Berea College Elects Two Alumni to Board of Trustees

Vicki Allums

Vicki E. Allums

Vicki E. Allums is a senior attorney with legal and policy experience in the government and non-profit sectors practicing in the areas of domestic and international intellectual property, international trade, technology, e-commerce, information security, and cyber law. She has represented the United States in bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations and at conferences and training programs in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Allums is currently the Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property at the Defense Information Systems Agency, a component agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. She also provides legal advice on intellectual property matters to the Defense Technical Information Center. Her other government experience includes working as a senior attorney in the Office of Legislative and International Affairs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and in the Intellectual Property Branch at U.S. Customs.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in history from Berea, Allums earned her law degree from the University of Kentucky and her Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from Indiana University. She is a member of the bar in the District of Columbia and Kentucky, and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Court of International Trade.

David B. Sloan

David B. Sloan

David B. Sloan, a native of Virgie, Kentucky, is a partner with O’Hara, Ruberg, Taylor, Sloan & Sergent in Crestview Hills, Kentucky. He concentrates his practice on insurance defense litigation, particularly in the areas of personal injury, products liability and property damage. He also practices in the areas of insurance coverage issues, criminal law and workers compensation, and is admitted in Kentucky and Ohio. He has also received admission to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts in Kentucky, as well as the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Sloan has been active in service within his profession at regional, state, and national Bar Associations. He has served as President of the Northern Kentucky Bar Association, as a member of the Board of Governors and as past President of the Kentucky Bar Association, and was elected to the American Bar Association’s House of Delegates and is currently a member of the Character and Fitness Committee of the Kentucky Office of Bar Admissions and a Co-Chair of the Kentucky Bar Association’s Diversity in the Profession Committee. He also was selected as a Kentucky Super Lawyers for three consecutive years. In 2013, he was appointed by Governor Steve Beshear to serve as a Special Justice on the Supreme Court of Kentucky. Currently, he is a member of the Mine Safety Review Commission for the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Sloan earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Berea College and his law degree from Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University. He and his wife Cheri reside in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky, and have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Berea, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor, and service. Berea charges no tuition, admitting only academically promising students with limited economic resources, primarily from Appalachia. All students must work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, room and board. The College’s motto “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth, (Acts 17:26)” speaks to its inclusive character, and the quality of its programs ensures that graduates from Berea go on to distinguish themselves and the College in many fields.

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