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UC Law's Alumni Celebration a Big Hit!


Guest speakers. Great music. Amazing food. Lots of memories. Saturday, November 4, 2017 was the big day: Cincinnati Law’s "All Alumni Reunion". With sold-out events in the morning and a jammin' party atmosphere in the evening, UC Law was “the place” to be last weekend!

ICYMI: A Recap

 Alumni began the day with breakfast and the familiar faces of their peers and former professors. After the meet-and-greet, Dean Verna Williams commenced UC Next, a series of mini-lectures in the style of TedX talks.

Williams described the class of 2020 and the changes coming to Cincinnati Law. Of the latest class of JD candidates, she noted, “It’s 97 students strong, and for the first time in many years, we have more women than men. They’re diverse coming from as close as Indiana and Kentucky, and as far away as Utah and California.” Williams also shared the story of the successful LLM program, which brings in students from around the world and features a special partnership between UC Law and Javeriana University in Bogotå, Colombia.

The guest lectures were presented by distinguished alumni. In order of appearance, these were: Kathy Woeber Gardner, Sally Young, Chris Chapman, and William “Billy” Martin.

Gardner’s talk covered her professional path, in which she overcame career speed-bumps but ultimately landed her dream career. She even followed her husband out West and took the California bar exam, after years of practice in Ohio. Gardner now practices International Law and works with large companies in Silicon Valley and around the world.

Sally Young cracked up the alumni crowd, largely because her current line of work is atypical for someone with a law degree—or anyone else, for that matter. She writes romance novels, using the penname, Ann Christopher. Young referred to retiring from private practice after the birth of her second child, noting that she has “been in legal recovery for 18 years now.” Some time passed before she took up writing romance novels, but Young made it clear that reflection led her to do the things she enjoyed most in life.

Chris Chapman discussed the “image problem” the legal community faces. He noted that the stereotype of the greedy, heartless lawyer is entrenched in our culture, reaching as far back as Shakespeare’s joke, “First thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” Chapman noted, however, that lawyers can and often do give back to their communities, and that civilizations with many lawyers have historically been the most able to provide justice to all.

Billy Martin’s talk dealt with his rise to professional success as an attorney with a UC Law degree. He maintains that his education at UC Law prepared him for these heights within the legal profession. He shared that the pinnacle of his career was representing a witness in the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton. Martin also shared an anecdote in which he represented movie star Wesley Snipes, when he was wanted by the Federal government for tax evasion. Snipes was at the time filming in Namibia, and would have faced immediate arrest if he went to any airport, because he had ignored an arraignment in order to continue filming. Martin smilingly recalled, “So what does an actor with unlimited resources do? We rent our own jet.” Snipes was able to surrender on US soil.

The alumni were then treated to a delicious, full barbecue meal provided by Cincinnati’s own Sweets and Meats, a client of our Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. At lunch, Cincinnati Law alumnus and Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, Aftab Pureval addressed the crowd.

Pureval mentioned his own success story. On entering politics, he recalled, “people would say, ‘are you crazy? You’re running for this office that no one cares about, against an opponent who cannot be beat in conservative Hamilton County. And to do all that, you have to leave Proctor and Gamble. What are you thinking?’” He added, “and that was just my mom” to tremendous laughs.

Pureval’s run ended up being a successful, of course. His speech took a serious turn when he talked about the new Hamilton County Help Center. Pureval implored everyone in the room to put themselves in the shoes of those who are facing evictions and now have to deal with the legal system. He said there is cause to be optimistic, however, as the Help Center, which started only two months ago, has already aided over 800 people.

After an afternoon touring campus and the city of Cincinnati, alumni and friends gathered at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center for the Red and Black Gala. This was an opportunity to continue catching up with old friends (and new ones), eat some good food, and enjoy the music of The Exoneree Band.

The band is comprised of musicians from around the country who were wrongfully imprisoned for a combined 100 years. One band member, Raymond Towler (who is also the manager), was freed through the work of our own Ohio Innocence Project.

Throughout the concert, the band members shared their stories and their music borne from their incarceration experience. They even covered great singers like Stevie Wonder. The crowd was literally on their feet, dancing the night away. In the end, they didn’t want to leave… and the crowd didn’t either.

Thanks for everyone who came and we’ll see you next year for #Celebration2018!

