On November 4, 2009 new University of Cincinnati president received a warm welcome from law school students, faculty, and staff as he visited the law school during this first official week at the university.
In his opening remarks Dean Lou Bilionis commented that this wasn’t the first time President Williams visited the law school. He had come years before to talk about his book “Life on the Color Line.” Bilionis called the law school a “place of respite” for the president, who is an attorney. Williams also was congratulated on being voted the newest member of the College of Law faculty.
Student Bar Association President Erin Moosbrugger welcomed the president and teasingly referred to him as “the new guy.” She also thanked him for choosing the law school as his new home and invited him to the upcoming karaoke night!
Assistant Dean Jim Schoenfeld had the honors of assigning his “new office,” a virtual one, along with bequeathing to him several gifts including a copy of the Human Rights Quarterly, a Cincinnati Law sweatshirt, and a letter from Associate Dean Nancy Oliver regarding his spring semester teaching assignments!
President Williams, in his remarks, commented that he was delighted to be back at the College of Law. He congratulated everyone on the recent successful bar exam results and noted that as dean of the Moritz School of Law at The Ohio State University he was always mindful of how well Cincinnati did. Gratified to be a faculty member, Williams said that he always thought of himself as a lawyer, even though he never chose to practice. Lawyers have the opportunity to do good; they have a chance to fix things and make a difference in people’s lives. That was very important to him. The event concluded with the opportunity for staff, faculty, and students to shake hands and speak with the new president.
For pictures from the event: here.