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2013 Robert S. Marx Lecture with Professor Deborah L. Rhode

From Platitudes to Priorities: Diversity and Gender Equity in the Legal Profession

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
12:15-1:15 p.m. - Room 114

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

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Coffee Corner: "A Conversation with Deborah Rhode: From Principles to Practice".  This event will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Crow's Nest.

The University of Cincinnati College of Law is honored to present Professor Deborah L. Rhode as the 2013 Robert S. Marx Lecturer. Rhode is the Ernest W. McFarland Professor of Law, the director of the Center on the Legal Profession, and the director of the Program in Law and Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University. She is the former chair of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession, the former founding director of Stanford’s Center on Ethics, a former trustee of Yale University, and the former director of Stanford’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender. Professor Rhode also served as senior counsel to the minority members of the Judiciary Committee, the United States House of Representatives, on presidential impeachment issues during the Clinton administration. She has received the White House’s Champion of Change award for a lifetime’s work in increasing access to justice. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and vice chair of the board of Legal Momentum (formerly the NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund).

Professor Rhode graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from Yale College and received her legal training from Yale Law School. After clerking for Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, she joined the Stanford faculty. She is the author or coauthor of over twenty books and 250 articles. She also serves as a columnist for the National Law Journal and has published editorials in the New York Times, Washington Post, Boston Globe, and Slate. Recent publications include The Beauty Bias, Women and Leadership, Legal Ethics, Gender and Law, Moral Leadership, and Access to Justice.

About the Marx Lecture

The Robert S. Marx Lecture was established by Judge Robert S. Marx to enrich the curriculum of the College of Law by bringing eminent scholars from various fields of law to lecture and interact with faculty and students. Judge Marx was a graduate of the College of Law and an outstanding member of the Cincinnati Bar for 51 years. The Lecture was endowed in 1989 through the generosity of the Robert S. Marx Testamentary Trustees.

2013 Stanley M. Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law: Curtis Bradley

2013 Stanley M. Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law Lecture
 "The Treaty Power and American Federalism"

Date: March 14, 2013

Time: 12:15 p.m.

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The University of Cincinnati College of Law is pleased to welcome Professor Curtis A. Bradley as our 2013 Chesley Distinguished Visitor. Curtis Bradley is the William Van Alstyne Professor of Law, Professor of Public Policy Studies, and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Duke University School of Law. He joined the Duke law faculty in 2005, after teaching at the University of Virginia and University of Colorado law schools. His courses include International Law, Foreign Relations Law, and Federal Courts. He was the founding co-director of Duke Law School’s Center for International and Comparative Law and serves on the executive board of Duke’s Center on Law, Ethics, and National Security.

Professor Bradley graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1988. He then clerked for Judge David Ebel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Byron White of the U.S. Supreme Court. After his clerkships, he practiced law for several years at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. He began teaching in 1995 at the University of Colorado School of Law, and in 2000, he joined the faculty at the University of Virginia School of Law. He served as counselor on international law in the Legal Adviser’s Office of the U.S. State Department in 2004, and is now a member of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law.
Professor Bradley has written numerous articles concerning international law, U.S. foreign relations law, and constitutional law, including articles published in the Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Duke, and Georgetown law journals. His forthcoming book, International Law in the U.S. Legal System, will be published by Oxford University Press in early 2013.

In his lecture, The Treaty Power and American Federalisism, Professor Bradley will discuss the tensions between the authority of the national government to conclude treaties and the constitutional value of federalism in the United States. These tensions are evident in a case pending before the Supreme Court, United States v. Bond, which involves a criminal prosecution under a statute that implements the Chemical Weapons Convention.

About the Stanley M. Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law

The Stanley M. Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law was endowed by Mr. Chesley in 2006 to bring outstanding legal scholars of national and international prominence in all areas of law to the College as visiting professors. Mr. Chesley, a 1960 graduate of UC Law, is the president of Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley. He is a long time supporter

From Publicist to Future Attorney: Jacklyn McGlothlin Shares Her UC Law Experience

When Jacklyn (Johnston) McGlothlin ’13 was younger, she jokingly told her father, an attorney, that she was creating a list of reasons why she did not want to become an attorney. Flash forward several years and McGlothlin is just three months from graduating from law school and beginning her preparations for the Ohio bar exam.

