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Professor Mank Quoted in Bloomberg Article About Case that Could Affect Environmental Plaintiffs


Professor Brad Mank spoke with Bloomberg BNA about how Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins—a case that will be heard in the Supreme Court on Nov. 2—might not affect environmental cases. He discussed how and why the case impacted credit reporting and identity theft cases more than environmental cases.  Read the story here:  Standing Case/Bloomberg BNA

Professor Solimine Quoted in ABA Journal Article About Suing Internet Data Sites


Professor Michael Solimine was quoted in the November, 2015 issue of the ABA Journal by Mark Walsh in “Misinformation Age: Court Weighs the Right to Sue an Internet Data Site,” at pages 19-20. Mark Walsh interviewed Professor Solimine following Solimine’s joining an amicus curiae brief of law professors filed on behalf of the respondents in the Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins case, soon to be argued in the U.S. Supreme Court. The online version is available at available at www.abajournal.com/magazine.

College of Law Reports Strong Bar Passage Results



Kevin Flynn, recent graduate, is hooded
by his father, ’87 UC Law graduate Kevin R. Flynn.

Law School Beats State Average and ranks second in Ohio as 88 % of First-Time Takers
Pass the July 2015 Ohio Bar Exam

Cincinnati, OH—Three years of coursework, thousands of study hours, and hundreds of hours of legal work experience all come together three days in July when law school graduates from across the state and beyond sit for the Ohio Bar Examination. Today, the results of the July 2015 Bar Exam were released and the University of Cincinnati College of Law, ranked an A level “Best Value Law School” by The National Jurist, recorded an 88 percent passage rate for first-time takers, second among Ohio law schools. This rate exceeds the state-wide average passing rate of 80 percent.

The overall passage rate for College of Law’s takers is 87 percent, second among Ohio law schools. It is almost 13 percent higher than the state-wide average rate of 74.5 percent.

Out-of-state results are just as strong. For those jurisdictions that have released their outcomes, Class of 2015 results represent a 87.5 percent pass rate, including a 100 percent pass rate in Arizona, Florida, Kentucky, Minnesota, New York and Wisconsin.  

 “We’re excited about the results of the July bar exam and very proud of our students. Their hard work has paid off,” said Jennifer S. Bard, Dean and Nippert Professor of Law. “They have represented our school, their families, themselves and the community with distinction. We look forward to celebrating with them during the swearing ceremony in Columbus and supporting them as they continue their careers.”

She continued, “Although in the end each student’s bar preparation is one of individual effort, much credit goes to the faculty and staff who have developed a curriculum that both prepares students to pass this specific test and excel as lawyers.”

Applicants who successfully passed the examination and who satisfied all of the Supreme Court’s other requirements for admission will be admitted on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. during a special session of the Supreme Court at the historic Ohio Theatre in Columbus, OH. The session will be streamed live via the Supreme Court and Ohio Channel websites at www.supremecourt.ohio.gov and www.ohiochannel.org.  It will also be available statewide on the Ohio Channel’s local public broadcasting stations.

 Photos from the event

 

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38 Percent Jump in First Year/JD Enrollment 

Best Value Law School 

College of Law, a '2015 Best Value' Law School, sees 38 Percent First Year/JD Enrollment Jump


High bar passage, plus employment, minus school debt add up to student success

This fall, first-year enrollment at UC's College of Law jumped 38 percent as the College earned A-level recognition as a "best value" law school. In addition, the college reports a 64% increase in the number of LLM students. These figures represent a 42% increase in the number of newly enrolled students, as compared to last year.

The school's high bar passage and employment rates for its students, combined with low student debt, tuition and cost of living, distinguished it from its peers.

Students new to the school this year include 101 J.D. students and 18 graduate students, 40 percent of whom are from out of state. Overall, the class represents 30 undergraduate majors from 64 colleges. Ten percent of the new class is comprised of "Double Bearcats," or students who also have an undergraduate degree from UC.

"We are all delighted by the first year class," said Jennifer S. Bard, Dean and Nippert Professor of Law at the school. "Their strengths illustrate that our high-quality programs, our emphasis on learning by doing and our externship placements are gaining the recognition they deserve."

