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UC Law 2013 Constitution Day Lecture with Professor Marci A. Hamilton

Date: September 17, 2013
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: Room 114

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Professor Marci A. Hamilton, the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, Yeshiva University, was the 2013 Constitution Day speaker.

The Most Important Building Block of the United States Constitution: Distrust and Separation

Marci A. Hamilton is one of the United States' leading church/state scholars and holds the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, where she specializes in church/state issues and the dynamics of child sex abuse in institutional settings.  She is an author, lecturer, and advocate on the protection of the vulnerable from religious institutions.  She is also a national leader for legislative reform for the protection of Children from sex abuse.  During 2012, she was honored as one of Pennsylvania's Women of the Year, and received the National Crime Victim Bar Association's Frank Carrington Champion of Civil Justice Award.

Professor Hamilton has testified before numerous state legislatures regarding the elimination of the statutes of limitations for childhood sex abuse.  She is frequently asked to advise Congress and state legislatures on the constitutionality of pending legislation and to consult in cases involving important constitutional issues.  Professor Hamilton clerked for Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School; the Graduate School of Pennsylvania State University; and Vanderbilt University.  She is a member of Phi Beta kappa and Order of the Coif.

In her presentation, The Most Important Building Block of the United States Constitution: Distrust and Separation, Professor Hamilton discussed how the Framers of the United States Constitution shared a key insight that is the building block that has made it as successful as it has been: distrust of anyone holding power.  The Framers' key insighght was that those holding power are always tempted to abuse that power, and that concentrations of power are particularly dangerous.  To avoid tyranny, they implemented devices to separate power, check power, and disable it when it broaches on tyranny.



UC Law 2013 Constitution Day Lecture with Professor Marci A. Hamilton

Date:September 17, 2013
Time: 12:15 p.m.
Location: room 114

Professor Marci A. Hamilton, the Paul R. Verkuil Chair in Public Law at the Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law, Yeshiva University, will be the 2013 Constitution Day speaker.More information to come.

Springfield lawyer, Randall Comer named to State Bar Board of Governors

Columbus, OH (July 1, 2013) – Attorney Randall M. Comer of Springfield has been elected to serve a three-year term as District 6 representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). District 6 includes 468 attorneys who reside or practice in Champaign, Clark, Fayette, Greene, Logan, Madison and Union counties.Comer was elected to his new post by area lawyers at an OSBA district meeting several months ago. He succeeds retiring District 6 representative Hon. Thomas J. Grady of Springfield. The 21-member Board of Governors manages the OSBA’s business affairs, sets policy, reviews pending legislation and conducts other business on behalf of the 25,000 Ohio lawyers who are OSBA members.


Comer earned his undergraduate degree in psychology in 1993 from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, and his law degree in 2000 from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. A member of the Springfield law firm of Martin, Browne, Hull & Harper, PLL, he handles civil defense litigation and serves as defense counsel in labor and employment and workers’ compensation matters. A member of the OSBA since 2000, he also belongs to the Clark County Bar Association and the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys.


In his community, Comer serves as vice-chair and trustee of the Clark County Mental Health Foundation. He also serves on the Selective Service Board, and as secretary, Personnel Committee chair and trustee of The Springfield Foundation. He and Tamara S. Comer, his wife, have three children: Grace, age 10; Grant, age 9, and Matthew, age 7 months. In his spare time, he enjoys swimming, cycling, triathlons, hiking, camping, yoga, travel, meditation, reading and cooking.

The Ohio State Bar Association, 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.

Journalists:Visit the OSBA’s ONLINE PRESS ROOM at for news releases, feature stories, a multimedia library, legal publications and other media resources. Mr. Comer’s business zip code is 45502. To download a picture of him,

Richardson, Jr. is Recipient of the Jeffrey Hurwitz Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement Award

This award, presented by the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association,  is given to a UC graduate, 35 years of age or younger, on the basis of significant professional achievement in his or her field of endeavor, and continued service and involvement with the university and community. This award is in honor and memory of Jeffrey Hurwitz, BBA ’72, MBA ’73, former president of the UC Alumni Association’s Board of Governors.

