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Dean Emeritus Joseph P. Tomain Recognized for Faculty Excellence


Cincinnati, OH—Respected legal scholar and Dean Emeritus Joseph P. Tomain has been named the recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award. The award, supported by the Twenty-Fifth Reunion Faculty Excellence Fund, recognizes a faculty member in the College of Law who has made the greatest scholarly contribution to legal education within an academic year.

“Dean Emeritus and Wilbert and Helen Ziegler Professor of Law Joe Tomain is a distinguished scholar and this award is one of many he has received. But I am particularly glad that he is the inaugural recipient of the Faculty Excellence Award because it sets a standard of excellence for the future,” said Jennifer S. Bard, Dean and Nippert Professor of Law at the law school. “We are very fortunate to have Dean Tomain on our faculty, to acknowledge his high level of scholarship, and to publicize it to a wide audience of lawyers, academics, and policy makers.”

His teaching and research interests focus in the areas of energy law, law and the humanities, regulatory policy, and contracts. Dean Tomain has written extensively in the energy law field. His recent publications include:

  • Clean Power Politics: The Democratization of Energy (Cambridge University Press 2017)
  • Energy Law in the United States of America (Kluwer Publishing 2015)
  • Energy Law and Policy (West Publishing2015)
  • Achieving Democracy: The Future of Progressive Regulation (Oxford University Press 2014)

These publications build on an already impressive scholarly record that includes nine additional books, more than 50 articles, and numerous book chapters and essays.

In addition to his teaching and scholarship, Dean Tomain has served on a number of professional and civic organizations. He is Chair Emeritus of the Board of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation and has served on the Boards of the Ohio Justice and Policy Center, and the Center for Chemical Addictions Treatment among others. He has been actively involved with the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, as well as other state and local bar associations. Dean Tomain is a Life Member of the American Law Institute, the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

In his years in academia, Dean Tomain also has held positions as Visiting Environmental Scholar, Lewis & Clark Law School; Distinguished Visiting Energy Professor, Vermont Law School; Visiting Scholar in the Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame; Visiting Fellow, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University; Fulbright Senior Specialist in Law in Cambodia; and National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Fellow, Stanford University.

Before beginning his academic career, Dean Tomain practiced general litigation in New Jersey. He received his J.D. from George Washington University and his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.