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Louis D. Bilionis

Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law


Education

AB, University of North Carolina
JD, Harvard Law School

Areas of Interest

  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Evidence

Dean Emeritus Bilionis served as Dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Law from 2005-2015.  He is a nationally recognized scholar in the areas of constitutional law and criminal law and procedure, with his work published in leading law journals such as the Michigan Law Review, Texas Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, University of California-Los Angeles Law Review, Emory Law Journal, North Carolina Law Review, and Law and Contemporary Problems. He has taught constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence, as well as seminars on capital punishment, constitutional law and theory, criminal law and procedure, and sentencing.

Prior to assuming the deanship, Dean Bilionis was on the law faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, focusing his research and teaching on diverse issues in constitutional law and criminal law, including the transformation of judicial review in the Supreme Court, the Constitution's relationship to substantive criminal law, the Eighth Amendment and capital punishment, and state constitutional law. In 1999, he was appointed the UNC's first Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law.

Before joining academia, Dean Bilionis was in private practice with the firm of Ropes & Gray in Boston, representing major national and multinational corporations in litigation. His interest in constitutional law and commitment to the cause of equal justice led Dean Bilionis back to North Carolina, where he served for several years in the Office of the Appellate Defender as an assistant appellate defender representing indigent criminal defendants, with an emphasis on capital punishment appeals.

Dean Bilionis graduated from Harvard Law School magna cum laude in 1982, serving on the Board of Student Advisors. Upon graduation from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he was elected Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Tar Heel and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in Economics and English.

Publications

  • Commemorating Seventy-Five Years of the University of Cincinnati Law Review, 75 UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI LAW REVIEW 1 (2006) (with Michael E. Solimine)
  • Criminal Justice After the Conservative Reformation, 94 GEORGETOWN LAW JOURNAL 1347 (2006)
  • Conservative Reformation, Popularization, and the Lessons of Reading Criminal Justice as Constitutional Law, 52 UCLA LAW REVIEW 979 (2005)
  • Grand Centrism and the Centrist Judicial Personam, 83 NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW 1353 (2005)
  • The New Scrutiny, 51 EMORY LAW JOURNAL 481 (2002)
  • PROBLEMS IN EVIDENCE (4th ed., West Group 2000) (with Kenneth S. Broun and Robert P. Mosteller) (with accompanying TEACHER’S MANUAL)
  • The Unusualness of Capital Punishment, 26 OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY LAW REVIEW 601 (2000)
  • Book Review, 62 JOURNAL OF POLITICS 938 (2000) (reviewing LLOYD STEFFEN, EXECUTING JUSTICE: THE MORAL MEANING OF THE DEATH PENALTY (1998))
  • Inadequacy of Counsel and Legal Process, published remarks in UNJUST IN THE MUCH: THE DEATH PENALTY IN NORTH CAROLINA 58 (Calvin Kytle & Daniel H. Pollitt, eds., Chestnut Tree 1999)
  • Eighth Amendment Meanings from the ABA’s Moratorium Resolution, 61 LAW & CONTEMPORARY PROBLEMS 29 (Autumn 1998)
  • Process, the Constitution, and Substantive Criminal Law, 96 MICHIGAN LAW REVIEW 1269 (1998)
  • Lawyers, Arbitrariness, and the Eighth Amendment, 75 TEXAS LAW REVIEW 1301 (1997) (with Richard A. Rosen)
  • The Warren Court and State Constitutional Law, in THE WARREN COURT: A RETROSPECTIVE 313 (Bernard Schwartz, ed., Oxford 1996) (with James G. Exum, Jr.)
  • Liberty, the "Law of the Land," and Abortion in North Carolina, 71 NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW 1839 (1993)
  • Legitimating Death, 91 MICHIGAN LAW REVIEW 1643 (1993) (reprinted in 2 CAPITAL PUNISHMENT 201 (Margery B. Koosed, ed., Garland 1996))
  • On the Significance of Constitutional Spirit, 70 NORTH CAROLINA LAW REVIEW 1803 (1992)
  • Moral Appropriateness, Capital Punishment, and the Lockett Doctrine, 82 JOURNAL OF CRIMINAL LAW & CRIMINOLOGY 283 (1991)

