Joshua Smith '14 Gets a Bird’s Eye View of UC as a Board of Trustees Member
Joshua Smith arrived at Ohio University in the fall of 2006 intending to pursue a degree in education. Smith switched to political science/pre-law as a sophomore, however, realizing he wanted to attend law school down the road.
“I always liked the idea of representing someone and the court system always amazes me, along with the entire legal system,” said Smith, a native of Westerville, a northeast Columbus suburb.
He didn’t graduate until 2011, but it was not because he needed a fifth year of classes to graduate. Rather, he spent a year deployed in Bagram, Afghanistan as a United States Army Military Police Officer.
Smith spent the spring of 2008 and that summer following his sophomore year in basic training, as part of becoming a soldier in the U.S. Army Reserves 447th MP CO. He returned to the Athens, Ohio, campus for his junior year, but spent July 2009 through July 2010 in Afghanistan.
“It really was a great experience,” Smith said. “It’s kind of an adventure in a way. You’re going to a country you know nothing about.”
Smith said his year in Afghanistan went by “really fast,” and he made some of his best friends there. During the first half of the deployment, he did basic security operations, manning guard towers and doing patrols around the base. The second half involved detainee operations, doing a lot of prison work.
After returning from Afghanistan, Smith returned to OU for his final year of school, where he became president of his fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau. He received a national award for “Outstanding President” for that 2010-11 year.
Joining the UC Law Family
The 2011 OU graduate was attracted to the College of Law for a number of reasons as a prospective student, including the small class sizes. Since enrolling at the College of Law, the current 2L has been impressed by the faculty.
“I’m working with Professor (Sandra) Sperino right now on an individual research project. I took her Employment Law class and Civil Procedure II and enjoyed her as a professor,” Smith said. “I’m also in Professor (Felix) Chang’s Agency class, and also enjoy him as a professor.”
Smith is a member of Moot Court and will be one of two directors of its intramural competition next fall. He also participated in Student Court as a 1L, where he and some of his peers represented UC students in disputing parking tickets. It was through this activity that Smith made an interesting connection, one that led him to a position that no other student on the entire campus holds: graduate student trustee on the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees.
“I actually represented the Graduate Student Governance Association’s president in Student Court,” Smith said. “She liked me enough that she thought I would do a good job at that position and told me to apply for it.”
Being a Member of UC’s Board of Trustees is a Big Responsibility
After submitting his resume last April and participating in a phone interview of sorts during the summer, Smith was offered the position for a two-year term. “It was kind of a shock to me,” said Smith, who is joined by an undergraduate student as the non-voting members of the Board.
Smith attends public Board of Trustees meetings every two months. While not a voting member, he is still asked for input and gives a report every two months on the entire graduate body – the College of Law, the College of Medicine and the other graduate programs. He also serves on subcommittees as well, including the Academic and Student Affairs Committee, as well as the Finance and Administration Committee.
In this first term, which dates back to August, Smith was involved with a number of issues and happenings, including the appointment of President Santa J. Ono in October.
Outside of school, Smith is a law clerk at the Law Office of Marc Mezibov. He also spent last summer as a judicial extern for Judge Sandra S. Beckwith in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.
Smith is an avid sports fan and he made his first Great American Ball Park appearance of the season on April 5, when the Cincinnati Reds beat the Washington Nationals 15-0. The Westerville North High School graduate will be living in Columbus this summer and hopes to play in some pick-up rugby games with his former high school teammates.
By Jordan Cohen, ‘13
2012 Harris Distinguished Practitioner Scott Knox
Date: April 22, 2013
Time: 12:10 p.m.
Location: Room 118
Scott Knox has a masters degree in Industrial Hygiene/Environmental Health from the University of Cincinnati Medical College and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. His practice focuses substantially on representing clients on GLBT legal issues, estate planning, and Social Security Disability/SSI claims, including appeals into Federal Court.
Among other community involvement, he has served on the Greater Cincinnati HIV/AIDS Mental Health Provider Education Program as an instructor in legal and ethical issues of HIV/AIDS; Greater Cincinnati HIV Prevention Community Planning Group; Hospice of Miami Valley/VITAS Red Ribbon Team community advisory committee for people with HIV; Volunteer Lawyers For The Poor; board of Caracole, Inc., which provides housing, housing assistance, and case management for people with HIV; and AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati as a lecturer to staff/volunteers/HIV challenged people/workplaces on legal issues. He has presented many seminars on HIV and disability issues for groups including health departments, legal bar associations, medical associations, social workers, and AIDS service organizations. He is currently on the boards of Equality Cincinnati, Strategies to End Homelessness, and the Cincinnati Citizen Complaint Authority.
