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Talk: Environmental Context: Neighborhood Matters for Human Health and Disease

Kenneth Olden, PhD, Director of EPA’s National Center for Environmental Assessment

"Environmental Context: Neighborhood Matters for Human Health and Disease

Date: March 28, 2013

Time:  12:15 -  1:15 p.m.

Location:  Room 118

About Dr. Ken Olden

Dr. Ken Olden joined the National Center for Environmental Assessment in July 2012 with a strong legacy of promoting scientific excellence in environmental health. From 1991-2005, Olden served as the Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Toxicology Program (NTP) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He made history in this role as the first African American to direct one of the National Institutes of Health. In 2005, he returned to his research position as chief of The Metastasis Group in the Laboratory of Molecular Carcinogenesis at the NIEHS, and for academic year 2006-2007, held the position of Yerby Visiting Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Most recently, Ken served as the Founding Dean of the School of Public Health at the Hunter College, City University of New York.

He has published extensively in peer-reviewed literature, chaired or co-chaired numerous national and international meetings, and has been an invited speaker, often a keynote, at more than 200 symposia. Dr. Olden has won a long list of honors and awards including the Presidential Distinguished Executive Rank Award, the Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank Award for sustained extraordinary accomplishments, the Toxicology Forum’s Distinguished Fellow Award, the HHS Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award, the American College of Toxicology’s First Distinguished Service Award, and the National Minority Health Leadership Award. Alone among institute directors, he was awarded three of the most prestigious awards in public health—the Calver Award (2002), the Sedgwick Medal (2004), and the Julius B. Richmond Award (2005). Most recently, he received the Cato T. Laurencin MD, PhD Lifetime Research Award from the National Medical Association Institute, the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United States.

He was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences in 1994 and appointed member of the Visiting Committee for the Harvard University Board of Overseers from 2007-2010.

Dr. Olden holds the following degrees:

  • Temple University, Philadelphia, P.H.D., Cell Biology and Biochemistry, 1970. 
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, M.S., Genetics. 
  • Knoxville College, B.S., Biology.

Additionally, Ken has numerous honorary degrees from several prestigious colleges and universities.

Doug Prade Exonerated, Walked Free After 15 Years Thanks to Work of OIP

On January 29, 2013 former Akron Police Captain Douglas Prade—and a longtime OIP client—was exonerated. He walked free after 15 years in prison for the murder of his ex-wife.  DNA testing conducted by the OIP, along with additional extensive investigation over the course of a decade, proved his innocence.  Prade is the 16th person freed through the work of the OIP.

Carrie Wood was the OIP staff attorney who handled the case. Wrote Professor Mark Godsey, director of the OIP, in an email about the case, “[she] knocked it out of the park.  Carrie's dedication and talent are an inspiration to her students and clients alike, and we are lucky to have her at this law school.”  OIP was assisted by representatives from the Cleveland law firm of Jones Day as co-counsel.

Over the course of many years numerous students assisted on the case. Some are now public defenders, federal prosecutors, local prosecutors in Cincinnati, Wall Street attorneys, big firm attorneys in Cincinnati, and in-house counsel at Proctor and Gamble, to name a few.  Some of them are seasoned and very successful attorneys now, who got their first taste of the law with the OIP.  All of them played a major role in freeing Douglas Prade and keeping his hopes alive for the past decade. Most recently, 3L Jimmy Harrison, 3L Levi Daly, 2L Thomas Styslinger, and 2L Scott Leaman carried the torch for Douglas.

Media Reports on Prade Case



College of Law and the Brandery Announce Fellowship Program

The College of Law and the Brandery, a consumer marketing venture accelerator, have partnered to place law students at the company. Four rising third-year law students will work at the company this summer, assisting with a variety of legal services. Named the Brandery Fellowship Program, it is an opportunity for students to receive hands-on work experience while learning about and working with high-growth potential business start-ups.

The 15-week fellowship will begin this June. Students will help the fourth Brandery class with services including entity selection and formation, preparation of operating agreements, protecting intellectual property and other legal issues as they arise. In addition, they will have the opportunity to attend Brandery classes that address the many facets of starting a company (i.e. marketing, branding, raising capital, business models, etc.)

