Alum Jason Wasserman '04 are named Partners at Silverman|Thompson|Slutkin|White
Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) April 07, 2015: Silverman|Thompson|Slutkin|White is pleased to announce that attorneys Avery B. Strachan and Jason T. Wasserman have been elected to the Partnership at the firm.
“Avery and Jason have distinguished themselves by their talent, work ethic, and legal acumen. They have already made meaningful contributions to our clients and we are confident they will make all of us and our firm better.” said Managing Partner, Steven D. Silverman.
Avery B. Strachan (Real Estate Law) has extensive experience handling matters related to the ownership, development and operation of real estate including, but not limited to, management, leasing, construction and litigation for all types of residential, retail, office, industrial, hospitality and mixed-used projects. Ms. Strachan has represented some of the most premier commercial and residential property management companies in the State, many of which have a national presence. She also has experience in business entity formation, homeowners’ association formation and governance, and general corporate and contract matters. Ms. Strachan has been recognized as one of Maryland’s “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers Magazine. She was appointed to the Character Committee for the Sixth Appellate Circuit (Baltimore) of the Court of Appeals of Maryland in January of 2014, has served on the Executive Council for the Bar Association of Baltimore City since 2007 and was elected as a Fellow of the Baltimore Bar Foundation in June of 2009. Ms. Strachan received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 2000, where she was a member of the legal honor society, Phi Delta Phi.
Jason T. Wasserman (Civil Litigation) concentrates his practice in the area of complex civil litigation in State and Federal Courts in Maryland, Washington D.C., and on a National level. He has served as lead counsel in numerous high value injury and death cases throughout the country. He also has significant experience in professional and medical malpractice litigation. In addition to Mr. Wasserman’s work representing injury victims, he also represents numerous local and national corporations and insurance companies in the defense of personal injury, mass tort, toxic tort, and product liability claims. Since 2010, Mr. Wasserman has been named annually in Maryland’s Super Lawyers list of “Rising Stars” and in 2015, he was recognized as a “Super Lawyer.” Mr. Wasserman was also recognized by The National Trial Lawyers organization three times as one of Nation’s "Top 40 Under 40" Trial Lawyers and he is a 2015 recipient of the “Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award for the State of Maryland” by the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys. He is an active leader in the Bar Association for Baltimore City, presently Chairs its Technology Committee, and was former Chair of its Young Lawyer’s Divisions. Additionally, Mr. Wasserman is heavily involved with the Defense Research Institute (DRI), where he is a current Chair on the Products Liability Committee, Maryland State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Mr. Wasserman received his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2004.
Ellen Eardley, '03 named MU Title IX administrator, assistant vice provost
Ellen Eardley, a lawyer in Washington, D.C., has been named the new Title IX administrator at MU.
COLUMBIA — Ellen Eardley, a lawyer in Washington, D.C., has been appointed Title IX administrator and assistant vice provost at MU. She will start the position on April 20 with a salary of $150,000, according to Christian Basi, associate director of the the MU News Bureau.
Eardley is a partner at the Mehri & Skalet firm in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct faculty member at the American University Washington College of Law. She has been with the law firm for more than seven years.She was one of four finalists selected by a search team late last year. The committee convened in October to fill the Title IX administrator position — the first of its kind at MU. She visited the campus in December for interviews. The move followed investigations into Missouri athletics' failure to report the alleged sexual assault of one of its athletes, Sasha Menu Courey, and similar incidents.
Eardley, 37 and a native of southern Illinois, has a substantial legal history working with Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination at educational institutions, and other cases involving discrimination. "I've been working on cases of discrimination, and particularly gender discrimination, since I graduated from law school in 2003," she said. "I've always wanted to work on issues of gender and the law. It's the reason that I went to law school." Eardley holds a degree in English and women's studies from Eastern Illinois University. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Eardley joined the National Women's Law Center in Washington, D.C., a leading women's legal organization. The center offers education and policy work, she said, as well as litigation on issues of anti-discrimination. It was founded more than 40 years ago "to expand, protect, and promote opportunity and advancement for women and girls at every stage of their lives." It was there Eardley said she did much of her work on Title IX issues.
Now a partner at her private practice, her focus has been predominantly employment and housing discrimination. At American University, she teaches a course to law students about discrimination issues, including Title IX. Eardley said she is aware of the work that has gone into Title IX initiatives at MU, and she acknowledged the work already put in by interim coordinator Linda Bennett. "My first step is to build on the work that's already been done by Dr. Bennett, the chancellor, the provost, and I also want to spend to time listening to various constituencies on campus," Eardley said. This includes learning about the needs on campus and how Title IX information is disseminated so that the new UM System collected rules and regulations are easily understood.