Knox has received the Community Service Award from the Cincinnati Bar Association; the Tom Zeitz Memorial Award from AIDS Volunteers of Cincinnati, a Certificate of Outstanding Community Service in recognition of legal work done for people with HIV from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine/Infectious Diseases Center and University of Cincinnati Hospital; the 2008 Human Rights Campaign, Cincinnati Chapter Leadership Award in recognition of legal work within the Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender communities; the 2009 Caracole, Inc. Living Award for work done towards Caracole’s mission of providing safe, affordable housing and supportive services for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS; and the 2011 Dr. Peter T. Frame Humanitarian Award from the Cincinnati Health Network for pro bono legal work for people with physical and mental challenges. He was named one of Lawyers Weekly U.S.A.’s ten national Attorneys of the Year for 2002 and was Cincinnati CityBeat magazine’s Best Lawyer for 2011 and 2012.
Professor Kristin Kalsem : Harold C. Schott Scholarship Award Lecturer
Professor Kristin Kalsem is the recipient of the 2012 Harold C. Schott Scholarship Award, which recognizes outstanding research and scholarly achievement by a member of the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Professor Kalsem received her J.D. with Honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1987 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa in 2001, where she also served as a member of their English Department and a lecturer at their law school. Professor Kalsem has been an influential scholar in women and the law since joining our faculty in 2001. She also serves as co-director of the College’s Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice and a co-director of the joint degree program in law and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.
In her 2012 book, In Contempt: Nineteenth-Century Women, Law, and Literature (Ohio State University Press), Professor Kalsem brings together law, literature, and feminism to illuminate how 19th century women writers advocated legal issues in their literary works and lives as authors. The book is an important interdisciplinary accomplishment befitting the recognition of the Schott Award. In the book, Professor Kalsem reveals and details a wealth of suppressed evidence of 19th century women’s feminist jurisprudence (“outlaw texts,” as she identifies them), casting new light on history and introducing useful new ways to see the performance of feminist jurisprudence in law and literature. Christine Krueger, professor of English at Marquette University, is among those who have praised the book, noting that “Kristin Kalsem’s In Contempt makes a significant contribution to scholarship on the history of feminist jurisprudence. She covers thorny legal issues including married women’s property, infanticide, and lunacy law, as well as birth control, imperialism, and women’s admission to the bar. In her afterword she urges scholars to engage the ‘new evidence’ she has brought to light—and I have no doubt that this evidence will be welcomed enthusiastically.”
She is a teacher and scholar who is firmly dedicated to bridging theory and practice. That determination is fully evident in In Contempt– as it is, too, in her articleSocial Justice Feminism, 18 UCLA Women’s Law Journal 131 (2010) (with Professor Verna L. Williams), which inspired a conference last fall that brought scholars and activists
Professor Kalsem will deliver a public lecture on her scholarship here at the College of Law during the Fall 2013 semester. Until then, please join me in warmly congratulating Professor Kristin Kalsem for this well-deserved recognition.
Professor Kristin Kalsem named 2012 Harold C. Schott Scholarship Award Recipient
Congratulations to Professor Kristin Kalsem who has been named the recipient of the 2012 Harold C. Schott Scholarship Award. The award recognizes outstanding research and scholarly achievement by a member of the faculty of the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She will deliver a public lecture on her scholarship here at the College of Law during the Fall 2013 semester.
Professor Kalsem received her J.D. with Honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1987 and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Iowa in 2001, where she also served as a member of their English Department and a lecturer at their law school. Professor Kalsem has been an influential scholar in women and the law since joining the law faculty in 2001. She also serves as co-director of the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice and a co-director of the joint degree program in law and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.
In her 2012 book, In Contempt: Nineteenth-Century Women, Law, and Literature, Professor Kalsem brings together law, literature, and feminism to illuminate how 19th century women writers advocated legal issues in their literary works and lives as authors. In the book, Kalsem details a wealth of suppressed evidence of 19th century women’s feminist jurisprudence (“outlaw texts,” as she identifies them), casting new light on history and introducing useful new ways to see the performance of feminist jurisprudence in law and literature.
Kalsem is a teacher and scholar who is firmly dedicated to bridging theory and practice. This is evident in In Contempt – as it is, too, in her article Social Justice Feminism, 18 UCLA Women’s Law Journal 131 (2010) (with Professor Verna L. Williams), which inspired a conference last fall that brought scholars and activists from around the nation to Cincinnati to explore new ways of understanding and doing feminist work today and into the future.
