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Constitution Day featuring Kenya Mann Faulker and Lauren Hunter

Constitution Day Takes a Look at Race-Based Admissions after Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin


Date: September 17, 2015
Time: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Place: College of Law, Room 114
CLE: Application for one hour of general CLE credit has been submitted for Ohio and Kentucky.
Presented by:

Kenya Mann Faulkner, Vice President of Legal Affairs & General Counsel, University of Cincinnati
Kenya Mann Faulkner was named Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel at the University of Cincinnati in 2013.  Before joining UC, she served as the Inspector General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where her mission was to ensure integrity, accountability, and confidence in public programs, employees, and contracts.  Prior to her appointment to Inspector General, she was a partner at Ballard Spahr in Philadelphia, and also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Faulkner also served as Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Drug Strike Force Section, and spent six years as a Philadelphia public defender.  Ms. Faulkner received her B.S. in criminal justice and English from Niagara University and her J.D. from the State University of New York, University of Buffalo Law School.

Lauren Hunter, Assistant General Counsel, University of Cincinnati
Lauren Hunter recently assumed the role of Assistant General Counsel at the University of Cincinnati, where her practice primarily involves addressing labor and employment issues that exist regarding University employees, as well as other student-related matters.  Prior to joining UC, she was an associate at Frost Brown Todd LLC where she was a member of the government services and labor and employment practice groups.  In that capacity, she advised various public sector clients regarding compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws.  She also has experience with public sector collective bargaining in both Ohio and Kentucky.  Ms. Hunter received her J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she was an editor of the Ohio State Law Journal, and her B.A. from the University of Kentucky.


Parking options and directions:

Deaconess Garage – From Clifton Avenue, turn west onto Straight Street.  Garage will be one block down on the right and you pay $5 cash when exiting.

This lecture is made possible through the generous support of Alfred B. Katz Constitution Day Fund in memory of Alfred B. Katz '35.

Prof. Lassiter Quoted in Enquirer Article About Rumpke Landfill

Professor Christo Lassiter provided commentary for the Cincinnati Enquirer article “Rumpke Has Edge in Lawsuit vs. Colerain Twp.” in the August 10, 2015 issue of the newspaper.  Here’s the story.

Prof. Lassiter Quoted in Enquirer Article About Rumpke Landfill

Professor Christo Lassiter provided commentary for the Cincinnati Enquirer article “Rumpke Has Edge in Lawsuit vs. Colerain Twp.” in the August 10, 2015 issue of the newspaper.  Here’s the story:

Prof. Mank Publishes Article in Pittsburgh Law Review

Congratulations to Brad Mank, James B. Helmer  Jr. Professor of Law, whose article, Does United States v. Windsor (the DOMA case) Open the Door to Congressional Standing Rights?, is now in print at 76 University of Pittsburgh Law Review 1-62 (2014).

Prof. Vazquez Teaches Session for Supreme Court Judicial College

Yolanda Vazquez, Association Professor of Law, taught the session "The Intersection between Immigration and the Criminal Justice System" at the Association of Municipal/County Judges of Ohio Summer Conference at Great Wolf Lodge on Tuesday, July 28th. This event was hosted by the Supreme Court of Ohio Judicial College.

Professor Chris Bryant to Speak at Taft National Historic Site Program

A. Christopher Bryant, Rufus King Professor of Constitutional Law at the College, will be the keynote speaker this week at the William Howard Taft National Historic Site Summer Tea Program. Professor Bryant will speak about President Taft (a College of Law graduate!) and his relationship with the law school. The program will be held tomorrow, July 29th , beginning at 1:00 p.m. 

The program is free and open to the public; reservations and additional information can be made by calling 513-684-3262. 

Read more information.