Eardley, however, did say it will take some time to get the lay of the land and develop strategic priorities. She said she is already familiar with Columbia. She grew up outside St. Louis and has visited campus several times. Her mother worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "A number of folks that I know personally have attended Mizzou, and I've always had a lot of respect for the school overall," Eardley said. Given her heritage, Eardley said she is excited to make the move from the East Coast back to the Midwest. "When I got off the airplane (in December) in the tiny airport outside Columbia, I felt at home," she said. "I like to see the horizon, and I really enjoy living in a college town, so I'm excited about the move."
This story was written by Thomas Carter
Paula Boggs Muething Talks About the Importance of Civic Service
For Paula Boggs Muething ‘03, a career in litigation has also been a career of civic service. Originally from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, Boggs Muething studied political science and journalism at the University of Kentucky and then worked for several years on the West Coast before returning to the Midwest to study law.
At the University of Cincinnati College of Law, she was a fellow with the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights. In fact, the Institute was a major factor in her decision to attend UC Law. “The program was really the focus of my law school experience,” she shared. “Working on the Human Rights Quarterly journal and engaging with the programs and speakers the Institute brought in were truly enjoyable experiences.” She further became involved in Law Review her second year, and continued her third year, even when she became editor of the Human Rights Quarterly journal.
Out of law school, Boggs Muething spent one year clerking for Justice James E. Keller at the Supreme Court of Kentucky. “It was a wonderful experience,” she reflected, noting that the clerkship helped to prepare her for the rest of her career. “I agree with the sentiment that a clerkship is a tremendous experience out of law school. It works as an excellent bridge between the classroom and becoming a practicing attorney.” Following her clerkship, she spent two years at Keating, Muething & Klekamp PLL, working in litigation before spending the next five years working as an attorney for the city of Cincinnati.
Much of her work as a city attorney involved land use as well as First Amendment issues. “Blight, nuisance abatement issues – I really became involved in working and engaging with various communities and neighborhoods around the city,” she explained. This work led to her involvement in an effort to pass land bank legislation, which ultimately resulted in the creation of the Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation. Upon the land bank’s creation, she was hired to manage it in its effort to return vacant properties to productive use by providing diverse commercial and residential opportunities through investment in neighborhoods. She served as the general counsel and vice president, working to employ the land bank in the best possible ways to revitalize communities.
At the end of last year, Boggs Muething was appointed Cincinnati City Solicitor. “The job is a potpourri of legislation, litigation, economic development, community redevelopment – just about anything you can conceive a city being involved in,” she said. She further noted that the position involves constitutional issues, which can be rare in private practice. “I think it’s the best job any lawyer could ever have. It is always interesting, I work with very intelligent and motivated attorneys, and working with our elected officials is a wonderful way of engaging with ideas and turning them into programs and laws to better our city.”
The Importance of Civic Service
“I will tell you that this is one of the easiest towns to get involved in if you want to be involved in civic organizations and community work at a leadership level,” she said, reflecting on her career. “If you really are interested in it, you can get involved in this work, even if it isn’t going to be your day job.”
Boggs Muething is a good example of this, as she joined the board of Talbert House while an attorney at KMK. “You meet wonderful people on boards such as this who are civic minded and become a great network for continuing community development work throughout your career. If you want to become involved in civic service, my advice is to just get involved. Civic service does not have to be your day job in order for it to be part of what you do, and it can be just as rewarding.”
Karen Hester Reflects on the Rewards of a Career in Diversity and Inclusiveness
With four degrees behind her, Karen Hester ’01 has a wealth of education, knowledge, and experience that she has turned into a career working in the areas of diversity and inclusiveness. While she was born in Chicago, her father was in the Army, so she moved from place to place growing up. She considers Kansas home, and now she works in Colorado.
Her first two degrees are from Kansas State University: a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in student personnel and counseling. She later earned her juris doctor from the College of Law before returning to Kansas. There, she earned a LL.M. in taxation from the University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law.
“I enjoyed law school… as you can tell, I really enjoy learning,” said Hester, lightheartedly referencing her degrees. “I worked between each of my degrees, and when I was in law school I think that I was really able to enjoy the moment.” At UC Law, she was involved in numerous programs and student groups: Black Law Students Association, Tenant Information Project, Student Court, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, Student Legal Education Committee, and the Immigration and Nationality Law Review.
