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Professor Houh Publishes Article on Contract Law


Emily Houh, Gustavus Henry Wald Professor of the Law and Contracts, has published Sketches of a Redemptive Theory of Contract Law, now in print at 66 Hastings Law Journal 951 (2015).  Learn more about Professor Houh. 

UC Law Hosts 50 Students for Law Leadership Program


Cincinnati Law hosts over fifty (50) high school students, ninth through twelfth grade, for the annual Law & Leadership Institute (LLI) summer session.  LLI is a state-wide initiative in collaboration with the legal community that inspires and prepares high school students, primarily from urban public school districts, for post-secondary and professional success through a comprehensive four-year academic program in law, leadership, analytical thinking, problem solving, writing skills and professionalism.  Students represent several area high schools - including Walnut Hills, Mason, Mother of Mercy, School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Western Hills, Dater, Cincinnati College Prep Academy, Withrow, Norwood, Clark Montessori, Winton Woods, and Princeton – and engage in a robust curriculum and ACT prep, and also participate in internships, mock trial and field trips for four to five weeks during the summer.

ECDC Director Receives Courier’s 2015 Second Act Award


Lew Goldfarb, director of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic,  has been named a winner of the Cincinnati Business Courier’s 2015 Second Act Award. The award recognizes local professionals who have forged new paths after achieving success in their first careers.  The award will be presented on September 22.

Goldfarb, once an entrepreneur himself, is both a business lawyer and a CPA. Before law school he worked as an accountant at Arthur Andersen LLP and Cardinal Foods, Inc. After graduating from law school, he went on to practice law at Baker & Hostetler. Goldfarb transitioned to Honda of America Mfg., Inc., where he was in-house counsel, responsible for the day-to-day administration of Honda’s Legal Department and for legal counsel provided to Honda’s entities throughout the U.S.

He left Honda to operate In-Home Tutoring Services, providing in-home education services to customers throughout Central Ohio. He later began a career as a law professor, teaching in the small business clinic at Lewis & Clark Law School and Wayne State University College of Law. Goldfarb joined the College in 2010 to design, develop, direct and teach the school’ first small business clinic.  During his tenure he has forged partnerships with numerous small business incubators, including the Hamilton County Business Center/First Batch, the Brandery, and MORTAR. 

Read more about the award and the winners: 2015 Second Act Awards

2015 Harris Distinguished Practitioner Lecture featuring Rachael Rowe


Date: September 16, 2015

Time: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.

Location: College of Law, Room 118

Rachael Rowe is the Executive Partner at KMK.  She is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group and served as its Co-Leader from 2010 until April 2012, when she was named Executive Partner.  Rachael litigates complex commercial cases and employment class actions and also spends significant time working with clients in the mass tort settlement trust space.  As a young partner at KMK, Rachael spent two years working on site for one of the firm’s largest clients that was, at the time, the target of a nationwide labor campaign.  In that role, Rachael was responsible for coordinating all work handled by the client’s outside law firms and for managing litigation-related media attention, cost containment, insurance coverage and operational sustainability issues.  As Executive Partner, Rachael shares the day-to-day management responsibilities with the firm’s Managing Partner and Executive Director, and works with the firm’s Board of Directors to ensure that the firm is meeting and exceeding the goals set in the firm’s strategic plan.  Rachael is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is recognized by Best Lawyers and as an Ohio Super Lawyer.  Rachael serves on the Board of ProBono Partnership of Cincinnati, serves as a Volunteer Juvenile Court Magistrate for Hamilton County,  and is a member of the University of Cincinnati College of Law Board of Visitors.

2016 Judge in Residence Program featuring Hon. Jed S. Rakoff


Jed S. Rakoff has served since March, 1996 as a United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.  Judge Rakoff also holds the position of Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches courses in white collar crime, science and the law, class actions, and the interplay of civil and criminal law. He has co-authored five books, written over 130 published articles, delivered over 520 speeches, and authored over 1500 judicial opinions.

Judge Rakoff holds a B.A. degree from Swarthmore College (1964), an M.Phil. degree from Oxford University (Balliol, 1966), and a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School (1969).  Following law school, he spent a year clerking for the late Hon. Abraham L. Freedman, US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, and two years as an associate at the Debevoise law firm. From 1973-80, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney Office in the Southern District of New York , the last two years of which he was Chief of Business & Securities Fraud Prosecutions.  Thereafter, before going on the bench, he was a partner at two large law firms in New York, specializing in white collar criminal defense and civil RICO

Judge Rakoff serves on the National Commission on Forensic Science and is co-chair of the National Academy of Science’s Committee on Eyewitness Identification.  In addition to his current service on the New York City Bar Association’s Executive Committee, he previously served as chair of the Association’s Honors and Criminal Law Committees, as Chair of the Second Circuit’s Bankruptcy Committee, and as Chair of the Southern District of New York’s Grievance Committee and Criminal Justice Advisory Board.  He has also served on Swarthmore College’s Board of Managers, on the Governance Board of the MacArthur Foundation’s Project on Law and Neuroscience, and on the Committee on the Development of the Third Edition of the Manual on Scientific Evidence.  He serves the U.S. Departments of Commerce and State in training programs of Iraqi judges in Baghdad and in Istanbul. He is a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Law Institute, and is a Judicial Fellow for the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers.  He was a Director of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers from 1990-1994.

