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Professor Michael Solimine co-authored an amicus curiae brief filed in Shapiro v. McManus, 136 S. Ct. 450 (2015)

Professor Michael Solimine co-authored an amicus curiae brief filed in Shapiro v. McManus, 136 S. Ct. 450 (2015), arguing that the lower court decision should be reversed. The case concerned the powers of a single district judge in deciding whether to convene a three-judge district court. In December, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case in a unanimous decision agreeing with the argument asserted in the amicus curiae brief.

Professor A. Christopher Bryant judged the state finals of the high school We The People Competition

Professor A. Christopher Bryant judged the state finals of the high school We The People Competition on January 22, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio at the Statehouse. See more here. We The People is a national, civic education program that originated with the Burger commission on the Bi-centennial of the Constitution. 

Professor A. Christopher Bryant made two panel presentations at the AALS Annual Meeting

Professor A. Christopher Bryant made two panel presentations at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York City. On January 8, 2016, he presented "Constitutional Law from the Ground Up: How the Prohibition on 'Under-ruling' Distorts the Judicial Function" at the Federalist Society's works-in-progress session. On January 9, 2016, he spoke at the Law & Interpretation Section's panel addressing "The Empirics of Legal Interpretation."

Duane Morris partner Kevin E. Vance elected Interim Chairman of Sunrise Community, Inc. Board

Miami Attorney to Lead Board of Directors of National Non-Profit Organization Serving Individuals with Disabilities

Kevin VanceMiami, Fla. (March 21, 2016) – Duane Morris is pleased to announce that Kevin E. Vance, a partner in the Miami office, has been elected Interim Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sunrise Community, Inc., a national leader in providing residential and habilitation services for people with a wide range of intellectual and physical disabilities. Vance joined the organization’s Board in 2014.

For over 45 years, by means of advocacy and education directed toward acceptance, Sunrise has provided its individualized support and services to enable people with disabilities to live valued lives in the community. The Miami-based organization offers a growing range of services, including group home facilities, in-home support, residential habilitation services, respite care, supported employment, adult training, and transportation services, among others. At the heart of its mission are its residential group home facilities, which provide safe, comfortable, family-style caring homes anchored in the community. Currently, the organization has 214 residential group homes serving more than 1,000 individuals.

“I am honored to be elected chairman of such a remarkable organization that is devoted to strengthening communities and ensuring people with disabilities become full participants in community life,” said Vance. “I look forward to working alongside the Board to further the organization’s mission and continue to impact the lives of so many deserving individuals.”

A Florida Bar board-certified attorney, Vance focuses his practice on labor and employment litigation and other types of business litigation. Vance is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, and his B. A. from Vanderbilt University. In addition to his Board position with Sunrise, Vance is the Vice Chair of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce’s Human Resources and Workforce Development Committee.


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Karen Kovach '92 Named UC's Interim General Counsel

Cincinnati Law graduate Karen Kovach has been named Interim General Counsel for the University of Cincinnati, effective April 1, 2016. She currently serves as UC's Deputy General Counsel.

With more than 23-and-a-half years of experience as an attorney, the last three of those years spent at the university, Ms. Kovach is familiar with the many aspects and issues affecting universities in the legal arena. In her interim role, she will serve as the key point of contact related to legal issues at the university.

US News Ranking Positions Cincinnati Law Within Top 50 Public Law Schools in the Nation

Cincinnati Law’s significant increase in employment and high bar passage earns results in its ranking among the top 50 public law schools by U.S. News & World Report.

Cincinnati, OH —The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Cincinnati Law #60 in the nation, up 22 places from last year.

Jennifer S. Bard, Dean and Nippert Professor of Law, remarked “We are very pleased by all the external recognition we received this year for producing meaningful outcomes. This includes specific programs such as our clinics, centers and other community collaborations. The U.S. News & World Report ranking reflects our high employment and bar passage rates as well as increased score in peer assessment. It is well deserved and due to the hard work of our faculty, staff, students and alumni.”

