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Randall D. Larramore '97 to serve as the President of Paty, Rymer & Ulin, P.C.


Paty, Rymer & Ulin, P.C., announces the election of Randall D. Larramore to serve as the President of the corporation.  The firm also announces that its name has been changed to Paty, Rymer, Ulin & Larramore, P.C.  Mr. Larramore received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chattanooga in 1989, and received a Masters in Public Administration from the University in 1993. Thereafter, Mr. Larramore was awarded the Benwood Foundation’s prestigious Chapin-Thomas Scholarship to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  While at the College of Law, Mr. Larramore was a member of the Moot Court Board and an Edward Morill Constitutional Law Scholar. Mr. Larramore received a Masters in Business Administration from U.C.’s Carl H. Linder College of Business in 1995, and in 1997, received his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Mr. Larramore began practice at Paty, Rymer & Ulin, P.C. in 1997, and in 2004 was announced as a member of the firm.  Mr. Larramore practices primarily in the area of employment and civil rights litigation, but also practices in the areas of domestic law, personal injury, and general business litigation. Mr. Larramore is admitted to practice before all Courts in Tennessee, all regional Federal courts, and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.  Mr. Larramore has argued employment cases before the Tennessee Court of Appeals, the Tennessee Supreme Court, and the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Paty, Rymer & Ulin, P.C. is a small law firm which began operations under its recent name of Paty, Rymer & Ulin, P.C., in 1979. The Paty family, with which the firm is associated, has practiced together on Patten Parkway in Chattanooga, Tennessee as early as 1975, preceding the formation of the law firm as it is currently configured.  Following the lead of senior partner, Selma Cash Paty; Paty, Rymer & Ulin has a specialty practice in domestic law, including all aspects of juvenile, divorce and custody litigation.  Within the context of that firm specialty, each of the attorneys at Paty, Rymer, Ulin & Larramore, P.C., has a particular area of the law on which they concentrate, including: Railroad litigation, FELA litigation, personal injury, collections, and construction law.

You've Been Served: Summons for a Civil Service Action


UC College of Law: Day of Service 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SUMMONS FOR A CIVIL SERVICE ACTION

To: Members of the Cincinnati Community

A Civil Service Action has been requested of you.

On September 6, 2014, if you are a local practitioner of law in the Cincinnati Area, a UC College of Law Student, Faculty, or Alumni, or a past or present resident of Cincinnati as described in the grand folklore of the Tri-State area — you must serve at the University of Cincinnati College of Law Day of Service 2014!

UC College of Law Requests that you personally serve out this SUMMONS FOR SERVICE on SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. You must register for a site by on or after Wednesday, August 13, 2014.  [Register Here].

Time of Appearance -  8:30am

  • Coffee and Bagels, T-shirts,  Meet other Volunteers, Assemble into Site Groups
  • Service Speaker at 9:15am
  • Travel to Sites following Speaker

Service Site Report Time - 10:00am

Service Site Completion Time - 2:00pm

  • Leave Service Site

Day of Service Cocktail Hour and Cookout - 3:00pm

  • Return to Bleglen Lawn for Refreshments

About “You’ve Been Served!” UC Law’s Annual Day of Service

This year's Day of Service is scheduled for Saturday, September 6, 2014 (09/06/2014). It is an annual event in which UC Law's students, faculty, and alumni participate in community service engagements all over Cincinnati I personally would like to encourage you to save the date, get your hands dirty, and participate in the civil service that makes this day so unique and rewarding.

Volunteers will sign up to participate in the Day of Service and will select the site at which they want to work.  Then, after the service is over, everyone will come back together for a party celebration on Bleglen Lawn outside the Law School! All participants will receive a free lunch, a free t-shirt and can join in the party festivities!

