Professor Bettman graduated with honors in 1977 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she was a winner of the Constitutional Law Prize and the first woman at UC Law to take first prize in Trial Advocacy. Professor Bettman was in the private practice of law until she became the first woman ever elected to the Ohio First District Court of Appeals in 1992. She served on that court from 1993-1999 and was an endorsed Democratic candidate for the Ohio Supreme Court in 1996. She has been a professor of law at UC since 1999.
Professor Bettman is a frequent speaker on tort reform, separation of powers, state constitutional law in Ohio, the Ohio Supreme Court, and the election of judges. She writes a monthly newspaper column, Legally Speaking, which appears in the American Israelite and the Cincinnati Herald. She also serves as an appeals consultant to lawyers throughout Ohio.