Mina Jones Jefferson, Senior Assistant Dean and Director of the Center for Professional Development, elaborated on last year’s 13 percent increase in employment. “For the Class of 2014, 88 percent found employment within 10 months of graduation, a placement above both state and national averages and we are on target to do just as well with the Class of 2015.”

Dean Bard further stated “These outcomes, combined with the high quality legal education our faculty and staff offers students, the strength of our first class research university, and the success and commitment of our wonderful alumni explain why Cincinnati Law is consistently recognized as an ‘A’ level ‘Best Value’ law school.”

The U.S. News ranking follows recent recognition by several similar publications that have assessed the strong Cincinnati Law program:

  • 3rd in the Nation for Prosecutor and Public Defender Careers. (preLaw magazine, Winter edition)
  • Among the Top 20 Schools for Law Students Interested in Prosecutorial/Public Defender Work. (National Jurist magazine)
  • Top 30 School for Super Lawyers. The college, which came in at 28* in the nation, had 13.1 percent of its alumni being considered a Super Lawyer. (*The National Jurist Fall 2015 edition).
  • 40th in the Nation and 10th in the Midwest for JD-Required Positions. (ChicagoINNO)
  • Among the top 50 Law Schools in the Country for Sending Graduates to the top 250 Law Firms. (National Law Journal)
  • Top School for Practical Training. Named to the 2016 honor roll for “Best School for Practical Training” (National Jurist magazine). Ranked a top law school for practical training (National Jurist magazine, 2015 and 2014)
  • Best Value Law School Ranking. Named a Best Value Law School for the third year and second consecutive year, respectively. (National Jurist and preLaw magazines)

Symposium: A Discussion of the Biomarkers for Violence and Criminality: The Hopes and Expectations for the Future

Date: March 10, 2016
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: UC Law, Rm. 118

CLE: 1.5 G/, OH & KY

Speaker: Dr. James Blair, Chief, Affective Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, National Institute for Mental Health

Dr. Blair will explore the links between violence antisocial behavior and the brain. His analysis will identify a number of mechanisms that, when dysfunctional, increase the risk for antisocial behavior. Recent advancements in neuroscience have provided important insights about the link between brain activity, antisocial behavior and, consequently, increased risk in criminal offense. Blair will provide a list of mechanisms that, when dysfunctional, increase the risk for antisocial behavior. He will suggest treatment options targeted to these mechanisms that could mitigate the negative consequences of antisocial behavior and offer better preventive and therapeutic opportunities. While he uses functional neuroimaging and other neuroscience techniques to understand the neuropsychology of antisocial behavior, he also will argue that neuroscience has little to say about population antisocial behavior. From a rational perspective, in fact, antisocial choices may be the best choice for any particular individual. Therefore, he will conclude, abnormal brain functioning or irrational thinking do not cause all forms of antisocial behavior.

Nominations Open for UCLAA Distinguished Alumni Award

The UC Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award has been honoring outstanding law alumni since 1980. The recipients inspire all of us to make a difference in our chosen path. Nominations are now open for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award. All nominations are due April 1.

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Intersections of Immigration Law and Reproductive Justice (CLE)

The March 2, 2016 program will shed light on the lived experiences of women caught at the intersection of reproductive health and immigration. The two-hour panel discussion will focus on two cases: Purvi Patel, convicted under Indiana’s feticide law, and Blanca Borrego, facing deportation. Time: 4:00 p.m. CLE: 2 hours/OH, KY.

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29th Annual Corporate Law Center Symposium

The 29th Annual Corporate Law Center Symposium will be held Friday, March 18, 2016. The topic will be “Corporate Social Responsibility and the Modern Enterprise.” Guest speakers include Clare Iery, the Procter and Gamble Company; Martha Cutright Sarra, The Kroger Co.; Tianlong Hu, Renmin University of China Law School, and more. The event is free; CLE: 5.0 hours, pending approval.

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