The Day of Service is an awesome experience that sets the tone for our year at UC Law. The civil service that we engage in on that day has great benefits to the community and is rewarding for those who participate.  It is also the first opportunity for incoming students to come to an event, interact with faculty, staff, alumni, and other students, and learn that there is much more to law school than classes and grades. We truly are a large, fragmented family, and it is incredibly important to include faculty and local practitioners in this event in order to coalesce our Cincinnati Legal Community.

We would also like to invite you to provide assistance by helping to Sponsor this event with monetary or breakfast/lunch donations.

If you are interested in participating and/or becoming a Sponsor of the UC Law Day of Service 2014, please respond to this REQUEST OF SERVICE. Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to speaking with you soon!

Confirmed Sites:

American Cancer Society, Hope Lodge: Placing covers on Box Springs in Guest Rooms, Servicing Kitchen and Great Room for use, and other activities for upkeep of Hope Lodge.

  • 2806 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206

Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields: Assisting Special Needs Children play a Baseball game.

  • 4850 Groh Lane, Fairfield, Ohio 45014; 9:30am – 11:30am

SPCA Cincinnati: Cleaning oriented projects such as washing cat and dog dishes, folding blankets and towel, cleaning windows, etc.

  • 11900 Conrey Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45249; 10:00am – 2:00pm

Imago Earth Center: Preparing for a major fundraiser, setting up tents, carrying tables, outdoor work on our grounds.

  • 700 Enright Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45205; 10:00am – 2:00pm

Freestore Foodbank: Harvesting Produce at the Giving Fields.

  • The Giving Fields, 101 Anderson Avenue, Melbourne, KY 41059; 10:00am – 1:00pm

Drama Kinetics: Cleaning, organizing and painting a drama classroom.

  • 4222 Hamilton Ave Cincinnati, OH 45223; 10:00am – 2:00pm

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful: Finish painting the exterior chain link fence that runs along Colerain Avenue, Trim junipers and pull vine from fence, Pick up litter around exterior of cemetery, Cut back overgrown honeysuckle invading the sidewalk on Colerain, If possible stain the wooden Wesleyan Cemetery sign.

  • Wesleyan Cemetery, 4003 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223; 10:00am – 2:00pm

Talbert House: Painting 1st Floor

  • Parkway Center - 2880 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45225; 10:00am – 2:00pm

Women's Crisis Center Covington: Move desk/file cabinet from third floor to second floor, Pack up items to be removed from storage, Reorganize items left to fit in smaller space, Consolidate Pet Protection program items.

  • 835 Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011; 10:00am – 2:00pm

Habitat for Humanity: Demolition and/or beginning stages of rehabbing a historical home in the City of Newport for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati.

  • 1011 Columbia St. Newport, Kentucky 41071; 10:00am – 2:00pm

Lighthouse Youth Services: Building cubbies and mailboxes for our youth in our art program at Essex Studio

  • Essex Studio, 2511 Essex Place, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206; 10:00am – 2:00pm

 

More sites to be confirmed! Have a site idea? Email philanthropy.uclaw@gmail.com with site contact information.

CONTACT

UC Law’s “You’ve been Served” is a project of the Student Bar Association’s Philanthropy Committee.  For general questions, please feel free to contact its Chair, Ian Thomas.

Professor Black Cited in Supreme Court Ruling and NY Times Story


Professor Barbara Black’s article “Fraud-on-the-Market” was recently cited in Halliburton Co.v. Erica P. John Fund. Available in the North Carolina Law Review, it was cited in Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurring opinion, decided on June 23.

Also, Professor Black was quote in the New York Times story “Taking a Broker to Arbitration”, published on July 19, 2014.  She discussed the advantage of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) model for investors.

Tad LeVan, '95 Opens LeVan Law Group


Peter H. "Tad" LeVan, Jr.

LeVan Law Group Takes Boutique Approach In Making the Billable Hour Obsolete

(Philadelphia, PA) – A new Philadelphia law firm has opened based on an innovative industry model that eschews the billable hour in favor of flat fee and contingency arrangements: LeVan Law Group LLC is located on the 27th floor of One Logan Square at 18th & Cherry Streets, and can be reached at (215) 561-1500.