Lectures, Addresses, Seminars, Invited Presentations, and Panel Participations (Selected Listing)

  • “The American Constitution in a Changing America,” UC College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (September 17, 2014) (in celebration of Constitution Day) (speaker)
  • “The United States Constitution and the Government Shutdown of 2013,” Renmin University School of Law, Beijing, China (November 18, 2013)
  • “Changes in the Legal Profession and Their Impact on Legal Education,” Southwest University of Political Science and Law, School of International Law, Chongqing, China (April 17, 2013)
  • “Building Structures for Leadership Education,” Fifth Annual Leadership Education Roundtable: Teaching Leadership Competencies in Law School and in the Profession: Why It Matters, Santa Clara University School of Law, Santa Clara, CA (March 22, 2013)
  • “Elections and the Constitution,” UC College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (September 17, 2012) (in celebration of Constitution Day) (moderator)
  • “Diversity and the Law,” University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (August 15, 2012) (panel moderator)
  • “The Philanthropic Forecast,” plenary panel presentation at “Return to Our Roots: Fundraising Fundamentals and Best Practices in Law School Development, American Bar Association Law School Development Conference XI, Jackson Hole, WY (May 30, 2012)
  • American Bar Association New Deans Workshop, Jackson Hole. WY (May 27-29, 2012)
  • “Gentrification: Is This a Good Word for a Bad Thing, a Bad Word for a Good Thing, or is It Both?,” Adath Israel Congregation Critical Issues Forum, Adath Israel Congregation Synagogue, Cincinnati, OH (April 23, 2012) (moderator)
  • “Diversity Dialogue,” presentation at Fourth Annual University of Cincinnati Diversity Conference, Cincinnati, OH (April 18, 2012)
  • “Cultivating Leaders: What Role Should Law Schools Play in Preparing Effective Lawyer-Leaders?,” presentation at Conference on Law and Leadership, Elon University School of Law and Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, NC (April 14, 2012)
  • “Partnering Among In-House Counsel, Outside Counsel, and Law Schools to Improve Training for Law Students and Lawyers,” presentation at ACC Value Challenge Program, Association of Corporate Counsel (Southwest Ohio Chapter) and Frost Brown Todd LLC, Cincinnati, OH (February 9, 2012)
  • American Bar Association New Deans Workshop, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (June 5-7, 2011)
  • Admission to the Bar Ceremony, Ohio Supreme Court, The Ohio Theater, Columbus, OH (May 9, 2011) (address)
  • “Becoming a Professional: Teaching Lawyer Professionalism in the 21st Century,” presentation at Thirtieth Annual Twelfth Appellate District Judicial Conference and Appellate Seminar, Manor House, Mason, OH (April 29, 2011)
  • “A Fireside Chat on Diversity,” presentation at “Diversity & Inclusion: Accelerating the Transformation,” Third Annual University of Cincinnati Diversity Conference, Cincinnati, OH (April 20, 2011)
  • “Illustrated Truth: Expressions of Wrongful Conviction,” at “An International Exploration of Wrongful Conviction,” 2011 Innocence Network Conference, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Cincinnati, OH (April 7, 2011) (opening remarks)
  • “The Constitutionality of ‘Obamacare’s’ Healthcare Mandate,” University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (March 14, 2011) (panel moderator)
  • “Professionalism in Focus: The Third Apprenticeship,” presentation at KMK Legal Update Seminar, Keating, Muething & Klekamp PLL, Cincinnati, OH (December 1, 2010)
  • “New Developments and Challenges in American Legal Education,” School of Law, Renmin University, Beijing, China (October 13, 2010) (lecture)
  • “Diversity and the Law,” University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (August 18, 2010) (panel moderator)
  • “Diversity: A View from the Top,” panel at “Recruiting and Retaining the New Generation,” Diversity Recruitment Training Institute, Duke Energy Center, Cincinnati, OH (July 16, 2010) (panel presentation)
  • “Achieving Diversity: A Journey,” presentation at “Diversity & Inclusion: Leadership Imperatives for Excellence,” Second Annual University of Cincinnati Diversity Conference, Cincinnati, OH (April 14, 2010)