Currently, Hester serves as the executive director for The Center for Legal Inclusiveness in Denver, CO. The Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing diversity in the legal profession by actively educating and supporting private and public sector legal organizations in their own individual campaigns to help legal employers retain and advance diverse and female attorneys. And she feels strongly that her previous work has prepared her for this position.
Her professional career was in the field of career services at the University of Kansas School of Law. “I noticed that a lot of the work I was doing was related to diversity and inclusiveness at the time,” she shared. With some reflection and encouragement, she submitted a proposal to make diversity and inclusiveness officially part of her job duties, and it was ultimately accepted. “It was around this time that it really hit home for me. I remember having the feeling that ‘this is what I am supposed to be doing.’”
As the chair of the diversity committee for the Kansas Bar Association in 2011, Hester discovered the Center for Legal Inclusiveness while surveying what other organizations were doing. When the position of executive director opened up, she jumped on the opportunity and now has been in the role for about two years.
The Center held its 2015 Legal Inclusiveness & Diversity Summit on May 4, 2015 – a day-long conference with workshops, speakers, and panel discussions with over 200 attorneys from across the nation in attendance. The Center further produces an inclusiveness manual laying out step-by-step processes through which organizations can make themselves more diverse and inclusive.
In reflection on her work and her career path, Hester advises young attorneys and law students to “enjoy the moment.”
“I look at students today and see that things are different,” she said. “It’s more expensive, its harder to get a job -- I know some students out there wonder, is it worth it. I say it is. You may not take the path that others take, and that’s okay. Find your own way, you’ll find that the work you do is rewarding.”
College of Law Ranks 10th in Midwest Region for Hiring
Dean Mina Jefferson counsels Caleb Benadum ’14 and
A recent survey found that the University of Cincinnati College of Law ranked 10th in the Midwest region for hiring. Using data provided to the American Bar Association by the respective law schools, the survey compared UC Law’s employment rate with that of 42 Midwest universities. Read more about how the universities stack up in the ChicagoInno article: “42 Midwest Law Schools, Ranked by Graduate Employment”
Law students have the opportunity to work closely with the team from the Center for Professional Development—five attorneys with significant legal experience who are dedicated to preparing students for their career. The CPD team begins working individually with law students from their first semester through Professional Planning Meetings, helping them build competitive resumes, and managing activities and programs that promote professional development through service.
Learn how CPD helps prepare students for their careers: CPD
College of Law Assistant Dean named President-Elect of the National Association for Law Placement
Cincinnati, OH—Mina Jones Jefferson, Assistant Dean and Director, Center for Professional Development at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, has been named president-elect of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), an association of over 2,500 legal career professionals dedicated to facilitating legal career counseling and planning, recruitment and retention, and the professional development of law students and lawyers. The 44-year-old organization advises law students, lawyers, law offices, and law schools across North America and beyond.
Jefferson was recognized as president-elect at the NALP annual conference in Chicago, IL in April 2015. Her term includes service as president-elect in 2015-16, president in 2016-2017 and immediate past president in 2017-2018.
“This is a wonderful and well-deserved honor for Dean Jefferson that reflects the high esteem in which she is held by her peers across the country,” said College of Law Dean Louis D. Bilionis. “As the legal profession continues to experience major change, it needs strong leaders – and Mina is a great leader in the field.”
“It’s a privilege to have a leadership role with the preeminent organization for legal career professionals,” said Jefferson. “I look forward to advancing the initiatives identified in NALP’s strategic plan and upholding its foundational beliefs that law students and lawyers should benefit from a fair and ethical hiring process; that law students and lawyers are more successful when supported by professional development and legal career professionals; and that a diverse and inclusive legal profession best serves clients and our communities.”
Jefferson, a University of Cincinnati College of Law graduate, has a strong background in the legal hiring field. As a former hiring partner at a National Law Journal Top 250 law firm, she is one of the few law school career services professionals in the country who has worked on both sides of the table. She practiced commercial litigation for almost a decade and was one of the first African American women in the region elected to partnership at a large firm.
A published author, Jefferson writes on the topic of careers and professional development for numerous legal publications and is a sought after speaker on the topic of professionalism. She has also taught Ethics courses at the college, as well as the legal extern course.