“The billable hour has long been the industry standard for high-stakes litigation matters,” noted founder Peter H. “Tad” LeVan, Jr.  “But the billable hour model is broken. It rewards delay and inefficiency, rather than the contrary, and it causes massive financial unpredictability for the client.

More troublingly, it places the economic interests of the attorney above the client, which is detrimental to creating a relationship that works best as a partnership.”

LeVan has launched the firm that bears his name on the premise that clients are entitled to high-quality litigation and appellate services provided under predictable fee arrangements.The firm offers flat-fees and other alternative fee structures (including partial and full contingency fees, collared arrangements, and other non-traditional fees).

A trial and appellate attorney well known in the area of high-stakes litigation, LeVan was formerly a partner with Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check in Radnor, Pennsylvania, where he acted as lead counsel for the firm’s "class of plans" securities lending litigation cases, representing some of the largest pension and retirement plans in the country against J.P. Morgan Chase and the Bank of New York Mellon. LeVan also acted as lead counsel in dozens of ERISA class actions brought against such Fortune 500 corporations as Ford, Merck, Schering-Plough, Bear Stearns, Lincoln Financial and Fifth-Third Bancorp, and was lead counsel for a class of upstate New York Taft-Hartley pension plans that suffered losses in connection with the Bernard Madoff fraud.  

In 2012, LeVan settled a handful of novel ERISA matters for nearly $700 million, including: Board of Trustees of the AFTRA Retirement Fund, et al. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (S.D.N.Y.) -- $150 million settlement (court-appointed lead counsel); CompSource Oklahoma, et al. v. BNY Mellon, N.A., et al. (W.D. Ok.) -- $280 million settlement (court-appointed co-lead counsel); and In re Beacon Associates Litigation (S.D.N.Y.) -- $219 million settlement (court-appointed ERISA lead counsel). In addition to trial work, LeVan acted as lead appellate counsel for the firm's highest-profile ERISA matters, arguing important cases before the United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third and Sixth Circuits.

Prior to his work with Kessler Topaz, LeVan spent more than 10 years with Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin, where he was a shareholder and an elected member of the firm’s Board of Directors. While at Hangley, he first-chaired numerous jury and non-jury complex commercial litigation matters involving alleged breach of contract, patent infringement, non-compete agreements, theft of trade secrets, and breach of fiduciary duty, among others. He also represented then-Governor Rendell, Pennsylvania executive agencies, and the City of Philadelphia in several high-profile litigation matters involving alleged First Amendment retaliation, separation of power, constitutional authority, and agency rule-making. 

LeVan has been recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer, is an Academy of Advocacy Fellow, and is a recipient of the Equal Justice Award given by Community Legal Services of Philadelphia in recognition of his commitment to public interest law. LeVan is a former federal law clerk and holds a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

LeVan is admitted to the bars of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Sixth and Federal Circuits; U.S. District Courts throughout the country and the Supreme Court of the United States. 

For more information, visit www.levanlawgroup.com.

 

Celebrating the Legacy of UC Law Graduate and Former Dean Samuel S. Wilson


The City of Cincinnati and the College of Law community lost a legend on June 25, 2014, when Dean Emeritus Samuel S. Wilson passed away at the age of 89. 

A native Cincinnatian, Dean Wilson received his bachelor's degree from Princeton University in 1947.  He returned to Cincinnati to work as a reporter for the Cincinnati Times-Star newspaper, and went on to serve as its Washington correspondent and associate editor of the editorial page.  When the Times-Star was acquired by the Cincinnati Post in 1958, Dean Wilson enrolled in the University of Cincinnati College of Law and served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review.  Graduating in 1961, he worked in private practice before returning to the law school as a member of the faculty in 1965.

Dean Wilson twice served as acting dean before serving a full term as dean (1974-1978).  Among his accomplishments were the securing of the funding for the major renovation and expansion of the College’s building and the development of clinical programs that provided practical experience for students while assisting people in need in the Cincinnati community.  After his deanship, he returned to teaching and studying law until his retirement in 1993.