  • “Innocence and Guilt in Our Judicial System: What Is Justice?,” Adath Israel Congregation Critical Issues Forum, Adath Israel Congregation Synagogue, Cincinnati, OH (October 26, 2009) (moderator)
  • “The Supreme Court and the Constitution: How to Watch and What to Watch for,” Harvard Club of Cincinnati and Harvard Law School Association of Cincinnati, University Club, Cincinnati, OH (October 13, 2009) (luncheon lecture)
  • “Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption,” Cincinnati Museum Center, University of Cincinnati College of Law, and YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Union Terminal,Cincinnati, OH (September 17, 2009) (welcome, introduction, and moderator)
  • “Health Insurance Reform – What’s In It For You?,” Public Forum on Health Insurance Reform with Sen. Sherrod Brown, Tangeman University Center, Cincinnati, OH (September 1, 2009) welcome, introduction, and moderator)
  • “Diversity and the Law,” University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (August 19, 2009) (panel moderator)
  • Inaugural University of Cincinnati Diversity Conference, Tangeman University Center, Cincinnati, OH (April 15, 2009) (welcome and introduction)
  • "Religion and Politics: The Role of Religious Leaders," Adath Israel Congregation Critical Issues Forum, Adath Israel Congregation Synagogue, Cincinnati, OH (October 27, 2008) (moderator)
  • “The Presidency and the Federal Courts: Historical Reflections,” panel at “The Presidency and the Courts,” The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies (Cincinnati Lawyers Chapter) and Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University, Cincinnati, OH (October 6, 2008) (panel presentation)
  • “Diversity and the Law,” University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (August 20, 2008) (panel moderator)
  • "Violence in Our Community: Causes, Consciousness and Courses of Action," Adath Israel Congregation Critical Issues Forum, Adath Israel Congregation Synagogue, Cincinnati, OH ( May 14, 2008) (moderator)
  • “Ethical Ramifications of Conflicts of Interest,” panel at “Ethics, Professionalism, and Substance Abuse: Conflicts of Interest” seminar, Dinsmore & Shohl, Cincinnati, OH (December 7, 2007) (panel presentation)
  • “First Amendment Freedom of Association Protection for Fraternities and Sororities,” 11th National Fraternal Law Conference, Cincinnati, OH (November 17, 2007) (presentation)
  • “Diversity and the Law,” University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (August 15, 2007) (panel moderator)
  • American Bar Association New Deans Workshop, Omni Interlocken, Broomfield, Colorado (May 29, 2007)
  • Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry, “Law, Ethics, Psychiatry and the Human Genome,” UC College of Law, Werner Recital Hall (April 19, 2007) (welcome, introduction, and moderator)
  • “Five Leading Developments in Contemporary American Constitutional Law Scholarship,” School of Law, Shandong University, Jinan, China (March 7, 2007) (lecture)
  • “The Separation of Powers and the Expansion of Presidential Power in the Global War on Terrorism,” presentation, ACLU of Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio (September 26, 2006)
  • Healthcare Roundtable, cosponsored by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Harris K. Weston Institution for Law and Public Policy of the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, Health Policy Institute of Ohio, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, Cincinnati, OH (June 9, 2006) (program moderator and facilitator)
  • Commencement Address, Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, Cincinnati, OH (May 17, 2006)
  • Admission to the Bar Ceremony, Ohio Supreme Court, The Ohio Theater, Columbus, OH (May 8, 2006) (address)
  • “Conversations on the Constitution,” Cincinnati Bar Association Community Service Committee 2006 Law Day program, Cincinnati, OH (May 2, 2006) (moderator)
  • “The Reformation of American Constitutional Law,” presentation at Harvard Law School Association of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH (November 17, 2005)
