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Five Minutes with Professor Felix Chang

Visiting Professor of Law Felix Chang is one of the newest members of the law school’s faculty. Professor Chang was part of the team that established the College of Law’s Institute for the Global Practice of Law, which had its inaugural program this summer. During fall semester he will be teaching up-and-coming law students.

What’s on your nightstand?

I haven’t had the chance to do much nightly reading lately, but the last book I read was Elif Batuman’s The Possessed, which may still be on my nightstand.

What will be your area of focus at the law school?

My areas of focus, for the first year, will be Torts, Agency, and Corporations.  My current practice is securities and derivatives.

What are the big topics in your area?

The single biggest topic in my area of law – which I define as banking, securities, and investments – is the Financial Reform Bill.  The major components of this bill include capital markets reform (the Volcker Rule, clearing and margin requirements for derivatives), systemic risk (living wills, orderly resolution authority, prudential standards, and capital requirements), and retail banking (interchange fees, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and mortgage origination and securitization).

What sparked your interest in law?

My interest in law was sparked some years after college.  In 2002, when I was working in Central Asia as a journalist, I realized that journalists in post-Soviet societies weren’t useful as an instrument of change.  The government didn’t trust us, and people didn’t believe the newspapers.  I saw, however, that a number of lawyers attached to ABA legal reform initiatives were doing really cool work.  That’s when I became interested in law.

What’s the best part about the law/being a lawyer?

The novelty of issues you can encounter almost on a daily basis; the creativity that goes into devising solutions; and, especially in the financial area recently, the degree that lawyers can be the interface between business and government.

Why did you become a lawyer?

I always wanted to back to the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc as a mid- or late-career lawyer to work on legal reform initiatives.  I still hope to someday

Former Visiting Professor Sandra Sperino Joins College of Law Staff

While the name ‘Sandra Sperino’ may be unfamiliar to current students, the Civil Procedure and Employment Law professor is well-acquainted with the College of Law.

After spending three years as an Assistant Professor of Law at the Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia, Sperino is beginning her second stint as member of the College of Law faculty at UC.

Sperino, who spent the 2007-08 school year as a visiting professor at the College of Law, has rejoined the faculty as an Associate Professor and is looking forward to her return to UC.

“I had a wonderful experience here as a Visiting Professor,” Sperino said. “UC students are smart, enthusiastic and hardworking.”

The national reputation of the UC faculty, as well as the Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice, were “big draw(s)” for Sperino when she was given the opportunity to work at the College of Law.

Sperino attended the University of Illinois, where she graduated summa cum laude and was the Editor-in-Chief of the University of Illinois Law Review.   After graduating in 1999, Sperino spent two years as a law clerk for the Honorable Donald J. Stohr, a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.  Sperino stayed in St. Louis until 2005, working in Lewis, Rice & Fingersh’s litigation and labor and employment departments.

The Lawless Fellowship Program gave Sperino an opportunity to return to the University of Illinois College of Law as a visiting professor, which she did from January 2005 to August 2006.

“Right away I knew I enjoyed teaching students and the opportunity to engage in scholarship,” she said.

By Jordan Cohen, '13

Sean Mangan Joins Law Faculty to Focus on the Practical

Among the sea of new faces at the College of Law this fall will be that of Sean Mangan, who has joined the College as an Assistant Professor of Law.

Mangan, a 2002 University of Virginia School of Law graduate, will be teaching Transactional Drafting on Tuesdays and Thursdays this semester. In the spring, meanwhile, the Cincinnati native will be instructing two courses, he said.

“I am a professor of practice – similar to (Professor) Marjorie Aaron – teaching more of the practical aspects of being an attorney, with a focus on non-litigation practice,” Mangan said.

In his days as a law student, Mangan foresaw the possibility of one day being a law professor. Nearly a decade after earning his J.D., he has become just that.

