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Federal Prosecutor Kyle Healey Talks About Crime, Ethics, and Lessons Learned with the OIP


Originally from Cincinnati, Kyle Healey ’08 is currently working as a federal prosecutor with the Department of Justice.  Healey grew up in Westwood, attending Oak Hills High School before heading to Oxford, Ohio to study economics at Miami University.  After graduating, he worked for a consulting firm in Cincinnati for a year doing internal audit work.  With the idea of eventually working for the federal government, Healey decided to return to the classroom and came to UC Law for his legal studies.

During his second and third years at the College of Law, Healey worked with the Ohio Innocence Project.  A significant portion of his time with the OIP was spent working on examining DNA petitions for the potential merit to refile under Senate Bill 262 which became law in 2006 and expanded post-conviction DNA testing rights.  “Working with the Innocence Project really piqued my interest in criminal investigations,” he shared, noting that the experience ultimately led him to apply for his current position with the Department of Justice.

Out of law school, Healey moved to Arizona where he spent about six years working in the U.S. Attorneys Office in Tucson.  “I had never been to Arizona before,” he explained, “but the move was an excellent experience for me.”   For an Ohioan, Healey remarked, Arizona has some stark cultural and climatic differences from the Midwest; but, he noted, that he was never really out of his comfort zone. 

“While no crime is good, Arizona is a good place to be a prosecutor,” Healey said.  “I’ve spent a lot of time prosecuting drug crimes, aliens, and alien smuggling – the work was always intriguing.”  He further explained the ongoing problem in the region involving what are called “rip crews” – groups of people who go out into the desert robbing and killing migrants and drug dealers.  “It was really eye-opening to see what the border is really like,” he shared. “Growing up in Ohio you hear a lot about immigration, but I never really experienced it or knew what it was like until I moved to Arizona.”  Recently, he moved back to Ohio, but is still with the U.S. Attorneys Office, this time working out of the Dayton office.

In reflection, Healey acknowledged the utility of the lessons he learned while with the OIP. The experience he gained looking at where prosecutions go wrong, understanding the rules of discovery, and, in particular, recognizing the importance of disclosing exculpatory evidence has proved beneficial to his time as a federal prosecutor.  He explained the application of his Innocence Project lessons to his work:  “None of the prosecutors I’ve worked with want to convict somebody of a crime they didn’t commit.  They want to prove a person’s guilt beyond all doubt when building a case, not just beyond a reasonable doubt.  Because of this, it is important to have a foundation of where things can go wrong when investigating a crime and building a case.”

One-on-One Advice on Ethics

In advice to students interested in becoming a federal prosecutor, Healey emphasizes the importance of knowing and understanding a prosecutor’s ethical duties:  “Often times in an interview, you will be asked some ethics questions, and the interviewers don’t want a soft answer.  They are looking to see if you really know your stuff, and understandably so.  Not only will having a mastery of ethics help you in an interview, but it will help you in your career as well.”  

A Globe Spanning Career Helps FBI Instructor Michael Pettry as He Trains Future Agents


Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Michael Pettry ’89 moved down Interstate 71 to the Queen City for college.  As a Bearcat, Pettry studied foreign affairs and Latin American studies before coming to UC Law for his legal studies.  As a law student, he enjoyed his time on Moot Court and had an exceptional second summer experience studying and working in Mexico City.

After taking the Ohio bar, he worked for a year as a ski instructor in Colorado before returning to Ohio and landing a job with the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office.  “I always had an interest in criminal investigations and trial work,” shared Pettry.  “The prosecutor’s office was a great experience given my interests,” he continued, noting that the interaction with police, witnesses, and court personnel were positive experiences for him.  While a prosecutor, he worked with federal agents on several occasions, and eventually he decided to apply to the FBI.

Pettry started training as a new agent at Quantico, Virginia in 1997, and his first assignment was to the field office in Kansas City.  “I was the type of prosecutor that really liked to get out from behind the desk,” he said.  “Going to crime scenes and meeting with witnesses – this aspect of the work is something I really enjoyed as an agent.”  He has had a diverse career investigating organized crime, drug trafficking, and national security threats as an agent.  He later served as the Kansas City Field Office’s Chief Division Counsel, wherein he provided legal and policy advice to division personnel and management on a wide range of issues.  Following his time in Kansas City, Michael joined the FBI’s Global Initiatives Unit, a position that involved travelling to numerous countries around the world and facilitating the exchange of biometric data relating to terrorists and transnational criminals with foreign partners.