In addition to its academic advantages, students appreciate the city and its surrounding opportunities, according to Mina Jones Jefferson, the College of Law's Senior Assistant Dean and Director of the Center for Professional Development. "Prospective students are hearing about the law school’s vibrant network of opportunity.”

She continued, “The law school is less than 6 miles from the region’s strongest law firms, legal departments of Fortune 500 companies and the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is one step away from the Nation’s Supreme Court.  This proximity means that students get experience from the first day and move seamlessly between the University and legal community.”

She also noted that “Ohio is a top 10 state for legal entry-level employment and Cincinnati is the fastest growing economy in the Midwest, which means opportunity follows.” Jefferson said that there are also more non-traditional high-level jobs available primarily to those with law degrees, including human resources managers, patent examiners, providers of international tax services and hospital administrators.

University of Cincinnati College of Law Ranked a Best Value Law School…Again


The National Jurist and preLaw magazines have ranked the University of Cincinnati College of Law one of the Best Value Law Schools for the third year, and second consecutive year, respectively.

Each year, the magazines release rankings of law schools across the nation, taking into account many different factors. The ranking is designed to identify law schools where graduates have excellent chances of passing the bar and getting a legal job without taking on a ton of debt.  This year, the number of ranked schools increased from 53 to 64.

Factors for ranking include employment, which is the most important and makes up 35% of the grade, tuition and cost of living, and amount of debt upon graduation. In an effort to address enrollment decline, many law schools have increased scholarships, making it more affordable for students.

This is not the only time that the College of Law has been honored by National Jurist. In Spring of both 2014 and 2015 it was ranked as a top law school for practical training, a testament to the work and impact of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic.

And for those wishing to stay in the area after graduation, there is good news as well. According to Forbes’ 2015 ranking of “America’s Most Affordable Cities”, Cincinnati comes in at #5. This ranking assessed housing affordability and cost of living (which includes food, gas, utilities, transportation, medical expenses and other day-to-day expenditures), and weighed these factors according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index.

Looking at these three rankings together, it’s clear that both the College of Law and the City of Cincinnati are a great  “bang for the buck,” making Cincinnati an affordable opportunity to many law students.

(Read about Best Value Law Schools in The National Jurist)

 

Mina Jones Jefferson Appointed to Ohio Commission on Professionalism


Mina Jones Jefferson (’90), Senior Assistant Dean and Chief of Staff, was recently appointed to the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism for a term ending on December 31, 2017.  The Commission promotes professionalism among attorneys admitted to practice law in Ohio, devoting its attention to the law as a profession and to maintaining the highest standards of integrity and honor among members of the profession.

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.

Donald J. Mooney, Jr. '75 Receives Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter


Cincinnati-based attorney Donald J. Mooney, Jr. will receive the 2015 Excellence in Journalism in Written Communication “Editorial” award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter. The award is in recognition for Mr. Mooney’s bi-monthly commentaries titled “Another View” written for Cincy Magazine. He will receive the award on June 18, 2015 at the Annual Excellence in Journalism Awards Program held in downtown Cincinnati.

The Society of Professional Journalists promotes and protects a free press and the highest standard of professional ethics, providing a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely and to unite Cincinnati journalists behind those goals. The Greater Cincinnati Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists works with community partners in the region to host events and recognize the best of Cincinnati journalism. 

Mr. Mooney is a certified specialist in employment labor and law. With over 35 years of experience, his practice concentrates on civil trials and appeals; employment and labor relations; antitrust, trade secrets, securities and business litigation; and land use law. He represents employers in federal and state litigation involving noncompete agreements and discrimination. In SEC investigations and related securities litigation, he represents officers of companies.

In addition to his roles as a practicing attorney and columnist in Cincy Magazine, Mr. Mooney is a frequent writer and speaker. He has received the highest rating, AV Preeminent®, from Martindale-Hubbell® and has been named an Ohio Super Lawyer. He earned his B.A., cum laude, from University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati.

About Ulmer & Berne LLP

Ulmer & Berne, established in 1908, is a full-service law firm focused on exceeding client expectations and delivering superior, customized legal solutions for an exceptional value. Its more than 180 attorneys, located in Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus, serve as counselors and partners to a wide range of clients to help them solve their business challenges and achieve their goals. The firm represents publicly traded and privately held companies, financial institutions, hedge funds, private equity funds, pharmaceutical companies, international joint ventures and affiliations, investor groups, family offices, start-ups and emerging businesses, public bodies and nonprofit organizations. For more information, please visit ulmer.com.

