“The Lunsford Academy provided a balanced legal education that enabled me to be practice-ready upon graduation. It also afforded me the opportunity to form lasting professional friendships.”
Lunsford, a native of Piner, Kentucky, grew up on an 8-acre farm that he ran from the time he was 13 years old, he says. And It was on the farm that he learned to manage people effectively.
“My dad had a lot of confidence in me,” Lunsford says. “I took the responsibility seriously. We raised cattle, tobacco and raised and cut hay. It was my responsibility to hire the people to help me. As a result of that, it gave me a lot of background that helped me later on in life.”
Lunsford, now chairman and CEO of Lunsford Capital, came to NKU after meeting a Chase student taking night classes at the downtown YMCA on Central Parkway, the law school’s campus before becoming a part of NKU. Lunsford worked in the tax department at Alexandria Grant, and he decided to take night classes himself, which he did for four years.
“As I look back, that was a tremendous character-building time for me,” he says. “I don’t think I’ve ever worked harder. It prepared me for a life of work. I’ll never retire. Coming from a farmer’s family, they never really die. They fade away, and that’s how I expect my life to be.”
While a student at Chase, Lunsford also served in the Army Reserves. He worked 60 hours a week, went to law school at night and spent one weekend a month at the Ft. Thomas Army Reserve. Needless to say, he didn’t have a lot of spare time.
And he stays just as busy today. His political career includes service as treasurer of the Kentucky Democratic Party and Kentucky Secretary of Commerce, as well as a run for the United States Senate in 2008.
Lunsford has been involved as an investor, director and adviser to many local start-ups through Lunsford Capital, as he did even before founding the company. Chase’s W. Bruce Lunsford Academy for Law, Business + Technology was named after him following a $1 million gift to the college.
“I’ve done a lot of philanthropic things in my life, but I’ve never really put my name on anything. But this one was one I took a lot of pride in. I’m proud my name is on it.”
As Lunsford thinks back on his time at NKU, he’s thankful he made the jump to take those night classes.
“As I went into business, I realized how much law school meant to me. There are terrific amounts of legislation and regulations that affect starting a business, but I had the education to understand it, read it and know what I was doing,” he says. “The best years of my life were my years in college. I’ve done many different, diverse things as a result of my education at NKU. That’s why I’m so thankful I went here.”
Dean Daar was a practicing attorney following graduation from Georgetown University Law Center, prior to her academic career. She has been an interim dean, associate dean, and professor of law at Whittier Law School, in Costa Mesa, California, a clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.
As an educator, she has received the Teacher of the Year Award of the Whittier student body, the Teacher of the Year Award of the Whittier Alumni Association, and the Jay Healey Distinguished Teaching Award of the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Her other awards include the Suheil J. Muasher, M.D. Distinguished Service Award of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine for service to the organization.
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 administers the Chase Centers, which specialize in advocacy, entrepreneurship, cyber and data privacy law, and business and technology. She also manages the special events and alumni relations for the College of Law.
Jeannine also serves as general counsel for her family companies, Kentuckiana Alarms, Inc. and BeeSecureNow and is licensed to practice in Kentucky. She is active with the Northern Kentucky Bar Association serving as co-chair of the Women Lawyers Section and the American Bar Association’s Law Practice Division serving as co-chair of the ABA Women Rainmakers’ Women of Legal Tech Summit subcommittee and Local Programming subcommittee.
Prior to joining the administration at Chase, Jeannine and her husband taught English in Busan, South Korea. She played cello in the London Community Orchestra and is a member of the We Three Strings trio for weddings and other special events. Jeannine received her Bachelor of Arts in history with a minor in Islamic Studies from the University of Kentucky where she played in the Symphony Orchestra and studied French, Italian, and Arabic.
• Business Organizations
• Essential Quantitative Skills for Lawyers
• Law Practice Technology
• Intellectual Property and Other Intangible Assets: Drafting and Negotiating Strategies
• Law, Technology + Entrepreneurship
• Marketing for Lawyers
• Information Privacy Law
• Introduction to Cyber Law
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 for their clients, and ensure that they are able to advise their clients regarding the legal impact on finances.
In this course, students will develop a strong working knowledge of accounting concepts and mechanics allowing them to read and analyze financial statements and understand how they are relevant to the practice of law. Students will also explore important basic concepts of finance and the foundations of statistical analysis .
This course provides an introduction to the law of business organizations, with primary focus on corporations, partnerships and LLCs. The course includes discussion of different forms of business organizations including the mechanics of forming different types of business organizations, selecting an entity type, corporate governance, the role of the shareholder, and mergers and acquisitions. Students will also explore securities issuances and typical capitalization structures, along with a brief introduction to securities regulatory matters. No prior background in business law or economics is assumed. This course serves as the principal gateway to further study and practice in the business law field of corporate and securities law, and is relevant both to those who would form and represent business entities as well as those who contemplate engaging in litigation involving business entities.
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.
This course takes a transactional approach to survey the law of intellectual property rights – trademarks, patents, copyrights and trade secrets. Students will also learn about protecting other intangible rights with noncompetition agreements, publicity rights licenses, releases, and endorsement agreements.
