Sapphire Diamant-Rink ’11
As a Morgan Fellow I furthered my education with unique and invaluable experiences. Growing up on the Blackfeet Reservation, I have always had a passion for the rights of Native Americans and indigenous peoples everywhere. This, as well as a fascination with comparative law, led me to the Urban Morgan Institute at UC. My time as a clerk at the High Court of Botswana working with their parallel traditional tribal legal system, as well as my fellowship at the Indian Law Resource Center in my home state of Montana, allowed me to narrow my focus and gave depth to my understanding of the human rights issues involved. I was one of the four applicants chosen for the Honors Program at the Office of the Solicitor in the U.S. Department of the Interior. Following completion of that program, I am now an Attorney-Advisor in the U.S. Department of the Interior for the Division of Indian Affairs in Washington, D.C., where I focus on Indian water rights, tribal government, trust responsibility and a variety of other Indian law matters.
Jesse Jenike-Godshalk '11 works at Dinsmore & Shohl
Columbus, OHIO (Feb. 4, 2013) –Cincinnati attorney Jesse Jenike-Godshalk is embracing the opportunity to give back by volunteering for the Spina Bifida Coalition of Cincinnati (SBCCincy) and his alma mater.
Jenike-Godshalk first became involved with SBCCincy at the urging of his wife Katie, a nurse practitioner who is a member of the SBCCincy board and works with teens and adults who have developmental disorders such as spina bifida. He attends board meetings and volunteers at fundraising events like the SBCCincy’s yearly Walk & Roll.
“Charitable organizations such as SBCCincy cannot afford to pay a large, full-time workforce, so volunteers are important for their continued operation,” Jenike-Godshalk said. “I believe in what the organization is doing, and I am happy to help meet the need it has for volunteer labor.”
In that same spirit of giving, Jenike-Godshalk volunteers as a mentor at his alma mater, the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He advises current members of the University of Cincinnati Law Review on everything from how to write a good comment for the publication to how to find a job.
“I enjoy helping others repeat the successes that I have had—while helping them to avoid failures,” he said. “I feel satisfied and fulfilled knowing that I am helping others do well in law school.” One of his informal mentees is his sister-in-law Elizabeth Thoman, a U.C. law student who is expected to graduate in 2015.
Jenike-Godshalk became a member of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) in 2008 while attending law school, and he recently became a member of the OSBA Young Lawyers Section Council. He is an associate in the intellectual property department at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in Cincinnati and focuses his practice on patent litigation—prosecuting infringers of his clients’ patents and also defending clients who have been accused of infringement. Identifying what he enjoys most about his career, Jenike-Godshalk said, “I enjoy the variability of the work. No one day is like another, and I’m constantly learning new skills and new areas of the law.”
It was through Dinsmore & Shohl that he became involved with United Way Emerging Leaders, a program that provides young professionals with opportunities to network, develop leadership skills and give back to the community. Jenike-Godshalk said that his firm encourages its associates to give to the United Way, and commented, “I felt this program was a great way to make a donation while developing my leadership skills to make me a better attorney and member of my community.”
The OSBA, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.
Kate Pongonis Escorts Supreme Court Justice Anthony Breyer During His Visit to South Africa
Justice Stephen Breyer, as part of the Pritzker Prize Jury, toured the Constitutional Court of South Africa on November 16. The group was hosted by Justice Johan van der Westhuizen and Justice Edwin Cameron. The tour of the court included an explanation of the history of the site, the architecture of the building, and the Court's art collection by Constitutional Court Trust Art Curator Stacey Vorster.Following the tour, the Court hosted an informal luncheon for the Jury and Jury members had a chance to meet Constitutional Court Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. Justice Breyer had a pull aside with Justices Mogoeng, van der Westhuizen, Cameron, and U.S. Ambassador Donald Gips.
3L Casey Kirchberg Shares His ECDC Experience in CBA Report
Third year law student Casey Kirchberg had the opportunity to share his experience as a fellow with the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic (ECDC) with local bar association members. His story about what he has learned is featured in the April 2013 issue of the CBA Report. Read the story here.
Daniel G. Dutro named to Board of Directors with Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center
CINCINNATI, April 2, 2013
The law firm of Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer Co., L.P.A. (BPBS) is pleased to announce that Daniel G. Dutro has been named a board member for the a local non-profit organization, Manifest Creative Research and Drawing Center (Manifest). This appointment continues Dutro’s commitment to involvement with his community and supporting local non-profits.