Robert E. Richardson, Jr.  CEAS ’02, Law '05

The philosophy of life espoused and modeled by Rob Richardson, Jr., can be summed up fairly easily: Don’t sit on the sidelines. Richardson was a whirlwind of activity and leadership while a UC student in the early 2000’s, and has maintained that fast pace and deep dedication to his community and university as an alumnus.

Mr. Richardson received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati. While at UC, he established the first college chapter of the NAACP in the Tristate and was elected Student Body President for his senior year, when he also was awarded the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence, UC’s highest honor for undergraduates.

Currently, Richardson serves as Of Counsel with the law firm of Branstetter, Stranch and Jennings, PLLC, with his practice areas including labor and employment, securities and class action litigation. He also serves as a Construction Market Representative for the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust (LECET) for eight states, including Ohio. In this role, he has led campaigns in Cincinnati on behalf of workers and local residents on publicly funded construction projects. In 2009, he successfully implemented a community workforce on Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) construction projects. The agreement required contractors bidding on projects to pay prevailing wages and employ local residents, graduates of CPS and parents of current CPS students. Richardson also led the effort to implement Cincinnati’s first-ever Responsible Bidder Ordinance in 2012. He now advises the Southeast Laborers’ District Council on its "Build 305" campaign to ensure that local taxpayers in Florida’s Miami-Dade County are provided with opportunities for employment on publicly funded infrastructure projects.

 Richardson hosts a weekly radio show in Cincinnati called "Real Talk with Rob Richardson," featuring politicians, community leaders and public policy experts from across the country discussing both local and broad scale issues.

In January 2012, Richardson was elected Secretary of his alma mater’s Board of Trustees, becoming its youngest-ever elected officer. He also chairs the board’s Academic and Student Affairs Committee where he works toward providing lower education costs and more scholarships for students.

 Mr. Richardson serves on several other boards, including the University of Cincinnati Research Institute, the Agenda 360 Advisory Council, the Hamilton County Democratic Executive Committee, and the Board of Visitors for the UC College of Law.

Bill Keating, Jr. ’79 is Recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Service Award

The Alumni Distinguished Service Award, presented by the University of Cincinnati Alumni Association, recognizes those individuals who have rendered outstanding, faithful and selfless service to their alma mater.

Bill Keating, Jr.  Bus '76, Law '79

When you combine accomplishments as a student-athlete, success in professional life and deep commitment to UC, there are few Bearcats like Bill Keating, Jr. Keating compiled a Hall of Fame career at academic and swimming powerhouse St. Xavier High School, then replicated it with a Hall of Fame career as a Bearcat. In his four years, he earned both his BBA and MBA while being awarded the coveted Jimmy Nippert Award as UC’s outstanding graduating student-athlete.

After graduating from UC Law School, Keating has had a successful career as an attorney with Keating Muething & Klekamp. He primarily practices corporate law while also advising clients in business succession planning, executive compensation, and estate and tax planning. He has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America list.

He dedicates his time and energy to a variety of community causes, serving in board and leadership positions with Magnified Giving, GCNKY Women’s Sports Association, the Pro-Seniors, St. Ursula Academy, St. Xavier High School, the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corp., and a number of other organizations that promote education and athletics.

Keating’s love and support of his alma mater truly stands out. After his sophomore year, he donated his athletic scholarship back to UC and became a dorm resident advisor. At graduation, he donated his first paycheck to UC. At age 27, he became the youngest person appointed to the UC Board of Trustees, serving from 1981 to 1990. He chairs the Lindner College of Business Board of Advisors and is vice-chair of the UC Center for Entrepreneurship, past president of C-Club, and former trustee of UCATS.