Mangan grew up in Montgomery and attended the University of Notre Dame. He completed his undergraduate studies as a government major, earning a degree in Notre Dame’s version of political science. After spending four years in the Marine Corps following his undergraduate days, Mangan followed in his brother’s footsteps by attending law school. While in law school, Mangan worked on the Virginia Law Review. During his first and second summers, Mangan was a summer associate at Frost Brown Todd and Washington D.C.’s Wiley Rein & Fielding, respectively. Subsequent to graduating from UVA and passing the bar, he practiced litigation in Northern Virginia, just outside of D.C.

About a year later, Mangan and his wife Elizabeth – a Georgetown Law grad and currently the general counsel at Miller-Valentine Group – returned to Cincinnati. After two years of practice locally, Mangan opted to focus on benefits law. From 2004 through 2010, Mangan worked downtown at Graf & Stiebel, doing employee benefits, estate planning, and representation of closely held companies, he said.

The next stop for Mangan was an in-house position with one of Graft & Stiebel’s clients – MED3000. After eight months, he decided he did not want to move to Pittsburgh – where MED3000 is headquartered – and before long joined the College of Law.

Focusing on the Practical

Having wanted to teach law for many years, Mangan will be helping students learn and develop skills in non-litigation areas such as corporate acquisitions and small business representation. While law school teaches students to think as a lawyer, but not entirely how to practice as one, Mangan feels there is “room to compliment that with practical curriculum.”

“That’s my goal – that when you walk out (as a College of Law graduate) you are more ready to practice law than you would have been if we didn’t have the position.”

Mangan spent many of the weeks prior to the fall semester preparing for his Legal Drafting class and getting a feel for the school and the other faculty members.

In his free time, meanwhile, he enjoys running, reading, and fishing. Of course, as a father of three, most of his time away from the College will be devoted to his family.

The current Mount Lookout resident is also a passionate Cincinnatian, enjoying the city’s people, its parks, Findlay Market and “of course the Reds.”

As summer comes to a close, Mangan is excited about his new position as a College of Law professor. “I couldn’t write a position better for me than this,” he said. “I think it will be a lot of fun and I think it will provide value to the students.”


 By Jordan Cohen, ‘13

Development & Alumni Affairs Position a ‘Rewarding’ Experience for Mike Hogan

As Mike Hogan pointed out, not many people wake up each morning excited about going to work. But Hogan, the College of Law’s Associate Director of Development, is among those passionate about his job.

He began his career with the University of Cincinnati Foundation in May 2007 and is approaching his one year anniversary working solely for the College of Law.

Since settling into his current position on July 1, 2010, Hogan has been actively working toward “increasing philanthropic support for the law school.”

While, naturally, there is no ‘typical day’ for Hogan, some days it might go something like this: having breakfast with an alum, grabbing lunch with a donor, and meeting someone at their office to talk about the current $50 million fundraising campaign.

“It’s getting out and seeing people,” Hogan said of his role with the College. “Our job is not done in this physical office.”

Prior to joining the College of Law exclusively, Hogan spent four years with the Foundation as a regional director of development. His focus was on alumni outreach in the Southeast region, covering Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Texas. He also spent a lot of time in the Cleveland area, where the university has more than 7,000 alumni.

While most of his travels now are more regionally-based, considering most of the UC Law alums reside in Greater Cincinnati and around Ohio, the goal is the same: “increasing the sense of giving back to the College, creating an environment of support within the law school, and just overall building engagement opportunities for the alumni.”

Hogan, who additionally works with the UC Law Alumni Association in an advisory role, has also spearheaded a number of internal initiatives. Most recently, he and John Stiles – the College’s Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid – led a faculty/staff fundraising campaign that saw participation more than double since last year.

But like his co-worker Karen Sieber, Hogan did not envision working in development.

He grew up on Cincinnati’s West Side, graduating from LaSalle High School before receiving a communications and journalism degree from Northern Kentucky University. Hogan briefly worked in public relations before spending nearly five years in non-profit work, including in a fundraising role with the Boy Scouts of America.

“That opened my eyes to philanthropy, and when I realized I wanted to raise money on a larger scale, I looked at higher education and that led me to UC,” he said.

Now that he is at UC, and specifically with the College of Law, Hogan has fully embraced his role and overall profession.