While McGlothlin did not always intend to pursue law, both as a child and even initially after graduating from Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., in 2007, she is very happy with where she is today.

McGlothlin is originally from Pittsburgh, but her father’s work led the family to Atlanta while she was in high school. The oldest of four siblings – sister to Jake, Anna and Zeke – McGlothlin began college at Belmont in 2003, a place where she could potentially pursue musical theater and medicine. She wound up in the journalism program, however, which kick-started her first career in publishing.

“It’s kind of a backwards way how I got there, but it ended up working out really well because they have a great journalism program,” McGlothlin said. “I could not have planned it better if I tried.”

Upon graduating, McGlothlin worked at Thomas Nelson, a major publishing company recently purchased by HarperCollins, where she did publicity and marketing for its children’s and specialty books. An internship obtained through the journalism program helped McGlothlin get her foot in the door, and she enjoyed her three years working at the Nashville-based company.

“I was working with journalists, which I loved, telling a story, which I loved, just through a different medium,” she said. “What my job basically was, when we got to the marketing side of things: talk with the authors, come up with the marketing and publicity plan and then carry it out through regional and national media. Once those got booked, I would then travel with them to all the interviews and all that kind of stuff.”

McGlothlin enjoyed her job, which including working with some interesting authors (Tim McGraw, Jack Hanna and George Foreman, among them), but there were aspects of the job that were not so glamorous. McGlothlin began discussing career plans with her friends and family, including her father, the latter whom encouraged her to consider her strengths and passions, as well as what she liked about her existing job. After talking with some other attorneys and finding out that law was something she truly wanted to pursue, she made the leap to law school.

“It was terrifying going from no debt and a job to taking that on, but I’m really, really glad that I did,” McGlothlin said.

The Pittsburgh native had been accepted at a law school back in the “Steel City” but decided to look at the College of Law, not far from where her college boyfriend (now husband), Ben, grew up in Mason.

“I had never been on UC’s campus to know they had a law school,” McGlothlin said. “I came to visit and absolutely fell in love with it – the students I met, the professors I got to talk to in the hallways. It just felt like a place I would be comfortable for three years and enjoy.”

After being waitlisted and planning on heading elsewhere, McGlothlin received a call in August from John Stiles, Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, who told her she had been admitted – albeit one week before classes were to begin at UC. McGlothlin had an apartment ready and had done all her reading for the other law school, but she was on her way to Cincinnati.

Following 1L year, McGlothlin worked at the Children’s Law Center in Northern Kentucky. She took advantage of the judicial externship program as a 2L, working for Judge David L. Bunning from the Eastern District of Kentucky that fall. McGlothlin also began working with the UC Law admissions staff, putting in 10 to 18 hours per week the last three, going on four, semesters. This past summer, McGlothlin was a summer associate with Graydon Head & Ritchey, where she will be working after law school in its Labor and Employment division.

After getting married last fall, she and Ben put off their honeymoon until the last week of the College of Law’s winter break. They travelled to San Francisco. Now that she and Ben – who is taking classes at UC, ultimately hoping to enroll at the UC College of Medicine – plan to stay in Cincinnati, McGlothlin is looking forward to continuing to explore Cincinnati. She and her husband began picking new places in town to visit each week during the summer and became especially fond of many of the local haunts in OTR.

“I really like (Cincinnati),” McGlothlin said. “There’s enough Southern flair, I guess I’ll say, to make me still kind of feel like I’m in Nashville, but Cincinnati feels a lot like Pittsburgh at the same time. It reminds me a lot of the cities that I love all in one place.”

McGlothlin also enjoys reading as well as running in her free time, although Nashville was much flatter than the notoriously hilly Queen City.

 By Jordan Cohen, ‘13

Corporate Attorney Makes Bold Move: David Specter Loves Making Wine

Looking back on it, David Specter ’99 doesn’t recall why he wanted to be a corporate attorney. “I kind of had this idea of what I thought I wanted to do,” Specter said of his decision to pursue a law degree. “I had a lot of people tell me that they thought I’d be good at it. [Looking back] I don’t think, at the time, I realized that my interests and desires would expand and grow over the course of my life.”

