Karen Kovach '92 Named UC's Interim General Counsel
Cincinnati Law graduate Karen Kovach has been named Interim General Counsel for the University of Cincinnati, effective April 1, 2016. She currently serves as UC's Deputy General Counsel.
With more than 23-and-a-half years of experience as an attorney, the last three of those years spent at the university, Ms. Kovach is familiar with the many aspects and issues affecting universities in the legal arena. In her interim role, she will serve as the key point of contact related to legal issues at the university.
US News Ranking Positions Cincinnati Law Within Top 50 Public Law Schools in the Nation
Cincinnati Law’s significant increase in employment and high bar passage earns results in its ranking among the top 50 public law schools by U.S. News & World Report.
Cincinnati, OH —The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Cincinnati Law #60 in the nation, up 22 places from last year.
Jennifer S. Bard, Dean and Nippert Professor of Law, remarked “We are very pleased by all the external recognition we received this year for producing meaningful outcomes. This includes specific programs such as our clinics, centers and other community collaborations. The U.S. News & World Report ranking reflects our high employment and bar passage rates as well as increased score in peer assessment. It is well deserved and due to the hard work of our faculty, staff, students and alumni.”
Mina Jones Jefferson, Senior Assistant Dean and Director of the Center for Professional Development, elaborated on last year’s 13 percent increase in employment. “For the Class of 2014, 88 percent found employment within 10 months of graduation, a placement above both state and national averages and we are on target to do just as well with the Class of 2015.”
Dean Bard further stated “These outcomes, combined with the high quality legal education our faculty and staff offers students, the strength of our first class research university, and the success and commitment of our wonderful alumni explain why Cincinnati Law is consistently recognized as an ‘A’ level ‘Best Value’ law school.”
The U.S. News ranking follows recent recognition by several similar publications that have assessed the strong Cincinnati Law program:
- 3rd in the Nation for Prosecutor and Public Defender Careers. (preLaw magazine, Winter edition)
- Among the Top 20 Schools for Law Students Interested in Prosecutorial/Public Defender Work. (National Jurist magazine)
- Top 30 School for Super Lawyers. The college, which came in at 28* in the nation, had 13.1 percent of its alumni being considered a Super Lawyer. (*The National Jurist Fall 2015 edition).
- 40th in the Nation and 10th in the Midwest for JD-Required Positions. (ChicagoINNO)
- Among the top 50 Law Schools in the Country for Sending Graduates to the top 250 Law Firms. (National Law Journal)
- Top School for Practical Training. Named to the 2016 honor roll for “Best School for Practical Training” (National Jurist magazine). Ranked a top law school for practical training (National Jurist magazine, 2015 and 2014)
- Best Value Law School Ranking. Named a Best Value Law School for the third year and second consecutive year, respectively. (National Jurist and preLaw magazines)
Cincinnati Law Named to Honor Roll for “Best School for Practical Training”
Cincinnati, OH—Cincinnati Law has just been named to the National Jurist magazine honor roll for “Best School for Practical Training.” The annual list highlights law schools that have strong clinic, externship and simulation offerings for its students. The law school is one of 56 schools named to the list.
“This latest recognition of our ‘learn by doing curriculum’ and our unique ‘Complete Professional Program’ provides even more support for our earlier designation as a "best value" law school,” said Cincinnati Law Dean Jennifer S. Bard. “Students at Cincy Law get all the benefits of our highly talented faculty and extensive externship opportunities while enjoying the low cost, high quality amenities of a city recently recognized as a prime destination for young professionals."
The official ranking and grades of each law school will be announced in the Spring issue of National Jurist and preLaw magazines.
Professor A. Christopher Bryant made two panel presentations at the AALS Annual Meeting
Professor A. Christopher Bryant made two panel presentations at the AALS Annual Meeting in New York City. On January 8, 2016, he presented "Constitutional Law from the Ground Up: How the Prohibition on 'Under-ruling' Distorts the Judicial Function" at the Federalist Society's works-in-progress session. On January 9, 2016, he spoke at the Law & Interpretation Section's panel addressing "The Empirics of Legal Interpretation."
News from the Feb. 2, 2016 Board of Trustees Meeting
Left to right UC Board of Trustees members William (Wyn) C. Portman, III, Thomas D. Cassady, outgoing chairperson Thomas H. Humes, new Trustee chairperson Robert E. Richardson Jr. and UC President Dr. Santa Ono
I’m writing to share with you all three important things that happened at today’s Board of Trustees’ meeting:
- Professor Emeritus Marianna Brown Bettman ‘77 was awarded the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
- Our alumnus Robert E. Richardson, Jr. ’05 was elected Chair of the Board of Trustees. At age 37, he will be the youngest Board chair in the University’s history.
