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Harding, Roberta M.

(born: 1960) Roberta M. Harding was the J. David Rosenberg Professor of Law at the University of Kentucky. She retired in 2021 after 20 years at the university. She is known nationally and internationally as an expert on the death penalty. Harding also helped launch the law school's nationally recognized Innocence Project Externship and for more than ten years she was the program faculty supervisor.

When she joined the Law School in 1991, Roberta M. Harding was the first African American woman professor, and the first legacy professor. She is a 1986 graduate of Harvard Law School where she earned her juris doctor. Her father, Robert E. Harding Jr., was the second African American graduate from the UK College of Law in 1957. Roberta M. Harding was the first American member of the Association Fran├žais de Criminologie, a criminology society in Paris, France. She administered the faculty exchange program between the University of Kentucky School of Law and the Coventry University School of Law in West Midlands, England.

For more information see "Recently retired Professor Roberta M. Harding talks with UK Rosenberg Law Dean about her career and legacy
," a University of Kentucky, Law School webpage. See "A Game-based learning...And law?," by Lee Skallerup Bessette and Nicole L. Martin, a University of Kentucky, Law School webpage. See R. M. Harding, "Capital punishment as human sacrifice: a societal ritual as depicted in George Eliot's Adam Bede," Buffalo Law Review, v.48, no.1, 2000, pp.175-297, online at the Digital Commons @ University of Buffalo School of Law; and R. M. Harding and B. Thompson, "Prosecutorial Misconduct in Capital Cases in the Commonwealth of Kentucky: A Research Study 1976-2000," Kentucky Justice and Safety Research Bulletin, v.6, issue1, April 2004, pp.[entire issue], online at Encompass: a digital archive of the research, creative works, and history of Eastern Kentucky University.

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