Here's a peek at the day! (More pics and video to come soon!): Celebration2017

Writers: Pete Mills, Sherry English

College of Law Announces $183,800 Gift for Student Scholarships


Cincinnati, OH—Thanks to an anonymous donor, student scholarships will be more plentiful at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. October’s $183,800 planned gift is the second significant contribution to student scholarships in as many months, enabling the law school to continue to attract and support a diverse student body.

“This funder from the Class of 1977 joins countless others in demonstrating their commitment to the continued success of the College of Law,” said Verna Williams, Interim Dean and Nippert Professor of Law.   “Such support is essential to fulfilling our mission to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders.  This gift will make a substantial impact on the lives of students,” Williams said.  

The scholarship will be awarded to a student who plans to practice criminal law upon graduation.

“This latest gift represents a deep appreciation for the College of Law and is the result of a long and illustrious legal career,” explained Thomas Giffin, senior director of development at the law school. “The work of the College continues, thanks in large part, to alumni and friends who provide support in their wills, trusts, life income gifts, retirement plans, life insurance designations, and other planned gifts. We are forever thankful for their generosity.”

This Class of 1977 donor becomes a part of the Herman Schneider Legacy Society, founded to recognize University of Cincinnati benefactors whose contributions to educational excellence are realized through gift plans. The Society was named for University of Cincinnati educator Herman Schneider, founder of the university’s cooperative education program, whose vision propelled UC to the forefront of higher education early in the 20th century.

 

About the University of Cincinnati College of Law

As the fourth oldest continuously operating law school in the country, UC’s College of Law has a rich history. Its distinguished alumni include a U.S. president, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and six governors. The College cultivates an intimate learning experience with a 9:1 student to faculty ratio and offers a wealth of resources, such as more than 40 student organizations, five journals and seven centers and institutes. For more information, please visit www.law.uc.edu .

Date: October 30, 2017

 

Words of Wisdom from Alum Billy Martin


His past clients have included a range of high profile people, from sports stars Allen Iverson and Michael Vick to politicians Bill Campbell and Larry Craig.  But William “Billy” Martin (class of ’74) spends more time doing less-publicized work for large corporations in complex civil and white collar criminal cases, not to mention his past as a prosecutor for the city of Cincinnati, and later, the federal government.  He is delighted to return to his alma mater tomorrow, November 4th,  to speak at the All Alumni Reunion. 

 Martin set aside time to take a few questions for Cincinnati Law.

To understate it, you’ve had an impressive career.  Have lessons learned at UC Law proved beneficial along the way?

 The legal education I received at the University of Cincinnati has prepared me to litigate all over the world.  I’ve been in Europe and Africa, in the Caribbean, as well as almost every state.  I have a degree of confidence that was given to me by the professors and the work I did at UC.  Leaving [there] I felt ready to compete.

 What was your first major career move after graduating?

 I actually had a clerking position with the city solicitor’s office in my second year and third year.  They hired me immediately to go into the city prosecutor’s office.  From there I went to the US Attorney’s office.

 What was the experience of moving up the federal level like?

 It greatly expanded the type of legal issues that I was dealing with.  I went from dealing with, say, a petty theft or DUI, to dealing with the interstate transportation of stolen goods.  Or maybe I’d find myself dealing with Constitutional issues around the Fourth Amendment.  It really exposed me to a broader type of legal practice. It all ultimately culminated in—and UC actually prepared me to—represent a witness in the impeachment proceeding of a president.

It must have felt inescapable that you were in the ‘big leagues’ then.

You are in the ‘bigs.’   It felt like going to federal court as a federal prosecutor that you’d moved up.  People would say, “you’re in the big court now.”  It strikes me when people ask “well, where did you go to law school?”  I proudly represent the University of Cincinnati at some of the highest levels of litigation.

When you’re approaching trial law, and the client is amid scandal and the case is being heavily publicized in the media, how do you deal with that kind of scrutiny?

 You move very carefully.  I use two or three lawyers for every one of these cases, and there are no moves made and no decisions made without having the benefit of the team of your lawyers.   It’s not the time to be a solo practitioner.

 Do you have any words of advice for soon-to-be law graduates?