After graduating from Miami University in 1995 with a business degree, Specter earned his MBA in one year from UC’s College of Business. He then enrolled at the College of Law in the fall of 1996, ultimately “drifting towards the tax planning side of things” on his way toward earning his JD in 1999.

Specter worked for about two years after law school as an associate at Arthur Andersen, a global accounting firm. He then spent almost eight years with Ernst & Young, another global accounting firm, rising to the level of Senior Manager in its Transaction Advisory Services division.  

Today, Specter lives in Oregon, where he will be making a career out of making and selling wine.

Change in Career

Specter worked at Ernst & Young through March 2009. It was in 2007 and 2008 when he began asking himself what he really wanted to do long-term.

“Eventually, I came to the realization that just being in the legal profession for the rest of my life was not what I wanted to do,” Specter said. “My wife (Sara) and I had been talking for a couple years before that about, at some point – maybe way down the road – having a winery of our own, because we have always been wine enthusiasts.”

Around that same time, he and his wife were looking to start a family. They realized, if they wanted to do both of those things, they would need to begin sooner rather than later. So in 2009, Specter made a bold move: he left the legal profession and joined Henke Winery in the Westwood area of Cincinnati as an assistant winemaker. From March 2009 to June 2012, he aided Joe Henke in the full wine production process, learning the tricks of the trade that would allow him to eventually open his own winery.

“I had been making wine at home for several years before that, but Joe really showed me what it took to make wine at a professional level,” Specter said. “I’m truly indebted to him for that.”

Eventually Specter and his wife began targeting areas for potential relocation. They visited Oregon several times and fell in love with Portland and the nearby Willamette Valley, Specter said.

“We loved the people, the wine culture, the environment, and decided this is where we wanted to be,” he said.

New Beginnings

Specter grew up in Longwood, Fla., a suburb of Orlando. His family moved to Cincinnati just before his senior year of high school, and he had been in the region ever since.

He and his wife lived in a small area in Clermont County called Withamsville – basically between Anderson and Amelia, Specter said. They adopted a daughter, now four, who was born just before Christmas in 2008.

With the family started and a few years of professional winemaking under his belt, Specter said goodbye to many friends and family in Cincinnati. After selling their Cincinnati home last year, the Specters moved to the Willamette Valley in northwest Oregon last summer, settling into their new home.

“We’re really loving it up here,” Specter said. “The people are wonderful. We’ve had a lot of support from local folks here. We’ve made a lot of new friends. It’s really been a great experience and we’re really looking forward to getting started with the vineyard and the winery.”

The vineyard is not on the property yet, Specter said, but the property will eventually have a vineyard and a tasting room for the winery.  “We should be planting the first phase of the vineyard in the spring of 2014,” Specter said. “We’ll be buying grapes for our first “crush” (production run) this fall. In 2015, I’m anticipating having wine to sell.”

Putting His UC Law Degree to Use

Specter might be the first College of Law graduate ever to pursue winemaking as a full-time career. He is certainly the only one from his graduating class with that distinction.

But while most of his classmates are working in some legal capacity and he is now in Oregon making wine, that does not mean Specter’s legal education and experience are now irrelevant.

“What law school does is give you a skill set. Most importantly, you learn how to think critically,” Specter said. “That is a huge benefit. Not just in my business, but in any business – to be able to organize thoughts in a logical manner, to be able to write up a business plan. It’s just helpful to have that skill set.”

Specter said there are types of law he deals with that he had no experience with in Cincinnati. While Specter never learned about water rights laws, for example, he nevertheless has the ability to learn and understand the issues associated with it, without having to go and hire an attorney, he said.

“Yes, to the extent I need to hire someone to represent me in a hearing or whatever, I’ll do that,” Specter said. “But at the very least, I can walk in to a new situation here and learn enough to understand what I’m dealing with, and have intelligent conversations and represent our interests on my own.”

Starting a New Chapter

It has been more than six months since the Specters moved cross country, almost 2500 miles from Cincinnati. He has not been back since they settled in, although at some point would like to be able to return. Once the winery gets going, he hopes to exhibit at the Cincinnati International Wine Festival.

“I enjoyed my time there, but the reality was that (with) the kind of things I wanted to do with the winery, it would have been extremely difficult to do in Cincinnati,” he said. “There are some folks that have done it and have done a great job with it. But I think, really, for this part of our lives, this is where we wanted to be.”