He has also provided tremendous support to women’s athletics and was the driving force behind selling out recent women’s UC-Xavier basketball games. He also chaired the effort to honor the pioneers of women’s sports by finally awarding their varsity letters. He has received the highest honors bestowed by UC Athletics through induction into the James P. Kelly Athletics Hall of Fame and the Order of the Black Blazer. In addition, the Lindner College of Business has honored him with its Distinguished Service Award.

In short, if there’s a club, committee or board at UC, it seems there’s a good chance Bill Keating, Jr. has been, or still is, involved in it — and quite possibly leading it. He has come to personify the words “UC Alumni Distinguished Service.”

Guest Student Program

Many professionals would benefit by obtaining knowledge of the law, including those working in such fields as business, criminal justice, engineering, medicine, psychiatry or psychology, education, human resources, journalism, and many more. These professionals, along with graduate students studying in other fields, can enhance their knowledge of law by enrolling in one or two classes at the College of Law as a "Guest Student." Guest Students can take up to six credits at the College in classes that will enhance their knowledge of law in topics of particular interest to them. If you are interested in taking a class as a guest student, contact Charlene Carpenter, registrar, for more information at 513.556.0070.

Matt Strzynski Joins Cohen Garelick & Glazier as Partner

Matt StrzynskiIndianapolis, Ind. –Matt Strzynskihas joined the law firm of Cohen Garelick & Glazier as partner. Strzynski concentrates hispractice in a wide range of commercial matters, including litigation, creditors’ rights, banking, real estate, and construction.

Strzynski received his B.A. degrees in Latin and Criminal Justice from Indiana University, and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati, where he was elected to Order of the Coif, won the Commercial Law Academic Prize, and was a member of the Law Review.

Strzynski has represented financial institutions and creditors in a variety of complex commercial litigation, has been active handling litigation arising out of the largest real estate frauds in Indiana, and has experience in all aspects of Chapter 7, 11, and 13 bankruptcy proceedings.In addition, he has first chair trial experience.

Strzynski is also known for taking an active in the community. He was appointed by Governor Daniels to serve as a Commissioner for the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, he is the Chairman of the Hamilton County Election Board, serves as the Chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Commercial & Bankruptcy section, and is an active member of both the American Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Further, Strzynski serves as a volunteer coach for the Carmel Dad’s Club.

For more than a century, Indianapolis-based Cohen Garelick & Glazier has provided comprehensive legal representation throughout Indiana. Their attorneys are widely recognized for providing effective solutions in the practice areas of business and tax planning, litigation, family law and divorce, bankruptcy, adoption, real estate, personal injury, estate planning, probate and trust litigation, arbitration and mediation, construction, criminal defense, employee benefits, employment law and medical malpractice. Cohen Garelick & Glazier is dedicated to individualized service for every client and provides innovative solutions specific to meet every business or personal legal need. For attorney biographies and firm information,

Law School Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

Date: August 27, 2013                                               

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: Patricia Corbett Theater (CCM)         

CLE:     2 hrs CLE

Missed the event or want to relive it? Watch the webcast: Civil Procedure

RSVP: Contact Mindy Lawson at       

The College of Law’s fall event schedule kicks off with the “75th Anniversary of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure,” a panel discussion to be held on August 27, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.  A star-studded panel of federal judges, academics, politicians, lawyers, and business people will come together to discuss the impact of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the importance of this anniversary.  Arthur R. Miller, University Professor at New York University, the nation’s leading scholar in the field of American civil procedure and coauthor with the late Charles Wright of Federal Practice and Procedure, will moderate this event.

Confirmed Panelists:

  • Thomas Y. Allman, Senior V.P., General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, BASF Corporation (retired)
  • Hon. Michael R. Barrett, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Hon. Susan J. Dlott, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
  • Al Gerhardstein, Partner, Gerhardstein and Branch Co., LPA
  • Hon. Nancy Gertner (ret.), Professor of Practice, Harvard Law School
  • Hon. Maureen O'Connor, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Ohio
  • Hon. Solomon Oliver, Jr., Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • Andrew J. Pincus, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Victor E. Schwartz, Partner, Shook Hardy & Bacon, LLP, Washington, D.C.
  • Senator Bill Seitz, 8th District, Ohio Senate
  • David A. Singleton, Executive Director, Ohio Justice and Policy Center
  • Michael E. Solimine, Donald P. Klekamp Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati Collge of Law
  • Hon. Jeffrey S. Sutton, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Carolyn A. Taggart, Partner, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
  • Suja A. Thomas, Professor, University of Illinois College of Law
  • John Vail, Vice President and Senior Litigation Counsel, Center for Constitutional Litigation, Washington, DC

A reception will follow.

