The inductees are author and
historian Harry Caudill, Circuit Judge James Chenault and attorney Stephen B. Bright.
16, 2000 (Lexington, Ky.) The
late Appalachian author and historian Harry Caudill; long-time Kentucky Circuit Judge
James Chenault, and Stephen B. Bright, director of the Southern Center for Human Rights,
were inducted, on Wednesday, June 14, into the University of Kentucky College of Law Hall
law school also bestowed one of its highest honors, the Henry R. Heyburn Award, on UK law
graduate William E. Davis of San Francisco, Calif. Davis,
a principal with DPK Consulting in San Francisco, has specialized in helping foreign
nations establish new judicial systems. The
countries in which he worked include Columbia, Chile, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa
Rica, Argentina, Uruguay, Ecuador, Peru, Honduras, Pakistan and Palestine.
after his UK law school graduation in 1972, Davis worked as director of the Administrative
Office of the Courts in Kentucky. Later, he
was chief administration officer for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
awards ceremony was conducted at the Omni Netherland Plaza Hotel in Cincinnati and was
presided over by Allan Vestal, the new dean of the UK College of Law. Vestal begins his official duties at the
university July 3.
of Fame member Harry Caudill, who died in 1990, spent most of his 68 years in the eastern
Kentucky town of Whitesburg. He is best
known for his extensive writings about the rugged Appalachian area where he lived. Caudill's highly acclaimed book "Night Comes to the Cumberlands" (1963)
chronicled the effects of strip mining in eastern Kentucky.
addition to his writing, Caudill practiced law for 28 years, served three terms in the
Kentucky House of Representatives, and taught history at UK from 1976 to 1984.
graduated from the UK College of Law after his service in World War II where he saw action
in the North African and Italian campaigns.
James Chenault of Richmond has served as a circuit judge in Kentucky nearly four decades. He also has written and lectured extensively on
many legal topics including probation and parole, pre-trial release and many other topics,
and has received many state awards for his innovative court work.
was a member of the task force that did a preliminary study of the need for a new judicial
article for the Kentucky Constitution and was the keynote speaker at the Kentucky Citizens
Conference for Judicial Improvement in 1973 that launched the public campaign for judicial
1981, his circuit court became the first in the nation to use videotape as an official
third new member of the Hall of Fame is law school graduate Stephen B. Bright, who was
Student Government Association president at UK during his undergraduate years.
who has represented persons facing the death penalty at trial, on appeals and in
post-conviction proceedings since 1979, has been director of the Southern Center for Human
Rights since 1982. The center is a public
interest legal project based in Atlanta that provides legal representation to persons
facing the death penalty and to prisoners challenging unconstitutional conditions in
prisons and jails throughout the south.
also teaches criminal law at Yale, Harvard and Emory law schools.
has written extensively about the death penalty and has testified before committees of
both houses of Congress and many state legislatures.
He received the American Bar Association's Thurgood Marshall Award in 1998,
the Roger Baldwin Medal of Liberty presented in 1991 by the American Civil Liberties Union
and many other awards.
UK College of Law Hall of Fame was inaugurated in 1996 and now has 20 members.