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Professor Janet Moore Presents Work

Professor Janet Moore presented “Make Them Hear You: Participatory Defense and the Struggle for Criminal Justice Reform”at theLatCrit Annual Conference in Anaheim, California. Sdhe also presented “Make Them Hear You: Participatory Defense and the Struggle for Criminal Justice Reform” at theClasscrits VIII: Emerging Coalitions: Challenging the Structures of Inequality, October 23–24, 2015, at University of Tennessee Knoxville College of Law. Professor Moore also presented another work in progress as part of the faculty speaker series at the University of Tennessee.

Professor Yolanda Vázquez Presents Work

Professor Yolanda Vázquez presented "Nothing is Ever Black & White: Mass Incarceration and the Continued Denial of Recognition of Immigration Detention's Role in It" at the LatCrit Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

Professor Yolanda Vázquez presented her work in progress, “Crimmigration: The Missing Piece of the Criminal Justice System in the 21st Century” at the Central States Law Schools Association Conference in Toledo, Ohio.

Prof. Solimine Co-authors Article with Kathryn Elvey

Professor Michael Solimine and co-author Kathryn Elvey, Ph.D. candidate in Criminal Justice in the College of Educated at UC published an article: Federalism, Federal Courts, and Victims’ Rights, 64 Cath. U. L. Rev. 909 (2015).

Professor Chang Presents Paper at Maurer School of Law

Professor Felix Chang presented his paper, “Vertical Integration in Derivatives Markets” at the Maurer School of Law, Indiana University on October 29, 2015.  

Professor Mank Quoted in Bloomberg Article About Case that Could Affect Environmental Plaintiffs

Professor Brad Mank spoke with Bloomberg BNA about how Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins—a case that will be heard in the Supreme Court on Nov. 2—might not affect environmental cases. He discussed how and why the case impacted credit reporting and identity theft cases more than environmental cases.  Read the story here:  Standing Case/Bloomberg BNA

Professor Solimine Quoted in ABA Journal Article About Suing Internet Data Sites

Professor Michael Solimine was quoted in the November, 2015 issue of the ABA Journal by Mark Walsh in “Misinformation Age: Court Weighs the Right to Sue an Internet Data Site,” at pages 19-20. Mark Walsh interviewed Professor Solimine following Solimine’s joining an amicus curiae brief of law professors filed on behalf of the respondents in the Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins case, soon to be argued in the U.S. Supreme Court. The online version is available at available at

College of Law Reports Strong Bar Passage Results

Kevin Flynn, recent graduate, is hooded
by his father, ’87 UC Law graduate Kevin R. Flynn.

Law School Beats State Average and ranks second in Ohio as 88 % of First-Time Takers
Pass the July 2015 Ohio Bar Exam

Cincinnati, OH—Three years of coursework, thousands of study hours, and hundreds of hours of legal work experience all come together three days in July when law school graduates from across the state and beyond sit for the Ohio Bar Examination. Today, the results of the July 2015 Bar Exam were released and the University of Cincinnati College of Law, ranked an A level “Best Value Law School” by The National Jurist, recorded an 88 percent passage rate for first-time takers, second among Ohio law schools. This rate exceeds the state-wide average passing rate of 80 percent.

The overall passage rate for College of Law’s takers is 87 percent, second among Ohio law schools. It is almost 13 percent higher than the state-wide average rate of 74.5 percent.

Out-of-state results are just as strong. For those jurisdictions that have released their outcomes, Class of 2015 results represent a 93 percent pass rate, including a 100 percent pass rate in Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York and Wisconsin.  

 “We’re excited about the results of the July bar exam and very proud of our students. Their hard work has paid off,” said Jennifer S. Bard, Dean and Nippert Professor of Law. “They have represented our school, their families, themselves and the community with distinction. We look forward to celebrating with them during the swearing ceremony in Columbus and supporting them as they continue their careers.”

She continued, “Although in the end each student’s bar preparation is one of individual effort, much credit goes to the faculty and staff who have developed a curriculum that both prepares students to pass this specific test and excel as lawyers.”

