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Aaron Bernay, '10. A global perspective is what Aaron Bernay '10 brings to every class he attends at UC Law. (Read more)

Theodore M. Berry '31. The UC Libraries archivist for the historic papers of Theodore M. Berry '31 reveals his national impact on governmental policy and addressing poverty. (Read more)

Cindy Bott, '99. A passion for science and the law took Cindy Bott around the world—from London to Cincinnati to Ann Arbor working for some of the world’s largest corporations. She has parlayed the skills she honed into a position as a partner at one of Michigan’s largest law firms. (Read more)

Jared Brandyberry, '11. Jared Brandyberry decided to attend law school during his senior year at UC, when he became interested in intellectual property. “Patent law interested me because it mixed my technical background with the law and allowed me to work with entrepreneurs and innovators developing new inventions,” the 2011 College of Law graduate said. (Read more)

Dan O’Brien ‘09. Dan O’Brien ‘09 first came to the Queen City for his undergraduate degree; he attended nearby Xavier University, where he majored in history.  After graduating college, O’Brien took a year off to move to Denver, Colorado with four friends.  “I wanted to explore a different part of the country,” he said, “so I moved to Denver, where I worked during the weeks and went out skiing with my buddies on the weekends.” (Read more)

Dan Brown, '10. An established interest in science, coupled with an emerging curiosity streak about the role technology plays in addressing legal issues of the day, led Dan Brown ’10 to consider UC Law and the Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry three years ago. (Read more)

Daniel and Gloria Carlineo, ’98 and ’97 respectively, had classes together in law school and didn’t even know it.  Although they both graduated from UC Law and were at the school at the same time, the couple actually met after graduation when they were serving as student representatives at law school forums in Texas. (Read more)

Angela Chang, '08. Defendants in Denver, Colorado are lucky to be in the hands of recent UC Law graduate, public defender Angela Chang. Chang '08 received a degree in international business and marketing. (Read more)

Jordan Cheng, '00. For a man who wasn't sure what he wanted to do when he grew up, Jordan Cheng, '00 loves where he has ended up. As Director of the Legal Compliance Department for Franklin Capital Corporation in Salt Lake City, Utah, Cheng's daily tasks include managing the firm's litigation and executive complaints program along with the federal and state law compliance program. (Read more)

Richard Chesley '85. After finishing his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, where he majored in political science and economics, Richard Chesley ’85 couldn’t decide between law and business for graduate school.  “I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do,” he says, “but ultimately I decided that law school was the better path for me.” (Read more)

Stan Chesley '60. Stan Chesley is a Cincinnati-based attorney who has won literally hundreds of billions of dollars in class-action suits for his clients. It's been a remarkable 50-year career for an average high school student who was once advised he wasn't quite "college material." …Chesley enrolled at the University of Cincinnati anyway, completed his undergrad and sold shoes to afford law school. (Read more)

Josh Crabtree, '02. Crabtree is the managing attorney with the Children's Law Center. A former grant recipient, his role with CLC also includes selecting and hiring UC Law students each summer. (Read more)

Jim Crowley, '74. Competition with his cousins, coupled with stories of the exploits of a local attorney, were the keys to James Crowley's '74 decision to become an attorney. Born in New Britain, Connecticut, he completed his undergraduate studies at Boston College with what he calls an “unofficial” major in business and history before coming to Cincinnati for law school. (Read more)

Doug Dennis '95. Doug Dennis ’95 has had several careers. His first one started at the United States Military Academy.  After graduating, he served in the Army for five years; then, he took a position at the Pentagon working for a consulting company while his wife went to school to get her MBA. (Read more)

J. Robert Droege, '49. A delayed air force stint, a social fraternity, and a happenstance meeting with a hotel mogul led J. Robert Droege '49 to a successful career. Bob used his law degree to put his stamp on the business community and at the same time was able to give back and make a difference. He has been very generous to the UC College of Law by creating a trust that is providing significant dividends to the college now and for years to come.