Dean Wilson was very active in a number of Cincinnati civic organizations, including serving on the board of the Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati.  He and his wife Anne have been long-time supporters of the College of Law and particularly dedicated to its Law Review and the Domestic Violence Clinic.  In recognition of his accomplishments at the law school and in the community, Dean Wilson received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1994.

For many alumni of the College of Law, Dean Wilson is remembered as the personification of the lawyer, the professor, the professional, the law school – and even the law itself.  Many also affectionately remember him as “Judge Paul Trevor” on WCPO’s “Juvenile Court” – a television show that ran from 1975 to 1983 .  While Dean Wilson had no prior acting experience, the program quickly established itself as the top-rated show in its time slot for nearly five years.  Due to concerns over lawyer advertising, Dean Wilson’s name never appeared in the credits and most fans thought he was a real judge. 

The memorial service will be held on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. For more information about the service, as well as memorials, please review the obituary.

 

From the Courtroom to the Classroom Janet Moore Focuses on Policy Reform


Originally from Midland, Michigan, Professor Janet Moore had no expectation of attending law school and later teaching law.  “People had told me that I should go to law school, but I thought it would be boring,” said Moore.  But as she contemplated career paths she followed the Bork hearings.  Robert Bork was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to the Supreme Court in 1987, but his nomination was ultimately shot down in the Senate.  The fierceness of the debates opened Moore’s eyes to the immense importance of the U.S. legal system.  She attended law school at Duke University, graduating with not only a JD, but also a MA in Philosophy.  There she was the editor-in- chief of the Law and Contemporary Problems law review, the nation’s first interdisciplinary law journal. 

Professor Moore first became interested in criminal law during her criminal procedure course.  “I was astonished at how easy it was, and is, for the government to get its teeth in people’s hides, and not let go,” she shared.  During this time, she saw a friend’s husband go through the horrifying experience of being wrongly accused of child abuse.  “It was a strange time,” she said.  There was a hysteria that gripped the country around that time where such accusations were abundant.  Professor  Moore did not discount the seriousness of the crime of child abuse, but seeing a friend go through the experience of being wrongfully accused left a big impression on her as she was in the midst of her legal studies. 

After graduating she clerked with Judge James Dickson Phillips, Jr. on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  During her clerkship, she saw a case come through the court on a man’s second habeas petition (essentially his last chance to get his conviction reviewed).  It was a case where there were some serious concerns about his competence to stand trial, his confession, and—ultimately—his guilt.  Moore emotionally recalled the moment where she found out the court would not vote for the petitioner, and she shared that it was at this point that she knew she did not want to be involved with the side of the system sentencing people to death.

Taking a Hiatus from Legal Work

Following her clerkship, Moore and her family spent a few years in France, near Paris.  This period was a hiatus from any legal work, during which she immersed herself in the taking care of her children as well as the French culture.  During this same period, the habeas petitioner mentioned above was exonerated and freed from prison. The example set by lawyers in that case and other death penalty cases led to Moore’s involvement with capital litigation. When Moore and her family returned to the US, she passed the bar and began looking for work, which she found at the Office of the Appellate Defender in Durham and Asheville, North Carolina.  She was immediately assigned defense appeals in death penalty cases.  As Moore began winning the cases, it turned into a career.  The experience she had with various cases she worked on while in North Carolina is something Moore is able to utilize in the classroom in her courses, including Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence.

After seven years working in North Carolina, Professor Moore and her family moved to Ohio, where she began working with the Ohio Justice and Policy Center concentrating on evidence-based criminal justice policy reform.  Her work focused on diverting the school-to-prison pipeline and other strategies to prevent criminal justice involvement at the front end rather than on appeals or post-conviction.  She also worked on matters regarding prison condition issues, including a class-action lawsuit focused on juvenile detention systems.  During this time she continued her own appellate and post-conviction defense practice.  After five years in Ohio, Professor Moore found herself at UC College of Law, first by helping to found the Indigent Defense Clinic, and later by becoming a professor at the College.

