Student Successes

Chase students enjoy making the most of their law school experience inside and outside of the classroom and library. This page periodically features a few such successes. 

Faraz Rizvi

S. Faraz Rizvi '16 was elected regional treasurer for the Midwest Black Law Student Association (MWBLSA) at the organization’s annual convention held in Indianapolis from February 18 to 22, 2015. Faraz will serve as treasurer for the 2015-2016 academic years and he will serve on a board that governs fifty-two (52) BLSA chapters across the Midwest Region. Faraz has a Bachelor of Science in business administration with a dual concentration in accounting and finance. He has also contributed to the success of his family’s automotive service company, serving as its assistant manager. As a law student, Faraz has worked as a law clerk for the immigration law firm, Musillo and Unkenholt. He has also served as a summer intern with the Kentucky Department of Public Advocacy and is currently a research assistant for Professor Anthony Chavez.  

Joseph Nevels '14

Joseph Nevels ’14, whose stage name is JSPH, signed an administrative deal in November 2014 with Heyday Media Group, a music publishing and administration company based in Los Angeles, California. Some of Heyday Media Group’s recent media placements include Sons of Anarchy, CSI New York, Keeping up with the Kardashians, and American Pie: The Book of Love. While at NKU Chase College of Law, he focused on entertainment and contract law. “Studying law,” JSPH said, “has given me a pretty good foundation for understanding the business side of what I do as a musician. Having a good understanding of contracts, copyrights, and other issues have helped me navigate within the industry with a sense of direction.” Read more.

Courtney Risk Straw '14

As a result of her work as a Kentucky State Police Intern, Courtney Risk Straw '14 was awarded the 2014 Kentucky Women’s Law Enforcement Network (KWLEN) Student Achievement Award at the annual KWLEN conference on November 13, 2014 in Louisville. The award is given to a student who has shown a great commitment to law enforcement or public safety. Recognition is given to a student for high academic achievement, student research, or service to a law enforcement or public safety student organization. Read more.

Josh Hodges and Kara Lyons

Josh Hodges ‘15 served a term as the director of the mid-Atlantic region at the National Latino/a Law Association this past year and thought he was through with the national office. At the urging of others on the executive board, he reluctantly agreed to campaign for the position of treasurer which he ended up landing. New to the executive board, Kara Lyons ‘15, was elected as the new director of the mid-Atlantic region. Lyons will act as a liaison between NLLSA and all law schools within her ten state region. True to the legacy of loyalty and an uncommon work ethic shared by the majority of Chase alumni, Hodges and Lyons plan to return to the annual conference next September to campaign for Chase students to be elected to the 2015-16 NLLSA national board. Hodges and Lyons already have law firm positions secured. Read more.

Megan McKay

By the time Megan McKay '15 stepped foot inside NKU Chase College of Law in August 2012, she already had her eye on the prize – to become a trial attorney. Yet since completing a battery of rigorous substantive legal courses, skills courses including trial team, and field placements with the Fayette County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and the Kentucky Supreme Court, becoming a trial attorney is no longer enough for Megan. Now, she wants to become an advocate. Today, as this Georgetown College graduate prepares to enter her third and final year of law school, she celebrates her first win at the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and is well on her way to becoming a trusted advocate for her clients. Read about Megan's advocacy before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Alethea Busken

Alethea Busken '15 spent the week prior to the 2013-2014 school year with 14 fellow students and alumni attending the NKU Chase College of Law Transactional Law Practice Center’s Business Boot Camp. Boot Camp participants spent mornings learning business terminology and concepts, lunches tackling real-world case studies with teammates, and afternoons learning about business fundamentals from high-level local experts.  Saturday included an MBA-style business plan case competition judged by local business executives. Alethea and Chase alumnus, Jeffrey Heinichen, ’78, also co-wrote a feature article about Business Boot Camp for the Cincinnati Bar Association, which was published in the November 2013 CBA Report

Sam Gilley

R. Sam Gilley '14 has accepted a position as a law clerk for the Honorable Charles R. Simpson III, United States District Judge for the Western District of Kentucky, which will begin in September 2014. At Chase, Sam has gained federal court experience through his participation in the United States District Court Judicial Fellows Program, and an externship with the Honorable Michael J. Newman, Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. Sam is Editor in Chief of the Northern Kentucky Law Review and has worked as a research assistant for Professor Eric Alden.