Training Future Generations

Since working with the FBI, Pettry had always wanted to return to Quantico and become a legal instructor, a position he now holds.  “I was very impressed with the legal instruction at Quantico,” he shared.  “It was thorough and very relevant to the work we do as investigators, and when I put in for the next opening, I was fortunate enough to be selected.”  For Pettry, it is gratifying to give real world, impactful legal instruction to agents who will soon be out in the field.  “I really like the ability to impact people in the early parts of their careers because I know that if they start off on the right foot, understanding the importance of full compliance with the law, they will be better agents because of it.” 

Pettry’s current position further gives him the opportunity to pursue academic endeavors.  He still has the opportunity to travel, giving lectures at conferences and at training programs in various countries.  Additionally, he writes the occasional academic article, his most recent to be published in the coming weeks. Look for his article in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin (http://leb.fbi.gov) discussing First Amendment constraints placed on public employees in the context of their use of social media.

The Importance of Public Servants

Pettry’s advice for those interested in prosecution work or the FBI is to embrace the importance of the role of the public servant.  “Always continue to seek training and to hone your skills.  While I could have made more money in private practice, the opportunity to work to make the system function at the highest level possible is something I take very seriously and enjoy doing, and has led to a fulfilling and rewarding career.”

UC Law Grad Ajla Glavesevic named to Spot on U.S. Bobsled Team


How did you relax while studying for the bar exam? For Ajla Glavesevic ’14, the solution was an easy one. Needing an outlet from the stress of bar preparation, she began chasing an Olympic dream, training for a spot on the U.S. bobsled team.  And on Sunday, November 9, 2014 Glavesevic, along with three others, was named to the U.S. national women’s team for the 2014-15 World Cup season.

Glavesevic will be joined by Natalie Deratt, Lauren Gibbs, and Michelle Howe as program first-timers. They’ll be trained as brakemen or “pushers.”

With the end of law school nearing last spring, Glavesevic felt it was time to reach out to Elana Meyers Taylor, an athlete who had recently won her second Olympic bobsled medal at the Sochi Games. Years earlier Meyers Taylor had contacted her about a future in bobsledding, given her running and jumping background. You see, Glavesevic was a track and field star in high school and at her undergraduate college. After winning awards in the triple jump, she transferred those skills to the heptathlon. The heptathlon combines seven events: 100 meters hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200 meters, long jump, javelin throw, and 800 meters. She also became an all-Mid-American Conference Academic selection.

Glavesevic and her family moved to the United States from war-ravaged Bosnia in 1995. Her father had been an admiral in the Bosnian Navy; her mother was a doctor. Recognizing that it was becoming too dangerous to stay, the family moved to the U.S., setting in Pennsylvania. Her dad took a job with General Electric; her mother became a business owner. The family became American citizens in 2000. Even still, they kept their connections to their former country. In fact, Glavesevic’s mother’s best friend is the director of bobsledding in Bosnia!

Now that the race is over and she has made the team, Glavesevic has little time to relax. The 2014-15 World Cup is scheduled to start in Lake Placid, N.Y. the weekend of December 12, 2014. It will be followed by stops in Calgary, Alberta, and several stops at European and Russian tracks, with the two-week World Cup championships ending March 8, 2015 in Germany.

And about that bar exam? Yep. She passed it too.

#GivingTuesday at UC Law


After a day of giving thanks and all of the madness surrounding Black Friday and Cyber Monday, UC Law is proud to be a part of a national movement, celebrating philanthropy…#GivingTuesday!  

#GivingTuesday is a movement to create a national day of giving to kick off the holiday season.  Started in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, it is an opportunity to channel the generous spirit of the holidays to inspire action around charitable giving. This year, #GivingTuesday will be held on Tuesday, December 2.  We’ll be sending more information on how you can give back to the UC College of Law in the comings days.  #GivingTuesday will be a wonderful way to help support student scholarships, our tremendous faculty, and our world-class experiential learning opportunities! 

Ten Alums included on Best Lawyers in America list of 2015


COLUMBUS, OH. -Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP is proud to announce that ten Vorys attorneys, who are University of Cincinnati College of Law alumni, have been included on the 2015 Best Lawyers in America list. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

The attorneys, their practice areas and the year they graduated are listed below.