Students will be supervised by Professor Lew Goldfarb, director of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic, and representatives from Taft Stettinius and Hollister law firm.

Learn about the application process, deadlines, and more.  Brandery Fellowship

What is the Brandery? The Brandery is a seed stage startup accelerator, nationally ranked as one of the top programs in the United States. They’ve made their name by focusing on the importance of consumer marketing and branding. The four-month-long program in Cincinnati, Ohio, focuses on turning great ideas into a successful, brand-driven startup. Founded in 2010, the Brandery annually select 8 – 12 companies for their program, each receiving $20,000 in seed funding, a team of mentors, world-class design assistance, and the opportunity to pitch to investors and venture capitalists at the end of the program. The benefits available to companies exceed $175,000. To ensure Cincinnati welcomes its startups, The Brandery has coordinated special deals and VIP access to events around town for their startup companies.

Cincinnati Enquirer story:  Brandery, UC law school launch partnership

Weaver Fellows Now Working In Local Courts

For the first time since its founding at the College of Law in 1998, the Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry has put its six fellows to work in Hamilton County courts that deal with mental health issues. Brendan O’Reilly and Mark DeYoung are working with attorneys representing individuals facing hearings for involuntary hospitalization conducted at Summit Behavioral Center by the Hamilton County Probate Court. Joel Schneider and Amberle Houghton are assigned to the Mental Health dockets of Judge Jody Leubbers and Judge John West. Erica Helmle and Melissa Thompson are working with the Veterans Court dockets of Judge Melissa Powers and Judge Ethna Cooper.

The Mental Health and Veterans Courts provide mentally ill criminal defendants and veterans, many of whom suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, an alternative to usual prosecution with an emphasis on treatment and rehabilitation programs. Defendants who successfully complete these programs can have their charges dismissed. The Administrator of these Courts is Kieran Hurley, a UC Law grad and former Weaver fellow.  

Institute co-Director Jim Hunt said, “The feedback both from the students and those they are working with has been uniformly positive. This type of hands-on experience is something that Dr. Weaver always wanted to provide for the fellows. I would like to thank Kieran and all of the specialty docket judges, and Probate Judge James Cissell, for allowing our fellows into their court rooms and for their support of this project.”

The Brandery Fellowship Program: A Partnership with the College of Law


  • hands on legal experience
  • legal mentorship
  • dynamic environment

Fellowship time period:

  • Mid-June - early October (Exact dates to be determined)

Application Process:

  • Details to be provided in January
Accelerating Startups by Building Powerful Brands

What is The Brandery Fellowship Program?

The Brandery Fellowship is a unique opportunity for law students to receive hands-on experience (and compensation!) in a dynamic environment working with high-growth potential business start-ups. The Fellows will work in 2-person teams to: (a) provide a variety of legal services, including entity formation, preparing operating agreements, protecting intellectual property, and more (depending upon their clients’ needs); and (b) interact with innovative entrepreneurs on business and other issues that may arise.

Description of Fellowship

The Fellowship is a 15-week experience ending on The Brandery’s Demo Day in early October – a day on which its graduating class of entrepreneurs will pitch their business ideas to investors assembled from across the U.S. Each Fellow will be expected to work approximately 300 hours, working closely with their clients during the course of the Fellowship. Work hours will be front-loaded during the summer months, with fewer hours expected after Fall semester begins in August. Fellows are encouraged to attend Brandery classes offered on entrepreneurship (marketing, customer acquisition, raising capital, etc.). The Brandery will provide workspace for the Fellows at its offices in Over-the-Rhine, with 24/7 access.

Fellows are eligible for SPIF funding ($2,500 when combined with Federal Work Study Funds), as well as an additional $250 stipend from The Brandery. Professor Lew Goldfarb, Director of UC’s Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic,and attorneys from Taft Stettinius and Hollister, LLP will supervise the Fellows.


  • Rising 3L with eligibility to receive a student practice license
  • An open mind and dedication to helping startups succeed

Key Contacts

What is The Brandery?

