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Professor Suja Thomas featured in NY Times Column

05/07/2007 - Suja Thomas, Professor of Law, was featured in the April 30, 2007 issue of the New York Times column by Adam Liptak.

Here's an excerpt from Liptak's column "Cases Keep Flowing In, But the Jury Pool Is Idle"
"In an article titled "Why Summary Judgment Is Unconstitutional," published last month in the Virginia Law Review, Suja A. Thomas, a law professor at the University of Cincinnati, makes the perfectly plausible argument that the procedure violates the Seventh Amendment, which reserves the job of determining the facts in civil cases to juries.

When judges decide summary judgment motions, Professor Thomas wrote, they intrude on that job. The theory of summary judgment is that judges may rule for one side or the other only after finding that no "genuine" issues of "material" fact are in dispute. They must determine, as the Supreme Court has put it, whether "a reasonable jury could return a verdict" for the party defending against a motion for summary judgment.

All of that pushes judges right up to and sometimes across the constitutional line of determining the facts for themselves."

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University of Cincinnati College of Law Dean Elected to National Board

05/14/2007 - Assistant Dean Mina Jones Jefferson was elected to a two-year term (2207-2009) for the Board of Directors for the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). NALP, headquartered in Washington, D.C., includes career services professionals from virtually all of the ABA-accredited US law schools, several Canadian law schools, and recruiting administrators and attorney professional development directors for more than 1,000 legal employers.

Board of Directors members serve as the governing body of the association, formulating policies, strategic planning, and advising as necessary. Members also serve as liaisons to sections, committees, groups and task forces, and represent the membership at various NALP regional functions.

Dean Jefferson is the Director of the Center for Professional Development at the College of Law. 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 been on both sides of the table. Dean Jefferson practiced commercial litigation for nine years before joining the law school and was one of the first African-American women in the region elected to the partnership of a large firm.

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Law Professor Cited in Wall Street Journal

06/1/2007 - Law School Professor Paul Caron, the Charles Hartsock Professor of Law and Director of Faculty Projects, was cited in the May 30, 2007 issue of the Wall Street Journal Online.

Tom Herman and Rachel Emma Silverman, Tax Report columnists, call Caron's blog an "important reading for anyone trying to keep up with tax-related news, ranging from court cases and IRS news releases to coverage of tax geeks who appear in strange music videos."

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TaxProf Blog Is #8 Among 1,845 Law Blogs

06/28/2007 - The TaxProf Blog, is the eighth most popular law blog among the nation's 1,845 law blogs, announced Professor Paul Caron, Charles Hartsock Professor of Law, Director-Faculty Projects, and editor of the blog. This listing was tracked by

In addition, TaxProf Blog is the number one tax blog among 20 tax blogs, based on the number of visits from the BlawgSearch search engine and directory listing pages of

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Paul Caron Named Associate Dean

Date: July 2, 2007

Paul L. Caron, Charles Hartsock Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, has been named Associate Dean of Faculty. "I am delighted that Paul has agreed to serve in this important position," said College of Law Dean Louis D. Bilionis. "His primary role will be to help us achieve the goals of our Strategic Plan to recruit and retain a faculty of outstanding and diverse scholars and constantly develop, support and showcase them. He will also take a leadership role in strengthening the College's support of all aspects of our faculty's work, including administrative, library and technological support for faculty research and teaching."

"I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Dean Bilionis and our extraordinary faculty in this new position," said Professor Caron. "I would stack the breadth and depth of our faculty against any of our competitors-I know of no other law school in which every faculty member has published a book or law review article over the past two years. Since 2000, our faculty has published 25 books and articles in the top 15 publishers and law reviews-more than one per faculty member."

Professor Caron was the inaugural Associate Dean for Faculty Development at the College (1999-2001), co-authoring an article on the experience with former Dean Joseph Tomain. The Associate Dean for Research Position: Encouraging and Promoting Scholarship, 33 U. Tol. L. Rev. 233 (2001) (Leadership in Legal Education Symposium). This article has been used as a template in creating a similar position at other law schools. In addition, many of the initiatives he spearheaded - Summer Scholarship Series, Scholar Exchange Program, SSRN Public Law & Legal Theory Journal, and Faculty News-have continued to enrich and showcase College faculty's work.