  • “The Supreme Court and the Constitution: Recent Cases and Developments,” presentation at University of Cincinnati Law Alumni Association Fall 2005 CLE Opportunities, Cincinnati, OH (October 28, 2005)
  • “The U.S. Supreme Court: A Faculty Conversation for Constitution Day,” UC College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (September 22, 2005) (moderator)
  • Federal Bar Association, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter (Annual Meeting), Cincinnati, OH (September 14, 2005) (address)
  • University of Cincinnati College of Law, Cincinnati, OH (June 28, 2005) (address upon appointment)
  • “The Supreme Court and the Constitution: Recent Cases and Developments,” presentation at UNC School of Law Fifteenth Annual Festival of Legal Learning, Chapel Hill, NC (February 2005)
  • “Grand Centrism and the Centrist Judicial Personam,” presentation at “Locating the Constitutional Center,” North Carolina Law Review Symposium, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC (October 2004) (also symposium chair)
  • “The 2004 Presidential Election and the Future of the Supreme Court,” presentation at “First Monday 2004: Just One Vote,” Alliance for Justice, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC (October 2004)
  • “Constitutional Rights for the LGBT Community After Lawrence v. Texas,” keynote presentation at “After Lawrence: LGBT Legal Issues in North Carolina,” North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Attorneys, Durham, NC (March 2004)
  • “The Role of the Federal Court,” presentation at “A Matter of Justice: Judicial Election and Selection,” UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC (joint program of American Association of University Women North Carolina and Democracy North Carolina) (February 19, 2004)
  • “The Supreme Court and the Constitution: Recent Cases and Developments,” presentation at UNC School of Law Thirteenth Annual Festival of Legal Learning, Chapel Hill, NC (February 2003)
  • “Emerging Issues in Search and Seizure Law,” presentation at North Carolina Association of Public Defenders Conference, Wrightsville Beach, NC (May 2002)
  • “Securing Safety and Freedom,” presentation at “Security Challenges After September 11th: National and International Perspectives,” Duke University, Durham, NC (joint program of Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy; Kenan Institute for Ethics; Global Capital Markets Center; Duke Law School Center on Law, Ethics and National Security; Duke Law School Program in Public Law; and the Triangle Institute for Security Studies) (April 2002)
  • “The Supreme Court and the Constitution: Recent Cases and Developments,” presentation at UNC School of Law Twelfth Annual Festival of Legal Learning, Chapel Hill, NC (February 2002)
  • “The Supreme Court and the Constitution: Recent Cases and Developments,” presentation at UNC School of Law Eleventh Annual Festival of Legal Learning, Chapel Hill, NC (February 2001)
  • “A Town Meeting: Should the Death Penalty Survive the Moratorium Movement?”, moderator, North Carolina Central University School of Law Legal Professionalism Lecture Series, Durham, NC (November 2000)
  • “Constitutional Developments During the Supreme Court’s 1999 Term,” presentation at Ninth Annual “Public Law and the Public’s Lawyers” Program (Joint Program of the UNC Institute of Government, the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, and the North Carolina General Assembly Legislative Research Staff), Raleigh, NC (September 2000)
  • “The Unusualness of Capital Punishment,” presentation at “The Ultimate Penalty: A Multifarious Look at Capital Punishment,” 23rd Annual Law Review Symposium, Ohio Northern University, Claude W. Pettit College of Law, Ada, Ohio (March 2000)
  • “The Supreme Court and the Constitution: Recent Cases and Developments,” presentation at UNC School of Law Tenth Annual Festival of Legal Learning, Chapel Hill, NC (February 2000)
  • “Why Innocence Isn’t Enough,” panel participation, National Lawyers Guild forum, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC (November 1999)
  • UNC Law and Philosophy Workshop: “Epistemology and the Law of Evidence,” workshop participant, National Humanities Center, Durham, NC (October 1999)
