“I’m very excited to be back at UC Law,” said the newest member of the law school faculty Betsy Lenhart ’04. “We have a great faculty already. And I’m looking forward to sharing my experiences with the students.”
Professor Lenhart joined UC Law this fall as visiting assistant professor of legal research and writing. She comes to the law school from Frost Brown Todd, where she was a senior associate focusing on complex business litigation. She has significant experience in all aspects of antitrust, business torts, unfair competition, shareholder derivative suites, class action litigation, among many other things. She joins the legal writing team with experience in oral arguments, motion practice, and other professional skills that she will soon share with first-year students.
Not a stranger to academia, Professor Lenhart spent many years teaching at the collegiate level. For several years she worked as an associate instructor in Indiana University’s history department, teaching courses in colonial United States history and 20th century world history. Then, she joined the University of Cincinnati’s history department as a visiting assistant professor. She taught introductory and advanced courses in pre-Columbian American history, colonial Latin American history, 20th century Mexican history, and colonial United States history.
After several years she and her family left Cincinnati and moved to Washington D.C. There, she took a position with the National Geographic Society, working with authors and others researching and editing travel and history books. Her projects included books and/or chapters devoted to Alaska, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Virginia, and Maryland. So, how did the law fit in?
“Way back when I was an undergraduate student in college, I thought about law school. In fact, I debated between law and history,” she said. “So, it wasn’t very strange to me. Frankly, when I started law school I was a non-traditional student. And I didn’t know whether I’d like it at all. But once I got started I realized I liked it a lot…from the analytical side, writing, everything.”
She continued, “There are a lot of similarities between the law and history. Both are about facts, research, and writing. There’s definitely a lot of crossover.”
While attending UC Law Lenhart was the notes and comments editor of the law review, a participant in the volunteer tenant information program, a research assistant for several professors, and a legal extern for Judge Sandra Beckwith, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. In addition, she was involved in numerous tax preparation and community tutoring programs and is the recipient of several academic awards, honors, and scholarships.
After graduating from UC Law she joined Frost Brown Todd where she has worked for the past five years. She was also recently named an Ohio Super lawyer Rising Star 2009 for commercial litigation.