 I absolutely do.  Part of my talk on Saturday is going to cover the notion that in order to accomplish the goal, you have to believe in yourself that you can do it.  And, if you have the benefit of three years of legal education from the University of Cincinnati, and you pass the bar exam, you should feel that these three years have prepared you.  Whatever it is you want to do, you can do it.  You have to believe that yourself.  That’s the basis of my talk.  UC prepares you, and hopefully, you have the confidence to apply that which you’ve learned at the College of Law.

International Business Law Expert Comes to Speak at UC Law Reunion


From Cincinnati to Brussels to sunny San Francisco, Kathy Woeber Gardner ’88 has traveled the globe in her distinguished legal career.  But on November 4, she will be back with us in Clifton to speak at the All Alumni Reunion.

Gardner feels that the farther she has advanced in her profession, the more she has come to appreciate her time studying at Cincinnati Law.  She recalls that her participation in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition during her third year of JD studies was one the “real drivers toward the rest of [her] career.”  Her team came in first that year, and Gardner’s lifelong passion for international law began.

Gardner also credits members of UC’s faculty for having a lasting influence on her.  She recalls that Associate Dean Emerita Dean Barbara Watts and Assistant Dean for Career Planning Center Kathy Grant helped bridge her studies and her early professional life.   Gardner notes that these mentors “took a really strong interest in me and helped me in terms of interviews and making introductions for me to lawyers.” 

Her next big move was participating in the American Bar Association’s International Legal Exchange program.  She interned at two law firms in Brussels, Belgium.  Gardner was only a third year lawyer at the time.  With this international experience, she returned to the states—first to Chicago, then to San Francisco, where she and a partner began a boutique international corporate law firm.

Gardner’s work as a partner at Montgomery Pacific Law Group LLP sees her working with clients who come from all over Europe and Latin America.  She also works with clients in Silicon Valley who seek to expand their businesses internationally.   When legal matters arise abroad, Gardner handpicks lawyers to represent her companies. 

Kathy Woeber Gardner’s at the top of her field, so if you are an alum who wants to hear from her and chat with her, come out to the reunion!

College of Law Celebrates the Life of Professor Christo Lassiter


Cincinnati, OH—The University of Cincinnati College of Law community mourns the loss of Professor Christo Lassiter who died last Wednesday, October 25, 2017 after a prolonged illness. Professor Lassiter remained active in the classroom until just a few weeks before his death.

“We are saddened to lose one of our long-time colleagues,” said Verna Williams, Interim Dean and Nippert Professor of Law.  “Our faculty will not be the same without Christo.”

Professor Lassiter joined the College of Law in 1991. He also was a Professor of Criminal Justice at UC’s College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services.

Lassiter taught courses in criminal law, criminal procedure, antitrust and white collar crime. An award-winning teacher, Professor Lassiter was the recipient of the Goldman Prize for Excellence in Teaching on three occasions (1993, 2006, and 2008). He also received the Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology award in 1998.

Merging thought-provoking hypotheticals and meaningful discussion, Professor Lassiter challenged students to think harder while clarifying difficult legal issues. It was uncommon for a student to leave his class without having learned something.
 “He expounds the idea that law school is about ‘learning to think like a lawyer,’ ” wrote his students when nominating him for the 2008 Goldman Award.

Students also noted that Professor Lassiter “…demonstrated over and over that he genuinely cared about student education and their professional experiences. He was always eager to help, whether judging Moot Court practice rounds or participating in panel discussions.”  Students commented that his intelligence, energy, theatrics and occasional song kept them coming back.

Professor Lassiter’s scholarship appeared in many legal journals and publications, including the International Journal of Law and Technology, the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, and the National Black Journal. Lassiter also lectured internationally on ethics, corruption, and countering terrorism for the Defense Institute for International Legal Studies, presenting in Malawi, Mali, and Argentina.

Professor Lassiter was active in the community and at the University.  For example, he served on the boards of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame Foundation, Ohio GI Promise (member of the Governor’s Council), Housing Opportunities Made Equal, and the YMCA of Cincinnati. He was a member of Cincinnati Citizens Patrol Association, served as a university appeals officer and president of the Order of the Coif at the College of Law.

