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Faculty Advisor Role Is Chance to Support Student Work

The Cincinnati Law Review, like most law review publications, is student-run and student-edited. But that does not mean that the faculty advisor does not play an important role.

At the College of Law, that person is currently Professor Michael E. Solimine, who is serving in this capacity on an interim basis for Professor Betsy Malloy. Malloy is on sabbatical during the 2011-12 academic year and will return as the faculty advisor to the Law Review this summer or fall, Solimine said.

But this is familiar territory for Solimine, the Donald P. Klekamp Professor of Law, as he was the Law Review faculty advisor from 1996-2004, as well as in 2005-2008.  Although he downplayed his involvement with the Law Review, calling it a “background advisory role” and crediting the students for all their hard work, Solimine’s efforts have not gone unnoticed.

“He’s fantastic,” said Sarah Topy, executive editor of the Law Review.” Professor Solimine, he’s just an incredible advisor for us.”

Some of his duties have included providing case note and comment topic suggestions, speaking and advocating to the faculty on the students’ behalf, granting the academic credit to those students, and also consulting with the dean and Law Review editors about potential speakers at the Robert S. Marx and William Howard Taft Lectures.

“Even though it’s an advisory role, he still does a lot for the Law Review,” said Jeff DeBeer, editor-in-chief of the Law Review.

The 1981 Northwestern University School of Law graduate has been at the College of Law since 1987, when he joined the faculty as a visiting assistant professor. Solimine had previously clerked for a federal judge and practiced law in Dayton, OH, a city in which he spent most of his childhood after moving there from upstate New York at a young age.

While at Northwestern, Solimine was a student editor for the School of Law’s Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology. Since joining the College of Law, he’s been producing legal scholarship and wants to promote scholarship at UC as well, he said.  Fittingly, this is something he is able to achieve as a faculty advisory to the Law Review.

In January of this year, Solimine was working with student editors at the Georgia Law Review on finalizing his forthcoming article, “State Amici, Collective Action, and the Development of Federalism Doctrine.” He also recently completed a paper that he presented at the Case Western Reserve Law Review symposium in Cleveland on November 4, 2011.

In the next year or two, Solimine will also be working on the second edition of Voting Rights and Election Law, a casebook he co-authored that was published in 2010 by Lexis Nexis. Solimine would also like to teach an Election Law course as well. “It’s actually in our curriculum and it has been taught in the past by adjuncts. It hasn’t been taught in the past few years,” said Solimine, who also teaches Civil Procedure, Federal Courts and Conflict of Laws. 

Outside of the College of Law, Solimine said his family keeps him busy. His daughter, Jane, is a junior at The Ohio State University, while his son, Jimmy, is a high school sophomore with whom Solimine frequently travels for his lacrosse games.

Solimine comes from a family of lawyers, which include his father, one of his three sisters, one of his two brothers, one of his sisters-in-law, and one of his nephews. His older brother, Louis, is a 1976 College of Law graduate and a partner at Thompson Hine LLP in Cincinnati.

As for the Law Review, Solimine will continue to enjoy serving as its faculty advisor this year, just as he previously did. “Over the years, the students have been first rate and wonderful to work with, and I think they’ve done a terrific job in running the Review,” Solimine said. “I think the product of each volume of our Review speaks for itself.”

By Jordan Cohen, ‘13