Professor Kalsem’s scholarly record is complemented by her outstanding teaching accomplishments here at the College, where she has twice received the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching.
Sapphire Diamant-Rink ’11
As a Morgan Fellow I furthered my education with unique and invaluable experiences. Growing up on the Blackfeet Reservation, I have always had a passion for the rights of Native Americans and indigenous peoples everywhere. This, as well as a fascination with comparative law, led me to the Urban Morgan Institute at UC. My time as a clerk at the High Court of Botswana working with their parallel traditional tribal legal system, as well as my fellowship at the Indian Law Resource Center in my home state of Montana, allowed me to narrow my focus and gave depth to my understanding of the human rights issues involved. I was one of the four applicants chosen for the Honors Program at the Office of the Solicitor in the U.S. Department of the Interior. Following completion of that program, I am now an Attorney-Advisor in the U.S. Department of the Interior for the Division of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., where I focus on Indian water rights, tribal government, trust responsibility and a variety of other Indian law matters.
Jesse Jenike-Godshalk '11 works at Dinsmore & Shohl
Columbus, OHIO (Feb. 4, 2013) –Cincinnati attorney Jesse Jenike-Godshalk is embracing the opportunity to give back by volunteering for the Spina Bifida Coalition of Cincinnati (SBCCincy) and his alma mater.
Jenike-Godshalk first became involved with SBCCincy at the urging of his wife Katie, a nurse practitioner who is a member of the SBCCincy board and works with teens and adults who have developmental disorders such as spina bifida. He attends board meetings and volunteers at fundraising events like the SBCCincy’s yearly Walk & Roll.
“Charitable organizations such as SBCCincy cannot afford to pay a large, full-time workforce, so volunteers are important for their continued operation,” Jenike-Godshalk said. “I believe in what the organization is doing, and I am happy to help meet the need it has for volunteer labor.”
In that same spirit of giving, Jenike-Godshalk volunteers as a mentor at his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He advises current members of the University of Cincinnati Law Review on everything from how to write a good comment for the publication to how to find a job.
“I enjoy helping others repeat the successes that I have had—while helping them to avoid failures,” he said. “I feel satisfied and fulfilled knowing that I am helping others do well in law school.” One of his informal mentees is his sister-in-law Elizabeth Thoman, a U.C. law student who is expected to graduate in 2015.
Jenike-Godshalk became a member of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) in 2008 while attending law school, and he recently became a member of the OSBA Young Lawyers Section Council. He is an associate in the intellectual property department at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in Cincinnati and focuses his practice on patent litigation—prosecuting infringers of his clients’ patents and also defending clients who have been accused of infringement. Identifying what he enjoys most about his career, Jenike-Godshalk said, “I enjoy the variability of the work. No one day is like another, and I’m constantly learning new skills and new areas of the law.”
It was through Dinsmore & Shohl that he became involved with United Way Emerging Leaders, a program that provides young professionals with opportunities to network, develop leadership skills and give back to the community. Jenike-Godshalk said that his firm encourages its associates to give to the United Way, and commented, “I felt this program was a great way to make a donation while developing my leadership skills to make me a better attorney and member of my community.”
The OSBA, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.
Kate Pongonis Escorts Supreme Court Justice Anthony Breyer During His Visit to South Africa
Justice Stephen Breyer, as part of the Pritzker Prize Jury, toured the Constitutional Court of South Africa on November 16. The group was hosted by Justice Johan van der Westhuizen and Justice Edwin Cameron. The tour of the court included an explanation of the history of the site, the architecture of the building, and the Court's art collection by Constitutional Court Trust Art Curator Stacey Vorster.Following the tour, the Court hosted an informal luncheon for the Jury and Jury members had a chance to meet Constitutional Court Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Justice Breyer had a pull aside with Justices Mogoeng, van der Westhuizen, Cameron, and U.S. Ambassador Donald Gips.
3L Casey Kirchberg Shares His ECDC Experience in CBA Report
Third year law student Casey Kirchberg had the opportunity to share his experience as a fellow with the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic (ECDC) with local bar association members. His story about what he has learned is featured in the April 2013 issue of the CBA Report. Read the story here.
Daniel G. Dutro named to Board of Directors with Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
CINCINNATI, April 2, 2013
The law firm of Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer Co., L.P.A. (BPBS) is pleased to announce that Daniel G. Dutro has been named a board member for the a local non-profit organization, Manifest Creative Research and Drawing Center (Manifest). This appointment continues Dutro’s commitment to involvement with his community and supporting local non-profits.