Jenn Dye '09. Recent law school graduate Jenn Dye ’09 has spent most of her life in Cincinnati and its surrounding communities. A JD/PhD student at the university, she has been a student at UC for five years, working toward an advanced degree in political science.  Not one to rest on her laurels, she completed a master’s degree in political science during this time as well. (Read more)

Ellen Eardley '03.  UC Law’s joint degree program served as a powerful recruitment tool for Ellen Eardley ’03. A native of southern Illinois, she was drawn to the program so that she could focus on the intersection of women’s studies and the law. (Read more)

Stephen Ewald, '94. Studies show that birth order can impact the personality of children. Some might say, though, being the youngest of six prepared '94 College of Law graduate Stephen Ewald for being a highly successful businessman. He currently works as Chief Operating Officer for the Principal Capital Group, a proprietary investing group within Bank of America Securities, where he oversees enterprise business planning, expense control, business strategy and architecture, compliance, legal and infrastructure design encompassing trading support. (Read more)

George Fabe, '81. George Fabe, one of this year’s Distinguished Alumni recipients, is a Cincinnati native. Born in 1921, he attended local Walnut Hills High School before going on to the University of Cincinnati for a bachelor’s degree in economics.  After college, he served in the United States Navy during World War II, as a lieutenant and as one of the commanders of the USS Dawn. (Read more)

Jerrod Fussnecker, '09. UC Law alumni Jerrod Fussnecker '09 and Chris Kaiser '09 had the opportunity to speak before Cincinnati City Council’s Finance Committee about the impact of proposed funding cuts to local social service agencies, and in particular, the YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter. (Read more)

Lou Gilligan, ’68. Distinguished Alumnus Lou Gilligan ’68 hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He attended the University of Scranton, a Jesuit college in upstate Pennsylvania, where he majored in business management.  After finishing his undergraduate studies, Gilligan debated between getting an MBA or law degree, or entering the workforce right away. (Read more)

Maria Gonzalez, '09. For many law students, the biggest concern on any given day might be what club is offering free lunch. Maria Gonzalez '09 has a bit more on her plate. Gonzalez manages law school classes and involvement in the Immigration and Nationality Law Review (INLR), in addition to maintaining a family with a husband and two children. (Read more)

Judge Robert H. Gorman, ’60. Judge Robert H. Gorman ’60 has lived in Cincinnati his whole life, leaving only to attend Brown University for his undergraduate studies and the US Air Force.  A classics major at Brown, he had the opportunity to accept a fellowship for an archeological dig following graduation. (Read more)

Marilu Gresens, ’10. One of the biggest decisions for most out-of-state students attending the College of Law is whether to take the bar exam in Ohio or back home. Marilu Gresens ’10, who grew up in a small town in upstate New York, faced that same question and ultimately opted to take the New York State bar exam. But Gresens is not working in her home state – in fact, nowhere even near New York. (Read more)

Richard Guerrero, '75. For many law students, their professors become an integral part of their legal education. For practicing personal injury attorney Richard Guerrero '75, Professor John Murphy was the key to getting him to look at UC Law. (Read more)

Michael Harrington, '09. Although a majority of UC Law students hail from the Midwest, an increasing percentage of them have ventured from further afield to experience all that UC has to offer. One of those students is Mike Harrington '09, who traveled from Salt Lake City, Utah to study at UC Law. (Read more)

Paul Heldman, '77. “There were two important things I got out of law school,” says Heldman ’77. “First, I gained an interest in labor law; second—and more importantly—I met my wife.” Heldman is married to Deborah Kirshner ’77. (Read more)

James B. Helmer, Jr., '75. A highly accomplished attorney for 34 years, Mr. Helmer ’75 has successfully represented clients in numerous civil rights, personal injury, securities fraud, admiralty, and business lawsuits. Approximately half of Mr. Helmer’s practice, which is exclusively devoted to litigation, involves the representation of employees “blowing the whistle” on fraudulent government contractors. (Read more)

Un Kyong Ho, '10. As a result of her social justice activism and her scholarly work Sowing the Seeds of Death: The Emergence of Corporate Reproductive Labor & Right Regime, UC Law graduate Un Kyong Ho has been selected a 2011 LatCrit Student Scholar. (Read more)

Barbara Howard, '89. Barbara J. Howard '89, an OSBA-Certified Family Relations Law Specialist with Collaborative Law certification, has provided many years of service to the Ohio bar. (Read more)

