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Interim Dean Verna Williams, Dan Carmichael, and Jennifer Heisey, UC Foundation

Cincinnati, OH—Daniel P. Carmichael was honored at the University of Cincinnati’s Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Through the years, Carmichael has achieved notable success for his work in the legal field, federal government relations, and non-profit foundations.

After graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a BS degree in Pharmacy in 1965, three years later he earned his JD from the College of Law. With these degrees as his foundation, Carmichael began his professional career at Eli Lilly and Company, a global pharmaceutical company headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Known for breaking new ground in the pharmaceutical industry, it was one of the first pharmaceutical companies to mass produce the polio vaccine and among the first to produce human insulin. It also is the largest manufacturer of psychiatric medications. For 28 years Carmichael’s work at Eli Lilly focused on food and drug law, product liability, corporate securities and general corporate law, corporate governance and compliance, and environmental law.

In 1980, he was appointed the director of the company’s Washington, D.C. office. There, he was in charge of federal government relations. He was promoted to Executive Director of Corporate Affairs several years later, responsible for media relations and public policy planning. In his later years at the company, Carmichael served as Secretary to the Board of Directors and Deputy General Counsel.

After leaving Eli Lilly, he focused his career on FDA regulatory law at the Indianapolis-office of Faegre Baker Daniels, one of the leading law firms in the city, for many years. He has now retired.

The recipient of numerous awards, Carmichael received an honorary Doctor of Law from the university (2006) and the University of Cincinnati Law Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award (2012).

In addition to his legal practice, Carmichael has served on the boards of numerous organizations. Currently, he serves on the boards of Lilly Endowment, Inc. , the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society, the College’s Board of Visitors, and as an emeriti member of the University of Cincinnati Foundation Board of Trustees. Previously he served on the boards for the Food and Drug Law Institute and the Indiana University Public and Environmental Affairs Council.

Publication Date: April 11, 2018
Writers: Pete Mills, Sherry English

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Schedule of Events

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Stratford Heights Banquet Room, 2634 Stratford Avenue

Register, pick up materials, reconnect with classmates, meet law students, and enjoy breakfast


  9:30 a.m.: “State of the College” Address

Stratford Heights Banquet Room, 2634 Stratford Avenue

Verna Williams, Interim Dean and Nippert Professor of Law

Fourth for a reason.  The continued existence of Cincinnati Law is a testament to its ability to (re)imagine while remaining true to what makes it unique.  Building on this rich tradition and leveraging all its resources, Dean Williams will highlight new initiatives and directives that will ensure that Cincinnati Law remains a destination for great minds.




10:15 a.m.: "UCNext Series"

Stratford Heights Banquet Room, 2634 Stratford Avenue

The future is now and our alumni are actively contributing to the conversation. This “TEDx” style talk takes you from Silicon Valley to Washington D.C., from higher education to career resilience and beyond.

Neil Chaterjee, '02
Commissioner, Federal Energy Regulatory Commision,

Washington, DC

Melany Newby, '74

Former Vice Chancellor, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
Columbus, Ohio

Sally Moore

Sally Young Moore, '93
Award Winning Author,

Cincinnati, OH 



Kathy Woeber Gardner, '88

Partner, Montgomery Pacific LLP,

San Francisico, CA

Christopher Chapman, '93
President and CEO, AccessLex Institute,
West Chester, PA

Billy Martin 

William R. ("Billy") Martin, '76
Principal at Miles & Stockbridge
Washington, D.C.


11:30 a.m.: Luncheon & Featured Speaker, 2nd Floor Atrium

Chat and re-connect with classmates while enjoying delicious “southern style” cuisine, catered by Sweets and Meats BBQ, a client of Cincinnati Law’s Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic.


Luncheon Speaker

Aftab Pureval, ’08, Hamilton County Clerk of Courts

Does the world need another lawyer? Thought leader?

After taking a six month leave of absence from P&G, Aftab, a former Editor of Law Review and Fellow for the Domestic Violence Clinic, was elected County Clerk of Courts in 2016, becoming the first Democrat to serve as Hamilton County Clerk in more than 100 years.

Tours depart from University of Cincinnati College of Law Atrium

6:00 p.m.: Reception
7:30 p.m.: Dinner
8:30 p.m.: Exoneree Band Concert
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
50 East Freedom Way Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

(513) 333-7500

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Join your classmates for a festive cocktail reception, complimented by an open bar and tasty hors d’oeuvres, followed by a delicious dinner. At the close of the evening, you will be entertained by the acoustic sounds of the Exoneree Band comprised of musicians from around the country who were wrongfully imprisoned for a combined 100 years. One band member, Ray Towler, was freed through the work of Cincinnati Law’s Ohio Innocence Project.


UCNext Series and Luncheon                    $25 per person
Black and Red Evening Celebration           $90 per person
All Events                                                    $100 per person


Deadline to Register October 27, 2017.

Lodging Information

Below is a list of local hotel options during your stay.

2500 South Market Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 
151 West Fifth Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
151 Goodman Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio  45219

Parking & Directions for Red & Black Celebration at the Freedom Center

Guests for the Saturday evening Red and Black Celebration at the Freedom Center can find parking at the Banks Garage. This link includes garage hours, rates, and directions from 1-75 North, I-75 South, I-71 South, and from I-471. Additionally, the Freedom Center offers Valet Parking for guests, located in the front of the Freedom Center at 50 East Freedom Way.

Planning Committee

A big thanks to the Celebration 2017 Planning Committee: Marianna Bettman '77, Sarah Dillon, Marianne Emmert '84, Tom Giffin, Brian Howe '10, Mina Jones Jefferson '90, Paula Lampley '92, Mindy Lawson, Lisa Michel '88, Judge Beth Myers '82, Melany Newby '74, Marth Sarra '88, Beth Stautberg '92, Carolyn Taggart '78, Ann Taylor '92, Kevin Tidd '06, Danyel Wiley '15, and Sharon Zealey '84. 



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August 24, 2017 6:00pm
Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center

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August 24, 2017 5:00pm
Rhinehaus OTR

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Nestled within a large public research university of over 45,000 students, you will find a small law school community of less than 350 students with an enviable 8 to 1 student-faculty ratio and first year sections that are among the smallest in the nation. Cincinnati Law faculty and staff are eager to provide personal attention, while new classmates quickly form community to support each other’s success.


With approximately $3 million awarded annually in scholarships, consistently high bar passage results, and below average student loan debt figures, a Cincinnati Law degree provides a solid return on investment. In addition, Forbes ranked Cincinnati as one of America’s “Best Bargain Cities” and as one of the most affordable places to live well. Students from other states also have an opportunity to participate in the Graduate Metropolitan Rate or reclassify for Ohio residency.


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  • 8:1 Student-to-faculty ratio, one of the lowest in the nation for an urban school


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