 “Very few people get to form as many relationships in their career as I have,” Hogan said. “I think that’s probably one of the most rewarding things about this job.”

Hogan, a life-long “avid golfer” has since become an “avid father.” He and his wife, Lori, who works in research and development at Procter & Gamble, both enjoy travelling.

Among their many destinations, the West Chester residents visit Walt Disney World at least once every year, and have done so for many years. In the fall, the Hogans will take their daughters – Abby, 4, and Kelsey, 2 – down to Florida for their latest Disney trip.

But then it will be back to visiting with alumni and donors, though Hogan will likely make some connections while on vacation. 

By Jordan Cohen, ‘13

Senior Director of Development Karen Sieber Always Working, Thinking about UC Law

On Sunday, July 3, Karen Sieber will be at the All-England Club in London, viewing the Wimbledon gentlemen’s singles championship match with a friend.

Of course, even when talking about the prospect of attending the finals at tennis’ most prestigious event, the College of Law’s Senior Director of Development still has her job on her mind.

“Now that I think about it, I’ll have to see if there are any donors in London.” Sieber said. “See if I can see anybody over there.”

A large part of Sieber’s position with the College of Law involves meeting with alumni and building relationships with hopes of identifying potential donors.

But even when Sieber is not in her office or in the United States for that matter, her mind is always focused on how she can help strengthen the College’s alumni base and increase donations toward the current $50 million campaign.

“I am always thinking about the College of Law,” she said.

Sieber, who has been with the College since 2007, often finds herself “connecting [with people] and giving our elevator speech” wherever she may be at a given time. But that does not bother her one bit.

“That’s the fun part for me,” she said.

Sieber grew up in Cincinnati and received a communications degree from The Ohio State University. At that point, however, Sieber never envisioned working in development.

She got her start while working in admissions at Franklin College, a small school south of Indianapolis. At the suggestion of Franklin’s vice president for development, she started combining some admissions trips with alumni visits. 

Sieber spent about 10 years working in central Indiana, including a stint with a non-profit organization that ran international work-exchange programs and study tours with companies in Europe.

Mike Hogan, Peggy Ruwe, Ryan Mabry, Karen SieberShe then moved to New York City, where she worked for two fundraising-connected magazines and also spent time with the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Park Avenue-based fundraising office.

Family and friends brought Sieber back to Ohio, where she first held a position at OSU, similar to that of her current role with the College of Law.

Now that Sieber is back in Cincinnati, she not only enjoys meeting UC Law alums and building great relationships, she has embraced working alongside fellow development employees Mike Hogan and Peggy Ruwe.

“One of the reasons that we are able to be successful is that we’re a great team,” she said.

Sieber, a self-described energetic and enthusiastic person, said they are constantly brainstorming new ideas and opportunities “to get in front of alums and get their attention and have them learn about what great things are going on at the law school… and then support it.”

The Walnut Hills High School graduate said one of her favorite parts of her job is meeting with small groups of alumni.

“I love that small-group feel,” she said, reflecting on past events locally, as well as those in places such as Phoenix, Nashville, New York City, and Washington, D.C. 

While there is still a lot of progress to be made regarding the current fundraising campaign, Sieber recognizes the key to a successful campaign and is enjoying the entire process.

“People, people, people. It’s all about the people,” she said. “Building great relationships with people [and] feeding off of their passion for the place.”