As one of the leading entrepreneurial scholars in the country, Professor Caron is at the forefront on two of the cutting edge issues of legal education-law school rankings and technological innovations in law scholarship and teaching. He conceived and edited Tax Stories (Foundation Press, 2003), providing an in-depth look at the 10 leading tax cases. This book has spawned the Law Stories Series, for which he serves as Series Editor. He also organized a Board of Editors of leading tax scholars that designed a Graduate Tax Series of books for use in tax LL.M. programs and published by LexisNexis, for which he serves as Series Editor.

Professor Caron is the creator and editor of TaxProf Blog, the country's most popular legal blog edited by a single law professor. He, along with Joe Hodnicki-the Associate Director of Library Operations-launched the Law Professor Blogs Network, an affiliation of over 50 blogs in other areas of law. Professor Caron organized the first scholarly conference on blogging (Bloggership: How Blogs Are Transforming Legal Scholarship) at Harvard Law School in April 2006, with the papers published in the Washington University Law Review. He has spoken on the emergence of blogs as new vehicles of scholarly communication at various symposia and conferences.

Professor Caron has a strong interest in the topic of law school rankings. With UC Professor Rafael Gely, he wrote one of the most influential articles on legal education and law school rankings in recent years, What Law Schools Can Learn from Billy Beane and the Oakland Athletics, 82 Tex. L. Rev. 1483 (2004). This led to the development of the first scholarly conference on law school rankings in 2005, with the papers published in the Indiana Law Journal. His article, Ranking Law Schools: Using SSRN to Measure Scholarly Performance, 81 Ind. L.J. 83 (2006) (with University of Texas Law Professor Bernard Black), has spawned a new metric for law school and law faculty rankings. He also worked with University of Texas Law Professor Brian Leiter in redesigning and launching a law school rankings web site. Both the article and rankings web site were featured in the Wall Street Journal last week.

Professor Caron was one of the first law professors to use "clicker" technology in the classroom. He explained the pedagogy behind the technology in Taking Back the Law School Classroom: Using Technology to Foster Active Student Learning, 54 J. Legal Educ. 551 (2004) (with Rafael Gely), which was featured in the New York Times. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for CALI -The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction, the leading organization dedicated to law school technology, he is a featured speaker at law faculty colloquia across the country on this topic.

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Law School Professor Quoted in New York Times, ABA Journal, and Wall Street Journal

March 31, 2008 - University of Cincinnati College of Law Associate Dean Paul Caron was featured in several publications.

The Monday, March 31, 2008 edition of The Wall Street Journal features TaxProf Blog, in the BlogWatch Column.

He was also quoted in the Wednesday, March 26, 2008 New York Times article about Senator Barack Obama's tax returns. Caron commented on the Senator's level of giving.

The New York Times reporter picked up the story from Caron's March 25, 2008 blog post on TaxProf Blog. That post generated the biggest traffic day in TaxProf Blog's history: 27,535 unique visitors (and 34,984 page views). The post got picked up on dozens of other blogs.

Dean Caron was also extensively quoted in the April 2008 ABA Journal cover story "The Rankings Czar." The article discusses the impact of the US News & World Report rankings system, alternatives to the system, and a response to the system's critics from Robert Morse, the US News & World Report data research director who created the law school rankings for the magazine.

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Drew, Lassiter and Bryant Receive 2008 Goldman Teaching Excellence Award

Cincinnati, Ohio
From artfully presenting real world situations to encourage greater discussion to sharing advice every law student needs to hear, the recipients of the 2008 Goldman Prize for Teaching Excellence have all demonstrated their commitment to students and unrelenting support of the College of Law. Congratulations to the 2008 recipients: Professors Margaret Drew, Christo Lassiter, and A. Christopher Bryant.

Margaret Drew“Leap and the net will appear” is a favorite saying of Margaret Drew, Associate Professor of Clinical Law and Director, Domestic Violence and Civil Protection Order Clinic. Though students often consider it to be one of the most difficult legal subjects, they agree that the Domestic Violence Clinic experience is one of the best opportunities the law school offers and Professor Drew is the reason why. When nominating her students noted that her excellence as a legal scholar and practicing attorney is matched equally by her style of teaching and the support she offers students. The effort she puts forth coaching and training her students to advocate at a practical level equips them with the knowledge and motivation to help others in difficult situations. The Domestic Violence clinical can be very intense work. That’s why Professor Drew advocates the importance of self care. Thus, her classes include a self care component. Students learn the unique value of drawing Gaelic spirals or playing card games—all in an effort to restore their sense of well-being and enable them to balance their own quality of life. This lesson is invaluable to a person heading into the legal profession. For this, they are forever grateful.