- The board approved a resolution authorizing UC to enter into formal discussions to “fully pursue and evaluate” a potential move of selected academic facilities, including the University of Cincinnati ’s College of Law, to the downtown riverfront development known as The Banks.
Here is the press release that is being distributed.
“During today’s Feb. 2 Board of Trustees meeting, the board approved a resolution authorizing UC to enter into formal discussions to “fully pursue and evaluate” a potential move of selected academic facilities, including the University of Cincinnati ’s College of Law, to the downtown riverfront development known as The Banks.
The resolution authorizes university discussions with the City-County Joint Banks Steering Committee (JBSC), the master developer, Carter USA, and designated staff from the City and County.
It also authorizes the establishment of a University Banks Working Group (UBWG), to be appointed and led by President Santa J. Ono and to be advised and assisted by the chair of the board’s Finance and Administration Committee, Thomas D. Cassady, and the chair of the board’s Real Estate Subcommittee, William “Wym” C. Portman III.
The conditions and contingencies outlined in the resolution include:
- Reaching satisfactory final terms, design and use agreements between UC, the City and the County, as recommended by the JBSC, within 180 days of the resolution.
- Raising a minimum of $25 million on behalf of the College of Law in private contributions and/or project specific funding from other public or private sources.
- Such other terms and conditions to be determined by the University Banks Working Group.
- Final approval by the UC Board of Trustees.
“The opportunity to establish something so distinctive and dynamic in the heart of the city comes only once in a few generations,” said Thomas H. Humes, UC’s outgoing Board Chairman. “It brings together three historic institutions, the university, the city and the county in a way that will create new synergy. It’s very appropriate that it would be anchored by our historic College of Law and potentially include other university programs and assets. We think this would be a truly special addition to The Banks and offer some exciting accelerated learning opportunities, not only for our students but also our entire community.”
“I am excited about the bold vision of a UC presence on The Banks, and I look forward to the efforts of the working group that will evaluate what’s going to be possible,” said UC President Santa J. Ono. “As an urban-serving university, our connection with Cincinnati is part of our DNA and a UC presence downtown would enhance the strong relationships between our university, the city and the county.”
For several years the College of Law has discussed the possibility of renovating or building a new structure.
“We look forward to working with the University and the Board of Trustees as we move forward with these plans,” said College of Law Dean Jennifer Bard. “The current law school building, although historic, is in need of substantial renovation, and this offers a wonderful opportunity to create the space our faculty, staff and students need to continue our mission to educate and inspire leaders who pursue justice and advance the role of law in society.”
ABOUT THE COLLEGE OF LAW
Established in 1833, the University of Cincinnati College of Law is the first law school west of the Alleghenies and the fourth-oldest continuously operating law school in the country. When it began as the Cincinnati Law School with 17 students, it was located above a downtown office.”
One important point, the time line of the project, it is highly unlikely to affect the day-to-day life of any current student. I am sharing this information with our alumni and donors, but please feel free to distribute this email to anyone you think would be interested.
As always, I will share information with you as I get it.
Dean Jennifer S. Bard
Professor Mark Godsey Publishes on Global Innocence Movement
Professor Mark Godsey submitted a chapter entitled “The Global Innocence Movement” for the book, Wrongful Convictions and the DNA Revolution: Twenty-Five Years of Freeing the Innocent," to be published by the Cambridge University Press.
Professor Mark Godsey Appointed to State-wide Task Force Examining Grand Jury System
Professor Mark Godsey, director of the Ohio Innocence Project at the College of Law, has been appointed to a state-wide task force charged with recommending way to improve how grand juries function.
Cincinnati, OH – Professor Mark Godsey, director of the Ohio Innocence Project at the College of Law, has been appointed to a state-wide task force charged with recommending ways to improve how grand juries function.
Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor announced on January 28, 2016 the formation of the Task Force to Examine Improvements to the Ohio Grand Jury System.
The concept of a grand jury has been part of the federal system since 1791 and a constant in the Ohio Constitution’s Bill of Rights as far back as 1802. Every state constitutional revision since has preserved the protection of the grand jury.
“To be clear, this task force is being asked to recommend ways to improve the functioning of grand juries and to see what additional steps can be taken to improve the public’s confidence in our justice system,” Chief Justice O’Connor said in a media release about the task force. “It is not being asked to determine whether the grand jury system should be eliminated.”