Empirical Research is the Foundation

Professor Moore is currently involved in numerous research projects.  One project involves co-chairing a task force on national discovery reform and drafting a model bill.  Additionally, she  is working to expanding the empirical research that she did with the assistance of some criminal justice researchers at Washington State University, using the Indigent Defense Clinic as a way to further that research.  “Every client that comes into the clinic is handed this ‘client’s bill of rights’,” explained Moore.  The “client’s bill of rights” explains what the clients can and should expect from their attorneys. 

Complementary research uses a client feedback survey, which was initially tested in Hamilton County, and may be expanded for use in Ohio, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Washington.   In addition to her research, Professor Moore works closely with her students and is involved with the Criminal Law Society, a student organization at the College of Law for students interested in criminal law practice.

Professor Kenneth Hirsh Recognized as a Top 50 Innovator in Law


Professor Ken Hirsh profile picture

Kenneth Hirsh, Director, Law Library and Information Technology and Professor of Practice, has been named a “2013 Fastcase 50” award recipient by legal publisher Fastcase. This award recognizes the top 50 innovators, techies, visionaries, and leaders in the law, as determined and chosen by Fastcase.  Noted Phil Rosenthal, president of Fastcase, in the announcement, “This is a notable moment for legal tech and the impact of these individuals are making on the shifting legal landscape...Along with the record number of nominees this year, we’re witnessing a rise in the boundary-pushers for big data, open government, and legal information.”

In addition to receiving this award, Hirsh was elected to the executive board of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL). His three-year term commenced July 2013.

A prominent leader in two of the foremost organizations in his field—the AALL and the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), Professor Hirsh has a reputation as an innovator, using his legal education, practice background, and technical expertise to bring new technologies to students and faculty. He has been honored by both organizations for his outstanding service and contribution.

Professor Hirsh is a graduate of the University of Miami and received his JD from the University of Florida. After practicing law in Florida for several years, he returned to school to obtain his MS in Library and Information Studies from Florida State University. He then joined the Law Library at Duke University School of Law, serving in numerous positions. He also has served as a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke, teaching courses in legal research and technology.

Youth Court Diversion Program Successfully Launches; Law Students Gain Experience


troubled teenager

Cincinnati’s Youth Court – a diversion program for teens arrested for minor misdemeanors and who have already admitted guilt – successfully launched its pilot program on May 14, 2014. The program is a collaboration between CALL (Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers), a program sponsored by the Cincinnati Bar Association and Judge John John Williams of the Hamilton County Juvenile Court.

Rather than be heard before a judge in Juvenile Court, cases are presented to a jury of peers in Youth Court.   Youth Court pursues multiple goals at the same time.  First, it holds young people accountable for their actions by requiring them to accept responsibility and pay back the community.  Youth Court sanctions emphasize restoration, encouraging respondents to make amends through such actions as performing community service and writing letters of apology.  Second, Youth Court provides participants with experiential learning that is designed to complement classroom lessons about government.  Youth Court members learn first-hand how courts work, stepping into the role of jurors.

The program utilizes local attorneys and law student volunteers serving as “judges”, “prosecutors” and “defense counsel”.  The program debuted last week and is far exceeding expectations. Amanda Bleiler ’15, Simar Khera’15 and Melissa Schuett’14 helped launch the program by working with and advocating for the teens. Bleiler said, “I'm really excited that CALL is supporting the Youth Court program.  In my opinion the more specialty dockets Cincinnati has the better.  This is an especially important program because not only does it allow us law students to get involved and gain courtroom experience, it helps make these teenager’s first (and hopefully last) encounter with the criminal justice system a positive one that they can learn from.”  Additional College of Law students are slated to participate in upcoming hearings.