By Jordan Cohen, ‘13

Celebrity Golf Scramble

Sponsored by the Sports & Entertainment Law Society Date: Saturday July 16, 2011 Time: Beginning at noon Location: California Golf Course (5924 Kellogg Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45228) Cost: $150 Single Player, $70 Student Includes: Sponsored Lunch and Complimentary Drink Tickets; Awards Banquet with Catered Dinner and Cash Bar; Silent Auction Registration Deadline: July 6, 2011 What is it? Join us as we combine our passion for Sports, Entertainment, and the Law to benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. We’re bringing together local attorneys, celebrities, alumni, administrators, and students for a day of food, golf, and philanthropy, while coming together on behalf of a common cause. Tournament Specifics Format: Four-person best ball scramble 18 holes Event Schedule 12:00 p.m. Registration & Lunch 1:00 p.m. Shotgun Start 5:30 p.m. Awards Banquet & Silent Auction Prizes So Far… Brand New Nissan from Busam Nissan Cash prizes Sponsorship Opportunities $4,000 Awards Banquet Sponsor * Invitation for 4 to awards banquet *Invitation for 4 to golf & lunch *Corporate banner displayed at banquet $3,000 Lunch Sponsor *Invitation for 4 to golf, lunch, & banquet *Corporate banner displayed at lunch $1,500 Cart Sponsor (15 Carts) *Invitation for 4 to golf, lunch, & banquet *Corporate literature in carts *Corporate logo on all cart signs $1000 Score Card Sponsor *Invitation for 4 to golf, lunch, & banquet *Corporate logo on all score cards. $750 Foursome & Hole Sponsor *Invitation for 4 to golf, lunch, & banquet *Sign on designated hole $600 Foursome Sponsor *Invitation for 4 to golf, lunch, & banquet $350 Hole Sponsor * Sign on designated hole Contact: Brad Blevins at 330-540-0571 or with any questions or to make a donation to the Silent Auction.

2011 Stanley M. Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor featuring Lynn A. Stout

2011 Stanley M. Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law
Lynn A. Stout
Paul Hastings Professor of Corporate and Securities Law at the University of California,
Los Angeles School of Law
Cultivating Conscience: How Good Laws Make Good People

March 1, 2011
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
College of Law, Room 114

One (1) hour of general CLE has been applied for in Ohio and Kentucky.
Approval is expected. For questions, call the CLE Administrator at 513-556-0063.

(View pdf) (View webcast)

About the Lecture

Economic theory has had an enormous influence on legal thinking and the creation of legislation. Economic theory, however, traditionally assumes people are always rational and always selfish. In recent years, a new school of social science has emerged to challenge these assumptions. “Behavioral economics” investigates how real people behave in real situations. Behavioral economists have demonstrated under laboratory conditions that people in fact often act irrationally and also often act unselfishly.

In her talk, Professor Stout will discuss these ideas and analyze the best ways to get people to behave appropriately. Drawing from concepts discussed in her new book, Cultivating Conscience: How Good Laws Make Good People, she will argue that by focusing on bad behavior, we neglect the crucial role our consciences play in shaping human behavior. Including ideas from the disciplines of social psychology, behavioral economics, and evolutionary biology, Professor Stout will discuss how the legal system can use social cues that promote conscientious behavior to craft better laws and provide encouragement to more unselfish, ethical behavior in many areas, including politics and business.

About the Stanley M. Chesley 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 of the law school and the University and currently serves on the University’s Board of Trustees.

UC in the News

Law school professors regularly provide insight and perspective on the events of the day. Here’s a summary of recent forays into the local media:

Marianna Bettman, Professor of Clinical Law, discussed juvenile judge elections on WVXY/91.7 on Thursday, February 10. The outcome of the judicial elections has been up in the air since November, hinging on a final court ruling on counting provisional ballots.

Bert Lockwood, Distinguished Service Professor of Law and the director of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, was featured in several Cincinnati Enquirer articles. He spoke to reporters about the uprising in Egypt. Read the story.

Lockwood also was featured in an Enquirer op-ed. He wrote of his longtime friendship  with Mohamed ElBaradei, the Egyptian opposition leader, former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and 2005 Nobel Peace laureate in “Mohamed ElBaradei: man of integrity, courage."

Chris Bryant, Professor of Law, weighed in on the recent lower federal court cases ruling on the constitutionality of federal health care reform in “Health Care Rulings are not About Autonomy.” 

Finally, Dean Bilionis, Nippert Professor of Law, spoke to the Enqurier about the law school’s plans for the future:

Bert Lockwood Honored with Two Prestigious Awards

Bert Lockwood, Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Director, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, recently received the 2010 Citizen Diplomat: Professional Resource award by the Greater Cincinnati World Affairs Council. It was announced on December 15 at the organization’s annual meeting. The meeting was highlighted by a presentation from William Sheridan, Vice President, International Human Resources Services for the National Foreign Trade Council. Mr. Sheridan spoke about the United States’ business role in citizen diplomacy, including corporate benchmarks for corporate citizen diplomats, foreign trade success models, and employees’ role in building trade relationships.