Judge Rakoff is married to Dr. Ann Rakoff (the Executive Director of the Fordham Law School Corporate Center); they have three daughters and one grandchild.  Judge Rakoff has officiated at over 60 weddings.  He is the author of numerous lyrics and humorous poems, some of which have been published.  His and his wife’s hobby is ballroom dancing.

                      

Human Rights Quarterly Receives High Rankings by Google for 2nd year


For the second year in a row, the Human Rights Quarterly has been ranked as the number two most-cited international law journal by Google. The Quarterly is recognized as a leading academic journal in the human rights field.

The Human Rights Quarterly, which is over 30 years old, is a multidisciplinary journal covering the range of human rights matters encompassed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Typical articles cover many of the legal aspects of human rights issues, as well as the “non law” aspects.  In its more than three decades and over a thousand articles and book reviews, the Quarterly is highly regarded in the human rights field. Its audiences and authors are represented on every part of the globe.

The Human Rights Quarterly is published by The Johns Hopkins University Press, the oldest university press in the country.

Michael Daevenport '93 newly invested to operate Grandville stamping firm as minority enterprise


GRANDVILLE, MI – Jireh Metal Products has been acquired by a group of local investors who plan to operate the metal stamping company as a Minority Business Enterprise.

The new owners include by Michael Davenport, Andy Otteman and Gregory VandenBosch, the company said in a news release on Tuesday, May 19. Jireh produces metal stampings and assemblies for the office furniture, hardware and automotive industry.

Davenport, a basketball star at Ottawa Hills High School in the 1980s who went on to star at Xavier University, will lead Jireh as president and CEO.

Seller Ron Wierenga, who has led the company since 2000, will retain an ownership share and have an active role in the development of customer relationships, the company said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

As part of the new ownership structure, Jireh plans to pursue Minority Business Enterprise certification, the company said.

The certification "will allow Jireh to provide support to many companies, including current customers, that have supplier diversity programs in place and those that recognize that a diverse supply base offers a competitive advantage in today's multicultural business economy," the company said..

With more than 30 years in business, Jireh employs nearly 100 people and operates two manufacturing plants with 120,000 square feet. The company is headquartered at 3635 Nardin Street SW in Grandville and has a production facility at 864 Productions Place in Holland Township.

Davenport most recently served as the director of community development for First Financial Bank in Cincinnati, where he led the bank's community development strategy. Previously, he served as a regulatory attorney for First Financial, Fifth Third Bank and U.S. Bank, where he managed the implementation and review of consumer lending legislation.

"Jireh's current products and customer base provided our team with a solid platform and the potential to grow with existing customers. We have a great opportunity to extend our relationships with these partners," said Davenport in a news release.

"While we retained all of Jireh's employees in the transition, we are also looking forward to adding additional staff to expand our areas of expertise and industry knowledge."

"Our team has done extensive due diligence on Jireh and knows the business inside and out. With Ron's involvement and guidance, Jireh will be able to continue in the direction that has allowed Jireh to grow with its partners," said Davenport. "We're confident that we'll be able to reach the company's growth targets."

Otteman, a former employee of Herman Miller Inc. and tech start-up, Parnunu, will serve as director of new business development.

The deal was financed by Mercantile Bank. Grand Rapids-based StreamSong Advisors played a key role in the deal structure.

"Providing acquisition and growth capital for proven leaders like the new Jireh Metal Products team is a perfect fit for the Mercantile business model and our local focus, said Kevin Paul, senior vice president of commercial lending at Mercantile Bank.

 

Deborah Brenneman '93 recognized with the 2015 Glass Ceiling Award by the Ohio Diversity Council


Thompson Hine is proud to announce that Cincinnati Labor & Employment Partner, Deborah Brenneman has been recognized with the 2015 Glass Ceiling Award by the Ohio Diversity Council.  This award recognizes women in the workplace who demonstrate leadership excellence, maintain a record of accomplishments in areas of expertise, display integrity and portray the highest ethical standards among colleagues and clients.  Deborah has over 20 years of experience, focusing her practice on representing management in all areas of employment law.  She has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts around the country for global companies, and is a recognized expert in the field of trade secret and noncompete litigation.  She has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer since 2009.  She currently serves as the Cincinnati co-chair for the Spotlight on Women Initiative, a firm-wide program designed to foster an energetic and supportive atmosphere for women at the firm and within the business community. Debbie is the Vice Chair of the board of the West Chester-Liberty Chamber Alliance, which awarded her its Women of Excellence Award in 2010.  She is also a former Athena Award Finalist.

