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Catching Up With Rob Lewis '97, Alumni Association President

Dear Alumni and Friends,

On behalf of the UC Law Alumni Association Board of Trustees, welcome to the New Year! I would like to take this opportunity to thank each of you for the great year that the UC Law Alumni Association had in 2011.  With tremendous support from the alumni, the Association continued to work closely with the law school to provide our alumni and the Greater Cincinnati legal community a valuable array of CLE programs and activities – both social and professional.

  • In May, we continued our 30 year tradition of honoring Distinguished Alumni when we presented Distinguished Alumnus Awards to George Fabe ’81, Louis F. Gilligan ’68, and Col. Levator Norsworth, Jr. ’73 at our annual Spring Luncheon. At this event, we also awarded our annual scholarships to James (Jimmy) Harrison ‘13 and Antwuan Williamson ‘13.
  • In August, we hosted a summer social/happy hour at Via Vite Restaurant.   Approximately 75 alumni and students attended, all of whom had a great time networking, catching up and enjoying appetizers, drinks, and views of Fountain Square.  
  • In November, we provided almost a full day of CLE at the Kingsgate Marriott to nearly 100 alumni and friends.  This year’s speakers included Judge and Professor Marianna Brown Bettman (Ohio Supreme Court Update), Professor Sandra Sperino (Civil Procedure Update), Chuck Strain (Professionalism) and Patrick Garry (Substance Abuse).  We also honored Mike Zavatsky  with the Adjunct Faculty Award.
  •  We also held our first-ever joint Alumni Association/Student Bar Association Bearcat Tailgate. Helped along by some great grilling by SBA President (and Board Member) Jared Hess ‘12 and great weather, the tailgate attracted close to 200 attendees covering five decades of College of Law alumni as well as many current students from each class.  Everyone managed to have a great time despite UC’s loss to WVU. 

Of course, these are just some of the highlights.  We also supported the law school and the SBA in many other activities, including the Barrister Speed Chats, a career discussion forum, and the charity golf tournament sponsored by the SBA.   

In 2012, I would encourage you to take full advantage of these programs.  Not only do they provide excellent opportunities for networking and professional growth, but they also are a lot of fun.  This year I hope we can work together to expand both the size and the number of the Alumni Association’s events and activities so that we can include more alumni from more classes. 


Rob Lewis ’97