No matter how far away the Specters are, he has a strong support base locally. He noted that about 85 percent of the people on the contact list for the winery are from the Cincinnati area. While they left “a lot of wonderful people behind,” Specter is appreciative of the continuing support.

Most of all, of course, Specter misses the relationships. “You miss your family. You miss your friends,” he said. “I (also) miss my Skyline Chili. That’s been a really hard thing!”

In his free time, Specter enjoys spending time with his wife and their daughter. They watch a lot of movies, go to the zoo, and he still tries to keep track of Miami University and UC sports. Being in the “Great Northwest,” the Specters also try to get outdoors a lot.

“Out here, you’ve really got a lot of state and national parks,” Specter said. “There are some really spectacular places out here.”

Looking Ahead

Specter had been talking about opening a winery for a long time. Finally, he is there. Although the name of the winery has not been formally announced, Specter said it will be called Bells Up, which is a reference to a dramatic moment in classical music where the composer instructs French horn players to lift the bells of their instruments upward and project their sound with maximum intensity.  Specter, a French horn player who played in bands and symphonic groups throughout high school and college, believes that the winery represents his “Bells Up” moment.

While making this bold move and career change obviously leaves some uncertainties, Specter knows he will always keep the winery small. One reason is to keep it manageable. The other reason is because it will be more intimate, and more who he is – more personable and fostering the one-on-one relationships with customers.

Specter said they have been keeping their goals achievable, both in the short-term and in the long-term. “I think that a lot of times, with respect to the winery business, people have a very romanticized view of what wine making is and how much money they can really make,” he said. “Our first goal is to find a way to break even on the winery. If we can do that in four to five years, I think that would be a successful start!”


By Jordan Cohen ‘13

Former Environmental and Labor Law Attorney Puts Legal Skills to Work at the Archdiocese

More than 30 years after earning his law degree from the College of Law, Tom Coz ’79 began work as the first Safe Environment Coordinator for Children and Youth at the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Coz joined the Archdiocese on Sept. 1, 2011, where he works with 214 Roman Catholic parishes and 116 Catholic schools. At the time of Coz’s hiring, the Archdiocese was the 38th largest diocese in the United States and home to the nation’s eighth largest Catholic school network.

In this role, Coz assures adherence to what is known as the Decree on Child Protection, overseeing all church employees and volunteers in order to ensure protection of children attending the Archdiocese’s parishes and schools.

“Between June 2012 and November 2012, I trained over 400 trainers on how to present a new child protection program called VIRTUS,” Coz said. “Those 400 trainers/facilitators have, to date, trained over 15,000 clerics, employees, volunteers, and others all across the 19 counties of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati by presenting three to three-and-a-half hour Child Awareness Sessions designed to make persons aware of the signs of child abuse, so that it does not happen in our church.”

Last month, Coz turned his focus to administering the new VIRTUS program, keeping in touch with the trainers and continuing to supervise the required fingerprinting and background check process for all persons who have contact with children in the Archdiocese.

“We manage two large databases of names: one has over 82,000 names on it; the other has approximately 16,000 names. Each new cleric, employee or volunteer in the Archdiocese must be fingerprinted, as well as those who have a ‘change in their locations of service,’” Coz said, noting this in-house work involving either Ohio and/or FBI background checks is done at 12 different fingerprint locations across the Archdiocese.”

Coz’s “wonderful” assistant Jackie Heinitz, does all database management and updating. He says he “could not do my job without her help.”

After working as an attorney from 1979 through 2010, Coz has been able to apply his past practice experience to his current position, which he refers to as “quasi-legal.”

“I use my law degree every day to interpret and author the Decree on Child Protection and author what I call ‘advisory opinions’ on it,” Coz said. “Since I started, there have been many requests, asking for clarifications of what various provisions of this Decree mean and how the Decree should be applied to given fact situations. I like to say that the Decree is our child protection ‘statute.’ My written advisory opinions are creating a body of administrative law. They construe the Decree in specific situations, just like state and federal regulations clarify and construe statutes.”

Childhood, Education and Work

Coz grew up in the northeast Ohio town of Ravenna (located between Akron and Youngstown), the second of five children. After attending high school in Canton, he moved to Cincinnati to attend Xavier University. After earning a bachelor of arts in history in 1976, Coz spent about a year working in the accounting department at Chemed Corporation in downtown Cincinnati.

