JD/WGSS Program Provides Context and Perspective for Lee Serbin
“During law school it has been important for me to maintain connections with the communities I hope to serve,” said Lee Serbin’14, a student currently completing UC Law’s joint degree program. “The JD/MA program has allowed me to do so.” Serbin grew up in Avon Lake, Ohio before attending college at the University of Vermont and The Ohio State University. At OSU she studied Women’s Studies and Sociology. After graduating, she stayed in Columbus to work for two years before coming to UC Law.
“UC’s joint degree program with law and WGSS was the first in the nation and UC Law’s size and location was a good fit for me,” she explained of her decision to come to UC. The JD/MA program takes four years to complete; thus, Serbin finished her MA this past summer and will graduate with both a JD and a MA in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies this May.
Serbin praised the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice Center while describing what she enjoys about the school. “The programming the Center presents is really important in giving context and urgency to what we learn in law school,” she said, additionally noting that the Center’s programming has been relevant to her MA degree studies.
Honing Her Legal Skills
She has a variety of legal experiences already under her belt as she nears graduation. During her first summer she interned with the Ohio Justice and Policy Center in Cincinnati. She shared that she really enjoyed working with wonderful people there on important issues. “Interning with OJPC illustrated the impact of policy and law on individual lives.” She has also participated in an externship with the family law team at The Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, where she conducted interviews to support Legal Aid attorneys, accompanied her supervisor to community meetings addressing domestic violence in the Greater Cincinnati area, and performed legal research for family law cases. Last summer she worked at the Sexual Assault Legal Institute (SALI) in Maryland. She explained that SALI provides legal services to survivors of sexual assault and also provides legal training and technical assistance to professionals who work with survivors. “The great variety of work that SALI does exposed me to many different types of law and illustrated the huge impact sexual assault has on the lives of survivors and their families,” said Serbin. As an intern she was the first point of contact for survivors seeking legal assistance, and through this she was able to hone her client counseling skills. With her limited practice license, she was also able to represent clients in protection order hearings with UC Law’s Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic.
“The professors involved are wonderful and provide support and encouragement,” said Serbin of her experience in the joint degree program. “It is a lot of work and requires a great deal of dedication and focus,” she continued, “but a joint degree can provide additional context and perspective to legal studies that can be very valuable to critical analysis.”
For Kyle Correa-Brady JD/MBA Program Beneficial for Business Success
Business lawyers are an important part of the team that help businesses form, grow, and succeed. Indeed, UC Law’s business law pathway help students build a strong foundation. However, some students choose to take it a stepfurther—by augmenting their legal degree with an MBA to become as well-rounded a professional as possible. Kyle Correa-Brady ’14 is one such student.
Correa-Brady moved to Cincinnati with his family when he was three, living here until he began college at the University of Virginia. There, he majored in both history and economics, and minored in English. After graduating, he took one year off and moved to Austin, TX, where he had the opportunity to work at a law firm. This was a chance to explore whether he indeed wanted to pursue a legal education. When he realized he definitely wanted to go to law school, Correa-Brady returned home to Cincinnati for the College of Law’s program. Important to his decision to attend UC Law was the fact that the school has a joint degree program through which he could also pursue an MBA.
In the joint degree program, Correa-Brady spent his first year as a full-time law student, participating in the school’s first year curriculum just like a regular law student. His second year, however, he left the law school to take graduate business courses, graduating from the Carl H. Linder College of Business with his MBA after nine months. Then, he returned to the law school to complete his remaining two years of legal coursework, with the goal of graduating with his degree this May.
“When I entered law school, I always knew I had an interest in business and that I had an interest in corporate law,” said Correa-Brady of his motivation to participate in the joint degree program. In his first semester at UC Law he began to apply for the MBA program and he took the GMAT over winter break.
“Once I was accepted, it was a no-brainer for me. All transactional lawyers need to know their clients and their clients are usually business men and women. If a lawyer can't read a balance sheet or breakdown the accounting issues, they are less helpful to their clients.”
Correa-Brady understands the worlds of law and business intersect and, given his interest in corporate law and business, he knew that the MBA would prove important and beneficial in assisting and counseling his clients down the road.
Building a Career Through Practical Experiences
At UC Law, Correa-Brady has enjoyed a number of practical experiences, using the time to build out his resume and hone his skills. During the summer of 2012, he worked at firm Strauss Troy. Last spring (2013) he worked at Fifth Third Bank. “This job gave me the first opportunity to apply my MBA and JD knowledge in a professional environment,” he shared of his experience at the bank. “I still did all legal work, but I was able to apply business knowledge to the work I did.” That fall he got another opportunity to explore working at a large corporation when he worked with Kroger Inc. To top it off, in the summer between his time at Fifth Third Bank and Kroger, he worked at Medpace, a top-ranked, mid-sized clinical research organization. He has continued to work there during this academic year, his last at UC Law.
Lessons Learned About a Joint Degree
Kyle advised that students considering a joint degree carefully consider why they are doing the program and to weigh the pros and cons. If one decides in favor of gaining both degrees, however, he is a strong proponent of getting them together. He left this bit of advice: “Nowadays, most of the news we hear whether coming out with an MBA or a JD is very negative. The economy still hasn’t recovered and the job market is rough out there. But I believe that when deciding to do a joint degree program, your decision should be made with a mind toward the long term – not the short term. And as the economy does turn around, I believe that you won’t regret the extra work put in for the extra degree now.”
Eric Munas '15
The Anatomy of Violence: The Biological Roots of Crime
The Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry presents
Adrian Raine, Departments of Criminology, Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, and Visiting Fellow, University of Cambridge.
Date: October 1, 2014
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: College of Law - Room 114
CLE: 2 CLE credits (requested), approval is expected.
This program is free and no registration is required.
The very rapid developments taking place in the neuroscience of crime and violence are creating an uncomfortable tension between our concepts of responsibility and retribution on the one hand, and understanding and mercy on the other. This talk outlines implications of this body of knowledge not just for research, but also for our future conceptualization of moral responsibility, free will, and punishment. If the neural circuitry underlying morality is compromised in offenders, how moral is it of us to punish prisoners as much as we do? Can biological risk factors help better predict future violence? And how can we improve the brain to reduce violence?
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!
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 email@example.com with site contact information.
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
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
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.