The task force will be chaired by Franklin County Common Pleas Court Judge Stephen L. McIntosh. It includes a diverse group of 18 professionals who are judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law professors, legislators, members of law enforcement, and community leaders.
The task force will hold its first meeting on Feb. 17, 2016 from 6-8 p.m. at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center, 65 S. Front St., Columbus. The meeting is open to the public, but seating is limited. The task force has been asked to submit its final report and recommendations by June 15, 2016.
Task force members include:
- Judge Stephen L. McIntosh – Franklin County Common Pleas Court (chair)
- Prosecutor Daniel R. Lutz – Wayne County (vice chair)
- Sen. Kevin Bacon – District 3 • Sen. Edna Brown – District 11
- Judge Joyce A. Campbell – Fairfield Municipal Court
- Rep. Robert R. Cupp – District 4
- Judge Michelle D. Earley – Cleveland Municipal Court
- Judge William R. Finnegan – Marion County Common Pleas Court
- Judge Steven E. Gall – Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court
- Professor Mark A. Godsey – University of Cincinnati College of Law
- Judge Michael R. Goulding – Lucas County Common Pleas Court
- Colonel Chief Eliot Isaac – City of Cincinnati Police Department
- President/CEO Janet E. Jackson – United Way of Central Ohio
- Judge Melissa A. Powers – Hamilton County Municipal Court
- Professor Ric Simmons – The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
- Rep. Fred Strahorn – District 39
- Defense Attorney Roger Synenberg – Synenberg, Coletta & Moran, LLC
- Judge Stephen A. Wolaver – Greene County Common Pleas Court
Looking at Health through the Human Rights Lens; Lecture Examines the Connection
Lecturer and Professor Alicia Ely Yamin, Harvard University, will discuss the power and potential of applying a human rights perspective to health and health-related issues at a lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at the College of Law. The event begins at 5:00 p.m. in Room 204; it is free and open to the public.
See photos from the event: Yamin Book Launch
Cincinnati, OH—“Patterns of health and ill-health are not just a result of biological or behavioral-factors, but they are also the results of … injustices,” said Professor Alicia Ely Yamin at a recent TEDxUConn talk describing the transformative power of applying human rights to health. Professor Yamin will share her thoughts on its potential for social transformation when she visits the College of Law on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. She will discuss her recently published book “Power, Suffering, and the Struggle for Dignity: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter.” Her book is part of Professor Bert Lockwood’s Human Rights Series at the University of Pennsylvania Press. Professor Lockwood, Distinguished Service Professor of Law, is the Director of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights.
A Preview: Power, Suffering and the Struggle for Dignity
In Yamin’s book she examines human rights-based approaches to health and why it matters. She suggests that applying a human rights framework to health forces us to think about our own suffering and that of others, as well as fundamental causes of that suffering. She combines theory with personal examples of human rights-based approaches and shows the impact they have had on people’s lives and health outcomes.
About Professor Alicia Ely Yamin
Alicia Ely Yamin, JD, MPH is a Lecturer on Law and Global Health, Director of the JD/MPH program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Policy Director at the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University. Trained in both law and public health at Harvard, Yamin’s career, at the intersection of health and human rights, has bridged academia and activism. From 2007 to 2011, Yamin held the prestigious Joseph H. Flom Fellowship on Global Health and Human Rights at Harvard Law School. Prior to that, she served as Director of Research and Investigations at Physicians for Human Rights, where she oversaw the organization’s field investigations, and was on the faculty of the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University (1996-2003). Yamin is known globally for her pioneering scholarship and advocacy in relation to economic and social rights, and rights-based approaches to health, for which she has received multiple distinctions. She has contributed to the drafting of multiple General Comments by UN treaty bodies, as well as UN Human Rights Council resolutions. Yamin regularly advises UN bodies in relation to health and human rights, and has provided strategic guidance to NGOs as well as courts on landmark litigation relating to health- and sexual and reproductive rights, in various countries and regions, as well as in supra-national adjudication. In 2014, she was named as the 2015-2016 Visiting Gladstein Professor of Human Rights at the University of Connecticut, and she is currently serving on the Lancet-O’Neil Institute Commission on Global Health and the Law.
University of Cincinnati College of Law Named a Best School for Public Service Careers
Kate Cook ’14 interned with the Indigent Defense Clinic, learning to represent clients.
The College of Law was recognized among the top 20 law schools in the country for law students interested in prosecutorial/public defender work.
Cincinnati, OH— The accolades continue into 2016 as the University of Cincinnati College of Law was just recognized as a “Best School for Public Service Careers” by National Jurist magazine. The college is among the top 20 law schools in the country in the prosecutors/public defenders category.