  • Melvin Bedree ’84 –Banking and Finance Law, Franchise Law
  • Kent Britt ’97 – Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, ERISA Litigation
  • Daniel Buckley ’74 – Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Defendants Personal Injury Litigation
  • Hani Kallas ’94 – Banking and Finance Law
  • William Kloss, Jr. ’88 – Defendants Personal Injury Litigation
  • Nathaniel Lampley, Jr. ’88 – Commercial Litigation
  • Jeffrey Marks ’80 – Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Laws
  • Howard Petricoff ’74 – Energy Law
  • Eric Richardson ’96 – Commercial Litigation
  • Rosemary Welsh ’95 – Defendants Product Liability Litigation

One-hundred and ten attorneys from Vorys were named to the 2015 Best Lawyers in America List.

About Vorys: Vorys was established in 1909 and has grown to be one of the largest Ohio-based law firms with nearly 375 attorneys in six offices in Columbus, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Akron, Ohio; Washington, DC; Houston, Texas; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Vorys currently ranks as one of the 200 largest law firms in the United States according to American Lawyer magazine. For more information, please visit www.vorys.com.

Alum, Oliver S. Howard '79 named as 2015 Best Lawyer


GableGotwals shareholder Oliver S. Howard was recently named as 2015 Best Lawyers in America "Lawyer of the Year" for Appellate Law in Tulsa.

Howard received his JD from the University of Cincinnati in 1979, his PhD from Hebrew Union College in 1978, his masters from Abilene Christian College in 1970 and his BA from Oklahoma Christian College in 1967.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers. 

Honorees are selected based on particularly impressive voting averages received during peer-review assessments. Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same community and practice area for ability, professionalism and integrity.

GableGotwals is a full-service law firm of more than 90 attorneys representing a diversified client base in Oklahoma, the Southwest and across the nation. 

 

Alums, Laura A. Ringenbach '83, Earl K. Messer '84, and Catherine T. Dunlay '81, Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015


Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio (October 9, 2014): Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that the following University of Cincinnati alumni were selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015. The number in parentheses refers to the number of years (in five-year increments) that the attorney has been listed.

  • Catherine T. Dunlay, Health Care Law
  • Earl K. Messer, Construction Law
  • Laura A. Ringenbach, Environmental Law

About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The Best Lawyers lists of attorneys are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on the lists.

About Taft

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivates our more than 400 attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Chicago; Illinois; 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.

 

Attorneys Corey Hamilton and Theresa Nelson Join Strauss Troy


Firm Expands With Additional Expertise in Business and Litigation

CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - October 15, 2014) - Strauss Troy, a leading law firm in Ohio and Kentucky, announces that attorneys Corey Hamilton and Theresa Nelson have joined the firm.

"These two talented attorneys bring notable expertise to the services we are able to provide our business and litigation clients," said Marshall Dosker, Strauss Troy president. "Corey provides a strong core of business and real estate knowledge including key intellectual property experience, while Theresa has significant trial experience in a wide variety of matters including labor and employment disputes."

Attorney Corey Hamilton  focuses his practice on corporate and business advisory services including contract negotiations and intellectual property, as well as real estate transactions and commercial finance. He has successfully negotiated multiple large, company-wide outsourcing contracts for Fortune 1000 clients and has represented clients in more than 100 commercial and multi-family real estate closings. Hamilton is licensed to practice law in Ohio and in the U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Ohio.

He is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, Cincinnati Bar Association, International Association for Contract and Commercial Management, Licensing Executive Society, the Ohio School Boards Association Sports and Entertainment Law Committee and the Cincinnati Chapter of the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association. Hamilton earned his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Cincinnati's Taft College of Law and his bachelor's degree from Indiana University. He is also certified by Harvard Law School's Program on Negotiation.

Attorney Theresa Nelson focuses on representing clients in complex labor and employment, commercial, product liability and general civil litigation. She has represented clients throughout the country in state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Nelson is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Kentucky, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court -- Southern District Ohio and Eastern District of Michigan.

She is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Kentucky Bar Association, and she is a board member of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, the Invisible Kids Project and the University of Cincinnati College of Law Alumni Association. Nelson earned her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati's Taft College of Law, and she completed a fellowship from the Glenn M. Weaver Institute for Law and Psychiatry. She earned her bachelor's degree from Ohio University.