The Brandery is a seed stage startup accelerator, nationally ranked as one of the top programs in the United States. We’ve made our name by focusing on the importance of consumer marketing and branding. Our four-month-long program in Cincinnati, Ohio, focuses on turning great ideas into a successful, brand-driven startup. Founded in 2010, we annually select 8 – 12 companies for our program, each receiving $20,000 in seed funding, a great team of mentors, world-class design assistance, and the opportunity to pitch to investors and venture capitalists at the end of the program. The benefits available to our companies exceed $175,000. To ensure Cincinnati welcomes its startups, The Brandery has coordinated special deals and VIP access to events around town for our startup companies.


Brandery Named A 2013 Seed Accelerator

Congratulations to The Brandery, our fellowship partners, on their recent designation as the #10 accelerator in the nation at SXSW.  Read the story here: The Brandery is a Top 10 Accelerator

Law & Leadership Institute Launches Class of 2016

June 24, 2013 - July 26, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Application Deadline : April 15 2013

The application is available at the LLI website: Application for Law and Leadership Institute

For more information, contact Professor Bradley at 513/556-0177 or, or visit the LLI website at

The Ohio Law & Leadership Institute (LLI), to be held at the College of Law from June 24 – July 26, 2013, is accepting applications from 8th grade students.  LLI—born out of collaboration with the Ohio State Bar Association, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education—is designed to increase diversity in the legal profession. The program has been recognized by numerous groups for its pipeline work; most recently, in 2012 the Roundtable of the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati recognized LLI for its work in the field of education to increase diversity.  


LLI, now in its fourth year at the College of Law, is directed by Professor Michele Bradley, assisted by law student teachers and an educator from Cincinnati Public Schools.


LLI begins the summer after the eighth grade year. Students attend class at the College of Law five days a week learning basic legal concepts and theory, meeting with guest speakers from all areas of the legal profession, attending field trips, and ending in a mock trial competition.


Successful participants are those students who are motivated to succeed once opportunity and access are provided. Participants may or may not want to become attorneys, but they will learn skills that will help them continue to succeed in school and in life.


This free program meets daily, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., includes lunch, snacks, and transportation.  Upon completing the summer program, students can earn up to $150.


Read more about the Law & Leadership Institute here.

There will be Emotions: Build Emotional Intelligence for Practice with People

Wednesday EVENING, January 16, 2013, 5:30-7:30pm at the College of Law, with check in and light refreshments from 5:00-5:30.

Emotions are a fact of life for lawyers. Our clients have emotions. Our partners and counter-parts have emotions. And we have emotions. Research now confirms that ignoring emotions is often impossible and destructive, and working with them effectively can lead to greater professional success and personal satisfaction. This program builds on the work of Daniel Goleman; Is will introduce participants to the basic concepts of emotional intelligence and provide skills for managing emotions. In the first hour, we will discuss the nature of emotions and the challenges of managing them in the legal context. The second hour will address the connection between emotional intelligence and professionalism, focusing on the challenges of respect, candor, and dignity, fairness, and civility when clients or opposing counsel are difficult and emotionally entrenched. Brief topical presentation segments will be followed by legal practice problems and discussion.


5:00 – 5:30      Registration check-in and light refreshments

5:30 – 6:30      Emotional Intelligence for the Analytically Adept

6:30 – 7:30      Prescriptions for Professionalism: Maintaining, Civility, Fairness, Integrity, Courtesy and Concerns for Well Being in the Face of Emotional and Practice Challenges

Fee:  $65 with early registration discount of $55.

Bio of Presenter:  Professor Richard Reuben is the James Lewis Parks Professor of Law at the University of Missouri at Columbia Law School where offers one of the first courses taught in an American law school in Emotional Intelligence. He also teaches Conflict and Conflict Management and a number of other dispute resolution and public law courses. In 2012, Professor Reuben will teach a “short course’ on arbitration at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he has co-taught the Client Counseling Workshop for many years.