Patricia Kirkwood Burgess '94 returns to Northern Kentucky as a member of Frost Brown Todd in Florence


June 15, 2015 (Florence, KY) – Frost Brown Todd (FBT) is pleased to announce the relocation of Patricia (Trish) Kirkwood Burgess to the firm’s Florence office, after nine years of serving as a member in the Lexington, Kentucky, location. Burgess is a native of Northern Kentucky with strong ties in the region.

“It’s very exciting to be back in this area where I grew up, was educated all the way from grade school through law school, and still have many close connections. I look forward to serving this community the same way I have served clients and the wider community in Lexington,” she says.

As a trusted legal adviser for more than 20 years, Burgess places great emphasis on understanding all aspects of her clients’ businesses to focus not only on legal issues, but also the practical implications of those issues on their businesses and lives. She practices in business and commercial litigation, and bankruptcy and reorganization law, and helps individuals and companies of all sizes navigate financial difficulties and legal issues to reach innovative, cost-effective and efficient solutions. She is a member of the Kentucky, Ohio and American Bar Associations, and of the American Bankruptcy Institute. She received a bachelor’s degree from Thomas More College in 1991, and her law degree from the University of Cincinnati in 1994.

Burgess joins 12 other legal professionals as the only female member in FBT’s Florence office. The team is led by member-in-charge Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III, who served as the 135th President of the American Bar Association. The attorneys in the office serve in community leadership roles throughout the region for companies and organizations such as the Kenton County Airport, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Redwood School and Rehabilitation Center and The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.

About Frost Brown Todd

Frost Brown Todd is a full-service law firm serving some of America’s top corporations and emerging companies. With attorneys regularly identified by clients, peers and industry organizations as leaders in their practice areas, the firm advises and protects clients in business transactions and litigation in industries including insurance, banking, financial services, manufacturing, transportation, real estate, construction, energy and healthcare.  Its over 475 attorneys in ten offices throughout Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia provide unparalleled service to meet clients’ needs; deliver the insights and solutions available only from a diverse group of professionals; and support the communities in which they operate. To learn more, visit www.frostbrowntodd.com.

Constitution Day featuring Kenya Mann Faulker and Lauren Hunter


Constitution Day Takes a Look at Race-Based Admissions after Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin

 

Date: September 17, 2015
Time: 12:15 - 1:15 p.m.
Place: College of Law, Room 114
CLE: Application for one hour of general CLE credit has been submitted for Ohio and Kentucky.
 
Presented by:

Kenya Mann Faulkner, Vice President of Legal Affairs & General Counsel, University of Cincinnati
Kenya Mann Faulkner was named Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel at the University of Cincinnati in 2013.  Before joining UC, she served as the Inspector General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, where her mission was to ensure integrity, accountability, and confidence in public programs, employees, and contracts.  Prior to her appointment to Inspector General, she was a partner at Ballard Spahr in Philadelphia, and also served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Faulkner also served as Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Drug Strike Force Section, and spent six years as a Philadelphia public defender.  Ms. Faulkner received her B.S. in criminal justice and English from Niagara University and her J.D. from the State University of New York, University of Buffalo Law School.
 

Lauren Hunter, Assistant General Counsel, University of Cincinnati
Lauren Hunter recently assumed the role of Assistant General Counsel at the University of Cincinnati, where her practice primarily involves addressing labor and employment issues that exist regarding University employees, as well as other student-related matters.  Prior to joining UC, she was an associate at Frost Brown Todd LLC where she was a member of the government services and labor and employment practice groups.  In that capacity, she advised various public sector clients regarding compliance with federal and state labor and employment laws.  She also has experience with public sector collective bargaining in both Ohio and Kentucky.  Ms. Hunter received her J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where she was an editor of the Ohio State Law Journal, and her B.A. from the University of Kentucky.
 

 

Parking options and directions:

Deaconess Garage – From Clifton Avenue, turn west onto Straight Street.  Garage will be one block down on the right and you pay $5 cash when exiting.

 
This lecture is made possible through the generous support of Alfred B. Katz Constitution Day Fund in memory of Alfred B. Katz '35.