Applicants who successfully passed the examination and who satisfied all of the Supreme Court’s other requirements for admission will be admitted on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. during a special session of the Supreme Court at the historic Ohio Theatre in Columbus, OH. The session will be streamed live via the Supreme Court and Ohio Channel websites at and  It will also be available statewide on the Ohio Channel’s local public broadcasting stations.



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William Howard Taft: A Life of Public Service

William Howard Taft National Historic Site will sponsor a Taft Symposium on Saturday, October 31 from 1-3 p.m.  The public is invited to attend this special free event.  As the only person to serve as President and Chief Justice of the United States, William Howard Taft’s career was unique. Two guest speakers will highlight the many accomplishments Taft’s public service life and his career in American history. 

Beginning at 1 p.m., Dr. A. Christopher Bryant, Rufus King Professor of Constitutional Law at University of Cincinnati College, will lecture on William Howard Taft and His Thoughts on Presidential Power and Jurisprudence.  Mr. Bryant has been a prolific scholar and is an exceptionally skilled and award-winning teacher of constitutional law.

Beginning at 2 p.m., retired Judge Mark Painter, a College of Law graduate,  will lecture on William Howard Taft’s Life as an Administrator.  Mr. Painter served as a judge on the Ohio Court of Appeals, United Nations Appeals Tribunal, and the Hamilton County Municipal Court for a combined 30 years of service.  Mr. Painter served as an adjunct professor of Law at University of Cincinnati for 20 years.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.  The Taft Education Center is located at 2048 Auburn Avenue. 

For more information and a current calendar of events at William Howard Taft National Historic Site, please visit our website.

Professor Marjorie Aaron Publishes

Professor Marjorie Aaron’s article, “Shaking Decision Trees for Risks and Rewards” (co-authored with Wayne Brazil) is now in print in the fall  issue of Dispute Resolution Magazine.  Here is  a link to the issue

Professor Aaron also has made available the first of a number of client counseling videos, which were recorded this summer. They are available for law school professors and instructors at the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution and Suffolk Law School’s webpage.


Law Librarians Play Active Role in National Association

Several law librarians from the Robert S. Marx Law Library attended the annual meeting of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), held this summer at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. While there they attended educational programs on subjects related to legal information, library management, and changes in the ABA standards for accreditation of law schools. Several have leadership roles in AALL and its regional chapters.

James Hart, senior reference librarian, was a presenter in two programs. In “Designers’ Workshop: Subject Guides that Create the Effect You Want,” Hart showed attendees how to improve the library subject guides they create to help library patrons. He also presented on a program that discussed machine-based language translation, which was of special interest to foreign and comparative international law librarians.

Associate director for public and research services Susan Boland concentrated on sessions relating to learning outcomes and assessment as required by new ABA accreditation standards. Many of the required assessment methods are already incorporate into the school’s legal research curriculum that Boland played a primary role in designing. She also participated in sessions on training law students in legal technology and teaching research to LL.M. students and international attorneys. Finally, Boland led a roundtable for the Academic Law Library Special Interest Section.

Shannon Kemen, reference librarian, is the current president of the Ohio Regional Association of Law Libraries (ORALL) and represented the organization at the AALL Council of Chapter Presidents. She also hosted an ORALL social event. Kemen attended sessions on student assessment, library finances, and tools for attorney/law student job searching.

Collections management librarian Lisa Britt-Wernke attended several programs and met with recipients of the ORALL registration grants, as chair of the ORALL Grants Committee.

Bibliographic services and special collections librarian Akram Sadeghi Pari concluded her term as a member of the Indexing of Periodical Literature Committee. That group reviews new legal periodicals and makes recommendations to The Gale Group about including the publications in its indexes to legal periodicals. Pari serves in the Cataloging and Classification Standing Committee and in the Awards Committee, both of the Technical Services Special Interest Section.

Kenneth J. Hirsh, Director Law Library and Information Technology,  spoke on “Evolving Roles of Law Librarians and Legal Technologists” at the breakfast business meeting of the Computing Services Special Interest Section. Ken began his third and final year as a member of the AALL Executive Board.