MSU Legal Studies Professor Laken Albrink Wins First Place in AAfPE National Teaching Competition

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Laken Albrink (Class of 2012), Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at Morehead State University, recently won first place in the 2021 American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) National Teaching Competition. His lecture, entitled “Applying Statues”, was recognized at the 40th AfPE National Conference, which took place in October.

Albrink’s lecture was an exercise in critically reflecting on state laws, particularly Kentucky Arson Law, and examining why arson legal requirements were met under different models of fact. She used famous figures and unique examples to allow participants to explore how courts interpret legal definitions.

“With the help of Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, I explored whether corporate sabotage involving an airplane fire could meet the requirements of Kentucky arson laws since the law refers to” construction “. I demonstrated how the definition of “building” in another law includes “airplane” to indicate the importance of reading the laws together, “she said.

Albrink has been an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at MSU since August 2020. She graduated from MSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies and Government in 2012 and received a JD from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 2015. Her previous experience includes being a paralegal, paralegal and lawyer. Prior to joining MSU, she was Special Counsel for the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Exploitation from December 2016 to December 2019 and Executive Advisor for the Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services of December 2019 to August 2020.

Albrink said her award-winning lecture exemplifies the style and substance she tries to impart to her MSU students through a legal studies program that prepares the current Eagles for future success.

“Based on our program’s end-of-internship interviews, students report that they appreciate the way ‘accredited professors integrate course material into concrete examples from their practice”, and that they appreciate the many opportunities that they have to engage with legal professionals outside of college, ”Albrink says. “These are in addition to the required internship that prepares students to become professionals working in the legal field. These engagement opportunities are one of the reasons the Legal Studies program has 2 top national rankings. 10. ”

Laken Albrink can be contacted at [email protected]

To learn more about MSU’s Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies, contact the Department of History, Philosophy, Politics, Global Studies, and Legal Studies at [email protected], call 606 -783-2655 or visit www.moreheadstate.edu/study/ legal studies.


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