“I am very happy to hear we have been recognized for our success in preparing students for careers in public service. This is a reflection to the hard work and commitment of our faculty and staff,” said Dean Jennifer S. Bard.
National Jurist magazine conducted a study, which will be published in the winter edition of preLaw magazine that looked at the top schools in three categories – public interest, government and prosecutors/public defenders. The study examined curricular offerings, employment placement, debt, starting salary and loan repayment assistance programs. Twenty schools were recognized in each category; some schools appeared in more than one.
Over the past few months the College of Law has received numerous acknowledgements, including being ranked an A- Best Value Law School by National Jurist and preLaw magazines; a top school for practical training by National Jurist; a top 50 law school for sending graduates to the top 250 law firms by the National Law Journal; and a top 30 National Jurist Super Lawyer School.
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP elects alumni Thomas M. Connor, Kristin Leinhart and Michael Proctor as partners
CINCINNATI (January 6, 2016) – Dinsmore & Shohl LLP is pleased to announce five Cincinnati attorneys have been named Partner. April L. Besl, Thomas M. Connor, Allison H. Kropp, Kristin M. Lenhart and Faith C. Whittaker were elected to partnership effective January 1, 2016. Fourteen attorneys across the firm have been promoted to Partner this year.
“I am proud to welcome the newest attorneys elected to partnership. They share a passion for the practice of law and a commitment to serving our clients that we value at Dinsmore,” said George H. Vincent, Managing Partner & Chairman. “It has been a pleasure to see them advance in our profession and achieve this accomplishment.”
Thomas M. Connor- Cincinnati, OH
A partner in the Litigation Department, Tom is an experienced litigator, having handled trials, mediations, negotiations, and client counseling in a wide variety of matters. These include product liability and mass tort litigation, toxic tort matters, natural resources and land use disputes, intellectual property litigation, software and information-technology related litigation, contract matters, as well as defense of health care providers and hospitals. Tom has extensive experience practicing in both state and federal courts throughout much of the Midwest, including experience in complex and multi-district litigation.
For nearly a decade prior to his law career, Tom worked in a series of information technology leadership roles at one of the world’s largest and most diverse technology and manufacturing corporations. He worked with business partners to design, develop and implement a wide variety of complex technology and business process reengineering solutions to address business challenges and opportunities. As an attorney, he has leveraged this background to better understand the operations and legal needs of his business clients. Tom also has worked with technical personnel leading sophisticated large-scale e-Discovery efforts involving traditional business documents as well as non-traditional e-Discovery involving structured enterprise systems data, CRM systems, and CAD engineering drawings. p>In the course of his litigation work, Tom has developed a thorough understanding of the Medicare Secondary Payer statute and has advised clients on all aspects of litigating and settling cases that may give rise to Medicare reimbursement or reporting obligations. He is a member of the firm’s Information Systems and e-Discovery committees. He earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Kristin M. Lenhart- Cincinnati, OH
A member of the Corporate Department, Kristin represents a variety of individuals in estate planning and probate and trust administration matters. Focusing largely on the planning side, Kristin leverages a practical, real-world approach to helping clients minimize the complications associated with the transfer of wealth. Understanding that estate planning sometimes involves an emotional component and complex family dynamics, Kristin tailors her approach to each client, quickly discerning their goals and laying out a strategy to help them get there. By building relationships with clients, Kristin is also able to advise them on other matters, including general business needs, business and LLC formation and implementing business succession plans.
Building on her past experience with a large accounting firm, Kristin also advises closely-held businesses, charitable organizations and family foundations on a variety of tax and business matters.
Beyond her practice, Kristin enjoys writing and in 2012 co-authored a children’s book called “The Notre Dame Spirit,” which highlights the picturesque and legendary South Bend campus through the eyes of a first-time visitor. She earned her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Michael R. Proctor- Morgantown, WV
A member of the Litigation Department, Michael handles business disputes throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Mike also has extensive bankruptcy experience, representing creditors in all phases of bankruptcy, including claim litigation, nondischargeability actions and preferential transfers.
Overall, Mike’s litigation experience is wide-ranging and includes UCC Article 9 litigation, litigation under the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, deliberate intent and employment litigation, contractual disputes and oil and gas production disputes. Some specific examples of Mike’s experience include: administration of class action funds on behalf of a local governmental entity, immunity of governmental entities in performing administrative duties, litigation of the co-extensive jurisdiction of the bankruptcy courts and district courts, and providing advice to common carriers regarding Federal Transit Administration procurement regulations. He earned his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
About Dinsmore & Shohl
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