Active in the community, she currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers (CALL). Jefferson, a former co-director of the Law & Leadership Institute at the College, also served—by appointment—on the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Continuing Legal Education Committee. Additionally she has been a member of the board of the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, Children’s Law Center, ProKids, and the Cincinnati Bar Foundation.
University of Cincinnati College of Law Alumni Association Announces Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients
The 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award, which celebrates outstanding alumni, will be held at 12:00 noon on May 15 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, Hall of Mirrors. To rsvp: contact Peggy Ruwe at 513-556-0071 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cincinnati, OH—The University of Cincinnati College of Law Alumni Association will celebrate three alumni at its 35th Distinguished Alumni Award Program on Friday, May 15, 2015. Award recipients include an alumnus whose career focuses on white collar and other major economic crimes; a former member of the US Air Force who served many years as a judge; and a trial attorney whose practice and firm concentrates on civil litigation.
"UC succeeds at producing large numbers of alumni who excel in their profession and in the surrounding community,” said Dan Startsman, Assistant Public Defender, Clermont County Public Defender’s Office, and President, Law Alumni Association. “I can think of no better example than this year's award winners. They are three alums who have not only risen to the top of their profession, but also have been recognized as leaders and have given back to the law school."
Each year the award recipient nominations come from the ranks of the school’s almost 5,000 alumni. Recipients exemplify excellence and achievement in the individual’s chosen field of practice or profession. Previous winners have included Professor Stanley Harper, Jr. ’48, well-known College of Law professor; the Hon. William S. Richardson ’43, Chief Justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court; and the Hon. William Howard Taft’1880, President of the United States and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Meet 2015 Award Recipient Kathleen Brinkman’75
Kathleen Brinkman’75, Of Counsel at Porter Wright, focuses her practice on representing corporations and individuals facing investigation or charges by federal or state authorities, or whose property the government seeks to forfeit. A former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Brinkman’s prosecution specialties were complex white collar and other major economic crimes, public corruption, and environmental crimes. In addition, she investigated and prosecuted healthcare fraud matters, including False Claims Act cases. A recognized authority in asset forfeiture, she has taught the subject throughout the country and around the world.
In addition to her litigation work, she spent many years back in the classroom as an adjunct professor at the College of Law, teaching many generations of attorneys the nuances of trial practice. Brinkman authored the book “Federal Criminal Procedure Litigation Manual” and co-authored “Sixth Circuit Practice Manual”. Finally, she is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2011 John P. Kiely Professionalism Award from the Cincinnati Bar Association, the 2005 Nettie Cronise Lutes Award from the Ohio State Bar Association, recognition by Ohio Super Lawyers® for Criminal Defense: White Collar, “Top 50 Women Attorneys in Ohio” by Ohio Super Lawyers® for 2015, and “Leader in Their Field” (Ohio) in the area of Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations by Chambers USA. Brinkman is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Meet 2015 Award Recipient the Hon. Robert H. Gorman ‘60
Judge Robert H. Gorman, a native Cincinnatian, followed the path of several family members into the field of law. His father, Robert N. Gorman, served on the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas and was later appointed to a seat on the Supreme Court of Ohio. His brother also attended law school.
After graduating from Brown University, Gorman returned to Cincinnati to the College of Law, graduating in 1960. Immediately thereafter, he was inducted into the US Air Force, where he served as a judge advocate general for three years. He returned to Cincinnati to develop a career in private practice. To prepare, he worked at Legal Aid of Greater Cincinnati and in Juvenile Court, gaining additional experience. It was at this time that he was elected to the Ohio House of Representatives.
Soon, Gorman began his private practice career in earnest. Then, in December 1972, he joined the bench, where he remained until his retirement. Judge Gorman served on the Hamilton County Municipal Court, the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, and the Hamilton County Court of Appeals: First Appellate District of Ohio.
In addition to his work on the bench, he served as an adjunct professor at the College of Law, teaching appellate practice and procedure. Judge Gorman retired from the bench in 2006, but returned the next year as a visiting judge, a position he held until 2012.
Meet 2015 Award Recipient David P. Kamp’81
David P. Kamp is the President and Managing Partner of White, Getgey & Meyer Co., L.P.A., a firm specializing in civil trial practice. Having gravitated to courtroom trial practice while in law school (Dave clerked for a number of top rated litigation firms in Washington, Cleveland and Cincinnati), the transition from law school to private practice at Dinsmore & Shohl was relatively seamless. While at Dinsmore, Dave worked with the firm’s top litigators and participated as second chair in several major jury trials including a case tried before Chief Judge Carl Rubin in which Dinsmore and its client obtained a $7.3 milion verdict.