2015 William Howard Taft Lecture on Constitutional Law

Professor Heather Gerken
J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law
Yale Law School


Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Time: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
Location: University of Cincinnati College of Law - Room 114

Webcast: 2015 Taft Lecture

 Living Under Someone Else's Law

Federalism is commonly thought to be single field of study, but in fact it is two; it encompasses not just relations between the states and the federal government, but relations among the states.  The two fields have developed quite differently, however.  Professor Gerken will explore the differences between these two fields and suggest that they are both preoccupied with the same problem:  what happens when we are forced to live under someone else’s law?  While the costs of living under someone else’s law are well known in both fields, we’ve overlooked the substantial democratic benefits associated with clashing sovereigns.  Professor Gerken will argue that democracy isn’t just about self-rule, but about ruling together.  In in our highly polarized democracy, living under someone else’s law should be understood as an important means of promoting pluralism and fostering a well-functioning democracy


About the Speaker

Heather Gerken is the J. Skelly Wright Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Professor Gerken specializes in election law and constitutional law.  She has published in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Columbia Law Review, Political Theory, Political Science Quarterly, Roll Call, Legal Affairs, Legal Times, The New Republic, Democracy Journal, and elsewhere.  She has served as a commentator for a number of media outlets, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, the L.A. Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, NPR, the Lehrer News Hour, Bill Moyers, CNN, MSNBC, and NBC News. Her most recent scholarship explores questions of election reform, federalism, diversity, and dissent.  Her work has been featured in The Atlantic’s “Ideas of the Year” section, the Ideas Section of the Boston Globe, and NPR’s On the Media.  It has also been the subject of three academic symposia.  

Professor Gerken clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the 9th Circuit and Justice David Souter of the United States Supreme Court. After practicing for several years, she joined the Harvard faculty in September 2000 and was awarded tenure in 2005. In 2006, she joined the Yale faculty.  

Professor Gerken has won teaching awards at both Yale and Harvard, been named one of the nation’s “twenty-six best law teachers” by a book published by the Harvard University Press, was featured in the National Law Journal for balancing teaching and research, won a Green Bag award for legal writing, testified three times before Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, and serves as a trustee for Princeton University.  Professor Gerken served as a senior legal adviser in the “Boiler Room” for the Obama for America campaign in 2008 and 2012.  Her proposal for creating a “Democracy Index” was incorporated into separate bills by then-Senator Hillary Clinton, then-Senator Barack Obama, and Congressman Israel and turned into reality by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which created the nation’s first Election Performance Index in 2013.


Professor Houh Publishes Article on Contract Law

Emily Houh, Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of the Law and Contracts, has published Sketches of a Redemptive Theory of Contract Law, now in print at 66 Hastings Law Journal 951 (2015).  Learn more about Professor Houh. 

UC Law Hosts 50 Students for Law Leadership Program

Cincinnati Law hosts over fifty (50) high school students, ninth through twelfth grade, for the annual Law & Leadership Institute (LLI) summer session.  LLI is a state-wide initiative in collaboration with the legal community that inspires and prepares high school students, primarily from urban public school districts, for post-secondary and professional success through a comprehensive four-year academic program in law, leadership, analytical thinking, problem solving, writing skills and professionalism.  Students represent several area high schools - including Walnut Hills, Mason, Mother of Mercy, School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Western Hills, Dater, Cincinnati College Prep Academy, Withrow, Norwood, Clark Montessori, Winton Woods, and Princeton – and engage in a robust curriculum and ACT prep, and also participate in internships, mock trial and field trips for four to five weeks during the summer.

ECDC Director Receives Courier’s 2015 Second Act Award

Lew Goldfarb, director of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic,  has been named a winner of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2015 Second Act Award. The award recognizes local professionals who have forged new paths after achieving success in their first careers.  The award will be presented on September 22.

Goldfarb, once an entrepreneur himself, is both a business lawyer and a CPA. Before law school he worked as an accountant at Arthur Andersen LLP and Cardinal Foods, Inc. After graduating from law school, he went on to practice law at Baker & Hostetler. Goldfarb transitioned to Honda of America Mfg., Inc., where he was in-house counsel, responsible for the day-to-day administration of Honda’s Legal Department and for legal counsel provided to Honda’s entities throughout the U.S.

He left Honda to operate In-Home Tutoring Services, providing in-home education services to customers throughout Central Ohio. He later began a career as a law professor, teaching in the small business clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School and Wayne State University College of Law. Goldfarb joined the College in 2010 to design, develop, direct and teach the school’ first small business clinic.  During his tenure he has forged partnerships with numerous small business incubators, including the Hamilton County Business Center/First Batch, the Brandery, and MORTAR. 

Read more about the award and the winners: 2015 Second Act Awards