Professor Lassiter enjoyed commenting on the issues of the day, writing editorials, and appearing on television, providing a legal perspective for the Cincinnati Enquirer, the (now defunct) Cincinnati Post, local TV stations, FOX News Hosted by Shepherd Smith (national coverage), and Court TV.  In addition, he worked as a film consultant for The Affair, a joint HBO-BBC production concerning a false allegation of interracial rape against a black American soldier in World War II.

A sports aficionado, Lassiter coached Christo’s Angels, an intramural softball team; served as national chair for the United States Specialty Sports Association (USSAA) Track and Field Program; and coached track and field in a variety of settings, including Moeller and Walnut Hills High Schools.

Professor Lassiter came to the academy after serving in the Judge Advocate United States Marine Corps and in private practice. 

He will be missed at the College of Law. We will remember him as an insightful, hard-working colleague, as well as a mentor and friend to students.

University of Cincinnati College of Law Bar Results Announced; Students Continue to Beat State-wide Average


82% of all Cincinnati LawTakers Pass the July 2017 Ohio Bar Exam

Cincinnati, OH—Today, October 27, 2017, the results of the July 2017 Ohio Bar Exam were released and the University of Cincinnati College of Law recorded an 82 percent passage rate for Cincinnati Law first time exam takers, outpacing the state’s first-time taker pass rate of 77 percent.

“Congratulations to our Cincinnati Law graduates who successfully passed the bar,” said Verna Williams, Interim Dean and Nippert Professor of Law. “We are so proud of you and what you have accomplished.  Passing the bar is not an easy feat; but through hard work, studying and determination, you did it. Good luck as you move forward with your career.”

The overall passage rate for Cincinnati Law’s bar exam takers was 81 percent. This rate exceeds the state-wide average passing rate of 70.9 percent.  Over 900 aspiring attorneys from across the state and the country took the July exam.

Applicants who successfully passed the examination and who satisfied all of the Supreme Court’s other requirements for admission will be invited to take the attorney oath of office on November 13, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. during a special session of the Supreme Court of Ohio at the historic Ohio Theatre in Columbus, OH.

Professor Timothy Armstrong’s Article Discussed in SCOTUS Order


Professor Timothy Armstrong’s article “Chevron Deference and Agency Self-Interest” (published in the Cornell Journal of Law & Public Policy) was cited on October 16, 2017 in the Scenic America, Inc. v. Dep’t of Transp. statement of Justice Neil Gorsuch, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, respecting the denial of certiorari.

Here’s Professor Armstrong’s take on the development:

Although I no longer specialize in the area, I handled quite a few matters dealing with administrative law during my career in private practice. My clients in such cases had disagreements with federal government agencies over the terms of the statutes those agencies administered. As administrative-law specialists know, federal agencies enjoy a significant advantage in litigation over other parties where disputes arise over the meaning of an agency’s governing statute. Agencies usually win such disputes because, under the reasoning of Chevron USA Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., 467 U.S. 837 (1984), courts are obliged to defer to an agency’s interpretation of its own statute in many instances, on the grounds that Congress meant for the agency itself to fill in the gaps and resolve any ambiguities in the legislation as enacted.

 

My article, “Chevron Deference and Agency Self-Interest,” argued that sometimes more important policies superseded the rationale of the Chevron decision. The article argued, specifically, that the courts should not defer to agencies’ legal interpretations when those interpretations tended to affect the scope of the agency’s regulatory authority or the agency’s financial interests, because in those scenarios, reasonable observers might doubt whether the agency’s action rested upon a dispassionate and impartial assessment of what the law actually required. The Court rejected my position, insofar as agencies’ regulatory authority is concerned, a few years ago in City of Arlington v. FCC, 133 S. Ct. 1863 (2013).

 

Monday’s Order, however, indicates that at least some of the Justices remain concerned about an agency’s reliance on the Chevron doctrine where the agency's legal interpretation redounds to its financial advantage. It is interesting that Justice Gorsuch drafted the order issued Monday, because his predecessor on the Court (the late Justice Antonin Scalia) wrote the majority opinion in City of Arlington and generally took a far more expansive view of the circumstances when Chevron deference was appropriate. For Justice Gorsuch to be signaling more discomfort with Chevron (as he also did during his years on the Court of Appeals) is a hint that the change in the composition of the Court in the few years since City of Arlington may become quite significant down the road if a new case raising the question of deference to agencies’ contractual interpretations should come before the Court.

