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Marianna Brown Bettman

Distinguished Teaching Professor and Professor of Practice Emerita


BA, University of Cincinnati
JD, University of Cincinnati

Areas of Interest

  • Judicial Independence
  • Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Torts

Professor Bettman has taught at the College of Law since 1999, when she left her judgeship on the Ohio First District Court of Appeals.  Drawing on her experience as a practitioner and jurist, she has been recognized at every level for her teaching excellence and by the Ohio State Bar Association for her contributions to the legal profession. 

Professor Bettman also is a frequent speaker on tort reform, separation of powers, state constitutional law in Ohio, the Ohio Supreme Court, and the election of judges, and serves as an appeals consultant to lawyers throughout Ohio.  She writes a blog, Legally Speaking Ohio, as well as a monthly newspaper column, Legally Speaking, which appears in the American Israelite. 

The College’s Judge-in-Residence Program was directed by Professor Bettman, who brought in a distinguished jurist annually to attend classes and meet with students.  She also directed the Judicial Extern Program, working closely with the Center for Professional Development to create placements for UC Law students in judges’ chambers.

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.

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.

  • Advanced Torts
  • Judicial Extern
  • Legal Ethics
  • Ohio Supreme Court Seminar
  • Torts