Jenna Washatka ’12 and Professor Jim O’Reilly Combine Efforts to Support Creation of Land Bank
For many people July 13, 2011 was a historic day in Hamilton County with the front-page Cincinnati Enquirer coverage of the official creation of the first public land bank in southern Ohio. UC Law student Jenna Washatka ’12 and Professor Jim O’Reilly had an important had in its development.
Blighted properties that are virtually abandoned and out of the commercial market can be acquired by the new county entity and "banked" until redevelopment possibilities allow the property to be redeveloped or the house to be resold. During the interim the land bank preserves the value of the property, if any, and supervises the removal of weeds and junk.
Rising 3L Washatka took on this independent research project, interviewed the leaders and lawyers behind the concept, and prepared a lengthy analysis for the First Suburbs Consortium. Her paper was distributed to the appropriate county officials and the county treasurer as the legal basis for adopting the pioneering concept. Professor O’Reilly testified at the county hearing in support and offered Washatka's findings to county officials. This month’s adoption is the culmination of the work of public officials, nongovernmental organizations, and Washatka's outstanding efforts.
Congratulations to all!
UN Kyong Ho ’10 Named 2011 LatCrit Student Scholar
As a result of her social justice activism and her scholarly work Sowing the Seeds of Death: The Emergence of Corporate Reproductive Labor & Right Regime, UC Law graduate Un Kyong Ho has been selected a 2011 LatCrit Student Scholar.
What is LatCrit, Inc.? It is a group of counter-disciplinary scholars committed to the ongoing development of critical approaches to the study of law, policy, and society. Each year LatCrit selects at least one student scholar or alumni scholar who has demonstrated commitment to producing quality scholarship as well as pursuing LatCrit’s antisubordinationist goals through social justice activism. They are committed to helping progressive students and recent alums prepare for and succeed in law teaching and the production of critical sociolegal scholarship.
As a students scholar recipient Ho will be able to attend this year’s October conference. She will be a participant in the “Food and Law” concurrent panel and will have the opportunity to publish her paper in the LatCrit XVI symposium volume.
Joel Chanvisanuruk Named the 2011 Nettie Birk/Dottie Sutton/Louise Erway Recipient
Congratulations to Joel Chanvisanuruk, the recipient of the 2011 Nettie Birk/Dottie Sutton/Louise Erway Award. The staff recognition award was formally announced at the Hooding Ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2011.
As the Director of Academic Success Programs at the College of Law, Chanvisanuruk is in daily contact with law students through the workshops he coordinates and delivers, the one-on-one meetings he has with students to help them adapt to the rigorous law school curriculum, prepare for exams and counseling he provides in order to see that they meet their full potential as a law student. He also oversees the Pre-Prep Program at the College of Law that helps 3L law students gear up for the bar examination. Joel’s kindness and determination to help all students succeed in their academics was noted by all of the committee members and highlighted especially by the student members of the committee.
One nomination boasted of Chanvisanuruk, “Since his arrival Joel has worked hand in glove with members of the faculty to help identify and work with students having difficulty with their course work. He is also incredibly sensitive and helpful with students who are struggling with issues that impede their learning, counseling with them and making them aware of a number of help options offered at the University.” While another nomination said, “He is very attentive to what you ask of him. He does not give you boilerplate answers or pass you on to some website that isn’t helpful. When you talk with him, it is really apparent that he wants to help you.”
This year’s selection committee included: law students Joelle Johnson ’11, Austyn Sanders ’12, Sophia Jannace ’13, professors Marianna Bettman and Michael Solimine, librarians Ron Jones and Lisa Wernke, Dean Jim Schoenfeld, and last year’s winner Jessica Butler.
Five Minutes with Assistant Dean Mina Jones Jefferson
Assistant Dean and Director, Center for Professional Development Mina Jones Jefferson ’90 is a former hiring partner at a National Law Journal Top 250 law firm. She is one of the few law school career services professionals in the country who has been on both sides of the table. Dean Jefferson practiced commercial litigation for nine years before joining Cincinnati Law and was one of the first African-American women in the region elected to the partnership of a large firm. Students benefit daily from Dean Jefferson's practical experience, model of success, and professional network. Her goal is to help students make informed and insightful professional decisions consistent with their personal values.
Jefferson is a speaker on the topic of professionalism, has taught Ethics, and has provided the classroom instruction for the legal extern course. She is active in the community and currently serves, by appointment, on the Ohio Supreme Court Continuing Legal Education Committee; serves as a member on the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati Board of Trustees; and serves as a member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) Board of Directors.
What’s on your nightstand? Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster...I am doing a book club with my 10 y/o daughter and she got to pick the book! Amazingly the themes are relevant to a lot of my daily interactions!
What are the big topics in professional development for 2011 and beyond? Talent management has taken its proper place in the legal arena. For the student this means putting skin in the game. You have to invest in yourself before others, namely employers, will invest in you.
What sparked your interest in career development? I like to empower people and the tools for success are not readily apparent in most places. If someone actively manages his career he will always have options.
What’s the best part about the law/being a lawyer? The ability to abstract concepts and theories, to identify the tools to move beyond the obvious, to not be limited to the four corners of a document or the boundaries of an issue which is the essence of thinking outside the box.
Why did you want to become a lawyer? The ability to abstract concepts and theories, and to move beyond the boundaries of a document or situation.