  • “The Supreme Court and the Constitution: Recent Cases and Developments,” presentation at UNC School of Law Ninth Annual Festival of Legal Learning (February 1999)
  • “A Community Forum on the Impeachment Trial,” panel participation at UNC School of Law community forum (January 1999)
  • “The Impeachment Process,” panel participation at UNC community forum (December 1998)
  • “A Brief History of the Death Penalty in America,” presentation at “First Monday 1998: Bringing Human Rights Home,” Alliance for Justice, UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC (October 1998)
  • “The Impeachment Process,” panel participation at UNC School of Law community forum (September 1998)
  • “Adequacy of Counsel and Legal Representation in Capital Cases,” presentation and panel participation at “Random Justice? A Symposium on the ABA Moratorium and Its
  • Implications for the Death Penalty in North Carolina,” North Carolinians Against the Death Penalty, Chapel Hill, NC (April 1998)
  • “Religion and Law,” presentation and panel participation at “Religion and Society in the 21st Century: A View from the Public University,”Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (April 1998)
  • “Search and Seizure Law: An Overview,” presentation at North Carolina Association of Public Defenders Conference (October 1995)
  • “Using State Constitutional Law in Criminal Cases,” presentation at UNC School of Law Criminal Evidence Seminar (April 1993)
  • “Criminal Law and the Rehnquist Court: Some Perspectives,” presentation at UNC School of Law Festival of Legal Learning (February 1993)
  • “Doing State Constitutional Law,” presentation at North Carolina Association of Public Defenders Conference (November 1991)
  • UNC School of Law Evidence Seminar (1991)
  • UNC School of Law Criminal Evidence Seminar (1991)
  • “Women and the Law: Putting Theory into Practice,” moderator, UNC School of Law (September 1990)
  • “Capital Punishment Litigation in the Age of Federal Deregulation: Decisions in the States Courts,” presentation at “Death Penalty Defense for the 90s,” North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Death Penalty Seminar (September 1990)
  • UNC School of Law Evidence Seminar (1990) 
  • UNC School of Law Criminal Evidence Seminar (1990)
  • “The Carter Case: A Practical Guide to Litigating State Constitutional Cases,” presentation at “Successful Constitutional Attacks in Criminal Cases: Developing a Body of North Carolina Constitutional Law,” North Carolina Bar Foundation (September 1989)
  • “Emerging Issues in State and Federal Courts in Capital Cases,” NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc., Annual Capital Punishment Conference (July 1989)
  • “Developments in the Law of Hearsay,” panel participation at UNC School of Law Criminal Evidence Seminar (April 1989)
  • “Developments in the Law of Impeachment,” panel participation at UNC School of Law Evidence Seminar (March 1989)
  • “Protecting Your Client’s Rights under the Bruton Doctrine,” presentation at Criminal Sentencing and Constitutional Law Seminar, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (February 1989)
  • “Mitigating Circumstances and the Eighth Amendment,” panel participation at NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc., Annual Capital Punishment Conference (July 1988)
  • UNC School of Law Evidence Seminar (June 1988)
  • “Developing Issues in Capital Litigation,” presentation at North Carolina Death Penalty Resource Center Capital Punishment Post-Conviction Seminar (April 1988)
  • “Hearsay and the Right of Confrontation,” presentation at UNC School of Law Criminal Evidence Seminar (April 1988)
  • “Bruton Problems: Do You Really Have One?,” presentation at North Carolina Association of Public Defenders Conference (October 1987)
  • “Guilt Phase Issues and Strategies in Capital Defense Litigation” and “Developing Issues under North Carolina Death Penalty Law,” presentations at “The Death Penalty: Trial and Post-Conviction,” North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers (April 1987)
    • University of Cincinnati Just Community Award (2008)
    • Leadership Cincinnati (Leadership Class XXX) (2006-07)