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News from the Feb. 2, 2016 Board of Trustees Meeting



Left to right UC Board of Trustees members William (Wyn) C. Portman, III, Thomas D. Cassady, outgoing chairperson Thomas H. Humes, new Trustee chairperson Robert E. Richardson Jr. and UC President Dr. Santa Ono


I’m writing to share with you all three important things that happened at today’s Board of Trustees’ meeting:

  1. Professor Emeritus Marianna Brown Bettman ‘77 was awarded the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
  2. Our alumnus Robert E. Richardson, Jr. ’05 was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees. At age 37, he will be the youngest Board chair in the University’s history.
  3. The board approved a resolution authorizing UC to enter into formal discussions to “fully pursue and evaluate” a potential move of selected academic facilities, including the University of Cincinnati ’s College of Law, to the downtown riverfront development known as The Banks.

Here is the press release that is being distributed.

“During today’s Feb. 2 Board of Trustees meeting, the board approved a resolution authorizing UC to enter into formal discussions to “fully pursue and evaluate” a potential move of selected academic facilities, including the University of Cincinnati ’s College of Law, to the downtown riverfront development known as The Banks.

The resolution authorizes university discussions with the City-County Joint Banks Steering Committee (JBSC), the master developer, Carter USA, and designated staff from the City and County.

It also authorizes the establishment of a University Banks Working Group (UBWG), to be appointed and led by President Santa J. Ono and to be advised and assisted by the chair of the board’s Finance and Administration Committee, Thomas D. Cassady, and the chair of the board’s Real Estate Subcommittee, William “Wym” C. Portman III.

The conditions and contingencies outlined in the resolution include:

  • Reaching satisfactory final terms, design and use agreements between UC, the City and the County, as recommended by the JBSC, within 180 days of the resolution.
  • Raising a minimum of $25 million on behalf of the College of Law in private contributions and/or project specific funding from other public or private sources.
  • Such other terms and conditions to be determined by the University Banks Working Group.
  • Final approval by the UC Board of Trustees.

“The opportunity to establish something so distinctive and dynamic in the heart of the city comes only once in a few generations,” said Thomas H. Humes, UC’s outgoing Board Chairman. “It brings together three historic institutions, the university, the city and the county in a way that will create new synergy. It’s very appropriate that it would be anchored by our historic College of Law and potentially include other university programs and assets. We think this would be a truly special addition to The Banks and offer some exciting accelerated learning opportunities, not only for our students but also our entire community.” 

“I am excited about the bold vision of a UC presence on The Banks, and I look forward to the efforts of the working group that will evaluate what’s going to be possible,” said UC President Santa J. Ono. “As an urban-serving university, our connection with Cincinnati is part of our DNA and a UC presence downtown would enhance the strong relationships between our university, the city and the county.”

For several years the College of Law has discussed the possibility of renovating or building a new structure.

“We look forward to working with the University and the Board of Trustees as we move forward with these plans,” said College of Law Dean Jennifer Bard. “The current law school building, although historic, is in need of substantial renovation, and this offers a wonderful opportunity to create the space our faculty, staff and students need to continue our mission to educate and inspire leaders who pursue justice and advance the role of law in society.”

ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF LAW

Established in 1833, the University of Cincinnati College of Law is the first law school west of the Alleghenies and the fourth-oldest continuously operating law school in the country. When it began as the Cincinnati Law School with 17 students, it was located above a downtown office.”

One important point, the time line of the project, it is highly unlikely to affect the day-to-day life of any current student. I am sharing this information with our alumni and donors, but please feel free to distribute this email to anyone you think would be interested.

As always, I will share information with you as I get it.

Dean Jennifer S. Bard

Professor Mark Godsey Receives Awards Bar Foundation and Philanthropy Group


Professor Mark Godsey accepted the Rescuer of Humanity Award in December, 2015 on behalf of the OIP from Project Love, a major philanthropic organization in Cleveland. Prior winners of the award include Rosa Parks, Steven Speilberg and Christopher Reeve.

He also received the Outstanding Organization Award in December, 2015 on behalf of the OIP from the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

 

Professor Kristin Kalsem Elected Section Secretary at AALS Meeting


Professor Kristin Kalsem attended the AALS conference in New York City in January, 2016. She was elected secretary of the Section on Law and Interpretation and to the Executive Boards of the Sections on Law and Humanities and Commercial and Related Consumer Law.

Professor Janet Moore Invited to Facilitate Meeting for Justice Department Fellows


Professor Janet Moore, with Andrew Davies, Ph.D., accepted an invitation to facilitate the first meeting of U.S. Department of Justice Smart Defense Fellows. The Fellows are public defenders and researchers who received approximately $2.5 million in federal grants to improve public defense.  Dr. Davies and Professor Moore will facilitate this meeting in Washington, D.C. on February 3, 2016.  This invitation resulted from Professor Moore’s work with Dr. Davies creating IDRA, the Indigent Defense Research Association.

Godsey Appointed to European Innocence Network Board


Professor Mark Godsey accepted a board position on the new European Innocence Network and will lecture at the Network's upcoming conference in Prague, Czech Republic in June, 2016.

Professor Mark Godsey Invited to Speak in Japan


Professor Mark Godsey was invited to present a closing lecture at the symposium launching the Japan Innocence Project in March, 2016.  He will present at events in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Dean Joseph Tomain Publishes Several Works


Dean Emeritus and Professor Joseph P. Tomain published a short article, Clean Power and the Democratization of Energy in the US, 17 Network Industries Quarterly 3 (No. 3 2015) (peer reviewed).

He also contributed to The Clean Power Plan: Issues to Watch (2015) (a White paper published by the Center for Progressive Reform) available here.

Finally, Dean Tomain’s peer reviewed article, Clean Power and the Future of US Energy Politics and Policy, was accepted for publication in Utilities Policy.

Dean Joseph Tomain Publishes New Book on Energy Law


Dean Emeritus and Professor Joseph P. Tomain’s book, Energy Law in the United States of America, co-authored with Lincoln L. Davies was published on December 18, 2015.

Dean Joseph Tomain Delivers Several Presentations


Dean Emeritus and Professor Joseph P. Tomain delivered a 3 hour seminar on Energy Law and Policy Past and Future to the trial and appellate attorneys at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He also gave a lecture to the Law Faculty and to the Mining Faculty at the University of Lorraine in Nance, France titled Shale and Coal Gas Development in the United States.

Professor Mark Godsey Publishes on Global Innocence Movement


Professor Mark Godsey submitted a chapter entitled “The Global Innocence Movement” for the book, Wrongful Convictions and the DNA Revolution: Twenty-Five Years of Freeing the Innocent," to be published by the Cambridge University Press.