The XU graduate then enrolled at the College of Law, attending UC on a full tuition scholarship. Coz, who said his interest in law school was piqued in the seventh grade, recalls the huge volumes of reading each night. His favorite classes included Criminal Law with Professor Ken Aplin, Contracts with Professor Alphonse Squillante, and Labor Law with Professor John Murphy.

Outside of the classroom and studying, Coz enjoyed playing on a law school softball team and playing board games with law school friends – several of whom are still good friends today. Coz also said he “talked (his) way into a clerkship” in Chemed’s legal department at the end of his 1L year. He worked there his first two summers and also part-time during the school years.

Upon graduating from the College of Law, Coz began working at ATE Management & Service Co., Inc. as a labor lawyer, where he did collective bargaining and grievance arbitration work in the urban mass transit industry. This position allowed him to travel across the country. In 1983, he decided to leave ATE when his wife (Maureen) was expecting.  

The Coz family moved to Fort Wayne, Ind., where he joined the PepsiCo, Inc. corporate legal department, working at its subsidiary NorthAmerican Van Lines, Inc. There, he expanded upon his labor law background by doing EEOC and U.S. Department of Labor work, corporate and general contract work, immigration law, and environmental law. 

In 1989, Coz left to pursue his budding interest in environmental law, and established northern Indiana’s first full-time environmental law practice, the Barrett & McNagny law firm. After three years with this firm, he and his wife (then parents of three) decided to return to Cincinnati to spend more time with Maureen’s aging parents.

“We ended up purchasing the home that my wife grew up in from her parents, in the Price Hill neighborhood, so our kids could grow up in the same house that their mother did,” Coz said.

In Cincinnati, Coz worked about three years at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff, before he opened a solo practice. From 1995 to 2005, Coz continued to do environmental/Superfund work, picked up some grievance arbitration cases from the successor in interest to ATE, and began doing some real estate and estate planning/probate matters. In addition to his private practice work, the College of Law graduate began teaching at places such as Xavier, Cincinnati State, The University of Findlay and the Battelle Institute. He also was able to take on the occasional “supplemental” work, working for a legal publishing company and serving as part-time general counsel for another company.

In 2005, Coz began as a part-time attorney with WILD Flavors, Inc. in Northern Kentucky. In 2006, he became General Counsel, then Corporate Secretary and Senior Director of WILD’s Regulatory Department. Coz left this position in 2010, when WILD sold “a significant portion of its stock to a venture capital company.” Following one year of trying “early retirement,” Coz was hired by the Archdiocese.

Outside the Office

Today, Coz’s children are now all grown up: Joe, 29, is studying nursing at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati; Elizabeth, 26, is pursuing a graduate degree from Seattle University in public policy and non-profit leadership; and Michael, 23, is studying economics at UC.

When not at work, Coz enjoys spending time with his family, including a three-year-old golden doodle dog, “Murphy,” and six-year-old cat, “Allie.” Coz enjoys watching high school, college and professional football (rooting on the Bengals) as well as baseball with the Reds. When the weather is warm, he enjoys golfing on weekends. He and his wife love to travel as well, whenever possible with “Murphy” in tow. Coz also remains in close contact with several College of Law friends and with his former French roommate from his time studying in Paris during college

“As I get older, I see more and more clearly that the most important things in one’s life are faith, family and friends,” Coz said. “I have been very blessed to have had all of these, especially a healthy family. I have also had many opportunities to do different things in my life, both personally and professionally. I have used my UC law degree in just about every imaginable professional setting, and learned so much along the way.”

In the future, Coz would like to teach full time at the college level, he said.

“Few things are more rewarding to me than seeing the ‘light go on’ when a student understands a concept for the first time,” the former adjunct professor, visiting faculty member and guest lecturer said. “My years of business and law practice experience allow me to bring many real world examples into the classroom to illustrate the theory that the book(s) try to teach. I always end up learning as much from the students as the students learn – hopefully – from me.”

