WKU Public Radio News Staff
Mon July 7, 2014
Former Law School Classmates Seek to Honor Slain Somerset Attorney
Classmates of a murdered Somerset attorney are honoring his memory by seeking to create an endowment in his name. Mark Stanziano, 57, was shot and killed June 27 outside his law office in downtown Somerset. A suspect charged with the murder has pleaded not guilty.
Shortly after news of the killing broke, a group of Stanziano’s former University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law classmates decided to begin a fundraising campaign towards an endowment that would benefit the school’s moot court team.
U of L development officer J.P. Davis says the team offers law students the chance to practice what they’ve learned in a mock courtroom setting.
“The competition actually provides students with the opportunity to practice traditional appellate advocacy, mock trials, and alternative dispute resolution skills. It basically gives them an experiential opportunity to hone in on those skills,” Davis told WKU Public Radio.
Davis says the school is setting a $25,000 goal for the endowment.