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.
Academy Director Matthew Tokson is both a law school professor and a legal futurist. As a professor, he brings his experience as a teaching fellow at the University of Chicago Law School and a law clerk for Supreme Court of the United States justices to the Chase classroom. As a futurist, he shapes an academy curriculum that goes beyond case law to anticipate the multi-discipline skills lawyers will need in a profession in which law, business, and technology are increasingly interconnected. His legal research at Chase has earned him national recognition as a rising star among law school professors.Director Matt Tokson Shines a New Light on Privacy
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.