By Jordan Cohen, ‘13

Weaver Fellows Now Working In Local Courts

For the first time since its founding at the College of Law in 1998, the Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry has put its six fellows to work in Hamilton County courts that deal with mental health issues. Brendan O’Reilly and Mark DeYoung are working with attorneys representing individuals facing hearings for involuntary hospitalization conducted at Summit Behavioral Center by the Hamilton County Probate Court. Joel Schneider and Amberle Houghton are assigned to the Mental Health dockets of Judge Jody Leubbers and Judge John West. Erica Helmle and Melissa Thompson are working with the Veterans Court dockets of Judge Melissa Powers and Judge Ethna Cooper.

The Mental Health and Veterans Courts provide mentally ill criminal defendants and veterans, many of whom suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, an alternative to usual prosecution with an emphasis on treatment and rehabilitation programs. Defendants who successfully complete these programs can have their charges dismissed. The Administrator of these Courts is Kieran Hurley, a UC Law grad and former Weaver fellow.  

Institute co-Director Jim Hunt said, “The feedback both from the students and those they are working with has been uniformly positive. This type of hands-on experience is something that Dr. Weaver always wanted to provide for the fellows. I would like to thank Kieran and all of the specialty docket judges, and Probate Judge James Cissell, for allowing our fellows into their court rooms and for their support of this project.”

Graydon Head Attorney J. Stephen Smith '95 Elected to Kentucky Bar Association Board of Governors

J. Stephen Smith '95CINCINNATI & NORTHERN KENTUCKY– Graydon Head is pleased to announce the election of J. Stephen Smith to a second term on the Kentucky Bar Association Board of Governors, representing the 6th District. Smith has admirably served the KBA in a number of roles over the years. His previous involvement with the KBA includes serving on the Ethics Committee and Ethics Hotline (2005 - June 2011). As a Hotline member he provided ethics guidance to Kentucky attorneys in the 21 counties of the 6th Appellate District. Smith is also an adjunct professor at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law, where he teaches Ethics. 

Licensed in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, Smith has a background in employment law and litigation, complex commercial disputes, construction, white collar crime, professional ethics, attorney discipline, and securities arbitration. His clients range from family businesses to multinational corporations in both state and federal courts. Smith practices in Graydon Head’s Northern Kentucky office and is a resident of Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky.

Graydon Head attorneys serve clients in a variety of industries with particular experience working with clients in: banking and financial services; commercial real estate; media, communications and information; construction; health, education and human services; and manufacturing. The Firm’s personal planning group provides legal counsel to many local business owners and their executives and families in the estate planning and administration area. With offices Downtown on Fountain Square, in Northern Kentucky at the Chamber Center, and in the Butler/Warren area at University Pointe, the Firm provides convenient accessibility to clients in key areas of the growing Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region.

Clone of Katie Cassidy Tranter '12 and Allison Kendall '12 DBL Law Join Firm as Associates

Allison Kendall '12

CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY: January, 2013— DBL Law is pleased to announce that Allison M. Kendall and Katie Cassidy Tranter have joined the firm as associates.


Ms. Allison M. Kendall is an associate in the firm’s Litigation group with an emphasis on Commercial, Banking, and Collections. She is based in DBL’s Crestview Hills Office. 

Ms. Kendall obtained her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2012, where she graduated magna cum laude. She received her B.A. in History of Art with a Minor in English from the Ohio State University where she served as the Public Relations Executive for and also competed with Mock Trial at OSU. 

While in law school, Allison externed for the Honorable Judge Black of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, served as an Articles Editor of University of Cincinnati’s Law Review, and served as a class representative to the Student Bar Association her third year.

Allison was also a member of the Trial Practice team, competing in the Texas Young Lawyers Association Regional competition, placing first, and advancing to the National Competition in Austin, Texas.

Allison resides in Covington, Kentucky.


Ms. Katie Cassidy Tranter is an associate attorney practicing primarily in the area of employment law.  She joined DBL Law as a law clerk in May of 2011 and is based in the firm’s downtown Cincinnati office.  

Ms. Tranter obtained her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2012, where she graduated cum laude. Katie has a bachelor's degree in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing from Boston College.

Katie Cassidy Tranter '12

During law school, Katie was an Associate Member of the Law Review and was named to the Dean’s Honors List. 

Katie resides in Hyde Park with her husband.