Dan Dutro, a partner at BPBS, focuses his practice on commercial and residential real estate law, contract drafting and negotiation, and assisting not-for-profit and tax-exempt organizations. He has also assisted clients with issues involving employment law, bank financing documentation, and collections.
Dutro is a long-time resident of Cincinnati and, in addition to his volunteer work with Manifest, is involved in various community service activities. He volunteers as a reader at the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a lector at the Community of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, a volunteer at Montgomery Community Church, and as a tutor at John P. Parker Elementary School through the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative. He also sits on the Board of his neighborhood's homeowners' association and coaches his son’s youth basketball team.
Manifest was founded in 2004 and is located in East Walnut Hills. Manifest stands for the quality presentation, experience, and documentation of the visual arts, engaging students, professionals, and the public from around the world through accessible world-class exhibits, studio programs, and publications.
About Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer Co., L.P.A.
With offices in Oakley, Over-the-Rhine and Northern Kentucky, BPBS provides comprehensive legal services for individual and commercial clients in the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky areas. For more information on BPBS’s attorneys, practice areas and specific services, visit www.bpbslaw.com or call 513-721-1350.
University of Cincinnati College of Law Wins National Moot Court Competition
The University of Cincinnati College of Law Moot Court team of Sarah Kyriakedes and Tony Strike brought home a first place win at the 15th Annual Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition. The team won the overall competition and Strike won the Final Round Best Advocate Award. The event was held Saturday, March 23, 2013, hosted by the SUNY Buffalo Law School.
Kyriakedes and Strike, who will both graduate this year, have been on the Moot Court Board since their second year of law school after making the team during the Intramural Competition. (There, Kyriakedes won the Best Overall Score during the competition.) They became partners last year for their first competition: the Benjamin N. Cardoza School of Law Moot Court Competition. (Strike won Best Overall Oralist at this competition.) In addition, they worked together on the Trial Practice Team for the last two years.
“I got involved in Moot Court, because I wanted to improve my oral advocacy skills,” said Kyriakedes. “After graduation, I always knew that I wanted to be in the court room actively litigating. I knew that Moot Court would give me an opportunity to practice my courtroom etiquette and to grow from the constructive criticism that I received.”
Strike concurred. “I came to law school in large part because I want to do things in the courtroom and Moot Court is one of the best ways to get that sort of experience. Moot Court is an excellent way to delve into a particular topic and get a sense of the way the law develops.”
Prepping for the Moot Court Competition
The Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition is one of the leading national moot court competitions in the United States to focus on topics in substantive criminal law. Problems address the constitutionality and interpretation of federal and state criminal statutes as well as general issues in the doctrine of federal and state criminal law.
The Wechsler Competition consisted of two parts: a written brief and oral arguments. After receiving the material for the brief in January, Kyriakedes and Strike researched and reviewed the issues, dividing responsibilities between the two. Before they began writing their brief, they met with Professor Janet Moore and Professor Christo Lassiter to brainstorm ideas about how to approach the problem. They estimate it took about three weeks to write the 30 page brief. (Meanwhile, they were also practicing for a Trial Practice Competition in February!)
After turning in the brief, they began to prepare for the oral arguments, including weekly meetings to talk through issues and problem spot and weeks of practice “moot sessions.” During these sessions, they basically ran through their arguments as if they were in the actual competition with different people acting as judges to ask questions. Because the Moot Court Program is a student organization, there aren’t formal coaches. So, the students reached out to professors and attorneys in the community to help them prepare.
“We knew that the best way to get prepared was to soak up all the advice that we could get,” said Kyriakedes. Judge Patrick Fischer, Hamilton County Court of Appeals, First Appellate District of Ohio; Professor Moore; Donald Caster, an attorney with UC Law’s Ohio Innocence Project; and fellow student Sundeep Mutgi, the Moot Court Executive Director, helped with practice and acted as judges.
Looking Ahead to Life after Moot Court and Law School
Both Kyriakedes and Strike are already making plans for life after law school. Strike has been working part-time at the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office and hopes to continue that full-time after passing the bar. This "new" career of Strike's comes on the heels of a lengthy career in business, including receiving an MBA from Harvard.