Professor Reuben has also taught at Stanford Law School, Harvard Law School, Pepperdine Law School, Hamline Law School, Central European University in Hungary, and Johannes Kepler University in Austria.   Prior to his appointment at the University of Missouri, he was a William and Flora Hewlett Senior Fellow in Dispute Resolution and an Instructor in Negotiation Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He earned his Masters and Doctor of Law at Stanford Law School.

Professor Reuben is the co-author of one of the country's leading ADR casebooks, Dispute Resolution & Lawyers (4th ed. 2009) (with Leonard L. Riskin, James Westbrook, Chris Guthrie, Jennifer K. Robbennolt, and Nancy A. Welsh). His articles have appeared in the California Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Harvard Negotiation Law Review, Law & Contemporary Problems (Duke), and the SMU Law Review, among others. His research emphasizes the relationship between dispute resolution and law, as well as democratic governance. He is also one of the nation's leading authorities on confidentiality in ADR processes, and served as a Reporter for the Uniform Mediation Act. He is a Senior Fellow at the law school's Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution, and co-director of the Center for the Study of Conflict, Law and the Media, a partnership of the Law School and the internationally regarded Missouri School of Journalism.

A lawyer and journalist, Professor Reuben covered the U.S. Supreme Court and other legal issues for the ABA Journal, the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journals, and other publications for more than a decade. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Dispute Resolution's Magazine, from 1996-2007, and is chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution's Committee on Public Policy, Participation, and Democracy. He served for two years as the Associate Director of the Stanford Center for Conflict and Negotiation at Stanford University, and on the Board of Directors of the Conflict Resolution Information Project for five years. He does trainings in negotiation and conflict management, and consults with both government and private entities.

Scholar-in-Residence Valerie Hardcastle Brings Strong Background in Philosophy, Neuroscience to the Weaver Institute

 In her first semester with the Weaver Institute, Scholar-In-Residence Valerie Hardcastle said she is “loving it!”

“The students are fabulous – interested, smart, dedicated, curious – you couldn’t ask for a better bunch,” Hardcastle said. “And the faculty involved with the Weaver institute are wonderful too. They have been extremely welcoming to me, especially considering I am a non-lawyer and a non-psychiatrist.”

Hardcastle came to the Glenn M. Weaver Institute of Law and Psychiatry with a background in philosophy, neuroscience and neuropsychology, psychiatry, and policy. In her first few months as a scholar at the College’s law and psychiatry institute, she has learned “a tremendous amount so far.”

The former dean of UC’s McMicken College of Arts & Sciences explains her role as Scholar-in-Residence as doing research in the area of psychiatry and law for the Institute, while also helping to organize some of its activities such as the brown bag speaker series and a large seminar conference.

Hardcastle is not currently teaching any classes, since she is technically on leave this year after stepping down as the McMicken dean. Working at the Weaver Institute is part of her leave activities, she said, and it was Dean Louis Bilionis who had initially approached her about getting involved.

Enhancing a Strong Academic Professional Career

Cincinnati has been home for Hardcastle the last five years, though having spent most of her professional career at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

Hardcastle grew up in Houston before receiving philosophy and political science degrees from Cal-Berkeley in 1986. After earning a master’s degree in philosophy and a teaching fellowship at the University of Houston the next year, Hardcastle began work and a PhD program at the University of California, San Diego.

In 1992, Hardcastle started at Virginia Tech, where she remained until a humanities and social sciences teaching fellowship brought her to UC for a sabbatical year in 1998-1999. Hardcastle returned to Virginia Tech but found her way back to Cincinnati in 2007 to become the McMicken dean.

“I’ve had a pretty traditional academic career, starting as an assistant professor at Virginia Tech, then getting promoted up through the ranks to full professor. On the administrative side, I became a Center director, graduate program director, department head, associate dean, and then moved to UC to become a dean,” Hardcastle said. “What is different about me, I suppose, is that I’ve always been highly interdisciplinary and I move between and among departments. So while my appointment was in philosophy at Virginia Tech, I was head of the Department of the Study of Science in Society.”

It was the dean’s position that brought Hardcastle to UC, who said she wanted to work with Nancy Zimpher, the university’s former president.  

Returning to UC in 2007, after nearly a decade away, Hardcastle said it was as if she was “coming to a different campus.