Attorney, Scholar, Professor Michael Solimine’s 30+ Years in the Legal World


Before Professor Michael Solimine’s scholarship was cited by the Supreme Court of the United States, the Supreme Court of Ohio, and Iowa Supreme Court; before he became Cincinnati Law’s Donald P. Klekamp Professor of Law; and before he was awarded the University of Cincinnati’s 2017 Provost Faculty Career Award, he had developed an interest and passion for the law. Coming from a family of attorneys (both his dad and older brother were lawyers), Solimine felt a kinship with the legal world, deciding to major in political science when he attended Ohio’s Wright State University. He recalls his college years, remembering that “even back then I was interested in legal issues, and I was particularly interested in how political scientists . . . and other social scientists examine the legal system.”

Upon completing his undergraduate studies in 1978, Solimine was off to Northwestern University School of Law. While there, he made the dean’s list and served as Articles Editor for the Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.

Honing his Interest in Civil Litigation
Although his knowledge and expertise cover many areas of law and legal studies, Professor Solimine is most recognized for his scholarship on civil litigation. His interest in this field grew when he took relevant classes in law school and later when he “clerked for a federal judge (Judge Walter H. Rice, United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio) and worked for him on both criminal and civil matters. Most of my work for him was on the civil side. After I finished my clerkship I practiced law for a firm [Porter, Wright, Morris, and Arthur] and did civil litigation.”

In 1986 Solimine transitioned to academia. Over the last three decades he has built a career defined by a devotion to teaching, research and serving the academic and professional communities. As a teacher, he is known as a professor who can translate “legalese into English” as he has transformed seemingly abstract concepts into comprehensible lessons.

With regard to research, Professor Solimine is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in the American civil litigation systems, including civil procedure, federal courts, conflict of laws, as well as election law. His scholarly work consists of six books (a monograph on federal courts (Greenwood Press), a casebook on appellate practice (West Publishing), two casebooks on election law (Carolina Academic Press), two books for judges and lawyers on civil practice in Ohio courts (LexisNexis), and over 60 substantial articles, as well as numerous book reviews and shorter essays. His articles have been published in both peer-reviewed journals (e.g., Journal of Legal Studies, Supreme Court Economic Review) and in the law reviews of the top-ranked law schools in the United States (e.g., Michigan Law Review; Wisconsin Law Review; North Carolina Law Review; Ohio State Law Journal; Cornell International Law Journal; Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy). He has been invited to participate in and has published in 20 symposia, delivered scholarly papers at annual meetings of the Association of American Law Schools, and the Midwest Political Science Association, and by invitation contributed essays to academic blogs.

Professor Solimine has received four separate recognition awards from the College of Law for his scholarship. And in spring 2017 he was honored with the university’s Faculty Career Award, presented to a member of the faculty who has worked to make UC a high-quality education and research-focused environment.

The character of his work is reflected in the numerous times his work has been cited and discussed in other books and articles-- over 2000 books and articles and counting. Also, his work has been cited in the decisions of numerous federal court decisions (including the U.S. Supreme Court), and by the state supreme courts of Ohio and Iowa.

Through all of his success Solimine has retained his passion for his studies in political science. He recently co-wrote an academic book, Understanding Election Law, with professors Michael Dimino, Commonwealth Law School, Widener University, and Bradley Smith, Capital University Law School. Solimine ‘s input for this book can be traced back to his college years. “I remember, all these years back in my undergraduate, that I took a really good class called ‘Political Parties.’ There was a segment in it that explored how the state and federal governments regulate parties, the campaign process, and fundraising. It was very interesting to me, and so when I came back into the academic world, I wrote on the subject. And to make a long story short, I ended up collaborating on a casebook.” Understanding Election Law was published by Carolina Academic Press in 2016.

Professor Solimine is always finding new subjects of interest. At present, he is working on an academic paper about the “three judge district court.” He explains that this a court that hears “a small number of cases, of a certain type, that are litigated at the trial level by three judges.” The three judges give a verdict, and if it is appealed, the case goes directly to the Supreme Court of the United States. Solimine’s work will illuminate the history and legal specifics of this little-known feature of the legal system.

