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A Note from Dean Bard

Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest in the University of Cincinnati College of Law. This newsletter goes out to almost 4000 alumni and friends and is the main way for us to keep in regular touch with you. I’d like this to be a two way street, so please feel free to contact me with questions, comments and ideas about what you’ve read or what you’d like to read more about.

It has been another busy and exciting month at the law school. As you can see, we have had almost 100 attorneys and other guests in the building.


The news on admissions and jobs continues to be high. Our application rate is well over last year, but until it is much closer to the start of school in August we cannot project a class size. As you know, the students we admit are top prospects for many other law schools. So the more information we can give them about what is different about the University of Cincinnati, the better. And our greatest resource in making that case is the willingness of all our alumni as well as the greater Cincinnati legal community to teach, mentor, and hire our students. Every day sees lawyers and judges teaching classes, judging competitions, giving talks, and counseling students about employment. It’s impressive.


Employment is also trending near last year. Since last year’s growth of 16% put us among the top schools for growth in the nation, our focus continues to be getting students employed earlier by encouraging them to start the process of looking for employment much earlier. To this end, the Center for Professional Development welcomed more than 100 attorneys to campus within the last two weeks alone. I look forward to telling you all more about The Complete Professional program designed by Assistant Dean Mina Jones Jefferson. Dean Jefferson was a featured speaker on this program at January’s American Association of Law Schools’ annual meeting and she is the incoming president of the National Association of Law Placement Professionals (NALP). What we are doing by focusing on professional development from day one is a model for other law schools.


The faculty, under the guidance of Associate Dean of the Faculty Sandra Sperino, are having an exceptional rate of success in having articles accepted for publication. They are also active in both professional and academic activities. As you may know, Professor Mark Godsey was recently appointed by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor to a Task Force to Examine Improvements to the Ohio Grand Jury System. You can track their activity on the faculty news page.

The Building

As you all know, the University of Cincinnati’s Board of Trustees has launched a 90-day period to raise the $25 million in public and private funding towards a move to the banks and assess the actual logistics as well as pros and cons of making the move. The media interest in the move has initiated considerable excitement and feedback among many different constituencies. Most of us in the law school will be actively working with the architecture company updating the 2012 study of the law school’s space needs. Although our student census is down from 2012, our activities are not and growth of activities like the Ohio Innocence Project, the Program for Graduates of Foreign Law Schools (LLM), and the Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Clinic are all new since their last visit.

As you know already, I am always happy to speak to any of you by phone, email or—even better—personal visit. I will be on a program visiting law firms over the next six months so please let me know if your law firm would like me to come and up-date them on the law school and our activities.

Thank you as always for your support of the law school.

With warm best wishes,