Sponsor: College of Law

Co-Sponsors: John W. Peck Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
Federal Bar Association, Dayton Chapter

Lori Krafte presented with the Distinguished Service Award

The American Advertising Federation Cincinnati (“AAF-C”) recently presented Lori Krafte, partner with Wood Herron & Evans, with the professional association’s highest volunteer honor – the Distinguished Service Award. Krafte has served in various capacities on the AAF-C Board including as president; was chair of AAF-C’s 2012 Digital Non Conference and is assisting with this year’s event; and provides legal advice to the organization as needed.

“Our Distinguished Service Award is not an annual recognition, but rather is an honor we present only when a volunteer has made a truly significant contribution over time to help sustain us, achieve goals, and reach to higher levels,” said Judy Thompson, AAF-C Executive Director. “Lori has given of her time and her professional expertise. As a board member, committee chair and volunteer, she consistently goes above and beyond. Under her leadership our fall Digital Non Conference far exceeded our goals.”

Krafte was named 2013 Cincinnati Trademark Law “Lawyer of the Year” by The Best Lawyers in America®; and named by Ohio Super Lawyers® among the top 25 women lawyers in Cincinnati. She counsels clients in all areas of advertising and media law, privacy, trademarks, copyrights, and domain name disputes and other Internet law matters. She also teaches Advertising Law and Trademark Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she received the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award in 2008.

About Wood Herron & Evans – For more than 140 years, the firm has been a regional, national and international leader in providing innovative solutions for clients seeking to protect their intellectual property assets. Its practice is committed to aiding clients in the acquisition, development, protection, licensing, defense, and enforcement of patent, trade secret, trademark, and copyright rights and in advertising, privacy, data security, and related matters. Those clients include businesses, trade associations, universities, foundations and individuals, many of whom are leaders in science and industry worldwide. Integrity and in-depth legal expertise, coupled with technical and business experience, are the hallmarks of Wood Herron & Evans service.

Six UC Law Alumni Included in 2013 Chambers USA Guide

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease is pleased to announce that six of the firm’s attorneys who attended The University of Cincinnati College of Law have been recognized among the leading practitioners in the country in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA conducts in-depth research and ranks the leading firms and attorneys in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America.

Leading lawyers, listed with their field of practice, office, and law school graduation year are:

  • Melvin Bedree (`84), Banking and Finance, Cincinnati
  • Dan Buckley (`74), Litigation, Cincinnati
  • Hani Kallas (`94), Banking and Finance, Cincinnati
  • ; Jeffrey Marks (`80), Bankruptcy Cincinnati
  • Howard Petricoff (`74), Natural Resources and Environment, Columbus
  • Kristin Woeste (`05), Real Estate, Cincinnati

Thirty-nine total Vorys attorneys were selected for the inclusion in 13 different practice areas in the 2013 edition of Chambers USA. In addition to individual attorney rankings, Vorys is ranked as a leading Ohio law firm in 10 practice areas: banking & finance; bankruptcy/restructuring; corporate/M&A; employee benefits & executive compensation; health care; labor & employment; litigation: general commercial; natural resources & environment; real estate; and real estate: zoning/land use.

About Vorys: Vorys was established in 1909 and has grown to be one of the largest Ohio-based law firms with nearly 375 attorneys in six offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Washington, D.C.; and Houston, Texas. Vorys currently ranks as one of the 200 largest law firms in the United States according to American Lawyer magazine. Learn more at