Christo LassiterProfessor Christo Lassiter expounds the ideal that law school is about “learning to think like a lawyer,” wrote his students when nominating him for the Goldman Award. . Merging thought-provoking hypotheticals and meaningful discussion, he challenges students to think harder while clarifying difficult legal issues. It is uncommon for a student to leave his class without having learned something! Professor Lassiter teaches courses in criminal law, criminal procedure and white collar crime. In nominating him, students noted that he is far from an intellectual lightweight. In fact, he is considered to be one of the most intelligent and well-respected professors at the College of Law. This has been exemplified by the large number of students who seek out any class they can take with him. In addition to maintaining an open door policy, Professor Lassiter demonstrates over and over that he genuinely cares about student education and their professional experiences. Students comment that his intelligence, energy, theatrics and occasional song keep them coming back!

A. Chris BryantIt has been said that very few things can prepare someone for three years of law school. Even less can prepare you on how to practically apply what you’ve learned once you’ve graduated. In every class he teaches, though, Professor A. Christopher Bryant excels in all of these areas and more, say his students. His preparation before class and dedication to students afterward is extraordinary. Commented a student when nominating him, “through his careful use of the Socratic method, Professor Bryant draws the best from each individual in the class.” For him, it’s not just about getting the right answer; it’s about developing a better understanding of the world—whether that be constitutional issues or conflict of laws. At the law school Professor Bryant teaches constitutional law, American legal history, conflict of laws, and criminal law and procedure. He combines a intellectual prowess with a practical approach, making even the most complex constitutional issues understandable. Not only that, his unique charisma and charming delivery keeps students engaged in the many facets of constitutional law. Noted one student, “It takes a special teacher to connect 70s classic rock against the framework of the American two-party political system.” Professor Bryant is such a teacher and all agree he is up to the challenge.


About the Goldman Prize for Teaching Excellence

The Goldman Prize has been awarded for over 30 years. This award is unique because students nominate and choose the recipients—their professors. To make this decision the committee considers the professors’ research and public service as they contribute to superior performance in the classroom.

Dr. Douglas Mossman Receives Manfred S. Guttmacher Award

Cincinnati, Ohio
On May 4, Douglas Mossman, M.D. became the latest recipient of the Manfred S. Guttmacher Award during the American Psychiatric Association’s 160th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.  Following receipt of the award, Mossman delivered his Guttmacher Award Lecture, “Critique of Pure Risk Assessment or, Kant Meets Tarasoff,” to an audience of colleagues at the Washington Convention Center.

The Manfred S. Guttmacher Award is granted each year by the APA and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law to honor outstanding contributions to the literature of forensic psychiatry. Mossman’s award-winning article, “Critique of Pure Risk Assessment or, Kant Meets Tarasoff,” appeared in the Winter 2006 issue of the University of Cincinnati Law Review.

Mossman is the director of the Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati College of Law professor and is the director of the Division of Forensic Psychiatry at the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine.

Mossman received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor. He completed his general psychiatry residency and a child psychiatry fellowship at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry.

A frequent lecturer to medical and legal audiences, Mossman has authored more than 100 publications on ethical issues, medical decision-making, violence prediction, statistics, and psychiatric treatment. Mossman’s accomplishment have also been recognized through listings in “Best Doctors in America,” “Who’s Who in the Midwest,” and “Who’s Who in Science and Engineering,” and by his designation as a Distinguished Fellow of the APA.  His 1994 article, “Assessing Predictions of Violence: Being Accurate about Accuracy,” was the first to examine violence predictions using ROC analysis and has been cited in more than 250 scientific and legal publications. His scholarship emphasizes using insights from other disciplines, especially mathematics and philosophy, to resolve diagnostic and decision-making problems commonly encountered by mental health clinicians. His recent scholarly projects investigate sex offender recidivism, competence to stand trial, and Bayesian reasoning. His hobbies include music, religious studies, and investing.