Brian Howe, '10. Brian Howe '10 already knows what he wants to do when he—practice public interest law. Being involved with the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) this past year has enabled Howe to experience what it feels like to provide legal assistance to someone who couldn't otherwise afford it. (Read more)

Angelina Jackson, '04. After graduating from the College of Law in 2004, Angelina Jackson has returned as the College’s Director of Externships and Public Service. Jackson, who joined the staff in August, has a number of responsibilities, including overseeing and administering the legal externship program, teaching the externship course, establishing new placements, overseeing and administering certain post-graduate fellowships, and working with the College’s summer public interest program. (Read more)

Stephanie Jarvis '99. On Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, two of the highest-scoring teams in college football, the University of Oregon and Kansas State University, faced off in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. While a major college football bowl game being played in Glendale, Ariz. has minimal local flavor, one of the College of Law's own played a major role in both this game and the Dec. 29 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl game between TCU and Michigan State. (Read More)

Chandani Jones, '10. Chandani Jones '10 has a tremendous energy that is certainly contagious. She has travelled a long way to get to UC Law — from the Virgin Islands to Nashville, Tennessee to Uzbekistan and back to the U.S.

Chris Kaiser, '09. UC Law alumni Jerrod Fussnecker '09 and Chris Kaiser '09 had the opportunity to speak before Cincinnati City Council’s Finance Committee about the impact of proposed funding cuts to local social service agencies, and in particular, the YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter. (Read more)

Victor Kolodny, '62. Cincinnati native Victor Kolodny integrates the practice of law and business. A graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in business, he earned his JD from the College of Law in 1962. "I was always certain I wanted a law degree and that I wanted to attend the College of Law," Kolodny recalled.  (Read more)

Clayton Kuhnell, '01. He just couldn't stay away. Kuhnell stepped back into the classroom to play a different role: professor. This year he was selected to serve as an adjunct faculty member to teach the newly developed Practice One course in conjunction with the Introduction to Intellectual Property course. (Read more)

Patricia Laub '83. Louisville, Kentucky native Patricia Laub ‘83 came to Cincinnati and the College of Law after attending the University of Dayton, graduating with a degree in political science and a minor in philosophy. During her time at UD, Laub met her future husband, David, to whom she has been married for 31 years. (Read more)

D. Orlando Ledbetter, '90. St. Louis native D. Orlando Ledbetter '90 is a lucky man. Throughout his career, he has been able to combine his two loves—journalism and the law—creating a uniquely successful career. After moving to Ohio at the age of 11 and matriculating through junior high and high school, Ledbetter attended Howard University in Washington, D.C. for college, majoring in journalism and minoring in political science. (Read more)

Mark Levey, '72. When 1972 UC Law graduate Marc Levey isn't litigating a complex international tax issue, you can find him on the ski slopes with his wife and five children near their vacation home in Vermont. As a partner at Baker & McKenzie in New York, Levey specializes in transfer pricing, tax controversy and litigation, supply chain tax planning, tax advice for mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring, and general tax planning. His fluency in both English and French allow him interact with clients on an international level. (Read More)

Peter Link, '10. Peter Link ’10, a participant in the law school’s Indigent Defense Clinic in partnership with the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, has accomplished a task that few lawyers, let alone law students, ever achieve. His appeal in State v. Kenneth Hodge was accepted by the Supreme Court of Ohio, giving him the opportunity to argue an important constitutional issue before the Court. (Read more)

Ryan Mabry, '10. Ryan Mabry's '10 love for baseball is evident. From working as a beat writer for his college paper to completing a Reds internship to his current position with an AAA team, he is immersed in the game and wouldn’t have it any other way. (Read more)

Beth Mandel, '05. Until she moved to Cincinnati to attend law school, Beth Mandel '05 lived within an hour of Detroit her entire life.  She attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate student and earned a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology.  (Read more)

Lynn Marmer, '86. Lynn Marmer is a terrific example of the flexibility afforded by a law degree. Although she became an executive at Kroger after practicing law for several years, she still uses her law degree “every day and for everything.” (Read more)

Antonio Mazzaro, '09. In the midst of political chatter, UC Law students know there is one president who always has their interests in mind. Antonio Mazzaro '09 and Student Bar Association (SBA) President, is a major presence at the law school. Taking over the position during the last months of the 2007-2008 academic year, Mazzaro swung into action to improve life as we know it at the law school. (Read more)

