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2013 William Howard Taft Lecture on Constitutional Law


Date:  Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Time:  12:15pm – 1:15pm

Place:  Room 114

Title:  Constitutional Fundamentalism and the Power of the President:  The Battle Over Recess Appointments

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Application for 1 hour of general CLE has been submitted to Ohio and Kentucky, and approval is expected.

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Presenter:  David A. Strauss, Gerald Ratner Distinguished Service Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

During his lecture, Professor Strauss will discuss the premise that if Presidents have, historically, exercised their power in a certain way, is that a good reason to interpret the Constitution to say that they can continue using that power? Or should a court's understanding of the words and original meaning of the Constitution trump history? That important question about the power of the modern Presidency is sharply posed by a recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ̶ now being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court ̶ that cut back sharply on the President's power to make appointments when the Senate is not in session.

David Strauss graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude in 1973. He then spent two years at Magdalen College, Oxford, on Marshall Scholarship and received a B.Phil. in politics from Oxford in 1975. In 1978, he graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was Developments Editor of the Law Review. Before joining the faculty, he worked as an Attorney-Adviser in the Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice and as an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States.

Professor Strauss joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School in 1985. He has published articles on a variety of subjects, principally in constitutional law and related areas, and recently published The Living Constitution (Oxford University Press, 2010). He is, with Geoffrey Stone and Dennis Hutchinson, editor of the Supreme Court Review. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Georgetown, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Strauss has argued eighteen cases before the United States Supreme Court. In 1990, he served as Special Counsel to the Committee on the Judiciary of the United States Senate. He is a member of the national Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society. He has also served Chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and as a member of the Board of Governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers. In addition to his current teaching interests ̶ Constitutional Law, Federal Jurisdiction, Elements of the Law, and Administrative Law ̶ he has taught Civil Procedure and Torts.

During his lecture, Professor Strauss will discuss the premise that if Presidents have, historically, exercised their power in a certain way, is that a good reason to interpret the Constitution to say that they can continue using that power? Or should a court's understanding of the words and original meaning of the Constitution trump history? That important question about the power of the modern Presidency is sharply posed by a recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ̶ now being reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court ̶ that cut back sharply on the President's power to make appointments when the Senate is not in session.

Ms. Ramona P. DeSalvo (Murray ’81) and her new partner, Mr. L. Kevin Levine.form DeSalvo & Levine PLLC


Michael J. ZavatskyCINCINNATI, OHIO (July 12, 2013) – Taft Stettinius & Hollister is pleased to announce that Michael J. Zavatsky, a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group and head of the Immigration and Citizenship practice, is listed in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2013. Nominees are selected by the editors after comprehensive independent research and survey work with both law firm clients and immigration attorneys around the world. The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2013 will form the corporate immigration chapter of the 2013 publication of The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.

Zavatsky has an in-depth immigration practice, as well as broad civil litigation experience. As former chair of the Ohio Immigration Lawyers Association, he has served on the board of governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he lectures on immigration law, and he often speaks at continuing legal education seminars. Zavatsky is the recipient of the University of Cincinnati College of Law Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for 2011.

Zavatsky is listed in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration, The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who In America and Ohio Super Lawyers, and he has been named a Leading Lawyer by Cincy magazine. He received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati, his M.A. from the University of Hawaii and his B.A. from The Ohio State University. Zavatsky and his wife reside in Oakley.

About Taft

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivates our more than 330 attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including Business and Finance, Litigation, Labor and Employment, Intellectual Property, Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights, Environmental, Health and Life Sciences, Private Client Services, Real Estate and Tax. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, the firm offers breadth and depth of legal expertise coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients, big and small, regionally, nationally and internationally, reach their goals. For more information, please visit www.taftlaw.com.

Springfield lawyer, Randall Comer '00 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.

Taft Attorney Michael J. Zavatsky Listed in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2013


Michael J. ZavatskyCINCINNATI, OHIO (July 12, 2013) – Taft Stettinius & Hollister is pleased to announce that Michael J. Zavatsky, a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment practice group and head of the Immigration and Citizenship practice, is listed in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2013. Nominees are selected by the editors after comprehensive independent research and survey work with both law firm clients and immigration attorneys around the world. The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration Lawyers 2013 will form the corporate immigration chapter of the 2013 publication of The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers.

Zavatsky has an in-depth immigration practice, as well as broad civil litigation experience. As former chair of the Ohio Immigration Lawyers Association, he has served on the board of governors of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he lectures on immigration law, and he often speaks at continuing legal education seminars. Zavatsky is the recipient of the University of Cincinnati College of Law Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award for 2011.

Zavatsky is listed in The International Who’s Who of Corporate Immigration, The Best Lawyers in America, Who's Who In America and Ohio Super Lawyers, and he has been named a Leading Lawyer by Cincy magazine. He received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati, his M.A. from the University of Hawaii and his B.A. from The Ohio State University. Zavatsky and his wife reside in Oakley.

About Taft

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivates our more than 330 attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; Covington, Kentucky; and Phoenix, Arizona. The firm practices across a wide range of industries, in virtually every area of law, including Business and Finance, Litigation, Labor and Employment, Intellectual Property, Business Restructuring, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights, Environmental, Health and Life Sciences, Private Client Services, Real Estate and Tax. With a proven track record of experience since 1885, the firm offers breadth and depth of legal expertise coupled with a trusted business perspective to help our clients, big and small, regionally, nationally and internationally, reach their goals. For more information, please visit www.taftlaw.com.

Springfield lawyer 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 www.ohiobar.org 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, visit https://www.ohiobar.org/comer/.

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 www.ohiobar.org 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, visitwww.ohiobar.org/comer.

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.”