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 www.abajournal.com/magazine.
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 87.5 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 www.supremecourt.ohio.gov and www.ohiochannel.org. It will also be available statewide on the Ohio Channel’s local public broadcasting stations.
Other Cincinnati Law News
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.
From the Seminary to Law School, Zack Weber Shares How It All Connects
Cincinnati native and first-year law student Zack Weber spent his time following high school on a unique and diverse path exploring different areas of interest that fit his personal and professional motivations. From his early studies in the seminary to seven-years of professional experience, Weber has found that his desire to make a difference in the lives of others has been a strong motivating factor throughout his professional journey and has inspired him to pursue a career in the legal field.
“It’s been a bit of a round about path here,” he teased.
Weber expressed that his interest in the seminary started around his sophomore year in high school. After graduating from local Cincinnati school Elder, he did not pursue that line of study initially, but instead began his undergraduate study in Engineering at the University of Dayton.
“Engineering was actually an interest of mine in high school as well so I wanted to give that a shot, you know a fair shot first before deciding to start with seminary.”
But it wasn't long until Weber decided to start his seminary journey. After his first year at UD he decided to transfer to the Pontifical College of Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where he received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy in addition to his early priesthood training. Following his studies at Josephinum, Weber continued on in the seminary and traveled over 4,000 miles to Rome, Italy for graduate studies in theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
“I was [at the Gregorian] a total of four academic years. Although in-between my third and fourth year of studies I actually did an internship back here in the States with a parish in Hamilton, Ohio where I was helping out with different parish functions. I couldn’t say mass or anything like that but I was helping out with the school, with their parish counsel, and with anything else I could without being a priest at that point,” Weber shared.
After returning from Italy, he ultimately decided to not be ordained a priest. Around that time, Weber recalled, a good friend who also left the seminary had gone directly into law school. And about five or six of his friends from seminary were likewise taking the law school path.
“I always thought that was kind of curious, ‘what’s the connection?’” Weber questioned, and through conversations with his friends, who are now practicing attorneys, noticed there were many parallels between the two professions that he could identify with.
“It kind of struck a chord with me. I think the idea of being in seminary and wanting to be a priest has a lot of commonality with wanting to be a lawyer. I think in both arenas you have a great ability to help people, albeit in different ways; and while many priests want to help people in a spiritual way, the ideas of truth and justice, I think, carry over into both places.”
This desire to pursue law school prompted Weber to take the LSAT in 2007, but he determined at that particular time law school wasn’t the best decision. So he started out his career in retail and customer service, sharpening his communication and interpersonal skills. After his return from Italy, Weber began working at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza as a front office assistant manager, before later moving into a position at Nordstrom. Most recently, he was the manager for the Art of Shaving, a retail store that sells a men’s luxury grooming line. Weber opened the store in 2012 and was the general manager for three years before he left this summer for law school.
He commented, “I think my desire professionally has always been to make a substantial difference in people’s lives. And I think that was my initial desire when I thought I wanted to be a priest. And I think it's still my deep desire now. Which, you know in retail you can make a difference but I don’t think it was the kind of difference I was looking for.”
Now as first year law student and Fellow with the Center for Race, Gender and Social Justice, Weber endeavors to explore different areas of law to be able to pursue that goal of making a substantial difference in people’s lives. With UC Law being at the top of his list, Weber noted that the Center was one of the major factors in making UC Law his final decision.
“Social justice has always been a major interest of mine, probably from the time I was in grade school. I remember wanting to get involved in community service type activities. I actually did a 10-week mission trip and volunteered at Catholic youth camps and stuff like that in college. So I’ve always been trying to commit myself, to give my energy, my abilities, and my skills to help people in whatever position they are in in life.”
Weber admits that his specific career goals are not fine-tuned at this moment, but he is looking forward to exploring different areas of law where he can tie-in his interest for social justice.
“I think that the idea of social justice can be found pretty much at any level. You know whether you’re in a business, whether you’re in small practice or public interest, you can really carry that out in any area… But I’m keeping my mind really open. I do want to spend some time both in the public and private sector before I make a decision. That’s a pretty broad generalization, but it’s a starting point.”
By: Sarah Nelson’17
College of Law, a '2015 Best Value' Law School, sees 38 Percent First Year/JD Enrollment Jump
High bar passage, plus employment, minus school debt add up to student success
This fall, first-year enrollment at UC's College of Law jumped 38 percent as the College earned A-level recognition as a "best value" law school. In addition, the college reports a 64% increase in the number of LLM students. These figures represent a 42% increase in the number of newly enrolled students, as compared to last year.
The school's high bar passage and employment rates for its students, combined with low student debt, tuition and cost of living, distinguished it from its peers.
Students new to the school this year include 101 J.D. students and 18 graduate students, 40 percent of whom are from out of state. Overall, the class represents 30 undergraduate majors from 64 colleges. Ten percent of the new class is comprised of "Double Bearcats," or students who also have an undergraduate degree from UC.
"We are all delighted by the first year class," said Jennifer S. Bard, Dean and Nippert Professor of Law at the school. "Their strengths illustrate that our high-quality programs, our emphasis on learning by doing and our externship placements are gaining the recognition they deserve."
In addition to its academic advantages, students appreciate the city and its surrounding opportunities, according to Mina Jones Jefferson, the College of Law's Senior Assistant Dean and Director of the Center for Professional Development. "Prospective students are hearing about the law school’s vibrant network of opportunity.”
She continued, “The law school is less than 6 miles from the region’s strongest law firms, legal departments of Fortune 500 companies and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is one step away from the Nation’s Supreme Court. This proximity means that students get experience from the first day and move seamlessly between the University and legal community.”
She also noted that “Ohio is a top 10 state for legal entry-level employment and Cincinnati is the fastest growing economy in the Midwest, which means opportunity follows.” Jefferson said that there are also more non-traditional high-level jobs available primarily to those with law degrees, including human resources managers, patent examiners, providers of international tax services and hospital administrators.