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Michael E. Solimine


Michael E. Solimine

Donald P. Klekamp Professor of Law


BA, Wright State University
JD, Northwestern University

Areas of Interest

  • Civil Procedure
  • Complex Litigation
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Election Law
  • Federal Courts

Professor Michael Solimine is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the leading scholars in the American civil litigation system. His scholarship has focused on, among other things, appellate litigation, empirical studies of various aspects of civil litigation in federal and state courts, and the doctrinal implications of the similarities and differences between the institutional structures of federal and state courts, and the decision making of judges on those courts. 

Professor Solimine is the author of five books and over seventy law review articles, book chapters, or book reviews. His work has been cited and discussed by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Supreme Courts of Ohio and Iowa, and courts, and frequently by scholarly books, casebooks, and law review articles.

Named the Donald P. Klekamp Professor of Law in 1994, Professor Solimine teaches in the areas of civil procedure, federal courts, conflicts of laws, and complex litigation. Before joining the College of Law faculty in 1987, he practiced law as a civil litigator at the Dayton, Ohio office of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur.

Professor Solimine is received his B.A. in Political Science from Wright State University, graduating summa cum laude as a University Honors Scholar. He received his J.D. from Northwestern University, where he was the articles editor of the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. After graduating from law school, he clerked for United States District Court Judge Walter Rice, Southern District of Ohio.



Book Chapters

    • The Selection of Judges in Ohio in The History of Ohio Law (Michael Les Benedict & John Winkler, eds.) (Ohio University Press, 2004) (with Richard B. Saphire)

Articles, Essays & Book Reviews

    • 2003 Harold C. Schott Scholarship Award
    • Harold C. Schott Publication Prize, 2002, 2004, 2006
    • Ohio State Bar Association Legal Education Committee Award, 2003
    • 1991 Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching
  • Civil Procedure I
  • Civil Procedure II
  • Conflict of Law
  • Federal Courts