Professor Lockwood was also chosen as a recipient of the 2011 King Legacy Award, which will be awarded on January 17, 2011 at The King Legacy Awards Breakfast.

Commented committee members about Professor Lockwood in the award letter, “…your passion for education and shaping a legacy for future generations is what aided us in making our decision. Like Dr. Martin Luther King, you understand that by remaining open to learning can you reach your fullest potential.”

The King Legacy Awards Breakfast, a moving and inspirational tribute to Dr. King and the freedom heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, is sponsored by the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. The event will feature performing arts presentations as well as the recipients of the 2011 MLK, Jr. Dream Honorees—youth and community leaders who embody the spirit of Dr. King and endeavor to keep his legacy alive.

For event information, visit the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center website. This year’s breakfast will be held at the Westin Cincinnati Hotel. Doors open at 7:45 a.m.

Meet UC Law’s Visiting Professors

Lydie Nadia Cabrera Pierre-Louis and Janet Moore are visiting professors this semester, focusing on areas as diverse as criminal defense to corporations and agencies/partnerships. They will be handling the course load for those teachers on sabbatical.

Meet Lydie Nadia Cabrera Pierre-Louis, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Lydie Pierre-Louis will be teaching courses in corporations and agency/partnerships. She began her legal career as a legal assistant to Arthur Liman in the Michael Milken securities fraud defense litigation. Later, she practiced law in New York City as an associate at Winthrop, Stimson, Putnam & Roberts (now Pillsbury Winthrop), representing multi-national corporations in cross-border financings and securities offerings. Professor Pierre-Louise also was an Assistant Attorney General in the Investment Protection Bureau of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, enforcing state securities laws against the financial services industry.

In addition to these positions, she has taught at St. John’s University School of Law, where she was the inaugural director of the securities arbitration clinic, and Columbia and New York Universities Graduate Business School Executive MBA Programs.

Professor Cabrera Pierre-Louis’s research interests cross the areas of business law, international law, culture, and the philosophical principles of ethics, and justice. She writes critically about deregulation, the lack of transparency, and accountability of business entities and markets from a Keynesian economics perspective. Her scholarship has been published in numerous journals, including the U.C. Davis Business Law Journal, St. John’s Law Review, Fordham, Journal of Corporate and Finance Law, Encyclopedia of The Supreme Court of the United States, the Encyclopedia of African American History, and the Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India University press. She is also a frequent contributor to the corporate justice blog.

The professor received her AB from Columbia University, an MA from New York University, a JD from Fordham University School of Law, and is a candidate for the LLM from the University of London.

Meet Janet Moore, Visiting Assistant Professor of Law

Professor Moore has led a varied law career. After clerking for the Honorable J. Dickson Phillips, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, she spent seven years litigating capital cases in North Carolina. Very successful, she won relief for about 80% of her clients. She also contributed to criminal justice reform through teaching, publication, community organizing, and drafting legislation and attorney performance standards.

In 2006 Moore came to the tri-state, joining the Ohio Justice & Policy Center to assist with the creation of the area’s first Indigent Defense Clinic. She worked in collaboration with UC Law and Chase College of Law, the private defense bar, and the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office on this project.  The next year she was awarded a Senior Justice Advocacy Fellowship by the Open Society Institute, focusing her project on indigent defense reform in Ohio.  In cooperation with the state bar foundation and the public defender’s office, she led the creation of Ohio’s first comprehensive training curriculum for public defenders. Then in 2009 she was appointed to the state Public Defender Commission.

Professor Moore received her JD and MA from Duke University, serving as editor-in-chief of Law & Contemporary Programs, the nation’s first interdisciplinary law journal. She also received a MA in Divinity from the University of Chicago and a BA in religion from Kalamazoo College. She will be teaching criminal law and criminal procedure.