“It seemed as though, except for McMicken Hall, all the places I knew were no longer here,” Hardcastle said.

Kicking Research Program into High Gear

After five years as dean, which is about the average length for an arts and science dean, she said, Hardcastle left her post there and is now “ready to return to the faculty to engage more fully with students and to kick-start my research program into high gear.”

While Hardcastle has an accomplished professional career, she said she is most proud of her family. She and her husband have three children, two currently attending UC and one who will be graduating this year from the College of William & Mary in Virginia. She and her husband also own 175 acres of farmland in Campbell County.

Outside of her work, family and the farmland, Hardcastle – a former amateur bodybuilder – enjoys running and other exercise. She also bikes, lifts weights and is “trying to learn to love yoga, which so far has been a failure of a project.”

In addition to her work at the Weaver Institute, Hardcastle is writing several articles and also a book on how to build theories in neuroscience. She hopes to begin another one soon after on the nature of violence.

By Jordan Cohen, ‘13

14th Victory for OIP

OIP staff attorney Carrie Wood and UC third-year students Ryan McGraw, Zach El-Sawaf, Lindsey Fleissner and Megan Collard walked long-time OIP client David Ayers out of prison on Monday, September 12 in Cleveland, OH free and clear of all charges. Ayers served 11 years for a murder DNA evidence proved he didn't commit.  Recent OIP exonerees Raymond Towler and Robert McClendon were on hand to welcome Ayers and provide him with emotional support and advice.

Many years ago the OIP filed for DNA testing in Ayers' case.  The trial court denied the request; however former staff attorney David Laing was successful in getting the Eighth District Court of Appeals to reverse that ruling and order testing.  Meanwhile, as the case was going to testing, the Cleveland Public Defenders were able to get Ayers' conviction overturned on constitutional grounds in federal court.  The prosecutors then said they were going to re-try Ayers; however, so Ayers remained in jail awaiting his retrial.  In the meantime, OIP’s DNA results came back and demonstrated Ayers' innocence. 

Ayers is the 14th person released on grounds of innocence as a result of the OIP's efforts since its founding in 2003.  Two additional clients, Bryant Gaines and Glen Tinney, have had their convictions overturned in 2011 but are still in prison as a result of prosecutors' appeals of OIP’s lower court victories. 

Congratulations to Carrie Wood on a job very well done.  UC Law students who worked on the case through the years include Andrew Brenner (who wrote the DNA brief years ago), Jimmy Harrison, Levi Daly, Ryan McGraw, Julie Kathman, Aisha Monem, Jonathan Norman, Elizabeth Zilberberg and Joshua Ward, among others.

Video footage of Ayers’ emotional release: Ayers' Video

OIP Exoneree Clarence Elkins Creates Clarence Elkins Scholarship for OIP Fellows

Clarence Elkins, who in 2005 was exonerated from a life sentence for murder by DNA testing with the help of the Ohio Innocence Project, has given a $5,000 gift to the Ohio Innocence Project (OIP) which hopes to renew annually. With this gift the OIP will establish the Clarence Elkins Fellows, which will be awarded each year to the OIP team the staff determines has worked the hardest and most diligently on its cases. OIP students work in teams of two, and each student in the winning team will receive $1,000.

Said Elkins, "When I was in prison, seeing how hard the OIP students worked on my case inspired me and gave me hope, something I had not had for years. Whenever they came to visit me in prison, it was a blessing. I created this scholarship to reward the hardest working team of students in the OIP each year, and to inspire future OIP fellows to work as hard on their cases as the OIP fellows did on my case years ago."

Today, Elkins and his wife Molly split their time between their home in New Lexington, Ohio and their log cabin on 20 acres in New Philadelphia, Ohio. He has engaged in significant public speaking and public awareness efforts for the OIP. In fact, his lobbying efforts were instrumental in getting SB77 passed. SB77, often called the "model" Innocence Protection Act anywhere in the United States, was passed in 2010. It contains numerous reforms in police procedures that reduce the risk of wrongful conviction.

The OIP has helped more than 10 individuals obtain their freedom on grounds of innocence since its founding in 2003.