John S. Fronduti '97 Named Assistant Vice President of American Financial Group, Inc.


CINCINNATI, May 04, 2015 -- American Financial Group, Inc. AFG, +0.87% is pleased to welcome John S. Fronduti as Assistant Vice President. In addition, he will serve as Vice President of American Money Management, a wholly owned investment management subsidiary of AFG, where he will provide legal advice in connection with the Company’s investment portfolio. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Fronduti was a partner with the Cincinnati-based law firm Keating, Muething and Klekamp.

John is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

About American Financial Group, Inc.

American Financial Group is an insurance holding company, based in Cincinnati, Ohio with assets in excess of $45 billion. Through the operations of Great American Insurance Group, AFG is engaged primarily in property and casualty insurance, focusing on specialized commercial products for businesses, and in the sale of fixed and fixed-indexed annuities in the retail, financial institutions and education markets. Great American Insurance Group’s roots go back to 1872 with the founding of its flagship company, Great American Insurance Company.

UC Alum Catherine Neal '98 inducted in the 2015 Western Brown Hall of Fame


Western Brown Local School District will hold its annual Academic Hall of Fame induction at Western Brown High School 6 p.m. Thursday, May 7. The event will take place in the High School Auditeria to be followed by the high school academic awards program.

Being inducted into the Western Brown Academic Hall of Fame is the ultimate honor to be bestowed upon a (Hamersville High School/Mount Orab High School) Western Brown graduate. These individuals will have achieved extraordinary accomplishments and/or excellence in their chosen profession.

Criteria for nomination: Nominee must be graduated a minimum of 10 years and has accomplished achievements above and beyond normal standards including military academy graduate, doctor, lawyer, engineer, veterinarian, education, pharmacist, dentist, architect, music, arts, business, politics, etc. Nomination period closes each year on Jan. 15. Additional information available on the website at www.wb.k12.oh.us.

One of the 2015 Western Brown Hall of Fame Inductees is a UC Alum:

CATHERINE S. NEAL, Esq. – Graduated in 1979 from Western Brown High School. She earned degrees from both the University of Cincinnati Clermont and Northern Kentucky University where she graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA in 1992. She earned a Juris Doctorate degree in 1998 from the College of Law, University of Cincinnati.

As a college student she received the National Business Education Association Award of Merit and was inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society. She was named a Corporate Law Fellow by UC’s Corporate Law Center. She was the recipient of the Brendamour Tax Prize for completing the tax curriculum with the highest GPA; the Ernest Karam Book Award in Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy; the West Publishing Award for Scholastic Achievement in Criminal Law and was included on the Dean’s Honors List.

After law school, Neal entered private practice with the law firm of Wood & Lamping in Cincinnati. Her work included business law, tax and estate planning matters, maritime law and federal litigation. Her input on a case being argued before the Ohio Supreme Court significantly changed international commercial law in the state of Ohio.

Neal left private practice in 2002 to become an Assistant Professor of Legal Studies at the University of Cincinnati Clermont College and was recognized for “Excellence in Teaching” and “Promoting Good Student/Faculty Relations.” Professor Neal joined the Haile/US Bank College of Business at Northern Kentucky University in 2005 where she received “Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Teaching” in 2010 and was granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in 2011.

Her research interests include white-collar crime, corporate governance, executive compensation, and corporate scandals. Her work has been published in a number of academic journals, and she is a frequent speaker on business ethics and business law topics. In 2014, Professor Neal’s first book, “Taking Down the Lion” was published . The book is the consummate account of the Tyco International corporate scandal and is based on over two years of intensive research. During this time, Professor Neal was granted unprecedented access to former Tyco International CEO Dennis Kozlowski, his papers, attorneys, family, friends, and former Tyco colleagues as well as transcripts and evidence from two criminal trials. Since the book was released, Neal has appeared on numerous national, regional, and local media outlets. She is frequently invited to speak about her research, among those most recent include events at Sacred Heart University, the Harvard Business School Club and was invited to give the keynote address at Oxford University (UK).

Professor Neal and her husband, Douglas Havelka, Ph.D., reside in the Anderson Township area. They are the parents of a daughter and a son and the grandparents of a granddaughter. Catherine Neal is the daughter of Creston and Joyce Neal of Mount Orab.