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UC Law Alumni Association Honors Dan Donnellon with 2012 Adjunct Faculty Award

At their annual CLE event, held November 1, the University of Cincinnati College of Law Alumni Association awarded Dan Donnellon ‘86 with the Adjunct Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. 

Donnellon joined Faruki Ireland & Cox as a partner in the Cincinnati office in October 2010.  While he attended the College of Law he was a member of Law Review, serving as editor. Three years ago Donnellon returned to the College as an adjunct professor teaching Advanced Trial Practice and coaching the competitive mock trial teams.  He has devoted all 24 years of his practice to trial work concentrating on business and civil injunctions.  

“Dan Donnellon is an educator of exceptional knowledge and skill and he is also legitimately interested in the success of his students,” said Alex Rodger ‘12, who worked with him on the trial practice team. “Professor Donnellon makes himself available to his students year round. His role as Trial Practice professor requires far more time than any other adjunct role. Last school year he traveled to five competitions in four states, met multiple times per week for practices, and taught the classroom component of the course. Additionally, Professor Donnellon taught us about ethics and professional responsibility by never neglecting his clients while traveling including video depositions on occasion. Professor Donnellon is a person of the highest character.”  

Donnellon has revitalized a trial program that has now achieved national prominence. Under his joint leadership with Sheila Smith of Freking and Betz, UC Law’s trial team finished 10th in the nation’s most prestigious trial advocacy tournament winning one of ten regional competitions and advancing to nationals for the first time in school history.

The UC Law Alumni Association congratulates Dan Donnellon on this outstanding achievement, and thanks him for his tremendous service to UC Law.