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Meet UC Law’s Visiting Professors

Professor Kenyatta Mickles and Professor Margaret Tarkington are just two of several visiting professors at UC Law this academic year. Skilled in areas as diverse as domestic violence to constitutional law, these professors will be handling the course load for those teachers on sabbatical.


Professor Kenyatta Mickles

Meet Kenyatta Mickles, Visiting Assistant Professor of Clinical Law

Professor Kenyatta L. Mickles will be teaching the domestic violence clinic. She began her law practice as an attorney for Legal Aid of Greater Cincinnati. There, she represented low income individuals and families who have experienced domestic violence. Her practice included representing and assisting persons with obtaining medical coverage, social security, unemployment benefits, and cash/food assistance. She has also assisted and represented individuals with divorce, custody, and support challenges. In addition to her work as an attorney, she served as the assistant to the Ombudsman for the Water in Basement Program, advising homeowners who experienced sewer backups in their basement of their rights. Professor Mickles also helped to draft the annual report to the United States District Court Southern District of Ohio on this issue.

Eighteen months ago Professor Mickles began working with UC Law’s Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic. As supervising attorney, she assisted in the training and coaching of second- and third- year law students participating in the clinic. She also taught and trained third-year law students in all aspects of legal comportment, including litigation skills and interviewing techniques, evidence introduction, direct/cross examinations, and opening/closing statements. Additionally, she supervised clinic participants in all aspects of clinical practice, from initial interview through trial. This includes case assessment, analysis, and application of doctrinal learning to real life practice.

She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law in Kentucky. While in law school she worked as a legal intern at the Second Chance Litigation Clinic at Chase. During this time she had the unique opportunity to argue before the Twelfth District Court of Appeals against the retroactive application of the Ohio sex offender residency laws on behalf of an individual enjoined from living in his residence due to an offense prior to the passage of the residency restriction law.

Professor Mickles has given numerous presentations to tri-state organizations on various aspects of domestic violence. This includes presentations on obtaining stalking, criminal and civil protection orders; assistance available to domestic violence survivors; the dynamics of domestic violence; and more.

 Meet Margaret C. Tarkington, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Margaret C. Tarkington is an authority on civil procedure, federal courts, and professional responsibility. This year, she will be teaching Civil Procedure I, Constitutional Law II, Ethics, and Torts at UC Law. 

A graduate of Brigham Young University and the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young, she clerked for Judge Kenneth F. Ripple, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit directly after her law school graduation. She went on to work as an associate for law firm Sommer Barnard in Indiana. Prior to joining academia, she was an associate and of counsel at Wood Crapo in Utah.  


Scholarly Interests

Professor Tarkington's work in the area of professional responsibility examines regulations that restrict attorney speech. In The Truth Be Damned: The First Amendment, Attorney Speech, and Judicial Reputation, 97 Georgetown Law Journal 1567 (2009), she examines the punishment of attorney speech critical of the judiciary under First Amendment theory and doctrine, and criticizes the judicial interpretation of Model Rule of Professional Conduct 8.2. A companion article, A Free Speech Right to Impugn Judicial Integrity in Court Proceedings, is forthcoming in the Boston College Law Review. Professor Tarkington was invited to workshop this paper at Washington & Lee Law School in November 2009 and presented the paper at the Rocky Mountain Junior Scholars Forum in September 2009.

Professor Tarkington also recently published Rejecting the Touchstone: Complete Preemption and Congressional Intent after Beneficial National Bank v. Anderson in the South Carolina Law Review. Her article is cited in Wright and Miller's leading treatise, FEDERAL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE, as "an especially good analysis of complete preemption." Professor Tarkington previously presented this paper at the Texas Junior Legal Scholars Conference in August 2007.