In addition to learning about the laws that protect these rights, students will understand the fundamental elements of intangible rights and intellectual property licenses and explore the best practices for creating and protecting these rights. Students will develop skills to identify strategies for effective drafting and negotiation of transactions that involve intellectual property and other intangible rights.
Information comes to us in the form of patents, copyrights, trademarks, databases, photographs, and information stored in our GPS tracker, our Google search, our cell phones, and our health records. This course examines current U.S. practice regarding the right of an individual to control one’s personal information in transactional settings such as health care, financial services, e-commerce and social media. Students will explore the history of U.S. privacy, the current development of privacy regulation and identify the next steps necessary for expansion of U.S. policy in this area.
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.
Students will become efficient users of standard office software typically used by lawyers in practice, such as word processing, spreadsheets, and pdf documents. In a competitive legal market, lawyers who are proficient in the use of office software will reduce costs for their employers, clients, and their own businesses.
In addition, students will learn about software and other technologies designed for legal practitioners, providing students with a better practical foundation when they enter the modern legal market.
Finally, students will become familiar with technologies that compete with the services that lawyers provide, providing the students with a better understanding of how lawyers can distinguish their services from these products to provide value for their clients.
This course examines current U.S. practice regarding growing issues in Internet Governance and Cyberspace, emphasizing issues such as online copyright, cyber-property, net-neutrality and cyber-security affected by this regimen. Through student-directed research, the course will introduce students to the global, disruptive nature of digital networks and the impact that will have on future public policy.
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.
Students will learn the entrepreneurial experience firsthand to better serve tomorrow’s clients by experiencing tech entrepreneurship themselves—conceiving, designing, and building legal apps. Students will design and create a legal app in partnership with computer science students or a local software developer. Through this exercise, students will hone their abilities to educate themselves about a particular area of the law and articulate their legal knowledge to non-experts. Using technology to solve legal problems by applying the same critical thinking skills used in traditional law school courses, students will gain experience working as a team and communicating with team members and technology professionals regarding the legal and technological issues relevant to creating an app. Knowledge of software design or programming is not required for the course.
Every attorney needs marketing skills. Most of the time, these lessons are learned by trial and error while in the practice of law, either as a solo or small firm practitioner or as a member of a multi-national firm or corporation. In this course, students will learn about the social, legal, ethical and technological forces on marketing decision-making and the core concepts of marketing for attorneys. They will learn how to collect, process, and analyze consumer data to make informed marketing decisions while analyzing marketing problems and provide solutions. Students will also develop marketing plans and strategies to jumpstart their careers.
“Courses in accounting, technology, privacy, and business helped me enter my first year as a corporate associate with an understanding of concepts many graduates must develop in practice alone. “
Recent graduate Andrea Sager is applying her traditional legal knowledge, Lunsford Academy training in multi-discipline problem-solving, and networking abilities at a large Cincinnati law firm and with her own clothing line business.
“The Lunsford Academy has brought about improved networking skills for me. With a number of events, I have gradually seen my networking skills improve over the last three years,” she says. Those are not skills she acquired from a casebook, but ones she developed in Lunsford Academy seminars and receptions with alumni, lawyers, and business executives. They are the skills that help a new lawyer who knows about torts and tax laws develop the mentoring relationships and client base necessary for long-term success.”
This annual symposium co-hosted with the College of Informatics brings together IT and security professionals and data security and privacy attorneys for a one-day event focusing on cybersecurity challenges, legal issues, risk management, and best practices. As security breaches become more common at all levels of society – from the presidential to the personal – the Lunsford Academy continues to introduce students to the growing field of cybersecurity and cyber risk management.
Technology is becoming fully integrated in the practice of law. Modern legal work is now more dependent on the use of technology, in and out of the office, in order to practice more efficiently, serve clients more effectively, and better manage life.
ABA TECHSHOW is where lawyers, legal professionals, and technology all come together. Lunsford Scholars will attend ABA TECHSHOW in Chicago and learn about the most useful and practical technologies available to assist in their own future efficiency and effectiveness as attorneys.
ABA Law Practice Division, ABA TECHSHOW, and the Lunsford Academy produce an interactive think tank on closing the gender gap for women in legal technology. The all-day conference includes multiple short presentations, a recognition of the annual Legal Technology Resource Center’s Women of Legal Tech Honorees, and interactive workshops on closing the gender gap. View more information about this year’s Summit here.
Lunsford Academy faculty shared insights on cybersquatting and its relation to domain names with the local business and law community. They also discussed protecting your brand against attacks within social media.
Professors and practitioners gathered to discuss and analyze the future of the open internet, specifically in the matter of net neutrality including the European perspective on future regulations. They also debated balancing free online speech protections with national security and danger to society, including discussion of recent smartphone security and privacy issues between law enforcement and privacy advocates.
The field of gaming law has grown quickly thanks in large part to the role technology has played in opening speculation on sports to a larger audience. Leaders in gaming law discussed the future of regulatory actions in fantasy sports and online gaming.