Kyriakedes will be moving to Charlotte, North Carolina after graduation. She hopes to work at the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office, where she interned this past summer. “It has always been my goal to pursue a career as a public servant, so that I could use my legal education and skills to better the public welfare as a prosecutor.”
|Take Note: Recent Moot Court Competition Success |
Amy Bedinghaus’14 and Erica Helmle’14: advanced to the quarterfinal round at the Whittier Moot Court Juvenile Law Competition.
Nina Vachhani’13 and Josh Langdon’13: advanced to the octo-final round of the 2013 Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Competition. Team also had top 10 brief.
Cincinnati Named a top 10 Revitalized City for Young Professionals by Forbes
Forbes magazine has included Cincinnati, OH on its list of the top 10 revitalized cities for young professionals. According to the article “Downtowns: What’s Behind America’s Most Surprising Real Estate Boom” by Morgan Brennan, America’s major metro area downtowns experienced double-digit population growth in the decade ending 2010, more than double the rate of growth for their overall cities. As more Americans, particularly college-educated young adults ages 25 to 34, opt for urban lifestyles, cities are working to revitalize their central business districts. Cincinnati, OH is listed as one of them.
See what they’re saying about downtown Cincinnati’s transformation: Forbes magazine article
John Peck '69 to Help Lead National Housing Trade Group
CINCINNATI, Ohio, March 2013 – Peck Shaffer partner John Weld Peck '69 has been elected vice chairman of the board of directors of the National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA).
The NH&RA is a professional association of companies and individuals involved in affordable housing, historic rehabilitation and New Markets Tax Credit development. Mr. Peck has served on its board since 1993.
Mr. Peck has been in the forefront of affordable housing finance in the United States for the past 40 years. He participated in the legislative hearings that gave birth to the Section 8 program in the 1970s, helped write the original Section 8 financing regulations and has helped develop innovative tax-exempt multifamily housing finance vehicles since that time.
Mr. Peck has served as bond counsel, underwriter counsel, disclosure counsel, borrower counsel, housing authority counsel and issuer counsel on thousands of multifamily housing transactions.
He is a frequent speaker and panelist on multifamily finance topics.
About Peck Shaffer
Peck Shaffer is a national leader in public finance law, with offices in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Covington, Kentucky, Atlanta and Macon, Georgia, Chicago, Illinois, and Denver, Colorado. Peck Shaffer is regularly ranked among the top bond counsel firms in the country (based on principal amount) by information intelligence company Thomson Reuters. More information can be found at www.peckshaffer.com.
Roetzel Appoints Robert B. Casarona '86 as Cleveland Office Partner-in-Charge
(Cleveland, OH, March 19, 2013) ― Roetzel is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert B. Casarona as Partner-In-Charge of the law firm’s Cleveland office, effective March 2013. Mr. Casarona succeeds Doug Spiker who will serve as the firm-wide Practice Group Manager of Roetzel’s Employment Services Group.
“Bob’s leadership and dedication to client service make him an outstanding choice for this position,” said Jeffrey J. Casto, Chairman and CEO of Roetzel. “We are pleased to have Bob take on this leadership role at the firm and look forward to his further contributions to our success. We thank Doug for his service to our Cleveland office and anticipate that his ongoing role as the head of our Employment Services Group will allow him to continue to exhibit his management expertise and strategic vision to further enhance the firm’s client service.”
“I look forward to this new role at the firm,” said Mr. Casarona. “Roetzel has many talented lawyers in Cleveland and I am fortunate to work with a strong office that is committed, not only to our clients, but the community as well.”
Mr. Casarona is a lifelong resident of Cleveland where he has practiced law for 27 years. His practice has focused on litigation with an emphasis on business, environmental and construction matters. He has served as the lead trial counsel in cases throughout Ohio, Florida, California and Utah, and has argued appeals in several districts and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Casarona has achieved the highest ranking from Martindale-Hubbell, and has been named to The Best Lawyers in America for both litigation and environmental law. He has been selected as an “Ohio Super Lawyer” by Ohio Super Lawyersmagazine since 2004, and Chambers USA has named him as one of the “Leaders in their Field” for Commercial Business Litigation.
Roetzel is a full-service law firm that provides comprehensive, integrated legal counsel to national and international clients. For more information, visit& ralaw.com.
Christo Lassiter Quoted in ABC News Report
UC Law’s Professor Christo Lassiter was quoted in an ABC News.com article about the possibility of prosecuting people who failed to report a felony in the Steubenville, OH rape case. Here’s the story: Steubenville (OH) Rape Case Report