Nelson has been named an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star for four consecutive years and a Cincy Magazine Leading Lawyer in Personal Injury for three consecutive years. She has been honored in the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers, and is a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. She is also a graduate of the Ohio State Bar Association's Leadership Academy and the Cincinnati Bar Association's Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL) Class XV.

About Strauss Troy

As a full-service law firm founded in 1953, Strauss Troy has diverse expertise and a history of proven success. No matter what issue you face, the firm has the right professionals, working together as a team, to get you the answers you need quickly and affordably. Strauss Troy's Practice Groups include: Corporate | Business, Criminal | White Collar Defense, Domestic Relations | Family Law, Labor | Employment, Litigation, Municipal | Government, Real Estate | Finance, Tax Planning | Compliance and Trust | Estate Planning.

Strauss Troy, a leading law firm in the Greater Cincinnati | Northern Kentucky region, is a Martindale-Hubbell Top Ranked Law Firm™ in Fortune Magazine and a U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firm. Many of its attorneys are honored as peer-rated Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent™ Attorneys, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Four UC Alums, Jim Burke '78, Lou Gilligan '68, Joe Trauth '73, Mark Weber '80, selected as "Lawyers of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America


KMK Attorneys Recognized as "Lawyers of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America

Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK Law) congratulates the firm’s five attorneys who have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year,” a designation that is presented annually to a single attorney in each practice area and metropolitan area.  These attorneys will be recognized in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  

  • James E. Burke was named the Best Lawyers 2015 Bet-the-Company Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati.
  • Louis F. Gilligan was named the Best Lawyers 2015 Product Liability Litigation, Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year" in Cincinnati
  • Daniel E. Izenson was named the Best Lawyers 2015 Construction Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati.
  • Joseph L. Trauth, Jr. was named the Best Lawyers 2015 Land Use & Zoning Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati.
  • Mark J. Weber was named the Best Lawyers 2015 Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Cincinnati.

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become regarded as a definitive guide to legal excellence.  Best Lawyers is based on a peer-review survey in which more than 52,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. 

In addition to the recognition as 2015 "Lawyers of the Year," these five KMK attorneys have been recognized in the 2015 Best Lawyers publication for several areas of practice. The listings below include the year the attorney was first recognized by The Best Lawyers in America.

James E. Burke (2006) 

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Litigation – Securities 

Louis F. Gilligan (1989)

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs  

Daniel E. Izenson (2012) 

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation – Construction 
  • Litigation – Real Estate

Joseph L. Trauth, Jr. (2007) 

  • Land Use & Zoning Law
  • Litigation – Land Use & Zoning
  • Litigation – Real Estate
  • Real Estate Law

Mark J. Weber (2007) 

  • Real Estate Law

Nine University of Cincinnati College of Law Alumni Selected for Inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015


Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio (October 9, 2014): Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that the following University of Cincinnati College of Law alumni were selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America 2015. The number in parentheses refers to the number of years (in five-year increments) that the attorney has been listed.

  • Doreen Canton , Employment Law – Management; Labor Law - Management
  • Ralph W. Kohnen, Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Eugene B. Lewis , Family Law
  • Stephen M. Nechemias, Litigation & Controversy – Tax; Tax Law
  • Timothy P. Reilly , Employment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; Litigation – Labor & Employment
  • Laura A. Ringenbach 20, Environmental Law
  • Sara Simrall Rorer, Health Care Law
  • Timothy C. Sullivan, Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Banking & Finance; Litigation – Trusts & Estates
  • Mark S. Yurick, Energy Law; Energy Regulatory Law

Additionally the publication has designated Ms. Canton as Cincinnati “Lawyer of the Year” in the Labor Law – Management Practice area.

About Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. The Best Lawyers lists of attorneys are compiled by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. If the votes for an attorney are positive enough for inclusion in Best Lawyers, that attorney must maintain those votes in subsequent polls to remain on the list for each edition. Lawyers are not permitted to pay any fee to participate in or be included on the lists.

About Taft

At Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, delivering outstanding legal performance to help clients succeed is what drives and motivates our more than 400 attorneys every day. Taft has offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Dayton, Ohio; Chicago; Illinois; 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.