In 1987, Dave was recruited to White, Getgey & Meyer as the heir apparent to the firm’s then managing partner, Alvin White. He successfully tried major cases for the firm including the wrongful death case of John Getgey, one of the founding fathers of the firm.
Since becoming managing partner of White, Getgey & Meyer in 1989, Dave has continued to spearhead the firm’s litigation efforts on behalf of plaintiffs, defendants, large corporations, small businesses, individuals and not-for-profit institutions. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, has been named by Outstanding Lawyers of America, Chambers List and Best Lawyers in America, and has been ranked by SuperLawyers as one of the top three lawyers in the state every year since 2009.
Realizing the largess of his law degree and the scholarship money that permitted him to go to law school full time and not co-op, Dave contributes his time to teaching young trial lawyers in the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and contributes financially to a vast array of law school-related funds, projects and other outside charities. When he is not in the office, which is infrequently, his spare time is devoted to family: his wife, Eileen, who has gracefully put up with Dave’s tireless work ethic; his three children, Jenny, Jeff and Evan; as well as his grandson, Corran. Regardless of his workload, Dave never misses a volleyball or lacrosse game.
College of Law Prepares to Celebrate 182nd Hooding
On Saturday, May 16, 2015 the College of Law will celebrate the accomplishments of its graduates at its 182nd Hooding Ceremony. The event will be held at the Aronoff Center for the Arts. For the last time Dean Louis D. Bilionis will lead the ceremonies, where 109 degrees will be conferred. This includes 98 juris doctor degrees, and 11 LLM degrees.
College of Law alumnus the Hon. Michael R. Barrett ’77, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, will be the keynote speaker. Judge Barrett, a Cincinnati native, is a double Bearcat, receiving both his undergraduate and law degrees from the university. He later served as a member of the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees, including one term as chairperson.
Judge Barrett has a long and distinguished career in law. After taking the bar, he served as an Administrative Hearing Officer for the State of Ohio. Then, he joined the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office as an Assistant Prosecutor and later was named Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Felony Trial Division. Following the Prosecutor’s Office, he joined Graydon, Head & Ritchey, first as an associate and then as a partner, concentrating in general litigation. Later, he joined Barrett & Weber as a shareholder, where he remained until 2006. It was on May 25, 2006 that he was sworn in as a Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, a position he maintains today.
This year’s event will also include the presentation of the 2015 Nicholas J. Longworth III Alumni Achievement Award to Robert E. Richardson Jr. ’05, Of Counsel at Branstetter, Stranch and Jennings, PLLC and the current vice chairperson of the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees. Richardson received both his BSE in electrical engineering and JD from the university. While at UC, he established the first college chapter of the NAACP in the tristate and was elected student body president. In 2002, he was awarded the university’s highest honor for undergraduates – the UC Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence.
At his law firm, Richardson’s practice areas include labor and employment, securities, and class action litigation. He serves as a construction marker representative for the Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust for the states of Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Louisiana and Florida. Three years ago Richardson made history when he was elected secretary of the Board of Trustees at the University of Cincinnati, the youngest person to ever be elected as an officer.
Also being honored will be this year’s winners of the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching, which will be announced soon. Additional Hooding participants include Professor Sean Mangan, Faculty Reader; Professor Janet Moore, Faculty Hooder; and Professor A. Christopher Bryant, Faculty Assistant Hooder.
Wendy Calaway ’98 Wins Landmark Case in Ohio Supreme Court
UC Blue Ash College professor Wendy Calaway took an appeal in a murder trial all the way to the Ohio Supreme Court and won, setting a new precedent for criminal cases across the state.
Calaway, who is a practicing attorney and professor in the Behavioral Science Department at UC Blue Ash, appeared before the justices last spring to argue that they should overturn Joseph Harris’ murder conviction and award a new trial. She stated that by allowing the testimony of a court-appointed clinical psychologist after Harris abandoned his insanity defense, the defendant’s constitutional rights were violated. In a recent ruling, the justices voted unanimously to overturn the conviction and award a new trial. (Read full article)
Profs. Bettman and Moore Discuss Ohio v. Clark (podcast)
Professors Marianna Bettman and Janet Moore discussed Ohio v. Clark on March 2, 2015 for Bloomberg News. Listen to the podcast. (view podcast)