Youth Court is expected to last eight (8) sessions through August at the Youth Center, with the intent to continue as a formal program with fall, spring, and summer sessions thereafter.  For more information about the program or how to get involved, contact Katherine Miltner.

What Are You Doing Now?


Did You Know…according to the After the JD, an empirical study that gathered detailed data about the career outcomes for a national cohort of 5,000 Class of 2000 graduates, more than half changed jobs within five years of graduation.  Further:

* By 2012, 27.7% moved into the business sector compared to just 8.4% in 2003.

* By 2012, 24.1% were no longer practicing compared to 14.7% in 2003.

The College wants to know how our graduates compare to this national benchmark. Accordingly, if you are a 2011 or 2009 graduate please let the College know the positions you have held since graduation.  Please submit your response to updates@law.uc.edu by June 30, 2014.  Thanks for your help!

A View from the Other Side: Hilly McGahan’12 Talks About Working With Victims


Hilly McGahan

An often-overlooked side of criminal law is that of the victims.  The defendant hires or is appointed counsel, and the prosecution represents the state throughout the process, but the victims of crimes can find themselves left to their own devices on how to seek redress for the wrongs done to them.  Hilly McGahan ’12 is working to bolster the voice of victims in her work with victims of domestic violence.

McGahan  grew up in Arlee, a small, picturesque town in western Montana on the Flathead Indian Reservation.  Growing up, her parents were in the beekeeping business, and McGahan lived a rural, farming-style childhood.  During the summers she and her family worked on the farm, but when the long, cold winters came they travelled south – not just to Arizona or California, but to Mexico, and sometimes further south into South America.

Inspired by her travels, McGahan studied political science and Spanish in her undergraduate years at the University of Montana.  After graduating she spent a year working in northern Guatemala.  There she worked to support persons who had witnessed the military massacres that took place there, as they were to soon testify against the government.  McGahan’s experiences in her travels sparked her interest in human rights law.  As she looked at law schools, Cincinnati stood out because of the Urban Morgan Institute.

Having grown up in a rural lifestyle, Cincinnati was quite a change when she moved here for law school.  “I really grew to love Cincinnati,” she explained, though she admitted it took a while to adjust.   Findlay Market was one of her favorite Queen City destinations, and she said that she and her (then) boyfriend (now husband) took advantage of the “Enjoy the Arts” program that included numerous shows and cultural events that take place around the City.

Today, McGahan works at SAFE Harbor back home in Montana.  Formerly called DOVES, SAFE Harbor has a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women (part of the Department of Justice) to provide holistic legal services to victims of domestic violence on the Flathead Reservation and Lake County, Montana.  “The grant allows us to provide legal services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking,” she explained.  Her work takes her to both state court and tribal court, and deals with tribal law, family law, and immigration law, as well as international law in some situations.  While she is the only staff attorney, SAFE Harbor contracts with a supervising attorney, and the organization also has a domestic violence shelter and a “Men’s Accountability Program” which provides court ordered services to men convicted of domestic violence related offences.

McGahan’s background and experiences travelling inspired her to do the work she’s doing today, but she also received inspiration from her time at the College of Law. She largely came to Cincinnati for the Urban Morgan Institute, and she was impressed with the program while she was there.  “I really enjoyed the group of people I worked with on Human Rights Quarterly,” she said.  Further, she was impressed with the speakers that the Urban Morgan Institute brought in, noting that she was particularly impacted by Professor Michelle Alexander’s (OSU’s Moritz law school) lecture on The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  McGahan also valued her experience with UC Law’s Domestic Violence Clinic, which allowed her to represent clients in civil protection order hearings and to gain practical experience that prepared her for her current position.

When asked if she had any advice for students who may want to do similar work, she shared the following:  “Get lots of practical experience in law school (as much as you can), working with clients, dealing with people from different backgrounds – these experiences are really invaluable.  I think that focusing on what you are passionate about and on what sorts of communities you are interested in working with is important.  Ultimately passion will take you where you want to go, and employers can see that when they interview you.”