London Community Orchestra, and played cello in the London Community Orchestra. She taught English in Busan, South Korea with her husband in 2012. She received her Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in Islamic studies from the University of Kentucky.Continue Reading
The Lunsford Academy recognizes that the modern lawyer needs a basic understanding of the tools and language of business. Entrepreneurs, business leaders, clients, and professional colleagues all use a common set of disciplines and tools to share information, evaluate risk, and make financial decisions.
The Lunsford Academy provides students with competence in finance, accounting, and statistics so they can better understand the needs of their clients, make strategic decisions for their own businesses, and play a role in their clients’ financial decisions.
New lawyers are facing a changing legal marketplace. Traditional paths to practice are narrowing, competitive forces on the profession are increasing, and clients are demanding new types of services and service experiences.
The Lunsford Academy trains students in creative design and problem solving for their law practices. In addition, students also develop skills that allow them to fashion creative legal solutions for their clients’ businesses. In the Lunsford Academy, students develop the foundational skills for becoming business-competent lawyers and business leaders.
Business clients need attorneys who can advise them on maximizing their ability to generate revenue from their intellectual property.
The Lunsford Academy provides students with the skills necessary to identify strategies for effective drafting and negotiation of intellectual property licenses.
The modern legal practice requires a high-level of proficiency with technology. Attorneys without these skills generate additional costs for law firms and clients.
The Lunsford Academy instructs students in the efficient use of standard office technology in the practice of law and introduces them to legal technology products designed specifically for attorneys as well as the products that compete with lawyers.
In the Lunsford Academy, students also develop a legal app. Through this project, they gain a deeper understanding of the legal and technological issues relevant to developing software products and they learn how to articulate their legal knowledge to non-experts.