 

Writer; Pete Mills

Cincinnati Law Announces the Help Center, a Joint Venture to Provide Access to Legal Services


The University of Cincinnati College of Law announces the opening of the Help Center, a resource to increase access to the legal system.

Cincinnati, OH—Hamilton County residents navigating the court system without a lawyer soon will have assistance, thanks to the Help Center, which launched today, September 25, 2017, at the Hamilton County Courthouse. The University of Cincinnati College of Law partnered with, the Hamilton County Clerk of Courts, Hamilton County Commissioners, and Hamilton County Municipal Court to establish the Help Center, which is charged with aiding people with their legal matters in civil cases at the court.

“This collaboration between the law school and the legal community will fill an important need,” said Verna Williams, interim dean of the law school. “Too many people lack the resources that could help them avoid bad outcomes, like being evicted, for example. The Help Center will go a long way toward increasing the public’s understanding of municipal court and making the legal system more accessible."

The idea for the center emerged from recommendations of the Ohio Supreme Court’s Task Force on Access to Justice, created by Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor. Transforming that notion into reality was the job of a committee of local stakeholders, including representatives from the Cincinnati Bar Association, the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati and its Volunteer Lawyers Project, local law firms, the Clerk of Courts, Cincinnati Law, and the Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

The Help Center will provide limited legal advice and other general information on various areas, from small claims, evictions, collections, and landlord/tenant issues, to informing patrons about the appropriate forms to use and how to complete them, and more. Directed by attorney and Cincinnati Law alum Robert Wall, the Help Center also will be staffed by volunteer lawyers from the community and UC law students.

“This program is an excellent fit for Cincinnati Law,” said Dean Williams. “It directly connects our students with the legal community and persons needing assistance, providing them opportunities to put into practice what they learn in the classroom.”

Located at the Hamilton County Courthouse, the Help Center officially opens for business September 26, 2017 for limited hours and then will run full-time by November.

Hear from Chief Justice O' Connor about the Center

A Summer Gig at the Courthouse: Alyssa Miller Shares her Experience


Alyssa Miller’s summer gig wasn’t spent working at a coffee shop, though lots of caffeine was probably involved. It wasn’t spent working at the library either – though research played a big role in her responsibilities. Miller’18 spent the summer working under Judge Melissa Powers, Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, Juvenile Division.  Miller’s experience gave her insight into juvenile law, society, and the way the legal system affects vulnerable youth.

Miller explains that she was responsible for reviewing and presenting to Judge Powers “what happened at the lower levels of the court.”  Most juvenile cases are handled before a magistrate.   These are usually “cases in dependency, child custody, child support, and juvenile delinquency.”  The magistrate’s initial opinion can, however, meet an objection, and then these cases are bound for Judge Powers’ court.  “My job,” Miller says “was to read the transcripts and let the judge in on what happened in the transcript and in the lower court so that she could make an informed decision when hearing oral arguments.”

Miller expresses that she is glad to have taken UC’s Family Law course.  Through her studies she “learned a lot about custody, child support, and how the law works in those circumstances.”  Although she was unfamiliar with delinquency when she began the job, the Advanced Legal Research course proved useful, she says.  Completing the course gave her the skill set to research fields that were new to her. 

Miller’s work was not limited to the courtroom, however.  The Juvenile Court and Cincinnati Public Schools initiated a collaboration this summer to offer tutoring programs for children held in detention.  Miller continues to visit and help teach these youths multiple times each week.

“I work with juvenile delinquents in the female division,” says Miller.  She not only assists them with their homework but also offers substantive advice to help the detained youths better themselves.  She states, “It’s been a very positive experience to meet these young women and realize that they’re not bad people.  They come from bad circumstances—circumstances that you can’t even believe exist, and yet they still have positive outlooks on life.”

Miller believes that society experiences cycles of poverty and violence and that education is the key to reducing violent crime.  She explains that for young offenders, “it’s hopefully not too late for them to turn their lives around, before they enter the adult system. 

After completing her studies at Cincinnati Law, Miller aims to become an assistant United States Attorney.  She says that this has been her goal since the age of three, “although she didn’t know what it was called then.  I learned [the title] when I was seven, and I’ve been set on it ever since.”  With her experience at the Juvenile Court, she is on the right track.

by: Pete Mills, Cincinnati Law writer