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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:

  1. Professor Emeritus Marianna Brown Bettman ‘77 was awarded the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Mark GodseyCincinnati, 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 way 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.

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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
Thomas M. ConnorA 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
Kristin LeinhartA 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
MIchael ProctorA 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
Dinsmore & Shohl is comprised of 625 attorneys with locations in 21 cities throughout California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia. For more than a century, Dinsmore has provided a broad range of integrated services to meet the needs of both large and small businesses as well as institutions, associations, governments, professional firms and individuals. For more information, please visit www.dinsmore.com.

Tarik Haskins '03 Named Fellow of the American Bar Foundation


Wilmington, DE (August 26, 2015) – Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP partner Tarik J. Haskins has been named a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. An honorary organization of attorneys, judges, law faculty, and legal scholars, the Fellows demonstrate outstanding achievements and dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.

Established in 1955 to support the research of the American Bar Foundation, membership is limited to less than one percent of lawyers licensed to practice in each jurisdiction. Members are nominated by Fellows in their jurisdiction and elected by the Board of the American Bar Foundation.

As a member of the Morris Nichols Commercial Law Counseling Group, Tarik’s practice covers a range of commercial transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, secured financings, joint ventures, and business counseling.

He serves on the Morris Nichols Executive Committee and chairs the firm’s Diversity Committee. A leader in the local community, Tarik was appointed by Governor Markell as a member of the Delaware Council on Development Finance and serves as a director of the Prestige Academy. He also serves on many committees of the American Bar Association and the Delaware State Bar Association.

About The American Bar Foundation
The American Bar Foundation’s mission is to serve the legal profession, the public, and the academy through empirical research, publications, and programs that advance justice and the understanding of law and its impact on society. Primary funding for the ABF is provided by the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and the American Bar Endowment. Learn more at www.americanbarfoundation.org.

About Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP
Morris Nichols combines a broad national practice of corporate, intellectual property, business reorganization and restructuring, commercial law and litigation with a general business, tax, estate planning and real estate practice within the State of Delaware. The firm is regularly involved as lead counsel or co-counsel in matters of national and international significance, as well as those affecting its immediate community.

Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP hires Maria Moyer '12


Maria K. Moyer has joined Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP as an Associate attorney. Maria will be working primarily in the Estate Planning and Administration group. Most recently, Maria was an associate practicing in estate and trust planning and administration with Vorys Sater, Seymour and Pease.  Previously, she practiced in that area with the law firm of Ritter and Randolph.

Maria is a 2012 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she earned her J.D., and a 2009 graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Business, where she earned her BA of Business Administration in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Visit our website for more information about Maria

Graydon Head attorneys serve clients in a variety of industries with particular experience working with clients in: banking and financial services; commercial real estate; media, communications and information; construction; health, education and human services; and manufacturing. The Firm’s personal planning group provides legal counsel to many local business owners and their executives and families in the estate planning and administration area. With offices Downtown on Fountain Square, in Northern Kentucky at the Chamber Center, and in the Butler/Warren area at University Pointe, the Firm provides convenient accessibility to clients in key areas of the growing Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region.

Law Firm Strauss Troy Adds Attorney Christopher "Kit" Houston


CINCINNATI, OH--(Marketwired - October 27, 2015) - Strauss Troy, a leading law firm with offices in Ohio and Kentucky, announces that Attorney Christopher Houston has joined the firm. Houston has significant first-chair trial experience and strives to obtain fast and efficient results for his clients, whether at trial, through motions practice, mediation, arbitration -- or even avoiding the judicial process all together.

Christopher S. Houston"Kit brings valuable expertise to our Litigation Practice Group," said Marshall Dosker, Strauss Troy president. "His diverse experience in aviation; construction; financial services; healthcare; natural resources, and oil and gas makes him an excellent addition to our firm."

Houston focuses his practice in federal and state court, primarily in the areas of business, real estate and commercial litigation. He has represented clients in a vast-range of legal disputes including: breach of contract; collections; construction; personal injury; prosecuting and defending consumer claims, and many other areas where his clients encounter legal challenges in either their personal lives or business activities. He has spent substantial time working with local banks to protect their interests in distressed loans, both in state court and bankruptcy court.

Houston's experience isn't limited to the courtroom. He also serves many clients in the acquisition and sale of real estate. This work has included representing a commercial developer responsible for the purchase and development of more than 100 parcels throughout an eight-state region. Additionally, he has advised oil and gas exploration companies on issues related to development of the Utica Shale.

An experienced pilot, Houston holds his multi-engine commercial certificate, as well as various flight instructor ratings. His Federal Aviation Regulation (FAR) 121 certificate gives him significant experience in the operating requirements for domestic, flag and supplemental operations. This makes him the ideal attorney for any aviation issue.

Houston is licensed to practice in Ohio; Kentucky; U.S. District Court - Southern District of Ohio; U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Kentucky, and U.S. District Court -- Western District of Kentucky. He holds a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati, Taft College of Law and a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee.

About Strauss Troy
As a full-service law firm founded in 1953, Strauss Troy has diverse expertise and a history of proven success. No matter what issue you face, the firm has the right professionals, working together as a team, to get you the answers you need quickly and affordably. Strauss Troy's Practice Groups include: Corporate | Business, Criminal | White Collar Defense, Domestic Relations | Family Law, Labor | Employment, Litigation, Municipal | Government, Real Estate | Finance, Tax Planning | Compliance and Trust | Estate Planning.

Strauss Troy, a leading law firm in the Greater Cincinnati | Northern Kentucky region, is a Martindale-Hubbell Top Ranked Law Firm™ in Fortune Magazine and a U.S. News & World Report Best® Law Firm. Many of its attorneys are honored as peer-rated Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ Attorneys, Best Lawyers® in America, Super Lawyers® and Rising Stars.