Dan Dutro, a partner at BPBS, focuses his practice on commercial and residential real estate law, contract drafting and negotiation, and assisting not-for-profit and tax-exempt organizations. He has also assisted clients with issues involving employment law, bank financing documentation, and collections.
Dutro is a long-time resident of Cincinnati and, in addition to his volunteer work with Manifest, is involved in various community service activities. He volunteers as a reader at the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a lector at the Community of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, a volunteer at Montgomery Community Church, and as a tutor at John P. Parker Elementary School through the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. He also sits on the Board of his neighborhood's homeowners' association and coaches his son’s youth basketball team.
Manifest was founded in 2004 and is located in East Walnut Hills. Manifest stands for the quality presentation, experience, and documentation of the visual arts, engaging students, professionals, and the public from around the world through accessible world-class exhibits, studio programs, and publications.
About Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer Co., L.P.A.
With offices in Oakley, Over-the-Rhine and Northern Kentucky, BPBS provides comprehensive legal services for individual and commercial clients in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas. For more information on BPBS’s attorneys, practice areas and specific services, visit www.bpbslaw.com or call 513-721-1350.
University of Cincinnati College of Law Wins National Moot Court Competition
The University of Cincinnati College of Law Moot Court team of Sarah Kyriakedes and Tony Strike brought home a first place win at the 15th Annual Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition. The team won the overall competition and Strike won the Final Round Best Advocate Award. The event was held Saturday, March 23, 2013, hosted by the SUNY Buffalo Law School.
Kyriakedes and Strike, who will both graduate this year, have been on the Moot Court Board since their second year of law school after making the team during the Intramural Competition. (There, Kyriakedes won the Best Overall Score during the competition.) They became partners last year for their first competition: the Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law Moot Court Competition. (Strike won Best Overall Oralist at this competition.) In addition, they worked together on the Trial Practice Team for the last two years.
“I got involved in Moot Court, because I wanted to improve my oral advocacy skills,” said Kyriakedes. “After graduation, I always knew that I wanted to be in the court room actively litigating. I knew that Moot Court would give me an opportunity to practice my courtroom etiquette and to grow from the constructive criticism that I received.”
Strike concurred. “I came to law school in large part because I want to do things in the courtroom and Moot Court is one of the best ways to get that sort of experience. Moot Court is an excellent way to delve into a particular topic and get a sense of the way the law develops.”
Prepping for the Moot Court Competition
The Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition is one of the leading national moot court competitions in the United States to focus on topics in substantive criminal law. Problems address the constitutionality and interpretation of federal and state criminal statutes as well as general issues in the doctrine of federal and state criminal law.
The Wechsler Competition consisted of two parts: a written brief and oral arguments. After receiving the material for the brief in January, Kyriakedes and Strike researched and reviewed the issues, dividing responsibilities between the two. Before they began writing their brief, they met with Professor Janet Moore and Professor Christo Lassiter to brainstorm ideas about how to approach the problem. They estimate it took about three weeks to write the 30 page brief. (Meanwhile, they were also practicing for a Trial Practice Competition in February!)
After turning in the brief, they began to prepare for the oral arguments, including weekly meetings to talk through issues and problem spot and weeks of practice “moot sessions.” During these sessions, they basically ran through their arguments as if they were in the actual competition with different people acting as judges to ask questions. Because the Moot Court Program is a student organization, there aren’t formal coaches. So, the students reached out to professors and attorneys in the community to help them prepare.
“We knew that the best way to get prepared was to soak up all the advice that we could get,” said Kyriakedes. Judge Patrick Fischer, Hamilton County Court of Appeals, First Appellate District of Ohio; Professor Moore; Donald Caster, an attorney with UC Law’s Ohio Innocence Project; and fellow student Sundeep Mutgi, the Moot Court Executive Director, helped with practice and acted as judges.
Looking Ahead to Life after Moot Court and Law School
Both Kyriakedes and Strike are already making plans for life after law school. Strike has been working part-time at the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office and hopes to continue that full-time after passing the bar. This "new" career of Strike's comes on the heels of a lengthy career in business, including receiving an MBA from Harvard.
Kyriakedes will be moving to Charlotte, North Carolina after graduation. She hopes to work at the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, where she interned this past summer. “It has always been my goal to pursue a career as a public servant, so that I could use my legal education and skills to better the public welfare as a prosecutor.”
|Take Note: Recent Moot Court Competition Success |
Amy Bedinghaus’14 and Erica Helmle’14: advanced to the quarterfinal round at the Whittier Moot Court Juvenile Law Competition.
Nina Vachhani’13 and Josh Langdon’13: advanced to the octo-final round of the 2013 Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Competition. Team also had top 10 brief.