Rhonda Moore, '87. Rhonda Moore '87 is an alumna who can speak about effectively navigating the dual legal worlds of the public and private sector. As a partner in a local law firm to her current role as executive director of a non-profit organization, Moore’s professional experiences have run the gamut. (Read more)

Erin Moosbrugger, '10. In her three years at the University of Cincinnati's College of Law, the Class of 2010's Erin Moosbrugger has made a significant impact on the law school community. (Read more)

Adam Moser, '09. As the world is riveted by the athletes at the 2008 Summer Olympics, hosted in Beijing, China, UC Law student Adam Moser '09 has been getting a "bird's eye view" of the festivities. And "if work permits I even hope to catch the USA v. South Korea in baseball," Moser said. "Tickets are expensive and hard to come by; the baseball tickets were a gift so the least I can do is put them to good use," Moser laughed in a recent telephone interview. "The entire country has caught 'Olympic fever.' Everyone's learning the official song and the official clap. The stakes are high to do it right!" (Read more)

Ann Navaro ’91. Ann Navaro ’91 admittedly didn’t love law school, finding the climate to be in contrast to what she enjoyed as an undergraduate student.  “I was worried that I wasn’t going to like being a lawyer,” Navaro said. “But when I got out of law school and started working and just loved it, it was clearly the right choice for me.” (Read more)

Melany Newby '74. As an Ohio State University undergraduate student, Melany Newby initially majored in mathematics with intentions of attending medical school. When her advisors told her she could not do it that way, Newby chose the major that would allow her to earn her degree the quickest – French Literature. (Read more)

Colonel Levator Norsworthy, Jr. ’73. Distinguished Alumni Recipient Colonel Levator Norsworthy, Jr. ’73 has had a connection to the military throughout his life.  Born in New Orleans to a military family, he lived in several cities around the world—including in the Federal Republic of Germany—based on where his father was stationed. (Read more)

Nancy Oliver, '90. Nancy Oliver, '90 stepped into the temporary role of Interim Associate Dean after former Associate Dean Barbara G. Watts retired from the Collegse of Law in June of 2008. "I'm very excited about serving the College of Law in this new position," said Oliver. As one of the law school's Legal Research and Writing professors, she has many years of experience working with first-year law students. "I love teaching," said Dean Oliver. "But this new role enables me to expand my own skill set and also work more closely with upper-level students." (Read more)

Alvarene Owens, '76. On the 90th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote, former Ohio First Lady Francis Strickland and the Governor’s Office for Women's Initiative and Outreach honored inductees to the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame. One of the inductees for 2010 was UC Law graduate Alvarene N. Owens ’76. (Read more)

Amanda Penick, '09. Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz couldn't have said it better. There's no place like home. And for Amanda Penick '09, the true meaning of these words became evident when she moved back home to Cincinnati to begin her three year law school journey. (Read more)

Scott Poley, '94. Most would be surprised to know that UC Law has a strong connection with Minor League Baseball. In fact, Scott Poley '94 plays a major role in all legal aspects of the franchise. A native of Michigan, Poley came to the UC College of Law after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan. Although he was a communications major, Poley had taken some legal classes as an undergraduate student and found them very intriguing. This led him to law school. The College of Law appealed to Poley on many levels, but he was especially drawn to the school because of the small class size. "I liked that it wasn't a 'lawyer factory,'" he said. (Read more)

Kate Pongonis, '97. It was a lucky coincidence that Kate Pongonis '97 was chosen to be featured in this issue of Updates@UC Law. Contacting her would soon have been a bit more challenging, seeing as she's off to Ethiopia for the next two years. As a United States Foreign Service Officer, Pongonis is a diplomat with the U.S. Department of State. (Read More)

Eric Robbins, '01. A successful career as an Intellectual Property attorney wasn't enough for Eric Robbins. He recently added professors to his career list...and loves it. (Read more)

Jazmine Robinson, '09. Not many law students' resumes include organizing a national convention. However, Jasmine Robinson '09 will add this impressive feat to a long list of accomplishments this year as she organizes the National Black Law Students Association Conference. Robinson, a third year student, was selected by the national board to organize the conference after she ably served as the Midwest regional conference coordinator last year. (Read more)