The College of Law

Founded in 1833, the University of Cincinnati College of Law has the distinction of being the first law school west of the Alleghenies. From humble beginnings 175 years ago in a room above Timothy Walker’s law offices to its home today in Clifton (OH), the College of Law has been on the leading edge of legal education. Thousands of lawyers have graduated from the law school; approximately 5100 alums are living today, and about one-third practice in the Greater Cincinnati community, working in all areas of the law.

Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Located in Dayton, Ohio, the community-based Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine is affiliated with seven major teaching hospitals in southwest Ohio. In addition to providing medical education leading to the M.D., M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A. or M.D./M.P.H. degree, the medical school provides residency training in 13 medical specialties and continuing medical education programs for the community’s practicing physicians. Its nationally recognized research programs include centers of excellence in genomics, toxicology, neuroscience, substance abuse and treatment, and human growth and development.

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Dean Barbara G. Watts Retires from the College of Law after 27 Years

Retirement Celebration for Dean Watts

Friday, June 20, 2008
3:30 - 6:00 p.m. (program begins at 4:00 p.m.)
College of Law Atrium

Join us in a celebration for Associate Dean Barbara G. Watts as she Barb Wattsretires from the University of Cincinnati College of Law after 27 years of outstanding service.

Leader. Mentor. Role Model. For almost three decades, Barb Watts has been a trusted advisor and champion of the law school. As her service to the College comes to a close, we want to take this opportunity to show our appreciation. Our lives have been bettered in immeasurable ways because of Barb’s hard work and dedication.

Please RSVP by June 13 to Cheryl DelVecchio at 513.556.0063 or if you plan to join the celebration.

We will also be compiling a scrapbook of memories for Barb. If you would like to submit a memory or send Barb a note of congratulations, please email them to Cheryl Delvecchio or Charlene Carpenter.

In addition, a student scholarship is being established in Barb's honor called "The Barb Watts Scholarship Fund." For more information and/or to make a donation, please visit the UC Foundation website.

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College of Law Alumni and Professors Lauded in Cincinnati Magazine

Cincinnati, Ohio
A number of University of Cincinnati College of Law alumni and professors are lauded as individuals who drive change in the tri-state in the October 2008 Cincinnati magazine. In the issue called “Cincinnati Power,” 70+ movers and shakers are introduced as individuals or couples whose impact is far reaching. Areas of influence include business, politics, faith, media, health, philanthropy, culture, education, food, law, and real estate.

The lists include the following UC Law graduates:

  • Stanley M. Chesley '60, Attorney and President, Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley, recognized for defining class action law;
  • Joseph Deters '82, Hamilton County Prosecutor, recognized for his work at the Prosecutor's Office;
  • Harry Fath '68, Owner, Fath Properties, recognized for his and his wife Linda's community volunteerism, whether in the arts or social welfare causes;
  • Judge Mark P. Painter '73, Ohio First District Court of Appeals, recognized for his numerous decisions (over 370) that have been published nationally. He was named the College's first Stanley Chesley Distinguished Visiting Professor of Practice;
  • Robert Pitcairn Jr. '73, Partner, Katz, Teller, Brandt and Hild, recognized for his de
  • signation as the number one "Super Lawyer" in Ohio two years in a row and for being considered by many as the best trial lawyer in town;
  • Joseph L. Trauth Jr. '73, Partner, Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL, recognized for his work in land use battles, representing large corporations and winning multimillion-dollar tax reductions; and,
  • David J. Willbrand '96, Partner, Thompson-Hine and UC Law adjunct professor, recognized as the go-to guy for entrepreneurs looking to turn a great idea into a success.

The article also highlights power couples. The Power Couple List includes the following with UC Law connections:

  • Eric Kearney '89, Ohio State Senator, and his wife Jan-Michele Lemon Kearney, recognized for their dedication to civic involvement and family;
  • Verna L. Williams, UC Professor of Law, and her husband David Singleton, a UC Law adjunct professor, recognized for their commitment to social change; and,
  • Lois & Richard Rosenthal, recognized for their support of Cincinnati and the arts. The Rosenthals endowed and continually support the Rosenthal Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project at the law school.

For the complete story, see the three-part article "Who Runs the City" in the October issue of Cincinnati magazine on newsstands now.

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