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Constitution Day Lecture 2012

Elections and the Constitution

Date: September 17, 2012
Time: 12:15 - 1:15 pm
Place: UC College of Law, Room 114

CLE: 1

Webcast: View here

Panelists will discuss campaign finance, voter identification laws, and the possible impact of the presidential and senatorial elections on the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court among other interesting and current topics.

Featured panelists include:  

  •     A. Christopher Bryant, Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati
  •     Timothy M. Burke, Partner, Manley Burke, LPA, and Chair, Hamilton County Democratic Party
  •     Alex M. Triantafilou, Of Counsel, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, and Chair, Hamilton County Republican Party
  •     Verna L. Williams, Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati

The panel discussion will be moderated by Dean Louis D. Bilionis

Professor Chris Bryant joined the College of Law in 2003, and continues to be a prolific scholar and a popular teacher.  After earning his JD from the University of Chicago Law School, Professor Bryant clerked for James L. Buckley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He was a litigation associate at Shea & Gardner in Washington, D.C., and Assistant Senate Legal Counsel in the U.S. Senate Office of Legal Counsel.  Professor Bryant teaches Constitutional Law, Conflict of Laws, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Federal Courts.

Much of Tim Burke’s practice is devoted to local government law and the government decision-making process.   Today, much of his practice involves representing governmental entities, representing clients in front of governmental decision-making bodies, or litigation for or against governmental entities.  He has frequently served as Special Counsel to numerous other local governments and often is asked to speak on topics including municipal law, land use and zoning, eminent domain, civil rights and elections law.  Mr. Burke has served as the Chair of the Hamilton County Democratic Party since 1993.

Alex Triantafilou is a member of the Litigation Department at Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP, where he handles a variety of business and contractual disputes and has extensive experience in criminal practice.  As a former Judge of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas and the Hamilton County Municipal Court, Mr. Triantafilou brings the unique perspective of a former jurist to his litigation practice.  He was named to the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas in 2006, where he served until resigning to join Dinsmore & Shohl.  In his role as Chairman of the Hamilton County Republican Party, he has an extensive network of relationships throughout the legal and business communities.

Professor Verna Williams joined the College of Law in 2001 after practicing many years in the areas of civil and women’s rights.  She co-directs the university’s joint-degree program in Law and Women’s Studies, a signature program of the College of Law.   After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1988, she began her legal career clerking for the Honorable David S. Nelson, U.S. District Judge for the District of Massachusetts.  She later practiced at the Department of Justice and at Sidley Austin LLP.  Professor Williams teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, Family Law, Civil Rights, and Gender Discrimination.

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