Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Students Come to Aid of Popular African American Law Professor

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Students Come to Aid of Popular African American Law Professor

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Students and alumni at the University of Kentucky's College of Law are throwing their support behind a popular African American law professor who was denied tenure.

Darlene Goring, one of three Black faculty members at the college, was being considered last month for tenure and promotion from assistant to associate professor. Goring specializes in property and real estate law.

Goring, who has been at the college for six years, says she was denied tenure on the basis of "inadequate scholarship."

Law school Dean Allan Vestal, who is in his first year at the position, stands behind his position. "I believe, given the information of this case, I have made the right decision."

The move has prompted 80 students to organize a petition and letter-writing campaign in support of Goring. The students plan to circulate the petitions and write letters to Dr. Elisabeth A. Zinser, chancellor of the Lexington campus. …

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