Megan Robinson, '10. For Megan Tonner Robinson, waiting for her bar exam results has been especially stressful. You see, passing the bar is the last step on the road she has travelled for the past year preparing to join the US Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. (Read more)

Elisabeth Rotermund, '09. For most people at the law school who know third year student Elisabeth Rotermund '09, remembering how to pronounce her last name has been a challenge "It's Rot-er-mund" [wrote-er-mund] she kindly corrects when a student or the occasional professor misspeaks. Perhaps it reminds her of her birthplace of Frankfurt, Germany whenever she needs to explain the pronunciation of her name. When translated into English, the German word Rotermund means "red mouth." The appropriateness of the translation can be seen in Rotermund's warm and energetic smile as she passes you in the hallway. (Read more)

Ryan Schmit, '10. UC Law’s Ryan Schmit '10 has always been an environmental enthusiast and pursuit of a career in environmental law was only a “natural” progression.  He was a political science major at Miami University, with a secondary focus in environmental sciences.  (Read more)

Ryan and Michelle Schultz, '06. Both originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ryan and Michelle Schultz, both members of the Class of 2006, met during their undergraduate years at the University of Minnesota. In fact, the couple met the weekend before college started in the fall 1999; Michelle, as a freshman, had moved in early to participate in a new student weekend sponsored by the school to allow fellow incoming freshmen to get to know other students before classes started; and Ryan, a junior, was working as one of the counselors. (Read more)

Matt Singer, '08. Professional baseball player and class of 2008 graduate Matt Singer has a strong connection to Cincinnati. Born and reared here, he graduated from college prep school Walnut Hills High School, become becoming a UC student and baseball standout. (Read more)

Shane Starkey '95, originally from Youngstown, Ohio, came to the College of Law right after graduating from Wittenberg University in 1992.  At Wittenberg, Starkey majored in economics, with a minor in philosophy.  (Read more)

Ann Taylor, '92. While current students interviewed for summer associate positions over the past month, Ann Taylor, a 1992 graduate of the law school, celebrated 15 years of work at Lord, Bissell & Brook LLP in Chicago. (Read more)

Andrew and Carolyn Thompson, both '05, met during their first year of law school. "I first noticed Carrie when I went to watch the 1L girls’ intramural flag football team," said Andy.  "She caught a touchdown pass, and instead of doing a touchdown celebration, she nonchalantly set the ball down in the end zone.  I said to myself, 'I like that girl; she acts like she’s been there before.'  (Read more)

Elizabeth Tull, '07. Tull is a staff attorney with Legal Aid Society of Southwest Ohio. She was awarded an Equal Justice Works Fellowship upon graduation. (Read more)

Hilary Vollmer, '99. Vollmer is glad she decided to return to Cincinnati. Although many prospective corporate lawyers may not realize it, there are many sophisticated businesses here—in addition to the Kroger Company. “The businesses provide lawyers an opportunity to work on really interesting and sophisticated projects that aren’t available in all cities of this size.” (Read more)

Rob Wall, '08. Wall is a staff attorney/youth outreach coordinator with the Ohio Justice and Policy Center. He was awarded a Skadden Fellowship upon graduation. (Read more)

Josh Ward, '10. Current third year law student and future seminarian Joshua Ward ’10 has a big goal. Utilizing the knowledge, experience, and skills he has honed thus far, Ward wants to reach out to people in need or in a crisis before tragedies—such as prison—become a reality. How that will shape up ultimately he doesn’t know. But he has it as his goal, which he is sure to reach. (Read more)

Doug Wilson, '81. Colorado State Public Defender Doug Wilson told his mother that he was going to be an attorney and represent poor people in Colorado when he was 10 years old... or at least that's the story his mother tells. Whether it's the truth or an urban legend... (Read more)

Carrie Wood, '05. For former professional equestrian Carrie Wood '05, working for The Legal Aid Society in New York City is a lot like riding a horse...constantly adjusting, maneuvering, stopping, starting, and racing to the goal line. It presents new and interesting challenges every day; and, she'd have it no other way. (Read more)