DBL Law is a full-service, mid-sized law firm with Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati offices. The firm was recognized by US News and World Report in 2010, 2011 and 2012 as a Best Law Firm and named one of the Top 100 Workplaces in the region by the Cincinnati Enquirer and the national surveying firm Workplace Dynamics. DBL Law serves private individuals and companies in many industries including banking, construction, health care, labor and employment relations, real estate and technology.

The Brandery Fellowship Program: A Partnership with the College of Law


  • hands on legal experience
  • legal mentorship
  • dynamic environment

Fellowship time period:

  • Mid-June - early October (Exact dates to be determined)

Application Process:

  • Details to be provided in January
Accelerating Startups by Building Powerful Brands

What is The Brandery Fellowship Program?

The Brandery Fellowship is a unique opportunity for law students to receive hands-on experience (and compensation!) in a dynamic environment working with high-growth potential business start-ups. The Fellows will work in 2-person teams to: (a) provide a variety of legal services, including entity formation, preparing operating agreements, protecting intellectual property, and more (depending upon their clients’ needs); and (b) interact with innovative entrepreneurs on business and other issues that may arise.

Description of Fellowship

The Fellowship is a 15-week experience ending on The Brandery’s Demo Day in early October – a day on which its graduating class of entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to investors assembled from across the U.S. Each Fellow will be expected to work approximately 300 hours, working closely with their clients during the course of the Fellowship. Work hours will be front-loaded during the summer months, with fewer hours expected after Fall semester begins in August. Fellows are encouraged to attend Brandery classes offered on entrepreneurship (marketing, customer acquisition, raising capital, etc.). The Brandery will provide workspace for the Fellows at its offices in Over-the-Rhine, with 24/7 access.

Fellows are eligible for SPIF funding ($2,500 when combined with Federal Work Study Funds), as well as an additional $250 stipend from The Brandery. Professor Lew Goldfarb, Director of UC’s Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic,and attorneys from Taft Stettinius and Hollister, LLP will supervise the Fellows.


  • Rising 3L with eligibility to receive a student practice license
  • An open mind and dedication to helping startups succeed

Key Contacts

What is The Brandery?

The Brandery is a seed stage startup accelerator, nationally ranked as one of the top programs in the United States. We’ve made our name by focusing on the importance of consumer marketing and branding. Our four-month-long program in Cincinnati, Ohio, focuses on turning great ideas into a successful, brand-driven startup. Founded in 2010, we annually select 8 – 12 companies for our program, each receiving $20,000 in seed funding, a great team of mentors, world-class design assistance, and the opportunity to pitch to investors and venture capitalists at the end of the program. The benefits available to our companies exceed $175,000. To ensure Cincinnati welcomes its startups, The Brandery has coordinated special deals and VIP access to events around town for our startup companies.


Brandery Named A 2013 Seed Accelerator

Congratulations to The Brandery, our fellowship partners, on their recent designation as the #10 accelerator in the nation at SXSW.  Read the story here: The Brandery is a Top 10 Accelerator

Law & Leadership Institute Launches Class of 2016

June 24, 2013 - July 26, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Application Deadline : April 15 2013

The application is available at the LLI website: Application for Law and Leadership Institute

For more information, contact Professor Bradley at 513/556-0177 or, or visit the LLI website at

The Ohio Law & Leadership Institute (LLI), to be held at the College of Law from June 24 – July 26, 2013, is accepting applications from 8th grade students.  LLI—born out of collaboration with the Ohio State Bar Association, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education—is designed to increase diversity in the legal profession. The program has been recognized by numerous groups for its pipeline work; most recently, in 2012 the Roundtable of the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati recognized LLI for its work in the field of education to increase diversity.  


LLI, now in its fourth year at the College of Law, is directed by Professor Michele Bradley, assisted by law student teachers and an educator from Cincinnati Public Schools.


LLI begins the summer after the eighth grade year. Students attend class at the College of Law five days a week learning basic legal concepts and theory, meeting with guest speakers from all areas of the legal profession, attending field trips, and ending in a mock trial competition.


Successful participants are those students who are motivated to succeed once opportunity and access are provided. Participants may or may not want to become attorneys, but they will learn skills that will help them continue to succeed in school and in life.


This free program meets daily, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., includes lunch, snacks, and transportation.  Upon completing the summer program, students can earn up to $150.


Read more about the Law & Leadership Institute here.